Washington County libraries have upcoming giveaways, take-and-makes, and more, from April 14.

All library programs are presented free of charge unless otherwise noted.


14755 S.W. Farmington Road

DÍA DE LOS NIÑOS Y LIBROS TAKE & MAKE — Pick up a take-home kit complete with supplies to create a variety of musical instruments to accompany Día de los Niños y Libros festivities, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, April 25. Suitable for children under 5. While supplies last.

BOOK GIVEAWAY — Get a free book during open hours Saturday, April 30, to commemorate Día de los Niños y Libros. Book quantities are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Kelly Lyon and Seth Freter play music and games with a Makey Makey invention kit in Hillsboro in 2017.


42461 N.W. Market St.

ART LAB FOR ELEMENTARY — Examine the art of Faith Ringgold and make a self-portrait on fabric from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. For kids.

TINKER TUESDAY — See what kind of music you can make with the Makey Makey, 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. For kids. Call 503-324-1382 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.


12375 S.W. Fifth St.

AN EVENING WITH REYNA GRANDE — Hear from author Reyna Grande about her experiences emigrating to the United States from Mexico, balancing life between two cultures, and overcoming adversity to become a published author, 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 14. This in-person program is suitable for all ages.

PUFFY PAINT — Make art while making a mess from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. Ages 2-8. This is an in-person event. Registration required at

HOW TO BE A BETTER FRIEND — Learn simple tools to start listening with empathy from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20. For adults. This virtual program features speakers Laurel Wonder of the Oregon Behavioral Health Initiative and Kera Magarill from Washington County Disability, Aging and Veterans Services. Register at

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION — Join the library for arts and crafts from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, or Sunday, April 24. Ages 2-12. This is a drop-in, in-person program.

DREAMERS, LEADERS & LEGENDS: WANGARI MAATHAI — Learn about and celebrate Wangari Maathai from 4-4:45 p.m. Monday, April 25. Grades K-5. Participants will read a book, explore her history and make seed bombs. Registration required at

WINGS OF FIRE DRAGON HATS — Sign up to receive a make-and-take kit before Friday, April 29, to make your own dragon hat. Video instructions will be emailed April 29. Grades 3-6. Registration required at

DÍA DE LOS NIÑOS — Celebrate Día de los Niños with a fun craft and free book from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. For kids. This is an in-person, drop-in program.

SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE TOURNAMENT — Test your skills in a "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" tournament for the Nintendo Switch from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Grades 6-12. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner-up. Registration required at

Cedar Mill

1080 N.W. Saltzman Road

TEEN GAME NIGHT — Compete in teams of two to win the Amazing Library Race from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 22. Ages 11-18. Registration required at

COURTESY PHOTO: EXPENSIFY - An example budget from the personal finance app Expensify. The Cornelius Public Library is hosting a series of personal finance courses this week.


1370 N. Adair St.

UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL SECURITY — Learn the entitlement factors for benefits, the options to start benefits at various ages, and online tools and resources for Social Security from 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 14. For adults. This program is presented by the Social Security Administration. It's recommended that participants have their Social Security statement with them for reference during this webinar. Register at

SMART SAVINGS — Learn how to create smart savings goals, generate a budget and spending plan, and develop a unique budget tracking system from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. For teens. This program is presented by Financial Beginnings Oregon. Registration required at

PROTECTING YOURSELF — Learn the major types of insurance and review current and potential future insurance needs, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. For adults. This program is presented by Financial Beginnings Oregon. Registration required at

GOALS & TOOLS — Develop short-, medium- and long-term goals for your money and learn how to achieve them, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15. For adults. This program is presented by Financial Beginnings Oregon. Registration required at

SAVING & RETIREMENT — Lay the groundwork to save for your future from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16. For adults. This program is presented by Financial Beginnings Oregon. Registration required at

BUG HOTEL — Design and create your very own backyard bug hotel from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. Ages 5-11. Registration required at

WILDFLOWER SEED BOMBS — Celebrate Earth Day and practice your STEM skills by making your very own wildflower seed bombs from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Grades 6-12. Registration required at

FAMILY MOVIE DAY — Celebrate Earth Day by watching "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 22. All ages welcome. This is a drop-in, in-person event.

CHILDREN'S DAY — Celebrate the Day of the Child, Día de los Niños, at the library by creating messy art from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Ages 3-11. Registration required at

STAR WARS SENSORY BOTTLE — Stop by to make your very own Star Wars-themed sensory bottle from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Ages 3-10 with adult support. Registration required at

Forest Grove

2114 Pacific Ave.

PLANTABLE PAPER — Explore how paper recycling works through take-and-recreate kits available from the library all day Thursday, April 14. Ages 12-18. In addition to demonstrating how paper is recycled, the kits will include materials to plant flowers and repurpose your homemade paper into a card. Registration required at

VIRTUAL DEATH CAFÉ — Talk about death, dying, end of life and more in a safe, supportive and confidential space from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 16. For adults. Registration required at

SPROUTING JOY — Learn about growing your own food at home with this take-and-germinate kit, available for pickup Thursday, April 28. Ages 12-18. Registration required at

Garden Home

7475 S.W. Oleson Road

CRAFTERNOON TEA — Catch up with your favorite crafters and meet some new friends from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, as the library hosts its first in-person Crafternoon Tea event since early 2020. For adults. Bring your own craft project to work on and enjoy the company of fellow craft enthusiasts. This is an outdoor program. Tea will be provided.

ANALYZING STORY SCENES IN REVISION — Learn from author Rosanne Parry about how to revise your novel scene by scene, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. For adults. This presentation is part of the library's monthly Garden Gnomes du Plume writers' group virtual meeting. Registration required at

NERD NIGHT — Test your wits at the library's monthly virtual trivia night, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Play individually or with a team of up to five. Registration required at

PMG PHOTO: MAX EGENER - A community meeting is held at Shute Park in Hillsboro in 2021. This month, the park will host a free library event to celebrate the Day of the Child.


2850 N.E. Brookwood Pkwy.

COSPLAY MEETUP — Learn more about crafting costumes and armor for cosplaying from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 16. All ages, skill levels and skill sets are welcome. Basic supplies and equipment provided. This is an in-person, drop-in event.

BEYOND VOTING: ELECTIONS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCING — Learn about the United States' electoral systems and how political campaigns are financed from educator Donna Cohen, 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, April 24. For adults and teens. This is a virtual program. Registration required at

CHILDREN'S DAY — Celebrate children with a free book giveaway for all ages from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. STEM kits, activities and information about local resources for families will also be available. This is a drop-in, in-person event at Shute Park, 750 S.E. Eighth Ave. in Hillsboro.

North Plains

31334 N.W. Commercial St.

EVERYONE CAN COOK! — Learn how to make a beef stew with floral focaccia bread from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Suitable for the whole family. Registration required at


22560 S.W. Pine St.

PERSONAL FINANCE WORKSHOP — Learn all the steps you need to know to create a plan for your money from author and radio host Lillian Karabaic, 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 14. For adults. This is a virtual program. Registration required at

EASY NUTRITION & FOOD SAFETY — Get basic nutrition tips and a cooking demonstration with food safety and preparation techniques, from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 16. For adults. This is an in-person program led by Jessica Nicoud from Providence Health. Registration required at

PMG FILE PHOTO - Make mini birdhouses this month with a Tigard Public Library crafting kit.


13500 S.W. Hall Blvd.

TEEN GAME NIGHT — Play games with friends online from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Grades 6-12. Registration required at

MINI BIRDHOUSES — Decorate your own mini wooden birdhouse using take-and-make supplies provided from the library beginning Sunday, April 17. Ages 5 and up. Supplies are limited and will be available on a first-registered, first-served basis. Register at

A RECIPE FOR FUN — Explore different recipes and write your own in this virtual program from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Grades 1-4. Registration required at

DAYS OF BOOKS AND ROSES — Celebrate love the way they do in Catalonia: with gifts of roses and books, via a take-and-make kit available April 22 to April 24. Grades 6-12. Stop by the library to pick up a kit.

TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN PLANTS — Learn about traditional Native American food plants of the Willamette Valley as well as other plants used for tools, weaving and medicine from Stephanie Craig (Wood), Santiam and Yoncalla Kalapuya tribal member, from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, April 24. For adults and teens. Registration required at


18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

EGGS-CELLENT EGG HUNT — Compete to find hidden treasures at the library from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15. For teens. Prizes will be given out to winners. Registration required at

THE POT PARTY — Bring your houseplant by the library and get it moved into a rad new home from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. For all ages. The library will have terra cotta pots to be painted, decorated and bedazzled in the makerspace. Fresh potting soil will also be available, as will a few small houseplants that you can pot and take home. Registration required at

RAPIDFIRE KILN — Learn how to use the makerspace's RapidFire kiln from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. For adults and teens. Registration required at

DÍA DEL LOS NIÑO — Celebrate Children's Day at the library with a special craft and a free book, all day Friday, April 29. Crafts and books available while supplies last.

TEEN MAKE STUFF — Create awesome things in the library's new makerspace after hours, 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 29. Grades 6-12. Registration required at

CLASSICAL UP CLOSE — Ask questions, dance along and clap for the musicians of the Oregon Symphony from 10:30-11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Ages 2-7. This is an in-person program.

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