Library News and Events
By Dawn Anderson
Santa Claus at Second Edition Resale Shop
Bring your children and grandchildren to Second Edition for a visit with Santa. Saturday, December 15 from 2-4 pm. Free. Children will get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a small gift, while they last. Bring a camera if you like, to capture the moment! There will be an interpreter for Spanish speakers.
Raffle for Doll House
Hand crafted by Willie Carlascio. Purchase tickets at library check-out desk or in Second Edition. $2/ticket or 3 for $5. Santa will draw the winning name on Saturday, December 15 @ 3:30 pm. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Mill Community Library.
Portland Taiko Opens Winter Reading & Arts Festival
The Cedar Mill Community Library and its Bethany Branch are celebrating the rich cultural diversity in our community with a Winter Reading & Arts Festival.
“Your Library Brings You the World!” is the theme around which the festivities will revolve. Kicking off the festival on December 20, eve of the Winter Solstice, will be a performance by Portland Taiko.
Established in 1944, Portland Taiko is an outstanding drumming ensemble that is steeped in Japanese tradition. Taiko is the Japanese word for “drum” as well as the name of this art form.
Portland Taiko’s website www.portlandtaiko.org/about explains that one of taiko’s ancient functions was to call the community together in times of celebration. And so, according to tradition, the drums will call the Cedar Mill and Bethany communities together on Wednesday, December 20 at 7 pm in the upstairs meeting room at the library.
The Winter Reading & Arts Festival is sponsored by a Community Cultural Participation grant from the Washington County Arts, Heritage and Humanities Coalition through funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
By combining literature and reading enjoyment with programs and activities for all ages that reflect the multi-cultural dimensions of Cedar Mill and Bethany, the library hopes to enhance cultural learning experiences and to build awareness of the impact of arts, heritage and humanities on our community’s quality of life, sense of place, and community identity.
The festival runs from December 20, 2007 to March 22, 2008. We have an exciting line-up of performances, contests and crafts from around the world. For more information and a complete schedule, call the reference desk at 503 644-0043 Ext 114 or visit www.cedarmill.org/library.