Library Lines: Portland

Every three years we meet to discuss the direction of the library and our priorities. Winter weather forced the cancellation of our session in January, so we would like to invite you back to make a difference! Attend our postponed strategic planning session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22 and tell us what matters to you. Registration required, pizza offered.

Brain teaser : What’s better when winter blows and blows than being warm and cozy and working on a puzzle? Join us for the fifth Portland District Library Puzzle Contest on Saturday, February 19. Register as a group of 2-4 puzzlers or as an individual to be placed in a group. Puzzle solving begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m., with lunch provided. The team closest to completion when time runs out wins. Each member of the winning team receives a prize. From 10 years old, with at least one adult per team. Registration required.

Children and teenagers

Virtual STEM Club Littles Edition: Walking Water Rainbow: Virtual STEM Club Littles Edition is back and this time we have a color mixing experience that any scientist 5 and under will have fun with! Walking Water Rainbow will allow your little one to create their own primary color waters, mix them to create secondary colors, and experiment to create their own rainbow of colors. Follow the library staff on YouTube as we walk you and your little one through setting up the experience! Registration for grab-and-go bags will begin on Wednesday, February 9. The program requires parental supervision and is limited to 25 customers.

Create a monogram: Make-A-Monogram lets crafters use their first initials to create a fun, colorful decor piece to display on a wall, hang on a door, or place on a shelf. Sign up for this program starting Friday, February 11 to receive a Take-and-Make bag filled with yarn and other colorful supplies. Follow on YouTube as library staff show you how to get started and put your unique spin on this monogrammed decor. This program is recommended for ages 6-12; some parental supervision may be required to complete the project. Only 30 places available!

Virtual STEM Club: Crazy Catapult: We’ll be dusting off our engineering skills at this month’s Virtual STEM Club. We’ll use pegs, rubber bands and a plastic cup to build a catapult and find out how far we can throw things! Signing up for your Virtual STEM Club: Crazy Catapult Take-and-Make Bag begins February 16, the same day the video will be posted to YouTube. This program is recommended for ages 6 to 12, requires parental supervision, and is limited to 30 customers.

— The Portland District Library is located at 334 Kent St., Portland. For more information, call 517-647-6981 or visit

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