Library News August 2023

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Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries Events and Programs

All Ages
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Teens & Tweens

Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries Events and Programs

All Ages:

Find Your Voice: 2023 Summer Reading Challenge

Everyone can participate in our Summer Reading Challenge. Visit the Cedar Mill Library website  to learn more.

Bethany Village summer concerts

Thursday, August 10, 6-9 pm, Bethany Library

Drop by the Bethany Library Annex during the summer concert for fun outdoor activities and to play games inside while cooling off!


Find more fun for kids on our website’s kid events page.

Create with LEGOs

Wednesday, August 2, 10:30-12 pm, Cedar Mill Library, ages 5+

Tuesday, August 15, 10:30-12 pm, Bethany Library Annex, ages 5+

Join us for our popular drop-in program for kids who enjoy building, creating, and imagining with LEGOs.

Grab and go crafts

Friday, August 4, Library Hours, Cedar Mill Library & Bethany Library

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

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Dance party

Wednesday, August 23, 10:30-11:15 am, Bethany Library Annex, ages 2+

Get those wiggles out to fun, upbeat songs kids will love! Drop in anytime during the program; no registration is required.

Pokémon party

Thursday, August 24, 10:30-12 pm, Cedar Mill Library, ages 6-11

Join us for crafts, Pokémon tournament video games, and more. Feel free to bring your own cards and/or handheld console if you wish.

Family storytimes

Tuesdays & Fridays, through August 11, 10:30-11 am, Cedar Mill Library

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, through August 9, 10:30-11 am, Bethany Library Annex

Join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and movement! Ages 2+. Learn more about storytimes on the Cedar Mill Library website.

Teens & Tweens:

For more resources, visit our website’s teen events page.

Escape Room: Break out of Lemoncello’s Library

Friday, August 4, 1:00-1:45 pm, Cedar Mill Library, ages 8+ and families

Can you and your friends escape Mr. Lemoncello’s library after getting locked in after school? Registration required.

Make your own candy sushi!

Sunday, August 13, 2-3:30 pm, Bethany Library Annex, ages 11-18

Come learn how to roll your sushi…with candy! All the fun of sushi, with none of the fish. (Well, maybe some Swedish Fish.) Materials provided; registration required.

Teen movie night

Friday, August 18, 5:30-7:30 PM, Cedar Mill Library, ages 11-18

Come cool off at the library with Teen Movie Night! Bring your sailing skills and sense of adventure, but leave your pet pigs and roosters at home as we watch an animated Disney film. Snacks are provided; registration recommended.


Learn more about groups for adults at our website’s adult events page.

Practice your Spanish skills!

Wednesdays, August 9, 6:30-7:30 pm, Cedar Mill Library

Want to practice your Spanish with other language learners? Join us for a Spanish language conversation hour every second Wednesday of the month in person at the Cedar Mill Library. The conversation hour is not an instructional course but an excellent opportunity to chat and improve your Spanish language skills through facilitated conversation.

Bridging the divide

Saturday, August 12, 10-1, Cedar Mill Library

In our current polarized political environment, many people avoid or dread political conversations with friends or family members whose politics differ from theirs. They rightly worry that any attempts at political discussions will devolve into arguments and acrimony, resulting in hurt feelings or anger. Braver Angels Skills for Bridging the Divide Workshops teach skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. They also give participants a safe environment to practice those skills.

Takohachi X performance

Thursday, August 17, 6:30-7:30 pm, Bethany Library Annex

Takohachi X is a powerful musical performance by Yumi Torimaru and Kohei Kimura. Experience Tsugaru-shamisen, Shinobue (bamboo flute), Shakuhachi, and vocals from old Japanese history to new original compositions.

Medicare 101

Wednesday, August 23, 6:30-7:30 pm, Cedar Mill Library

Join Michelle Hernandez from Health Plans in Oregon as she goes over the basics of Medicare, what parts are right for you, and how to enroll. There will be plenty of time for questions at the end.

Health coverage basics

Wednesday, August 30, 4-5:30 pm, Bethany Library Annex

Join an Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace representative to talk about health coverage basics and how special enrollment periods work.

Winterize your garden

Thursday, August 31, 6:30-7:30 pm, Cedar Mill Library

The harvest is complete and the flowers have faded…now what? Join an OSU Extension Service Master Gardener to understand what to do and not to do to prepare your garden for the winter. Topics will include managing a vegetable or edible plants garden to reduce overwintering of pests and disease, how to support wildlife in your garden over the winter months, and plants that can be enjoyed in the winter months in the Willamette Valley.

Monthly groups for adults

Questions? Write and visit the Cedar Mill Library events page.

Writers’ Mill

Sunday, August 20, 1-3 pm, hybrid

Join a community of writers meeting in person at Cedar Mill Library or online over Zoom! This month’s speaker is author/editor Sheila Deeth, talking about the purpose and joy of editing–both for others and ourselves. The deadline for submissions to our annual anthology is fast approaching. Members will learn about creating a worthwhile collection. Ask our friendly librarians for the Zoom link or sign up on the Portland Writers’ Mill website.

Owl Book Group

Friday, August 25, 10:30-12 pm, Cedar Mill Library & Zoom

Learn which titles the group will discuss monthly by visiting our website calendar.

Voices in Verse

Saturday, August 26, 10:30-12 pm, online via Zoom

Share your poetry or listen to others read their favorites.

Save year-round through Second Edition Resale!

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

Visit Second Edition Resale for new-to-you treasures at unbeatable prices! Look for colored tags to save 50%-75% off already low prices. All proceeds from Second Edition Resale purchases and item donations support Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries. Store and donation hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.

Upcoming Themes:

  • Aug 1-6: Tropical
  • Aug 7-27: Back to School & Western
  • Aug 28-Sep 3: Storewide SALE!

Learn more on the Cedar Mill Library website, and see the store’s latest treasures on Instagram and Facebook (@SecondEditionResale).

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 x 116 or visit our book sale website.