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Read a book or two during spring break, and you could win a $100 gift certificate for more books with the Beavers Read Spring Break Challenge. 

Here’s how the challenge goes:

1. Read a book, any book, just because you want to read it.

2. Share the book by any of these channels:

a. Post a picture or description to Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #BeaversRead, or

b. Post on the Valley Library Facebook page, or

c. Fill out a card at the Valley Library Info Desk. 

If you share what book you’ve read in any of the ways above, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Grass Roots Books and Music (www.grassrootsbookstore.com). One OSU student and one OSU employee will win. The contest will run from March 13-27. Folks may post multiple times, but we will only count one entry per person.  

So for a chance to win in the Beavers Read Spring Break Challenge, just relax and read a good book during spring break, and then tell us which book you’ve read.

Read a book or two during spring break, and you could win a $100 gift certificate for more books with the Beavers Read Spring Break Challenge. 

Here’s how the challenge goes:

1. Read a book, any book, just because you want to read it.

2. Share the book by any of these channels:

a. Post a picture or description to Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #BeaversRead, or

b. Post on the Valley Library Facebook page, or

c. Fill out a card at the Valley Library Info Desk. 

If you share what book you’ve read in any of the ways above, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Grass Roots Books and Music (www.grassrootsbookstore.com). One OSU student and one OSU employee will win. The contest will run from March 13-27. Folks may post multiple times, but we will only count one entry per person.  

So for a chance to win in the Beavers Read Spring Break Challenge, just relax and read a good book during spring break, and then tell us which book you’ve read.

Borrow a blue light lamp from the Valley Library’s Circulation Desk and add a little boost of energy to your day. Blue light lamps now check out for three days, so take one home to chase away the winter blues. Questions? Find out more at the library's Circulation Desk.

Come by the Valley Library’s Circulation Desk if you'd like to borrow a board game. All games check out for one week so that you can take one home to enjoy with friends, or play it in the building for a quick study break.

Want more games? Fill out a survey when you borrow a game to make your request.

Questions? Find out more at the Circulation Desk on the library's second floor.

The Internal Revenue Service and the state of Oregon encourage you to file your taxes electronically this year. However, for people who still prefer to use pen and paper to do their taxes, we have some options for you. We have a limited number of federal tax forms to distribute, consisting of Forms 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ, and instructions for each. You can copy other forms and instructions from https://www.irs.gov, or you can make copies from a book of reproducible tax forms that we have at the Information Desk on the Valley Library’s second floor. The state of Oregon doesn’t distribute printed forms, but you can find these online at http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/Pages/index.aspx.

The Internal Revenue Service and the state of Oregon encourage you to file your taxes electronically this year. However, for people who still prefer to use pen and paper to do their taxes, we have some options for you. We have a limited number of federal tax forms to distribute, consisting of Forms 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ, and instructions for each. You can copy other forms and instructions from https://www.irs.gov, or you can make copies from a book of reproducible tax forms that we have at the Information Desk on the Valley Library’s second floor. The state of Oregon doesn’t distribute printed forms, but you can find these online at http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/Pages/index.aspx.

The Internal Revenue Service and the state of Oregon encourage you to file your taxes electronically this year. However, for people who still prefer to use pen and paper to do their taxes, we have some options for you. We have a limited number of federal tax forms to distribute, consisting of Forms 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ, and instructions for each. You can copy other forms and instructions from https://www.irs.gov, or you can make copies from a book of reproducible tax forms that we have at the Information Desk on the Valley Library’s second floor. The state of Oregon doesn’t distribute printed forms, but you can find these online at http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/Pages/index.aspx.

The Internal Revenue Service and the state of Oregon encourage you to file your taxes electronically this year. However, for people who still prefer to use pen and paper to do their taxes, we have some options for you. We have a limited number of federal tax forms to distribute, consisting of Forms 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ, and instructions for each. You can copy other forms and instructions from https://www.irs.gov, or you can make copies from a book of reproducible tax forms that we have at the Information Desk on the Valley Library’s second floor. The state of Oregon doesn’t distribute printed forms, but you can find these online at http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/Pages/index.aspx.

Max Geier, the author of The Color of Night: Race, Railroaders and Murder in the Wartime West, published by OSU Press, will talk about his book, the controversial murder trial that it covers, answer questions and do a book-signing on Wednesday, February 17. The event is at 5:00-6:30 p.m. on the Valley Library’s fifth floor in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center Reading Room. Light refreshments will be served. 

In conjunction with the book about a train worker, the event will begin with a short presentation about an oral history collection at the Valley Library of recordings of African American porters who worked on trains on the West Coast. 

About the book, The Color of Night

On a cold January night in 1943, Martha James was murdered on a train near Albany, Oregon. She was white, southern and newly-married to a Navy pilot. Despite inconsistent and contradictory eyewitness accounts, a young black cook on the train named Robert Folkes was charged with the crime. The ensuing investigation and sensational murder trial involving “Oregon’s murdered war bride” captured national attention during a period of intense wartime fervor and extensive black domestic migration. Folkes’s trial and controversial conviction — resulting in his execution by the state of Oregon — reshaped how Oregonians and others in the West thought about race, class and privilege.

The investigation, trial and conviction of Robert Folkes galvanized civil rights activists, labor organizers and community leaders into challenging the flawed judicial process and ultimately the death penalty in Oregon. The Color of Night will appeal to true crime aficionados and anyone interested in the history of race and labor relations, working conditions, community priorities, and attitudes toward the death penalty in the first half of the 20th century.

Max Geier, the author of The Color of Night: Race, Railroaders and Murder in the Wartime West, published by OSU Press, will talk about his book, the controversial murder trial that it covers, answer questions and do a book-signing on Wednesday, February 17. The event is at 5:00-6:30 p.m. on the Valley Library’s fifth floor in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center Reading Room. Light refreshments will be served. 

In conjunction with the book about a train worker, the event will begin with a short presentation about an oral history collection at the Valley Library of recordings of African American porters who worked on trains on the West Coast. 

About the book, The Color of Night

On a cold January night in 1943, Martha James was murdered on a train near Albany, Oregon. She was white, southern and newly-married to a Navy pilot. Despite inconsistent and contradictory eyewitness accounts, a young black cook on the train named Robert Folkes was charged with the crime. The ensuing investigation and sensational murder trial involving “Oregon’s murdered war bride” captured national attention during a period of intense wartime fervor and extensive black domestic migration. Folkes’s trial and controversial conviction — resulting in his execution by the state of Oregon — reshaped how Oregonians and others in the West thought about race, class and privilege.

The investigation, trial and conviction of Robert Folkes galvanized civil rights activists, labor organizers and community leaders into challenging the flawed judicial process and ultimately the death penalty in Oregon. The Color of Night will appeal to true crime aficionados and anyone interested in the history of race and labor relations, working conditions, community priorities, and attitudes toward the death penalty in the first half of the 20th century.

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