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July 2017

2017 Summer Reading Program*

Sign up any time! The last day is August 26th, 2017.

All ages can earn and win fabulous prizes for participating! Enjoy free events like magicians, jugglers, clowns, movies, and more all summer long. More info here.

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The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day. You may always return items to the outside book drop when the library is closed.



Construction Zone*: Crafts for Pre-K kids! No sign-up necessary. This event is part of the Summer Reading Program. Saturday, July 8th at 10:30 a.m.
Mo Phillips*: Music and comedy for kids! This event is part of the Summer Reading Program. Monday, July 10th at 2:00 p.m.
Origami with Yuki Martin: For teens in 7th -12th grades. Learn to make flower origami with style! For all skill levels. This event is part of the Summer Reading Program. Tuesday, July 11th at 2:00 p.m.
Meet Local Author MJ Charles: Author of the book Surviving the Business of Dying: A Guide to Why Final Papers Matter. Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Rick Huddle: Stories and songs for kids! This event is part of the Summer Reading Program. Monday, July 17th at 2:00 p.m.
Murder Mystery: For teens in 7th-12th grades. You are a police detective! Read witness statements, examine evidence, study the crime scene, and see if you can deduce… whodunnit! Sterile gloves, casebooks, donuts, and hot chocolate will be provided. Tuesday, July 18th at 2:00 p.m.
Children's Parade: Children who have completed the Summer Reading Program can walk with the Library group in the Camas Days Children’s Parade! Wear a blue shirt, your SRP hard hat, and carry your favorite book. Meet next to the library on Franklin St. at noon on Friday July 21st. The parade is scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. Parents, you are responsible for your child when we reach the end of the parade route (at the Mill).
Used Book Sale! Thousands of gently used books for all ages at great prices! Friday July 21st at 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday July 22nd at 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday July 23rd at noon - 3:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Camas Public Library.
Michael O'Neill: Clowning and physical comedy show for kids! This event is part of the Summer Reading Program. Monday, July 24th at 2:00 p.m.
The Zaniac Show: Alex Zerbe will take kids on a wild ride of comedy, juggling, and crazy fun! This event is part of the Summer Reading Program. Thursday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m.
The Book to Art Club: Do you visualize while you read, and sometimes act on those visualizations by creating art? Then join The Book to Art Club! Every two months we’ll read a book, make some art, then come together to discuss both. Our title for July will be The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Your projects can come from ideas taken right out of the book. Create your own flower dictionary, a flower arrangement, cross-stitch, embroidery, or water color painting. Whether you're trying a technique for the first time or honing your craft, get inspired by this book to get making! Sign-up is required - call 360-834-4692. For adults only. Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. (use South door)
Explosions, Inc. Science Show: Kids, learn science while laughing yourself silly! This event is part of the Summer Reading Program. Monday, July 31st at 2:00 p.m. AND 4:00 p.m. 
Teen Zine Club*: What is a zine? Short for Magazine or Fanzine, a zine is a do-it-yourself (D.I.Y.) publication that can be made & shared by anyone. It can contain original writings, artwork, photos, & more. They can be photocopied or printed; small or BIG; simple or complex; written, typed, or drawn; & on any subject the creator cares about! Join us for our Zine Afternoon, a chance for you to work alone or collaboratively on zines, comics, artist books, or other paper projects in the library. We have staplers, scissors, Sharpies, adhesives, book and magazine scraps, and a photocopier. Grades 7-12 welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monthly Board Game Night: Come play board games with others. We will provide the games, or bring your own. Scheduled one Friday each month throughout 2017. Adults 18 and older please. Friday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Read to the Dog: Kids, would you like to read to Paz? She is a Certified Therapy Dog, and each reading session will be 15 minutes. Paz will be here every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Advance sign up required.

Summer Movies*: On our big screen, with popcorn! Free! Every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. during the summer. Full list of movies is here.

Simply Write: A writer's support group. On the veranda every second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Pokemon Club: Kids, come trade and share your Pokemon interests! This program is a community/library partnership. Every second Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. 
The Lego Club*: A gathering for Lego lovers of all ages. A new "Librarian’s Challenge" every month, free play, and thousands of Lego bricks and minifigs. No sign-up is required. Every third Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. 


Songs, rhymes, dancing, fingerplays, and books

Baby Storytime: for ages infant or 1. 20 minutes. Thursdays at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime: for ages 2 or 3. 30 minutes. Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 11:45. Craft day is Wednesday, July 19th.

Preschool Storytime: for ages 4 or 5. 30 minutes. Fridays at 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Bring something for show-and-tell! Craft day is Friday, July 21st.

ASL Storytime: for infants through age two. 20 minutes. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. 

Russian Storytime: for infants through age 5. Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Spanish/English Storytime: 30 minutes. Mondays at 11:30 a.m.


Page Turner Book Discussion Group*:No Page Turners in June, July, or August. 
No 2 Readers Read the Same Book*: For adults. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, and come to the discussion on Tuesday, July 18th at 6:00 p.m. (the third week instead of the first week for July only due to Independence Day). Pick up your copy for the following month at the meeting, or at the library's service desk after the group meets.
Mystery and Mayhem Book Discussion Group*: For adults. Read Entry Island by Peter May, and come to the discussion on Tuesday, July 11th at 6:00 p.mPick up your copy for the following month at the meeting, or at the library's service desk after the group meets.

Programs marked with an * are generously sponsored in part by The Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library (FFCL).


No meeting in July. Next meeting will be Thursday, August 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.


Thursday, July 18th at 5:30 p.m. Open to the public.

The FFCL will be selling used books at the Camas Farmer's Market on July 19th, August 2nd, and October 4th. Mark your calendars!


Inheritance Fiction, Medical Fiction, and more!

SECOND STORY GALLERYPaintings by Tom Relth

Bold nature canvases that lean toward the abstract. There will be a First Friday reception on July 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit is open during regular library hours.

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