Take advantage of new programs

A variety of events and new programs are offered at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 760 Fourth St.

Scheduled events include:

  • First Tuesday on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. featuring musician Enric Sifa, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. To comfort himself and other children living on the streets of Rwanda, he began singing his mother’s songs. Now he speaks and performs in both Rwanda and the United States, advocating for marginalized children. This performance is part of the Lake Oswego Reads program and admission is free.

  • Learn how to use your e-reader Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Library staff members will teach visitors how to download free books from the library’s Library2Go service.

  • Pay for library fines with food donations during February. The library’s annual Food for Fines program enables library users to pay their overdue fines with nonperishable food donations. For every item donated, the library will waive 50 cents in overdue fines. The food will be donated to the Clackamas Service Center.

  • Free tax preparation assistance is offered. AARP tax assistance will be available at the library by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 12. The library is a regional site for this AARP-sponsored tax aide program, which is specifically designed to assist taxpayers with special needs including people with disabilities, those with low to fixed incomes and the elderly.

    The program is a nonprofit, confidential service staffed by trained volunteers. While volunteers may not be able to help with complicated returns, they are prepared to handle most situations for retired and low-income individuals.

    Volunteers will prepare and file taxes electronically only, no paper returns. Appointments may be made by calling the library reference department at 503-675-2540.

  • Teens are invited to participate in a Mario Kart tournament Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. Gamers grades seven through 12th are invited to play for prizes in a Mario Kart tournament on the library’s lower level. Snacks will be provided. Participants should register by calling 503-697-6580.

  • The teen writing group will meet Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor. Facilitator Dave Jarecki is a professional writer who runs youth and adult writing workshops and is an adjunct fellow at Portland’s Attic Institute. Call 503-697-6580 for more information. Arrive early because the workshop begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

  • The Spanish conversation group will meet Feb. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. High school students in second-year Spanish and above are invited to practice their Spanish language skills in a new interactive group featuring conversation, games and other speaking activities in the library’s lower level.

    The program will be facilitated by Juan Maria Iglesias, an adjunct Spanish language instructor at Portland State University.

    The goal of this group is to bring students together who enjoy speaking Spanish and are looking for a casual practice setting outside of class. Call 503-697-6580 to sign up.

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