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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

Bringing Stories to Life
Portland Chamber Music with Brett Helquist
Sunday, April 7  | Noon–1 p.m. | All Ages
It’s a celebration of stories and music together. Children’s book author and illustrator Brett Helquist will read from his books Grumpy Goat and Roger, the Jolly Pirate, set to music composed by Regina Sadowski and performed by Portland Chamber Music. Stay for a drawing tutorial with Brett! Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Adult Book Discussion Group
Second Tuesday of the month
10:30 a.m.–Noon | Houghton Room
Get inspired by titles selected by this volunteer-led book group. New members are always welcome. Registration is not required.

  • Tuesday, April 9: But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman
  • Tuesday, May 14: In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement by John Hylan Hemingway

Law Librarians in the Library
Thursdays, April 11 and May 9 | 3–7 p.m.
Local History Room (NEW LOCATION)
Law Librarians from the Washington County Law Library provide research information about legal questions. Although they cannot provide legal advice, law librarians can recommend legal resources and documents as well as refer people to agencies and organizations.

Make Someone Happy: Share a Poem
Tuesday, April 16–Thursday, April 18
Adults & Teens
Poem in Your Pocket Day is on Thursday, April 18, part of National Poetry Month. Celebrate by sharing your favorite poems with others! Pick up poems from our library display from April 16 through 18. Find a few online, print them out and hand them randomly to people. Share them on social media and add hashtag #pocketpoem! You can find more poems at www.poetryfoundation.org

How To Sell Your House
Tuesday, April 16 | 7–8:30 p.m. 
Selling or refinancing your home comes with a host of questions. Realtors® Gabriela Kandziora, Tami "Boots" White and lender Linda Ferrell can provide tips. Enjoy refreshments during their interactive presentation and develop a plan.

Home Solar Energy in Oregon
Wednesday, April 17 | 7–8:30 p.m.
Nine months of rain notwithstanding, solar energy really can be a viable option in Oregon. Something to consider if your home has good sun exposure and you plan to live there for a few years. Experts from the local nonprofit Solar Oregon will explain the latest technologies and the financial and legal ins-and-outs of home solar energy.

Simon Benson - Lumber King, Civic Leader, Visionary
Tuesday, April 30 | 7–8 p.m. | Adults
Lumberman and philanthropist Simon Benson’s legacy lives on through the words of author Sig Unander. Learn how the 17-year-old boy of meager means from Norway overcame daunting challenges to prosper in the Pacific Northwest. The Multnomah Falls property is among his many gifts to Oregonians. Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Art of the Story: 15th Annual Storytelling Festival
Rev. Robert B. Jones
"I Come From Detroit: Detroit Stories of Survival & Resilience"
Thursday, May 2 | 7–8:30 p.m.
Adults & Teens
The Rev. Robert B. Jones is an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. He shares his deep love for traditional African American and American music in a performance that interweaves timeless stories with original and traditional songs.

Classical Up Close with members of the Oregon Symphony
Sunday, May 5
1–1:45 p.m. AND 2:30–3:15 p.m. (two sessions)
All Ages
Join us for a special, interactive classical musical concert for children and families! Musicians will introduce instruments from the orchestra and present different styles and periods of fun music.

Law Librarians in the Library
Thursday, May 9 | 3–7 p.m.
Local History Room (NEW LOCATION)
Law Librarians from the Washington County Law Library provide research information about legal questions. Although they cannot provide legal advice, law librarians can recommend legal resources and documents as well as refer people to agencies and organizations.

Adult Book Discussion Group
Second Tuesday of the month
10:30 a.m.–Noon | Houghton Room
Get inspired by titles selected by this volunteer-led book group. New members are always welcome. Registration is not required.

  • Tuesday, May 14: In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement by John Hylan Hemingway
History of Gold Mining in Oregon
Tuesday, May 21 | 7–8 p.m. | Adults
Do you have gold fever? Geologist Clark Niewendorp, retired from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, will discuss the glory days of gold mining.

Here, There and Where!:
Things to Do in the Pacific Northwest this Summer
Thursday, May 30 | 7–8 p.m. | Adults
Learn about some low cost or free offbeat ideas to do this summer in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, including some destinations and events you may never have heard of.

 

 

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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