Director's Blog: February 1 update

Submitted by A. Shelley on

February is Library Lovers’ Month! FVRLibraries offers so many great reasons for you to fall in love with your local library this month.

Events @ your library this month

Reflecting Rainbows: We have partnered with the southwest Washington chapter of PFLAG to discuss the contributions of some of the lesser-known civil rights leaders within the LGBTQIA+ community. Feb. 1 @ 7 pm (online) - teens and adults

Valentine Pajama Storytime: Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal and a grownup, and let's have fun! Join us for Valentine stories, songs, and a craft before bed at Three Creeks Community Library. Feb. 8 @ 6 pm - all ages

Chocolate Olympics: Do you have what it takes to bring home the gold? Come compete in chocolate-themed games at La Center Community Library. Feb. 14 @ 3:30 pm - tweens

So You Think You Can Breathe?: Join us virtually to learn the mechanics and physiology of correct breathing and see why so many of us are shallow breathers and what this can mean for our health Feb. 23 @ 6 pm (online) - adults

Family Fun: Art Bar: Let your creativity express itself at our art bar. All supplies provided. See a demonstration from a local artist! Woodland Community Library Feb. 27 @ 3 pm - all ages

See our monthly events booklet or online calendar for more great programs!

Arts and Culture

Skip Reed continues to exhibit his creative work at Cascade Park Community Library using recycled materials as the medium for his art pieces. Through the end of February.

Vancouver artist Sarah Lynne Hunter was selected to create a mural for Cascade Park Community Library. Her proposal, “Growing a Reader,” was selected from 15 responses to our public Call for Artists. Look for the six-panel mural to be installed this spring.

New libraries in the works

We have been working with our architects on the new Woodland Community Library design and plan to break ground on the project in June. The 7,500-square-foot building will be located on the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Goerig Street, adjacent to the new Woodland Community Center. Find out about donor opportunities, fundraisers, and more on our Invest in Woodland page.

Our Washougal Community Library project has finished conceptual design and has entered the fundraising stage. More information can be found at Invest in Washougal.

So Many Storytimes!

Looking for something to do with your little ones? Preschool, toddler, baby, and family storytimes are now offered at all locations as well as a number of outreach sites. See our storytime calendar for days of the week and times at your local library. Can’t get out? Anytime Storytimes are available 24/7!

Tax preparation assistance

Tax preparation assistance will be available at select FVRLibraries locations and other community sites beginning this month. Check our Tax Help page for updates, or call 360-906-5000, 1-888-546-2707 (area code 509), or 1-800-921-6211 (Yale Valley).

Library staff can help you locate federal and state tax forms by number or name. Forms can be printed or requested on the IRS website, from the Oregon Department of Revenue, and the Washington State Department of Revenue. Federal tax forms in print typically arrive in libraries sometime in January but may be delayed this year due to updates in the tax code. IRS offices—the nearest are in Vancouver, Portland, and Yakima—also have select printed tax forms available. To ask the IRS a question, call 800-829-1040 (English & Spanish), or 833-553-9895 (other languages).

Got the Recession Blues? Check us out! 

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Apply for a library card now. It's free for anyone who lives or owns property in FVRL's service area.

If you have any questions about our programs, resources, or services, please reach out to us or call us at 360-906-5000. We look forward to serving you at your local library!