Featured programs

Displaying 1 - 40 of 254 programs. Please note: not all programs are offered year round. Some programs are seasonal. Some programs not currently offered will be offered again.

Healthier Living for Your Brain and Body

For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age.

Muñecas de Quinceañeras / Quinceañera Dolls

La artista local María Alvarado les mostrará cómo hacer una deslumbrante muñeca de quinceañera. La fiesta de quince años es una celebración tradicional que marca la transición de una joven que se convierte de niña en mujer.

Декоративное мыло своими руками / Decorative Soap Making

Мыловарение - это увлекательное и полезное занятие. Научитесь создавать декоративное мыло различныx форм и цветов с использованием ароматических масел и косметических добавок.

​All Together Now: Embracing Mixed-Age Storytimes

Do you take care of children of varying ages, from birth to 5 years old? Do you ever find your preschoolers bored by baby books and your babies uninterested in long picture books? Mixed-age storytimes present unique challenges -- and delights.

A Good Yarn

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun as we learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies.

Adult Coloring Group

Grab your favorite coloring tools and coloring book, and join us for a fun time of coloring, relaxation and meeting new people.

Adult Literacy Tutoring

Drop in to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided.

  • Prepare for the GED: math, language arts, science and social studies

African American Read-In

Celebrate Black History Month with Black literature! Join us as community leaders, teachers, students, and local celebrities read from their favorite works by African American writers. Fiction and nonfiction for children, teens and adults will be featu

African Song and Dance

Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning the richness of West African culture through song and dance. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement.

All-You-Can-Make Art Bar

Art ala Carte turned restaurant salad bars into art bars for an "all you can make" art experience.

And Still We Rise: Harriet and Sojourner

Two African American women -- one from upstate New York and the other from rural Maryland -- helped to reshape America.

Android Basics

Learn the basics of using your Android smartphone or tablet. We will cover text messaging, taking/attaching pictures, installing apps, using the Play Store, accessing the Internet, managing your contacts and more!

Anti-Valentine's Day Celebration

Do you loathe Valentine's Day?  Come to the makerspace to make crafts and paticipate in activities that make fun of Valentine’s day.

Ayuda con computadoras/Computer Help

Es una sesión abierta para usar las computadoras y disponer de asistencia en inglés y español. No se requiere inscripción por adelantado.

Ayuda con tecnología/Tech Help

¿Tiene preguntas sobre tecnología? ¿Le gustaría saber más sobre el uso de celulares, tabletas, descargas de aplicaciones (apps), libros electrónicos y audiolibros?

Beats, Rhymes and Life Camp

Learn the basic skills of beat making and lyricism from two experts.

Beginning 3D Modeling for 3D Printing

Learn the basics of 3D modeling software like TinkerCAD so you will be ready to use the makerspace's 3D printers to make amazing objects. Additionally you will learn to use a 3D slicer software to operate the 3D printers.

Beginning Cybersecurity

Curious about the basics of staying safe online? Come to this class to learn what you can do to protect yourself online with more secure passwords, recognizing and reporting online scams and more.

Beginning Digital Design for Laser Engraving

Learn the basics of graphic software like Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape so you will be ready to use the makerspace's laser engraver to make amazing objects.

Beginning Somali Sewing Class/Barnamij Sharqaan

Come learn beginning sewing! Instruction will be only in Somali. Call Suad to register at 503-988-6993.

Beginning Somali Sewing Class/Barnamij Sharqaan

Come learn beginning sewing! Instruction will be only in Somali. Call Suad to register at 503-988-6993.

Kaley ka so kheeb gal barnjamij sharqaan. Barnamijkaan waxa laga baranaya sida lo isticmalo xarqaanka iyo sida wax lo tolo. 

Belmont Builders

Drop in and explore your building prowess with Legos and more! We’ll supply the building materials … you bring the creativity and imagination. For kids of all ages with adult.


Participation is free. No library card required.

Belmont Knit Fix

Do you want to learn to knit, crochet or spin? Need help with a project? Just want to hang out for conversation, project help and inspiration? Join us for some fiber fun. Bring your own supplies. All experience levels welcome.

Biết Quyền Của Bạn: Quyền Của Người Thuê Nhà Know Your Rights: Renter's Rights

Hiểu được quyền và nghĩa vụ của bạn ở tất cả các giai đoạn của quá trình cho thuê - tìm kiếm nhà, điền đơn xin thuê nhà, thanh toán tiền đặt cọc và lệ phí, yêu cầu sửa chữa, chuyển nhà đi và nhiều hơn nữa.

Black American Women and Questions of Citizenship in the U.S. Media

This talk explores how race and gender in the U.S. media combine to visually excise black women from the conception of American citizen and the implications of that erasure.

Black History Month Film Fest

During the month of February, St. Johns Library will screen four movies that highlight and uplift the Black experience in America.

Black Storytime

The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members). In a positive and affirming environment, have fun with books and stories, songs, and movement activities.

Blogging with WordPress

Blogging is a fun way to share information, ideas, projects, inspirations with people and can also be used for starting an online business.

Blow Paint Creatures

Imaginations will run wild with this fun and colorful art activity. With the use of a plastic straw, kids will love blow painting their own unique creature craft.

Book Babies

Babies from birth to 12 months (with a favorite adult) enjoy songs, action rhymes, and playtime and share a book together in each lively Book Babies session.

Book Babies Playtime

Share books, bubbles, toys, shakers and scarves. This is a time for caregivers with children ages 0 to 12 months to gather and play.



Participation is free. No library card required.

Books, Babies & Brains

Explore the amazing development that happens in children’s brains from birth through preschool and find out how to encourage your children’s healthy brain development. Learn the basics of brain development and some of the latest research.

Botanical Drawing on Walnut Paper

Create a miniature botanical drawing using colored pencils on walnut ink stained paper. This simple technique produces stunning effects making your artwork resemble a botanical illustration from an old manuscript.

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Cosponsored by Portland Community College, these free programs help you develop and increase your professional skills.

Canva for cards, posters and more

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to design beautiful cards, invitations, or flyers?

Central Library Eco-Roof Tour

The eco-roof is not accessible to the public. Frequent backstage tours allow you to see the roof from windows overlooking the eco-roof. The 20-minute tour begins at the first floor Welcome Desk.

Central Library Tour

Learn the history of our over 150-year-old library system [founded 1864] and experience the beauty and grandeur of Central Library [opened 1913]. Take a guided tour of Portland's "Crown Jewel," which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chess @ Holgate Library

Nine Reasons to Play Chess at Holgate Library:

Chess @ the Library

Have fun playing chess or Chinese chess! We provide the chess equipment. All ages welcome.


Participation is free. No library card required.

Chess at Hillsdale Library

Come and play chess at the library! Play a game independently or get tips from an experienced tutor. Players of all levels and ages welcome. Chess sets are provided.


Participation is free. No library card required.