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Posted on: January 2, 2019

One Book, One Beaverton: A Month of Programs at Beaverton City Library

BEAVERTON, Ore. – What if all of Beaverton read the same book? Can sharing in the experience of a work of literature spark meaningful discussion that brings us together as a community? You are invited to join Beaverton City Library as the community comes together to explore the outer reaches of space and, in the process, discover our common humanity.

In January, join the library for special programs that tie into themes from The Wanderers by Meg Howrey—the inaugural title for our community-wide reading event, One Book, One Beaverton.

The Book Club at Murray Scholls (at the Murray Scholls branch)

Thursday, Jan. 3 | 10-11:45 a.m.

A discussion of The Wanderers facilitated by library staff.

How to Pee, Poop & Barf in Space, with Dr. Jan Dabrowski

Tuesday, Jan. 8 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In this fascinating talk, Dr. Jan Dabrowski will explore the deeper (and more human) meaning of “going” where no one has gone before.

Story Slam: Space Edition

Thursday, Jan. 10 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Story Slam is a friendly, open-mic storytelling competition in which storytellers chosen at random take to the stage to tell their true, personal, 5- to 8-minute story.

Community Crafting for Adults: Space-themed Origami with Yuki Martin

Monday, Jan. 14 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Registration required

Origami artist Yuki Martin will demonstrate a variety of collapsible folding methods used by astronauts in space and teach participants to fold using one of these methods.

Recommended Reads Book Group

Tuesday, Jan. 22 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Registration required

A discussion of The Wanderers facilitated by library staff.

The Science and Art of Flight Mission Simulation, with Mary K. Kaiser, Ph.D.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Dr. Mary K. Kaiser provides a historical overview of human-in-the-loop simulations, culminating in full-mission simulation capabilities similar to those described in The Wanderers.

Space-themed Board Gaming

Saturday, Jan. 26 | 2-5 p.m.

Conquer the final frontier—board game style! We will have Mars and space-themed games available for open play, courtesy of Game House Cafe. All ages welcome!

Film Showing: Gravity

Tuesday, Jan. 29 | 6 p.m.

Two astronauts find themselves stranded in space after a disastrous accident destroys their shuttle and wipes out the rest of their crew. PG-13, 91 min.

Book Discussion

Monday, Jan. 28 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Registration required

A discussion of The Wanderers facilitated by library staff.

These programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required for some events. To register, visit or call 503-644-2197, option 2. Registration begins one month before the program. More information is available at Beaverton City Library Main is located at 12375 SW 5th St. and the Murray Scholls branch is located at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102.

For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.

About The Wanderers

Howrey’s gripping, near-future novel The Wanderers tells the story of three career astronauts, Helen, Yoshi and Sergei, who have been chosen by a private space firm to undertake the first human voyage to Mars. Prior to their mission, they must prove their psychological and physical fitness by completing a seventeen-month simulation of the Mars voyage, during which their every movement will be observed by a team of experts.

Author Meg Howrey was inspired to write the book by the real Mars500, a program run by the European Space Agency and the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems that simulated a 500-day round-trip voyage to the Red Planet. After researching the history of space exploration and diving into astronaut memoirs, Howrey says she found herself most intrigued with “the idea of simulation and simulacra, and to what extent simulations factor into our lives in ways we don’t realize.”

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