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Mink River floods North Plains


by: COURTESY PHOTO - Local author Brian Doyle comes to the North Plains Library as part of a month-long extravaganza celebrating his book, Mink River.February is "Mink River" month at the North Plains Public Library, where Brian Doyle's award-winning book was chosen for the library's sixth annual community reading program. The month will be filled with events related to the book.

Doyle, who lives in Lake Oswego, is the editor of Portland magazine at the University of Portland's. He will trek out to North Plains for a "meet the author" event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. He will return to lead a writers' workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

"Mink River" is set in a fictional Oregon Coast town where residents are split between Irish and Native American backgrounds.

Library events play up those heritage themes, starting with musical duo Brenda Searcy and Jim Lowenhertz, who will perform a variety of Celtic songs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Along with the songs will come jigs, reels, ballads and historical background.

Storyteller Will Hornyak will regale audiences with tales of Native American and Irish Celtic legends such as those found in Doyle's work at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, there will be a book discussion of "Mink River" led by Mike Spooner.

Celtic quilts by Philomena Durcan will be displayed in the computer program room and above the checkout desk. Durcan will speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 on “The Celts and Their Art.” Her four books on the subject are available for checkout at the library.

Learn to create "Mink River"-themed art on your own with a class at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Jacque Hermens will teach a two-hour class on weaving Native American pine needle baskets. Call the library to register at 503-647-5051.

All events are free and open to all ages, both members and visitors.

North Plains Public Library is located at 31360 N.W. Commercial St. in North Plains.