March Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

Chetco LibraryThe time is near for the inside work to start in the Chetco Community Public Library. The library will be closed for two weeks beginning Monday, March 7th. We will reopen on Monday, March 21st. During this time, we will be replacing the carpet in the large meeting room, portions of the carpet in the main library, and the tile in the lobby.

Library materials can be returned in the library’s book drop located on the Alder Street side of the building at the top of the stairs.

You can access eBooks, audio books, movies, and our research databases throughout the closure. Links to all of our digital resources can be found on www.chetcolibrary.org by clicking on the “Digital Resources” tab.

You may contact the library during this time by leaving a message at 541-469-7738 or by sending an email to chetcolibrary@gmail.com.

The Library Annex meeting room will be available for all previously scheduled meetings. The Friends of the Library Book Store, located in the Annex will be open its regular hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WiFi will be accessible from the library’s parking lot. The password is “ringneck.”

For the children, the last after school arts and crafts program for the year was on March 1. The program will resume in the fall. Watch for information about our summer programs for children, which will begin in mid-June.

Storytime will continue on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. throughout the year. In March there will be no storytime in the middle of the month because of the library closure.  Miss Sallie will tell stories on Wednesday, March 30th.

Come join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 23th at 10:00 a.m. This event is for children ages 0 – 6 years. Bring your own basket for collecting eggs. There will not be a storytime on this Wednesday.

Our popular “Gardening and Community” series returns for a second year beginning on Saturday, April 2, from 10:30 – 12:00 a.m. in the library’s large meeting room.  The series kicks off with “Gardening 101” with Jennifer Ewing. Jennifer will provide helpful hints for gardening on the coast. You will learn many clever things that can be done to make gardening easier, cheaper and more efficient.  The second program of the series will be on Saturday, April 9. Jennifer will return with “Seed Starting.” Why rely on the limited variety of plants available at garden centers when you can start your own plants from the many seed choices on seed racks and in catalogs?
Information about future programs in the series will be available at the library and on our website www.chetcolibrary.org.  All programs are free and open to all interested members of the public and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 in the library’s large meeting room.  This series of programs is sponsored by OSU Extension/Master Gardeners and Friends of the Chetco Library.

Some of the new novels added to the fiction collection are:
Cometh The Hour, by Jeffrey Archer. The sixth and penultimate book of the Clifton Chronicles brings the Cliftons and the Barringtons into the 1970s.
Find Her, by Lisa Gardner. The Boston detective D.D. Warren hunts for a missing woman who was kidnapped and abused as a college student and may have become a vigilante.
Morning Star, by Pierce Brown. In book three of the Red Rising trilogy, set in a dystopian future, Darrow incites a rebellion.
The Widow, by Fiona Barton. When a suspect in a missing-child case dies, reporters and the police think they’ll get the real story from his widow. They’re wrong.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue, by Melanie Benjamin. A novel based on the friendship between Truman Capote and Babe Paley and her coterie, which began in the 1950s and ended 20 years later in scandal.
Among the new non-fiction books added to the collection are:

A Mother’s Reckoning, by Sue Klebold. The mother of one of the Columbine shooters wrestles with her grief and guilt and discusses how parents can become more aware of the signs of mental illness in teenagers.
Originals, by Adam Grant. A Wharton School professor argues that innovators are made, not born, and offers suggestions for how to become one.

There will no displays in either the Gallery in the large meeting room or in the Lobby display case during the month of March because of the work going on to install new carpet and tile.

March 1, 2016
Vi Lovejoy

February Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

The Chetco Community Public Library will begin February with the announcement of a free program sponsored by The Friends of the Chetco Library. It will be held on Saturday, Februrary 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s large meeting room. Join writer Bonnie Olin for a journey into the canyonlands of the Owyhee River in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon. Her presentation is based on her book, The Owyhee River Journals, which includes photos of rarely seen landscapes by photographer Mike Quigley. Bonnie will share a brief history of the area, discuss why it is unique, read from her book and show a short video. There will be a question and answer period and book signing following the program. Everyone is welcome. For further information contact the library at 541-469-7738.

Linda Mulvany, children’s librarian, announces that on Wednesday, February 24, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. there will be an informational meeting about becoming a Junior Master Gardener. This program is being presented in collaboration with All Care Health and Curry County Extension Service. Interested kids and parents are invited to an afternoon of games, information, activities, and garden snacks. Please bring an empty plastic milk jug to make into a mini-greenhouse.

The Teen Reading and Writing group is still meeting the first Monday of each month from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome.  The book theme for February is love stories. Check out our blog at chetcoteens.wordpress.com.

The Tuesday Craft meetings continue at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. with the program schedule as follows: February 9, make your own valentines; February 16, popsicle stick building; and February 22, paint like Jackson Pollack. These craft programs are for children in first through sixth grades.

The Wednesday morning Storytime programs are held at 10:30 a.m. for preschool children. Stories will be as follows: February 10, Miss Sallie tells Valentine Tales; February 17, Making Friends; February 24, Patchwork of Stories.

Some new additions to our fiction collection are:

Blue, by Danielle Steel. A woman whose life has been shattered befriends a homeless boy.

My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout. A woman struggles with memories of her impoverished and disturbing childhood and its effect on the present as she attempts to reconcile with her mother.

Scandalous Behavior, by Stuart Woods. In the 36th novel in the series, Stone Barrington hopes for a restful stay in the English countryside, but relationships with local neighbors complicate matters.

Even Dogs in the Wild, by Ian Rankin. John Rebus, the Edinburgh detective who’s friends with an aging crime boss, can’t stay retired.

The Bitter Season, by Tami Hoag. The fifth novel featuring the Minneapolis detectives Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac find them working on separate cases—hers a 20-year-old murder, his the killing of a professor and his wife with a samurai sword—which eventually intersect.

Additions to the non-fiction collection include:

The Road to Little Dribbling, by Bill Bryson. An American expatriate travels around his adopted country, Britain.

Dark Money, by Jane Mayer. An account of how the Koch brothers and other super-wealthy donors deployed their money to change American politics.

New titles added to the DVD collection include:

Ain’t in it For My Health: a Film About Levon Helm 

Animal Misfits: Odd, Bizarre and Unlikely Creatures

B.B. King: The Life of Riley 

Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin and Hobbes

Downton Abbey: Season 6 

George Gently – Series 1 through 4 

Incident At Oglala: the Leonard Peltier Story 

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – Series 1 through 3 

My Italian Secret: the Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust 

Navy SEALS: Their Untold Story 

Neil Young: Heart of Gold 

More of the recently added DVDs can be seen by visiting our online catalog at chetco.sirsi.net and clicking on “New Titles”.  Also, remember the library now offers Hoopla. Visit hoopladigital.com, sign in with your library card, and download thousands of movies, television shows, and more—for free.

Continuing this month in the lobby showcase is Leslie Wolf’s collection of vintage dolls dressed in period costumes from February 1 – 13 and in evening gowns from February 15 to 29.

In the Gallery, the work of Buzz Stewart and Jay Moseley is again on display.

The library will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m.

 

February 2, 2016

Vi Lovejoy

 

 

January Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

Chetco Community Public LibraryHappy New Year to our community—and a cold start it is. Linda Mulvany, children’s librarian, announces the program set for January. For the teen Reading & Writing Group, which is for ages 14 – 19, the first meeting of this year was held Monday, January 4, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. This group meets the first Monday of each month.

At the January meeting, the group discussed books read in December on pandemics, and shared games and writing. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 1, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Check out our blog at https://chetcoteens.wordpress.com/.

After school crafts programs for children from first through sixth grades, are held on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. On January 12, we will work on Bird Feeders; on January 19, we will make Mobiles; and on January 26, we will make a Folding Book.

For the younger children up to pre-school age, Wednesday morning Storytime programs begin at 10:30 a.m. On January 13, Miss Sallie tells stories; on January 20, there will be Winter Tales; and on January 27, we will have a Story Medley.

Some of the recent new fiction additions to the collection are:
Cross Justice, by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross returns to Starksville, N.C., his hometown, for the first time in 35 years to help a cousin who has been accused of murder.
The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King. Twenty stories, some never before published.
Tom Clancy: Commander In Chief, by Mark Greaney. President Jack Ryan detects a pattern in outbreaks of violence around the world that point to the Russian president, but he must unite the Western allies before he can take action. Clancy died in 2013.
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom. A mystical tale of a guitar genius’s journey through 20th-century music.
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.
Ashley Bell, by Dean Koontz. A Southern California writer who survived a fatal diagnosis sets out to find a woman she has been told she must save, overcoming many obstacles in the process.

In January and February, the library Lobby Display Case will feature a wide variety of doll outfits specially made for vintage Madame Alexander dolls. All garment patterns were drafted and sewn by Leslie Wolf of Brookings to fit 17″ to 18″ Madame Alexander dolls made between 1949 and 1955.

The exhibit will change every two weeks during January and February. Sportswear will be featured from January 6 – 16; ethnic costumes from January 18 – 30; period costumes from February 1 – 12; and evening gowns from February 15 – 29.

The Chetco Community Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr., Day, reopening on Tuesday, January 19, at 10:00 a.m.

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

 

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

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

Now on Display: Metamorphosis in Action

MonarchButterflyEarlier this summer, gardeners and butterfly enthusiasts were treated to a talk by Tom Landis at the library about the propagation of milkweed and steps the average gardener can take to restore the population of monarch butterflies to Southern Oregon. Now, visitors to the library can see the miracle of metamorphosis in action right at the front desk!

As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly three dozen monarch caterpillars, provided by Vicki Mion, have taken up residence in special habitats as part of a display that is open to the public during normal library hours. Visitors are encouraged to visit the library and view the display over the next two weeks for a rare and educational glimpse into the life of caterpillars and butterflies as they transform into and hatch from their chrysalises.

The period of transformation from caterpillar to butterfly normally lasts between ten and fifteen days. Once the butterflies have emerged from their chrysalises, they will be released DSCN3296into the library’s gardens. After the butterflies are released, they will likely either lay eggs or migrate south to warmer climates. 

Please view the links and attachments below for more information on these unique and beautiful insects, or contact Vicki Mion at brookings.monarchs.me@gmail.com. 

Attachments and Links:

The monarch butterfly annual cycle in graph form

Monarch life cycle and behavior

Monarch Watch: The Monarch’s Life Cycle

What is an “Instar”? The Five Stages of Caterpillar Growth