Meet the Author Event: Bonnie Olin Reads, Signs “The Owyhee River Journals”

Owyhee RiverJoin us for a “Meet the Author” event on Saturday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s large meeting room. Bonnie Olin, author of The Owyhee River Journals, will be sharing a presentation on the river and its surrounding canyonlands, which runs through Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada. Along with a brief history of this unique area, featuring photos of rarely seen landscapes by Mike Quigley, Bonnie will perform a reading from the book and host a question and answer period. A short video will accompany the reading, and a book signing will follow the event. 

This event is graciously hosted by the Friends of the Chetco Library and is free to the public. We hope to see you there!

December Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

cropped-cropped-cropped-chetcoBanner1.jpgWith the cold mornings we have been experiencing, it looks as though we are getting ready for both winter and the upcoming holidays. First, the Chetco Community Public Library would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with this year’s Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale last month. Thank you too to the community and all those who made purchases. Your support made the sale a big success.

There is a special program coming up on Thursday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the Library’s large meeting room. “Wild About Mushrooms,” a program about mushroom identification, will be presented by Kathleen Dickson. Kathleen is an amateur “expert” on many of the mushrooms one can expect to find along the southern Oregon Coast. Dickson got her introduction to the world of edible wild mushrooms through the friendships she forged with local mushroom harvesters, first learning how to identify and pick coastal mushrooms like the chanterelle, black trumpet, and hedgehog, then by immersing herself in the commercial mushroom industry.

Dickson is the co-founder of the Wild Rivers Mushroom Club and co-owner with her husband, Rich, of OtterBee’s Farm & Fungi, a Brookings company whose focus is local fruits, vegetables, and wild edible mushrooms. This program is sponsored by Friends of the Chetco Library and everyone is invited to attend this free program.

Linda Mulvany, children’s librarian, tells us that there are a lot of exciting children’s activities this month. This month “Elf on the Shelf” comes back to the library. Every day that mischievous elf will find a new hiding place. Children 11 years and younger who discover where he’s hiding will get a surprise gift.

On Wednesday, December 16, at 10:00 a.m. come and visit with Santa as there will be no Storytime this morning.

Join us for a special night of holiday storytelling with surprise guests, songs and refreshments on Friday, December 18, at 7:00 p.m. Children are invited to come in their pajamas.

Storytime continues on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with seasonal themes. For our after-school craft program, there is an exciting line-up of arts and crafts for the month—creating paper bag puppets, tree ornaments, paper trees, presents for friends and family, and fabric designs. Pick up a calendar at the library or check out our website for details. 

We are still looking for donations of Legos for a library Lego Club.  We are also looking for a volunteer to help with arts and crafts on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Please contact Linda Mulvany at the library for more information.

Some new additions to the fiction collection are:

Tricky Twenty-Two, by Janet Evanovich. The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a fraternity member arrested for beating up a college dean and investigates a murder.

The Guilty, by David Baldacci. The government hit man Will Robie investigates murder charges against his estranged father in their Mississippi hometown.

All Dressed in White, by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. A TV producer investigates a bride’s disappearance for her show Under Suspicion.

The Mistletoe Inn, by Richard Paul Evans. An aspiring romance writer with a broken heart meets a complicated man at a Christmas writers’ retreat.

Some new additions to our non-fiction collection are:

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar. A history of the war against the Barbary pirates in 1801.

The Witches, by Stacy Schiff. An account of the Salem witch trials of 1692.

Lights Out, by Ted Kopel. The journalist warns that we are unprepared for a cyberattack on the nation’s power grids that could paralyze our infrastructure.

On display this month in the lobby display case is a collection of Christmas Nutcrackers owned by Carol Lewis. In the gallery local residents Buzz Stewart and Jay Moseby have a display of their paintings entitled “Water Colors.”

Holiday hours for Christmas are as follows: 

Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; closed on Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day), and Saturday, December 26. 

Thursday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the library will open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be closed New Year’s Day, January 1. The library will open on Saturday, January 2, at 10:00 a.m.

On Monday, January 18, 2016, the Library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Vi Lovejoy

 

Coming December 10th: A Wild Mushroom Identification Class!

chanterelleCrazy about mushrooms? Want to learn how to identify and pick your own? Join us in the large meeting room on Thursday, December 10th, at 6:00 pm for “Wild About Mushrooms,” a free beginners’ class in mushroom identification!

Presenter Kathleen Dickson is an amateur “expert” on the kinds of mushrooms to be found along the southern Oregon coast. Kathleen was introduced to the world of edible mushrooms through the friendships she forged with local mushroom harvesters, first learning how to identify and pick coastal mushrooms like the chanterelle, black trumpet, and hedgehog, then immersing herself in the commercial mushroom industry. Kathleen is the co-founder of the Wild Rivers Mushroom Club and co-owner, along with her husband, Rich, of OtterBee’s Farm & Fungi, a Brookings business whose main focus is local fruits, vegetables, and wild edible mushrooms.

This event has been graciously sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Coming November 21st: International Games Day 2015!

IGDOn Saturday, November 21st, gamers of all backgrounds and interests will be taking over the Chetco Library in celebration of the social and intellectual benefits of gaming. 2015 marks the 8th anniversary of International Games Day, an endeavor founded by the American Library Association and other international organizations, whose goal is “to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.”

This free event, which runs from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in various parts of the library, offers visitors the chance to learn and play a variety of different games and activities. Some of the highlights will be Settlers of Catan Board Game, Super Smash Bros (Game Cube), and a jigsaw puzzle of downtown Portland. Some volunteers will also be teaching Chess and Go. With offerings of board games, card games, video games, and even tabletop role playing games, there will be something for gamers of all ages and backgrounds, and plenty of opportunity for curious folks to learn something new. Older kids are welcome to come with their friends, but small children should come with an adult.

We are also looking for volunteers to bring their own favorite game or host one of ours. Have questions about International Games Day? Visit the International Games Day page at igd.ala.org/about or call Linda at 541-469-7738.

November Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

cropped-cropped-cropped-chetcoBanner1.jpgThis month the Chetco Community Public Library begins offering another digital service. In addition to Library2Go, which allows patrons to download ebooks and audiobooks, and Zinio, which allows patrons to download magazines, patrons can now access Hoopla. With Hoopla you can instantly borrow free digital movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks and more, 24/7 with your library card. You may register at hoopladigital.com or through the link on the library’s website, chetcolibrary.org.

The annual Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale will begin on Thursday, November 12, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hours on Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14, are also from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, November 15, the sale will be open from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. with the remaining books available for $2.00 per bag. Please stop in for some good book finds while you are out during the Community Holiday Bazaar held each year in November.

Linda Mulvany, children’s librarian, announces that in November because of the book sale there will be no children’s Story Time until Wednesday, November 25, with the subject, “Feasts,” at 10:30 a.m. The same holds true for the Tuesday Afterschool crafts program. On Tuesday, November 24, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., the children will be “Making Turkeys”.

We have a new teen book group that will be meeting the first Monday of the month to read and write. There will be an organizational meeting with games and food on November 9 from 4:00-5:00.

The December Book Discussion Group meeting will be December 7 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. The book chosen for November is Gone Girlby Gillian Flynn.

On November 21 the library will be participating in International Games Day. From 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. We will be hosting video games, board games, card games and more. If you would like to bring your favorite game and host a table please contact Linda. More information to come.

The library would like to start a monthly Lego club. Anybody have any old boxes of Legos hanging out in the basement? Bring them by the library and they will be put to good use.

Some of the new fiction books added to the collection are:

Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham. The attorney Sebastian Rudd is a “lone” gunman who hates injustice and the system and defends unpopular clients.

See Me, by Nicholas Sparks. Two lovers are threatened by secrets from the past.

The Survivor, by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. The counter terrorism operative Mitch Rapp must control the damage from a leak of C.I.A. documents. Mills finished the book for Flynn, who died in 2013.

Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith.  In the third novel about the private investigative team of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, the pair pursue a psychotic stalker; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.

The Lake House, by Kate Morton. A London detective investigating a missing-persons case becomes curious about an unsolved 1933 kidnapping in Cornwall.

Additions to the non-fiction section include:

Killing Reagan, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.

The Last of the President’s Men, by Bob Woodward. More revelations from the Nixon White House, based on documents supplied by Alexander Butterfield, the aide who disclosed Nixon’s taping system.

A Common Struggle, by Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried. The former Rhode Island representative, the son of Senator Ted Kennedy, describes his troubles with bipolar disorder and addiction and his subsequent advocacy for mental health care and research.

Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson.  The humorous treatment of the author’s life with depression and anxiety disorder.

A number of gardening books written for younger children have been added to the children’s collection.  If you have young people becoming interested in gardening, you may wish to check out some of these new titles:

Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening with Kids, by April Pulley Sayre.

Gardening Lab For Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play and Enjoy Your Garden, by Renata Fossen Brown.

Square Foot Gardening With Kids, by Mel Bartholomew.

Kids’ Container Gardening, by Cindy Krezel.

Garden To Table: a Kid’s Guide to Planting, Growing, and Preparing Food, by Katherine Hengel.

There will be no art display in the large meeting room this month due to the Book Sale. In the Lobby Display Case, Stuart Watkins of Brookings has an educational display entitled, “Magnetic Recording Heads for Hard Disk Drives.” Stuart was employed as a Test Engineer in this field until his retirement.

November closures of the Library will be on Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Thanksgiving closures will be on Wednesday, November 25, open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only, and closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The library will reopen with regular hours on Saturday, November 28, 2015.

Get Your Paintbrush Ready: The Painted & Decorated Pumpkin Contest is Almost Here!

Pumpkin ContestIt’s time for our annual Painted & Decorated Pumpkin Contest! This is a contest for artists of all ages. Prizes will be rewarded for the “Most Creative” pumpkins in four age groups: children 5 and younger; children ages 6 – 11; youth ages 12 – 17; and adults 18 and over. While you are designing your pumpkin, please keep in mind that pumpkins that have been carved or have pierced shells will not be accepted. 

We are excited to see this year’s spooky, silly, and sensational creations! Pumpkins may be delivered to the library between Wednesday, October 21st, and Monday, October 26th. Judging will take place on Tuesday, October 27th, and pumpkins may be picked up beginning Friday, October 30th. 

October 2015: Library Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

cropped-cropped-cropped-chetcoBanner1.jpgOctober is here and the time of the goblins is quickly approaching so Linda Mulvany, chidren’s librarian, announces the activities for children planned for this month. The Storytime program which is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. will have the programs as follows:  October 7, “Chickens”; on October 14, “How Do Animals Eat?”; October 21, Miss Sallie tells stories; and on October 28, “Pumpkin Tales.” This is for pre-school children and their parents or guardians.

For children in grades 4 – 6, there are after school craft programs held on Tuesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. This month’s crafts will be “Treasure Boxes” on October 6; “Stick Puppets” alligators, dragons, and… on October 13; “Spiders and Spider Webs” on October 20 and ending with “Masks” on October 27.

The annual Halloween Ghost Stories night will be held on Friday, October 23, from 7-8 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to come in costume. There will be refreshments and a special guest, Dan Rotterman, will make us shiver (just a little) with the stories he will tell.

The annual Painted and/or Decorated Pumpkin Contest also takes place this month. Prizes will be rewarded for the “Most Creative” pumpkins in four age groups: children 5 and  younger; children ages 6  – 11; youth ages 12 – 17; and adults 18 and over. Pumpkins may be delivered to the library between Wednesday, October 21 and Monday, October 26. Judging will take place on Tuesday, October 27, and pumpkins may be picked up beginning Friday, October 30. Pumpkins that have been carved or have pierced shells will not be accepted.  For more information, call the library at 541-469-7738.

If you have children interested in what gardening is all about, you might like to know about a new project being proposed by the OSU Extension Master Gardeners. It is aimed at getting more young folks into gardening. It will be called “Seeds of Learning: Beginning Gardening” and on Saturday, October 10, at 10:00 a.m. a meeting will be held in the large meeting room of the Chetco Community Public Library. It will give families, with children ages 8 – 12, information about the program. A minimum of eight students will be required in order to go forward with this project. The program is planned to show children the how and why of planting seeds and how beneficial it can be to grow one’s own food. In the spring, instructors will demonstrate how to build raised beds across the street from the library on the Annex property. Please bring your children to the October 10 meeting where there will be some seeds to plant in 6-pack containers and also some plants already growing to work with. This will show them some of what they will be learning about in the workshop when it is started. For pre-registration call the library at 541-469-7738.

The final two programs in the Gardening and Community series will be held this month. On Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. Scott Thiemann will be presenting landscaping ideas for the fall and information about the Curry County Master Gardener Program run through OSU Extension Services.

On Saturday, October 17, Debianne Harpole will tell you how you can use Fall harvest vegetables to enhance your health and make meal time a delight. She’ll discuss how nutrients in fall vegetables can be used in cooking and as snacks to increase health and wellness. Programs are held at 10:00 a.m. in the large meeting room. Programs are free and everyone is welcome.

Some of the new fiction books in the collection are:

Make Me, by Lee Child.  In his 20th appearance, Jack Reacher takes on a missing-persons case.

Devoted In Death, by J.D. Robb. Lt. Eve Dallas races the clock to save a woman kidnapped by a couple on a murder spree; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.

The End Game, by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison. The F.B.I. agent Nicholas Drummond and his partner, Mike Caine, investigate a violent environmental group with the help of the C.I.A. and Mossad.

The Scam, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.  The F.B.I. agent Kate O’Hare and her con man partner, Nicholas Fox, pose as gamblers in order to bring down a casino magnate involved in money laundering.

The Solomon Curse, by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake. The wealthy couple Sam and Remi  Fargo investigate a dangerous legend in the Solomon Islands.

Non-fiction additions are:

Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon’s Odyssey, by Bud Shaw.

Voices In The Ocean: A  Journey Into The Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins, by Susan Casey, author of  The Wave.

Smokejumper: a Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters, by Jason A. Ramos.

81 Days Below Zero; The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska’s Frozen Wilderness, by Brian Murphy.

For the indoor plant gardeners of the community, we have a new book by Tovah Martin, The Indestructible Houseplant. Two hundred beautiful plants and  unusual containers with interesting companion plants in them are shown or listed  This is another donation from the Brookings-Harbor Garden Club.

This month on display in the lobby showcase are boxes created and collected by Dr. Fillmore Earney. Also in the lobby on display, there is a quilt, “Little Star”, created by members of the Azalea Quilt Guild. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt are available at “By My Hand” located on Chetco Avenue. The drawing will be held during the Azalea Festival in May 2016.

Please note that the Library will close at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, for a staff meeting.

September 28, 2015
Vi Lovejoy

Community Gardening Program October 3rd: Fall Landscaping and the Master Gardeners Program

 

Fall Is Here

 

 

If you’ve ever considered becoming a Master Gardener, it’s time to start thinking about enrolling as they gear up for their 2016 training program. Scott Thiemann, Program Assistant for the Curry County Master Gardener Program, will be on hand to discuss the ins and outs of the program. Attendees will learn about the Master Gardener Program’s curriculum, as well as the volunteer opportunities that come with enrollment. 

In addition to information on the Master Gardener Program, run through the OSU Extension program, Scott will also be discussing fall landscaping ideas. This portion of the program will focus in particular on landscaping plans that work well in our region during the fall months.

This lecture runs from 10:00-11:00 AM in the library’s large meeting room and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Community Gardening Program September 19th: Plant Propagation

Plant PropagationHave you ever wanted to try nurturing new plants in your garden from existing shoots or cuttings, but don’t know where or how to start? Interested in learning a useful and cost-effective gardening technique? Join us Saturday, September 19th, for a lecture by Carol Hobbs, titled “Create Your Own Landscape from Plants You Propagate!” 

Carol spends a lot of time in her yard creating a beautiful landscape. Although she originally purchased many of her plants, she has become very adept at growing plants from propagation cuttings. Her expertise has proven to be particularly helpful in propagating many of the plants that are available for purchase at the annual Master Gardener Plant Sale, where she has greatly helped increase the variety from which to choose. 

Come learn the basics of how to become proficient in growing your own plants from simple starts, for mass plantings or even as gifts for friends. 

This lecture runs from 10:00-11:00 AM in the library’s large meeting room and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

September 2015: Library Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

cropped-cropped-chetcoBanner1School has begun again, we have experienced some lovely rain and the library is ready to begin children’s programs again also. Linda Mulvany, the children’s librarian, announces that the Wednesday Storytime for pre-school children is held each week at 10:30 a.m. with the following schedule: September 2, “Bath Time Fun;” September 9, “Back to School Tales;” September 16, “How Did Your Garden Grow?;” September 23, “Dinosaur Dramas;” and September 30, “Silly Stories” — you will be surprised!

After School Arts and Crafts for grades 1 – 6 are held on Tuesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. We start the first week on September 22 doing wacky construction. Come see what you can create out of all sorts of strange building materials. On September 29, we will be doing leaf prints and you can bring your own leaves if you like. Check here every month for special events. October will bring a special evening story time.

Washington State University’s David James uses tags to track monarch butterfly migration through the Pacific Northwest. We are excited and honored to be included in this year’s “WSU’s Western Monarch Tracking” program. The monarchs on display in the library have been hand-raised from eggs laid on milkweed plants in Oregon by Vicki Mion and Aleece Townsend. These monarchs will be tagged upon release and may prove to be of use in tracking the Western Monarch Migration. Monarchs will migrate south from Canada, Washington state, Oregon and Northern California to spend the winter in central California. Some of them may go as far south as San Diego and Baja California. If you would like to encourage monarchs to visit your garden, provide pesticide-free flowers, especially milkweed. You may get more information from Vicki Mion at vickimion@gmail.com.

Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 3, 2015, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Visit the library and check out our display of books some wanted to be banned.

The next two programs in the “Gardening & Community” series will be on Saturday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m. “Create Your Own Landscape With Plants You Propagate” with Carol Hobbs. On Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. “Landscaping Ideas for the Fall” and information about the Master Gardener Program with Scott Thiemann. Programs are free and open to all interested members of the community and are sponsored by OSU Extension/Master Gardeners and Friends of the Chetco Community Public Library.

Some of the new books of fiction added to the collection are:

Silver Linings, by Debbie Macomber. Jo Marie, keeper of the Rose Harbor Inn, and two guests deal with trouble in relationships.

Circling The Sun, by Paula Mclain. A novel by the author of “The Paris Wife” about Beryl Markham, a horse trainer and aviatrix who was raised in Kenya.

In A Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware. A crime writer attends a party in a cabin in the woods and is pulled back into the past, with frightening results.

The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. The fictionalized life of Rachel Pomie, a 19th-century Jewish woman on the island of St. Thomas, whose son Camille Pissaro became a leading Impressionist painter.

Devil’s Bridge, by Linda Fairstein. In the 17th Alexandra Cooper thriller, Coop is kidnapped and the N.Y.P.D. homicide detective Mike Chapman searches for her.

Added to the non-fiction collection are:

Barbarian Days, by William Finnegan. A surfing chronicle and memoir by a New Yorker writer.

Voices In the Ocean, by Susan Casey. The study of dolphins: research, cultural significance, threats.

The Brookings-Harbor Garden Club has also presented four new gardening books to add to that section. They are:

Attracting Beneficial Bugs To Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, by Jessica Walliser.

The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants That Everyone Can Grow, by Tovah Martin.

The Gardener’s Guide to Weather and Climate, by Michael Allaby.

Hellstrip Gardening: Creating a Paradise Between the Sidewalk and the Curb, by Evelyn Hadden. Here I will add a comment of my own that this book although it focuses on sidewalk/curb plantings, it also describes many plants that will work in dry, hot sand or clay soils. In our area we have a lot of this type of ground. The many unusual answers to making these areas into something pleasant to look at and easy to attain make it well worth your time in reading it.

In observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 7, the library will be closed. It will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

September 1, 2015

Vi Lovejoy