ANNOUNCEMENT: Chetco Library to join Coastline Library Network March 6, 2017

Coastline LibrariesExciting changes are coming to your library! Starting March 6, 2017, Chetco Community Public Library, along with all of the other public libraries in Curry County, will be joining the Coos County Coastline library network.

Beginning March 6, the following public libraries will be included in the Coastline Network:

  • Chetco Community Library
  • Curry Public Library
  • Agness Community Library
  • Port Orford Public Library
  • Langlois Public Library
  • Bandon Public Library
  • Coquille Public Library
  • Myrtle Point Library
  • Powers Library
  • Dora Public Library
  • Coos Bay Public Library
  • North Bend Public Library
  • Lakeside Public Library
  • Southwest Oregon Community College

What does this mean?

A New Catalog: More Items to Choose From

Your library and our website will still look the same, but joining Coastline means we will undergo a major upgrade to our library catalog. For a preview of what the new catalog will look like, please click on the following link: This upgrade means that you will be able to request materials using our website from any public library in Coos or Curry County! This joint effort will serve 100,000 people on the Southern Oregon Coast and provide access to over 640,000 library items.

A New Service: Automatic Email Alerts

This new catalog will include many improved online features, including automated email alerts of overdue materials and pickup notices. Email alerts arrive faster and save paper, and are becoming a common service in libraries across the country. The library asks that you help with this change by providing a valid email address along with the number on the back of your library card. Slips with a space for your name, library card number, and email are available at the front desk. You can also email this information to our official library email account,

New Lending and Library Card Policies

As part of this transition, the Chetco Community Public Library and the other libraries in the Coastline Library Network were required to agree upon and adjust their lending policies, so that everyone in the network will be borrowing materials under the same rules. Before these changes take effect, we would like all of our patrons to be aware of and prepare for the following changes to our lending and library card policies:

Library Cards for Non-Residents: Beginning March 1, 2017, the cost of library cards for non-residents of the Chetco Community Public Library District will increase from $45.00 to $60.00 a year; a six-month non-resident card will increase from $25.00 to $35.00.

DVD Lending Policy: Beginning March 6, videos and DVDs in all the Coastline Libraries will check out for seven days. Overdue fines will rise from $0.10 per item per day to $1.00 per item per day.

Overdue Fines for All Other Materials: Beginning March 6, all other library materials (including books, audiobooks, and magazines) can still be borrowed for three weeks at a time. The overdue fines for these library materials will increase from $0.10 per item per day to $0.15 per item per day.

Upcoming Library Closures: March 4 and March 6

The library will be closed Saturday, March 4, to allow for the migration of data from our existing library catalog to our new library catalog. The library will be open from 2:00-6:00 pm on Monday, March 6, to allow for additional staff training in the new library catalog system.

Stay tuned for more information on this transition as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience as we prepare for these changes, and hope you enjoy our new and improved library catalog and expanded services.

New DC Comics on Hoopla Digital

Chetco LibraryComic book fans, you can now enjoy four new DC Universe Rebirth titles on hoopla digital! Starting today, you are Hooplaable to borrow the full digital volumes of DC Rebirth, which will release in pairs, on hoopla digital.

The first set, Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman and Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen, are available now for you to borrow.

Click here to borrow these titles today, and then check out the full reveal schedule below for subsequent releases.

Hoopla Comics Release Schedule

About Hoopla

Haven’t heard of hoopla? hoopla is a digital media service through which you may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles in six different formats—Movies, TV, Music Albums, Audiobooks, eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels—all in one location from your computer, tablet, or Smartphone!

With hoopla, there are no waiting lists or late fees. Everything is immediately available! Simply download the app, register, and enjoy!

To register for and enjoy hoopla digital for free with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from your Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may visit


January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year to all from the library staff and Board of Directors!


Children’s Activities

Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers takes place every Wednesday at 10:30 in the library’s large meeting room.  On Wednesday, January 4, the theme will be “Bears” with storyteller Miss Allison. On Wednesday, January 11, Miss Allison will again be the storyteller and the theme will be “Crabs.” On Wednesday, January 18, the theme for stories and crafts will be “Owls” with storyteller Miss Jennifer. On Wednesday, January 25, the storyteller will be Miss Shannon.

Also for children, on Saturday, January 14, at 1:00 pm, Tricia Bartlett-Iverson will again present a program titled Music Together: Harmony & Me.  Children ages 0 to 6, along with their parents and caregivers, will enjoy singing and dancing and participating in an instrumental jam session. The program is free and everyone is welcome.

Community Programs

For adults, on Wednesday, January 11, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Frank John Colli, AKA “Frankie C”, will present An Evening of Songs and Songwriting. The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist will perform rock, blues and pop music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  After the performance the audience can share their songwriting ideas and get advice from a professional with over 50 years of experience.

Also for adults, on Thursday, January 19, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, will be the presentation Words and Music: America in the 1800s with Russ Oelheim. The acclaimed local musician and storyteller will perform music of Appalachia and the greater Southeast from the second half of the 19th century. Popularized by artists such as Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson, this music helped lay the foundation for the blues and folk music of today. Between songs Russ will recount how the music was made and give historical anecdotes from the era.

On Wednesday, January 25th, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Gerry Livingstone will present a program on job interviewing skills and resume writing.  The program will include tips on writing a better resume and advice on how to make a good impression at an interview.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. A lifelong South Coast resident, Gerry has been helping local residents meet their employment, education, and personal development goals for over 30 years.

Library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Chetco Library.  All programs are free and everyone is welcome.  For more information, visit us on Facebook, or call the library at 541-469-7738.


New on the Shelf

New additions from the New York Times Best Sellers list include:

CROSS THE LINE, by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross and his wife, Bree, team up to catch a killer causing chaos in Washington, D.C.

TOM CLANCY: TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE, by Mark Greaney. Jack Ryan Jr., working for a secret organization, seeks to prevent complicated terrorist strikes set in motion by a hacker. Clancy died in 2013.  

MOONGLOW, by Michael Chabon. A novel that presents itself as a memoir of an elderly World War II veteran and his wife, a Holocaust survivor, who resemble Chabon’s maternal grandparents.

COMMONWEALTH, by Ann Patchett. Five decades in the lives of two families–parents, children, siblings, stepchildren–remade by divorce.

KILLING THE RISING SUN, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the final years of World War II.

BORN TO RUN, by Bruce Springsteen. The singer-songwriter’s biography.

HILLBILLY ELEGY, by J.D. Vance. A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of America’s white working class through his own childhood in the Rust Belt.

THE UNDOING PROJECT, by Michael Lewis. How the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended assumptions about the decision-making process and invented the field of behavioral economics.  

THE BOOK OF JOY, by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. A discussion between two spiritual leaders about how to find joy in the face of suffering.

THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE, by Thomas L. Friedman. How the accelerating pace of technology, globalization, and climate change are reshaping the world, and what we can do about it.

OUR REVOLUTION, by Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator and former candidate for the Democratic nomination for president delivers his message of social and economic justice.

On Display

The lobby display case this month will again feature a collection of crèches belonging to various members of our community.  Among the crèches on display will be one featuring handcrafted figurines and another from Honduras with figures made from clay.

The large meeting room features photographs by John Gehl.  The show is entitled “John’s Good Snapshots.”

Holiday Closures

The library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 16, in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



December Newsletter

Chetco LibraryHoliday Book Sale a Success

A big Thank You to the community for your support during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Holiday Book Sale in November. Your generosity allowed us to raise funds which will go toward supporting our popular children’s programs and activities, as well as special projects and activities not covered by our general budget. Thank you too to the many volunteers who helped set up for the sale and who worked as cashiers and helpers during the sale.

Children’s Activities for December

Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers takes place every Wednesday at 10:30 in the library’s large meeting room. On Wednesday, December 7, the theme will be “Giving” with guest storyteller, Miss Ellouise. On Wednesday December 14 the theme will be “Winter” with guest storyteller, Miss Shannon. There will be no Story Time on December 21 due to a special visit by Santa Claus at 10:00. On Wednesday, December 28, Miss Jennifer and Miss Allison’s theme for stories and crafts will be “Gingerbread People.”

Also for the children, on Saturday, December 17 at 1:00, Tricia Bartlett-Iverson, who is trained in early childhood development and music skills, will present Music Together: harmony & me music. This program is for children ages birth to kindergarten and their parents or caregivers. Children and adults will enjoy singing and dancing and participate in an instrumental jam session. This program is free and everyone is welcome.

Special Programming

For adults, on Wednesday, December 7, at 6:00, we will have a presentation of Winter Road Safety. Oregon State Police Senior Trooper David Wehner will give instructions on safe driving in bad weather, dealing with emergencies on the road, and how to avoid distracted driving.

New on the Shelf

New additions from the New York Times Best Sellers list include:

TURBO TWENTY-THREE, by Janet Evanovich. The bounty hunter Stephanie Plum juggles the investigation of a crime in an ice cream factory and the two men in her life.

NO MAN’S LAND, by David Baldacci. John Puller, a special agent with the Army, searches for the truth about his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago.  

THE WHISTLER, by John Grisham. A whistleblower alerts a Florida investigator to judicial corruption involving the Mob and Indian casinos.

NIGHT SCHOOL, by Lee Child. Jack Reacher, still in the Army, becomes involved in an investigation with elite agents from the F.B.I. and C.I.A.

ODESSA SEA, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Trying to locate an Ottoman shipwreck in the Black Sea, the NUMA director Dirk Pitt encounters more than he expected.

TWO BY TWO, by Nicholas Sparks. A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love.

CHAOS, by Patricia Cornwell. In the 24th novel in this series, the forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta investigates a death that seems to have been (but was not) caused by lightning. Is her old nemesis Carrie Grethen involved?

THE MISTLETOE SECRET, by Richard Paul Evans. A man struggling with the aftermath of a divorce sets out to find the anonymous writer of a blog about loneliness, and discovers more than he expected.

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE, by Michael Connelly. The detective Harry Bosch helps a small police department track a serial rapist, while as a P.I. he aids a billionaire in search of a possible heir.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY KILLER, by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. A woman just released from prison begs Laurie Morgan, the producer of the TV show “Under Suspicion,” to help clear her name.  

THE CHEMIST, by Stephenie Meyer. A specialist in chemically controlled torture, on the run from her former employers, takes on one last job—pursuing a man with whom she joins forces. By the author of the Twilight series.

SMALL GREAT THINGS, by Jodi Picoult. A medical crisis entangles a black nurse, a white supremacist father and a white lawyer. 

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, by Colson Whitehead. A slave girl heads toward freedom on the network, envisioned as actual tracks and tunnels.

New Displays

In the lobby display case this month will be a collection of creches belonging to various members of our community. Among the creches on display will be one featuring handcrafted figurines and another from Honduras with figures made from clay.

The large meeting room features photographs by John Gehl. The show is entitled “John’s Good Snapshots.”

Holiday Hours

Christmas Holiday Hours will be as follows. Saturday, December 24, the library will be open from 10:00 to 2:00 only. It will be closed Sunday and Monday, the 25 and 26. On Saturday, December 31, New Year’s Eve, the library will be open from 10:00 to 2:00 and closed on Sunday and Monday, January 1 and 2. Happy Holidays to everyone!

November Newsletter

Chetco LibraryFriends of Library Book Sale

Mark your calendars—the annual Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale is coming up. The sale begins Thursday, November 10. Hours of the sale will be:  10:00 to 4:00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 10, 11, and 12.  Sunday, November 13, from 12:00 to 3:00 will be the $2.00 Bag Sale.  The Bag Sale will continue on Monday, November 14, from 10:00 to 5:00, and Tuesday, November 15, from 10:00 to 6:00.

No Story Time Mid-Month

Due to the Friends of the Library Book Sale and the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no Wednesday Story Time on November 9, 16 or 23.  On Wednesday, November 30, at 10:30, Miss Jennifer’s story time theme will be “Bird Migration.”

International Games Day igd_logo_americas

On Saturday, November 19, from 1:00 to 4:00, the library will join over a thousand libraries around the world to celebrate the ninth annual International Games Day @Your Library. We will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the entire family—card games, puzzles, board games and more!  Everyone is welcome!

Photography Showing

On Wednesday, November 30, at 6:00, join award-winning author and photographer, Tim Palmer, as he presents a slide show based on his stunning new book Rivers of Oregon. With spectacular photos from all across the state, Tim will take you on a river tour that will change the way you think about water flowing across your land. Tim is also the author of Field Guide to Oregon Rivers and other books. His work can be found at

New on the Shelf

Among the new titles added to the fiction collection are:

Escape Clause, by John Sanford. Virgil Flowers must deal with the theft of tigers from the local zoo.

Two by Two, by Nicholas Sparks. A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love.

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult. A medical crisis entangles a black nurse, a white supremacist father and a white lawyer.

The Obsidian Chamber, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. While FBI agent Aloysius Prendergast is believed dead, his ward is kidnapped.

Order to Kill, by Kyle Mills. Vince Flynn’s character, the CIA operative Mitch Rapp, uncovers a dangerous Russian plot. Flynn died in 2013.

Home, by Harlan Coben. Myron Bolitar and his friend Win locate a boy who was kidnapped 10 years earlier.

Today Will be Different, by Maria Semple. A calamitous day in the life of a cynical Seattle transplant.

The Trespasser, by Tana French. Detective Antoinette Conway confronts a case that is more complicated than it appears.

Woman of God, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The story of a woman doctor who, after a life of service and suffering, becomes a Catholic priest.

Paris for One and Other Stories, by Jojo Moyes. Stories about women’s lives.

Among the new titles added to the Nonfiction collection are:

Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen.

Hero of the Empire, by Candace Millard. The young Winston Churchill’s adventures in Africa during the Boer War.

A Life Well Played, by Arnold Palmer. Stories of the career and relationships of the great golfer.

The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

For more new titles added to the collection, visit our online catalog at and select “New Titles.”

Pumpkin Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our annual Painted & Decorated Pumpkin Contest. First and second prizes for “Most Creative” were awarded in three age groups. The first prize winners are: Sophie Siquig, Clayton Larios, and Tanya Scharton.  The second prize winners are: Liam Christensen, Marilyn Grimsley, and Barbara Lehman.

Winter Displays

This month in the lobby is a display by the Brookings chapter of The Compassionate Friends. TCF is a bereavement support group for those who have suffered the loss of a son, daughter, grandchild, brother, or sister. The Compassionate Friends meet the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Chetco Library.

The large meeting room will feature photographs by John Gehl titled “John’s Good Snapshots.” The show will start after the book sale and continue through December.

On display in the children’s area will be corn husk dolls from the collection of Twyla Sullivan. They were inherited by Twyla from her mother, Lorraine Sullivan. They were given to Twyla’s mother by a 7th grade science teacher from Southern California. The class was studying the science of corn. In order to receive extra credit, students were asked to make these corn husk dolls.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Friday, November 11, for Veterans Day. However, the large meeting room will be open for the Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale.

Library hours over Thanksgiving will be: Wednesday, November 23, open 10:00 to 5:00; Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, the library will be closed. The library will reopen Saturday, November 26, at 10:00.

October Newsletter

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Join us Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am in the large meeting room for Story Time. Each week toddlers and preschoolers listen to stories, sing songs, play games and do simple crafts. There will be no Story Time on Wednesday, October 5th. Join Miss Allison on October 12th for stories and activities about bats. On October 19th, Miss Allison returns with stories and crafts about ghosts. Miss Jennifer finishes off the month on October 26th with stories and crafts featuring Jack-o’-lanterns and skeletons.
On Wednesday, October 26th, at 3:00 pm, join our Junior Master Gardener class and learn about cleaning up the garden in fall and making the most of fall’s final harvest. The program will be followed by pumpkin decorating in the library’s large meeting room.

Adult Programs

For adults, on Saturday, October 8th, at 10:30, the last program of this year’s “Gardening and Community” series will be “Considerations & Challenges in Creating Your Landscape” with Scott Thiemann.
Also on Saturday, October 8th, from 1:30 to 3:30, Friends of the Library will sponsor Indie Author Day. This event will celebrate independent authors in our community and beyond. Local writers will read from their books and participate in panel discussions. Copies of books by local authors will be available for sale and signing.
On Friday, October 21st, at 2:00, join the Friends of the Library for their Annual Meeting. Carolyn Self will return with another exciting program. “Cruising through the Balkans” will feature anecdotes and highlights from Carolyn’s recent trip. Everyone is welcome.
On Friday, October 28th, from 6:00-7:00, join us for a program on mushrooms and other wild edibles. Local organic farmer, Kathleen Dixon, will share information about local wild foods and provide tips on gathering them.
On Saturday, October 29th, from 1:00 – 3:00, members of the Del Norte Homebrew Club will discuss the basics of homebrewing. A tasting of the beers brewed at the 2016 Brookings Oktoberfest will follow. Attendance is limited to the first 40 people. Must be 21 or older to attend. Valid IDs will be required.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It’s that time again! Don’t forget our annual Painted & Decorated Pumpkin Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Library for ages 5 through adult. 1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded for “Most Creative” in four age categories. Carved pumpkins will not be accepted. Bring your pumpkins to the library Monday, October 17th, through Wednesday, October 26th. Judging will take place Saturday, October 29th.
Don’t forget to visit our Events Calendar and Facebook page for more details on all our programs.

Art Displays

In the lobby display case is the work of Pete Chasar. “Finding Art in Geometry” features a display of art objects based on the tetrahedron (4 faces) and dodecahedron (12 faces).
The large meeting room features the oil paintings of Kathy Huxley and Mike Dwaileebe.

New on the Shelf

New additions to the fiction collection include:
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett.
Pirate, by Clive Cussler.
An Obvious Fact, by Craig Johnson.
Nutshell, by Ian McEwan.
Apprentice in Death, by J.D. Robb.
A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny.
Rushing Waters, by Danielle Steel.
Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay, by Reed Farrell Coleman.
I’ll Sell You a Dog, by Juan Pablo Villalobos.
The Doll-master: and Other Tales of Terror, by Joyce Carol Oates.
The Annual Big Arsenic Fishing Contest, by John Nichols.

New additions to the nonfiction collection include:
Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O’Reilly.
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox, by Carol Burnett.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life, by William Burnett
Idiot Brain: What Your Head is Really Up To, by Dean Burnett
Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry, by Christie Wilcox.
Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, by Mike Love
She Made Me Laugh: My Friend Nora Ephron, by Richard M. Cohen
The Perfect Horse: the Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped By the Nazis, by Elizabeth Letts.

To search for any of these new titles directly from our website,, search for them using our brand-new search widget on the upper right hand side of the page! To look for an author, title, or subject, simply type it into to the search box and click “Search.” For more new titles added to the collection, visit our online catalog at and select “New Titles.”

Don’t Miss…

Mark your calendars–the Friends of the Chetco Library Holiday Book Sale will be 10:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 10th, 11th, and 12th. On Sunday, November 13th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm, there will be a $2.00 Bag Sale. In the meantime, don’t forget to visit the Friends of the Library Book Store located in the Library Annex across the street from the main library. Most books are priced from $1.00 to $3.00. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm.

Board Meeting Minutes: July 2016

Minutes for the library’s July 2016 board meeting, held July 1, 2016, are now available as a downloadable and printable PDF attachment.

July 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Library board meetings are held in the Library Annex (402 Alder Street) at 9:00 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome to attend.

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.

August Newsletter


Children’s Activities

Children’s Story Time continues in August, on Wednesday mornings at 10:30. Join us each week in the large meeting room to listen to stories, sing songs, play

games and do simple crafts.

  • August 10th: Miss Jennifer’s theme will be “Astronauts”
  • August 17th: Miss Sallie’s theme will be “Monkeys”
  • August 24th: Miss Jennifer’s theme will be “The Circus”
  • August 31st: Miss Sallie’s theme will be “Elephants”

On Wednesday, August 10th, from 2:30 – 3:30, join us for a special program:  “Move Like a Mammoth.” Can you pounce like a saber tooth cat, lift like a mammoth, or stroll like a giant ground sloth? Get moving as you discover how these and other amazing prehistoric animals ran, swam, leaped, climbed, and ate their way through Oregon’s history. Explore fossils, bones and teeth while comparing ancient animals to those living in Oregon today.
This free one-hour program is targeted for a family audience and includes a book reading and short program presentation, followed by activity tables offering touchable specimens and hands-on activities. The program is presented by a museum educator from the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History and sponsored by Friends of the Chetco Library. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to arrive early!

New Gardening and Community Lectures

The “Gardening and Community” series for adults continues this August. Saturday, August 13th, at 10:30, join Kitty Root-Bunten for the program “Diet and Mental Health.” According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, four of the ten leading causes of disability in the United States related to mental health. Many of these cases will be diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and mental “fog” disorders that can easily be attributed to a poor diet. Multiple studies show that a lack in certain nutrients is closely related to the onset of mental health issues. Kitty’s presentation will address just a few of the essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids that are lacking in the standard diet and how this affects mental wellness.

The “Gardening and Community” programs are sponsored by OSU Extension/Master Gardeners and the Friends of the Chetco Library.  All programs are free and open to all interested members of the public.

New on the Shelf

New titles added to the fiction collection include:

THE BLACK WIDOW, by Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon, the Israeli art restorer and spy, recruits and trains a doctor from Jerusalem to help capture a secret ISIS terrorist in France.
THE GIRLS, by Emma Cline. In the summer of 1969, a California teenager is drawn to a Manson-like cult.
FIRST COMES LOVE, by Emily Giffin. Two sisters — one a successful lawyer with a small child and an unhappy marriage, the other a single teacher who yearns to be a mother — struggle toward forgiveness after 15 years of estrangement.
THE GAMES, by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. Hired by Olympic organizers to protect the Rio games, Jack Morgan of Private, an international security and consulting firm, encounters dangerous threats.
BEFORE THE FALL, by Noah Hawley. After a private jet crashes, a firestorm of media madness ensues.
HERE’S TO US, by Elin Hilderbrand. Sparks fly as a celebrity chef’s ex-wives pile into a small cabin in Nantucket to join his widow for the reading of his will.
BELGRAVIA, by Julian Fellowes. Two families, one aristocratic and one wealthy, in Victorian London, from the creator of “Downton Abbey.”
GUILTY MINDS, by Joseph Finder. Nick Heller, a Boston-based private intelligence operative, is called in when a slander site prepares to defame a Supreme Court justice.
MONTEREY BAY, by Lindsay Hatton. A beautiful debut set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium–and the last days of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.
MRS. LEE AND MRS. GRAY, by Dorothy Love.  A general’s wife and a slave girl forge a friendship that transcends race, culture, and the crucible of Civil War.
THE ENGLISH BOYS: A MYSTERY, by Julia Thomas.  Dark and twisted secrets emerge in the wake of a deadly wedding
ASSASSIN’S SILENCE, by Ward Larsen.  USA Today bestselling author Ward Larsen’s celebrated protagonist, assassin David Slaton, returns for another breathless adventure.

New titles added to the nonfiction collection include:

CRISIS OF CHARACTER, by Gary J. Byrne and Grant M. Schmidt. A former Secret Service officer claims to have witnessed scandalous behavior by the Clintons.
GRIT, by Angela Duckworth. A psychologist and consultant argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

New titles added to our DVD collection include:

CASE HISTORIES. Series 1 and 2.
LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX.  Season 1 through 3
LUTHER. Seasons 1 through 4.
LONGMIRE. Seasons 1 through 3.
NEW TRICKS. Seasons 1 through 5.

More new titles added to the library’s collection can be found by visiting our online catalog at and selecting “New Titles.”

Digital Services at Your Library

Need a book after the library has closed? Looking for something to read or listen to or watch on your phone, tablet or computer? Click on our “Digital Resources” tab at the top of the page see what’s available from our digital collections. Need help using Library2Go, Zinio, or Hoopla? Staff is available every Wednesday for 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to assist you. Can’t make it at that time? Call Kat at the library to make an appointment.

New Art Displays

The lobby display case features the rock collection and lapidary projects of Carl Durham. The large meeting room features the oil paintings of Kathy Huxley and Michael Dwaileebe.

Board Meeting Minutes: June 2016

Minutes for the library’s June 2016 board meeting, held June 3, 2016, are now available as a downloadable and printable PDF attachment.

June 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Library board meetings are held in the Library Annex (402 Alder Street) at 9:00 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome to attend.