Summer Reading 2022

We're so close to reaching our Summer Reading community goal of reading 1,200,000 minutes!

Ages 0-18 can now pick up their prize books at Cedar Mill or Bethany Library. There's still time to Sign up on Beanstack, or pick up a paper log to track your reading and enter to win even more prizes! Learn more on our website.
Explore off the beaten path with these summery suggestions from our staff.

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.

Bethany Village Summer Concert
Thursdays, July 28 and August 18 | 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.
Summer Night Astronomy
Tuesday, August 2 | 6:30-7:30pm | Ages 10+ | Cedar Mill Library

Join Rose City Astronomers in a presentation highlighting treasures found in the summer night sky. Learn more about astronomy and fun ways to watch and appreciate the wonders of the cosmos. 
Spanish Conversation Hour
Wednesday, August 10 | 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.
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:
August 5: Nature Journals - recommended for ages 5+
August 19: Oregon Museum of Natural History craft - recommended for ages 5+

Dozens of beloved stuffed animals camped out at Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries! The stuffies attended a storytime, explored the library after hours, had dinner and slept in a tent before their humans came to pick them up.

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. Wednesdays or Thursdays, 9-11am; Tuesdays or Thursdays 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.
Cashier positions also available Tuesday-Friday. To apply, please submit a volunteer application.

Support Your Community Libraries

Did you know that your libraries are a nonprofit? As a member of your nonprofit Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries Association, you help your libraries provide you, your family, friends, and neighbors with services, programs and outreach. Become a member today by making your annual gift here. Learn more ways to support your libraries here

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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.
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Portland, OR 97229 | (503) 644-0043

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