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

New Community Gardening Program August 15th: Understanding GMOs

Have you heard folks talk about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and wanted to know more about them? Want to learn how to identify products and produce that do or don’t use GMOs on your next trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market? Join us Saturday, August 15th, for a lecture by Jennifer Ewing, titled “Understanding GMOs.” 

Jennifer will explain what a GMO is, and what it means to your food security, your health, and to the environment. She will show you how to read an ingredient list to guide you in making healthy choices of the packaged foods and fresh produce that you purchase.

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!

New Community Gardening Program August 1st: Cooking Foods that Heal

Would yoCooking Foods that Healu like to learn how to improve your health using natural foods? On Saturday, August 1st, the library will be hosting a gardening lecture by Debianne Harpole, titled “Cooking Foods that Heal.” 

Vegetables and fruits have a therapeutic history and value, and can help improve our twelve body systems. You will learn about the body systems and what essential food nutrients are needed to enhance wellness in your daily life. Debianne, a 2015 Master Gardener graduate, has gained her knowledge through personal studies and experience in applying nutritional cooking her daily life for family and friends for the last twenty years. You can use your favorite recipes and ingredients to promote healing through food! 

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!

 

New Community Gardening Program July 18: Harvesting for Food Banks

On Saturday, July 18th, the library will be hosting a gardening lecture by Barb Cary and Scott Clapson, titled “Harvesting for Food Banks.” This lecture runs from 10:00-11:00 am and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Barb will be speaking about the Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Food Bank, including the statistics related to number of clients served and number of boxes given out. She will also speak on goals for the food bank: increased access, growing healthy food, garden education, and what we are doing in our own backyards. Discussion will include the importance of your input, whether as a volunteer or in donations of food and money, as well as possible community garden concepts such as: “Grow a Row” for the food bank, sharing St. Timothy Episcopal Church’s harvest, and the potential of an Azalea Park community garden to benefit the food bank.

Scott will share about St. Timothy’s second year of the Community Gardenshare and future plans for the collaboration.

We hope to see you there!

Coming June 27th: A Talk on the History of the St. George Reef Lighthouse

At 10:00 am on Saturday, June 27th, Guy Towers will be giving a presentation on the history of Crescent City’s St. George Reef Lighthouse. Beginning from the lighthouse’s construction in 1883 to its deactivation in 1975, Mr. Towers will present listeners with in-depth details on the lighthouse’s operations throughout its nearly one-hundred year history. At the end of the event, Mr. Towers will be signing copies of his new book, The St. George Reef Lighthouse, which will be available for sale.

Guy Towers is an author and the founder of the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society. The Society, formed in 1986, advocates for and works for the preservation of this unique historical site. For more information, please click this link to download a flyer.

This event will take place in the library’s large meeting room and is free for all who attend. We hope to see you there!

 

Milkweed & Monarchs: Let’s Bring Monarch Butterflies Back to Southern Oregon!

 

Join us in the library’s large meeting room at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13th, for a special program on monarch butterflies. Presenter Tom Landis will begin with a discussion of the basic biology of monarch butterflies and the extent and causes of their recent decline. He will talk about what people can do to create pollinator habitats and monarch waystations.

Monarch waystations are specialized pollinator gardens that create “milkweed railroad” along the butterflies’ migration routes. Attendees will learn how to grow native milkweed species, which are the only source of food for monarch caterpillars.

Attendees will receive seeds for locally adapted milkweed (while supplies last), as well as chances to win surprise gifts. This program is free to the public and everyone is welcome.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Chetco Library.