Featured programs

Displaying 1 - 40 of 272 programs. Please note: not all programs are offered year round. Some programs are seasonal. Some programs not currently offered will be offered again.

Beginning Rug Hooking

 In this three hour class, students will be provided with a rug hooking kit and hook, and will learn all the basics for hooking rugs with yarn. 

Know Your Rights: Renter's Rights

Know the law so you can protect yourself.

Los Boricuas

Conjunto Alegre has been a staple on the Portland salsa scene since 1987 and has performed all over: Cinco de Mayo, Rose Festival, the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz – you name it, they’ve been there.

Makerspace Light Up Sock Monsters

Learn about the amazing world of electricity and eTextiles by creating your own light-up sock monster. Using a variety of hand-stitching techniques, we’ll make a wild monster companion.

Viaje por América Latina / Journey through Latin America

Venga a viajar a través de la cultura Latinoamericana, su historia y tradiciones en una forma interactiva con José Luis Orozco quien toca su guitarra acústica al tiempo en que interpreta canciones tradicionales de Latinoamérica para niños.

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.

A Lens on Contemporary Indigenous Art & Culture

Meet Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, a contemporary Klamath Modoc artist born in Ashland, raised in Eugene, and currently based in Portland, Oregon.

A Will Is Not Enough in Oregon

Learn the basics of wills, living trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives with attorney and author Richard Schneider.

Note: In the event there are not enough people pre-registered, the program will be cancelled.

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

Android Help

Come learn everyday smart phone and tablet basics for the beginner, including great library apps for free e-books, streaming audio-books, music and movies!

We will cover:

 - Text messaging

 - Taking/attaching pictures

Animal Ear Headband

Come join the fun and create an animal ear headband.  We will be cutting out felt ears to glue or sew together and then gluing them on a headband. Create your own cat, mouse, bear, rabbit, or fox headband. 

Anti-Aging Lifestyle Workshop

Learn how to improve your physical and mental well-being with the health secrets of functional and natural medicine. The lecture includes the scientific principles of nutrition and lifestyle for optimal health and longevity.

Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop

Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath.

AshCrest.NET: Emergency Preparation Training

Emergency Prepapration Training will help people understand the risks posed to our neighborhoods by earthquakes and other weather related incidents.

Audiobooks: Meet the Narrator

Ever wanted to meet the voice behind your audiobook? Local narrator Matt Haynes will be taking your questions and sharing passages from his favorite projects: Watch a narrator give life to thrillers, YA fantasy, memoirs, business, romance...

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?

Babywearing Dance Party

Join us for a special Babywearing Dance Party in lieu of our normal Book Babies program!

Beginning Cybersecurity

Curious about the basics of staying safe online? Come to this class to learn what you can do to protect yourself.

By the end of the session, you will be able to: 

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 Magic Card Club

Come and play Magic: The Gathering and other tabletop card games. Each participant will receive a free sample deck to start! For teens in grades 6-12; no prior game experience required.

Beginning Sewing

Adults, learn the basics of using a sewing machine to create your own textile masterpieces. This workshop is open to adults who have never sewn or adultswho have used a sewing machine and would like to continue to build their creative sewing skills.

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.

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.

Bollywood Family Dance Party!

Make the world a better place, one move at a time. Come and have fun learning moves that will teleport you into a Bollywood world full of possibilities & big smiles, complete with the authentic Indian Head Shake.

Bollywood Thriller for Teens

Learn to Dance Bollywood Thriller with Brittany & DJ Prashant, a choreography that blends the best of two cultures (Halloween from America & Bollywood from India) & makes for a lot of spooky fun.  Imagine a Indian Wedding gone wrong when ap

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.

Boys Alive! Bring Out Their Best

Understand how the boys (and men) in your life learn, think, feel, and socialize (based on science).  Boys Alive! provides the information, practical strategies, and support to foster a deeper connection with him.

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

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

Build a City that Sparks

Create a cityscape that sparks!

Building Portland's Palaces: The Portland Hotel, Union Station and Other Gems

Urban historian Alexander Benjamin Craghead will give an illustrated talk about the design, development and construction of two of

Calaveritas de Azúcar / Decorate your own Sugar Skull

Pinta tu propia calaverita de azúcar y dedícasela a un antepasado o a un ser querido. ¿Por qué azúcar? Alrededor de México, el Día de los Muertos es una celebración de recuerdos alegres, y lo dulce del azúcar nos trae recuerdos de alegría.

Canva for cards, posters and more

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


Composer and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing.

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.