September Newsletter

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Join us Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for Story Time.  Story Time is aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. Join us each week to listen to stories, sing songs, play games and do simple crafts.  On September 7th, join Miss Sallie for stories and activities about firefighters; on September 14th, Miss Jennifer’s theme will be police officers. On September 21st, Miss Jennifer returns for stories and crafts about lumber workers and Miss Sallie finishes off the month on the 28th with stories and crafts featuring fishermen.

Community Programs

The Chetco Community Public Library and Friends of the Chetco Library will present Suicide and the “Not My Kid” Syndrome with speaker Gordon Clay, a local community activist, about the issues of bullying and suicide. Many parents are unaware that suicide among teenagers is a problem at all, let alone a possible problem with their own child. Many parents who checked their child’s cell phone after a suicide were shocked to find how much their child was texting about suicide. This “not my kid” syndrome is disturbingly common and is vitally important to address. September has been proclaimed by the Curry County Board of Supervisors and the Brookings City Council as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. September is also one of the months with the highest number of teen suicides and suicide attempts. Mr. Clay will discuss warning signs and how to talk with teens about the subject, whether or not they are exhibiting any of those signs. A question and answer session will follow. The presentation will be held Friday, September 9th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm, in the library’s large meeting room.

Saturday, September 10th, at 10:30 a.m., the “Gardening and Community” series continues with The Healing Power of Fruits & Vegetables. Presenter Debianne Harpole will share information about the twelve body systems and therapeutic healing benefits of cooking with natural foods. Learn how the essential nutrients from fresh vegetables and fruits can improve your health and enhance wellness in your daily life.

The Friends of the Chetco Library’s “Meet the Author” series continues on Tuesday, September 13, at 11:00 a.m., in the library’s large meeting room. Join local writer D. Gordon Tyson, author of the new sci-fi thriller SplintRod.  Mr. Tyson will discuss and read from his novel, and copies of SplintRod will be available for purchase and signing.

About SplintRod:

A young Betsey Stratfork is enjoying her childhood when she is involved in a tragic auto accident that destroys her legs. Despite her handicap and the lack of compassion from the driver, she excels in school and earns her medical degree. She pursues a career in a new field of medicine known as bone manipulation. Now, as Dr. Stratfork, she develops groundbreaking devices and procedures that improve the lives of many patients. In the course of her life, living in constant pain, she is subjected to repeated instances of discrimination. Learning of a life-threatening event, she snaps. In her anger-fueled psychosis she turns to the dark-side and uses her SplintRod invention to inflict horrific pain and suffering.

On Wednesday, September 14th, the library will present Making Music, a program on traditional Spanish/Classic guitar construction and its application to modern-day ukuleles, featuring Pistol River craftsman Les Stansell.  The program will include a video showing Mr. Stansell hand building guitars in time lapse using primarily Oregon woods. After the video, Mr. Stansell will discuss his craft, take audience questions, display several of his instruments and perform on the ukulele. The program will take place Wednesday, September 14th, from 6:00 to 7:30pm, in the library’s large meeting room.

Free Computer Classes

Starting September 13th, another round of free computer classes will be available at the library.  These classes are targeted toward adults who have little or no prior experience using desktop computers.  The classes are comprised of three one-hour sessions and take place over the course of three days.  Topics covered are: Learning the Basics, Browsing the Web, Computers in Your Day-to-Day Life.  There are still spaces available in the evening classes scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 27th, 28th, and 29th, from 6:00 to 7:00.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information and to register, contact the library at 541-469-7738.

Among the new titles added to the fiction collection are:

Insidious, by Catherine Coulter. Two cases — one concerning an attempted poisoning in Washington and another about the hunt for a serial killer in Los Angeles — are the focus of Coulter’s 20th F.B.I. thriller. 

Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty. Tense turning points for three couples at a backyard barbecue gone wrong.

Bullseyeby James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. While the president of the United States is in New York to meet with his Russian counterpart, Detective Michael Bennett must stop a team of assassins.  

Three Sisters, Three Queens, by Philippa Gregory. The ties and conflicts among three royal women in the court of Henry VIII.

Sweet Tomorrows, by Debbie Macomber. The journeys of the characters at the Rose Harbor Inn come to a close in this last book of the series.

Family Tree, by Susan Wiggs. After a tragedy destroys her life in Los Angeles, a woman returns to the Vermont farm where she grew up.

Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch. The hero of this countdown thriller exists in several alternate universes and must accomplish an impossible task.

Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris. The horror behind the apparently perfect life of British newlyweds.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, by Scott Stambach.  Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement.

Sorrow Road, by Julia Keller.  Book 5 in the Bell Elkins series

Among the new titles added to the Nonfiction collection are: 

Armageddon, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. The political strategist offers a game plan for how to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Liars, by Glenn Beck. The author says progressive politicians gain power and control by exploiting Americans’ fears.

American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin. The story of Patty Hearst’s kidnapping in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army, her crimes and her trial.

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong.

I Wish He Had Come With Instructions: The Woman’s Guide to a Man’s Brain, by Mike Bechtle.

Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-Era Detroit, by Tom Stanton.

Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, by Sabeeha Rehman.

More new titles added to the collection can be seen by visiting the library’s online catalog at, then selecting “New Titles”.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.