On the Shelves: What’s Happening at the Vernonia Library

By Jennifer Moloney


Columbia County Reads 2014

January, February, and March will once again feature reading and events as part of “Columbia County Reads.”  What is this you ask?  In an attempt to provoke thought and discussion by all residents in Columbia County the local libraries unite to choose a common theme and from there books to be read, discussed, and events planned.  This year’s theme is ‘Survival, Self-Reliance, and Sustainability’.  Featured books for Columbia County Reads 2014 are:


Adult Selections - 


by Cheryl Strayed

Feeling she had nothing left to lose after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, Cheryl Strayed impulsively decided to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Coast Trail.  With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would travel from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State – and she would do it alone.  Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


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by Bill Bryson

The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America – majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes.  If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go.  And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find.  He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way – and a couple of bears.  Already a classic A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

Young Adult Selection –

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by Scott B. Williams

When massive solar flares send an intense electromagnetic pulse to Earth, every electrical device is fried instantly.  The modern world that sixteen-year-old Mitch Henley has always known comes crashing down.  Anarchy, looting, and chaos explode all around him.  Stranded in New Orleans, Mitch escapes into the Mississippi backwoods he knows so well, hoping to stay alive using the survival and hunting skills he learned from his game-warden father.



Juvenile Selection –


by Gary Paulsen

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes.  Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present – and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents’ divorce.  But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair – it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

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Events will begin around the county on January 7th with “A Demonstration of Spinning” at the St. Helens Public Library.  Please stop by a Columbia County Library to check out a ‘Columbia County Reads’ selection book and for a list of scheduled events or visit the Vernonia Public Library website for more information.