Summer Reading 2022

Our community has already logged over 600,000 minutes read and surpassed our Summer Reading goal! Can we make it to 1,200,000 minutes read this summer? All ages can Sign up on Beanstack, or pick up a paper log at Cedar Mill or Bethany. Track your reading, submit your name for prizes and connect with others about reading! Learn more on our website.
Campout in the Stacks Trivia
Friday, July 15 | 6-7:30pm | Cedar Mill Library & Zoom | Ages 10+

Join us in the library or online for camp trivia! This hybrid event will focus on books and movies about camp life or camping. This includes stories with animals that talk! Participants will use a phone or tablet to play trivia through Kahoot. There will also be a Zoom meeting for those participants playing from home. Play with or against family and friends. 

Registration required online here.
Bethany Village Summer Concert
Thursdays, July 7 and July 28 | 6-9pm | All Ages | Bethany Village

Visit us at the library booth for a fun grab and go craft and to sign up for summer reading. Stay for free live music and check out other booths.
Stuffed Animal Campout
Friday, July 15 | Bethany Library

Bring a stuffed animal from home and drop it off with our staff. Your stuffy will experience an overnight campout in the library and learn what happens in the library after hours! Receive a link to photos of their adventures the next day.

Drop off stuffed animals between 10am and 5pm on Friday, July 15 and pick them up beginning at 10am on Saturday, July 16.

Writers' Mill
Sunday, July 17 | 1-3pm | Zoom

Whether you’re writing just for fun, hoping for publication, or planning to self-publish, join us for a hands-on inspiring gathering of people who love to write. Newcomers welcome!

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

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

Voices in Verse Poetry Group
Saturday, July 23 | 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. This event will be held online via Zoom. If you already receive email from Voices in Verse, you'll receive a link for this meeting a few days before the event. 

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

Teen Tween Movie Night
Friday, July 29 | 6-8pm | Ages 11-18 | Cedar Mill Library

See the live action origin story of one of the most dastardly villains ever to appear in Disney animation. Don't bring your puppies though. Enjoy it together with your friends in the comfort of the library after we are closed. Ages 11-18 only.  Registration required online here.

Owl Book Group
Friday, July 29 | 10:30am-12pm | Zoom

Join us virtually this month to discuss Nomadland by Jessica Bruder. A growing community of transient older Americans have become nomads, taking to the road in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans. Bruder hits the road to meet these people, accompanying them from campground toilet cleaning to desert reunions to the dangerous work of beet harvesting. She reveals the dark underbelly of the American economy while celebrating the resilience and creativity of these Americans who have given up ordinary lives to survive.

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.

Family Storytime
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10:30-11am | Cedar Mill Library and Bethany Library Annex | Ages 2+

Join us in person at the Cedar Mill Library or Bethany Library Annex for stories, rhymes, songs and movement!

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.

Grab & Go Crafts

Pick up craft supplies at either Cedar Mill or Bethany Library. Grab and Go Crafts are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. 1 per child, please.

This summer, crafts will be available on the first and third Friday of each month:
July 15: Paper Weaving - recommended for ages 5+
August 5: Nature Journals - recommended for ages 5+
August 19: Oregon Museum of Natural History craft - recommended for ages 5+

Our first Summer Reading Festival was a hit! Thanks to everyone who came and played games, made art, connected with the community and explored the library. A special shoutout to all the amazing volunteers who made it happen! You can see all the photos from the event here.

Follow us on Instagram for more fun photos, recommendations and library info.

Do you have proficiency in the History and Performance skills? Can you recite the Player's Handbook from memory? Do you want to inspire a new generation of role players? Then we have a side quest for you!

Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries are seeking experienced Dungeons & Dragons players to guest speak at an upcoming library program. Please contact Christine at for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities
Support early literacy! Deliver books for the BookShare Program to area childcare sites to reach our littlest readers. Our books, your vehicle. Wednesdays, 9-11am. Check in library items for BookShare at Cedar Mill Library, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. Sort and shelve library items at Cedar Mill Library. Thursdays, 9-11am or 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 Monday-Thursday. To apply, please submit a volunteer application.

Book Sale

Get great deals on new-to-you books and more while supporting your community libraries. Shop the CMBCL Amazon Store here, or shop every day during open hours at Cedar Mill Library. Learn more and find out how to make an appointment to donate your like-new books here.

Visit us on social media for fun photos and videos, the latest staff picks and news about resources, programs and events!
Manage your library account, access the catalog and more at

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

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