5 Reasons Why Loving the Library Is an Easy Thing to Do in Lake Oswego

It’s Library Lovers Month and in Lake Oswego, loving the library is an easy thing to do. The 13th Annual LO Reads Program is underway in February but there are lots of other reasons to fall in love with our library. Here are a few you may not have known about.

KANOPY. You’ve binge watched the latest season of The Crown, you’ve just finished round 2 of Game of Thrones in preparation of the final chapter, now what? Check out this on-demand streaming service that offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films. Here are some of the titles you’ll find: Catch 22, Lady Bird, The Red Balloon, Memento, Love Story, and the original The Star is Born with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. And to help you get ready for next week’s Oscars, you can catch these Oscar nominated films: Of Fathers and Sons nominated for Feature Documentary and One Small Step and Weekends for Animated Short Film. Library card holders have five play credits each month with three days to view a movie after selecting PLAY. You can watch on your iPhone, iPad, Roku, Kindle Fire Tablet, Android, Chromecast and Apple TV.

ANSWERLAND. Can’t sleep because you have this great idea for a new organic food meal service and you want to know how much people are willing to pay for something like that. Go online with Answerland chat, text or email a librarian with your question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During normal working hours you’ll most likely interact with Oregon librarians but in the wee hours of the night, you may be relying on a librarian somewhere else in the world. Either way, someone will be there and/or get back to you within two working days of your inquiry.

TEN IN TEN. Know what you like but don’t know what to read next? Don’t necessarily want to read what everybody else is reading? Then fill out the Ten in Ten reader profile and let a Lake Oswego librarian create a customized list of 10 book recommendations based on some of your favorite and least favorite titles. They’ll have it to you in 10 days.

PINTS FROM THE PAST. You know what they say, “It’s all about the packaging.” The Clackamas County Historical Society has partnered with the Lake Oswego Public Library and Lake Theater and Café to make history fun to learn by hosting this historical lecture series at this popular venue in town. History buffs and newbies find historical facts easier to swallow when washing them down with a pint of beer, glass of wine or cocktail. Beverages are not required but the venue is fun and brings lessons about topics like Black History, Rail History or World War II History in Oregon to the people.

LAKE OZ KINDLES. Thinking of buying an E-reader but want to check it out first? Going on a two-week vacation but don’t want to lug your books around with you? The library has several models of Kindle readers loaded with hundreds of books. They can be checked out for four weeks, no renewal. If you want to ensure that a particular book is on the Kindle you check out, contact librarian Kiira Taylor at 503.697.6581 or ktaylor @ci.oswego.or.us and she’ll make sure the Kindle you get has the title you want.

AND….COMING SOON: LIBRARY OF THINGS. The Lake Oswego library is one of eight libraries within Clackamas County planning to open a Library of Things in 2019. From sewing machines to camping equipment, you name it and they’ll consider it. Complete their survey online or at the library.

AND….WAITING AT HAYDEN’S. Yes, I’m admittedly a proud father and you can check out my daughter’s book, Waiting at Hayden’s at the Lake Oswego Library.

Our library is just one of the many reasons to love Lake Oswego Subscribe to my blog to learn about more. Click the “Sign me up” button in the top right hand column. And if you’re already in love with Lake Oswego and want to move here, give me a call at 503.939.97801 and/or check out my website. I’ve been helping people move to Lake Oswego for over 30 years and I’d love to put that experience to work for you!

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at kevin.costello@cascadehassonsir.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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