Wiser U: Intro to Computer Programming


Students in Computer LabThis fall, we’re offering an Intro to Computer Programming class for grades 6-12 on Thursday nights at 5:30 starting on September 25th and running for 6 weeks. Spots are limited, so call 503-644-0043 x114 for more details and to sign up.

This class is designed as preparation for students who wish to learn computer programming, but who do not have previous programming experience. The concepts covered will include fundamentals necessary for programming: binary numbers, image representation, text compression, error detection and correction, sorting algorithms, network routing and deadlocks, machine language and controlling digital objects. You will learn and practice your skills using a variety of computer programs.

Join our Teen Library Council


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Local teens can help the library by applying for our Teen Library Council.  We’re looking for teens and tweens entering 6th-12th grades who can help us plan and promote our programs to and for local teens.  Good candidates need to love the library, like telling other teens about what is happening at the library and enjoy books and reading.  As a member, teens and tweens will make new friends, plan and promote events, gain leadership skills and have your voice heard.  Applications are available in the library or you can click the link below.  They are due on July 14th and you can expect to be contacted for an interview in late July or August.  The new Library Council will meet in September.

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Teen Sweet and Salty Taste off results


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The results of our teen sweet and salty taste-off are in! The local teens at the event chose Cheetos as their favorite salty snack and good old donut holes as their favorite sweet snack.  Teens got to try tradition snacks like popcorn, pretzels, Reeses peanut butter cups, and chocolate chip cookies along with stranger snacks like wasabi peas, seaweed and florescent green frosting.  If there was one thing that most everyone agreed on, it’s that Watermelon frosting is pretty gross.  All in all, everyone had a great time and many were busy thinking of other interesting taste-offs we could do in the future.  Soda?  Sour?  What’s your idea?

Here is the rundown for the Sweet snacks- Best, sweetest, best texture:

S&S sweet best S&S sweetest S&S sweet texture

And here are the Salty results –  Best, saltiest, best texture:

S&S salty best S&S saltiestS&S salty texture

Sweet & Salty Taste off tomorrow March 14 at 1 PM


chocolate chip cookie with a bite outSince there is no school in Beaverton tomorrow, we thought it would be a great time to have a Sweet and Salty Taste-off for teens. Anyone grade 6-12 can stop by between 1-3 PM at Cedar Mill Library to vote on your favorite treats. We’ll have several options to vote on, both sweet and salty. Come on by and see if your favorites are included and let YOUR VOICE be heard!

Come to Anime & Cosplay Night at Bethany Feb 15th


NarutoAnimaniacs, join us for a celebration of all things anime and manga on Saturday February 15th at the Bethany Library at 6 PM.  We will have a Cosplay contest with a prize for the winner.  We’ll have door prizes and screen some anime as well.  As always, there will be snacks too.  Free event for ages 12-18.

Teen Book Review: How to Catch a Bogle



How to Catch a Bogle is a novel by Catherine Jinks, set in Victorian London. The protagonist Birdie McAdams is an apprentice to a Bogler named Alfred Bunce. A Bogler is someone who hunts and kills Bogles, which are child-eating demons that live in chimneys, sewers, and other dark places. Together, Birdie and Mr. Bunce rid London of the nefarious creatures. How to Catch a Bogle is the first installment in a trilogy, and it’s quite an interesting book. The downside of this book is the large cast of characters, which makes it a bit hard to follow. Overall, I thought the storyline was good, and it involved many twists and turns. I’d rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.


Sign up now for Programming in Python for Teens


Students in Computer LabIn the new year, we are offering a computer programming in Python class starting on Thursday, January 16th at 5:30 PM and runs every Thursday at 5:30 for 8 weeks until March 13th.  This introduction to the python language will give you many new skills and it’s free!  Spots are limited though, so sign up soon.

Learn basic programming
concepts such as data types and data structures, conditionals and loops, object oriented programming, graphical user interfaces animation and sounds. What can you do with Python? Design games, run websites, explore mathematical concepts,
and analyze data. Python will also assist you in learning other languages such as Java and C++. Supercharge your programming skills as you learn the software Star Wars animators, Google engineers, and game designers use to make their projects a success!  Call 503-644-0043 x114 to register.  Spots are limited so call soon.