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May 2017


The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day. You may always return items to the outside bookdrop when the Library is closed.

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A dual show of mixed media choices by Douglas Keith and Earlene Holmstrom. The art will be unveiled at a First Friday reception on May 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit is open during regular library hours.

We need volunteers for the Summer Reading Program! Can YOU help??

Applications are due Friday, June 16th.

Volunteers will: Sit at the SRP table while signing participants up, logging reading times, and issuing prizes.

Volunteers must: Turn in application by June 16th. Be able to quickly learn our internet computer program. Have an email address that is checked regularly. Attend a 90-minute training (the choices are Thurs June 22nd or Fri June 23rd @ 3:30-5pm). Enjoy talking to kids. Be punctual and friendly. Love reading!

Who: Adults, & teens at least 13 yrs. old

Commitment: 30 hours during the summer (but more if you want). Shifts are available in two-hour blocks.

When: June 24th – August 26th (9 weeks). M-W 10am-8pm, Th-Sa 10am-6pm

To become a volunteer: Applications are here. For more info: emiles@cityofcamas.us or 360-834-4692 x4703.

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Help the Camas Public Library with a few, easy clicks! If you shop on Amazon, bookmark smile.amazon.com, and choose "Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library" as your non-profit of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the FFCL at NO COST to you!! Please take advantage of this, and set it up on your account (Amazon offers this on their website only; no app access yet). We thank you!!

The Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library (FFCL) is looking for more board members. If you love the Camas Library, please consider joning! You will be asked to attend monthly meetings, be on a committee, get involved with fundraising, and volunteer some time at the book sales. All skills sets are welcome, especially writing, accounting, graphics, and social media. Email FFCL President Francher Donaldson at fdonaldson@comcast.net for more information.


Newbies’s Guide to Gardening: Come learn all about ornamental and vegetable gardening from Master Gardener Laura Heldreth. This class goes at just the right pace for a beginner. Explore the intricate world of the soil food web, pest and weed management, plant selection and planting, lawn care, containers, and organic methods. Learn how to garden smarter not harder! Monday, May 1st at 6:30 p.m. 
Spring Used Book Sale: Gently used books at a bargain price! Thursday, May 11th at 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 12th at 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We need volunteers to help set and tear down -- email fdonaldson@comcast.net for more information.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Not all wounds are visible. Learn ways to cope with family members who suffer from PTSD with Dr. Wendy J. Biss, Psychologist, PhD. Monday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. 
What bird is that? Backyard Birds 101: Join other area newcomers, or people who are just curious, and learn about the common birds you might see this year in your own backyard. Audubon Society volunteer Eric Bjorkman will present slides and answer your questions about those birds you’ve been seeing, or may see, later on in the year. Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. 
Growing Vegetables in Your Hellstrip and Containers: You know that strip between your sidewalk and the street that you can never figure out what to do with? Why not put it to use growing delicious vegetables your family can enjoy? Join Master Gardener Laura Heldreth for a workshop on the process of transforming your parking strip into a vegetable garden; how to plan, plant, tend, and harvest this unique type of garden. Don’t have a parking strip on your property but want to start growing your own veggies? Come anyway; Laura will also cover growing vegetables in containers. This workshop is perfect for those with limited yard space or those just getting started gardening. Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m. 
Book Swap for Kids and Teens: Trade your used books (or CDs or movies) with others and take as many items as you bring! You may also bring kid and teen books to donate. Come any time. Monday, May 22nd at 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Worm Composting: Come learn how easy it is to set up your own worm bin and turn fruit and veggie waste into worm compost using red worms! The end result is amazing soil for your garden. Presented by the Clark County Master Composter / Recycler Program. Monday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. 
Simply Write: A writer's support group. "You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing." -Doris Lessing. Every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monthly Board Game Night: Get your game on! Play board games with others: we will provide the games, or bring your own. Friday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m. Adults 18 and older only, please.  
Club K3*: For grades K-3. Once a month during the school year we’ll have a fun activity! Maybe it’s crafts, maybe it’s a game, maybe it’s building something… come in and find out! Parents, please stay with your child. The fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:00 p.m.; May 24th.
Book to Art Club: Do you visualize while you read, and sometimes act on those visualizations by creating art? The Book to Art Club is just the group for you! Every two months we’ll read a book, make some art, then come together to discuss both. Our title for the March meeting will be Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. For your art project, pick a theme from the book and run with it. Sign-up is required - call 360-834-4692. For adults only. Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 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, May 10th (Mother's Day theme).

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, May 12th (Mother's Day theme).

All Ages Storytime: located upstairs. 30 minutes. April, May, and June: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Last day before summer break: 6/6

All Ages Yoga Storytime: For kids, located upstairs. 30 minutes. Tuesdays at 10:30. Bring a yoga mat if you have one; no experience necessary. Last day before summer break: 6/6

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

Russian Storytime: for infants through age 5. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (No Russian storytime May 22, 29, June 5, 12)

Portuguese Storytime: the second Saturday of the month 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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


Page Turner Book Discussion Group*:For 4th grade and up, and their parents. How it works: Sign out a special copy of the book before the meeting. You both read the book. You both come to the meeting, and then keep your copy of the book for good, free! You also get snacks and do an activity! The next meeting will discuss Doll Bones by Holly Black on Monday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m.No Page Turners in June, July, or August. 
Teen Read Cafe*: for 7th-12th grade students. How it works: Sign out a special copy of the book before the meeting. You read the book. You come to the meeting, and then keep your copy of the book for good, free! You also get snacks and do an activity! The next meeting will discuss Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld on Tuesday, May 16th at 4:00 p.m. This will be the last Teen Read Cafe. Stay tuned for a new teen book group coming in Fall 2017!
No 2 Readers Read the Same Book*: For adults. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson, and come to the discussion on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. 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 Eva's Eye by Karin Fossum, and come to the discussion on Tuesday, May 9th 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 sponored in part by The Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library (FFCL).


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