We already celebrate the arrival of Fridays, but what about those underrated Mondays? Instead of starting the week by hitting the snooze button, head out to one of these exciting Monday happenings around Portland. Check out our favorite spots for kicking off your week with some fun.

Snuggle Up with a Story

If your little ones love getting lost in a new book, head to any one of the amazing storytimes through Multnomah County Library. For the tiniest book lovers (12 months and younger), check out Book Babies for stories, singing and rhymes. Book Babies happens at 10:15 a.m. at Hollywood Library, and at 11:30 a.m. at the Belmont and Midland libraries. For your adventurous two-year-old, Toddler Storytime at Belmont Library (10:15 a.m.) combines stories with interactive games and play to boost those budding language skills. Kids 3-6 will enjoy Midland Library’s Preschool Storytime (10:15 a.m.), full of stories and entertaining songs.

For even more story fun combined with engaging movement activities, check out the Family Storytime at Central Library for kids 6 and younger (11:15 a.m.). For newborns to six-year-olds, Albina Library’s Black Storytime (6:30 p.m.) has stories, games and activities that highlight the African and African American culture and experience. All storytimes are free, but are first come, first served. Arriving early is recommended, and a parent or other adult must accompany children.

If you have a young reader who also loves animals, they’ll love the chance to read to a sweet canine companion at Sellwood-Moreland Library. Mondays at 6:30 p.m., kids can sign up to read books to therapy dogs (and maybe make a new furry friend!). Pre-registration is required and spots fill quickly, so call early to reserve a time slot.

Hollywood Library
4040 NE Tillamook St.

Belmont Library
1038 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Ave.

Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave.

Albina Library
3605 NE 15th Ave.

Sellwood-Moreland Library
7860 SE 13th Ave.

Online: multcolib.org/

photo: Anna Doogan

  • Snuggle Up with a Story
  • Chill Out
  • Make a Colorful Mess
  • Groove to Some Tunes
  • Burn Off Some Energy
  • Check Out a Community Center

What’s your favorite Monday activity in Portland? Let us know in the comments below!

—Anna Doogan