April Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

Chetco LibrarySome interesting news from the Chetco Community Public Library has come from our director, Susana Fernandez. Starting on April 12, free computer classes will be available at the library. These classes are targeted toward adults who have little to no prior experience using desktop computers. Due to limited space, registration is required. You may register by calling 541-469-7738 or by signing up at the circulation desk. Registration closes at 6:00 pm the day prior to the date of each course.

Tuesday, April 12 (9:00-9:50 a.m.)—Computers 101: Learning the Basics

Learn to control the mouse and keyboard with confidence, and get familiar with all the parts that make up a desktop PC. In this class, students will learn the basics of computer use, such as locating and opening programs, saving files, getting familiar with the desktop, and starting and shutting down the computer properly.

Tuesday, April 19 (9:00-9:50 a.m.)—Computers 102: Browsing the Web

There is a lot of information available on the Internet, but navigating the web doesn’t have to be a daunting process. In this class, students will learn about the major internet browser programs, how to bookmark favorite websites, and how to find the website you want the first time, either directly or through a simple Google search. (It is recommended that you take Computers 101 prior to taking this class).

Tuesday, April 26 (9:00-9:50 a.m.)—Computers 103: Computers in Your Day-to-Day Life

These days we can use computers to streamline and enrich our lives in a variety of ways, whether we’re taking classes online, staying in touch with friends and family, tracking home finances, or playing games. Learn how to perform an effective Google search to find specific information or services, how to set up a personal email account, the pros and cons of social media, and the basics of online safety. (It is recommended that you take Computers 101 and/or Computers 102 prior to taking this class).

Teen Group:

The library is working on launching a new writing and book discussion group for young adults between the ages of 14 and 19. Looking for an opportunity to build your writing skills? Want to rave about your new favorite book, or looking to find your next favorite? Join us at our next meeting on April 4th, where we’ll be celebrating National Poetry Month and making personalized journals. This group meets from 4:00-5:00 pm in the small meeting room in the Library Annex (402 Alder Street) on the first Monday of each month. For more information, please call the library at 541-469-7738.

“Meet the Author” Series: The Friends of the Library will host an Open House, on Saturday, April 16th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the library’s large meeting room. Local author, Cecilia Johnson, will read from and discuss her recently published trilogy for young adults, the In Stone Series. Copies of the three books in the series—Energy in Stone, Name in Stone, and Secrets in Stone—will be available for sale and signing.

“Gardening & Community” Series: This popular series returns for a second year on Saturday, April 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the library’s large meeting room.

The series kicks off with Gardening 101 with Jennifer Ewing. Jennifer will provide helpful hints for gardening on the coast. You will learn many clever things that can be done to make gardening easier, cheaper, and more efficient.

The second program of the series will be on Saturday, April 9, starting at 10:30 a.m. Jennifer will return to discuss seed starting. Why rely on the limited variety of plants available at garden centers when you can start your own plants from the many seed choices on seed racks and in catalogs? 

Information about future programs in the series is available at the library and on our Adult Programs page. All programs are free and open to all interested members of the public. 

This series of programs in sponsored by OSU Extension Master Gardeners and the Friends of the Chetco Library.

In the children’s department, Wednesday story time has returned. April 6th, join Miss Sallie for stories and activities about Birds; April 13th, Miss Jennifer’s theme will be Cats; April 20th, Miss Sallie’s theme will be Flowers; April 27th, Miss Jennifer will tell stories about Bees. Story times are held every Wednesday at 10:30 in the library’s large meeting room. A calendar of Children’s Activities for the month can be picked up at the library or viewed on our Events Calendar page.

Some of the new books added to our collection of fiction are:

Private Paris, by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. Jack Morgan, the head of the Private global investigative agency, probes the murders of members of the French cultural elite.

Property of a Noblewoman, by Danielle Steel. Two New Yorkers searching for the owner of an abandoned safe-deposit box reconstruct the history of a young woman and a love affair at the time of World War II.

Deep Blue, by Randy Wayne White. Doc Ford, a Florida marine biologist and former government agent, tracks an American who is working with ISIS. The 23rd book in the series.

Sisi, by Allison Pataki. The turbulent life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary.

The following non-fiction books are new to our collection:

The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan. The life of Thomas Francis Meagher, an Irish revolutionary who fled to America and became the general of New York’s Irish Brigade during the Civil War.

Smarter Faster Better, by Charles Duhigg. The science of productivity, from the author of The Power of Habit.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, by Carlo Rovelli. An introduction to modern physics.

Rightful Heritage, by Douglas Brinkley. A historian depicts Franklin D. Roosevelt as a great environmental president who created state parks, scenic highways and wildlife refuges; protected national parks; and established the Civilian Conservation Corps.

For the month of April in the lobby display case, The American Cancer Society has a display for the Relay for Life which will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  The event will be from 12:00 noon to midnight at the Brookings-Harbor High School. 

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer and to remember loved ones lost to the disease.

In the Large Meeting Room Gallery, the art work of Christina Olson, Jeanne and Tod Steele, and Horst Wolf, entitled “All Creatures Great and Small,” may be viewed this month.