The Tigard Public Library will celebrate ten years in its current building with a birthday party for the community on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 2-4 p.m. The Library Is a Blast party will feature the Picante Latin jazz band, activities for all ages, including a photo booth, crafts and a roving balloon artist, as well as festive food. The celebration will include the official dedication of the George and Yvonne Burgess Community Room in honor of two long-time dedicated volunteers and Friends of the Library.
The current library was built after the citizens of Tigard passed a construction bond measure in May 2002. It was only one of three bond measures in the state to pass in that election. Construction began in July 2003 and was completed a year later. The building opened to the public in August 2004.
The Library will also host music programs in August featuring African rhythms and a classical Latin American guitarist. The IJenNeh duo will offer a tasty mix of African, reggae, pop and gospel music with roots in Liberia on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2-3:30 p.m.
Latin American classical guitarist and composer Ricardo Cárdenas will perform compositions that are both passionate and comforting on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 7-8 p.m. Cárdenas will feature works by Brazilian, Venezuelan and Paraguayan composers.
On Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 7-8:30 p.m., authors from the Northwest Independent Writers Association will discuss the elements of publishing genre fiction. The Tigard Knitting Guild and the Oregon Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America, Always in Stitches, will provide demonstrations and instruction at the Knit Out and Crochet program on Sat., Aug. 16. Participants may drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The adult summer reading program will continue until Friday, Aug. 22. Prize drawings will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the library building birthday party. The music programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Tigard Library.
All programs will be held in the George and Yvonne Burgess Community Room. For more information, call 503-718-2517or log onto the library’s website atwww.tigard-or.gov/library and click on Programs & Classes.