Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries December 2023

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Events and Programs, December 2023

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 library.cedarmill.org; email askucml@wccls.org.

Annual Kids’ Library Fundraiser

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Your generous gift gives the children in our community the joy of discovery! Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries are asking for the community’s help in purchasing Discovery activity tables for the children’s areas at both libraries. Learn more and make your donation at the CML website.

2023 Winter Reading Challenge

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December 1-January 15

Curl up with a cup of cocoa and a good book this winter. Everyone is invited to participate in CMBCL’s Winter Reading Challenge! Our community goal is to read 10,000 minutes. Count your reading and activities on a paper log available at either the library or log your reading with the Beanstack app. Participants will have the chance to win a gift certificate generously donated by Piccolo Mondo Toys. Learn more and register at the library website.

Teen artist’s talent benefits CMBCL

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At the age of sixteen, Sunset High School student Sophia You is already an accomplished artist who is using her talents to benefit local libraries. In addition to sorting and shelving materials each week as a volunteer at Cedar Mill Library, You creates illustrations for use in promoting library programs. The teen started out designing coloring sheets that the libraries delivered along with books to local childcare sites as part of their Bookshare Program. 

The libraries’ Teen Services Manager, Mark Richardson says, “Sophia has been volunteering at the library since 2021. She has created artwork for our NaMoWriMo program and our Spring Crosshatch reading challenge and has even designed buttons for us. We’re thankful for all her contributions!” 

You’s latest artwork supports the libraries’ Winter Reading Challenge with designs featuring the challenge’s 2023 theme, “Bundle Up with a Book”. 

Holiday Book Sale

Holiday and winter-themed books, CDs, DVDs, and gently read books suitable for gift giving will be available for purchase at CML beginning December 1. Visit the Mezzanine to find items for adults. Shop for kids at the Children’s Book Sale table near the front door. Available while supplies last. CMBCL’s Book Sale at CML and in the libraries’ Amazon store is an ongoing fundraiser for your nonprofit community libraries. All Book Sale proceeds benefit library operations. Questions about donating? Call 503-644-0043 or visit our book sale website.


LEGO Free Play

Monday, December 18, 1:30-3 pm, BLA
Wednesday, December 27, 10:30 am-12 pm, CML

Drop in to build with LEGOs! Ages 5 and above.

OBOB Individual Trivia

Tuesday, December 19, 10:30 am & 11:30 am, online via Zoom (registration required)
Wednesday, December 20, 10:30 am & 11:30 am, CML
Thursday, December 21, 10:30 am & 11:30 am, BLA

Test your individual OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) knowledge! Open to grades 3-5.

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Coloring Crafts

Tuesday, December 26-Friday, December 29, all day, BL, Ages 5+

Drop in any time and color! Various coloring crafts will be available throughout the week.

Music4Harmony Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo

Thursday, December 28, 10:30 am-12 pm, CML, Ages 5+

Experience a morning of musical delights with a string performance and instrument petting zoo with players from Music4Harmony.

Storytime Winter Session

Through December 13

Storytimes resume in January. Learn more at our storytime website.


Wednesdays, through December 13, 11:30 am-12 pm, CML, ages 0-12 months

Toddler Storytime

Tuesdays & Thursdays, through December 14, 10:30-11 am, CML, ages 12-36 months
Mondays & Tuesdays, through December 14, 10:30-11 am, BLA, ages 12-36 months

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays, through December 13, 10:30-11 am, CML, ages 3+
Thursdays, through December 13, 10:30-11 am, BLA, ages 3+

Find more fun for kids on our events page.

Teens & Tweens

Teen Mystery Fest

Friday, December 8, 1-2:30 pm, CML, ages 11+

Someone has been poisoned! Role-play a character and figure out ‘whodunit’. Registration required. 

Chaotic Crusaders Club: Dungeons & Dragons

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Saturdays, December 9, 1-3 pm, CML, ages 11-18

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

Game Night: Mario Kart

Friday, December 15, 6-8 pm, CML, ages 11+

Pick your character and see who has mastered the courses. Other console games will be available too. Registration required.

OBOB Trivia (6-8 Division)

Tuesday, December 19, 2 pm & 3 pm, BLA & online via Zoom, ages 11-13

Test your knowledge as we ask multiple rounds of Kahoot trivia questions on this year’s OBOB books. Registration required. 

Teen Crafternoon: Fingerknitting

Friday, December 29, 2 pm, Ages 11-18, CML

Learn how to knit with nothing more than some yarn and your fingers! Registration required. 

Teen DIY Crafternoon

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

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

Teen Game Night: Super Smash Bros Tourney

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

Compete in our Smash Bros Tournament! Registration required. 

Visit our  to find more resources.


Open Enrollment Q&A

Friday, December 8, 10 am-12 pm, BLA
Friday, December 15, 10 am-12 pm, CML

Learn about Medicare and Individual Market Place Open Enrollment. Talk to insurance advocates from Health Plans in Oregon who can help you choose the right plan for you.

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Ukrainian Egg Ornaments

Wednesday, December 6, 6-7:30 pm, CML

Registration recommended. Decorate eggs in a traditional Central and Eastern European style with crafter Daniela Mahoney. All materials provided.

Avid Adventurers Alliance: Dungeons & Dragons for Adults

Saturday, December 9, 1-3 pm, CML, ages 19+

Calling all adventurers! Grab your dice and join us for a game of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. New and experienced players are welcome! Registration required. 

DIY Gift Wrapping Station

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Sunday, December 10, 10 am-12 pm, BLA, ages 16+

Have some small to medium-sized presents to wrap? Use some of our supplies or bring your own.

Technology Open Lab

Thursday, December 7, 1-3 pm, CML

Get started with basic computer skills and practice with laptops, tablets, or cell phones. Bring your own device or use one of our laptops.

Using Job Search Engines

Thursday, December 7, 2:30-3:45 pm, CML

Registration required. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to use job search engines like Indeed to evaluate employment opportunities. We’ll go over tips for understanding job listings and share resources focused on ages 50+.

Monthly Groups for Adults

Questions? Write askuscml@wccls.org and visit our events page.

Writers’ Mill

Sunday, December 17, 1-3 pm, CML & Zoom, ages 16+

Join fellow writing enthusiasts for inspiration and fun.

Owl Book Group

Friday, December 29, 10:30 am-12 pm, CML, ages 16+

Discuss a recent or popular title together. Newcomers welcome! E-mail askuscml@wccls.org to receive location details prior to the event. December 29: Foster by Claire Keegan. 

Voices in Verse

Saturday, December 23, 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 on our adults page.

Second Edition Resale

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

Make winter wonderful at Second Edition Resale! Find unique holiday décor and gifts in the shop all December long. Bundle up with warm clothing for the whole family. New items daily.

Upcoming Themes:

  • Dec 1-17: Winter Holiday/Christmas.
  • Dec. 19-21: Storewide Sale, everything 50% off. No donations accepted.
  • Dec. 22-23: Storewide Sale, everything 75% off. No donations accepted.
  • Dec. 24-31: Second Edition closed for volunteer holiday week. No donations accepted.

All proceeds from your purchases made at Second Edition Resale support Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries. Donations are accepted Tuesday through Saturday during business hours, except during Storewide Sales weeks. Learn more on the Second Edition Resale webpage.