Newsletter July 2018

Chetco Community Public LibrarySummer Reading Program: Activities Continue through August 17

Summer Reading 2018 has officially started, but it’s not too late to get in on the fun! Summer Reading runs from June 25 through August 17, and there are activities for adults as well as children this year. For adults, check out our Summer Reading Bingo Contest! Anyone sixteen or older may pick up a Summer Reading Bingo card from the library’s front desk or print a card from our online Summer Reading Portal, Read or listen to books, magazines, or other reading materials that match the categories on the bingo squares. You can turn in one bingo card per person, per week. Turning in a card with a bingo earns an entry in our small-prize drawing, which includes gift certificates, tickets to local theater performances, and local art pieces. If you complete a blackout (all squares filled in), you can enter a drawing for our grand prize—a new Kindle Fire! Full details and rules for Reading Bingo are listed on the back of the Reading Bingo cards, or can be found online at

For children, we have daily Summer Reading activities for children ages 0-15, as well as our annual summer reading log prizes. For full details on this year’s Summer Reading Program for children, please pick up a brochure in our Children’s Department or contact Miss Linda.

New Youth Programs Launched

Miss Linda launched new regular programs for children and teens in the final week of June. These programs are separate from Summer Reading and will be available year-round. Here’s what’s new in the Children’s Department:

Morning Maker Space. Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:00am—12:00pm. Miss Linda has put together a brand-new Maker Space Cart loaded with materials that encourage experimentation and creative play. Morning Maker Space is open to children of all ages.

Teen Robotics. Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00pm. Teens are invited to come learn the fundamentals of robotics from knowledgeable volunteers and build their own unique creations. This group is open to tweens and teens ages 9-18.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:30am—12:00pm. With creation tables and a bunch of standard and oversized Lego blocks, this morning activity is perfect for engaging children ages 0-8.

Creation Station Saturdays. Saturdays, 3:30—5:00pm. This program combines our Lego Blocks and Maker Space Cart. Young people of all ages are invited to come build, create, and try new craft techniques.

In addition to these new programs, our Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers continues every Wednesday morning at 10:30am. July’s Story Time theme is “Celebrations of our World.”

We are also continuing our Thursday afternoon STEAM activities. Every Thursday at 3:30pm, kids in elementary and middle school can come build fun projects and explore concepts related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Adult Programming and Events

Songs and Stories with Russ Oelheim. Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm—8:00pm. Join guitarist, banjo player, and storyteller Russ Oelheim for a musical adventure the whole family will enjoy! Russ is a beloved local artist who specializes in Blues and American folklore. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Chetco Library and will take place in the large meeting room.

Library Director Community Reception. Saturday, July 14, 3:00—5:00pm. The community is invited to a welcome reception for the Chetco Community Public Library’s new Director, Julie Retherford. Ms. Retherford joins the Chetco Community Public Library after years of service for the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library in Ohio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Communications from Ohio University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.

This event takes place in the library’s large meeting room. Ms. Retherford will be available to greet and get acquainted with members of the community. Refreshments will be served. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Retherford to the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast.

Community Discussion: The Opioid Crisis in Curry County. Wednesday, July 25, 6:00–8:00pm. The abuse of opioid pain medications is one of the greatest health risks facing Curry County residents. Join PDO Prevention Specialist Kate Frame in the library’s large meeting room to find out what the opioid crisis looks like in Curry County, how people are currently working to solve the problem, and ways that any community member can be a part of the solution. 

All library programs are free to the public. If you have a question about any of programs or events at the library, please call us at 541-469-7738, visit us at 405 Alder Street in Brookings, or find more information online on the library’s Facebook page or at

On Display

In the large meeting room, a display of photographs by various artists titled “Images of Brookings” will continue through the month of July.

In the lobby display case, the Festival of Art will feature a display of artwork and handicrafts from various artists and vendors as a preview of the upcoming festival.

At the circulation desk, the library continues its display of Summer Reading Recommendations. Stop by the display to pick up a Bingo Card and find a recommendation to help complete your summer reading list.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We wish everyone in the community a safe and happy holiday!