Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Fair Guest Authors Meet and Greet

SIA Spring Book Fair April 6-10
Open from 8am-3:30pm (4pm on Tuesday)
Extended hours on Thursday, April 9 from 6-7pm
in the SIA Library

SIA PTC and Treehouse Books is pleased to present our 2015 Authors for our Book Fair Meet and Greet on April 7 from 2:30-4:00pm. 
Please mark your calendars and join us in the SIA Library! 

Trinette Weber, co-author of From Shaniko to Pearl Harbor

Trinette Weber met her husband, Bob, when she was only 11 years old, shortly after he was evacuated to Portland from Pearl Harbor, following the dreadful bombing. Bob and Trinette dated on and off during high school and college, were married in 1951 and were blessed with 51 years of marriage. 

After Bob was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, they worked together on his eye witness story including the story of his Dad running away from home at the age of 15, his own childhood in Hawaii, and then how he was one of the first people to see the planes arriving to bomb the island.

After Bob's passing, it became Trinette's passion and grief therapy to finish Bob's story As a labor of love and a legacy for her children, she finished the book and now sells From Shaniko to Pearl Harbor at the Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and at several other places including her flower shop, Trinette's Floral, in Portland, Oregon. (From

William Burt, author of The King of the Trees Series

Having spent most of his teenage years vicariously adventuring in Middle Earth, the author is an avid fantasy fan. His first allegorical fantasy title, "The King of the Trees," came out in 1998 (WinePress; second edition, 2004). Bowing to reader demand, he has expanded the series to include a total of seven titles to date, with more to follow. While still in high school, he began his writing career editing his father's popular identification guides, "Edible and Poisonous Plants of the Western/Eastern States." As an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department at Western Oregon University, he served as a successful grant-writer and program coordinator.

Burt holds a B.S. in English from Lewis and Clark College and an M.S. from Western Oregon University in Deaf Education. In addition to writing books, he works as an RID-certified American Sign Language interpreter with over thirty years' experience. His interests include reading, foreign languages and mycology. He is married with two grown children. (From

Heather Nelson, author of Daisy, the Protector Dog, Lost Family: FOUND!, and First Summer with Horses

Heather Nelson lives with her family on a farm in the foothills of majestic Mount Hood, Oregon.  Daisy is a real-live dog whose behavior, personality, and love of children influenced the writing of this book.  Daisy continues to protect and entertain her "family-pack".  Heather is currently writing other inspirational animal stories. (From

Lauren Lynne, author of the Secret Watcher Series

I’m author Lauren Lynne. I’ve always been a writer but let me tell you, it’s lots more fun when I can make the choices about where a story is going. I’m also a teacher so I get that we have to have students meet certain criteria, but as a kid… I hated being told what to write. The good side of growing up is that you can write whatever you want. The down side… Now I can’t read it without my glasses!

Personally, I’m drawn to all things ‘action-adventure’ in film and literature. Notice I didn’t say ‘real life’? No bungee jumping, cliff diving or parkour for me. I’d likely kill myself as I’m a klutz. Skydiving? Nope! I’d be the one to fall out of the plane without a parachute. My oldest and I have taken karate together and I’ve spent hours watching both boys participate in a variety of sports, including parkour, without incident, unless of course you count occasional broken toes. I have created a character who is much braver, tougher and more graceful than I am.

Coming in 2015, watch for an all new genre!  a dystopian with a female protagonist.

In the pipeline… a Christmas children’s book and a coauthored fantasy. (From

Monday, March 2, 2015

Reading program begins!!

Open a Book, Find a Treasure!
Under the Sea Reading Program

Dear Parents/Guardians ~

We are so excited to have partnered with the Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens and the Portland Aquarium to bring you the Under the Sea Reading Program!

Our Reading Incentive Program will run from Monday, March 2, 2015 through Sunday, March 29, 2015.  Students have the chance to earn a small prize each week, as well as celebrate our successes with a Pool Party at the Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens on Saturday, April 4 from 2:30-4:30pm (under 7 requires a parent to be in the pool at the same time). Each participant in the program will also receive a ticket for free admission for themselves and one adult to the Portland Aquarium to be used by December 20, 2015. 

This is how the program will work:
  • Students track their reading minutes on a weekly record.  Each week’s record is attached to this letter, but should only be returned on its corresponding week (with 2 being returned the Monday after Spring Break).
  • Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade should read 20 minutes each day, 3rd, 4th, and 5th should read 30 minutes each day. The goal is to read daily. Extra reading time can be listed next to the corresponding date box, so I can congratulate them on their commitment to reading.
  • When all boxes have been marked (dated, “x” out, colored in, or whatever method you decide to use) and the record is signed by a parent/caregiver, the reading record is turned in to their classroom teacher or directly to the library.  Records are due on Mondays (two on March 30, due to Spring Break).
  • Awards will be distributed to students who have completed a record for that week during their library class.
  • The program will run for a total of four weeks, giving students four opportunities to turn in reading records. 
  • The last Monday to turn in reading records will be March 30.

As always, reading to your child counts towards their minutes goal.  If you have any questions, please contact me at or 503-621-3426.

Happy Reading!
Ms. Terra