Adult Summer Reading
Don’t let the kids have all the fun! Rediscover your library during the WCCLS Adult Summer Reading Program as libraries throughout the county host events, activities, and offer prizes.
Thanks to everyone that participated in our 2014 Adult Summer Reading program, Literary Elements!
Over 2,000 Cedar Mill folk signed up for Summer Reading, attended events, entered contests, checked out new Science Discovery Kits, and more at the library this summer. We look forward to seeing you in 2015 for more summer fun.
In addition to countywide programs, Cedar Mill Libraries added some new summer activities, including:
- Your Handpicked Books recommendation service
- Science Discovery Kits for check out
- The Worst Opening Sentence Contest! (winning entries posted below)
Countywide Program Guidelines
- Adult Summer Reading 2014 program took place June 1 - August 31, 2014.
- Participants must be 18 or older and have a library card in good standing.
- Participants may register at only one WCCLS library.
- Registered participants were automatically eligible for countywide Grand Prize drawings for iPad minis.
Cedar Mill Libraries offered these amazing programs and local prize drawings for adults. All programs were free and held in the library’s community room. Many events at Cedar Mill this summer featured prize drawings for attendees.
The Play’s the Thing – June 6 at 7:00pm
Rock the Bard! Adult Summer Reading kicked off with a concert by Here Comes Everybody, song-writer musicians Michael Jarmer and Rene Ormae-Jarmer who draw from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays to set the Bard’s words to rock music. Steve Hale plays bass. Unique Literary Elements indeed!
Intensive Gardening: Square-foot by Square-foot – June 19th at 7:00pm
Take your vegetable gardening to the next level with OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners who introduced attendees to the techniques used in intensive gardening. Topics included techniques to plant densely, vertical gardening, inter-planting techniques, succession planting, day length strategies, cultivar choices and more.
Hungrytown – June 29, 2:00pm
The musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson brough their popular folk music to Cedar Mill all the way from West Townshend, Vermont. Rebecca and Ken tour full time; their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers. Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including Portlandia.
Bossamba – July 11, 7:00pm
Wrap up The World Cup with the Brazilian rhythms of Ronnie Robins. His music is described as “Personal, poignant, and poetic, with a sophisticated pop groove that will move your heart, mind and hips.”
Go Nuts! Non-Dairy Alternatives – July 17, 6:30pm
Vegan Chef David Gabbe delivers an interactive presentation on choosing non-dairy alternatives and making your own nut-based milk and cheese – complete with free samples! Registration is Required!
PDX Broadsides – August 1, 7:00 pm
Experimental piratical geek fusion out of Portland, Oregon, meet Jessica Hebert, Hollyanna Smith McCollom and Christian Lipski. Pdx Broadsides is a nerdband on fire!
Trolley Talks - August 5, 7:00pm
Author/historian Richard Thompson explores Oregon's rich electric railway past with a presentation on Portland's streetcar lines.
Write an original opening sentence to the worst imaginary novel ever. We will display the best (worst) sentences and award prizes. The contest has concluded. Thanks for all your entries! Awards and honorable mentions were offered to:
1st place: "It was there." - Rowena Oppenheimer
2nd place: "Amanda, the twenty-seven-year-old aspiring writer, hated her ex-boyfriend, Carmichael, and that slut of a waitress, like she hated similes." - Kym Croft Miller
3rd place: "First of all I’d like you to know that none of this is real and in the end of this book I wake up in my bed and resume my normal life." - Yash Mahawar
Honorable mention goes to:
"On a blackest night so unbearably cold that even the warmest of joyful hearts would pause to shudder and so devoid of any minuscule breeze that all the dead and shrunken autumn leaves clung to their former life-giving trees, being too afraid to let go and fall, two brooding and hooded figures silently passed by one another, brushing shoulder to shoulder without any acknowledgment like two stealth submarines in oceans of their own." -Jennifer Chow Polivka
"'Pride goeth before a fall' was ironically running through his head as he hurtled down the African ravine toward the sleeping lioness and her cubs. –Regan Veach
We had a stimulating evening with author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow, author of the bestselling novel Little Brother. Cory spoke about how technology and politics affect our lives as readers and as citizens. Afterward, Cory answered questions from the audience and signed books.
Cory spoke at three locations in Washington County, including:
Beaverton City Library, July 8th at 7:00 pm
Tigard Public Library, July 9th at 7:00 pm
Hillsboro Public Library, July 10th at 7:00 pm