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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Tuesday next: Author Giselle Bawnik – My Little French Village

Monflanquin France

Do you love French culture?

Have you ever dreamt of living in France? Planning a trip to visit?

Then I have a program for you!

WHEN:  Tues., Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Garden Home Community Store – 7306 SW OLeson Rd (across the street from the library, in the Lamb’s Shopping area.  2 doors down from the Baskin-Robbins.


Beaverton author and French teacher Giselle Bawnik dreamt of living in France.  She now spends part of the year there in the 13th century village of Monflanquin, France (population 2000).

Bawnik will talk about her experiences and book, My Little French Village (available in WCCLS catalog; author may also be selling some).  Plus she’ll teach us the alphabet and some fun French phrases!

About the Book

Bawnik finds herself experiencing unexpected magic and personal transformation as she realizes a lifelong dream of owning a house in France and begins a love affair with the town’s residents. MY LITTLE FRENCH VILLAGE tells her story of an American French teacher feeling frustrated and alienated while traveling in the country she loves until she buys a house in France and establishes a presence in a small French village with a population of 2000. During a time in her life, when she struggles with the loneliness of empty nest, she reaches out bravely to her neighbors. In the village, she learns to abandon her big city defenses and dance to the rhythm of the village people.  Chance encounters turn into friendships, and all worries about being an outsider melt away with the warmth of the town’s people.

The book’s cast of characters, be it the benevolent plumber, the sexy aqua gym instructor, a courageous female taxi driver, or the remarkable woman, a former banker who lives alone with 39 goats is sure to bring a smile to readers everywhere and a few chuckles. MY LITTLE FRENCH VILLAGE offers readers a chance to live vicariously in a small French town where life is inherently good.


Giselle Bawnik is the Director of Say It In French Language School which she founded in 1993 in Portland, Oregon. She has been teaching French at Portland Community College for over twenty years. She earned her Masters of Education and Bachelors of Art Degrees in French Language and Literature at the University of California Los Angeles. In 1991, she bought a house in Monflanquin, France and life became magical.  MY LITTLE FRENCH VILLAGE is her first travel memoir; the book is available in the WCCLS catalog.  She lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her amazing husband Bill and adorable beagle Maggy.  She may be contacted at . To learn more about the author, visit her web site at



Keyword: The Olympics

Looking for something to read or watch now that the 2016 Rio Olympics are over?

WCCLS has plenty of great movies and books about the Olympics.

Here’s what’s available in the WCCLS catalog for all ages and all formats and genres.

Every time the Olympics are on, I get the urge to watch some of my favorite movies about it, like Chariots of Fire or Cool Runnings.  After the 2014 Winter Olymics I watched Chariots….  To cool down this weekend, I think I’ll rewatch Cool Runnings.

There’s even a new Olympics movie that I highly recommend.   Eddie the Eagle is the true story of Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper is nearly 60 years; Eddie was a true amateur athlete who made it into the 1988 Calgary Olympics.  True to sports movie formula, it’s heartwarming and inspiring.  But above all it made me laugh the whole way through.  Not to mention all the good Olympic sports action!  Although, it is new, there may still be a bit of a wait on the holds list.

eddie the eagle horizontal

You might also enjoy these classic Olympics movies.

{Side note: International Velvet is not available in WCCLS, but the rest are!}

Happy reading and watching!




GHCL Adult Summer Reading Update


BOY, do we read!

Since the last update I posted in July you’ve read (as of 8/9/16):

52,500 pages OR 161 books + 39 audiobooks, 4 playaways & 4 e-books.

Your total number of pages read since June 1 is 148,814!

Wow, way to go!!!

Currently the patron with the highest page numbers read is at 9,160.  There are many people at varying ranges of 3000 or more pages…so there’s plenty of time.

Reading logs are due 8/31 at 7:59 pm.

Who will take home the gold for most pages read?  It could be you!  n






August 2016 LibraryReads List


The newest LibraryReads list has been published.  See what the top 10 newly published books librarians are loving right now.

Click below to see the list…which includes Louise Penny, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Donna Andrews and 7 other authors. .


P.S. This list is also posted in the library.  It’s on wall by the checkout desk and the NYT Bestsellers lists.


Aug. Job Hunting Resources

Here are the August calendars of job hunting classes and resources available at the Beaverton/Hillsboro and Tualatin Workforce centers.

Tualatin August 2016 calendar

Beaverton Hillsboro August 2016 Calendar

As always, double check with the center as things do sometimes change!

Best of luck on the hunt!



GHCL Book Group: The Book of Unknown Americans

Book of unknown americans

Next meeting:  Tues., Aug 9 at 7 p.m.

Since I won’t be back until the day before the book group, I’m posting the questions and supplemental materials for our next book group meeting.

Discussion questions:  August 2016 Book of Unknown Americans

Click here to go to an “New Fiction from New Immigrants” reading list from Ebscohost & NoveList.  *You may need to have your library card handy to view this*

Happy reading!





GHCL summer reading update


So far in July, you’ve read 93 books, 2 Playaways, and 14 books on CD – a total of 67, 176 pages. That’s a GRAND TOTAL of 96,314 pages this summer. {This doesn’t event include staff reading.}

I can’t wait to see  how many total pages we do.  I’ll start posting regular updates after Aug. 10.

Here’s what  reading staff have been up to this summer….

WW reader

Don’t try this at home!  This book was thoroughly soaked after this outing.

Steve action

It’s hard to hit B with your hands full!

Heather action 2

It’s not necessarily a good idea to read, while jogging!


Heather in action

Luckily, Heather made it across the finish line despite her earlier mishap with the tree.