Newsletter October 2018

Chetco Community Public Library LogoBy Julie Retherford, Library Director

Thank you to our amazing library staff!

You may not know that one of our employees has been writing this newsletter for the last several months.  She has done a fantastic job! But now that I’ve been here a little while and have gotten my feet under me, I figure it’s time for me to take this extra work off of her plate.  Thanks to Kat for stepping up and taking care of this (and many other things!) during the last several months.  As a matter of fact, I have been so fortunate to step into a library with such a great staff—Phil, Linda, Kat, Patti, Pier, Carla, Alice, & Frank have been so helpful and patient with me as I learn all about this library and the community we serve.  And we also have two new employees—Erik & Avi.  If you haven’t been over to meet them yet, please stop by. Ask them something tricky and test them… I think they are up for the challenge. 😉  Not every town is lucky enough to get a library full of great workers, and I am so happy to be here working along with them.

Family Events

Spooky Story Night. October 26th, 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for loads of spooky fun! Not too scary for the little ones, but not too childish for the older ones. We’ll have games & activities (like bobbing for donuts!), guest storytellers sharing spooky stories & poems, and a costume contest.

Mark your November calendars… the biannual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be November 8-10th from 10am-4pm, with our special $2 bag sale on November 11th from 12-3pm. Every spare storage space is stuffed to the brim with books, so it’s going to be a good one.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Beginning October 8th you can bring in your decorated pumpkin to be placed on display and entered to win a prize drawing. The drawing will be on October 31st.

It’s time for our annual Candy Corn Counting Contest. Stop by and see if you can guess exactly how many Candy Corn pieces are in the jar.

Youth Events

Storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Linda each Wednesday morning for stories, songs, and games in the large meeting room.

Tech Know. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm. In this group, elementary and middle schoolers work together on technology projects that teach creativity and engineering concepts. This group is open to all young people ages seven and up.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm. Our after-school STEAM program meets to work on projects that teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts, and is designed for kids in elementary and middle school. Join us for a special event during our October 18th & 25th STEAM events, where we’ll be making costumes. Come join the fun! All materials provided.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm. Young children and their caregivers have full reign of our oversized Lego brick collection during this time for free building and play. (Please take note that during the school year Legos 4 Little Ones is 10:30am-12pm, vs 10:30am to 1pm during the summer.)

Adult Events

Meet the Author. October 6th, 2pm, Large Meeting Room.  Meet local resident and author Shirley Hyatt.  She is the author of the recently released story collection Twenty Tales with a Twist. Shirley says this is the perfect book to be kept next to your armchair or tucked into your travel bag to keep you entertained on a train or a plan.

Climate Change Coming Home with Bill Bradbury. October 10th, 6-8pm, Large Meeting Room. Bandon resident and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will discuss how climate change is affecting Oregon and the Northwest today, as well as what the future may bring.

Master Gardeners: Getting Ready to Plant. October 13th, 10:30am-12pm, Large Meeting Room. Scott will present on landscaping basics and ideas for the fall.  He will talk about possible plant choices and considerations for success in your landscaping.  If you bring your yard layout drawn on some clear plastic, we can look at the specifics of your situation as we project your image on an overhead projector.

***All library events are FREE and open to the public! If you have any questions contact us at (541) 469-7738 or on our website.***


In the lobby display case, the Wild River Mushroom Club will be showcasing some mushroom hunting books, field guides, posters, and other items.

In the Large Meeting Room, there will be a display titled “Local Color and Black and White,” featuring the artwork of Rachel Gates, Kathy Huxley, Eva Marie Klass, and Richard Leathers.

The circulation display for October will have a selection of horror movies and books with the theme “All Caught Up On Stephen King?”