Upcoming programs include a Garden Home walking tour, Indian dance and free comic books, from May 5 on.

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

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF MILWAUKIE - Pollinators like bees are essential to healthy habitats and are in danger due to the use of pesticides.


12375 S.W. Fifth St.

AGE CAFÉ — Discuss topics related to aging, growth and older adulthood with friends, neighbors and community members from 11 a.m.-noon Friday, May 6. For adults. Virtual. Co-sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging & Veterans Services and Viva Village. Registration required at

ANGELA YURIKO SMITH — Join the Young Willamette Writers for a discussion about writing and getting your work out there, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Grades 6-12. Virtual. Award-winning poet, author and publisher Angela Yuriko Smith will present. Registration required at

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY — Stop by the library for a free mini-Comic Con from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 7. For all ages. In-person. Meet local comic and graphic novel artists, learn about their work, pick up swag and buy books. Free comic books available (one per person) while supplies last.

MOTHER'S DAY CRAFT — Make a fancy bouquet for your mom to show her how much you appreciate her, 1-2 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Grades K-5. In-person.

GARDENING FOR BEES — Learn how you can make a difference in supporting nature's most important pollinators in your garden from 5:45-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. For adults. In-person. The presentation will be led by an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener.

MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE — Laugh, sing and dance along with a show by Penny's Puppet Productions from 11-11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 17. For all ages. In-person.

GRANDMA'S ROSES — Attend a screening of Jordan Thierry's film, "Grandma's Roses," that focuses on the stories of grandmothers who have faced, and worked to overcome, discrimination, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14. For adults. In-person. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, local community leaders and grandmothers.

DREAMERS, LEADERS & LEGENDS — Learn about and celebrate Maya Lin from 4-4:45 p.m. Monday, May 16. Grades K-5. Virtual. Participants will read a book, explore her history and create art. Registration required at

STICKER CIRCUITS — Make an interactive LED greeting card or artwork from 4-5 p.m. Monday, May 16. Grades 6-8. In-person. This program is presented by the Oregon State University Extension Service. Registration required at

LGBTQ2S+ DEATH CAFÉ — Talk about death and dying in an inclusive space from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 20. For adults who identify as LGBTQ2S+. Virtual. This program is presented in partnership with Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services and SAGE Friendly House. Registration required at

NORTHWEST LOCAL AUTHOR FAIR — Meet up to 36 local authors at the library from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. For all ages. In-person. Titles by featured authors will be for sale, and there will be a free raffle for a bundle of books by local writers. No registration required.


15325 N.W. Central Drive, Suite J-8

TURNING TEEN STRESS INTO GROWTH — Learn how to turn your child's painful and adverse experiences into more resilience and growth, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. For parents and guardians. Virtual. This program is presented by Yshai Boussi, a licensed professional counselor and founder of Portland Family Counseling. Registration required at

HAIYAN INTERNATIONAL DANCE ACADEMY — Join Haiyan International Dance Academy and International Performing Arts for an afternoon of dance choreography and music from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, May 14. All ages. In-person. This program will be held at the Bethany Library Annex, 4888 N.W. Bethany Blvd.

CHILDREN, CULTURE AND EMPATHIC CURIOSITY — Learn ways to monitor your own reactions while engaging with a child's cultural curiosities in a manner that is dynamic, fluid and builds relationships, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19. For parents and guardians. Virtual. This program is presented by Joseph M. Barron, a licensed clinical psychologist and father of two biracial children. Registration required at

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Young dancers of the Jayanthi Raman NATYA Dance Academy run through moves as senior dancers perform at the Beaverton International Celebration in 2014.

Cedar Mill

1080 N.W. Saltzman Road

THE FOUR PILLARS OF YOUR HAPPY HOME AND CLASSROOM — Learn new approaches and tools for enhancing the learning environment in your classroom, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 7. For educators. Virtual. This program is presented by Megan Barella in collaboration with Community Action. Registration required at

NATYA DANCE AND STORYTELLING — Enjoy an elegant performance by Jayanthi Raman's NATYA Dance Academy dancers that will take you on a mystical journey to India, from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, May 7. For all ages. In-person. Dancers will also explain the pieces of Indian classical dance performed for the benefit of the audience.

TEEN GAME NIGHT — Compete in the library's "Super Smash Bros." tournament or play console games on the Nintendo Switch, Wii or GameCube, from 6-7:30 p.m Friday, May 13. Ages 11-18. In-person. Registration required at


1370 N. Adair St.

MOTHER'S DAY ACTIVITY — Personalize a pot and plant a special flower for Mom from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Ages 3-10 with adult support. Registration required at

NOMADLAND — Watch Chloé Zhao's Oscar-winning "Nomadland" at the library from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. For adults. In-person.

MANAGING DEBT AFTER COLLEGE — Learn how to take a realistic look at post-college living expenses, understand loan restructuring and consolidation options, create a budget for post-college life, and set long-term financial goals, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12. For adults and teens. Presented by Financial Beginnings Oregon. Registration required at

HULA DANCE CELEBRATION — Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with a hula dance demonstration by Lisa Chang from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14. For all ages. In-person.

WINE BOTTLE HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER — Celebrate Mother's Day by transforming a wine bottle into a hummingbird feeder with your mom, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19. For adults. In-person. Registration required at

UGLY ART — Create the worst art you can think of from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. Grades 6-12. In-person. Offered in English and Spanish. Registration required at

Forest Grove

2114 Pacific Ave.

UNDERSTANDING URBAN/RURAL DIVIDES — Join facilitator Nick Nash for a thought-provoking online discussion that examines the urban/rural divide in Oregon and the role it plays in our lives and perspectives, from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. For adults. Virtual. Registration required at

FEELSALOTL — Learn some basic sewing skills and make a super-soft axolotl friend in this take-and-make for Mental Health Awareness Month, with kits available for pickup Thursday, May 12. Ages 12-18. Registration required at

VIRTUAL DEATH CAFÉ — Discuss death, dying, end of life and more in a safe, supportive, confidential space from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 21. For adults. Virtual. Presented in partnership with Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services. Registration required at

Garden Home

7475 S.W. Oleson Road

HISTORY WALKING TOUR — Come learn about the history of the Garden Home area on a walk along the Fanno Creek Trail, from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 14. Families welcome. This walk covers a 1.2-mile section of trail for a total of 2.4 miles. It will be held rain or shine. Participants should wear good walking shoes and dress in layers for warmth and rain protection. Presented in partnership with the Garden Home History Project. Registration required at


2850 N.E. Brookwood Pkwy.

TRIVIA NIGHT — Test your know-how and bamboozle your friends at the library's trivia night from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. For adults. In-person. This program will be held at Vertigo Brewing, 8130 N.E. Nicholas Court.

BEGINNER'S CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY — Learn how to hold a brush, write basic strokes and write standing from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, or 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. The May 12 program is for kids and younger teens. The May 17 program is geared toward adults and older teens. Virtual. Presented by Jojo Liu, calligraphy artist and board member of the San Francisco Chinese Arts Association. Supplies can be picked up at the library in May before the classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration required at

CHASING LOCATIONS — Explore practical strategies for tracking down your ancestors' whereabouts, from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 14. For adults. Virtual. Genealogical researcher Pam Vestal is the featured speaker. Find meeting information online at

COURTESY PHOTO: MONICA VEREANA WILLIAMS/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS - Chicken pot pie is a hearty, delicious meal you can learn to make as part of the North Plains Public Library's 'Everyone Can Cook!' program.

North Plains

31334 N.W. Commercial St.

EVERYONE CAN COOK! — Make chicken pot pie and a side with help from the library from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. For all ages. Virtual. Registrants will receive a list of ingredients before the session. Registration required at


22560 S.W. Pine St.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY — Pick up a free comic book on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 7. For all ages. One comic book per person. Read the comic book you selected and write a brief description to enter a prize drawing for a $5 gift card to a local restaurant. There will also be a "Make Your Own Comic Book" station with writing supplies, stamps and markets. No registration required.

MAID MARIAN CORONATION — Join the festivities in welcoming the new Maid Marian and her Court for the upcoming Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, May 7. For all ages. In-person. Refreshments will be served. No registration required.

MILESTONES — Bring writing tools and expect a lively, fun atmosphere with positive feedback as author Marie Buckley leads a warm-up exercise and thematic writing session from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22. For adults. In-person. No registration required.

BEGINNER'S CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY CLASS — Learn about this beautiful and ancient writing style from California-based art instructor Jojo Liu from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. For adults and teens. Virtual. Registrants can pick up a free starter kit from the library starting Sunday, May 15. Registration required at


13500 S.W. Hall Blvd.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY — Stop by the library to choose from an incredible selection of exclusive comics and pick up a special comics-themed take-and-make kit, all day Saturday, May 7. For all ages. In-person. No registration required.

MONARCH BUTTERFLY HABITAT — Learn about monarch butterflies and conservation efforts from Ida Galash from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 15. For adults. Virtual. Registration required at

CITIZEN ACTIVISM 101 — Learn about citizen activism, advocacy, tools and strategies for engaging with government, lobbying and tracking the legislative process, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 19. For adults and teens. Virtual. This is a repeat of a popular program presented by civics educator Donna L. Cohen. Registration required at

GROW YOUR OWN FLOWERS — Pick up a take-and-plant kit from Sunday, May 22, through Wednesday, May 25. For kids. First come, first served at the library. Video instructions are included with the kit.

TELLING REAL LIFE STORIES IN COMICS — Learn how to tell true stories through the medium of comics from journalist Sarah Mirk, from 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 22. For adults and teens. Virtual. No drawing skills or previous experience is needed. Registration required at

COURTESY PHOTO: TUALATIN PUBLIC LIBRARY - Learn how to make seed paper on May 18 at the Tualatin Public Library.


18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

LIGHTS! CAMERA! MURDER! — Join the library for a murder mystery night from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 13. For teens. In-person. Participants will be assigned a character. Costumes encouraged. Food will be available. Registration required at

GARDENING FOR NUTRITION AND SENSIBILITY — Learn the history of agriculture, how to improve the nutrition of your food through gardening, and gardening practices for success in the Pacific Northwest, 3-4 p.m. Saturday, May 14. For adults. In-person. Presented by Neighbors Nourishing Communities.

MAKE YOUR OWN SEED PAPER — Learn how to embed flower, vegetable or herb seeds in paper that will sprout and grow when planted, from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. For adults. In-person. All materials will be provided. Registration required at

MAKERX TOOLS — Learn how to use MakerX equipment in the library makerspace from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. For adults and teens. In-person. Registration required at

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