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Upcoming 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.  


Storyteller: Habiba’s Village
Wednesday, June 21, 7-8 p.m., Adults
Join Ghana native Habiba Addo for stories from West, East and South Africa that indulge the mischievous human spirit with laughter and playful participation. Other tales provoke, inspire, teach and support healthy communities to help us build a better world.

Author Kim Dinan
The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World
Sunday, June 25, 2-3 p.m., Adults
Author Kim Dinan shares the process of her self-discovery and stories of her travels around the world. After she and her husband quit their jobs, they received a yellow envelope containing a check with three rules for giving the money away. Jan’s Paperbacks will have books for sale. 

Author Visit: Elegant, Surprisingly Easy Tea Parties
Wednesday, June 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Adults
Local author Maggie Stuckey will explain how to plan and host a special-occasion tea party, similar to the tea parties in her book Country Tea Parties. Attendees will receive a small gift from Maggie, and one person will win a special prize.

The New Horizons Flyby of Pluto and Its Moons
Wednesday, July 12, 7–8:30 p.m., Adults
Dr. Roy Torley presents pictures of Pluto taken during the New Horizons spacecraft flyby. Mega-icebergs might be floating in seas of nitrogen. Pluto's moon, Charon, has huge faults and canyons. The pictures suggest that Pluto is geologically active, even though it is located at the fringes of our solar system!

Musician David G. Smith
One House: Building a Better World
Saturday, July 15, 4–5 p.m., Adults
Musician, songwriter and storyteller David G. Smith writes songs about the issues affecting our world today based on true stories related to the state of the world. His music encourages the audience to reflect on these issues to build a better world. Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Historic Main Street: Downtown Walking Tours
Tours begin at the corner of SW Burnham and SW Main Streets
Sunday, July 23 | 11 a.m.–Noon
Sunday, August 27 | 11 a.m.–Noon
Put on your walking shoes and explore the history of Main Street! Discover the people, businesses and events that shaped downtown Tigard. Tours are roughly one mile and will last about an hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and sun protection. Seating will be available at some points along the way.

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Homeless in the Land of Plenty
Saturday, July 29, 2–3:30 p.m., Adults
How does homelessness affect the lives of all people within a community? Join storyteller Ryan Stroud for a conversation made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Teabag Rosettes
Saturday, August 5, 2–3:30 p.m., Adults
If you like origami, you’ll love crafting with teabag paper. Fold and interlock identically-sized pieces of paper to create a beautiful rosette shape.

Share Your Wealth of Wisdom Options for the Independent Nonfiction Writer
Friday, August 11, 7–8:30 p.m., Adults
Local nonfiction writers from the Northwest Independent Writers Association will discuss how to draw attention to your work, be it biography, a lifelong hobby or hard-won experience from your other career. Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Knit-Out and Crochet 2017
Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., All ages
Learn something new or brush up rusty skills in a supportive group of experienced knitters and crocheters. Members of the Tigard Knitting Guild and the Oregon Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America will provide instruction, yarn and needles. View displays of crocheted and knitted items for inspiration and enter to win door prizes.

Eclipses and Other Occultations
Wed., August 16, 7–8:30 p.m.

Dr. Roy Torley will prepare you for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, by sharing pictures and short movies of past eclipses of the sun, the moon, on Jupiter and on Saturn. You will also see what the shadow of the moon looks like from the International Space Station as an eclipse shadow path crosses the Earth’s face.

Zany Doodling for Adults
Saturday, August 19, 2–3:30 p.m., Adults
People are discovering the hidden discipline, order and joy behind artful scribbles. Doodles can be a great creative expression. Let the mind wander and embrace any creative image that comes to mind, with local artist Susan Kent. Class limited to 20 people. Registration required and begins Tuesday, August 1. Please call 503-718-2517. Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe
Sunday, August 20, 2–3 p.m., Adults
Take a tour of the Pacific Islands with Paradise of Samoa Dance Troupe! Traditional costumes and narration highlight Samoan, Fijian, Tahitian, Maori and Hawaiian Dance. Paradise of Samoa is an Oregon school of Polynesian (Pacific Islands) dance. Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Kerry Grombacher Contemporary Folk and Western Music
Saturday, August 26, 2–3 p.m.
Musician and songwriter Kerry Grombacher brings his folk and western music to the Pacific Northwest. With guitar and mandolin, Grombacher’s music paints vivid portraits of the landscape where he’s worked and toured, from his home in New Orleans to the desert Southwest, to Montana and the Northwest forests. Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

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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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