Library News November 2023

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

Writers’ Mill: NaNoWriMo

Sunday, November 19, 1-3, CML and Zoom

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month! Local writers will learn how to upload a book to Amazon for Kindle and print. The Writers’ Mill annual anthology will be uploaded during the event. Contact the library for more info, or sign up on our website to receive email newsletters.

Library Events and Programs

Find event calendars, storytime schedules, and more at our library website.

Multiple age groups

Talking Comics

Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8 pm, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, 11375 SW Center St., ages 10+

Hear Artist Cat Farris talk about making comics & what it’s like to work in the industry. She has published work with major publishers and small indie presses in a variety of styles and genres. Please register for this special program so we can give detailed info on the offsite location.

Bethany Village tree lighting & holiday market

Tuesday, November 28, 4-8, BLA, all ages

Warm up at the Annex during this annual community event and make a fun tree ornament craft.


Little Kids Dance Party

Thursday, November 2, 10:30-11 am, CML, ages 2-6

Bring your energy and enjoy music and movement along with a few special stories!

Dinosaur Fun!

Thursday, November 2, 10:30-11:15 am, BLA, ages 3+

Little kids are invited to attend this spectacular DINOvember event featuring dinosaur-themed stories, songs, crafts, and activities!

Grab-and-Go Crafts

Friday, November 3, CML & BL, all ages

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

Diwali Craft

Saturday, November 4, 11-1, CML & BL, ages 5+

On the occasion of Diwali, make a beautiful craft with us at both libraries and decorate your home with the festive spirit!


Saturday, November 18, 2-3:30, CML, ages 8+

It’s Dinovember! Sew a felt dinosaur friend to keep.

Dinosaur Coloring Craft

Monday, November 20, 2-4, BL, ages 3+

Drop in and color your own mini dinosaur! While supplies last.

LEGO Free Play

Monday, November 20, 10:30-12, CML, ages 5+

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

Dinosaur Pencil Toppers

Tuesday, November 21, 2-4, BL, ages 5+

Drop in anytime to cut and color a cute dinosaur pencil topper. While supplies last.

Storytimes Winter Session:

November 6-December 13

Learn more at our library website.


Wednesdays, 11:30 am-12 pm, CML, ages 0-12 months

Toddler Storytime

Tuesdays & Thursdays (excluding November 23), 10:30-11, CML, 12-36 months
Mondays & Tuesdays, 10:30-11, BLA, 12-36 months

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays, 10:30-11, CML, ages 3+
Thursdays (Excluding November 23), 10:30-11, BLA, ages 3+

Hindi Family Storytime

Saturday, November 18, 10:30-11, BLA, ages 2+

Find more fun for kids on our website.

Teens & Tweens

Chaotic Crusaders Club: Dungeons & Dragons

Saturday, November 11, 1-3 pm, CML, ages 11-18

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 are welcome! Registration required.

Super Smash Tourney

Friday, November 17, 6-8 pm, CML, ages 11-18

Compete in our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament. Meet your friends and play console games together. Switch, Wii, and Gamecube games are available. Tournament will be played with library consoles and controllers, but participants can bring well-labeled controllers to use with non-tournament devices. All characters available except DLC. Registration required.

Visit the library teen webpage to find more resources.


Building Textured Worlds: Diversity in Sci-fi and Fantasy World Building Workshop (NaNoWriMo Series)

Thursday, November 2, 6:30-7:30 pm, CML

The worlds of sci-fi and fantasy suffer from a lack of diversity, and even though strides have been made in recent decades many authors may be unsure about how to be more inclusive in their storytelling. Join Brian Parker as he goes over character development and world building principles that you can use to add more texture to your worlds. Part of our NaNoWriMo Challenge.

Fighting Climate Change

Saturday, November 4, 10:30-12, CML

Concerned about climate change but don’t know what you can do about it? Come learn about how Oregon’s climate is likely to change and the many effects of those changes. We will also discuss ways in which the state is responding to the climate threats and ways you can help fight and prepare for climate change, including taking advantage of the financial incentives available from the Inflation Reduction Act.

Open Enrollment Q&A

Wednesday, November 8, 1-3, CML
Wednesday, November 15, 1-3, BLA

Medicare and Individual Market Place Open Enrollment time is upon us. Do you have any questions about your insurance? Do you know if you qualify for state assistance? Health insurance offers many benefits, but it can be complicated and confusing sifting through all of the options available. Come to the library and talk to insurance advocates from Health Plans in Oregon who can help you choose the plan that is right for you.

Supporting Your Child’s Literacy in K-3

Wednesday, November 8, 6:30-7:30 pm, CML and Zoom

Find out more about your child’s literacy development and their progress towards becoming an independent reader. Learn how the Science of Reading can help you support your child’s literacy development in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Free resources available through the National Center on Improving Literacy will be provided. Presenter: Rachell Keys, Reading Specialist, ECRI trainer. Registration Required to attend online. Zoom link will be emailed one hour before the program.

Writing the Romance Novel (NaNoWriMo Series)

Thursday, November 9, 6:30-7:30 pm, BLA

Get started with basic computer skills and practice with devices like laptops, tablets, and cellphones. Bring your own device or use one of the library’s laptops.

Avid Adventurers Alliance: Dungeons & Dragons for Adults

Saturday, November 11, 1-3 pm, CML, 19+

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 are welcome! Registration is required.

Cloud Storage

Thursday, November 9, 2:30-3:45 pm, CML, Adults

Learn the basics of cloud storage—a technology that lets you store documents, images, and other media files remotely while giving you greater accessibility, reliability, and protection for your important data. We’ll discuss what it is, why it’s the future of data storage, and demonstrate a few of the most popular services.

Monthly Groups for Adults

Questions? Email or visit the library website.

Owl Book Group

Friday, December 1, 10:30 am-12 pm, CML, ages 16+

Join us in person this month to discuss “Lucy By the Sea,” by Elizabeth Stout. Newcomers welcome! Email to receive location details prior to the event.

Voices in Verse

Saturday, November 25, 10:30 am-12 pm, CML and Zoom

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

Learn more about library groups and events for adults at library adults webpage.

Save year-round at Second Edition Resale!

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

Get festive for less at Second Edition Resale! Find unique holiday décor and gifts in the shop all November long. Bundle up with warm clothing for the whole family. New items daily. Don’t miss storewide sales coming up in December!

Upcoming Themes: November 1-22: Winter Holiday and Thanksgiving; November 25-December 17: Winter Holiday/Christmas.

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.

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