The Mall Library Connection

Creature Feature Reptile Show at Mall Library Connection

Prepare yourself for an amazing reptile adventure from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at The Mall Library Connection. Hear a gecko bark. See a cobra hood. Pet a snake (but maybe not a cobra). Learn about these and other incredible scaly, slithery, cold-blooded creatures—and touch or hold a few of them, if you’re brave enough!

The Mall Library Connection is located inside Vancouver Mall, downstairs near JCPenney, in Suite 285. This program is absolutely free and all ages are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary—just bring yourselves and your curiosity! For more information, call The Mall Library Connection at 360-906-5000 or visit http://www.fvrl.org/loc/tm. You can also keep up to date with new activities at The Mall Library Connection by following them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VanMallLibraryConnection/. Vancouver Mall is located at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive in Vancouver.

Free Workshop: Mason Bee Basics

There’s a lot of buzz about mason bees these days, and for good reason: these friendly, solitary little workers are master pollinators and a friend to any garden. At this free workshop—”Mason Bee Basics: More Buzzzz for Your Backyard”—Master Gardener and mason bee expert Billie Bevers will teach you what you need to know to make your garden attractive to mason bees, including what to plant and what kind of “bee houses” mason bees like best. (Maybe you’ve seen them in gardens or stores: collections of little tubes where the bees can comfortably nest.) It may still be winter, but it’s not too early to prepare your yard to be more productive than ever with a little help from the bees.

The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Mall Library Connection, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Dr., Suite 285, near J.C. Penney. No registration is required. For more information, call The Mall Library Connection at 360-906-5000 or visit The Mall Library Connection’s Facebook page.

Lunar New Year Celebration with Lion Dancers

Note from the editor: just got word from the library that this event has been canceled due to snowy/icy roads.

The Mall Library Connection invites you to a New Year celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14! No, not the regular ol’ 2017 new year, but the Lunar New Year—the Year of the Rooster—which will officially begin on Saturday, Jan. 28. This event is great for kids of all ages—plus grown-ups and older adults! There will be a traditional Chinese dancing and a spectacular martial arts demonstration with the Lion Dancers, in the indoor courtyard in front of JC Penney. There will be also be cultural activities, crafts, music, and a brief glimpse into Chinese astrology and what a Rooster year could mean for you.

The celebration is free and no registration is necessary. The Mall Library Connection  is located at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 285. To learn more, visit http://www.fvrl.org/loc/tm or follow The Mall Library Connection on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VanMallLibraryConnection/.

Make Your Own Comic Book

Does your kid dream about having superpowers, wearing a cape and boots, and saving the world from evil villains? Does he or she eat up the graphic novels, love anime, or get lost for hours at a time with a pencil and a piece of paper, creating new worlds one square at a time? If that describes your child, and if he or she is age five to nine, then you might consider coming to the free “Make Your Own Comic” workshop at the Mall Library Connection, inside Westfield Vancouver Mall at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 285.

The class will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, and your child will be given everything necessary to create his or her very own comic book starring favorite comic characters or a whole new, original cast of heroes that no one’s even dreamed of yet. Step-by-step instruction will be provided and parents or guardians should be on hand to watch the magic happen.

For more information, contact the Mall Library Connection at 360-906-5000 or click here. No registration is required; just show up ready to create!

Make Your Own Comic Book

Does your kid dream about having superpowers, wearing a cape and boots, and saving the world from evil villains? Does he or she eat up the graphic novels, love anime, or get lost for hours at a time with a pencil and a piece of paper, creating new worlds one square at a time? If that describes your child, and if he or she is age five to nine, then you might consider coming to the free “Make Your Own Comic” workshop at the Mall Library Connection, inside Westfield Vancouver Mall at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 285.

The class will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, and your child will be given everything necessary to create his or her very own comic book starring favorite comic characters or a whole new, original cast of heroes that no one’s even dreamed of yet. Step-by-step instruction will be provided and parents or guardians should be on hand to watch the magic happen.

For more information, contact the Mall Library Connection at 360-906-5000 or click here. No registration is required; just show up ready to create!

Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe

Take at tour of the Pacific Islands through dance, music, and costumes when Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe comes to visit The Mall Library Connection. They’ll be swaying their way around the JCPenny Court, on the ground floor of the mall just below the library, from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe, founded by Samoan-born dancer Tasi Tuaopepe Keener, is comprised of trained dancers and entertainers who perform at community and corporate events, benefits, schools, churches, and weddings. The shows include live music and fire dancing, giving audiences a dance tour of the Pacific Islands with folk dances from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Hawaii, complete with traditional costumes and narration.

The Polynesian dance show at the Mall Library Connection is free to attend and is especially fun for families. For more information, call the library at 360-906-5000. The Mall Library Connection is located inside Westfield Vancouver Mall at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 285.

Paradise at the Mall

Take at tour of the Pacific Islands through dance, music, and costumes when Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe comes to visit The Mall Library Connection. They’ll be swaying their way around the JCPenny Court, on the ground floor of the mall just below the library, from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe, founded by Samoan-born dancer Tasi Tuaopepe Keener, is comprised of trained dancers and entertainers who perform at community and corporate events, benefits, schools, churches, and weddings. The shows include live music and fire dancing, giving audiences a dance tour of the Pacific Islands with folk dances from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Hawaii, complete with traditional costumes and narration.

The Polynesian dance show at the Mall Library Connection is free to attend and is especially fun for families. For more information, call the library at 360-906-5000. The Mall Library Connection is located inside Westfield Vancouver Mall at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 285.

Mad Science Show at the Mall

Science goes crazy from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, with a special Mad Science show, “Spin! Pop! Boom!” hosted by The Mall Library Connection. Kids and grown-ups can watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates jaw-droppingly amazing (and yet completely scientifically based) eruptions, booms, explosions, pops, and fizzes with flames, flasks, tubes, foam, soap suds, gases, and an array of molecule-busting chemical reactions. Call it the wild side of chemistry. You know you want to see it as much as your kids will! (We had you at “boom,” didn’t we?)

The hour-long program is held on the lower level of Westfield Vancouver Mall, in the courtyard area directly in front of JC Penney. All library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. The Mall Library Connection is located inside the mall in Suite 285.