Greetings & Salutations!

Welcome to the Garden Home Community Library’s adult blog.

Topics include upcoming events as well as booklists, award-winners and other literary news, reading suggestions, and other interesting topics.  Have a suggestion for a post or a topic? Please feel free to email me!  I accept blog submissions too. 

New blogs are generally posted 3-4 times a week. So check back to see what’s new.

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Happy Reading!

Heather W.
Adult Services Programmer
Garden Home Community Library

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Posted by on December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized


Flash fiction Writing Contest


I’ve received an email announcing an OPB writing contest.  As there are quite a few writers in Portland, I thought I’d share here.

From their release:

Calling all writers who are obsessed with plot and obsessives who can write a mean story. We want you!

Tin House presents Plotto: The Master Contest of All Plots, amplified by OPB’s State of Wonder.

Every Wednesday, for five weeks, Tin House will release a prompt from the classic plot-device manual Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots by William Wallace. To enter the contest, writers must use the prompt to write their own 500-word (or less) story before the following Monday at 5:00 PST. Interested participants can find the weekly prompts on the OPB Facebook page, the State of Wonder webpage and at Tin House. The first prompt will be posted online on Wednesday, October 19.

Weekly winners will read their stories in a broadcast of OPB’s State of Wonder, see them published on, and receive the brand-new paperback edition of Plotto. More information about the contest, including details about the Grand Prize, can be found online.


October LibraryReads list


This is better late than never!

October’s list features a plethora of well-known authors publishing their newest books including: Tana French, Jodi Picoult, Connie Willis, Maria Semple, Charlaine Harris and others.


Happy reading!




BBW 2016: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time


Today’s Banned Books Week focus is on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon.  The award winning novel – published 2003 –  is told from the point of view of a 15-year-old, mathmatically-gifted boy with Autism.

The book has been challenged in numerous places and banned in at least two places:  Tennessee and Florida.

It was on the summer reading list for high school students in Tallahassee, FL.  But a parent complained and it was pulled from the curriculum in 2015.  The Tallahassee Democrat reported that the complaints about the book included the  content and language. The book features an array of swear words, including the f-word (used 28 times), as well as references to atheism (National Post, Aug. 14, 2015).

Author Mark Haddon said the character is “unaware that swearing is offensive due to his behavioural problems.”

According to a National Post article from Aug. 14, 2015:  “The school’s principal Allen Burch said the reason was reached to “give the opportunity for parents to parent.” The controversial decision was made without going through any review process, also violating district bylaws.”

Here’s the full National Post article.

This book was also banned in Tennessee for a ninth-grade Honors reading class.  Haddon wrote a blog post about this incident back in 2014.

Florida is one of the top states for banned and challenged books, with many of the complaints stemming for “Christian values.”  Between 2007 and 2011, Florida had 16 challenges to books.  Over this same time, Georgia had 5, Alabama had 2, and Mississippi and Louisiana both had 1 each.  (In  comparison, Oregon had 7.)

It’s quite interesting to read the various challenges and see the map.



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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


Banned Book Week 2016


It’s Banned Book Week, the annual event where libraries and bookstores (also publishers, teachers, and readers) across the US remind us that banning still happens and the harm of censorship.  We stand in  support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas – even unorthodox or unpopular ones – as well as the value of free and open access to information.

Freedom to read statement from American Library Association

If you haven’t already, check out our display of Banned Books inside the library.  Take a chance on a banned book.  The books are wrapped but give a short description and an explanation of why it was banned or challenged (a challenge is when someone attempts to have a book removed or restrict items from a library or curriculum).  You won’t know what it is until you check it out!  Plus, pick up an “I Read Banned Books” pin. 


The 10 most frequently challenged books nationwide in 2015.

Authors of color are frequently challenged, which is why this year there is a spotlight on the issue. The most frequently challenged books by authors of color (1990-1999).

In Oregon {between 7/1/2015 and 6/30/16} there were 9 challenges to six books, one sound recording, one video and one newspaper insert.  Three of the challenges were intitiated by parents and six by patrons.  Currently, eight of the items were retained and one item is pending decision.  This is a slight decrease from 2014 challenges of 14.

Here’s the 2016 Annual Report from Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearing House.  {This is also available to look at as part of our display.}


Happy Reading!


P.S.  See our blogs from previous years about Banned Books Week.

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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Uncategorized


Happy Anniversary WCCLS!

This year marks WCCLS’ 40th anniversary.  Congratulations WCCLS!

GHCL hosted a party this previous Sunday to celebrate.  Thanks to everyone who came out and partied with us.

If you missed it,  there are more ways to celebrate.

Limited edition – 40th Anniversary Library cards:

  • There are 4 different options.
  • Limited supplies while they last.
  • You can choose which one you’d like.
  • If you get a 40th anniversary card, please be advised, that your barcode will change as they are all preprinted.

Passport Promotion:

Pick up a passport in the library (anytime until Dec. 16) and then go explore our neighboring WCCLS libraries to collect stamps.

December 1 – 16: Bring in finished passports  to any WCCLS member library and receive one drawing ticket for each library stamp in their Passport. The drawing will be held December 20 (repeat winners are not allowed).

WCCLS History for your reading pleasure:

In 1976, Washington County asked voters to approve the first countywide funding measure to support public library access for all residents. At the time, over half the population of Washington County did not have free, public library access. The first countywide levy provided funding to allow the six cities with public libraries to freely open their doors to any county resident. Things grew from there and more libraries joined WCCLS and others expanded to meet our growing population.

This fall, Aloha Community Library will become our 13th member library when it opens in newly remodeled space in the Bale’s Thriftway Marketplace on Farmington Road. Voters have continued to support countywide tax funding for WCCLS, all but once in the last 40 years. WCCLS and our member libraries appreciate the faith you have in our ability to offer quality collections, programs and services for the families of Washington County.

Cheers!  Happy autumn!  Happy reading!


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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in Uncategorized


Job hunting resources


Here’s the October calendar for Beaverton/Hillsboro and Tualatin WorkSource offices.  Please be advised that the schedules do sometime change, so we recommend checking with them  to confirm details.

Below are the PDF documents for each locoation:



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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Uncategorized


Sept. 2016 Book Group: The Accidental Empress

The GHCL book group meets on Tues., Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.


We will be discussion Allison Pataki’s book The Accidental Empress about the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi,” the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.

Here are the questions and other information you may be interested in….

Discussion Questions:accidental-empress-sept-book-group



*Note:  The Read-alikes come from NoveList Plus (which is available from  The Biography in Context is also one of the resources available from  Biography in context  includes news and also reviews in addition to the biographical article(s).  Both NoveList and BIC require your library card if you use them outside the library.  They are great resources. 

What’s next? Our October selection is:  Writing on the Wall:  Social Media – the First Two Thousand Years by Tom Standage.  There are limited copies (there are 6 copies in book form, 1 audiobook, and at least 1 e-book, so very limited).  Book group members can pick up a copy next week. When we run out, we’ll place holds for individuals.

See you in the library!


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Posted by on September 9, 2016 in Uncategorized