Camas Public Library

Book Swap & Local Author Coffee Klatch

The Camas Public Library is hosting a Book Swap just for adults where you can trade your used books, CDs and movies for other, new-t0-you books, CDs and movies. (No picture books, children’s books, or young adult novels, please; this is strictly for grown-ups!) The Book Swap will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. 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 to help while away those long, wet winter days.

But wait, there’s more! After browsing through the book swap, you’ll also want to check out the Local Author Coffee Klatch, happening at the same time—1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. There are dozens of published and popular authors living right in our own backyard. The Camas Library is giving you a chance to meet this bevy of exceptional writers and to learn about some great books and stories you might have missed. Meet romance and mystery author Carolyn L. Dean, sci-fi author Curtis C. Chen, thriller author Gary Corbin, “fiber fiction” author C. Jane Reid, Vern Schanilec, and “Damsels of June” author Kira Vorobiyova. The Author Coffee Klatch is free and everyone is welcome!

For more information about either of these events, 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 as comfortable a reading room as you’ll ever find, with couches and chairs and floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s a cozy fireplace, window seats, and even an enclosed porch with rocking chairs overlooking a courtyard garden. Upstairs, you’ll find extraordinary works of art in the Second Story Gallery—and then just a short walk down the street are all the pleasures of downtown Camas, with shopping, dining, cocktail lounges and taprooms.

Free Soap Carving Workshop for Teens

Here’s something we bet your teen has never tried: soap carving! Bring your favorite restless summer teen to the Camas Public Library at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, for a free soap carving workshop—an unusual and artistic event that’s part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. All supplies are provided, including soap, carving tools, and construction paper with which to cover your work area. The class is for teens entering grades seven to 12.

What each person makes out of the soap is only limited by his or her imagination. Experienced carvers make highly detailed flowers and animals. For beginners, block shapes such as turtles, fish, or hearts work well. These patterns fit the shape of the soap bar and don’t require much detail work. However, if your teen is feeling artistic and adventurous, he or she can get guidance and instruction in different projects, such as layered flowers and character profiles made out of scented soaps.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Free parking is available on the street. All library events are free and no registration is necessary. For more information about happenings at the Camas Library, call 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/.

Soap Carving for Teens

Here’s something we bet your teen has never tried: soap carving! Bring your favorite restless summer teen to the Camas Public Library at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, for a free soap carving workshop—an unusual and artistic event that’s part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. All supplies are provided, including soap, carving tools, and construction paper with which to cover your work area. The class is for teens entering grades seven to 12.

What each person makes out of the soap is only limited by his or her imagination. Experienced carvers make highly detailed flowers and animals. For beginners, block shapes such as turtles, fish, or hearts work well. These patterns fit the shape of the soap bar and don’t require much detail work. However, if your teen is feeling artistic and adventurous, he or she can get guidance and instruction in different projects, such as layered flowers and character profiles made out of scented soaps.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Free parking is available on the street. All library events are free and no registration is necessary. For more information about happenings at the Camas Library, call 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/.

Volunteer Fair at the Camas Library

The Camas Public Library is hosting a Volunteer Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, in its upstairs meeting rooms. If you’re interested in volunteering locally but aren’t sure what opportunities are available, the Volunteer Fair is a good place to start. Four local nonprofit organizations will be on site at the library to answer questions and to get you connected with a volunteer position that fits your interests and your schedule. Here’s a list of who will be there:

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, a stone’s throw away from loads of charming shops, restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail lounges. For more information about the library, call 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/.

Volunteer Fair at Camas Library

The Camas Public Library is hosting a Volunteer Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, in its upstairs meeting rooms. If you’re interested in volunteering locally but aren’t sure what opportunities are available, the Volunteer Fair is a good place to start. Four local nonprofit organizations will be on site at the library to answer questions and to get you connected with a volunteer position that fits your interests and your schedule. Here’s a list of who will be there:

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, a stone’s throw away from loads of charming shops, restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail lounges. For more information about the library, call 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/.

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 entirely 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.)

Free Workshop: Backyard Birds 101

Have you ever been sitting on your front porch and seen a brilliant flash of russet red, dusty blue, or vivid yellow, and thought, “What kind of bird is that?” It’s very hard indeed to Google a bird if its name or species is unknown to you! But there’s no need to live shrouded in avian mystery any longer. Come to the Camas Public Library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, for Backyard Birds 101. Join other area newcomers—or people who are just curious about our local feathered friends—and learn about the common birds you might see this year in your own backyard. Audubon Society volunteer Eric Bjorkman will present slides and answer your questions about those birds you’ve been seeing, or may see, later on in the year.

All Camas Public Library events are free, open to the public, and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call the library at 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary.

Above image: the beautiful Northern Flicker, a kind of woodpecker that occasionally comes to backyard birdfeeders

Backyard Birds 101

Have you ever been sitting on your front porch and seen a brilliant flash of russet red, dusty blue, or vivid yellow, and thought, “What kind of bird is that?” It’s very hard indeed to Google a bird if its name or species is unknown to you! But there’s no need to live shrouded in avian mystery any longer. Come to the Camas Public Library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, for Backyard Birds 101. Join other area newcomers—or people who are just curious about our local feathered friends—and learn about the common birds you might see this year in your own backyard. Audubon Society volunteer Eric Bjorkman will present slides and answer your questions about those birds you’ve been seeing, or may see, later on in the year.

All Camas Public Library events are free, open to the public, and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call the library at 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary.

Above image: the beautiful Northern Flicker, a kind of woodpecker that occasionally comes to backyard birdfeeders

Local Author Fair at Camas Library

You might have already known this, but there are dozens of published and popular authors living right in our own backyard. The Camas Public Library has decided to take advantage of all that talent by giving you a chance to meet this bevy of exceptional writers and to learn about some great books and stories you might have missed. Bring your book bag and attend the Local Author Fair at the library on Saturday, April 22.

Authors include Robert Bresky, award-winning nature photographer; Cindy Brown, author of mystery novels with a comedic twist; Vern Schanilec; historical novelist Dan Strawn, Karla Von Huben, author of “The Youngest Elf and Other Stories;” and Kira Vorobiyova, author of “The Damsels of June.” All will have copies of their books available for sale (and in case you’d like the authors to sign them).

The fair is free and will be held upstairs in Rooms A & B from 1 to 4 p.m. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call the library at 360-834-4692.

Local Author Fair at Camas Library

You might have already known this, but there are dozens of published and popular authors living right in our own backyard. The Camas Public Library has decided to take advantage of all that talent by giving you a chance to meet this bevy of exceptional writers and to learn about some great books and stories you might have missed. Bring your book bag and attend the Local Author Fair at the library on Saturday, April 22.

Authors include Robert Bresky, award-winning nature photographer; Cindy Brown, author of mystery novels with a comedic twist; Vern Schanilec; historical novelist Dan Strawn, Karla Von Huben, author of “The Youngest Elf and Other Stories;” and Kira Vorobiyova, author of “The Damsels of June.” All will have pens at the ready to sign copies of their books—many of which you can find at the North Bank’s fave indie bookstore, Vintage Books.

The fair is free and will be held upstairs in Rooms A & B from 1 to 4 p.m. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call the library at 360-834-4692.

Spring Break Movies for Kids at the Camas Library

Spring break may be only one week, but it can seem like an eternity…fortunately, the Camas Public Library is all set to go with free movies, every single weekday. Bring your restless kids for some PG-rated fun. All movies start at 2 p.m. and will be projected onto the library’s big screen. Plus, everyone gets free popcorn! Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, April 3: “Moana” (rated PG)—Moana sets sail to save her people. Along the way, she meets the demigod Maui, and together they go on an action-packed voyage. Running time: our hour, 47 minutes.
  • Tuesday, April 4: “Kubo and the Two Strings” (rated PG)—A young boy with the gift of telling fantastical stories is sent on a mystical quest to discover his family’s magical legacy. Running time: one hour, 42 minutes.
  • Wednesday, April 5: “Doctor Strange” (rated PG-13)—A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing, only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. Running time: one hour, 55 minutes.
  • Thursday, April 6: “Sing” (rated PG)—When an eternally optimistic koala puts on a singing competition to save his failing theater, animals across the city gather to step into the spotlight and chase their dreams. Running time: one hour, 48 minutes.
  • Friday, April 7: “Trolls” (rated PG)—After the Bergens invade, Poppy and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Running time: one hour, 32 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.

Book Birthday Party for “Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3” with Gretchen McLellan

Join local author Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan for a Book Birthday Party for her new children’s book, “Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3.” The festivities will be held at the Camas Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. There will be activities, drawings, a reading, pictures with the giant pencil (see above!), autographs and more. Find out the backstory of this book with Camas roots, and win prizes from participating Camas merchants—Cake Happy, Caffe Piccolo, The Soap Chest, and Lizzabeth A (…where you can also purchase the book, if you don’t already have a copy).

This book, illustrated by Grace Zong, is an ideal read for the end of the school year and a perfect present for any special teacher in your life. Kirkus Review calls it “A thoroughly satisfying solution to the issue of saying goodbye.”

Learn more about McLellan—who has three more books due to come out next year—at www.gretchenmclellan.com. You can also R.S.V.P. for the Book Birthday Party at gretchenmclellan@comcast.net. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Spring Break Movies at the Camas Library

Spring break may be only one week, but it can seem like an eternity…fortunately, the Camas Public Library is all set to go with free movies, every single weekday. Bring your restless kids for some PG-rated fun. All movies start at 2 p.m. and will be projected onto the library’s big screen. Plus, everyone gets free popcorn! Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, April 3: “Moana” (rated PG)—Moana sets sail to save her people. Along the way, she meets the demigod Maui, and together they go on an action-packed voyage. Running time: our hour, 47 minutes.
  • Tuesday, April 4: “Kubo and the Two Strings” (rated PG)—A young boy with the gift of telling fantastical stories is sent on a mystical quest to discover his family’s magical legacy. Running time: one hour, 42 minutes.
  • Wednesday, April 5: “Doctor Strange” (rated PG-13)—A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing, only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. Running time: one hour, 55 minutes.
  • Thursday, April 6: “Sing” (rated PG)—When an eternally optimistic koala puts on a singing competition to save his failing theater, animals across the city gather to step into the spotlight and chase their dreams. Running time: one hour, 48 minutes.
  • Friday, April 7: “Trolls” (rated PG)—After the Bergens invade, Poppy and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Running time: one hour, 32 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.

Book Birthday Party with Gretchen McLellan

51vx15Oq8mLJoin local author Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan for a Book Birthday Party for her new children’s book, “Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3.” The festivities will be held at the Camas Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. There will be activities, drawings, a reading, pictures with the giant pencil (see above!), autographs and more. Find out the backstory of this book with Camas roots, and win prizes from participating Camas merchants—Cake Happy, Caffe Piccolo, The Soap Chest, and Lizzabeth A (…where you can also purchase the book, if you don’t already have a copy).

This book, illustrated by Grace Zong, is an ideal read for the end of the school year and a perfect present for any special teacher in your life. Kirkus Review calls it “A thoroughly satisfying solution to the issue of saying goodbye.”

Learn more about McLellan—who has three more books due to come out next year—at www.gretchenmclellan.com. You can also R.S.V.P. for the Book Birthday Party at gretchenmclellan@comcast.net. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Beauty and the Beast Fête

We know you—ahem, your kids, of course, is what we meant to say—are super excited to see Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast starring Harry Potter’s Emma Watson/Hermione as Belle. Oh my gosh! It’s going to be so amazing. Aren’t you, like, jumping up and down with excitement? No, wait, I mean, aren’t your KIDS jumping up and down with excitement? Is it hard to concentrate on reading this post because your kids squealing so loudly with anticipation? Or, hang on, is that YOU squealing? Well, pipe down so we can tell you the details about the Camas Library‘s Beauty and the Beast Fête, happening this Saturday, March 11.

The party lasts from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Come celebrate the release of the new movie—which is due to hit theaters on Friday, March 17—with crafts, snacks, and more. What’s the “more,” you ask? From 2 to 3:30 p.m., partygoers will learn some sweet ballroom dance moves with Dayley Dance Academy, and from 2:30 to 3:30, our sources have confirmed that Belle herself will be there. All ages are welcome. (Seriously, we know how badly you want to meet Belle.) The party is free and no RSVP is necessary.

Beauty and the Beast Fête & Belle at Boomerang

We know you—ahem, your kids, of course, is what we meant to say—are super excited to see Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast starring Harry Potter’s Emma Watson/Hermione as Belle. Oh my gosh! It’s going to be so amazing. Aren’t you, like, jumping up and down with excitement? No, wait, I mean, aren’t your KIDS jumping up and down with excitement? Is it hard to concentrate on reading this post because your kids squealing so loudly with anticipation? Or, hang on, is that YOU squealing? Well, pipe down so we can tell you the details about the Camas Library‘s Beauty and the Beast Fête, happening this Saturday, March 11.

The party lasts from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Come celebrate the release of the new movie—which is due to hit theaters on Friday, March 17—with crafts, snacks, and more. What’s the “more,” you ask? From 2 to 3:30 p.m., partygoers will learn some sweet ballroom dance moves with Dayley Dance Academy, and from 2:30 to 3:30, our sources have confirmed that Belle herself will be there. All ages are welcome. (Seriously, we know how badly you want to meet Belle.) The party is free and no RSVP is necessary.

If you can’t make it to the Camas Library on Saturday, maybe you can come to Boomerang in downtown Vancouver at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 10, for another special appearance by Belle at Family Fun Night. Belle will entertain the children (um, and adults) by sharing her favorite story, singing her favorite songs acapella, playing games, and teaching kids a fairy spell that will transport Rapunzel and Flynn Rider directly to Boomerang’s children’s area. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/597898037086271/.

Above image: Emma Watson as Belle (duh) and a massively CGI’d Dan Stevens as the Beast.

Fiber to Fabric

Ever wondered how the woolly fluff on a sheep’s back becomes your coziest winter sweater, or how the fibers from a cotton blossom are magically transformed into irresistibly soft sheets? Stop by the Camas Public Library any time from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, to see the Vancouver Handspinners demonstrate fiber preparation from places as diverse as India, South America, Russia, and Eastern Europe. They will be spinning cotton, silk, wool (and possibly flax, depending on time and availability of fibers). Watch the process from beginning to end and ask all the questions you can think of. You’ll see raw plant and animal fibers miraculously become cloth and fabric!

This event is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome (in fact, the event is especially popular with children). The Camas Public Library is located in downtown Camas at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. Plenty of free street parking is available. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or email library@cityofcamas.us. You can also keep up-to-date with Camas Library events at https://www.facebook.com/CamasPublicLibrary/.

Teen Overnight Movie Marathon at the Library

If you’re a teenager, the idea of staying up ALL NIGHT LONG is immensely appealing. If you’re an adult, the idea of a night on on the town WITHOUT YOUR TEEN followed by a sound night’s sleep is even more thrilling. Accomplish both things at once when you bring your teen movie buff to the Camas Library’s Teen Overnight Movie Marathon Lock-In, happening from 5 p.m. Friday night, Feb. 10, through 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 11.

Teens will vote for and watch movies all night long. Movie-watchers should bring their own dinners, snacks, pillows, sleeping bags (air mattresses are also OK), and flashlights. Donuts and juice will be provided for breakfast. Activities between movies include trivia games with prizes and a midnight tour of the library’s basement. (Good, creepy fun!) Registration and a parental permission slip are required; call 360-834-4692 or RSVP in person at the library.

The event is free and there will be plenty of adult supervision (approximately one parent for every five teens). Once your teen is there at 5 p.m. (sharp!), there’s no leaving until 8 a.m. (unless, of course, it’s an emergency). This is for kids in grades seven to 12 only. Teens must presents their parent-signed permission slip to get in; permission slips are available on the Camas Library’s website or in the library. The library welcomes parent chaperones for some or all of the night. To volunteer or get more information, call the library at 360-834-4692.

Three Print Methods, Three Artist Voices at Second Story Gallery

Second Story Gallery will feature art by students from Camas High School‘s Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program in February in a show the artists are calling “3 Print Methods x 3 Artist Voices.” The colorful art will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, with the students in attendance and live music provided by CHS students as well. The show continues through the month of February in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library

The art prints originate from an interdisciplinary unit on the theme of “Voice”  in which students studied political and artistic expression. The freshman students learned about the artist Andy Warhol in preparation for a visit to a special exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. They chose current pop subjects of their own generation to create multi-color, reductive linoleum prints. Meanwhile, the sophomores designed and embossed images based on poetry they selected and performed as part of a national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud, in their English class. Finally, the juniors created woodblock prints. Each student chose someone he or she deemed to be a cultural icon, then used a print to introduce the viewer to the subject. These images were inspired by the print that introduced Pocahontas to England, which the students learned about in their US History course.

This is the third Second Story Gallery show presented by the IAA students. The show will remain on exhibit through Feb. 25 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The gallery—and the library—is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, with ample free street parking.

Teen Overnight Movie Marathon

If you’re a teenager, the idea of staying up ALL NIGHT LONG is immensely appealing. If you’re an adult, the idea of a night on on the town WITHOUT YOUR TEEN followed by a sound night’s sleep is even more thrilling. Accomplish both things at once when you bring your teen movie buff to the Camas Library’s Teen Overnight Movie Marathon Lock-In, happening from 5 p.m. Friday night, Feb. 10, through 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 11.

Teens will vote for and watch movies all night long. Movie-watchers should bring their own dinners, snacks, pillows, sleeping bags (air mattresses are also OK), and flashlights. Donuts and juice will be provided for breakfast. Activities between movies include trivia games with prizes and a midnight tour of the library’s basement. (Good, creepy fun!) Registration and a parental permission slip are required; call 360-834-4692 or RSVP in person at the library.

The event is free and there will be plenty of adult supervision (approximately one parent for every five teens). Once your teen is there at 5 p.m. (sharp!), there’s no leaving until 8 a.m. (unless, of course, it’s an emergency). This is for kids in grades seven to 12 only. Teens must presents their parent-signed permission slip to get in; permission slips are available on the Camas Library’s website or in the library. The library welcomes parent chaperones for some or all of the night. To volunteer or get more information, call the library at 360-834-4692.