An Important Announcement For Our Hoopla Users

Dear Chetco Library Patrons,

As you may already be aware, hoopla—one of our digital media services—is a huge success. Patrons and staff alike enjoy the attractive, easy-to-use interface, along with the wide variety of books, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and television available anytime and anywhere. Interest in the service has increased tremendously over the last year, with more and more patrons signing up every month.

However, it has come to our attention that because of increased demand, our annual funding for hoopla is depleting quicker than we anticipated.

Therefore, beginning immediately, the Chetco Community Public Library will be decreasing the number of monthly allotted borrows from 10 to 5 per patron.

This reduction is only temporary. The number of monthly allotted checkouts will increase to 10 per patron on July 1, when our 2019/2020 fiscal year begins.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your continuing support,

The Chetco Community Public Library Staff

Newsletter June 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Libraries Rock!Summer Reading Program 2018 Now Includes Reading Contests for Adults, Older Teens

June has finally arrived, and we are excited to announce that we are expanding our Summer Reading Program (SRP) activities this year! This year’s nationwide Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock,” and the majority of our summer programming will center around music and the arts.

For kids, the special star of SRP will be Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat is the purrrfectly rocking creation of artist and children’s author James Dean. Keep an eye out for groovy storytime themes, educational scavenger hunts, rewards for time spent reading or being read to by a caregiver, and much more in the weeks ahead. There are activities for kids of all ages. There will be a special sign-up day for children ages 0-15 on Saturday, June 23, from 3:00—5:30pm. Miss Linda will be on available to hand out a special sign-up packet that includes a Pete The Cat book bag, reading log, bingo card, book mark, and special prize. Stop by and pick up our new brochures about programming and get answers any general questions about the Summer Reading Program or youth programming in general. Refreshments will be served.

For adults and teens ages 16 and up, the primary activity of our first-ever SRP for this age group is our Summer Reading Bingo contest. Participants can pick up and turn in up to one bingo card per person, per week. Read or listen to a book or other material, such as a magazine, that fits the description on a reading bingo square to fill it in. One-line bingos earn you an entry in a drawing to win a huge array of prizes, including local art, award-nominated books, tickets to local theater performances, and gift certificates to local businesses. Turn in a bingo card with a blackout (all squares filled in) and you will earn an entry for our grand-prize drawing—a new Kindle Fire tablet. The prize drawings for adults and teens will take place on August 20, so participants have plenty of time to plan their reading lists and work on their bingo cards.

Our official partner for Summer Reading Bingo 2018 is Forecastle Books, and the following community groups and businesses have generously donated prizes for this year’s event:

  1. The Chetco Pelican Players
  2. Pelican Bay Art Association
  3. Soroptimist Brookings

In addition to Reading Bingo, we will also have special music and the arts-themed events throughout the summer, including concerts and poetry slams.

We have created a special page on the library website where you can find full details on the Summer Reading Programs for both kids and adults, browse recommended summer reading lists, download and print extra reading logs and reading bingo cards, and view or print calendars of our special summer activities. You can find our online Summer Reading Portal at

Regular Kids Programming

Story Time for Toddlers/Preschoolers. Story time takes place every Wednesday morning at 10:30am with Miss Linda, followed by a simple craft activity. June’s story time theme is “Weather of our World.”

STEAM 1 for Elementary and Middle Schoolers. Join Miss Linda every Thursday afternoon at 3:30 for crafts and projects focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. STEAM 1 is recommended for kids and tweens ages 7 and up.

New Youth Programming to Launch at the End of June

Miss Linda is also excited to announce that beginning the week of June 25, the Youth Services department will be launching three brand new programs for young people:

“Makerspace.” Explore everything creative and science minded with our new Maker Space Cart. It’s free-style learning at its best, allowing kids to build, craft and create with the different elements that Miss Linda will have on hand. The Maker Space Cart will be available, in the youth area by Miss Linda’s office, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

“Robotic Fundamentals.” Geared for youth ages twelve and up, this easy-to-learn introductory program will teach teens to use microcontroller kits to discover engineering, computer programming, and software fundamentals. This program will run every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00pm.

“Legos for Little Ones.” This creation-centered program will begin on Friday, June 29th, from 10:30am to 12:00pm and will run every Friday from then on. Come join us for all types of Lego fun. This program is designed for children ages two to six.

“Creation Station Saturdays.” We’re going all out on Saturday afternoons by combining our love of Legos with our Maker Space Cart. Stop by and see what Miss Linda has in store for you on this fun, creative afternoon. Running from 3:30 to 5:30p, kids can explore everything on the Maker Space Cart as well as build creative, original thingamajigs with Legos. This program is open to kids of all ages.

Adult Programming

June 8, 6:00-8:00pm. “Frankie C and Tom Poole in concert.” Join critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and local favorite Frank John Colli (“Frankie C”) and multiple GRAMMY®-winning trumpet player Tom Poole for an evening of songs, stories and celebration of the unforgettable music of the 60’s and 70’s. Tom is a legend in the industry and has played with Boz Scaggs, Greg Allman, Bobby Womack, Billy Preston, Etta James, Van Morrison, The Temptations and Ella Fitzgerald.  The concert will be held in the Chetco Library’s large meeting room, 405 Alder Street, Brookings. Admission is free. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Chetco Library.

June 16, 3:00-5:00pm. “Community Poetry Slam.” Back by popular demand, the library is teaming up with the volunteers at KCIW to host another Community Poetry Slam! Do you love to write or listen to poetry? Come celebrate the beauty of the written and spoken word at our Summer Community Poetry Slam! Performers may bring their own poetry or recite a poem by their favorite poet. There will be divisions for both youth and adults at this free event. Sign up to perform at the door—performers have a chance to win poetry-themed door prizes!

On Display

Circulation Desk: We will be highlighting our Summer Reading Program this month. Patrons can browse a selection of recommended titles and pick up a list with suggestions to help fill out their Reading Bingo Cards.

Lobby Display Case: This month, the library’s children’s department has a display titled “Our Library World,” which features artwork and projects created by children during the library’s Story Time, After-School Crafts, and STEAM programs.

Large Meeting Room: Artists Jay Mosby, Audi Stanton, Les Cornish, and John Gehl are teaming up to assemble a display of paintings titled “Images of Brookings.”

New On the Shelf: Fiction

The Outsider, by Stephen King. A standard police investigation into the assault and murder of a young boy takes a supernatural turn in the latest tale from the nation’s Master of Horror.

Campaign Widows, by Aimee Agresti. A young woman’s American Dream is hilariously upended when her fiancé hits the road to help with a candidate’s presidential campaign.

Beach House Reunion, by Mary Alice Monroe. The Rutledge family is back for the third installment of Monroe’s heartwarming Beach House series.

New On the Shelf: Nonfiction

Robin, by Dave Itzkoff. Itzkoff’s new biography paints a riveting portrait of the struggles and triumphs of the late comedian Robin Williams.

Frenemies, by Ken Auletta. Auletta explores the digital revolution’s effects on the advertising business.

What the Eyes Don’t See, by Mona Hanna-Attisha. A first-hand account of the water quality crisis that recently ravaged the community of Flint, Michigan.

June 8: Staff Training

The library will open at reduced hours, from noon to 6:00pm, to allow for a staff training session on the morning of June 8.


Newsletter March 2018

Chetco Library LOGOWinter is winding down, and after months of indoor weather the library is happy to announce that this month we will be expanding some programs to help little ones get the wiggles out. We will also be hosting a class to help you learn how to take your reading on the go with Library2Go!

Children’s Programming

“Story Time”—Wednesdays, Large Meeting Room, 10:30-11:30am. Story Time is an activity for preschoolers and toddlers and their caregivers. Join us to hear stories, sing songs, and do simple crafts with Miss Linda and her helper, Miss Emily. The Story Time theme for March is “Sights of Our World.”

“Craft Time”—Thursdays, Children’s Area, 3:30-4:30pm. Craft Time is open to kids age seven and up. Join us after school on Thursdays to learn new projects or express yourself freely with the supplies on hand.

“Rhythm Time”—Saturdays, Large Meeting Room, 10:00am-11:00am. Join Miss Linda in the Large Meeting Room, where we will be learning colors, patterns, letters and more through rhythm, music, and movement. This program is geared toward preschoolers, but big kid helpers are welcome to join the fun. Please note that there will be no Rhythm Time on Saturday, March 10.

Other Programs

“Your Library Online: An Intro to Libby and Library2Go”—Thursday, March 8, 3:00-4:30pm. Did you know that your library card gives you access to 50,000 free eBooks and audiobooks? You can save money and access your library anytime, anywhere with Libby, the new reading app for Library2Go, our most popular digital reading collection. This information session includes a walkthrough of installing and finding books on the app, as well as tips to get the most out of your reading experience. Libby is compatible with most tablets and smartphones. Bring your library card and the device you would like to use for reading to the large meeting room for personalized help.

All library programs are free and all are welcome. If you have any questions about our programs, please visit the circulation desk or call the library at 541-469-7738.

On Display

In the large meeting room, the “Wild & Wonderful” art display continues through March. This month’s featured local artists are Tom Moody, Don Munson, and Buzz Stewart.

In the lobby display case, Pete Chasar is sharing a personal collection of vintage advertising art.

New on the Shelf

New in Fiction:

Raspberry Danish Murder, by Joanne Fluke. The latest installment in the delicious Hannah Swenson mystery series.

Gunpowder Moon, by David Pedreira. Gumshoe mysteries and Sci-Fi collide in this debut novel, set in the midst of a lunar mining operation in the year 2073.

Don’t Skip Out On Me, by Willy Vlautin. A half-Irish, half-Paiute boy leaves his guardians’ ranch to pursue his dreams of becoming a champion boxer. Vlautin is an award-winning Oregon author.

As You Wish, by Jude Deveraux. Three women from three separate generations bond at a summerhouse in Virginia, and discover a chance to fix the mistakes of their pasts.

The Innocent Wife, by Amy Lloyd. The wife of a convicted murderer embarks on a campaign for his release. But once he’s finally freed and settled at home, she discovers he might not be so innocent after all. Winner of the Daily Mail’s First Novel Competition.

New in Nonfiction

The Infernal Library, by Daniel Kalder. An examination of the prose of Twentieth Century dictators, and how their writings shaped society.

Eat the Apple, by Matt Young. A memoir of a Marine’s experience before, during, and after his time serving in the Iraq War.

How to Break Up With Your Phone, by Catherine Price. This slim volume is packed with tips and tricks for cutting down on screen time.

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover. Westover reflects on her upbringing in a survivalist household in rural Idaho, and how she overcame her lack of formal education to eventually receive her PhD from Cambridge University.

The Food Explorer, by Daniel Stone. The story of the nineteenth-century botanist and food explorer who traveled the world and introduced crops like mangoes, seedless grapes, and avocados to the American palate.

New in Video

Victoria, The Complete Second Season. This dramatized account of Queen Victoria’s reign follows the monarch into the political upheavals of the 1840’s.

Nature’s Miniature Miracles. This BBC documentary shows the secret lives of some of the world’s smallest creatures.


The library will be closing early at 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 7, for an all-staff meeting. We thank the community for its patience and understanding.

Newsletter January 2018

Chetco Library LOGO

Happy New Year from the Chetco Library! We are happy to announce that as of January 2, the library has returned to a 6-day-a-week schedule, and will be operating under the following hours:

  • Mondays: 10AM-6PM
  • Tuesdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Wednesdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Thursdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Fridays: 10AM-6PM
  • Saturdays: 10AM-6PM
  • Closed Sundays

Adult Programming

January 24, 6:00pm—“In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy.” Americans have more confidence in scientific and medical leaders than in leaders of any group except the military, according to National Science Foundation polls. However, the relationship between citizens and science is often fraught with misunderstanding and mistrust, especially on topics like climate change. Why is our relationship with science so complicated? Why do we mistrust a field for which we profess respect? How can citizens use science to make better decisions together? Join science communicator Gail Wells for a free discussion on science and citizenship in the library’s large meeting room. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities as part of the Conversation Project.

The library is also excited to announce that it will once again be offering free basic computer courses for adults in February. These classes are targeted toward adults who have little to no prior experience using desktop computers. The classes are one hour long and take place over the course of three days. Due to limited space, registration is required. You may register by calling 541-469-7738 or by signing up at the circulation desk. Registration closes at 6:00pm the day prior to the date of each course. A description of each class session and the course schedule is provided below.

February 6 and February 20, 9:00am—“Computers 101: Learning the Basics”

Learn to control the mouse and keyboard with confidence, and get familiar with all the parts that make up a desktop PC. In this class, students will learn the basics of computer use, such as locating and opening programs, saving files, getting familiar with the desktop, and starting and shutting down the computer properly.

February 7 and February 21, 9:00am—“Computers 102: Browsing the Web”

There’s a lot of information available on the internet, but navigating the web doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In this class, students will learn about the major internet browser programs, how to bookmark favorite websites, and how to find the website you want the first time, either directly or through a simple Google search. (Note: it is recommended that you take Computers 101 prior to taking this class)

February 8 and February 22, 9:00am—“Computers 103: Computers in Your Day-to-Day Life”

These days we can use computers to streamline and enrich our lives in a variety of ways, and it’s easier to use your computer with confidence and ease when you know you’re browsing safely and securely. Learn basic guidelines for online safety, tips for setting and remembering strong online passwords, how to set up a personal email account, and get an overview of social media. (Note: it is recommended that you take Computers 101 and/or Computers 102 prior to taking this class).

Children’s and Family Programming

The Teen Writer’s Group meets the first and third Fridays of the month from 5:00 to 6:00pm in the library annex. Teens 12 and up are invited to share their writing, support their peers, and hone their craft.

Story time is back in full swing! Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Miss Linda and her helpers for stories and simple craft activities. Story time takes place each Wednesday at 10:30am in the large meeting room. This month’s story time theme is “Sounds of Our World.”

We are also excited to announce that after-school craft time is returning to the library! Crafts will take place in the large meeting room from 3:30 to 4:30 on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. These activities are recommended for kids ages seven and up.

January also marks the launch of new weekend programming for kids. Beginning January 20, Miss Linda will lead Kids in Rhythm Time from 10:00 to 11:00am on Saturday mornings. We will be using ribbons, egg shakers, and other toys to learn about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers through music and rhythmic movement.

Now that school is back in session, homework help time is back! Homework help is available from Miss Linda on weekdays after school on a first come, first serve basis.

On January 27 the library is hosting a concert for kids with Russ Oelheim in the large meeting room. Russ Oelheim, a local folksinger, will present songs, stories, and silliness suitable for the whole family. The concert begins at 11:00am and families with children of all ages are invited to attend. Admission is free

On Display

In the large meeting room, January’s art display will be a continuation of the “Winter Wonderland” paintings. This display features a collection of paintings in a variety of styles by Christina Olsen, Alexandra Eyer, Pat Renner, and Magda Druzdzel.

There will also be a display on earthquake preparedness by Diane Cavaness in the main lobby during the month of January.

New on the Shelf (Fiction)

Survival, by Ben Bova. The newest sci-fi adventure in Bova’s acclaimed Star Quest series.

The Wanted, by Robert Crais. Investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike team up to find a wayward teen—if two hired killers don’t find him first.

Year One, by Nora Roberts. Magic and witchcraft has replaced technology in a dystopian future. This is the first volume in a new trilogy.

Enchantress of Numbers, by Jennifer Chiaverini. The best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker is back with a novelized account of the life of Ada Lovelace, who is widely regarded as the world’s first computer programmer.

The Half-Drowned King, by Linnea Hartsuyker. The myths and legends of Viking-era Norway come to life in this family saga.

New on the Shelf (Nonfiction and Video)

Anesthesia, by Kate Cole-Adams. The discovery of general anesthesia 150 years ago made surgery routine in the medical field. Cole-Adams explores what’s really happening to our bodies—and our minds—when we go under.

The How Not to Die Cookbook, by Michael Greger, Gene Stone, and Robin Robertson. This companion book to the 2016 bestseller How Not to Die includes more than 100 recipes for healthy living.

The Last Girl, by Nadia Murad and Jenna Krajeski. One woman’s story about her captivity by and later fight against the Islamic State.

Veterans, by Sasha Maslov. Through interviews and intimate portraits of World War II veterans, Maslov captures the stories of soldiers who fought on both sides of the conflict.

The Little Book of Lykke, by Meik Wiking. Wiking’s follow-up to the best-selling Little Book of Hygge focuses on the practice of Lykke (LOO-ka)—pursuing and finding the good that exists in the world around us every day.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season. No cable subscription? No worries! Catch up on the latest season of the hit HBO television show. The complete seventh season, including bonus materials, is available for checkout on DVD.

Holiday Closures

Monday, January 1: Closed in observance of New Year’s Day

Monday, January 15: Closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Newsletter October 2017


The library wishes the community a happy start to the fall season! Remember, due to staff availability the library is currently operating under reduced hours—Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. This reduction in hours is temporary, and the library currently plans to resume its normal operating hours by the end of the year.

Children’s Programming

The October theme for our children’s activities is “Fall into Reading.” Pre-K children, toddlers, and their parents are invited to join Miss Linda and our Youth Services volunteers for storytime each Wednesday morning at 10:30am.

The Teen Writers Group continues to meet the first and third Fridays of the month in the Library Annex, from 5:00-6:00pm. Youth ages twelve and up are invited to come share their writing, find inspiration, and hone their craft with their peers.

Adult Programming

October is filled with new programs and classes! Each of the following programs is free to the public:

Tuesday, October 3, 2:00pm: “Talking Books at the Chetco Library.” Come learn more about the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library! This service, offered through the State Library of Oregon, is free to any Oregonian with a print-impairment. Speaker Elke Burton will answer questions about the program and provide more information about applying.

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00pm: “A Taste of Fermentation.” Join speaker Jennifer Burns Bright to learn more about preparing healthy, delicious foods through the process of fermentation. The program includes a demonstration and free food samples.

Thursday, October 12, 10:00am: “Medicare 101.” Eligibility for Medicare coverage begins at age 65. This course will answer your questions about signing up for and navigating Medicare, and will cover such topics as prescription drug coverage, financial assistance, fraud protection, and other insurance options. To sign up for this class please call 503-947-7088 or send an email to

Thursday, October 26, 6:00pm: “Hunting the Wild Fungus of Southern Oregon.” Local expert Kathleen Dickson will describe how to safely identify and harvest the many varieties of wild mushrooms native to our area, and will give tips on preparation and cooking.

New on the Shelf

Thanks to a recent generous donation of materials, the library has added more than 200 feature films on DVD. Come browse our expanded collection! For those who can’t make it to the library, cardholders can also stream and download popular films and television programs on Hoopla, one of the library’s numerous digital services. Links to the library catalog and to Hoopla’s login page can be found at

New Fiction Titles

Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King. A sleeping sickness affects women around the world, causing them to grow tendrils that are best left alone.

Don’t Let Go, by Harlan Coben. A pair of present-day murders bring the past alive for a New Jersey cop still mourning the twin brother he buried 15 years ago.

Winter Solstice, by Elin Hilderbrand. Raise one last glass with the Quinn Family at the Winter Street Inn.

The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman. A spellbinding prequel to Hoffman’s bestselling novel, Practical Magic.

To Be Where You Are, by Jan Karon. The fourteenth novel in the Mitford series.

New Nonfiction Titles

Killing England, by Bill O’Reilly. The latest installment of O’Reilly’s “Killing” series examines the events of the American Revolution.

God is for Real, by Burpo. From the author of Heaven is For Real, this book addresses some of the common questions people have about God and Christianity.

The Woman who Smashed Codes, by Jason Fagone. The incredible true story of Elizebeth and William Friedman, considered by many to be the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived.

The Vietnam War (Book) by Geoffrey C. Ward. Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns offer portraits in the companion volume to documentary series.

July 2017 Library Newsletter

Chetco LibrarySummer Reading Program 2017: Build a Better World

The Chetco Community Public Library is excited to announce this year’s Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

This year’s program will run July 2 through August 19. Youth in preschool through age 14 can pick up a weekly reading log and keep track of how many minutes they read each day. The logs can be turned in at the library for a prize and a ticket for a weekly Summer Reading raffle. Only one reading log per child per week will be accepted. Teading time counts if you read to yourself, if someone reads to you, or if you read to someone else. Reading books or magazines, or listening to audiobooks all count towards reading time.

Weekly reading logs must be received by the library by closing time on Saturdays at 5:00. The weekly drawing will take place after 5:00 on Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone on Mondays.

Special Summer Programming

In addition to the Reading Program, join us for these special programs:

Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers continues throughout the summer on Wednesdays at 10:30. Join Miss Jennifer and Miss Allison each week to listen to stories, sing songs, play games, and do simple crafts. Story Time themes for July are: July 5, “Red, White, & Blue” with Miss Allison; July 12, “The Human Body” with Miss Jennifer; July 19, “Bears” with Miss Allison; and July 26, “Fire Safety” with Miss Jennifer.

The Teen Writers Group meets from 5:00-6:00pm on the first and third Fridays of each month in the Library Annex. Join other teens who like to write. Come share your work and improve your writing skills. This group is for youths ages 12 and up.

July 11, Tuesday, 11:00: Origami with Aiden Stephan. Learn to fold paper into unique and fantastic shapes, including bugs and critters. Aiden is a sixteen-year-old who loves art. He currently lives in Port Orford and Chiloquin. He has many hobbies, and one of his favorites is Origami, the art of paper folding. Check out samples of his work in the display case in the library’s children’s area.

July 15 and August 26, Saturdays, at 1:30: Tricia Barlett-Iverson will return with Music Together: Harmony & Me. Children, ages birth through 5 years old, along with their parents and caregivers, will enjoy singing and dancing and participation in an instrumental jam session.

July 19, Wednesday, 1:30: 3 Hand Stephen. Stephen Cohen gives an interactive performance for children using voice, acoustic guitars, cigar box guitars, and homemade percussion instruments.

July 27, Thursday, 1:30: Meet Smokey Bear and find out how he has prevented wildfires since 1944. Learn about all sorts of ways you can help prevent wildfires. This program will feature stories and activities.

August 5, Saturday, 4:00: Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies, presented by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Build a shelter, design a boat, weave a shoe, or invent a fishing tool! Try out your own engineering skills while discovering technologies designed by Oregon’s first engineers. Join us to explore a collection of Oregon artifacts from the museum and engage in fun, hands-on engineering challenges.

August 9, Wednesday, 1:30: Explosions, Inc. Aaron Berenbach loves science and demonstrates just how awesome and exciting it really is. For the whole family.

July 24-July 27, 10:00-12:00: LEGO Robotics Program. Students entering grades 4-8 will learn how to build and program a robot. This program will run for four days and participants should plan on attending all four days. Parents and guardians may sign up their child by visiting the library. Space is limited to 20 students and pre-registration is required. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Rotary Club of Gold Beach and the Curry County Library Foundation.

Adult Programs

The “Gardening and Community” series continues on Saturday, July 8, at 10:30, with Monarch Butterflies and Raising Them with Dennis Triglia and Vicki Mion, the Brookings Butterfly Lady.

Join us on Wednesday, July 12, at 6:00, for Adam Miller Live and in Concert. Renowned autoharpist, folksinger, and storyteller Adam Miller, who has performed for over 1.5 million American students and over 2,000 library audiences, brings his remarkable repertoire of songs and stories to the Chetco Library.

On Wednesday, July 26, at 6:00pm for Understanding Wills and Estate Planning with Emily Rumiano. A financial planner and licensed securities broker with over 15 years of experience, Emily Rumiano will discuss how to use wills and estate planning to help prepare for retirement, save for college, and protect your family’s financial future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information about these and more upcoming programs, call us at 541.469.7738, or visit us on Facebook. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Chetco Library.

For something a little different, on Saturday, July 1, from 9:00am-4:00pm, in the library’s large meeting room, the Friends of the Library will hold a Cleaning-Out-the-Attic Sale. Among the items for sale will be light fixtures, window coverings, a bird cage, garden supplies, fish tanks, shelving, and more.

New Children’s Computers

Check out the addition to the library’s children’s area of two new computer stations. The Early Literacy Station features over 4,000 fun learning activities for math, science, art, music, computer skills, geography, and more. It is designed specifically for children ages 2 to 8. The AfterSchool Edge workstation is designed for elementary school children ages 6-12. It includes over 70 top-rated educational multi-curricular programs. Purchase of the workstations was made possible by the Chetco Community Endowment Fund. Investing monetary donations received from the community, the Chetco Community Public Library Endowment Fund provides supplemental income which is used both to enhance existing library services and to provide for desires services not covered by the general library budget.

July Displays

The lobby display case will feature side-by-side displays highlighting two upcoming local events. The 25th Annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16 from 10:00 to 4:00 at the Port of Brookings-Harbor. Festivities kick off Friday evening, July 14, at 7:00 with the Indoor Kite Flying Demo in the Brookings-Harbor High School gym. The Festival of Art in Stout Park will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6. Sponsored by the Pelican Bay Arts Association, this annual event features original fine arts and crafts, and includes lives music, food, kids’ activities and art demos. Booths include jewelry, paintings, pottery, photography, and more.

New on the Shelf

Among the new titles added to the fiction collection are:

Camino Island, by John Grisham. A search for stolen rare manuscripts leads to a Florida Island.

The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand. Complications in the lives of identical twins who were raised by their divorced parents, one on Nantucket, one on Martha’s Vineyard.

Tom Clancy: Point of Contact, by Mike Maden. Jack Ryan Jr. helps thwart a global financial crisis. (Tom Clancy died in 2013.)

Dragon Teeth, by Michael Crichton. A college student joins a fossil-hunting expedition in the 19th Century West and is caught up in the rivalry between two paleontologists. A recently discovered manuscript by Crichton, who died in 2008.

Nighthawk, by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. The NUMA crew races the Russians and Chinese in a hunt for a missing American aircraft.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. A near-future thriller combines science, magic, and mystery.

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. A Russian count undergoes thirty years of house arrest.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy. A sprawling novel of modern India by the author of The God of Small Things.

Testimony, by Scott Turow. A former Illinois prosecutor joins the International Criminal Court to investigate a massacre in Bosnia.

Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz. A novel within a novel pays homage to and updates Agatha Christie-style mysteries.

Among the new titles added to the nonfiction collection are:

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken. A memoir by the Democratic senator from Minnesota and former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson. A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe and the forces and laws that govern it.

I Can’t Make This Up, by Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss. The comedian’s personal and professional life.

Theft by Finding, by David Sedaris. Excerpts from the writer’s diaries, 1977-2002.

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Civil War, by David Fisher. Stories of the Civil War; a companion to the Fox historical docudrama.

Hunger, by Roxane Gay. The fiction writer and essayist’s memoir about life as a “woman of size.”

Huẽ 1968, by Mark Bowden. An account of the battle that changed the American approach to Vietnam.

Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann. The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil. The fledgling F.B.I. intervened, ineffectively.

The American Spirit, by David McCullough. A collection of speeches by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, focused on American values.

Churchill and Orwell, by Thomas E Ricks. A dual biography of two independent thinkers.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, by Sherman Alexie. The Indian writer’s memoir of his complicated relationship with his mother.

Believe Me, by Eddie Izzard. A memoir by the cross-dressing British comedian.

The Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

We’ve Launched Our New Catalog! Here’s How to Keep Your Digital Services Up-To-Date

Attention Hoopla and Library2Go Users:

On March 6, the Chetco Library and the other libraries in Curry County joined the Coastline Library Network, forming a network of 14 libraries along the Southern Oregon Coast. As part of this change, all of the libraries moved to a new online catalog.

What does this mean for me?

You still have access to Hoopla and Library2Go, but unlike our old catalog, the Coastline catalog requires your library PIN to be six characters or longer. To ensure our users would still be able to log into the new catalog and other online services, starting March 6, the PIN for your Chetco Library account was reset to the last six digits on the back of your library card. You can change this PIN at any time by using it to log into our new catalog at, and clicking on the blue “change your password” option on the left-hand side of the screen.

Hoopla users:

To avoid disruption of your Hoopla service, login to your account with your Hoopla email and password, and then click on “Settings.” Under “Library Settings,” enter your new library PIN and save the changes.

For instructions on updating your PIN on Hoopla’s mobile app, click here.


To continue logging into your Library2Go account, you will simply use your new library PIN to log in. You do not need to change any settings on Library2Go.

For more information on our move to the Coastline Library Network, click here.

If you have any questions, our librarians are happy to help. Email us or give us a call at 541-469-7738.

Thank you for your patience through this transition. We appreciate your patronage!

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


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.