book-stackThe mission of the Cathlamet Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning,
promote literacy, and improve the quality of life in Wahkiakum County.


2021 Cathlamet Public Library

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Register, log reading, earn badges and prizes at:  (Live now)

Wednesdays, June 16-Aug 4th, 1-2+pm, at Erickson Park

     6/16 – “Bookish Beasts” / Beanstack introduction

  • Beastly Alphabet Crafts

     6/23 – “The Wild Side”  - Origami bookmarks, CD fish

     6/30 – “Read, Connect, Protect” – Pet care with WAAG

  • Endangered animal  posters, Tails & Tales newsletters

     7/7  – “Dr. Dolittle and Friends” – Birdwatching with          

                  Mr. Passmore

  • Waterbottle or pipe cleaner bird feeder, bird journal

     7/14 – “Amazing Creatures” – Weird Animal Facts

  • Cardboard “binoculars”, Wild animal “safari”

     7/21 – “No Place Like Home” – Police and Service Animals 

                   with Sheriff Howie, Officer Howell & K-9

  • Virtual pet show, start air dry clay animal magnets
  • (bring a photo of a favorite pet you had or wish you had)

     7/28 – “No Place Like Home, Pt. 2” – Backyard and Barnyard

                Animals with 4-H member Taya Deal

  • Finish air dry clay animal magnets, Watercolor creatures to find

     8/4 (1-2:30pm)  - “Awards and Participation Party”

  • Snacks, prizes, awards and certificates

For more info see our website call: 360-795-3254, Tues-Sat, 2-5pm.

Cathlamet Public Library’s Summer reading program begins
The Summer Reading program at the Cathlamet Public Library begins June 16.The program has three separate challenges for readers: Cathlamet 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten for ages 0-5, Cathlamet Summer 2021: Tails and Tales -Animal Books for Kids ages 5-15 (Minutes), and Cathlamet 2021 Reading Challenge (Minutes) for ages 15-Adult. The Tails and Tales children’s program will allow participants to earn prizes as they log reading minutes, review books, and attend activity events. The teen through adult program runs through the end of the year, and will allow readers to earn tickets they can apply to a drawing for their choice of a Kindle, a quilt, and other items.
Advance registration is open at for the program which is partially sponsored by the Blanche Bradley Memorial Library Foundation. The library challenges readers to set personal or family daily reading goals and log each day the goals are met. Readers may also log reading minutes or books, by downloading the free Beanstack app.
Besides the online reading challenge, the library will host in-person outdoor activity events for children ages 5-15 on Wednesdays, June 16th-August 4th, from 1-2pm+ at Erickson Park on Columbia Street in Cathlamet. Activities include story times, and crafts. A parent or guardian should accompany children.

Click the following link to download a paper registration form to bring to the library or to one of the Wednesday events if you are not able to register online: /sites/cathlamet/files/uploads/Summer%20Reading%20Program%20Registration%20Form-1%281%29.pdf

Click the following link to download a paper reading log, if you are not going to sign up to log reading minutes on Beanstack as described above. (Remember to bring it to the library from time to time so we can note your progress and give incentives you have earned!): /sites/cathlamet/files/uploads/CSLP%202021%20Reading%20log%20compressed.pdf

Cathlamet Public Library is now open to

limited public entry!

Curbside checkout is also available.

Cathlamet Public library reopened Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, to limited public entry.

  • You must wear a face mask and use gloves, hand sanitizer, or wash with soap and water while inside the library. (all available inside)
  • Children under age 5 may enter without a mask.
  •  Up to 6 people may be in the library at a time; maximum 30 minutes.
  • Please practice 6 ft social distancing.
  • Do not enter if you feel ill.
  • Curbside service is available for those unable to mask.
  • Reserve an entry time on the phone for best availability: 360-795-3254. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2-5pm.


Please be patient with us as we work on increasing service to former levels.

 Materials for return can be placed in the book drop at the back of the library. Patrons can also select materials for checkout on the library catalog on our website <> and place them on hold, from their account's shopping cart or email a list of desired items to, or phone us at 360-795-3254. We will be happy to contact the patron to schedule a pick-up time, and have their checked-out materials ready in a bag on the curbside table at the front door. Hours for curbside pick-ups are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2-5pm.

Remember, our wifi will continue to broadcast and be accessible from our parking lot 24/7. The password and network name are posted on the front door.

We are able to accept debit and credit card information over the phone for library card renewal, or other fees.

Thank you for your understanding.

     Carol Blix, Librarian, on behalf of the Library Board and volunteers








STEAM Kit Grab and Go Bags for Children Ages 3-8!

Cathlamet Public Library now has free 'Grab and Go' STEAM kits available to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) thanks to the Washington State Library. These kits provide adult family members with the resources to assist with activities for ages 3 through 8 and support STEAM literacy.

These Grab and Go STEAM kits contain the following:
    •   Everything needed for a simple craft each week.
    •   A literacy sheet with fun facts/songs/finger plays. 
    •   An evaluation link for the family to fill out online.

Individual grab and go STEAM kit for will be available for the first 20 participants who come to the library door  open hours, with our  remaining theme being "Ocean".

 Library open (+curbside) hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays from 2-5pm.


 Online Classes now Available 

Cathlamet Public Library patrons now have access to LinkedIn Learning for Library. This program provides public library patrons with unlimited, cost-effective access to learn the latest software, creative, and business skills from plus courses offered in seven languages—onsite or offsite.

Users of any skill level can choose bite-size tutorials, or comprehensive courses, on hundreds of topics, including: Leadership, Project Management, Excel, Sales, Job Hunting, Digital Marketing, Python, Photography, Videography, 3D and Animation, CAD, and much more.

With this application library patrons can: keep up to date with technology; build career-boosting business know-how; explore hundreds of topics in management, leadership, and marketing; gain multimedia, design, web development, and social media skills, and get immediate, just-in-time answers to questions.

 LinkedIn Learning for Library features access to all courses with: expert instructors; searchable course transcripts for immediate answers; downloadable exercise files that reinforce retention; new courses added weekly; privacy and security—TRUSTe compliant; and certificates of completion.

Start learning relevant, professional skills today by logging in with your library card number and password at:

For more information or to set up a library card and password please contact Librarian Carol Blix by email at or phone 360-795-3254. Library hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 3-5pm.




Mobile Hotspots and Discover Passes are here!


Cathlamet Public Library now has Mobile Hotspots that established patrons in good standing can check out to:

  • Allow patrons to complete tasks that require internet access such as completion of school assignments; looking for and applying for jobs, assistance, and housing; connecting with others via videoconferencing; accessing consumer health information or attending a telemedicine appointment; downloading e-books and e-audiobooks, and other generic uses of the internet.
  • Allow patrons to test cellular data availability before selecting a cellular broadband service.

Circulation rules. Hotspot borrowers must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age, with a Cathlamet Public Library account in good standing.
  • Checkout no more than one hotspot per household at a time.
  • Abide by the library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Assume any and all liability for the cost, repair, or replacement in the event of loss due to theft, damage, negligence, misuse or failure to return.
  • Return the device and all accessories in the travel case provided. Hotspots may be returned to the library during open hours or placed in the library’s book drop.

Cathlamet Public Library has Discover Passes for checkout.
Check Out Washington makes a limited edition Discover Pass available through participating libraries. Cathlamet Public Library now has two Discover passes available for patrons to checkout and use for free admission to visit millions of acres of state recreation lands in Washington, including:
  • More than 100 developed state parks
  • More than 350 primitive recreation sites, including campgrounds and picnic areas
  • Nearly 700 water-access points 
  • Nearly 2,000 miles of designated water and land recreation trails
  • More than 80 natural areas
  • More than 30 wildlife areas
"The Check Out Washington Pass may be used for motor vehicle access to lands managed by: Washington State Parks, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife; any area that requires a Discover Pass.", says librarian, Carol Blix.

Contact the library for availability by calling 360-795-3254, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2-5pm, or by email at:







COVID-19 Resources

Link to Wahkiakum County's COVID-19 page:

Learning and Entertainment Resources

Free online resources from the Washington State Library for COVID-19, and learning and entertainment resources for home schoolers, workers-at-home, and career builders, and for librarians and K-20 educators:

Link to Washington State Library's COVID-19 resources:

Links to free E-Books and E-Audiobooks:


Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Google ebookstore, Amazon Free Kindle Books and more:

Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks are free with a valid Cathlamet Public Library borrower's card and password!


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The next Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, is scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd, at 12:45pm in the library. The public is welcome attend wearing face masks with social distancing

The proposed agenda is at the link below:


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