Library celebrates 10th anniversary

Events and activities for all ages on Saturday

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Patrons of all ages gathered April 17, to "hug" the Camas Public Library, in celebration of its 90th birthday. Ninety people took part and sang "Happy Birthday." On Saturday, there will be an all-day celebration at the library, which will include tours, balloon animals and children's crafts.

Star Wars Stormtroopers, balloon animals, music and a stilt walker are just a few of the many things that will be happening on Saturday, at the Camas Public Library, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

The event is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the newly remodeled and expanded library.

“We’ve put together a wide array of events, not unlike opening day 10 years ago,” said Debbie Chevron. “It’s a veritable three-ring circus, complete with party hats.”

There will be crafts for kids all day, and celebrity storytellers at noon. The event will also include three different kinds of library tours, which will highlight its art, history and books.

Don’t miss the “Playaway Day” event. A representative from the company will be on hand from 10 to 2 to demonstrate various audio and video devices.

Ninety years ago, Camas’ first library was housed in Arthur Thayer’s drug store, located across the street from the paper mill’s offices. The facility loaned out books donated by local residents, and the state’s traveling library.

Since that time, the library has gone through a number of transformations. Among the most significant was in 1939, when voters in the small town of Camas approved a bond to build the original library/city hall facility on Northeast Fourth Avenue. It was constructed as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. Then, nearly 60 years later, the city’s voters again approved a bond to fund the construction of a the new 30,000 square foot library facility that exists today at 625 N.E. Fourth Avenue — in the heart of downtown Camas.

For more information, call the library at 834-4692 or visit