Newsletter August 2018

Chetco Community Public LibrarySummer Reading Is Heating Up!

There are now three weeks left in our Summer Reading Program, which means there are three chances left to enter our Summer Reading Bingo contest! The last day to turn in a Bingo Card is August 18, and we will hold our prize drawings on August 20. If you want to participate in Summer Reading Bingo, you can pick up a bingo card at the front desk or download one from our online Summer Reading Portal,

The rules are simple: read great books that fit the descriptions on your bingo card. Turn in a single line bingo to enter our small prize drawing, which includes gift certificates to local bookstores, tickets to local performing arts events, local art pieces and gift baskets. If you turn in a blackout (all squares filled in), you’ll be entered in our grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Anyone ages 16 and up can participate, and you can turn in one card per week.

For kids, our traditional Summer Reading program also runs through August 18. Kids of all ages are invited to turn in weekly reading logs in exchange for prizes from our Summer Reading Treasure Chest.

For full Summer Reading Program details, printable Bingo cards and reading logs, and recommended summer reading lists, please visit our online Summer Reading Portal,

Special Workshop Series: Gardening Basics for Kids

The Chetco Library is partnering with the Curry County Master Gardeners to present “Gardening Basics for Kids,” a special series of gardening workshops for children. These free, hands-on workshops feature fun activities designed to excite youth about gardening. Classes will take place each Tuesday in August at the Library Annex, 402 Alder Street, from 3:00-4:00pm.

Gardening Basics for Kids will cover the following topics:

  • August 7: Weeding and Planting
  • August 14: Soil Health
  • August 21: Watering
  • August 28: Plant Identification

Kids 7 and older are invited to participate; please note that children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required, and children may attend any number of workshops that interest them. For more information, contact Curry County Master Gardeners office in Gold Beach at 541-247-6672 or Julia Bott, Master Gardener/event coordinator in Brookings at 650-520-5673.

August’s Weekly Youth Programs:

Story Time (Toddlers and PreK): Wednesdays, 10:30—11:30am

Robotics (Ages 9 and Up): Wednesdays, 3:00—5:00pm

S.T.E.A.M. Activities (Ages 7-13): Thursdays, 3:30—5:30pm

Legos 4 Little Ones (Ages 2-6): Fridays, 11:00am—Noon

Adult Programming

Wednesday, August 1—Kelp Crafting with Sherryl Griffin. August will kick off with a special beach-themed crafting class, hosted by local artist Sherryl Griffin. Learn how to make a variety of crafts from bull kelp and other beachcombing finds. This workshop will take place in the large meeting room on Wednesday, August 1, from 6:00—7:30pm.

Thursday, August 16—We Need to Talk: Family Conversations With Older Drivers. Talking to older family members about driving safety concerns can be a sensitive conversation. This presentation, packed with facts gathered by leading insurance companies, offers tips and guidance for starting productive and positive conversations with older loved ones. This program will take place in the large meeting room on Thursday, August 16, from 6:00—8:00pm.

On Display

At the circulation desk, we are continuing our display of Summer Reading Bingo recommendations through August 18. You can also pick up a Reading Bingo Card from this display area.

For the months of August and September, the large meeting room will feature a collection of art by Pete Chasar, Tom Farmer, John Gehl, and Jay Mosby titled “A Variety Show.”

The lobby display case will feature a variety of antique Asian art pieces from the personal collection of local resident Janet Seikel.

All library programs are free to the public. To learn more about programs, events, and displays at the library, please call us at 541-469-7738, visit the library at 405 Alder Street in Brookings, or learn more on our events page,