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. 

Please note that a new website is underway and we hope to have it up around the first of the year.  Currently, this blog is not updated as frequently as I’d like.

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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


Job hunting resources

Hello job hunters,
I have two posts for you this month.

A contact I know from Albertina Kerr says they are filling several job vacancies. Click here for the job openings.

Another contact told me about some job events and openings through WorkSource Oregon.

A-Dec, a manufacturing company located in Newberg, in conjunction with WorkSource McMinnville will hold a hiring event on Thursday, Dec. 8th, 10AM-1PM at WorkSource Tualatin, 7995 SW Mohawk St., Tualatin OR 97062. Please note: all job openings are in Newberg.

Here are the fliers for those postings.


worksource-tualatin-a-dec-employer-event (this is a “Meet the Employer” event

Happy Holidays!  Good luck on the job hunting.



November Book Group: Visitation Street

Tues., Nov. 8 (2016) at 7 p.m., the GHCL book group will meet to discuss Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda.  As always, the meeting will be held in our Annex across the street (GH Community Store, 7306 SW Oleson Rd, 2 doors down from the Baskin-Robbins.)

Book Jacket


Here are the questions, we’ll discuss:


Here are read-alikes (as suggested by NoveList):


Ivy Pochoda’s bio on the back jacked, intrigued me (a professional squash, player?!).  So here’s more info about her:


Also, I found an interesting chart on LitLovers website about how “Read-Think-Talk” while reading a book. I thought some of you would be interested in seeing this.

Happy reading!




November job hunting resources


Here’s the Nov. 2016 PDF of Beaverton-Hillsboro & Tualatin Workforce locationworkshops.  As always, we recommend calling to verify details.  The back of the calendar includes a description of the various workshops.



Good luck on your job hunt!



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