Fall into Reading

Want to continue to have more fun reading after summer ends? Join the Fall into Reading challenge and keep track of your reading in Beanstack! Earn badges, participate in activities and compete with friends.

Register in the Beanstack app or online at

Learning to Read is a Puzzle

Learning to read isn’t simple. There are many pieces to learn and fit together.  Some pieces come easily for some kids; others not so easily. Read our blog post to find tips and reading recommendations.
If you have a student in the Beaverton School District, then they have a Washington County Student Library Card. Learn about all the resources you can access, including Libby, Sora, Learning Express, Brainfuse, Kanopy and more!

Teen Crafternoon - Morse Code Wristbands
Saturday, September 24 | 3-4:30pm | Ages 11-18 | Bethany Library Annex

Learn how to write in morse code, and create your own coded message to wear on your wrist. Materials and instructions will be provided. 
Registration required online here.

Voices in Verse Poetry Group
Saturday, September 24 | 10:30am-12pm | Zoom

Share your own poetry or listen to others read their favorites. The group meets on the fourth Saturday morning of each month. Newcomers welcome! Email us at to receive the Zoom link a few days before the meeting.

Owl Book Group
Friday, September 30 | 10:30am-12pm | Zoom

Join us virtually this month to discuss The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage. Phil and George are brothers and joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. Phil has a contempt for weakness to match his thirst for dominance; George has a gentle, loving soul. When George unexpectedly marries a young widow and brings her to live at the ranch, Phil begins a relentless campaign to destroy his brother's new wife — but she has an unlikely protector.

This event will be held online via Zoom. If you already receive email from the Owl Book Group, you'll receive a link for this meeting a few days before the event.

If you're new, welcome! Please e-mail to receive a link for the event a few days before it happens.

The group typically meets on the last Friday of each month. Newcomers are always welcome! For a complete list of titles, past and present, see our Owl Book Club page.

Lego Free Play
Saturday, October 8 | 10:30am-12pm | Cedar Mill Library | Ages 5+

Join us for our popular drop-in program for kids ages 5 and up who enjoy building with LEGOs.
Spanish Conversation Hour
Wednesday, October 12 | 6:30-7:30pm | 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 from August through December. The conversation hour is not an instructional course but rather a great opportunity to chat and improve your Spanish language skills through facilitated conversation. 

¿Desea practicar su español con otros estudiantes de idiomas? Únase a nosotros para una hora de conversación en español cada segundo miércoles del mes de agosto a diciembre. La hora de la conversación no es un curso de instrucción sino más bien una gran oportunidad de chatear y mejorar sus habilidades del idioma español a través de la conversación facilitada.
Board Game Afternoon
Friday, October 14 | 1-4pm | Bethany Library Annex | Ages 3+

No school? No problem! Come spend the afternoon playing fun games with friends and family at the Bethany Library Annex. Library provided games will include Giant Jenga, Jumbo Connect 4 and Tic-Tac-Toe, Yeti in My Spaghetti and much more! 

Teen Crafternoon: Zombie Plushies
Friday, October 14 | 3-4:30pm | Cedar Mill Library | Ages 11-18

Sew your own creepy zombie plushie out of felt. Materials and instructions will be provided. Registration required. Ages 11-18 only

Registration is required online here

Fun Friday
Friday, October 14 | 10am-5pm | Cedar Mill Library | All Ages

Drop in on this no-school day for board games, coloring, and crafts for kids and teens.
Family Storytime
Tuesdays | 3:30-4pm | Bethany Library Annex
Thursdays | 10:30-11am | Bethany Library Annex
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 10:30-11am | Cedar Mill Library
September 13 - October 20

Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and movement! Ages 2+.

Registration is required and space is very limited; we appreciate families choosing only one storytime per week.

Registration will open 2 weeks before each storytime. Separate registration is required for each week that you plan to attend.

Board Game Evenings
Starting September 21 | Wednesdays | 4-7pm | Cedar Mill Library | Ages 5+

Drop in on Wednesday evenings to play board games with family or friends.

We are thankful for our Pop-Up Projects Volunteers! They serve several departments in a single session, making craft kits, creating labels, cutting paper and more.

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Volunteer Opportunities
Please visit our website for details and to apply.  Share your time and unique talents on the Library Association's Board of Directors. The Association is the governing entity that operates the Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries, Second Edition Resale Shop, and our ongoing Book Sale. Unlike a “Friends” organization solely responsible for fundraising, the Association guides the libraries and ensures they remain responsive to community needs. Be an ambassador for reading and lifelong learning in our community. Board meets third Tuesday of each month. Support early literacy! Deliver books for the BookShare Program to area childcare sites to reach our littlest readers. Wednesdays, 9-11am. Sort and shelve library items at Bethany LibraryTuesdays or Fridays, 9:45-11:45 am. Sort and shelve library items at Cedar Mill Library. Tuesdays 9-11am;  Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 2-4pm. Second Edition Resale Shop helps fund our libraries. Be part of their success! If you have an eye for decorating, join Second Edition's Housewares Department as a Sorter-Pricer. Price linens, dishes, crystal and decorative items. Tuesdays or Fridays. Are you a shoe-lover? Volunteer in the Shoe Department as a Sorter-Pricer. Options for shifts Mondays-Thursdays. Cashier positions also available Tuesdays-Fridays.

Second Edition Resale 

Find fantastic prices on new-to-you clothing, household items, décor and more at Second Edition Resale every Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. 100% of your purchases go to providing library services for your community. Learn more here and follow SecondEditionResale on Instagram and Facebook for sale updates.

Visit us on social media for fun photos and videos, the latest staff picks and news about resources, programs and events!
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Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries Association is one of the largest nonprofit association libraries in the United States with a collection of over 250,000 items and more than 2.5 million loans annually. 

Our Mission: Provide our community an open door to the joy of reading, lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with emphasis on the literacy development of children.
Cedar Mill Library
1080 NW Saltzman Road
Portland, OR 97229 | (503) 644-0043

Bethany Library
15325 NW Central Drive, Suite J-8
Portland, OR 97229 | (503) 617-7323

Bethany Library Annex
4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2
Portland, OR 97229
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