Featured programs

Displaying 1 - 40 of 281 programs. Please note: not all programs are offered year round. Some programs are seasonal. Some programs not currently offered will be offered again.

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.

3D Print Your Own Holiday Gift

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Come design your own 3D printed ornament, charm or keychain! In this modern take on holiday crafts you'll design your gift on the computer in TinkerCAD and then have it 3D printed in holiday colors.

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

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.

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 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

Anime and Manga Drawing

Learn how to create characters while developing your drawing skills. One of the most accessible styles of drawing, manga is a Japanese genre of cartoons, comic books and animated films.

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.

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?

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 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.

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

Biết luật pháp để bạn có thể tự bảo vệ mình.

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.

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.

Botanical Drawing on Walnut Paper

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

Braiding Trivets

Reuse your old rags by turning them into something practical and colorful. Learn how to get a braid started and begin stitching your work together. Have no fear, discover folk wisdom!

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! Use beautiful glowing paper collages, cardboard, copper tape, LED lights and batteries to light up your city in this amazing interactive art piece.

Build and Learn about Fuel Cell Cars

Come and assemble a fuel cell car that can drive itself and capable of navigating obstacles courses and mazes. The cool thing is this car runs on hydrogen to power an electric motor, not gasoline or diesel like many cars you see on the streets. 

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.

Children’s Scandinavian Dance Performance

Come see a special performance by Leikarringen of Portland. The children will perform a variety of dances from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.