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16 Fun Things to Do at the Library This Summer

16 Fun Things to Do at the Library This Summer

Delight in free summer fun for all ages.
Wallace, the WCCLS mascot, sits in a lettuce garden box.

Summer is the season of fun, even if you haven't been a student in decades. It's the season to enjoy the outdoors, go on adventures, and soak up new experiences. This year, we invite you to venture beyond your local library and see what the other WCCLS libraries have to offer. (If you typically enjoy the digital library from home and never step foot in a library building, here are 16 reasons to get out and about!) 

Unique offerings at each WCCLS library

  1. Visit the nature-themed children’s library and meet the forest dragon who guards it at the Aloha Community Library.
  2. Check out a pollinator kit. The Banks Public Library’s a-buzz with a pollinator garden, seed library, and community garden.
  3. From 3D printing to Cricut to craft supplies, make your summer in the DAM (Design And Make) at Beaverton City Library Main.
  4. Join in at Maker Mondays, Game Night Tuesdays, and Friday Art Fun at Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls.
  5. Try a new board game. You won’t be bored with Cedar Mill Library’s extensive board game and Library of Things collections that started in the 1980s.
  6. Rock out with summer concerts, performers, and storytimes at the Bethany Library Annex and the Bethany Fountain.
  7. Play games and enjoy outdoor activities hosted by Cornelius Public Library’s bookmobile, which can be found at the Cornelius Farmers Market (next to the library) and parks.
  8. Branch out in the Forest Grove Library while exploring their art installations or monthly scavenger hunt.
  9. Go back to school and learn about the Garden Home History Project when you visit the Garden Home Community Library, located in a former school. 
  10. Visit the newly refreshed Sensory Room at Hillsboro Brookwood Library and check out a sensory kit.
  11. Discover the StoryWalk® at Hillsboro Shute Park Library as you stroll through Hillsboro's oldest park.
  12. Embark on a quest at the North Plains Public Library, testing your searching skills as you look for a hidden geocache.
  13. Head outside at Cannery Square for family fun with drumming, folksongs and puppetry, and music and storytelling with the Sherwood Public Library.
  14. Follow the StoryWalk® along the Fanno Creek Trail in the Tigard Public Library's backyard.
  15. Journey back to the Ice Age at Tualatin Public Library, where you can meet a mastodon that was unearthed in Tualatin and discover more Ice Age findings.
  16. Come meet Wesley, the new West Slope Library mascot.

While you're visiting the libraries, don't forget to pick up a WCCLS Passport. Get a stamp at every library; return the passport slip to any Washington County library by August 31 for a chance to win a prize, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the WCCLS warehouse in Hillsboro!

To find more free events, search the calendar.

Photo: Wallace, the WCCLS mascot, enjoys the community garden at Banks Public Library.