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Documentary & Discussion: Gaining Ground

c0cb1bb3-00a3-44f1-b518-a5c8fbfefa5eThe internationally acclaimed documentary Gaining Ground—based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name—follows the stories of three farms and the people who make them productive: the experiences of urban farmer-activists in California, a small family farm in rural Oregon converting from commodity dairy to chemical-free produce, and a large farm in the Willamette Valley transitioning from grass seed to organic grains.

You can see a free screening of Gaining Ground at three different times: once at the Vancouver Community Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, and twice at the Cascade Park Community Library, at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 9 and 16. Stick around for a lively conversation about the film and the future of the farming industry in America.

Meaningful Movies (or Documentary & Discussion, as groups are sometimes called) is a film and discussion group that is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle, screening interesting, relevant, and sometimes controversial documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. For more information, visit the Meaningful Movies Project website.

Summer Reading

There’s still time to sign up for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District‘s summer reading programs. Children, teens (and adults, too!) can have fun and earn rewards while keeping their reading skills sharp by registering at your local library or bookmobile until Saturday, Aug. 15. You can also register online at www.fvrl.org using your computer, tablet or smartphone.

The summer reading programs for kids and teens have a heroic theme: “Every Hero Has a Story” for children up to 11 years old and “Unmask!” for teens aged 12-19 years.  But why should kids have all the fun, right? In response to popular demand, libraries across the North Bank have added adult summer reading programs with grown-up prizes like gift certificates to Barnes & Noble (although if you really want a squishy fruit toy or superhero bracelet, no one will question you).

Reading programs—which are totally free!—are ongoing until the end of August. You can even fill out your reading logs online (so environmentally responsible). Parents have the option of creating a family account by adding siblings’ accounts to the first one registered. After finishing each level, young readers can choose from prizes like books, ear buds, temporary tattoos, bags, and comics. Each level completed also earns participants entries in the district-wide grand-prize drawing for a $200 Amazon gift card. Complete details are available at www.fvrl.org or by calling 360-906-5000.

Stay Cool in the ‘Couve

Temperatures are heating up, but Vancouver has cool places where you and your family can chill out. Visit community centers to cool off, hang out with friends or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit (although maybe sweating doesn’t sound so nice right now). Marshall Community Center is fully air conditioned and the open areas at Firstenburg Community Center, while not air conditioned, are ventilated with moving air. For those age 50 and better, the Luepke Senior Center next to the Marshall Community Center offers a variety of air-conditioned activities to beat the heat, Monday through Friday (closed on weekends). At both Firstenburg and Marshall, the Wi-Fi enabled lobby and game room areas are open to the public, free of charge. Fitness centers and pools are available to members or by paying a drop-in fee. Hours, schedules and other information can be found at www.vanparksrec.org (click on Community Centers at the top of the page).

The Water Resources Education Center, near the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned oasis for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place. The Water Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Water Center is free.

And of course, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations are air conditioned to a blissful temperature, where you can stay cool AND get smarter at the same time. Check out the FVRL district’s awesome new website to find out about all the activities, classes, gatherings, movies and family events happening this summer at your local library.

Cupcakes, Quilts, Art & Anime

There’s no place like your local library for…cupcakes! And coffee! And Legos! And a class on how to grow a greener lawn, and quilting classes, and a safe venue for teens to hang out and…do whatever teens do, and a place to see amazing art and meet the artists who create it. Oh, yes—and there’s also books! Honestly, why would you ever leave? Here, in one convenient location, is a sampler of what’s happening this month at libraries around the North Bank:

Every single library class and event is 100% free, and no registration is required. Visit your local library’s website or Facebook page for more details about each event, or see the jam-packed library calender of events at www.fvrl.org.

More Than Books

There’s a world of free classes, workshops, activities and discussions happening at libraries across the North Bank…about everything from mushrooms and fairy houses to ragtime, Irish dancing, and chalkboard graphics. Of course there are books and book clubs and book signings, but even if that’s not your thing, the library is your place to meet the wider world. Here’s a sampler of what’s happening around the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in March:

It All Happens at the Library

The library isn’t just for books. I mean, yes, there are thousands of books there, but there’s so much more happening that you’d be astonished if you knew. Well, prepare to be astonished, because here’s a sample of what’s happening at libraries around the North Bank this month:

…and there’s a monthlong art exhibit at the Three Creeks Community Library featuring the watercolor paintings of Barbara Van Nostern. The exhibit runs from Friday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, March 21, with a an artist’s talk and reception on Monday, March 9.

Christmas @ the Library

There are A LOT of holiday activities happening at your local libraries this month, and we thought you should know about them! Whether you’re browsing for your next great read, picking up a bedtime storybook for your kid, want to learn a new skill at a class or workshop, or are looking for a cozy place to pass a couple of wintry hours, the library is your neighborhood’s quietly sparkling gem. Here, in one convenient place, is every Christmas event happening from now until the end of December in libraries all over the North Bank:

Eat at Beaches for the Library

Here’s a sun-kissed combination for a cloudy day: Beaches Restaurant and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation (FVRLF). What could the two places possibly have in common? Well, when you eat (and drink!) at Beaches Restaurant and Bar any time from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 50% of the cost of your meal (and drinks!) will be donated to the foundation. The “Cash Back Day” includes all meals, appetizers, and happy hour at both Beaches locations: the Vancouver Beaches at 1919 S.E. Columbia River Dr. and the Portland Airport Beaches in the Portland Airport.

As you’re enjoying your macadamia-encrusted mahi mahi or your slow-roasted pork shanks and sipping your Fireside Cider with Kraken black spiced rum, you can consider the FVRLF’s mission: to strengthen the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s value to the communities it serves through securing donations and endowments beyond the scope of the library’s operating budget, funding additional projects and services for children, teens, and seniors, and inspiring community interest and involvement. To learn more, visit www.fvrlf.org.

 

Women Entrepreneurs Organization: Summer Reading

The Women Entrepreneurs Organization (WEO) of SW Washington presents “Summer Reading Special & Great Library Resources” at its next meeting from 5 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. Christina Hanson, reference librarian at the Vancouver Community Library, will reveal the tools and information available to women entrepreneurs at the library to grow a business. Christina encourages entrepreneurs to think beyond the books; the library has demographic data, competitor information, research and technical reports, manufacturer directories, and more.

In addition to Hanson’s presentation, attendees will hear from tattoo artist Bethany Arzhanov and Brenda DeMura from It Works! Global. And did we mention the food? Guests will enjoy—in the sophisticated surroundings of the Heathman Lodge—a salad of spring greens with cherry tomatoes and white balsamic vinaigrette, green beans with bacon and herbs (yay bacon!), rice pilaf, Hudson’s smoked salmon, and Hudson’s signature bread pudding. The cost is $37.50 for members or $41.50 for visitors, and the price includes the delicious dinner buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip. Register online at http://www.weowa.org/June2014.

WEO Gets Literary

The Women Entrepreneurs Organization (WEO) of SW Washington presents “Summer Reading Special & Great Library Resources” at its next meeting from 5 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. Christina Hanson, reference librarian at the Vancouver Community Library, will reveal the tools and information available to women entrepreneurs at the library to grow a business. Christina encourages entrepreneurs to think beyond the books; the library has demographic data, competitor information, research and technical reports, manufacturer directories, and more.

In addition to Hanson’s presentation, attendees will hear from tattoo artist Bethany Arzhanov and Brenda DeMura from It Works! Global. And did we mention the food? Guests will enjoy—in the sophisticated surroundings of the Heathman Lodge—a salad of spring greens with cherry tomatoes and white balsamic vinaigrette, green beans with bacon and herbs (yay bacon!), rice pilaf, Hudson’s smoked salmon, and Hudson’s signature bread pudding. The cost is $37.50 for members or $41.50 for visitors, and the price includes the delicious dinner buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip. Register online at http://www.weowa.org/June2014.

 

Library Used Book Sale

Are you the kind of person who thinks decorating a home mostly involves building more bookshelves? Then you'll want to grab a bookbag (or two or three) and head on over to the Spring Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. A special presale for members of Friends of the Library will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, but if you're not a member, not to worry; memberships are available at the door.

All sales will be held at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Headquarters—the former home of the downtown Vancouver library, at 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd. The book sale, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Vancouver Community Library, will take place on the lower level, downstairs in Library Hall.

If you don't have any bookbags, the library will be kind enough to give you a bag and you may fill it with as many books as you like for $2. And here's a secret: Any books that don't sell by 3 p.m. on April 13 are free—at least until 4 p.m., when the book-sale-and-giveaway-extravaganza will end.

Just Dance Party for Teens

Where's the best place to expend a load of teenage energy? At the Vancouver Community Library's first-ever Just Dance Party, for teens and preteens ages 10 to 14! There will be snacks, music, and lots of other restless teens who'll be showing off their awesome dance moves. (Do teens say "awesome" anymore? If something is "sick," does that mean it's good or bad, in teen-speak?) Anyhow, no matter what your teen says to express his or her approval—even if it's just nodding silently—the Just Dance Party will be totally cool. ("Cool"—that's still acceptable, right?) The dance will be held in the Columbia Room on the first floor of the library at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. There's no cost to attend, and there's no registration required. For more information, visit the library teen events webpage here.

Teen Workshop: Tech to Wear

There are many accessories that your teenager may desperately need (read: want), but none could possibly be cooler than the wearable LED light-embellished adornments they make themselves during a "Tech to Wear" workshop at the library. This free workshop is part of Teen Tech Week at Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries and at libraries across the country. There's no charge to attend this class, and all materials will be provided. There's three teen tech workshops on the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, March 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C N.E. Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver
  • Friday, March 21, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C. St. in downtown Vancouver
  • Friday, March 21, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave. in East Vancouver

Wearable Tech for Teens

There are many accessories that your teenager may desperately need (read: want), but none could possibly be cooler than the wearable LED light-embellished adornments they make themselves during a "Tech to Wear" workshop at the library. Simply put: Now your teen can light up the room with something besides his or her natural charm. IKR? (…that's text-speak for "I know, right?" Just saying.)

This free workshop is part of Teen Tech Week at Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries and at libraries across the country. The Washougal Community Library already had its "Tech to Wear" class earlier this week, and attendees made loads of pins, hair clips, and bracelets, learning about circuits and assembling each item from scratch. There's no charge to attend this class, and all materials will be provided. There's three more teen tech workshops on the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, March 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C N.E. Tenney Rd. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver
  • Friday, March 21, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C. St. in downtown Vancouver
  • Friday, March 21, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave. in East Vancouver

Death by Chocolate (for teens)

If you're a teen with chocolate cravings, then the Vancouver Community Library invites you to come to the Fourth Floor Meeting Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sautrday, March 15, for "Death by Chocolate"—chocolate, followed by chocolate, and then some more chocolate, but only after you've had some chocolate mixed with additional chocolate.

Attendees as this teens-only choco-centric celebration will be able to test their chocoholic skills in a blind taste test of the different kinds of chocolate, make chocolate treats in a chocolate "Iron Chef"-style contest, and show off their knowledge of chocolate trivia. It pretty much goes without saying that this will be a well-attended event; however, registration isn't required and there's no fee. All supplies will be provided. For more chocolately details, call the library at 360-906-5106.

Creativity Marks the Spot: Bookmark Contest

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District's bookmark-design contest is well underway, but there's still plenty of time for your child to submit the winning entry in either the kids' category (kindergarten through fifth grade) or the teens' category (sixth through 12th grades). The deadline is Monday, March 31. All children who live or attend school (including home school!) in Clark, Skamania, or Klickitat Counties are eligible, as are children in the Yale Valley Library District and the Woodland School District. The kids' theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and the teens' theme is "Spark a Reaction."
 
To enter the contest, fill out the Summer Reading Bookmark Contest form available online or at your local library, and submit the completed form to any Fort Vancouver Regional Library District library or bookmobile by the due date. Bookmarks will be judged on design, originality, reproduceability. Local libraries will choose winners from each category and winning entries from each library will be entered into the district-wide, grand-prize-winning contest. The winning bookmarks will be displayed on the FVRLD website and printed for use by thousands of library visitors.
 
For complete details, visit the library bookmark contest webpage.
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