Vancouver Community Library

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

“Explore!” Science & Art for Preschoolers

There are plenty of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) courses in high school and college, but what about your science-minded toddler? Does the lack of engineering classes for your four-year-old keep you up at night? Well, now you can sleep soundly, because the Vancouver Community Library is offering STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and math—for preschoolers ages three to five. The library’s STEAM-centered “Explore!” classes are held every Thursday except holidays in the Children’s Program Room, on Level 3, and are designed for guided play with a parent, grandparent, or guardian. There’s no cost to participate, and registration is not required. For more details, call 360-906-5106.

Science for Preschoolers

STEM programs are all the rage these days—that's any schooling that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math—because jobs in those fields are expected to be the driving force behind our country's economic future. There are plenty of STEM courses in high school and college, but what about your science-minded toddler? Does the lack of engineering classes for your four-year-old keep you up at night? Well, now you can sleep soundly, because the Vancouver Community Library is offering STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and math—for preschoolers ages three to five.

The library's STEAM-centered "Explore!" classes are held from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. The classes are held in the Children's Program Room, on Level 3, and are designed for guided play with a parent, grandparent, or guardian. Here's a schedule of topics to be explored through April:

March 20 – A Whoosh of Air
March 27 – And the Wind Blows
April 3 – Spring Is in the Air
April 10 – Inside Dirt
April 17 – Seeds and More
April 24 – Spring Has Sprung

There's no cost to participate, and registration is not required. For more details, call 360-906-5106.

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.

Death by Chocolate

Is there anything better than chocolate? Yes: more chocolate. 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. Sound like chocolate overload? Or perhaps not quite enough 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.

The Library Needs Your Art

The Vancouver Commuity Library wants your art! On the first Friday of every month—in conjunction with downtown Vancouver's First Friday Artwalk—the library displays a variety of original artwork from local artists. The really excellent thing about this open call for artists is that it doesn't matter if you're an amateur or a professional: your works may have been viewed in galleries across the Northwest, or they may have been seen only by your cats. Either way, if you're looking for a wider audience, the library is a good place to start.

Every first Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., the library invites Artwalkers to see exhibits from local artists in every media: painting, sculpture, fiber arts, glass and metal work, ceramics, and recycled or upcycled art. If you can make it, the library can display it. Your art will continue to be displayed after First Friday, too—the exhibit will stay open during regular library hours on the following Saturday and Sunday.

To be considered, call 360-906-5106 and ask about the art exhibit submission form. When you submit the form, include an artist's statement and/or your résumé, as well as a portfolio with five to 10 images of original work representing the pieces you'd like to display. Include an index of image titles, mediums, and dimensions. The completed packet must be received by the library by Tuesday, April 1, or it may be e-mailed to dgambale@fvrl.org.