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Adrienne Doman Calkins runs down what is happening at the Sherwood Public Library in November.

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International Games Month

November is International Games Month, a global initiative to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with life-size mancala and memory, make your own board game, play table-top ping-pong, and enjoy our robust board games collection.

Native American Heritage Month

Throughout the year, and highlighted in November, we acknowledge our library is located on Tualatin (pronounced "TWAH-luh-tun") Kalapuya Land, or as they call themselves: Atfalati (pronounced "ah-TFAH-lah-tee"). We express our respect for all Indigenous people and the important connections they have to their homelands.

As library staff, we endeavor to share resources that reflect positive and accurate portrayals indigenous heritage and contributions. Visit us in person to see our Tribal Nations Maps with traditional names and locations of the Pacific Northwest and what is now known as North America. Pick up a free copy of the new Travel Guide to Oregon Indian Country to keep.

Find suggested reading and more about the Atfalati at sherwoodoregon.gov/library/land.

Events for Adults

Citizenship class (in person)

Volunteers from Mission: Citizen cover U.S. history, the structure of government, civil rights, and basic civic concepts. Courses are in English, and presenters can answer questions in English, Spanish, and other languages. Each drop-in class covers a different topic.

Thursdays through Dec. 8 (no class Nov. 24).

Adult book discussion (in person)

Read. Be inspired. Discuss. We are discussing "The Reading List" by Sara Nisha Adams, a book about a widower grandfather and his bright but anxious granddaughter connecting via reading an intriguing found list of book titles. The first ten to register receive a free copy of the book, paid for by Friends of Sherwood Public Library.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.

Writing workshop (in person)

Author Marie Buckley leads a warmup exercise and thematic writing session. No experience necessary. Bring writing tools and expect positive feedback. Theme this session: Heartlands.

Sunday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m.

Events for Youth

Storytimes (in person)

Join us for an interactive session where we read books, sing songs, and play action rhymes.

• All ages: Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. Designed for kids birth to age 6.

• Toddler: Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. Designed for ages 12-36 months.

• Baby: Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Designed for ages 0-12 months.

Paperback Pals (in person and Zoom)

Each month, we read a book in advance, then discuss it during this book club focused on OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Book) titles. Each session ends with an activity. A free copy of this month's book, "Kinda Like Brothers" by Coe Booth, is available after registration while supplies last.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 3:45 p.m. Grades 3-5.

Events for Teens & Tweens

TeenLAB (in person)

A volunteer club for teens to make a difference in the library and the community. Example projects have included craft prep, decorating the library, creating virtual escape rooms, and more. Volunteer hours are accrued during the sessions. Register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Second and fourth Tuesdays, 4 p.m. Grades 7-12.

Fiction Friends (in person and Zoom)

Each month, we read a book in advance, then discuss it during the book club. Each session ends with an activity. Get your free copy of this month's book, "We're Not From Here" by Geoff Rodkey, after registration, while supplies last.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m. Grades 6-8.

Smash Bros Tournament (in person)

We are "old-school-ing" it on the Wii as part of International Games Month. Register by calling 503-625-6688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The tournament winner gets a $20 Amazon gift card, and $10 Amazon gift card to the runner-up.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2 to 4 p.m. Ages 10+.

All events are free and open to the public. See sherwoodoregon.gov/library for more events and services. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter at sherwoodoregon.gov/library/newsletters. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-625-6688.

Sherwood Public Library, a Washington County Cooperative Library Services member library, is located at 22560 SW Pine St., and always online at sherwoodoregon.gov/library. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

The library is closed in observation of Veteran's Day on Friday, Nov. 11. We close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Materials may be returned to the book drop located at the Pine Street entrance.

Adrienne Doman Calkins is library manager for the Sherwood Public Library.


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