Adult Summer Reading LogoAdult Summer Reading begins June 1st!

Register at wccls.org/asrp. Enter to be eligible to win prizes, share your best reads with others, and become a Reading Hero. Read more here about countywide as well as local events and contests.

Countywide Contests

Every two weeks, starting June 15th, we’ll be drawing from all summer reading entries for prizes. You’ll have a chance to win one of many WCCLS Reads-themed tote bags, water bottles, or Powell’s gift cards.

If you want more, share the books you read at wcclsreads.tumblr.com/suggest (no account required) and become a Reading Hero! Reading Heroes are eligible to win one of four tablets or one of eight special Reading Hero packs at the end of the summer.

Local Contests!

This summer, we want to hear about your favorite heroes and villains of the literary world! Starting June 1st, submit your picks via askuscml@wccls.org (enter subject: ASR Contest) or use one of the forms in the library to tell us about the best characters and what makes them so fascinating. We’ll be posting some of your responses on social media all summer long. At summer’s end, we’ll pick a winner for a local grand prize along with 2nd and 3rd runner-up prizes. Adults aged 18 and older from Cedar Mill Main and Cedar Mill Bethany libraries are eligible to enter.

Also, enter our Free Book Friday drawings in person or on Facebook!

Local Events

We’re excited to host events for adults at both locations this summer!

Location: Cedar Mill Community Library, Community Room.

  • Saturday, June 6, 1:00 PM – Kick off the summer with a performance by Portland Taiko. This ensemble drumming group will help us start our summer program with noise and energy!
  • Saturday, June 20, 2:00 PM – Classical Indian Dance instructor Jayanthi Raman discusses her newly released book, The Dance of India Demystified for a Global Audience, followed by a dance performance by Raman’s students. The classical dance form Bharatha Natyam is one of India’s oldest and remains the most popular dance form in India and around the world. The art has been receiving international recognition as one of the main world dance forms. Gaining much of this knowledge from the Gurus of Indian dance as an oral tradition in the Kalakshetra lineage, Raman has structured the knowledge into a written format. Having the experience of being a cultural ambassador of her art form and culture, Raman has also brought much of the information in these books from research done for her lectures, master classes and workshops presented over the years.
  • Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 PM – Historian Sig Unander presents, “San Francisco 1906: Destruction of the Greatest City in the West by Earthquake and Fire.”
    Author and speaker Sig Unander tells the true story of the only major American city ever destroyed by earthquake and fire and the fight to save it. The presentation is illustrated with dramatic archival images of the city and its people taken by photographers during and after the event. A display and question and answer session is included in the one-hour presentation.
  • Sunday, July 26, 2:00 PM – West African Kora, a musical performance by Sean Gaskell. The 21-stringed West African Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.
  • Saturday, August 1, 2:00 PM – Slovak Wheat Weaving, a craft workshop by Daniela Mahoney.
    In this free workshop for adults, ages 16 and up, students will complete one or two small heart shaped projects with assistance from instructor Daniela Mahoney. Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required for this program. Please sign up by calling the library’s Adult Reference Desk at 503 644-0043, ext. 114 after July 1st.
  • Wednesday, August 12, 6:30pm – Atfalati-Kalapuya: First People of Washington County, presented by the Washington County Museum. Explore the lives of the indigenous people of the Tualatin Valley, the Atfalati branch of the Kalapuya tribe. Learn how the Atfalati dressed, their customs, what they ate, and where they lived. See—and touch—furs, stone tools, baskets, and more. This free program is presented by the Washington County History Museum.
  • Saturday, August 15, 2:00 PM – Author Dee Williams speaks on The Big Tiny, A Built-It-Myself Memoir. More than ten years ago, a near-death experience abruptly reminded sustainability advocate and pioneer Dee Williams that life is short. She sold her sprawling home and built an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up. Today, Williams can list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her about ten minutes to clean the entire house. Listen to her experiences first hand at this free event!

Location: Bethany Fountain, corner of NW Bethany Blvd. & NW Central Dr.

  • June 23, 6:30 PM – Classical Indian Dance and book signing by Jayanthi Raman. The classical dance form Bharatha Natyam is one of India’s oldest and remains the most popular dance form in India and around the world. The art has been receiving international recognition as one of the main world dance forms. Gaining much of this knowledge from the Gurus of Indian dance as an oral tradition in the Kalakshetra lineage, Raman has structured the knowledge into a written format. Having the experience of being a cultural ambassador of her art form and culture, Raman has also brought much of the information in these books from research done for her lectures, master classes and workshops presented over the years.
  • July 30, 6:00 PM – Hot Latin Rhythms with Picante Afro-Cuban Jazz. Enjoy the Hot Latin Rhythms from one of Portland’s premier Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands. Picante will light the fire for any occasion with some of the top musicians in the Northwest.
  • August 18, 6:30 PM – Blue-eyed-soul-edged-Americana with Steve Hale. A singer/songwriter with a soul edge, Steve delivers his brand of blue-eyed-soul-Americana-pop in the tradition of Daryl Hall, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers and James Taylor. His love for melody is woven deeply into the chordal fabric of his songs, making his music rich, sultry, glowing and delicious.

Where’s Wiser?

Watch for the Wiser Wagon this summer in community locations such as Farmers’ Markets, local concerts, and shopping malls in Cedar Mill and Bethany. Our mascot, Wiser the Owl, will be in the community bringing his own brand of mobile service with books from CML’s Paperback Exchange.