Show your school pride during library's food drive

When you think of West Linn Public Library and the Civil War, maybe you think of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” or the DVDs of Ken Burns’ epic television miniseries “The Civil War.”

You probably wouldn’t expect to be choosing sides for the upcoming Oregon State University Beavers /University of Oregon Ducks football game, and yet that is exactly the opportunity you will have Nov. 23-30 at your library.

The highlight of West Linn Public Library’s Civil War celebration will be a canned food drive to benefit the West Linn Food Pantry. Bring your nonperishable items to the library and put them in the bin decorated for whichever team you support. Contributions per team will be tallied to determine the level of support for the Ducks vs. the Beavers. Please note that this is not related to the library’s past Food for Fines program; no fines will be reduced for your contributions in support of OSU or UO.

You will also have the opportunity to predict the final score for the Nov. 29 Civil War football game. The winner(s) will be rewarded with a lifetime of bragging rights. There will also be paper pennants that families can take home, decorate and return to the library for display in the young teen and kid areas.

On display downstairs at the library will be duck- and beaver-themed children’s books, including Marie and Roland Smith’s classic “B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet” and Sybille Kalas’ “The Beaver Family Book.” Representing the Oregon Ducks will be David Shannon’s “Duck on a Bike” and Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings.”

The kids’ area will also have two small football-shaped gumball machines, one filled with green and yellow candy and one filled with orange and black candy. The kids who guess correctly the numbers of candies get to take the gumball machines home. Thanks to the Friends of West Linn Library for their sponsorship.

The upstairs display of books and movies related to Eugene and Corvallis and their respective universities will include the 1978 college cult classic “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” which was filmed in part on the UO campus; and the work of iconic author Ken Kesey, UO graduate. Scoring for OSU in the literary department will be Bernard Malamud’s 1961 “A New Life,” written while the Pulitzer Prize-winning Malamud was an instructor at OSU.

Lumosity recently released its “America’s Smartest City” ratings, with Corvallis at No. 22 and Eugene at No. 95. Famous alumni of UO include Nike founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, and Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear Company. OSU produced two-time Nobel Prize-winner Linus Pauling (1954 Nobel Prize in chemistry and the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize. Pauling is the only person ever to win two unshared Nobel Prizes.) The McMenamin brothers—Brian and Mike—also graduated from OSU.

Regardless of the outcome of the UO/OSU football game, West Linn patrons and families will be the big winners of the Civil War rivalry. Our celebration kicks off Nov. 23.

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