Updates from the Garden Home Community Library – July 2020

At the time of writing, Garden Home Community Library is still closed. We are working with THPRD and hope to find a way to gradually and safely add back services while the building may be otherwise closed. We are anxious to serve you in person again and will share news when we have it, including our website and social media pages.

You are welcome to leave us a message at 503-245-9932 or email us at ghcl@wccls.org. A staff member will get back to you within 24 hours.

Join the Summer Reading Fun!

If you haven’t already, visit gardenhomelibrary.org/read-for-fun-this-summer to download a GHCL reading log. Choose a reading goal (30 minutes per day, a book a week, etc.), then color one leaf every time you reach that goal. You choose what to read: fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, audiobooks, e-books, graphic novels, and more. There is no need to return your log this year; simply fill out the online survey listed on the log. Participants who respond to the survey by August 31 have a chance to win a gift card from Annie Bloom’s Books.

Virtual Events

We continue to host virtual events for all ages. Our events are listed on the WCCLS (Washington County Cooperative Library Services) events calendar and on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels. Story times are available on Facebook and YouTube.

Here is what’s happening in July.

Family and All Ages Events:

Book Babies Online – Every Tuesday at 10:30 am on Facebook Live

Find Garden Home Community Library on YouTube for more story time videos available anytime, including recordings of previous Book Babies Online.

Pint Size Polkas

Date: Monday, July 27

Time: 11 am

Zoom Meeting – Register at https://tinyurl.com/pintsizepolka

Join us for an interactive live-stream of polka music for children and families! To quote Mike, “It’s no secret that polka music is the happiest form of music on the face of the earth.”

Join us for a fun and bouncy musical experience for all ages! This program is a Zoom call that will be recorded and available for one week after the event. Register to be part of the live event.

New Book Groups for Younger Readers (Ages 10 through 18)

Teen Book Group has been a lot of fun, and we’re excited to start offering additional book groups for young readers. Please e-mail katrina@wccls.org to be added to our list of interested readers and we’ll add you to the spreadsheet. Groups will be formed this month and begin meeting virtually in August.

Events for Adults:

Virtual Crafternoon Tea
Every Wednesday from 1-2 pm

Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Zoom meeting – Register at https://tinyurl.com/ghlevents

Join us on Zoom for a virtual gathering inspired by our long-running Crafternoon Tea program. Brew yourself a cup of tea and grab a craft project to work on in the company of fellow crafters. All levels are welcome. Crafters under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Nerd Night: Trivia for Adults

Tues., July 7 at 6:30-7:30 pm

Zoom meeting – Register at https://tinyurl.com/ghlevents

Test your smarts at our monthly Trivia Night. Playing with a team is recommended; but you can also play solo. We have streamlined our monthly trivia into four themed sets of questions. Themes vary monthly.

Garden Home Book Group Discussion

Tuesday, July 14

Afternoon: at 12:30 pm –OR- Evening: at 7 pm

Zoom meeting – Register at https://tinyurl.com/ghlevents


This month’s book selection is Call Me American by Ibdi Nor Iftin. Synopsis: A young Somalian, who learned English through American pop culture uses his skills to post secret dispatches to the Internet and NPR after a radical Islamist group comes to power and until he finally wins a visa lottery to emigrate.