July 2019 Newsletter

By Julie Retherford, Library Director

It’s Summer Reading Time!

Don’t forget that it’s Summer Reading Time! Did you know our Summer Reading program is for all ages?  Kids can read to earn prizes, but so can teens and adults.  Adults, come in and get a Summer Reading Tic-Tac-Toe sheet. Complete the sheet to be entered into a grand prize drawing.  You can also turn in Book Reviews to be entered into weekly prize drawings.  And bring your kids by daily to search the kids’ section for an astronaut (we’ll move it each day)—let a library employee know they’ve found it and they can pick a prize from the treasure chest.  They can also log their reading for weekly prizes and to be entered to win the grand prize.   

For recommended reading and movie lists, printable reading logs, event descriptions, and FAQs, please visit our Summer Reading webpage at chetcolibrary.org/SRP. Summer Reading runs from Monday, July 1, through Saturday, August 17.

July Events

***All library events are FREE and open to the public! If you have any questions please contact us at (541) 469-7738 or visit our events page, chetcolibrary.org/events.***

Youth:

Story Time (Pre-K), Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Tiempo de Cuentos (Spanish Story Time, Pre-K), Tuesdays July 16 through August 8, 10:30 a.m.

Legos 4 Little Ones (Ages 0-6), Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Note: There will be no Legos on Friday, July 12)

STEAM (Ages 7+), Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

TechKnow (Ages 10+), Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Dance Party with Miss Linda, Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Family:

Movie Night, Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. July’s theme is “Superheroes.” Full schedule available on our Events Page.

“Dig Your Library” gardening program, Friday July 12, 19, and 26 at 3:30 p.m.

July 6, 3 – 5 p.m.: Resin Galaxies Craft

July 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Raising Chickens, Goats, and More, a Curry County Master Gardener’s Class

July 13, 3 – 5 p.m.: Summer Poetry Slam. It’s time for our Summer Poetry Slam! Poetry-lovers of all ages are invited to our large meeting room to celebrate the written and spoken word.

Poets may recite original poems, or may share a poem by their favorite poet. Sign ups begin at the door a half hour before the event. Anyone who performs will be entered to win a door prize!

July 19, 6:30 p.m.: Movie Pre-Release Screening, “Samurai in the Oregon Sky,” a film by Ilana Sol.

July 20, 3 – 5 p.m.: Acrylic Paint Pour Craft

July 27, 3 – 5 p.m.: DIY Spa Craft

Displays

The Large Meeting Room will feature art by Christina Olsen, Dale Wells, and Horst Wolf with the theme of “Whimsy.”  The lobby display will feature items from the Festival of Art in Stout Park.

June 2019 Newsletter

By Julie Retherford

The library staff and board want to acknowledge the passing of beloved longtime library supporter and Board member Vi Lovejoy.  As with former director Susana Fernandez, you can see Vi’s name and impact here daily—building and vendor contracts, board decisions, fundraising efforts, the plaque in our library lobby, and more.  Even though I didn’t know Vi, I appreciate all the work she did for this library, and we all express our sympathy for her family.

It’s Summer Reading Time! To launch this year’s summer reading “A Universe of Stories” program, we are having a big Kick-Off BBQ and Touch-a-Truck Party on June 29 from 1 – 3 p.m.!  Join us outside in the overflow lot for free food, games, prizes, fire trucks, coast guard boats, and more.  Entry is free, and we’ll help you get signed up for our summer reading program. We’ll have reading goals and prizes for kids and adults throughout the summer.  

June Events

***All library events are FREE and open to the public! If you have any questions please contact us at (541) 469-7738 or visit our website, www.chetcolibrary.org.***

Youth:

Story Time (Pre-K), Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Legos 4 Little Ones (Ages 0-6), Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

STEAM (Ages 7+), Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

TechKnow (Ages 10+), Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m. (NO TechKnow on June 5.)

Family:

Touch-a-Truck and BBQ on Saturday, June 29 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Saturday Night Movie Series, Every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. To find out the movie titles we’re showing, check out our website events calendar or call us to request the schedule.

Movie Night (PG-13), Friday June 14 at 6:30 p.m.

“Dig into Your Library” gardening program, Friday June 7 and June 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Adult:

June 1, 2:30 p.m., Local Author Event with Georgia Cockerham

June 4, 2 p.m., Pompeiian Wall Art with Leslie Wolf

June 8, 3 p.m., Hand Loom Weaving demonstration with Jane Opiat

June 14, 9 a.m., Library Board Meeting with Executive Session

Displays: This month’s book display is “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The covers of our recommended reads have been replaced with the first line of the book. Like the preview? Then check out the book! The Large Meeting Room will feature art by Christina Olsen, Dale Wells, and Horst Wolf with the theme of “Whimsy.”  The lobby display will be all about the Kite Festival.

Newsletter March 2019

By Julie Retherford

Calling all volunteers!

Have you been looking for a way to connect with your community and get involved? We may have an opportunity for you. Our Friends of the Library group is looking for people who may be interested in being on the Friends of the Library board. The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, charitable organization that works to provide support to fund and our library.  As a board member, you’d help coordinate activities, attend quarterly board meetings, and help with the well-established and profitable semiannual book sales. If you are interested or want to learn more, stop by the library and ask for me (Julie) or email me at julie@chetcolibrary.org. Or you can reach out to one of our current board members—Tony Parrish, Sylvia Kennett, or Marilyn Hart. 

Adult Events

Poetry Slam, March 9, 3pm. Come celebrate the beauty of the written and spoken word at our Spring Community Poetry Slam! Performers may bring their own poetry or recite a poem by their favorite poet. Sign up to perform at the door. Enter to win poetry-themed door prizes!

When Timber was King: The Rise & Decline of Southern Oregon’s Wood Products Industry, March 30, 4pm. Archaeologist and historian Jeff LaLande will explore what was once Southern Oregon’s greatest job creator: the timber industry. Dr. LaLande, a retired professor at Southern Oregon University and a contributor to the Oregon Encyclopedia, will discuss why logging holds such an important place in our history, why it has declined, and what its future may be.

Youth Events

Play and Learn, Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm. Play and Learn is an organized play group for children ages 0-5 and the people who take care of them. Children and their caregivers play together, and the facilitator will help caregivers learn more about how playing at home together will help your child grow and learn. Play and Learn is sponsored by Southwestern Community College.

Storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am.  Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Linda each Wednesday morning for stories, songs, and games in the large meeting room.

Tech Know. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm. In this group, elementary and middle schoolers work together on technology projects that teach creativity and engineering concepts. This group is open to all young people ages seven and up.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm. Our after-school STEAM program meets to work on projects that teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts, and is designed for kids in elementary and middle school. Note: There will be no STEAM program on Thursday, March 14.

Legos 4 Little Ones, Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm. Young children and their caregivers have full reign of our oversized Lego brick collection during this time for free building and play.

***All library events are FREE and open to the public! If you have any questions please contact us at (541) 469-7738 or visit our website, chetcolibrary.org.***

Display

In the lobby display case, the Quilter’s Group will be displaying a selection of homemade items.

In the Large Meeting Room, there will be a display of paintings by a Gold Beach artist Magda Druzdzel, Alexandra Eyer and Paul Renner. 

The circulation display for March will have a selection of books by and about women to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Newsletter January 2019

Chetco Community Public Library Logo

Happy New Year from the Chetco Library! We hope everyone in the community had a relaxing and joyful holiday season, and are just as excited for 2019 as we are!

Children’s Activities

Story Time. Wednesdays, 10:30am, Large Meeting Room. Infants through Pre-K and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Linda for weekly stories, songs, and simple crafts.

Tech Know. Wednesdays, 3:30pm, Large Meeting Room. This afterschool program for late elementary and middle schoolers has weekly technology-focused games and activities.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30pm, Large Meeting Room. In this afterschool program, elementary and middle schoolers learn teamwork and work on weekly projects with a theme of science, technology, engineering, art, or math.

LEGOs 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:00am, Large Meeting Room. Infants through Pre-K and their caregivers have free reign of our oversized LEGO brick collection! Refreshments are provided.

January Programs

Why Do-It-Yourself? A Community Conversation. Wednesday, January 9, 6:00pm, Large Meeting Room. Are we as self-sufficient as we can be? As we should be? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself? Join a free community conversation that investigates why we strive to be makers and doers in a world that provides more conveniences than ever before.

This is the focus of “Why DIY? Self-Sufficiency and American Life,” a free conversation with Jennifer Burns Bright. Jennifer Burns Bright is a food educator and travel writer based in Astoria, Oregon. She moved to the coast after many years teaching literature at the University of Oregon, where she researched modernism and desire, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies, and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread. She holds a PhD from the University of California at Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification from OSU Extension. When she’s not out gathering seaweed or fermenting fruit, she might be found interviewing young farmers, old pirates, and mad scientists.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Pier Ricco at 541-469-7738 or pier@chetcolibrary.org. This program is hosted by the Chetco Community Public Library and Friends of the Chetco Library and is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

On Display

Circulation Display: “New Beginnings.” Start 2019 with something new! Every book on display this month is the first in a series.

Lobby Display: A collection of wood-turned bowls and assorted wood carvings.

Large Meeting Room: A collection of paintings by Sara Broderick, Pete Chasar, and Dave Howell.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Newsletter December 2018

Chetco Community Public Library LogoBy Julie Retherford

Thank you to the Friends of the Library!

We want to thank the Friends of the Library and our community for another successful book sale.  Our Friends of the Library board chair, Tony Parrish, and all of the Book Sale volunteers worked so hard to put the sale together. They raised nearly $5,000 for the library.  We are grateful for the work they do because it helps us do the work we do! The Friends of the Library are looking for people to volunteer for the book store, future book sales, and possible other leadership roles in the future. If you think you may be interested in getting involved, stop by the library and talk to Julie and she’ll put you in touch with the right person.

Holiday Contest: Unwrap a Great Read is Back!

Looking for a reason to refresh your reading list? Need a new author in your life? Enter our Unwrap a Great Read contest this holiday season! During the month of December, a collection of wrapped books for adults and children will be on display by the front desk. Each book will have a tag with clues about the book’s subject or plot—but you won’t know what you’re getting until you unwrap the book at checkout! You may be rewarded if you decide to Unwrap a Great Read—any patron who checks a book out from this display will have their name entered in a drawing to win a new Echo Dot Smart Speaker!  The second-place winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, and the third-place winner will receive a $25 Fred Meyer Gift Card. Winners will be drawn and contacted at 4:30pm on Friday December 21. One entry is allowed per person per day.

Help us learn about you!

As we look forward to next year and beyond, we want to hear from you! Over the next few weeks, we are asking the community to answer a series of simple questions for us.  If you stop by the library, please take the time to jot down your answer and stick it up on the glass by the circulation desk where the questions are posted.  We will use your answers as we look to how best serve our community.  Your answers do not have to relate to the library—just answer honestly. If you don’t come to the library, we would still love to hear from you!  You can email Julie at julie@chetcolibrary.org with answers to the following three questions: What do you value most about our community? What one thing would make your life easier? What one thing do you wish you knew how to do? 

Family Events

Miss Linda is holding a Youth Volunteer Round-Up Day on Saturday, December 15th from 10am to 1pm. Both kids and adults are encouraged to apply. Come in and fill out an application, and she’ll be doing on-the-spot interviews. 

Library Holiday Party with Santa!, December 21st, 5:30-7:30pm.  We are getting together to enjoy the spirit of friends and family, and we’d like to share it with you.  Santa will be here! We will have storytelling, games for kids, refreshments, an ugly sweater contest, and prizes. 

Youth Events

Play and Learn, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Play and Learn is a NEW organized play group for children ages 0-5 and the people who take care of them. Children and their caregivers play together, and the facilitator will help caregivers learn more about child development, how children learn through play, and what you can do at home to help them grow and learn. Play and Learn is sponsored by Southwestern Community College.

Storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am. (NO Story Time on 12/5 or 12/26.) Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Linda each Wednesday morning for stories, songs, and games in the large meeting room. Santa will be visiting our December 19th Storytime!  

Tech Know. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm. (NO Tech Know on 12/26.) In this group, elementary and middle schoolers work together on technology projects that teach creativity and engineering concepts. This group is open to all young people ages seven and up.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm. (NO STEAM on 12/27.) Our after-school STEAM program meets to work on projects that teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts, and is designed for kids in elementary and middle school.

Legos 4 Little Ones, Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm. Young children and their caregivers have full reign of our oversized Lego brick collection during this time for free building and play.

Adult Events

Poetry Slam. Saturday, December 8th, 3pm. Come celebrate the beauty of the written and spoken word at our Winter Community Poetry Slam! Performers may bring their own poetry or recite a poem by their favorite poet. Sign up to perform at the door. Enter to win poetry-themed door prizes!

***All library events are FREE and open to the public! If you have any questions please contact us at (541) 469-7738 or visit our website, chetcolibrary.org.***

Newsletter November 2018

Chetco Community Public Library LogoBy Julie Retherford, Director

It’s BOOKSALE TIME!

This month is the Friends of the Chetco Library’s bi-annual book sale in the large meeting room of the library! The library is so thankful to our Friends group for the hard work they put into raising funds for us.  The fundraisers help pay for program supplies, books, and various special projects & needs that come up throughout the year. 

This sale is going to be a big one! We have rooms and closets stuffed to capacity with boxes of books waiting to be brought out and sold.  The sale will take place on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 8: 10am-4pm
  • Friday, November 9: 10am-4pm
  • Saturday, November 10: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday, November 11: Noon-3pm ($2 BAG SALE)

The Friends of the Chetco Library are still looking for volunteers to help work the sale.  If you’d like to volunteer, call or stop by the library and we’ll get you signed up.

Youth Events

Play and Learn, Tuesday, November 20th, 10:30-11:30am. Play and Learn is a NEW organized play group for young children and the people who take care of them. Each group has a facilitator that plans and sets up activities for the children and their caregivers to play together. Facilitators help care givers learn more about child development, how children learn through play, and what caregivers can do at home to help the children in their care grow and learn. Play and Learn is sponsored by Southwestern Community College. It will run on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30am, for nine weeks. It’s open to children ages up to five years.

This program is facilitated by Gina McDonald, Head Start Family Education Specialist from Brookings, and Billie Furuichi, staff member for Care Connections Resource & Referral who is bilingual and can do Spanish Story Times!

Storytime. Wednesday, November 21st ONLY, 10:30-11:30am. It’s that time a year when we get to spend extra time with our families and friends and the library’s annual book sale. Because of this, Story Time will only be on Wednesday, November 21st at 10:30am.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Friday, November 30th ONLY, 10:00am-12:00pm. Young children and their caregivers have full reign of our oversized Lego brick collection during this time for free building and play. (Please take note that during the school year Legos 4 Little Ones is 10:30am-12pm, vs 10:30am to 1pm during the summer.)

Adult Events

Wild Mushrooms of Coastal Oregon. Saturday, November 24th, 2-4pm, Large Meeting Room. Local mushroom superfan Kathleen Dickson shares her years of experience in identifying and harvesting wild mushrooms.

Russ Oelheim’s Old Time Guitar and Banjo Blues! Tuesday, November 27th, 6-7:30pm, Large Meeting Room. Join Brookings musician/singer/folklorist Russ Oelheim for a family-friendly evening of music and stories from a bygone era. Come celebrate a uniquely American art form!

Wild and Scenic River: An American Legacy. Wednesday, November 28th, 5-6:30pm, Large Meeting Room. Join southern Oregon’s own Tim Palmer for a slide show based on his newest book, Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy. An award-winning author and photography whose work has been praised by President Jimmy Carter, Tim is a tireless Advocate for the rivers that are such an essential part of the land we call home.

***All library events are FREE and open to the public! If you have any questions please contact us at (541) 469-7738 or visit our online events calendar at chetcolibrary.org/events.***

On Display

In the lobby display case, Allene Fewell will be displaying a selection of homemade greeting cards.

In the Large Meeting Room, there will be a display of paintings by a variety of artists.

Holiday Closures

The library will observe the following holiday closures this month:

  • Monday, November 12: Closed for Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 22 & Friday, November 23: Closed for Thanksgiving

Newsletter October 2018

Chetco Community Public Library LogoBy Julie Retherford, Library Director

Thank you to our amazing library staff!

You may not know that one of our employees has been writing this newsletter for the last several months.  She has done a fantastic job! But now that I’ve been here a little while and have gotten my feet under me, I figure it’s time for me to take this extra work off of her plate.  Thanks to Kat for stepping up and taking care of this (and many other things!) during the last several months.  As a matter of fact, I have been so fortunate to step into a library with such a great staff—Phil, Linda, Kat, Patti, Pier, Carla, Alice, & Frank have been so helpful and patient with me as I learn all about this library and the community we serve.  And we also have two new employees—Erik & Avi.  If you haven’t been over to meet them yet, please stop by. Ask them something tricky and test them… I think they are up for the challenge. 😉  Not every town is lucky enough to get a library full of great workers, and I am so happy to be here working along with them.

Family Events

Spooky Story Night. October 26th, 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for loads of spooky fun! Not too scary for the little ones, but not too childish for the older ones. We’ll have games & activities (like bobbing for donuts!), guest storytellers sharing spooky stories & poems, and a costume contest.

Mark your November calendars… the biannual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be November 8-10th from 10am-4pm, with our special $2 bag sale on November 11th from 12-3pm. Every spare storage space is stuffed to the brim with books, so it’s going to be a good one.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Beginning October 8th you can bring in your decorated pumpkin to be placed on display and entered to win a prize drawing. The drawing will be on October 31st.

It’s time for our annual Candy Corn Counting Contest. Stop by and see if you can guess exactly how many Candy Corn pieces are in the jar.

Youth Events

Storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Linda each Wednesday morning for stories, songs, and games in the large meeting room.

Tech Know. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm. In this group, elementary and middle schoolers work together on technology projects that teach creativity and engineering concepts. This group is open to all young people ages seven and up.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm. Our after-school STEAM program meets to work on projects that teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts, and is designed for kids in elementary and middle school. Join us for a special event during our October 18th & 25th STEAM events, where we’ll be making costumes. Come join the fun! All materials provided.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm. Young children and their caregivers have full reign of our oversized Lego brick collection during this time for free building and play. (Please take note that during the school year Legos 4 Little Ones is 10:30am-12pm, vs 10:30am to 1pm during the summer.)

Adult Events

Meet the Author. October 6th, 2pm, Large Meeting Room.  Meet local resident and author Shirley Hyatt.  She is the author of the recently released story collection Twenty Tales with a Twist. Shirley says this is the perfect book to be kept next to your armchair or tucked into your travel bag to keep you entertained on a train or a plan.

Climate Change Coming Home with Bill Bradbury. October 10th, 6-8pm, Large Meeting Room. Bandon resident and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will discuss how climate change is affecting Oregon and the Northwest today, as well as what the future may bring.

Master Gardeners: Getting Ready to Plant. October 13th, 10:30am-12pm, Large Meeting Room. Scott will present on landscaping basics and ideas for the fall.  He will talk about possible plant choices and considerations for success in your landscaping.  If you bring your yard layout drawn on some clear plastic, we can look at the specifics of your situation as we project your image on an overhead projector.

***All library events are FREE and open to the public! If you have any questions contact us at (541) 469-7738 or on our website.***

Display

In the lobby display case, the Wild River Mushroom Club will be showcasing some mushroom hunting books, field guides, posters, and other items.

In the Large Meeting Room, there will be a display titled “Local Color and Black and White,” featuring the artwork of Rachel Gates, Kathy Huxley, Eva Marie Klass, and Richard Leathers.

The circulation display for October will have a selection of horror movies and books with the theme “All Caught Up On Stephen King?”

Newsletter September 2018

September is Library Card Signup Month

Round out your back-to-school list with the most valuable school supply of all—a library card! September marks the beginning of another school year, and is also National Library Card Signup Month. Having a public library card can greatly expand a child’s access to educational resources outside the classroom. In addition to homework help, WiFi access, and computer workstations, our library network provides access to than 490,000 books, movies, magazines, and more. Please stop in this month and let us know how we can help your student succeed.

After-School Programming Available

In addition to our programs for preschoolers, we have two after-school programs for elementary and middle school students on our calendar this year:

Storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Linda each Wednesday morning for stories, songs, and games in the large meeting room.

Tech Know. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm. In this group, elementary and middle schoolers work together on technology projects that teach creativity and engineering concepts. This group is open to all young people ages seven and up.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm. Our after-school STEAM program meets to work on projects that teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts, and is designed for kids in elementary and middle school.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:30am-1:00pm. Young children and their caregivers have full reign of our oversized Lego brick collection during this time for free building and play.

Adult Programming

Brookings Discussion Café: Homelessness in Brookings. Wednesday, September 5, 6:00-8:00pm. Join host Boyd Allen and discussion panel members Bernie Lindley, Georgia Nowlin, and Beth Barker-Hidalgo for a discussion panel on the issue of homelessness in our local area. A question-and-answer session will follow. This program is presented in partnership with KCIW and the Curry Coastal Pilot, and will be recorded for future broadcast on KCIW.

Community Gardening Lecture. Saturday, September 8, 10:30-Noon. Master Gardener Debianne Harpole will share a presentation titled “The Healing Power of Fruits and Vegetables.” Debianne will discuss the twelve body systems and provide information about how to prepare natural foods to maximize health benefits.

Fall Poetry Slam. Saturday, September 8, 3:00-5:00pm. Join us in the large meeting room for our Fall Poetry Slam! This event is scheduled as part of September’s Art Walk, and poets and poetry lovers of all ages are invited. If you sign up to read or recite a poem in our large meeting room, you will be entered to win a door prize.

Space Camp: A Presentation by Marilyn Hart, PhD. Wednesday, September 26, 3:30-5:00pm. Learn about the history and the holdings of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Students are invited to attend to learn more about Space Camp and about the eight astronauts and two cosmonauts who graduated from there. Aeronautics and astronomy enthusiasts of all ages are welcome.

All library programs are free to the public. To learn more about programs, events, and displays at the library, please call us at 541-469-7738, visit the library at 405 Alder Street in Brookings, or learn more on our website, chetcolibrary.org.

On Display

At the circulation desk, we currently have a display titled “Coming of Age.” From September 23-29, we will feature a display in recognition of Banned Books Week.

For the month of September, the large meeting room will feature a collection of art by Pete Chasar, Tom Farmer, John Gehl, and Jay Mosby titled “A Variety Show.”

The lobby display case will feature a historical display by the Girl Scouts of America.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.

Newsletter August 2018

Chetco Community Public LibrarySummer Reading Is Heating Up!

There are now three weeks left in our Summer Reading Program, which means there are three chances left to enter our Summer Reading Bingo contest! The last day to turn in a Bingo Card is August 18, and we will hold our prize drawings on August 20. If you want to participate in Summer Reading Bingo, you can pick up a bingo card at the front desk or download one from our online Summer Reading Portal, chetcolibrary.org/SRP.

The rules are simple: read great books that fit the descriptions on your bingo card. Turn in a single line bingo to enter our small prize drawing, which includes gift certificates to local bookstores, tickets to local performing arts events, local art pieces and gift baskets. If you turn in a blackout (all squares filled in), you’ll be entered in our grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Anyone ages 16 and up can participate, and you can turn in one card per week.

For kids, our traditional Summer Reading program also runs through August 18. Kids of all ages are invited to turn in weekly reading logs in exchange for prizes from our Summer Reading Treasure Chest.

For full Summer Reading Program details, printable Bingo cards and reading logs, and recommended summer reading lists, please visit our online Summer Reading Portal, chetcolibrary.org/SRP.

Special Workshop Series: Gardening Basics for Kids

The Chetco Library is partnering with the Curry County Master Gardeners to present “Gardening Basics for Kids,” a special series of gardening workshops for children. These free, hands-on workshops feature fun activities designed to excite youth about gardening. Classes will take place each Tuesday in August at the Library Annex, 402 Alder Street, from 3:00-4:00pm.

Gardening Basics for Kids will cover the following topics:

  • August 7: Weeding and Planting
  • August 14: Soil Health
  • August 21: Watering
  • August 28: Plant Identification

Kids 7 and older are invited to participate; please note that children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required, and children may attend any number of workshops that interest them. For more information, contact Curry County Master Gardeners office in Gold Beach at 541-247-6672 or Julia Bott, Master Gardener/event coordinator in Brookings at 650-520-5673.

August’s Weekly Youth Programs:

Story Time (Toddlers and PreK): Wednesdays, 10:30—11:30am

Robotics (Ages 9 and Up): Wednesdays, 3:00—5:00pm

S.T.E.A.M. Activities (Ages 7-13): Thursdays, 3:30—5:30pm

Legos 4 Little Ones (Ages 2-6): Fridays, 11:00am—Noon

Adult Programming

Wednesday, August 1—Kelp Crafting with Sherryl Griffin. August will kick off with a special beach-themed crafting class, hosted by local artist Sherryl Griffin. Learn how to make a variety of crafts from bull kelp and other beachcombing finds. This workshop will take place in the large meeting room on Wednesday, August 1, from 6:00—7:30pm.

Thursday, August 16—We Need to Talk: Family Conversations With Older Drivers. Talking to older family members about driving safety concerns can be a sensitive conversation. This presentation, packed with facts gathered by leading insurance companies, offers tips and guidance for starting productive and positive conversations with older loved ones. This program will take place in the large meeting room on Thursday, August 16, from 6:00—8:00pm.

On Display

At the circulation desk, we are continuing our display of Summer Reading Bingo recommendations through August 18. You can also pick up a Reading Bingo Card from this display area.

For the months of August and September, the large meeting room will feature a collection of art by Pete Chasar, Tom Farmer, John Gehl, and Jay Mosby titled “A Variety Show.”

The lobby display case will feature a variety of antique Asian art pieces from the personal collection of local resident Janet Seikel.

All library programs are free to the public. To learn more about programs, events, and displays at the library, please call us at 541-469-7738, visit the library at 405 Alder Street in Brookings, or learn more on our events page, chetcolibrary.org/events.

Newsletter July 2018

Chetco Community Public LibrarySummer Reading Program: Activities Continue through August 17

Summer Reading 2018 has officially started, but it’s not too late to get in on the fun! Summer Reading runs from June 25 through August 17, and there are activities for adults as well as children this year. For adults, check out our Summer Reading Bingo Contest! Anyone sixteen or older may pick up a Summer Reading Bingo card from the library’s front desk or print a card from our online Summer Reading Portal, chetcolibrary.org/SRP. Read or listen to books, magazines, or other reading materials that match the categories on the bingo squares. You can turn in one bingo card per person, per week. Turning in a card with a bingo earns an entry in our small-prize drawing, which includes gift certificates, tickets to local theater performances, and local art pieces. If you complete a blackout (all squares filled in), you can enter a drawing for our grand prize—a new Kindle Fire! Full details and rules for Reading Bingo are listed on the back of the Reading Bingo cards, or can be found online at chetcolibrary.org/SRP.

For children, we have daily Summer Reading activities for children ages 0-15, as well as our annual summer reading log prizes. For full details on this year’s Summer Reading Program for children, please pick up a brochure in our Children’s Department or contact Miss Linda.

New Youth Programs Launched

Miss Linda launched new regular programs for children and teens in the final week of June. These programs are separate from Summer Reading and will be available year-round. Here’s what’s new in the Children’s Department:

Morning Maker Space. Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:00am—12:00pm. Miss Linda has put together a brand-new Maker Space Cart loaded with materials that encourage experimentation and creative play. Morning Maker Space is open to children of all ages.

Teen Robotics. Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00pm. Teens are invited to come learn the fundamentals of robotics from knowledgeable volunteers and build their own unique creations. This group is open to tweens and teens ages 9-18.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:30am—12:00pm. With creation tables and a bunch of standard and oversized Lego blocks, this morning activity is perfect for engaging children ages 0-8.

Creation Station Saturdays. Saturdays, 3:30—5:00pm. This program combines our Lego Blocks and Maker Space Cart. Young people of all ages are invited to come build, create, and try new craft techniques.

In addition to these new programs, our Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers continues every Wednesday morning at 10:30am. July’s Story Time theme is “Celebrations of our World.”

We are also continuing our Thursday afternoon STEAM activities. Every Thursday at 3:30pm, kids in elementary and middle school can come build fun projects and explore concepts related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Adult Programming and Events

Songs and Stories with Russ Oelheim. Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm—8:00pm. Join guitarist, banjo player, and storyteller Russ Oelheim for a musical adventure the whole family will enjoy! Russ is a beloved local artist who specializes in Blues and American folklore. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Chetco Library and will take place in the large meeting room.

Library Director Community Reception. Saturday, July 14, 3:00—5:00pm. The community is invited to a welcome reception for the Chetco Community Public Library’s new Director, Julie Retherford. Ms. Retherford joins the Chetco Community Public Library after years of service for the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library in Ohio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Communications from Ohio University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.

This event takes place in the library’s large meeting room. Ms. Retherford will be available to greet and get acquainted with members of the community. Refreshments will be served. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Retherford to the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast.

Community Discussion: The Opioid Crisis in Curry County. Wednesday, July 25, 6:00–8:00pm. The abuse of opioid pain medications is one of the greatest health risks facing Curry County residents. Join PDO Prevention Specialist Kate Frame in the library’s large meeting room to find out what the opioid crisis looks like in Curry County, how people are currently working to solve the problem, and ways that any community member can be a part of the solution. 

All library programs are free to the public. If you have a question about any of programs or events at the library, please call us at 541-469-7738, visit us at 405 Alder Street in Brookings, or find more information online on the library’s Facebook page or at chetcolibrary.org/events.

On Display

In the large meeting room, a display of photographs by various artists titled “Images of Brookings” will continue through the month of July.

In the lobby display case, the Festival of Art will feature a display of artwork and handicrafts from various artists and vendors as a preview of the upcoming festival.

At the circulation desk, the library continues its display of Summer Reading Recommendations. Stop by the display to pick up a Bingo Card and find a recommendation to help complete your summer reading list.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We wish everyone in the community a safe and happy holiday!