Camas Library

Dr. Who for Teens at Camas Library

Don’t blink! It’s a Dr. Who party for teens at the Camas Public Library at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Watch the most recent Christmas special and enjoy Who-themed games and trivia. Make your own sonic screwdriver or a cubee and eat Time Lord food (what IS that? We don’t know, but it’s bound to be good). Come in costume as any incarnation of The Doctor or his companions—Rose, Martha, Amy, Donna, River, Rory, or Jack, or whatever other obscure character you can find. Come as a Dalek but please, don’t exterminate anybody, although maybe you can make a soufflé (but where will you get the milk and eggs?). We dare you to come as the Face of Boe. The best costume wins a prize…and so does the person who’s wearing it.

The event is completely free, no registration is required, and it’s open to anyone entering seventh through 12th grades in any school district or with any home school organization. The evening is sponsored by the Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library. The library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit www.camaslibrary.org or see the library’s Facebook page.

Above image: It’s bigger on the inside.

Family Christmas Caroling at the Camas Library

The library will offer a warm and toasty indoor venue for lots of singing, as well as free hot apple cider and song booklets for everyone. All ages are welcome, from the tiniest tot to the frostiest-haired grandparents. For more details, visit the Camas Library’s website—and while you’re there, check out the library’s schedule of free family movies during winter break.

Winter Break Movies at Camas Library

Winter break may be only two weeks long, but it can seem like an eternity…fortunately, the Camas Public Library is all set to go with winter break movies. Bring your restless kids for some PG-rated fun and free popcorn. The movies—which all start at 2 p.m.—will projected on the library’s big screen and everyone gets free popcorn! Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, Dec. 19: The Jungle Book—a boy raised in the jungle goes on a journey to find others of his kind, in this 2016 live-action version. Based on the books by Rudyard Kipling. Running time: one hour, 45 minutes.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21: Finding Dory—Dory, the forgetful blue tang, sets off on an epic adventure to find her family in this sequel to Finding Nemo. One hour, 37 minutes.
  • Friday, Dec. 23: The BFG —when a young girl crosses paths with a mysterious Giant, she’s launched on an adventure filled with magic and wonder. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. One hour, 55 minutes.

The Camas Public Libary is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit the website by clicking here, or check out the library’s Facebook page.

Caroling at the Library

We’ve already got the sights, smells, and tastes of Christmas in abundance: our houses are filled with the fragrance of pine and cinnamon, the sight of blinking lights and boughs of holly, and the taste of gingerbread, hot cocoa, and too many candy canes. However, the Christmas season isn’t complete without the sounds of happy carolers—so bring your family to the Camas Public Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, for some good, old-fashioned Christmas caroling.

The library will offer a warm and toasty indoor venue for lots of singing, as well as free hot apple cider and song booklets for everyone. All ages are welcome, from the tiniest tot to the frostiest-haired grandparents. For more details, visit the Camas Library’s website—and while you’re there, check out the library’s schedule of free family movies during winter break.

 

Winter Break Movies at Camas Library

Winter break may be only two weeks long, but it can seem like an eternity…fortunately, the Camas Public Library is all set to go with winter break movies. Bring your restless kids for some PG-rated fun and free popcorn. The movies—which all start at 2 p.m.—will projected on the library’s big screen and everyone gets free popcorn! Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, Dec. 19: The Jungle Book—a boy raised in the jungle goes on a journey to find others of his kind, in this 2016 live-action version. Based on the books by Rudyard Kipling. Running time: one hour, 45 minutes.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21: Finding Dory—Dory, the forgetful blue tang, sets off on an epic adventure to find her family in this sequel to Finding Nemo. One hour, 37 minutes.
  • Friday, Dec. 23: The BFG —when a young girl crosses paths with a mysterious Giant, she’s launched on an adventure filled with magic and wonder. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. One hour, 55 minutes.

The Camas Public Libary is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit the website by clicking here, or check out the library’s Facebook page.

Holly Daze Teen Crafting

Got a crafty teen? Get them over to the Camas Public Library for some serious crafting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Library staff crafter extraordinaire Judy Wile will show teen crafters how to make beautiful red-and-silver glitter birds–either as single ornaments or as a garland. No gluing required! Scissors are involved, its conceptually easy but a bit tricky to get the wings just right. After they’re done, they can be set in flight around your tree!

The teen crafting group is free and no registration is required. The workshop, which will be held in the Teen Room, will last until 5:30 p.m. Adults can stay but, you know, they’re kind of uncool. For more details, call Wile at the Camas Library at 360-817-7206 or e-mail her at jwile@cityofcamas.us. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. Come early to do a little shopping in downtown Camas (we recommend Camas Antiques and Lizzabeth A), or stay late and have dinner at one of Camas’ excellent restaurants (we recommend The Sushi Joint and Nuestra Mesa).

Crazy Cat Person Tea

Here is JUST what you need right now: CATS! AND TEA! Indulge both of these passions at the Camas Public Library‘s Crazy Cat Person Tea, happening from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.

This is for adults who love cats and wholeheartedly embrace their passion for cats, cats, and more cats—and who understand that crazy isn’t necessarily a disadvantage. Wear your favorite crazy cat attire (a bedazzled sweatshirt, perhaps, or a cardigan with appliquéd cat motif? Doesn’t matter, as long as it’s got plenty of cat hair on it), and bring your favorite cat mug and saucer.

The menu includes Tetley’s British Blend Black Tea, tea sandwiches, scones, lemon curd, disgustingly delicious litterbox cake (it’s a thing! Check out this link: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/7415/kitty-litter-cake/) and other assorted sweet treats. Table decorations will be given away as door prizes. Sign-up is required due to limited seating; call 360-834-4692 or come into the library to sign up at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Paper Airplane Contest

Are you ready to fly? …paper airplanes, that is, at the Camas Public Library‘s “uplifting” Paper Airplane Craft & Contest, happening from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Kids and teens are invited to come and make their own paper airplanes then fly them competitively against other paper aircraft. The owner of the paper airplane with the longest flight will win a prize.

All library programs are free and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located in downtown Camas at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. For more information, call 360-834-4642 or visit www.camaslibrary.org. You can also keep up with happenings and events at the Camas Public Library on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary/.

 

Fast Friends, 50 & Over: “Speed-Friending”

No, not THAT kind of mature. The “of a certain age” kind of mature, as in, 50ish and older. The kind of mature like wine or cheese, where it only gets better. But no matter what your age, it can be tough to make friends, especially if you’re new to the area or have just experienced a change in circumstances.

The Camas Public Library has a solution for you with Fast Friends (Mature Edition): a sort of speed-dating, but where the participants are looking for friendship instead of romance. Cal it…speed-friending, but without the annoyingness of Facebook. Join others of a similar age who are looking for new people to talk to and do things with. The program is free and no registration is required. Just show up at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17.

For more information, call the library at 360-834-4692 or visit www.camaslibrary.org. The Camas Public library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Fast Friends (Mature Edition)

No, not THAT kind of mature. The “of a certain age” kind of mature, as in, 50ish and older. The kind of mature like wine or cheese, where it only gets better. But no matter what your age, it can be tough to make friends, especially if you’re new to the area or have just experienced a change in circumstances.

The Camas Public Library has a solution for you with Fast Friends (Mature Edition): a sort of speed-dating, but where the participants are looking for friendship instead of romance. Cal it…speed-friending, but without the annoyingness of Facebook. Join others of a similar age who are looking for new people to talk to and do things with. The program is free and no registration is required. Just show up at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17.

For more information, call the library at 360-834-4692 or visit www.camaslibrary.org. The Camas Public library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Book to Art Club: The Isle of Guernsey

The Camas Library‘s Book to Art Club is the perfect springboard for the person with a creative imagination who’s inspired by words. The premise is simple: everyone in the club reads the same book, then uses the story as the mental springboard for an original work of art. The medium can be anything—drawing, painting, fiber or ceramic, glass or metal, jewelry or photography. Then you bring your completed art piece to the club, where you can share and discuss it with other attendees.

This month’s book selection is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society,” by Anne Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, which explores the five-year German occupation of the Channel Islands—specifically Guernsey—during World War II. The islanders sent their children to England to escape the occupation, but all communication with the mainland was cut off, and in fact they believed that London had been razed. The Germans commandeered the islanders’ homes, gardens, and livestock, brought prisoners of war to the island to build bunkers, and Churchhill refused to allow food transports to Guernsey because he didn’t want to aid the German soldiers, resulting in starvation for both the islanders and the occupiers. However, the brave and crafty islanders find innovative ways to survive and to help each other.

The next Book to Art Club (hosted by Judy Wile, who is also the creative genius behind the Camas Library’s monthly Craft-o-Rama group) will meet on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The Book to Art Club is absolutely free to attend and open to anyone age 18 and over. Sign-up is required. To register, call 360-834-4692 or e-mail jwile@cityofcamas.us. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Above: a seaside cottage in the Channel Islands

Book to Art Club: Exploring the Legend of Selkies

The Camas Library‘s Book to Art Club is the perfect springboard for the person with a creative imagination who’s inspired by words. The premise is simple: everyone in the club reads the same book, then uses the story as the mental springboard for an original work of art. The medium can be anything—drawing, painting, fiber or ceramic, glass or metal, jewelry or photography. Then you bring your completed art piece to the club, where you can share and discuss it with other attendees.

This month’s book selection is Margo Lanagan’s “The Brides of Rollrock Island,” inspired by the Selkies, a legend about seals-turned-people which comes primarily from the North Sea region of Ireland, Scotland, Norway, and Denmark. The next Book to Art Club (hosted by Judy Wile, who is also the creative genius behind the Camas Library’s monthly Craft-o-Rama group) will meet on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

The Book to Art Club is absolutely free to attend and open to anyone age 18 and over. To register, call 360-834-4692 or e-mail jwile@cityofcamas.us. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Worm Watch at the Camas Library

Do your kids like anything that wriggles, squiggles and crawls? Do they search out creepy-crawly critters and bring them home to you with a loving gleam in their young eyes? Do they frequently petition you to make pets out of worms, slugs, snails or anything that slithers and lives under rocks? (…and did you do exactly the same thing when you were a kid?) In that case, “Worm Watch” at the Camas Public Library will be time well spent.

This event, designed for preschool and kindergarten kids and their parents, will give participants ample opportunity to look at real worms up close—to see them in all their high-definition, real-life glory, and discover how they feel (as in texture, not emotionally), behave in nature, and even how they smell. There will be a craft activity and a snack as well (but you must wash your hands first, OK?).

“Worm Watch” is happening at the library at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1. The event is free but registration is required by calling 360-834-4692. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 NE.. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. To learn more about this library’s programs and activities for kids and adults, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary.

Pet Adoption Event at Camas Library

Do you lack companionship of the furry, four-legged variety? Languish no more in petlessness, because the Camas Public Library is hosting a Pet Adoption Day with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library courtyard. Come and visit with cats and dogs who need fur-ever homes with extra love, and talk to representatives from the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, who know their animals well and will get you matched up with just the right one.

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society is a local no-kill shelter that’s found homes for over 4,200 dogs and cats (including this editor’s own adorable cat, Clementine). To learn more, visit wcghs.org. If you can’t attend the adoption event on Sept. 26, the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society often runs adoption events at the PetSmart on 192nd Ave. in East Vancouver.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call 360 834-4692 or visit www.camaslibrary.org.

Pet Adoption Event at Camas Library

Do you lack companionship of the furry, four-legged variety? Languish no more in petlessness, because the Camas Public Library is hosting a Pet Adoption Day with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library courtyard. Come and visit with cats and dogs who need fur-ever homes with extra love, and talk to representatives from the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, who know their animals well and will get you matched up with just the right one.

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society is a local no-kill shelter that’s found homes for over 4,200 dogs and cats (including this editor’s own adorable cat, Clementine). To learn more, visit wcghs.org. If you can’t attend the adoption event on Sept. 26, the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society often runs adoption events at the PetSmart on 192nd Ave. in East Vancouver.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call 360 834-4692 or visit www.camaslibrary.org.

Read, Make, Talk: a Book-to-Art Club

Do books sometimes inspire you to daydream, visualize…and then create? Do you imagine the fictional world in vivid detail, and the start thinking about ways to recreate that world through drawings, paintings, fiber or clayworks, glass or metal, jewelry or photography? If you’d enjoy reading something and then using the story as a mental springboard for creation, then the Camas Library‘s book-to-art club—Read, Make, Talk—is the place to be.

The first Read, Talk, Make (hosted by Judy Wile, who is also the creative genius behind the Camas Library’s monthly Craft-o-Rama group) will meet on Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. Here’s the concept: you read the book, then create a piece of art or a clever craft inspired by the book’s characters, story, setting or whatever element grabs your attention…then you bring your art to share with the group. June’s book selection is Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”

Read, Talk, Make is absolutely free to attend and open to anyone age 18 and over. To register, call 360-834-4692 or e-mail jwile@cityofcamas.us. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Bollywood Dance & Henna Tattoo Party for Teens

The event—which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at the Camas Public Library—is totally free, but sign-ups are necessary because there’s limited space and only 25 teens can come. To RSVP, call the Camas Library at 360-834-4692.

Editor’s note: I have a 13-year-old girl and I am TOTALLY GOING TO BE THERE, and maybe I will pick up some hot dance moves. Or maybe they’ll have some extra henna. (I keep my hopes modest, here in my 40s.)

Read, Make, Talk

Do books sometimes inspire you to daydream, visualize…and then create? Do you imagine the fictional world in vivid detail, and the start thinking about ways to recreate that world through drawings, paintings, fiber or clayworks, glass or metal, jewelry or photography? If you’d enjoy reading something and then using the story as a mental springboard for creation, then the Camas Library‘s book-to-art club—Read, Make, Talk—is the place to be.

The first Read, Talk, Make (hosted by Judy Wile, who is also the creative genius behind the Camas Library’s monthly Craft-o-Rama group) will meet on Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. Here’s the concept: you read the book, then create a piece of art or a clever craft inspired by the book’s characters, story, setting or whatever element grabs your attention…then you bring your art to share with the group. June’s book selection is Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”

Read, Talk, Make is absolutely free to attend and open to anyone age 18 and over. To register, call 360-834-4692 or e-mail jwile@cityofcamas.us. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Bollywood Dancing & Henna Tattoos for Teens

Learn about the popular art of Bollywood-style dancing and Indian culture, plus get an amazing temporary tattoo with henna—a natural, plant-based dye that’s painted onto the skin (no needles—cringe!). Every participant will get a group Bollywood dance lesson, plus the tattoo. Sounds like SO MUCH FUN, right? Well, sorry, grown-ups, this is just for teens entering grades 7 to 12 this fall (but parents are welcome to come and hang out with their teens, if you think your teen might survive the embarrassment of ACTUALLY BEING SEEN WITH A PARENT).

The event—which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at the Camas Public Library—is totally free, but sign-ups are necessary because there’s limited space and only 25 teens can come. To RSVP, call the Camas Library at 360-834-4692.

Editor’s note: I have a 13-year-old girl and I am TOTALLY GOING TO BE THERE, and maybe I will pick up some hot dance moves. Or maybe they’ll have some extra henna. (I keep my hopes modest, here in my 40s.)

Book Swap for Kids & Teens

The Camas Public Library is hosting a Book Swap just for kids and teens where they can trade their used books, CDs and movies for other, new-t0-you books, CDs and movies. No adult material, please—this is strictly for the younger set, meaning everything from picture books and children’s storybooks to children’s literature and young adult novels. The Book Swap will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the Camas Public Library.

Drop in at any time and bring your book bag, because everything at this book swap is free! All you have to do is contribute a few items of your own, and you’ll walk away with a heap of reading, listening, and viewing. You can also bring items just to donate. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or visit www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary.

The Camas library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, and boasts a fabulous kids’ section with its own brightly lit and beautifully designed reading room, filled with comfy blossom-shaped chairs, footstools, and cozy bean bags. After you’re done swapping and browsing, downtown Camas is just a short walk down the street, with lots of fun shops like Li’l Dudes and Divas and 4-Ever Growing Kids, coffeeshops like Caffe Piccolo that make a mean hot chocolate, and kid-friendly restaurants that grown-ups will like, too, such as Mill City Brew Werks.