Vancouver Community Library

Free Poetry Workshop with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Clark College and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, with support from the Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington, are bringing Tod Marshall, Washington State’s Poet Laureate, to town.Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is serving as the poet laureate from 2016-2018. He is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. Marshall is coming to Clark County in part to celebrate the release of “WA 129,” the state-wide poetry anthology highlighting the breadth and depth of poetry within our state, with a poet selected for each year of Washington statehood.

Marshall will be participating in several events around town, but local aspiring poets will have a chance to write poetry under his tutelage during a hands-on poetry workshop at the Vancouver Community Library. The workshop, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, will include a close reading a few contemporary poems, then students will choose one of the poems as a model for their own poetic works. Students will complete a first draft in class. No previous writing experience is necessary—just enthusiasm! And maybe a pencil.

The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about library programs and events at this and other libraries, visit www.fvrl.org.

Documentary & Discussion: Gaining Ground

The 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.

Movies & Munchies at the Library for Kids 7-12

Do you have a kid who loves to experiment in the kitchen? Here’s an event that’s tailor-made for culinarily creative kids: Movies & Munchies at the Vancouver Community Library from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Kids ages 7 to 12 will learn how to make delicious, no-bake snacks—experimentation is encouraged, and anything the kids make, they get to enjoy during the afternoon movie.

Snack-making is from 2 to 3 p.m., and the movie will be determined by vote at 3 p.m. This event is free and no RSVP is needed—just show up hungry! The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, and the Children’s Program Room is in the Children’s Section on Level 3. For more information about this and other programs at the Vancouver Community Library, call 360-906-5000 or visit http://www.fvrl.org/loc/va.

Movies & Munchies at the Library

Do you have a kid who loves to experiment in the kitchen? Here’s an event that’s tailor-made for culinarily creative kids: Movies & Munchies at the Vancouver Community Library from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Kids ages 7 to 12 will learn how to make delicious, no-bake snacks—experimentation is encouraged, and anything the kids make, they get to enjoy during the afternoon movie.

Snack-making is from 2 to 3 p.m., and the movie will be determined by vote at 3 p.m. This event is free and no RSVP is needed—just show up hungry! The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, and the Children’s Program Room is in the Children’s Section on Level 3. For more information about this and other programs at the Vancouver Community Library, call 360-906-5000 or visit http://www.fvrl.org/loc/va.

Above image: caramel apple popcorn made with fresh apples, melted caramel and chocolate chips.

Life-Size Clue for Tweens at the Library

Do you have a preteen who needs to get a Clue? Why not take them to the Life-Size Clue game at the Vancouver Community Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26? This is the second time this has evening of whodunnit fun for tweens has been offered; there was a Life-size Clue game last Saturday as well. Tonight Life-Size Clue is the last one planned for a while—but if there’s a lot of interest, it might become a regular thing!

When you arrive, you’ll notice that the entire Children’s Program Room has been transformed into a large-as-life game board. Tweens will become the characters in the game, moving themselves around the “board” as play progresses. Costumes are welcome. (Parents, by the way, are also welcome to participate—and we know you want to!) There’s a literary twist to the game, as well, because all of the characters and props are drawn from children’s books and media. For example, players will try to figure out if the killer was Newt Scamandar at Camp Half-Blood with the lightsaber…or Nikki Maxwell at Hogwarts with Thor’s Hammer. Tweens will put their budding detective skills to the test to find out how Mr. Body met his sticky end.

For more information about this and other programs at the Vancouver Community Library, call 360-906-5000 or visit The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, and the Children’s Program Room is in the Children’s Section on Level 3. All library events and programs are free and no registration is required.

Life-Size Clue at the Library

Do you have a preteen who needs to get a Clue? Why not take them to the Life-Size Clue game at the Vancouver Community Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26? This is the second time this has evening of whodunnit fun for tweens has been offered; there was a Life-size Clue game last Saturday as well. The Jan. 26 Life-Size Clue is the last one planned for a while—but if there’s a lot of interest, it might become a regular thing!

When you arrive, you’ll notice that the entire Children’s Program Room has been transformed into a large-as-life game board. Tweens will become the characters in the game, moving themselves around the “board” as play progresses. Costumes are welcome. (Parents, by the way, are also welcome to participate—and we know you want to!) There’s a literary twist to the game, as well, because all of the characters and props are drawn from children’s books and media. For example, players will try to figure out if the killer was Newt Scamandar at Camp Half-Blood with the lightsaber…or Nikki Maxwell at Hogwarts with Thor’s Hammer. Tweens will put their budding detective skills to the test to find out how Mr. Body met his sticky end.

For more information about this and other programs at the Vancouver Community Library, call 360-906-5000 or visit The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, and the Children’s Program Room is in the Children’s Section on Level 3. All library events and programs are free and no registration is required.

National Unpublished Writers Day Conference

Sunday, Jan. 29 marks a nationally recognized observance that ‘Couvies can be proud of: National Unpublished Writers Day. Founded by Washington State University Vancouver Professor John F. Barber and inspired by the life and work of novelist, poet, and short story writer Richard Brautigan, National Unpublished Writers Day is an annual gathering of writers to discuss strategies for getting their work out into the world. In 2015, Professor Barber passed responsibility for the event to Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, who will serve as the master of ceremonies for the afternoon’s activities.

This event is free and open to the public, and happening in that architecturally stunning temple of books, the Vancouver Community Library, located at 901 C. St. in downtown Vancouver. Attendees will meet in the Columbia Room downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. The gathering will feature presentations from local authors with plenty of time for speakers and guests to mingle and chat. During the entire conference, guests can take advantage of a Local Resources Open House designed to connect aspiring writers with people and programs that can help them get…well, less unpublished. For more information, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or check out the Fort Vancouver Regional Library events page.

The speaker schedule is as follows:

  • 1 p.m.—So You’re Ready to Write with Other People, Now What? Finding Your Tribe with Celeste Gurevich
  • 2 p.m.—Open Mic 101: Etiquette and Performance Tips from Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic emcees Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
  • 3 p.m.—Beauty and Surprise: Writing Workshop with Penelope Scambly Schott
  • 4 p.m.— Publishing Panel with Nancy Flynn, Tracy Manaster, and A. Molotkov

Poetry Moves Launch Party

Poetry moves us in mysterious ways…and the poems on C-TRAN buses literally move around Clark County, while uplifting, inspiring and provoking travelers to think deeply. The poems are a result of the innovative Poetry Moves program, a joint project among C-TRAN, the Arts of Clark County, Printed Matter Vancouver and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Here’s the story:

Several years ago, Luna launched a program that sends local writers into Clark County schools to lead poetry workshops aimed at showing children that poetry can be meaningful, magical, and fun. The program received grant support from Humanities Washington and the Arts of Clark County, which approached C-TRAN about putting poems on its buses. Now entering its third year, the program is a roaring success. The first batch of poems are ready to get moving on a whole fleet of C-TRAN buses. Passengers will see those poems from January through June of 2017—and then a second batch will be chosen to appear from June through December.

You’re invited to the family-friendly Poetry Moves Launch Party, happening at the Vancouver Community Library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. While you nibble on complimentary light refreshments, you can hear the poems read aloud by their authors—as well as readings by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Poem bus cards from all three seasons of Poetry Moves will be available for sale for $20 each. All proceeds will go toward funding the program. For more information about this program, visit the Poetry Moves Facebook page or check out Printed Matter Vancouver.

Poetry Moves Launch Party

Poetry moves us in mysterious ways…and the poems on C-TRAN buses literally move around Clark County, while uplifting, inspiring and provoking travelers to think deeply. The poems are a result of the innovative Poetry Moves program, a joint project among C-TRAN, the Arts of Clark County, Printed Matter Vancouver and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Here’s the story:

Several years ago, Luna launched a program that sends local writers into Clark County schools to lead poetry workshops aimed at showing children that poetry can be meaningful, magical, and fun. The program received grant support from Humanities Washington and the Arts of Clark County, which approached C-TRAN about putting poems on its buses. Now entering its third year, the program is a roaring success. The first batch of poems are ready to get moving on a whole fleet of C-TRAN buses. Passengers will see those poems from January through June of 2017—and then a second batch will be chosen to appear from June through December.

You’re invited to the family-friendly Poetry Moves Launch Party, happening at the Vancouver Community Library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. While you nibble on complimentary light refreshments, you can hear the poems read aloud by their authors—as well as readings by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Poem bus cards from all three seasons of Poetry Moves will be available for sale for $20 each. All proceeds will go toward funding the program. For more information about this program, visit the Poetry Moves Facebook page or check out Printed Matter Vancouver.

Above image: a preview of “Joy,” by Cherish DesRochers-Vafeados

Worldwide Knit in Public Day

Are you ready to take your private passion public? We’re talking about knitting, of course, and you can come right out in the open with your mad fiber skillz on Worldwide Knit in Public Day (WWKIPD), on Saturday, June 18. To help you celebrate this important event, the Vancouver Community Library is offering a warm and fuzzy Knit in Public gathering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Columbia Room.

Bring your current knitting project and join the largest knitter-run event in the world (or, as the event’s slogan declares, “Better Living Through Stitching Together.”)  The event is completely free, everyone is welcome, and no registration is required. The Vancouver Community Library is located in downtown Vancouver at 901 C Street. To learn more, call 360-906-5000.

Knit in Public Day

Are you ready to take your private passion public? We’re talking about knitting, of course, and you can come right out in the open with your mad fiber skillz on Worldwide Knit in Public Day (WWKIPD), on Saturday, June 18. To help you celebrate this important event, the Vancouver Community Library is offering a warm and fuzzy Knit in Public gathering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Columbia Room.

Bring your current knitting project and join the largest knitter-run event in the world (or, as the event’s slogan declares, “Better Living Through Stitching Together.”)  The event is completely free, everyone is welcome, and no registration is required. The Vancouver Community Library is located in downtown Vancouver at 901 C Street. To learn more, call 360-906-5000.

Water Smart Gardening Workshop

Things are heating up in the Northwest…regional temperatures are projected to rise .5 degrees every decade, putting increased demands on our water supply, which makes it more important than ever to “plant smarter, not harder.” In the interests of the environment and a lower water bill, homeowners need to be savvy about which plants they choose to grow, opting for native plants and flowers that don’t need much water once established.

Learn more about “water smart” gardening from Master Gardener Cindy Withrow during the free WSU Extension Master Gardener workshop at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Withrow will discuss water smart tips and techniques for the home gardener, including garden planning, lawn alternatives, and efficient watering. And here’s a bonus: participants will be entered in a drawing for a rain barrel or a compost bin.

The workshop will be held at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. in Vancouver. No registration is necessary; just show up! For more information, contact Erika Johnson at 360-397-6060, ext. 5738, or erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu or visit http://ext100.wsu.edu/clark/gardening/.

Our Library ROCKS!

The Library Journal recently named the Vancouver Community Library as one of 11 nationally notable libraries it has honored for 2015 with its new Landmark Library Award, presented every four years. The five-level, 83,000 square-foot, downtown Vancouver library is the largest branch of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. It opened to the public July 17, 2011. The library district collaborated with architecture firm The Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle to compile the award submission, which included strong letters of support from Vancouver-area leaders.

The Library Journal evaluated the submissions on six different points of excellence, including design and construction, response to community context and constraints, sustainability, functionality, innovation, and beauty. Profiles of the 11 award recipients and 11 honorable mentions will be published in the September issue of Library Journal. The announcement was first posted here.

Above image: this amazing “wall of words” greets visitors as they enter the library.

Book Brew Book Discussion Group

Book Brew is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month from June through December. This month, Book Brew is on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Sit back and get literary with your friends while drinking a draft pint of No Bad Days IPA from Battle Ground’s Barrel Mountain Brewing or Big Cedar IRA from Backwoods Brewing, or enjoy a fine wine from a North Bank vintner. If coffee or tea is your thing, you can’t beat Brewed’s iced coffee, kombucha or excellent iced chai.

Brewed is located at 603 Main Street in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit www.brewedcafepub.com or check them out on Facebook.

Vancouver Community Library Turns Four

The Vancouver Community Library relocated to its architecturally stunning, light- and color-filled, award-winning space four years ago, and officially opened its doors to the community on July 17, 2011. Drop by the new Vancouver Community Library any time from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17, and help celebrate its fourth birthday in its grand new building. There will be free cookies in the Columbia Room (on the ground floor, to your left as you enter), hosted by Friends of the Library.

The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, and there’s always lots going on—free classes and workshops for adults, teens, and kids in every imaginable subject as well as books, books, and more beautiful books. Plus, they recently launched a spiffing new website, where you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District: new.fvrl.org.

Vancouver Library Turns Four

The Vancouver Community Library relocated to its architecturally stunning, light- and color-filled, award-winning space four years ago, and officially opened its doors to the community on July 17, 2011. Drop by the new Vancouver Community Library any time from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17, and help celebrate its fourth birthday in its grand new building. There will be free cookies in the Columbia Room (on the ground floor, to your left as you enter), hosted by Friends of the Library.

The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, and there’s always lots going on—free classes and workshops for adults, teens, and kids in every imaginable subject as well as books, books, and more beautiful books. Plus, they recently launched a spiffing new website, where you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District: new.fvrl.org.

Story Con 2014

More than 30 authors will be on hand to showcase their works and connect with readers at the first-ever Story Con 2014, to be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Vancouver Community Library. The day’s line-up is composed of author readings, interactive discussion panels and book signings. Session topics include “The Wicked West” (what makes the Pacific Northwest a prime location for crime writing), “Hell on Heels” (female heroes and villains), and “Where to Find Great Flash Fiction Online” (finding very short stories; that is, pieces under 1,000 words). Featured authors include regional mystery writer Kate Dyer-Seeley, New York Times best-selling author Daniel Wilson, 2014 breakout novelist Jason Gurley, and Hugo Award winner David D. Levine. A complete schedule of events is available at http://storyconvention.com/2014-schedule/.

The free event will be held on the first and fourth levels of the library, located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. Books will be available to purchase from tables staffed by Friends of Vancouver Community Library, a nonprofit group that will benefit from a portion of the proceeds. And, since a good book demands an equally good cup of coffee (and perhaps a pastry as well), refreshments will be available for purchase from Thatcher’s coffee counter in the ground level atrium. For more details, visit www.storyconvention.com or call the library at 360-906-5000.

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 (although we can't imagine why not), 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.

Teen Just Dance Party

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 from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 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