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Free Programs for Adults

From author visits to cultural performances, the library offers free recreational, cultural and lifelong learning opportunities of all kinds! Sign up for our library newsletter to stay abreast of our events.

All events will be held in the George & Yvonne Burgess Community Room unless otherwise noted.  Additional parking is available in the evenings at City Hall, 13125 SW Hall Blvd., and afternoons and evenings at the Senior Center, 8815 SW Omara Street. 

Upcoming Programs for Adults

Pop Music History
Thursday, October 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Adults
Pop music historian Jim Pritchard will discuss pop music from 1945-1954. The war was over, money was available and radio was hard hit as television came on the scene, bringing cultural changes and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Documentary Film
Decoding the Weather Machine
Saturday, October 20, 2-4 p.m., Adults
NOVA explains the evidence behind the growing consensus among scientists that Earth’s climate is changing. Discover what’s behind the change and how we can cope and flourish as our climate shifts.

Tualatin Valley Community Band
Songs of the Season
Sunday, October 21, 3-4 p.m., All ages
The Tualatin Valley Community Band will share songs of the season, some spooky and some sweet. We encourage costumes at this family-friendly event! The band is composed of volunteer musicians who have played musical instruments in high school, college and with other groups.

Book Cover: MadagascarAuthor Visit
Steve Holgate’s Madagascar
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Adults

An American diplomat – reformed alcoholic, unreformed gambler and inveterate smart-aleck – finds himself under threat of disgrace and murder, as he seeks love and redemption on the strange spirit-ridden island of Madagascar. Local author Steve Holgate brings the mystery and mysticism of Madagascar to life in his haunting and exciting second novel. 

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Sunday, October 28, 2-3:30 p.m., All ages
Celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on. Decorate papier-mâché skulls, create tissue paper marigolds and enjoy pan dulce!
Celebra y recuerda a los seres queridos que han pasado a mejor vida. ¡Decora calaveritas de papel mache, crea caléndulas de papel crepe y disfruta de pan dulce!  Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Kim Stafford Reading & Conversation
Oregon’s Poet Laureate Kim Stafford
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Adults
Oregon’s Poet Laureate Kim Stafford will present a poetry reading and conversation. Stafford has received numerous awards for his contributions to Oregon’s literary culture. He is the second Stafford to serve as Oregon’s Poet Laureate. His father, William Stafford, held the appointment from 1974 to 1989.

The Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state's five statewide cultural partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities, and the State Historic Preservation Office. The program is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and managed by Oregon Humanities. More information and program history can be found at http://www.oregonpoetlaureate.org/.

80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Holocaust Remembrance
Thursday, November 8, 6-7:30 p.m., Adults & teens
Local Holocaust survivor Evelyn Banko will speak about her experiences under the Nazi occupation of Austria and Latvia during WWII, as well as their journey to America. Kristallnacht was a coordinated attack on the Jews of Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. Historians consider it to be the first sign of the Holocaust. This event is recommended only for teens and adults because of strong language involving violence and death. Presented in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Portland Opera To Go!
The Barber of Seville
Monday, November 12, 2-3:30 p.m., All ages
Gioachino Rossini’s classic opera tells the tale of love-struck Count Almaviva, who seeks the help of a barber named Figaro to win the heart of beautiful Rosina. This live performance is an adapted, 50-minute English-language version. Perfect for children, too! Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Make It & Take It Craft Workshop
Sunday, November 18, 1:30-3 p.m., All ages
Bring the entire family for some serious crafting fun! Explore fall-themed art supplies and embellish a pumpkin trinket box to give as a gift or to collect your own treasures. Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Program Proposal Form

The Tigard Public Library focuses on educational programming that raises cultural awareness and provides information about current issues of interest to members of the Tigard community—musical performances, craft workshops, author visits and more. Are you an experienced performer or presenter with a program idea?  Tell us about it. 

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Did you miss the Oregon Military History program this summer?  You’re in luck.  Watch it here, courtesy of Tualatin Valley Cable Television (TVCTV). 

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