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Adult Summer Reading

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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.

Sign Up for Adult Summer Reading Prizes and more at WCCLS

Adult Summer Reading begins June 1st!  This year’s theme is Literary Elements
Sign up to be be entered into the countywide drawing for iPad minis.

In addition to countywide programs, Cedar Mill Libraries have some new summer activities, including:

Countywide Program Guidelines

  • Adult Summer Reading runs from June 1 - August 31, 2014.
  • Participants must be 18 or older and have a library card in good standing.
  • Register online or in person at the Cedar Mill Library or our Bethany Branch.
  • Participants may register at only one WCCLS library.
  • Registered participants are automatically eligible for countywide Grand Prize drawings for iPad minis.  

Events and Performances @ Cedar Mill

Join us at Cedar Mill for these amazing programs and local prize drawings for adults.  All programs will be free and held in the library’s community room. Weather permitting, we may take the concerts outside.  Many events at Cedar Mill this summer with feature prize drawings!

The Play’s the Thing – June 6 at 7:00pm
Rock the Bard! Adult Summer Reading kicks off with a concert by Here Comes Everybody as song-writer musicians Michael Jarmer and Rene Ormae-Jarmer 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!

Song Circle – 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, starting June 10
Musical Greetings! Here’s your chance to sing well known pop and folk songs of the 60s & 70’s. This group for adult & older teen singers and acoustic instrument players meets in the Cedar Mill Library’s upstairs meeting room.
All levels of singers welcome - beginners to choir members! We also welcome guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, dulcimer, flute players, etc. It’s all about the joy of singing and being with family, friends & neighbors. We’re so looking forward to making music with you!
Contact: Dawn at or 503-644-0043 ext. 121.
Click here for more information and song list.

Intensive Gardening: Square-foot by Square-foot – June 19th at 7:00pm
Do you want to take your vegetable gardening to the next level? An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will introduce you to the techniques used in intensive gardening which will help you to produce the most from the gardening space that you have. Topics include 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 bring 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! Sign up by calling Reference at 503-644-0043 ext. 114.

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.

BAM! – Many movies originated as books, such as Gangs of New York, Precious, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Do you want to read the book and discuss it before you see the movie? Join us for BAM!: Books Adapted to Movies Book Club where adults and older teens come to talk on these Saturdays from 12:30-1:30 in the library’s community room.

Worst Opening Sentence Contest

Write an original opening sentence to the worst imaginary novel ever. We will display the best (worst) sentences and award prizes.

Enter at the library or send to with the subject line "Worst Opening Sentence."


New Services!

Your Handpicked Books

Do you ever find yourself in a reading rut where every book you pick up is just not right?  Fret no more; we will handpick your next favorite book! Fill out a form telling us about some of your favorite past reads and authors, and our librarians will create a personalized reading list for you. Printed forms are available at both libraries. Online, the form can be found at

Discovery Kits

Explore the world around you with our new science-themed Discovery Kits. These grab-and-go kits come in a handy waterproof bag or backpack. There are kits for exploring the Pacific Northwest Coast, Bugs and Butterflies, Wildflowers, Birding, Stargazing, Rocks and Minerals, and Pacific Northwest Animals.

Each kit includes books and a fun tool to add to the adventure, like a constellation chart and night-vision flashlight, binoculars, a kite, a scale of hardness rock-testing kit, or a bug viewer.

The kits check out for 3 weeks and can be renewed if no one else is waiting. Place holds or see what’s available by searching the catalog using the keywords “Cedar Mill Discovery Kit.” Available for pickup at Cedar Mill Main or the Bethany Branch.
Questions? Ask a Librarian or call (503) 644-0043 ext. 114.

Countywide Programs with Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow

Join your friends and neighbors for a stimulating evening with author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow, author of the bestselling novel Little Brother. Cory will be speaking about how technology and politics affect our lives as readers and as citizens. Afterward, Cory will answer questions from the audience and sign books. Jacobsen’s Books will be selling books at the event.
Cory will be speaking at:
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

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