Newsletter January 2018

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Happy New Year from the Chetco Library! We are happy to announce that as of January 2, the library has returned to a 6-day-a-week schedule, and will be operating under the following hours:

  • Mondays: 10AM-6PM
  • Tuesdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Wednesdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Thursdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Fridays: 10AM-6PM
  • Saturdays: 10AM-6PM
  • Closed Sundays

Adult Programming

January 24, 6:00pm—“In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy.” Americans have more confidence in scientific and medical leaders than in leaders of any group except the military, according to National Science Foundation polls. However, the relationship between citizens and science is often fraught with misunderstanding and mistrust, especially on topics like climate change. Why is our relationship with science so complicated? Why do we mistrust a field for which we profess respect? How can citizens use science to make better decisions together? Join science communicator Gail Wells for a free discussion on science and citizenship in the library’s large meeting room. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities as part of the Conversation Project.

The library is also excited to announce that it will once again be offering free basic computer courses for adults in February. These classes are targeted toward adults who have little to no prior experience using desktop computers. The classes are one hour long and take place over the course of three days. 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 6:00pm the day prior to the date of each course. A description of each class session and the course schedule is provided below.

February 6 and February 20, 9:00am—“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.

February 7 and February 21, 9:00am—“Computers 102: Browsing the Web”

There’s a lot of information available on the internet, but navigating the web doesn’t have to be overwhelming. 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. (Note: it is recommended that you take Computers 101 prior to taking this class)

February 8 and February 22, 9:00am—“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, and it’s easier to use your computer with confidence and ease when you know you’re browsing safely and securely. Learn basic guidelines for online safety, tips for setting and remembering strong online passwords, how to set up a personal email account, and get an overview of social media. (Note: it is recommended that you take Computers 101 and/or Computers 102 prior to taking this class).

Children’s and Family Programming

The Teen Writer’s Group meets the first and third Fridays of the month from 5:00 to 6:00pm in the library annex. Teens 12 and up are invited to share their writing, support their peers, and hone their craft.

Story time is back in full swing! Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Miss Linda and her helpers for stories and simple craft activities. Story time takes place each Wednesday at 10:30am in the large meeting room. This month’s story time theme is “Sounds of Our World.”

We are also excited to announce that after-school craft time is returning to the library! Crafts will take place in the large meeting room from 3:30 to 4:30 on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. These activities are recommended for kids ages seven and up.

January also marks the launch of new weekend programming for kids. Beginning January 20, Miss Linda will lead Kids in Rhythm Time from 10:00 to 11:00am on Saturday mornings. We will be using ribbons, egg shakers, and other toys to learn about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers through music and rhythmic movement.

Now that school is back in session, homework help time is back! Homework help is available from Miss Linda on weekdays after school on a first come, first serve basis.

On January 27 the library is hosting a concert for kids with Russ Oelheim in the large meeting room. Russ Oelheim, a local folksinger, will present songs, stories, and silliness suitable for the whole family. The concert begins at 11:00am and families with children of all ages are invited to attend. Admission is free

On Display

In the large meeting room, January’s art display will be a continuation of the “Winter Wonderland” paintings. This display features a collection of paintings in a variety of styles by Christina Olsen, Alexandra Eyer, Pat Renner, and Magda Druzdzel.

There will also be a display on earthquake preparedness by Diane Cavaness in the main lobby during the month of January.

New on the Shelf (Fiction)

Survival, by Ben Bova. The newest sci-fi adventure in Bova’s acclaimed Star Quest series.

The Wanted, by Robert Crais. Investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike team up to find a wayward teen—if two hired killers don’t find him first.

Year One, by Nora Roberts. Magic and witchcraft has replaced technology in a dystopian future. This is the first volume in a new trilogy.

Enchantress of Numbers, by Jennifer Chiaverini. The best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker is back with a novelized account of the life of Ada Lovelace, who is widely regarded as the world’s first computer programmer.

The Half-Drowned King, by Linnea Hartsuyker. The myths and legends of Viking-era Norway come to life in this family saga.

New on the Shelf (Nonfiction and Video)

Anesthesia, by Kate Cole-Adams. The discovery of general anesthesia 150 years ago made surgery routine in the medical field. Cole-Adams explores what’s really happening to our bodies—and our minds—when we go under.

The How Not to Die Cookbook, by Michael Greger, Gene Stone, and Robin Robertson. This companion book to the 2016 bestseller How Not to Die includes more than 100 recipes for healthy living.

The Last Girl, by Nadia Murad and Jenna Krajeski. One woman’s story about her captivity by and later fight against the Islamic State.

Veterans, by Sasha Maslov. Through interviews and intimate portraits of World War II veterans, Maslov captures the stories of soldiers who fought on both sides of the conflict.

The Little Book of Lykke, by Meik Wiking. Wiking’s follow-up to the best-selling Little Book of Hygge focuses on the practice of Lykke (LOO-ka)—pursuing and finding the good that exists in the world around us every day.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season. No cable subscription? No worries! Catch up on the latest season of the hit HBO television show. The complete seventh season, including bonus materials, is available for checkout on DVD.

Holiday Closures

Monday, January 1: Closed in observance of New Year’s Day

Monday, January 15: Closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.