What s Happening MARCH APRIL 2016

Vancouver What’s Happening MARCH • APRIL 2016 VANCOUVER WATERSHEDS ALLIANCE WORKSHOPS Vancouver Watersheds Alliance workshops focus on water quality...
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What’s Happening MARCH • APRIL 2016

VANCOUVER WATERSHEDS ALLIANCE WORKSHOPS Vancouver Watersheds Alliance workshops focus on water quality in urban areas and nonpoint source pollutants. The series is presented in partnership with Clark Conservation District, Department of Ecology, Clark County Environmental Services and Vancouver Community Library.

• Monday, March 7, 6-7 pm

Home gardening and best watering practices

• Monday, March 14, 6-7 pm

Fertilizers, pesticides and bees, oh my!

• Wednesday, March 30, 6-7 pm

FORUM @ THE LIBRARY Affordable Housing: Personal Problem, Community Problem, or Not My Problem? Pre-registration is advised for both sessions. Sign up at www.fvrl.org/forum-library or call.

Thursday, March 3, 7-8:30 pm PART 1: Listen as panelists present various viewpoints on the root causes of our affordable housing problem.

Thursday, March 10, 7-8:30 pm PART 2: Explore these viewpoints by participating in a community discussion aimed at raising awareness about the affordable housing problem. COLUMBIA ROOM, LEVEL 1

Healthy lawns and yards

• Monday, April 4, 6-7 pm Stormdraining 101

• Wednesday, April 6, 6-7 pm

Protecting backyard and local wetlands and creeks

• Tuesday, April 12, 6-7 pm Invasive and native plant ID

• Wednesday, April 20, 6-7 pm Clean water households

HEALTH AND WELLNESS Medical Marijuana: Fact or Fiction? Thursday, March 24, 6-7:45 pm Can marijuana be used to treat disease or reduce symptoms? Join us for a discussion panel, followed by a directed Q&A session. • Marijuana: What it is and how it works (Dr. David Carsten)

• Wednesday, April 27, 6-7 pm

• Marijuana: Risks, what risks? (Dr. Conrad Swartz)


• The perspective of a marijuana consultant (Blaine Chatterton)

Neighborhood stormwater catchments

NONPROFIT Nonprofit Grant Research Thursday, April 14, 10-11:30 am Discover the powerful tools your library has to assist you in your nonprofit research. Pre-registration is advised. Sign up online via the Events calendar or call us. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1

ARTS AND CRAFTS Call for Artists Apply by April 1 We’re accepting submissions for our 2016 First Friday Downtown art exhibits. Information and applications are available at the library and online at www.tinyurl.com/art2016.

Needle Crafters Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm Bring any needlecraft project, get advice, show off your handiwork and make new friends. KLICKITAT ROOM, LEVEL 4

Drawin’ Together Sundays, 2:15-5 pm Explore your creative side. Bring your own projects and supplies, all skill levels welcome. We’ll provide the space and some resources to help inspire you. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

Tuesdays, 6-8 pm

• High findings: What are we learning now about marijuana? (Dr. William Griesar) COLUMBIA ROOM, LEVEL 1

Artists in Action @ Vancouver Community Library

• March 22: Lost Rivers Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. Today, under the city, they still flow, out of sight and out of mind...

The Cannabis Conversations: Learning to talk with youth about marijuana

You are invited to stop in and check out how an artist creates his or her original work. It’s a wonderful opportunity to talk to the artist in person and see first-hand how their work is created.

• April 26: Flow

Thursday, April 14, 6-7:45 pm


For parents and others who work with youth. Presents science-based information as well as practice conversations about marijuana, health and safety. Presented by PREVENT! COLUMBIA ROOM, LEVEL 1


How did a handful of corporations steal our water?


1st Sundays, 1-2 pm

• March 6: Kerry Scribner and Grace Valentine • April 3: Doug Meddaugh and Lynne Bowden COLUMBIA ROOM, LEVEL 1

901 C Street • 360-906-5000 • Open M-Th 9-8; F-Sun 10-6


Book discussion groups for all ages




Teen Council


BOOK GROUP (ages 12-18)

3rd Tuesdays, 4-5 pm

2nd Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm

Reading club for young readers. Parent participation is optional. CHILDREN’S PROGRAM ROOM, LEVEL 3

Read this month’s book and join us for snacks and a discussion. Parent attendance is optional. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

Pick up copies of discussion books at the library.

March 15 Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day by Betty Birney April 19 Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

BOOKANEERS (ages 6-9) 3rd Thursdays, 6-7 pm For children with participating adult. No older or younger children, please. CHILDREN’S PROGRAM ROOM, LEVEL 3 March 17 Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay April 21 Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

DISCUSSION JUNCTION (ages 9-12) 2nd Thursdays, 6:30-7:45 pm For children with participating adult. No older or younger children, please. CHILDREN’S PROGRAM ROOM, LEVEL 3 March 10 The White Mountains by John Christopher April 14 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

March 10 The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma April 14 The Young Elites by Marie Lu

ADULTS BOOK DISCUSSION 4th Mondays, 6:30-7:45 pm Join us for a rousing discussion of a different book each month. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4 March 28 Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill

(for ages 12-18) 1st Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm (March 1, April 5) The loibrary wants your opinion and input! Help us make the Vancouver Community Library a great place for teens, plan events, and get to know other teens. There is an application process to become a Teen Council member. After meeting with the teen librarian, members can join anytime throughout the year and will be part of the Teen Council through June 2017. Email [email protected] to sign up. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

Saturday Morning Cartoons for Teens Saturdays, 10:30 am–12 pm Relive the Saturday mornings of your childhood with classic cartoons in the teen room. Pajamas welcome! 12-18 year olds only, please. TEEN CENTRAL, LEVEL 1

Teen ‘Scape Fridays, 3-5 pm Kick off the weekend with fun in Teen Central. TEEN CENTRAL, LEVEL 1

April 25 Dead Wake by Erik Larson

B-SAT (Bestselling Authors of Tomorrow)

BOOK BREW 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm Open to all, ages 20 to 30-ish. BREWED 360 603 Main St, Vancouver March 16 Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell April 20 Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

2nd Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm (March 10, April 14) Teens, share your writing with other teens and get feedback! Produce new stories/poems. KLICKITAT ROOM, LEVEL 4

Teen Tech Month Friday, March 25, 3-5 pm Craft your own circuit-powered creation to challenge and amuse your friends. Watch out! Be careful, these circuits might be shocking!

Marvel Civil War Saturday, April 23, 3-4:30 pm Which side are you on? Join us for contests, games, and snacks to celebrate the Marvel Universe. 12-18 year olds. Brought to you by Teen Council. COLUMBIA ROOM, LEVEL 1


901 C Street • 360-906-5000 • Open M-Th 9-8; F-Sun 10-6




Programs for Young Children

There will be a break March 13-26, with some schedule changes starting March 28.

BABY • Mondays, 9:30 am • Thursdays, 3 pm

Songs, rhymes and books for ages 0-18 months.

TODDLER • Tuesdays, 9:30 am • Wednesdays, 9:30 am and 10:30 am

Music and Movement


• Mondays, 10:30 am • Thursdays, 10 am

Did you know?

Stories, music, movement and activities for ages 18-36 months.

Movement and music activities including dance, parachutes, shakers and scarves for ages 0-6 years and their caregivers. CHILDREN’S PROGRAM ROOM, LEVEL 3



• Mondays, 2 pm • Tuesdays, 10:30 am

Stories, music, activities, and more for ages 3-6 years. Additional preschool storytimes will be held March 4 and 12 at 12 pm.

Cuentos Bilingües (Bilingual Storytime) Tuesdays, 6:30 pm (moves to 11:15 after March 28) Se presentan cuentos, canciones y rimas en español e inglés para familias con niños. ¡Es una oportunidad de aprender y divertirse! Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish and English for families with children. It is an opportunity to learn and have fun!

FAMILY • Wednesdays, 6:30 pm (March 2 and 9–then moving to Tuesdays) • Tuesdays, 6:30 pm (after the break) • Thursdays, 1 pm

• Thursdays, 11 am - 12 pm • Fridays, 10:30-11:30 am (repeat) Ages 3-6 with adult participation. Handson science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities. Will not meet March 3. CHILDREN’S PROGRAM ROOM, LEVEL 3

Reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing with your child every day are all crucial elements for children’s success in school. Try some of these activities at home.

Read Read a wide variety of books and keep it fun! The more exposure children have to the written word, the easier it will be to identify words when it comes time to read.

Write Give kids crayons and ask them to make scribbles on paper. If your child is not ready to make marks on the page, holding the crayon is still great practice for writing.

Sing Sing songs about what you’re doing throughout the day. You can change the words to any nursery rhyme or other tune. Singing helps children hear words stretched out, which makes it easier to mimic language.

Talk Talk about all the different things you see on a walk. Kids love the sound of your voice and the more exposure they have to words, the easier it will be for them to form them themselves.

Play Play peek-a-boo with your baby. When kids play, they are doing important work and are figuring out the world around them.

Stories, music and activities for children of all ages.


901 C Street • 360-906-5000 • Open M-Th 9-8; F-Sun 10-6



Kids’ Fun

Family Fun

Weekly activities for 5-12 year olds

Special activities the whole family will enjoy.


TUESDAYS Calling all kids! Beginning in April, Wonderful Wednesdays activities are moving to Tuesdays, and all Tuesday programs will be for ages 5-12.

STEAM/Makerspace 1st Tuesdays, 4-5 pm (March 1, April 5) Explore science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Get Loose With Seuss Thursday, March 3 11 am–12 pm

Crazy Game Day

Celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 101st birthday with The Harmonica Pocket! Sing some Seuss, help the Whos and hear the history of Horton. CHILDREN’S PROGRAM ROOM, LEVEL 3

2nd Tuesdays, 4-5 pm (March 8, April 12) A surprising game every month. We’ll keep you guessing!

Adventures in Art 4th Tuesdays, 4-5 pm (April 26) Explore the arts–drama, music, art, puppetry and more. Will not meet in March.

WEDNESDAYS Read to the Dogs 2nd Wednesdays, 3-5 pm (March 9, April 13) Dogs are great listeners! Come in and read to a furry friend. Call the same day to reserve a spot or drop in, for ages 5-12.

FRIDAYS Funtastic Friday Fridays, 3:30-5:30 pm Are you ready for some fun? Drop in Friday afternoons for a wide range of creative and interactive projects for ages 5-12. Will not meet March 19 or 26.



Open to all children and teens, grades K-12 Students in grades K - 12 are eligible to enter our annual Bookmark Contest.  

The Summer Reading theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!”  Entry forms are available at your library, school and online at www.fvrl.org. Winning entries will be made into library bookmarks.

El dia de los niños El dia de los libros Saturday, April 30, 1-4 pm Join us for a celebration of children and reading! • 1 pm - Bilingual storytime (Level 3) • 2-3 pm - Danzas Pre-Hispanicas y Folklor de Mexico (Columbia Room, Level 1) • 3-4 pm - Art activities (Level 3)

901 C Street • 360-906-5000 • Open M-Th 9-8; F-Sun 10-6


Technology Workshops

Weekly workshops offer an introduction, hands-on instruction, and educational resource information about a variety of tech tools.

Explore - Learn - Apply



Beginning with an overview of The Start Up of You, this class discusses the ideas of “permanent beta,” “ABZ planning,” “pivots” and networking for serendipity, with Linked In as one networking tool. Please have a basic Linked In profile established before arriving. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Thursday, March 17, 6-7:30 pm


This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn and apply basic computer techniques for MS Windows, documents and the Internet. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Monday, March 7, 11:30-12:30 pm • Monday, April 25, 11:30-12:30 pm

Easily create professional-looking documents using visual designs and formatting tools for printing and online sharing. Get hands-on practice and find out about online tutorials. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Thursday, March 3, 6-7:30 pm • Monday, April 4, 11:30 am–12:30 pm



Get general information about computer viruses, malware, firewalls, security, and public networks. Presented by the Computer Science Department of Clark College. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Thursday, March 31, 6-7:30 pm


Learn about the wide range of FREE features offered through Google. Products such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Maps and more. Helpful to have a Gmail account set up but not required. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Thursday, March 24, 6-7:30 pm


Find out more about this popular social media site, including how to upload pictures, view and edit your settings and follow groups such as Vancouver Community Library. Feel free to bring your personal mobile device or use our public computers. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Saturday, March 12, 3:30-4:30 pm • Saturday, April 16, 3:30-4:30 pm


Get an overview of different social media applications such as Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Saturday, March 5, 3:30-4:30 pm • Monday, March 21, 3:30-4:30 pm • Saturday, April 2, 3:30-4:30 pm


LIBRARY eRESOURCES Learn about the great electronic resources the library offers. From auto repair to full-page magazines, you can access them online from anywhere. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 eBOOKS AND eAUDIO Discover how to access the wide selection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks available from the library. • Saturday, April 30, 3:30-4:30 pm MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS Check out full color digital magazines, access Consumer Reports, historical newspapers and more through the library website! • Monday, March 28, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Use advanced features to create professionallooking documents using layout, formatting, and image tools. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Thursday, March 10, 6-7:30 pm • Monday, April 11, 11:30 am–12:30 pm


A friendly session to get assistance with your own device and share your own experience, tips, and tricks with the group. Bring your eReader, tablet or smart phone along with your questions! KLICKITAT ROOM, LEVEL 4 • Saturday, March 19, 3:30-4:30 pm • Saturday, April 23, 3:30-4:30 pm


Learn about this free blogging platform and website builder. Learn the difference between pages and posts, themes and media management, comments and privacy, scheduling and more. All of these basics and content are later transferable to a “self-hosted” or standalone WordPress installation for small business, personal or nonprofit use. Please register your free account at WordPress.com before attending this class. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1 • Saturday, March 26, 3:30–4:30 pm

Satisfy Your Curiosity Learn Online

Instructor-led classes Software tutorials High school and college subjects Test preparation Language learning Self-improvement and fun

Free at www.fvrl.org with your library card

901 C Street • 360-906-5000 • Open M-Th 9-8; F-Sun 10-6





Vancouver Chess Club

Job Lab

Mondays, 4-7:45 pm Drop in for informal chess play. All ages and abilities are welcome. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

Dungeons and Dragons Saturdays, 1-5 pm Play Dungeons and Dragons and meet other gamers. All experience levels welcome! MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

• Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm • Saturdays, 11 am - 1 pm Friendly, patient staff will help you with your job search. EXTRA Internet time available for job-related projects. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1

LANGUAGE LEARNING English Conversation Circle Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am

BUSINESS Business Start-Up Workshops

Listen to notable speakers and find out about resources to help set up your new business.

Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm MARCH 9: PARTNERS AND EMPLOYEES CONNECT: Outside expertise and employees KLICKITAT ROOM, LEVEL 4 MARCH 23: NETWORKING FOR BUSINESS This is the culminating event of the Business Start-up Workshop Series. It’s time to network! Exchange business and contact information with other local business owners and entrepreneurs in a relaxed and welcoming setting. VANCOUVER ROOM, LEVEL 5


Practice speaking English in a comfortable setting. No registration required and everyone is welcome. Preschool-age children’s activities provided. KLICKITAT ROOM, LEVEL 4

Spanish Conversation Circle

Come and practice your speaking and listening skills in Spanish with other Spanish speakers. Converse on a wide variety of topics. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

• Advanced: Tuesdays, 6-8 pm

Citizenship Class Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm (March 23–April 27) Prepare to become a U.S. citizen in a six-session series of classes. Learn about the citizenship process, prepare for the interview, and get help studying for the civics and history portion of the examination. All classes will be taught in English. Basic speaking, reading and writing in English is required. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

Tuesday, March 15, 3:30-5 pm There is so much interesting information in old newspapers! We’ll explore what you may find and where you can find it. COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1

Military Records Tuesday, April 19, 3:30-5 pm Do you have veterans in your family tree? Many of their records are available to those who know where to find them! COMPUTER CLASSROOM, LEVEL 1


Friends of Vancouver Community Library 3rd Tuesdays, 4:30-6 pm (March 15, April 19) Looking for a fun way to support your library? Join Friends of the Library at this regular meeting. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

FVRL Board of Trustees • FVRL Board Retreat Monday, March 21, 10 am–5 pm

Three Creeks Community Library 800-C NE Tenney Rd, Vancouver

• Monday, April 18, 6-8 pm

Washougal Community Library 1661 C Street, Washougal

An agenda can be found at the FVRL Board Meeting Agenda page of the website.

STORIES AND BOOKS Morning Story Conversations 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am (March 9, 23, April 13, 27) Start your morning by hearing a short story and then sharing your insights and opinions with the group. Coffee/tea/treats provided compliments of Friends of Vancouver Community Library. MEETING ROOM, LEVEL 4

WRITING AND POETRY Speculative Fiction Writers Group 2nd Saturdays, 10 am–2 pm, (March 12, April 9)


• Mondays, 10 am–6 pm • Wednesdays, 2-6 pm • Saturdays, 11 am–4 pm

If you have a story to tell, join other speculative fiction writers in a quiet room where you can tap away on your keyboard. KLICKITAT ROOM, LEVEL 4

(through April 18) AARP Tax Aide Volunteers program is focused on helping low-and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 or older. Please bring photo ID, Social Security # or ITIN for each person on tax return.



901 C Street • 360-906-5000 • Open M-Th 9-8; F-Sun 10-6 Served by C-TRAN

Library events are open to the public— No cost to attend!


These events/activities are not sponsored or endorsed by any school district.