Library News January 2024

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Teens & Tweens



CML and Bethany Community Libraries (CMBCL) invite you to find event calendars, storytime schedules and more on CMBCL’s website. (Abbreviations: Cedar Mill Library is CML, 1080 NW Saltzman Rd.; Bethany Library Annex is BLA, 4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2; Bethany Library is BL, 15325 NW Central Drive, Suite J-8y). For more information, call (503) 644-0043, website; email


Grab and Go Crafts

First Fridays, January 5, CML and BL

Pick up craft supplies at either library. Crafts are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. One per child, please.

STEM Pop-Up Activity

Tuesday, January 16 & Friday, January 26, 2-4 pm, BL, Ages 6-11

Drop in for some self-directed, easy STEM projects.

Play & Learn

Saturday, January 20, 10 am-12 pm, CML, Ages 2-6

Drop in to play and discover with your child.

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Dragon Party

Friday, January 26, 2-3:30 pm, CML, Ages 6-11

Fans of Dragon Masters or Wings of Fire will want to join us for dragon-themed crafts and games!


Learn more at

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Wednesdays, January 17-March 6, 11:30-12 pm, CML, Ages 0-12 months
Fridays, January 19-March 8, 11:30-12 pm, BLA, Ages 0-12 months
Toddler Storytime
Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 16-March 7, 10:30-11 am, CML, 12-36 months
Mondays & Tuesdays, January 16-March 5, 10:30-11 am, BLA, Ages 3+
Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays, January 17-March 6, 10:30-11 am, CML, Ages 3+
Thursdays, January 18-March 7, 10:30-11 am, BLA, Ages 3+
Family Storytime
Saturday, January 6, 10:30-11 am, CML, Ages 2+

Find more fun for kids at

Teens & Tweens

Chaotic Crusaders Club: Dungeons & Dragons for Teens

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Saturday, January 13, 1-3 pm, CML, Ages 11-18

Registration Required. Join us for a game of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. New and experienced players welcome!

Teen DIY Crafternoon

Saturday, January 20, 2-3:30 pm, BLA, Ages 11-18

Registration Required. Use our art supplies and DIY a craft of your choice.

Teen Game Night: Super Smash Bros. Tourney

Friday, January 26, 6-8 pm, CML, Ages 11-18

Registration Required. Compete in our Smash Bros Tournament.

Visit to find resources for teens and tweens.


Resource Fair

Wednesday, January 10, 11 am-1 pm, CML, Adults

Curious about how to navigate Medicare, understand Waste Management services, find legal resources, or access services for those in your care? Local organizations will be available to answer questions and share information about important services. For a full list of organizations attending, please visit our Events webpage.

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Winter Night Astronomy

Thursday, January 11, 5:30-7:30 pm, location TBD, Adults & Teens

Registration Recommended. Join Rose City Astronomers for an outdoor stargazing tour highlighting the treasures found in the winter night sky. Observe planets and deep-sky objects via high-powered telescopes. Bring lawn chairs and warm clothes or blankets. In case of clouds, we will switch to an indoor presentation. Check our website for the location.

Avid Adventurers Alliance: Dungeons & Dragons for Adults

Saturday, January 13, 1-3 pm, CML, Ages 19+

Registration Required. Calling all adventurers! Do you want to save the day from terrifying monsters, cast powerful, reality-bending spells, and solve puzzles and traps using your wits, all while making new friends? Then grab your dice and join us for a game of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. New and experienced players welcome!

Community Conversations: Housing and Belonging

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Wednesday, January 17, 6-7:30 pm, CML, Adults

Explore common assumptions and perspectives about the experience of houseless-ness/homelessness and seek to answer the question: How do we decide who “belongs” in our community?

Reverse Engineer Your Food

Thursday, January 25, 6:30-7:30 pm, CML, Adults & Teens

Have you ever wanted to recreate a dish? Join a food scientist as she explains the science behind reverse engineering food and make a spice mix together.

Monthly Groups for Adults

Questions? Write and visit the Library website.

Writers’ Mill
Sunday, January 21, 1-3 pm, Hybrid CML & Zoom, Adults & Teens 16+

The Writers’ Mill will start the year by celebrating last year’s achievements and making plans for speakers and topics for 2024. We are “writers helping writers” and we’d love to welcome you. Find out more on our website at Portland Writers’ Mill website or ask at the library.

Owl Book Group
Friday, January 26, 10:30 am-12 pm, CML, Ages 16+
January 26: Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Discuss a recent or popular title together. Newcomers welcome! Email to receive location details prior to the event.

Voices in Verse
Saturday, January 27, 10:30 am-12 pm, Online via Zoom

Share your own poetry or listen to others read their favorites.

Learn more about library groups and events for adults at

Second Edition Resale

Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4, 1050 NW Saltzman Rd.

Start the New Year with new-to-you finds at Second Edition Resale!

Upcoming Themes: January 2-14: East Asia; January 16-21: India; January 23-28: International; January 30-February 14: Valentine’s Day

All proceeds from your purchases made at Second Edition Resale support Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries. Donations accepted Tuesday through Saturday during business hours, except during Storewide Sales weeks. See the article in Business News for more information. Learn more on the Second Edition Resale webpage. Follow @SecondEditionResale on Facebook and Instagram to see the newest items and keep up with promotions and sales.

Library Book Sale

CMBCL’s Book Sale offers over 2,000 titles at great prices waiting to be yours!

100% of your Book Sale purchases and donations benefit the nonprofit Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries. Questions about donating? Call 503-644-0043×116 or visit the Book Sale webpage.