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Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries Podcasts

Listen to staff picks, teen book discussions, library performances, oral histories from local immigrants and the history of the library from some of its founders. 

  • Words of Wiser - Various members of our staff gather to discuss what we are reading, watching or listening to. Get great recommendations from our friendly staff.
  • The Chowder Chat with the Teen Library Council, where they share their views on pop culture, literary news and more! 
  • Parent Information Series - This annual workshop series explores parenting issues with experts in their fields. When we record one of these workshops, it will appear here. 
  • Founders' Oral History - Travel back in time to the early days of the library's founding. Listen as these community activists share their memories of the grassroots movement that resulted in today's Cedar Mill Community Library.
  • Community Oral History - In 2009, in honor of Oregon's sesquicentennial, we recorded 14 interviews with local immigrants and descendants of immigrants to illustrate the importance of immigration on our community. More interviews were added in 2011. This Oral History Project was done with the help of Matt Hiefield and his history students at Sunset High School. More information...

Mar 21, 2012

Muriel and Allen Van Veen share with us how the idea to start a library in the Cedar Mill area germinated in their house around their fireplace back in the early to mid 70s.  They go on to talk about its development in the years afterwards and the committed volunteer effort that made the library possible.  This...

Mar 19, 2012

Mary Packer arrived in the Cedar Mill area in September of 1975, right around the same time that a group of citizens were starting the Cedar Mill Community Library.  Mary shares her early experiences volunteering with this group as the library formed and struggled to find funding to operate.  Mary documents the growth...