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You are probably aware of all of the things you can access through the Library catalog, such as DVDs, books on CD, Nature Packs, and Binge Boxes. And you know that you can download ebooks and eaudio materials using the Libby app.

You still have access to the online resources such as Chilton Auto Repair Library, Consumer Reports, and Opposing Viewpoints, and you can access all of our virtual programming on the events calendar here.

But there's something new!  The Camas Public Library is now offering patrons a chance to visit Washington State Parks with the Check Out Washington program! Reserve the Check Out Washington backpack, and you'll get the Discover Pass, nature pocket guides, Washington State Parks maps, and a pair of binoculars so that you can enjoy the great outdoors!

Upcoming Events
Read For Change

Announcing racial equity as our first annual 'Read for Change' theme! This community reads initiative will feature speakers, book discussion groups, a book giveaway, and partnerships with the community--all at a safe social distance. Starting Monday, August 17th, patrons can contact the Library to request a free copy of How to be an Antiracist and/or Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, both by Ibram X. Kendi (the latter coauthored for young readers by Jason Reynolds). Look for more events, activities, and ways to get involved on our website and event calendar. Read the press release here.

Building Bridges: Race as a Social Construct

Portland-based equity speaker Alexis Braly James will host Building Bridges: Race as a Social Construct on Tuesday, August 25th at 5:30 pm via Zoom. A virtual workshop meant to encourage an understanding of racism, racial identity, and how race impacts society. By bridging some of the divides that exist when it comes to talking about race, this interactive workshop will encourage a deeper understanding of participant’s own experiences with racial identity, and provide opportunities for participants to think critically, reflect, learn, internalize, and engage meaningfully with others in their community. Registration is required, and a Zoom link and password will be emailed out a few days before the event.
Alexis Braly James, a longtime local educator and activist, and Founder and CEO of Construct the Present.

Intro to Comic Illustration

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 2 - 3:30 pm

Learn the fundamentals of drawing comics from professional illustrator (and Camas resident) Tony Parker! Tony will show you the important elements that go into developing your own comic book. You will learn about storytelling, composition, and drawing. Don't worry about drawing any specific style, as techniques will be able to be used on any genre or style you would want to do. The only materials you will need are curiosity and open eyes and ears. This event is for ages 12+ and up.

This presentation will be held online through Zoom. Click here to register.

It's not too late to join!
The Summer Reading Program Is Still Going Strong

Registration is still open, exclusively through Beanstack! This year the theme is "Imagine Your Story", celebrating all things whimsical, fantastical, and mythological.

All ages are welcome to participate, so sign up now!

Flextangles Virtual Workshop

Tuesday, August 18, 2020    2-3 pm

Let's make flextangles together! What is a flextangle, you ask? It's a papercraft that you design, color, cut, fold, and glue to make a wild four-sided twisting fidget toy! In this interactive Zoom meeting, Miss Ellen will take you step-by-step, show you tips and tricks for making the best flextangles, and take your questions. We'll do a show-and-tell at the end, too!
Register here, and you'll be emailed the Zoom link and password a couple of days before the event. For all ages, but if you're in 5th grade or below, you'll need an adult to help you with the final steps.
Supplies you'll need to have ready for the event:

  • The template printed (you might want an extra in case you mess up and want to start over). Cardstock works best, but you can use heavy construction paper or heavy computer paper. Call the Library at 360-834-4692 if you would like to arrange for curbside pickup of the template printed on cardstock.
  • Markers, pens, or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Clear tape

Show-and-Tell Needle Felting for Teens and Adults

Saturday, August 15, 2020    1-2 pm

Registered for the Needle Felting program? Don't forget to join us for a virtual show-and-tell via Zoom! Show off your "Good Morning Mushroom" creations.


Do you want to know what is happening at the Library, or you want to book a room? We have software in place to make it oh so easy for you. (Meeting and Study Rooms are temporarily unavailable for reservation until further notice.)

Events Calendar

What's going on at the Library?

Meeting Rooms

Make a reservation for your large group.

Study Rooms

Small rooms that can be reserved, or drop-in.

Limited Series

These events will only run for a short time.

Simplify Your Spending and Savings Strategies

Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

This is an online event, and part of our Financial Literacy seminar series! Hosted by Kayla Gunderson, CRPC®, Financial Advisor.
Join us for our Simplify Your Spending and Saving Strategies workshop to learn more about the basics of budgeting and the importance of managing credit and debt. We'll also discuss how these strategies can impact your financial future. Seating is limited. Call today to reserve space for yourself and a guest at this educational workshop.

Please register for this free online workshop here.

Recurring Events
Podcast Club - Virtual Meeting

Thursday, August 06 

7 - 8:30 pm

Podcast Club is like a book club, but for podcast enthusiasts! Each month we will listen to a curated list of podcast episodes centered around a theme, then come together via Zoom to discuss what we listened to - and hopefully learn something new along the way!

August's Theme: Conspiracy

Contact Leah Burch for meeting details & access:

Virtual Mindfulness

Wednesdays    10 - 11:15 am

The Library doesn't have to be open for you to practice mindfulness! Meetings will take place over Zoom.

Registration not required, but attendance will be capped at 25 attendees. Contact Kirsten Muskat for meeting details & access:

Virtual Storytime Song and Book with Miss Ellen

Join Miss Ellen every Wednesday at 9:30 am on Facebook Live. Find the full playlist here!

Virtual Mindfulness for Beginners

Tuesdays 10 - 11:30 am

An introduction to Mindfulness meditation. The Library doesn't have to be open for you to practice mindfulness! Meetings will take place over Zoom.

Attendance will be capped at 12 attendees.

Contact Kirsten Muskat for meeting details & access:

Free Legal Help

Thursdays, 5-7 pm

Sign up for help with all areas of Washington state law, Oregon state upon request.

Book Discussion Groups

Page Turners

For 4th-6th graders and a parent.

Books will be available mid-August, so give us a call then to arrange for curbside pickup. Limit 12 families.

Story Explorers

For 2nd and 3rd graders and a parent.

Books will be available mid-August, so give us a call then to arrange for curbside pickup. Limit 12 families.

Mark Your Calendars!
Future Used Book Sales

2020 Hometown Holidays Week

Thousands of gently used books at bargain prices!

How can I get involved with the Library?

All meetings are open to the public.

Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library (FFCL)

The next meeting will be Monday, July 20th, at 5:30pm, via Zoom. Contact the Library at 360-834-4692 to get access info.

Board Member positions are available. Sign up for their newsletter here! Want an easy way to support us? Bookmark Amazon Smile and choose FFCL as your non-profit.

Board of Trustees

Next meeting will be Thursday, August 6th, at 6:30pm, via Zoom. Contact the Library at 360-834-4692 to get access info.

Mission Statement

We: Share, Explore, Reach, Value, Enrich. We SERVE our community.

Strategic Service Plan

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616 NE 4th Ave, Camas
WA 98607 United States

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