Don’t let the kids have all the fun!

We have several exciting events and contests for adults this summer. Win prizes, get reading recommendations, and (most of all) have fun!

Local Contests

Beanstack logoWant more? Check out our adult challenges on Beanstack, an online service for tracking reading and earning badges. Sign up through Beanstack or pick up a summer reading log in the library. Can you reach 500 points?

Free Book Friday book coversWe will also reprise our popular Free Book Friday contest. Starting in June, we will give away a different bestselling book (one book for each location) each Friday.
Enter in the library or on Facebook.

Kickoff Event @ Cedar Hills Recreation Center

people dancingThis special event is in the THPRD Cedar Hills Recreation Center gym, 11640 SW Park Way

Out of This World! Prom for Adults
Saturday, June 8 – 6:00-8:30pm
Join us to celebrate the start of Summer Reading! We will have music, dancing, games, karaoke, retro video games, and more. Come boogie down with your library and enter a raffle for prizes while we remind you that libraries are the coolest place in the cosmos! This event is for ADULTS ONLY 18+.

Events at Bethany Library Annex

Check out our new location for programs and special events! The Bethany Library Annex is located at 4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2.

How the Willamette Valley Became the New Capital of American Food and Wine
Tuesday, June 4 – 6:30-7:45pm
Wallet Hub just named Portland the “2018 Best Food City in America” and Wine Enthusiast Magazine named the Willamette Valley its “Worldwide Wine Region of the Year” in 2016. Portland now has a solid reputation as a new culinary Mecca. How in the world did we get here? A number of factors combined to build this culinary bully over time. In this companion presentation to his latest book, Unique Eats and Eateries: Portland, Oregon, Adam Sawyer provides a multi-media presentation on the history of how Portland solidified its reputation as a new culinary Mecca. He will also share examples of the Willamette Valley’s buffet of eateries and will read inspiring stories from his book.

Mason Bees
Wednesday, June 19 – 6:30-7:30pm
Mason Bees are one of the primary pollinators in our area. Join an OSU Extension Service Master Gardener as he shares more about the lives of these amazing creatures and how we can encourage them in our gardens.

Sean Gaskell and the african koraAfrican Kora
Wednesday, July 10 – 6:30-7:30pm
Sean Gaskell plays the West African Kora, a beautiful 21-stringed instrument that 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 (Gree-ohs). While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. This performance will appeal to all ages.

Draw Bugs, Bones, and Botany: Creating Art from the Natural World
Tuesday, July 16 – 6:00-7:30pm
Investigate and observe natural specimen such as animal skulls, insects, and plants to create detailed nature based artworks. Work in pencil, pen, and ink with the option to add water media. Encourages drawing and observational skills, critical thinking, and informs on natural sciences. All skill levels welcome! Teens and adults 13 and up. Limited space – registration required!
Registration opens up June 1st, call (503) 617-7323.

Needle Felted Penguins
Saturday, August 17 – 2:00-4:00pm
Learn the basics of needle felting by making a fuzzy penguin. Artist LeBrie Rich will teach you about the tools and techniques for sculpting wool with a felting needle. This is a great project for beginners. All materials provided… come craft with us! This event is for adults, ages 18+.
Registration is required and begins online July 1st.

Bethany Village Summer Concerts

July 11, August 1 and August 22 from 5:00-8:00pm
Join the library for music, fun crafts and activities at the annual Bethany Village Summer Concert series.

  • July 11: THPRD Nature Mobile: For the Love of Nature
  • August 1: 3, 2, 1, blastoff!
  • August 22: Surprise Fun!