Camas Library

Haunted Happenings at the Camas Library

October at the Camas Public Library is filled with frighteningly fun and fabulously free things to do for little ghouls and goblins—and grown-up witches and warlocks too! (Also girls, boys, moms and dads—the Camas Library is equally welcoming to both humans and monsters!) All month long, you can join the Great Jack 0′ Lantern Hunt (that is, you can guess from photographs where in the library the Great Jack ‘o Lantern has appeared). But there’s loads more spooky happenings, like:

  • Paper Sugar Skulls craft event for teens from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • Boo Bash trick-or-treating at the library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 (mostly little kids & parents)
  • BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) decorating event from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 (all ages)
  • Spooky Stories for young kids & parents at 6:30 p.m., followed by crafts at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Haunted Library experience for older kids, teens, and adventurous adults at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28

All events at the Camas Library are free and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, visit www.camaslibrary.org, or call 360-834-4692.

“Caturday” Cat Adoption Event at the Camas Public Library

Do you lack companionship of the furry, four-legged variety? Languish no more in a state of petlessness, because the Camas Public Library is hosting Caturday (a cute mash-up of “cat” and “Saturday”) Cat Adoption Day with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library courtyard. Come and visit with kitties 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.

For extra-catty fun, you can also join the Caturday Cat Hunt game. Find all nine cats hiding in the library for a chance to win a prize. Fill the form out and return it to the front desk. The lucky winner will be contacted on Monday, Sept. 25.

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 Saturday, never fear; 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.

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 seven 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 27, at the Camas Public Library—is totally free, but sign-ups are necessary because there’s limited space and only 25 teens can come. There are still a few spots left, though! To RSVP, call the Camas Library at 360-834-4692. The Camas Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, with plenty of free parking.

Editor’s note: I have a 14-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 at Camas Library

Stock up on books for summer reading at the Camas Public Library—for free! The Camas Library is hosting a Book Swap where you can trade your used books, CDs and movies for other, new-t0-you books, CDs, and movies. No kids’ books or picture books, please—this is strictly for grown-ups! The Book Swap will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 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 http://www.cityofcamas.us/camaspubliclibrary. You can also keep up-to-date on Camas Library happenings by following the library on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary/.

The Camas library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, and boasts a delightful reading room with huge, floor-to-ceiling windows and loads of comfy chairs—or snag one of the choice spots next to the custom tile fireplace. After you’re done swapping and browsing, downtown Camas is just a short walk down the street, with boutique stores, art galleries, restaurants, coffeeshops, brewpubs, cocktail lounges—perfect spots to grab a bite or a drink and spend some time with your new books!

Book Swap at the Camas Library

Stock up on books for summer reading at the Camas Public Library—for free! The Camas Library is hosting a Book Swap where you can trade your used books, CDs and movies for other, new-t0-you books, CDs, and movies. No kids’ books or picture books, please—this is strictly for grown-ups! The Book Swap will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 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 http://www.cityofcamas.us/camaspubliclibrary. You can also keep up-to-date on Camas Library happenings by following the library on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary/.

The Camas library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, and boasts a delightful reading room with huge, floor-to-ceiling windows and loads of comfy chairs—or snag one of the choice spots next to the custom tile fireplace. After you’re done swapping and browsing, downtown Camas is just a short walk down the street, with boutique stores, art galleries, restaurants, coffeeshops, brewpubs, cocktail lounges—perfect spots to grab a bite or a drink and spend some time with your new books!

 

Free Genealogy Workshop at Camas Library

Have you ever wondered about your ancestry, or wanted to fill in those blank spots on your geneaological chart? With a few contemporary tools—the trusty Internet, modern databases and registries, and a little sleuthing and determination—you can develop a clearer picture of every branch, leaf (and nut!) on your family tree.

Lots of genealogical societies or seminars will charge you membership dues or registration fees, but you are in luck because Brian A. Runyan, president of the Clark County Genealogical Society, will share tips and techniques with you for free at a workshop hosted by the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12, and there’s no registration necessary! Just show up with pen, paper, and all your questions.

The workshop will be held upstairs in Meeting Room A. Free parking is available on the street. To learn more about Camas Public Library events and programs for adults, kids, and teens, visit http://www.cityofcamas.us/camaspubliclibrary or follow the Camas Library on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary.

Free Genealogy Workshop

Have you ever wondered about your ancestry, or wanted to fill in those blank spots on your geneaological chart? With a few contemporary tools—the trusty Internet, modern databases and registries, and a little sleuthing and determination—you can develop a clearer picture of every branch, leaf (and nut!) on your family tree.

Lots of genealogical societies or seminars charge membership dues or registration fees, but you are in luck because Brian A. Runyan, president of the Clark County Genealogical Society, will share tips and techniques with you for free at a workshop hosted by the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12, and there’s no registration necessary! Just show up with pen, paper, and all your questions.

The workshop will be held upstairs in Meeting Room A. Free parking is available on the street. To learn more about Camas Public Library events and programs for adults, kids, and teens, visit http://www.cityofcamas.us/camaspubliclibrary or follow the Camas Library on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary.

Cat Adoption at the 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 Cat Adoption Day with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society on Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library courtyard. Come and visit with kitties 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 Saturday, never fear; 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.

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.