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 May 2018

Chetco Community Public LibraryMay is Azalea Festival season in Brookings, which means it’s nearly time for the Friends of the Chetco Library’s Memorial Day Book Sale! We have thousands of used books to browse through this year, which you can take home for bargain prices. The book sale will take place on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, May 24, 10AM—4PM
  • Friday, May 25, 10AM—4PM
  • Saturday, May 26, 10AM—4PM
  • Sunday, May 27, 12—3PM

Don’t forget, Sunday is $2 bag sale day! Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Friends of the Chetco Library, which generously supports library programming throughout the year. We hope to see you there!

Adult Programming

“Community Disaster Preparedness: A Discussion.” Thursday, May 3, 6:00PM, large meeting room. Join Curry County Emergency Services Coordinator Jeremy Dumire and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Emergency Manager Kymmie Scott for a discussion on how local residents can prepare for the natural and manmade disasters that could strike our region.

“Working to Save Bees.” Saturday, May 12, 10:30AM, large meeting room. Past president of the Oregon South Coast Beekeepers Association Jim Sorber will discuss issues with pesticides and how to handle bees successfully. The event is part of the 2018 Master Gardener™ lecture series.

Children’s Programming

“Story Time for Toddlers and Preschoolers.” Wednesdays, 10:30AM, large meeting room. Join Miss Linda each week for stories, songs, and simple crafts.

“STEAM 1.” Thursdays, 3:30PM, large meeting room. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each week, kids ages 7 and up are invited to tinker with fun projects and learn STEAM concepts with Miss Linda.

“Rhythm Time.” Most Saturdays, 10:00AM, large meeting room. This high-energy program is geared toward preschoolers, but kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun. Rhythm Time helps kids learn about colors, shapes, patterns and more through music and movement.

On Display

Front Desk Display: This month’s theme is “Locally Made.” Library staff have selected a number of titles written by local authors, as well as local history books. Take home a local book and celebrate our local history and culture leading up to the Azalea Festival at the end of the month!

Lobby Display Case: For the month of May, we have a collection of wooden sculptures by local artist Dan Gray.

Large Meeting Room: A continuation of the “California Dreamin’” display, featuring paintings by Cathy Dean, Pauline Holmes, Kaye Stover, and Stephen Washburn.

New On the Shelf:


“The 17th Suspect,” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The latest installment in Patterson’s bestselling Women’s Murder Club series.

“Adjustment Day,” by Chuck Palahniuk. The author of Fight Club is back with a new novel about corruption, government conspiracies, and the beginning of World War III.

“Clockwork Dynasty,” by Daniel H. Wilson. When young scientist discovers a centuries-old mechanical doll in the backcountry of Eastern Oregon, she is unwittingly drawn into the middle of a secret centuries-long war.

“Love and Ruin,” by Paula McLain. From the bestselling author of “The Paris Wife” comes a novel about Ernest Hemingway and his tumultuous marriage with reporter Martha Gellhorn.

“The Princess Bride: Deluxe Illustrated Edition,” edited by William Goldman. Fans of the book and movie alike can enjoy this classic tale, which includes color maps and newly-imagined character sketches.


“Atlas of a Lost World,” by Craig Childs. Childs explores the latest theories about how North America came to be populated by Paleolithic peoples.

“No Higher Loyalty,” by James Comey. An account of Comey’s two-decade career in law and law enforcement.

“Bellevue,” by David Oshinsky. A history of the nation’s oldest public hospital.


“The Greatest Showman.” Hugh Jackman stars as American circus celebrity P.T. Barnum in this show-stopping musical.

“Phantom Thread.” A celebrated dressmaker’s life is turned upside down when a strong-willed woman becomes his muse and lover. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps.

“The Disaster Artist.” The Franco brothers team up with Seth Rogan in this based-on-a-true-story film about an aspiring filmmaker.

“The Handmaid’s Tale, Season One.” Catch up with the award-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel now that the second season has premiered on Hulu.

“A Place to Call Home, Season Five.” Set in 1950s Australia, this period drama centers on the life of a nurse seeking a fresh start after twenty years in Europe.




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 February 2018

Chetco Library LOGOYouth Programming

Join us this February for a wealth of programming in the Library’s Youth Department!

Story Time’s February theme is “Languages of Our World.” Together we will learn about the customs and traditions of the written word, with Miss Linda continuing to teach the children simple sign language and Miss Emily leading the way in getting the wiggles out. Story Time is every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30am for kids preschool age and under in the large meeting room.

Rhythm Time is on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 to 11:00am. In concert we learn rhythmic movement through shapes, letters, colors, and sounds by utilizing twirling ribbons, shakers and a host of other fun things. It’s open to kids age twelve and younger. Please note that there will be no Rhythm Time the first Saturday in February.

Craft Time for kids is now on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30pm for children ages seven and older. Stop by and see what types of creative activities Miss Linda has for you.

Don’t forget that homework help is always available and there is no age limit. See Miss Linda if you have any questions.

Please check the events page on our website,, for updates and information. We’re always adding new programs and services!

Adult Programming

There will be two special events taking place on February 22:

“Medicare 101.” February 22, 3:00-5:00pm. Individuals qualify for Medicare at age 65. If you are at or approaching that age, join us for our Medicare 101 Class! In this one-day class, students will learn about the following topics:

  • What Medicare is and isn’t
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Secondary insurance
  • Financial assistance
  • Fraud protection
  • The difference between Medicare parts A and B
  • And much more!

For more information, call 503-947-7088 or send an email to This program is presented by Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) group and the Chetco Library

“Music with Les Stansell.” February 22, 6:00-7:30pm. There will be a concert with Pistol River musician Les Stansell in the large meeting room. Stansell, a musician, instrument maker, and concert promoter, will perform live songs on homemade instruments.

Programs at the Chetco Library are free to the public; all are welcome to attend. For questions about programming at the library, please call 541-469-7738, visit our events page at, or visit our circulation desk whenever the library is open.

On Display

For the month of February, there will be a display of paintings in the large meeting room by Tom Moody, Don Munson, and Buzz Stewart. This month’s theme is “Wild and Wonderful.”

In the lobby display case, Mod Squard Quilters will present a collection of small and colorful quilted pieces.

New in Nonfiction

Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff. This controversial title takes an inside look at the Trump White House.

Cowgirl Power, by Gay Gaddis. Gaddis, head of one of the largest woman-owned advertising agencies in the United States, gives women advice on how to advance their goals in life.

Lincoln and the Abolitionists, by Fred Kaplan. Explores how slavery and issues of race shaped the perspectives of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Quincy Adams.

Leaving the Wild, by Gavin Ehringer. A fresh look at the history of the domestication of animals, and its effect on the course of human history.

The Bad Food Bible, by Aaron Carroll. In a world of conflicting nutritional advice, Carroll advocates for the occasional indulgence in foods that have gained an unhealthy reputation.

New in Fiction

Red Clocks, by Leni Zumas. In this dystopian tale, centered on a small fishing community on the Oregon Coast, four women navigate a world in which abortion and in-vitro fertilization are no longer legal.

Fall from Grace, by Danielle Steel. A widow who loses out on an inheritance tries to make it big in the fashion world.

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, by Alan Bradley. The ninth installment of the popular Detective Flavia de Luce series.

Olympus Bound, by Jordanna Max Brodsky. The final volume in Brodsky’s modern mythological trilogy.

Grist Mill Road, by Christopher J. Yates. Yates’ sophomore novel opens with a violent act involving three teenagers, then revisits the event from their adult perspectives.

New in Video

Doctor Blake, Season Four. The fourth season of the popular Australian mystery series.

This Beautiful Fantastic. A shy young librarian who dreams of writing children’s books finds an unlikely mentor in her next door neighbor.

The Dark Tower. The film adaptation of the Stephen King classic, starring Idris Elba.

Wayne Classics Collection. A collection of John Wayne’s most popular films.

Baby Driver. A gifted young getaway driver attempts to leave behind his life of crime.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Monday, February 19, in observance of President’s Day.

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 December 2017

Chetco LibraryThe library wishes to thank all of the volunteers and community members who made this year’s Holiday Book Sale a resounding success! Your generous contributions of used books and funds help the Friends of the Library carry out their mission to support library programming.

The Friends of the Library also wish to thank their Library Bookstore volunteers, who work hard to raise money for library programming throughout the year. The Friends of Library Bookstore operates year-round in the Library Annex, selling books, audiobooks, DVDs, and much more at low prices. The bookstore is open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays from 11:00am—4:00pm.

We are also happy to announce that beginning January 2, the library will return to operating six days a week! The library’s new operating hours will be as follows:

  • Mondays: 10:00am—6:00pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am—7:00pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 10:00am—6:00pm
  • Closed Sundays

We thank the community for its patience and understanding during our temporarily reduced hours in the fall, and look forward to returning to a consistent operating schedule with full staff coverage.

December Programs

For teens ages twelve and up, the Teen Writer’s group will meet the first and third Friday of the month from 5:00-6:00pm in the Library Annex. Come share your writing and get inspired!

December 1, 6:00pm—Folksongs of the Winter Holidays. The library will kick off the month of December with a special holiday concert by folk musician and storyteller Adam Miller. Join us in the large meeting room to hear traditional holiday folk songs from around the world.


Contest–Unwrap a Great Read this Holiday Season

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 next to the library’s Christmas tree. 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 complete hardcover set of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series!  Second and third-place winners will receive a $15 Fred Meyer Gift Card. Winners will be drawn at 5:30pm on December 22. One entry is allowed per person per day.


In the large meeting room, there will be a display of paintings by local artists Christina Olsen, Alexandra Eyer, Pat Renner, and Magda Druzdzel. The theme of this month’s display is “Winter Wonderland.”

In the lobby display case, Connie Andersen will showcase a collection of crèches, commonly referred to as Christmas Nativity scenes.

Do you have artistic talent, a special collection, or an interesting piece of history you’d like to share with the community? The library is currently seeking applicants interested in showcasing their art and collections in the Lobby Display Case. Each display remains on view to the public for one month, and is an ideal location to showcase your talents and passions. Display case applications are available at the library front desk; if you have questions about displays in our lobby, please contact Karen Munson at 541-661-0428.

New in Fiction

Tom Clancy: Power and Empire, by Marc Cameron. US President Jack Ryan faces off against a hostile Chinese government.

Past Perfect, by Danielle Steel. Two families, living hundreds of years apart, suddenly collide in the aftermath of an earthquake.

The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg. A teenager, a widower, and his nosy neighbor find friendship and hope in the least likely of places.

The People vs. Alex Cross, by James Patterson. The latest Alex Cross installment by the New York Times Best-Selling author.

Smile, by Roddy Doyle. After a chance run-in with a classmate, Victor Forde contends with painful, long-buried memories of his time at a Catholic private school.

City of Brass, by J.A. Chakraborty. A young con artist in eighteenth-century Cairo discovers she’s the last descendant in a long line of powerful djinn healers. The first installment in Chakraborty’s new Daevabad Trilogy.

New in Nonfiction

The Un-Discovered Islands, by Malachy Tallack. Filled with whimsical illustrations, Tallack explores the myths, legends, and history of islands we once believed to be real, but are no longer on the map.

Prairie Fires, by Caroline Fraser. A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House on the Prairie books.

Slugfest, by Reed Tucker. A look at the epic battle between comic giants Marvel and DC, spanning a history of more than 50 years.

Quackery, by Lydia Kang. A colorfully illustrated history of the most outlandish cures and devastating scams in the medical field.

The Know-It-Alls, by Noam Cohen. Cohen chronicles the rise of Silicon Valley as a political and intellectual force in modern American life.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed or closing early in observance of the holidays on the following days:

Saturday, December 23: Open 10:00am to 3:00pm

Monday December 25: Closed, Christmas Day

Saturday, December 30: Open 10:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, January 1: Closed, New Year’s Day

Happy Holidays from the Chetco Library!

Newsletter November 2017

Chetco LibraryHoliday Closures

The holiday season is getting underway! We would like to remind our patrons that the library will be closed Saturday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. During the week of Thanksgiving, the library will be open Wednesday, November 22, from 10:00am—3:00pm. The library will be closed all day Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Children’s Programming

Due to the Library Booksale and the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no preschool storytimes on November 8, 15, or 22. Storytime returns at 10:30 a.m. on November 29, when we will learn more about turtles and take a closer look at Stephen, who has been the library’s pet turtle for more than twenty years!

Miss Linda is also excited to announce the start of Help with Homework, a new after-school program. Homework help is currently offered for all subjects except math, and takes place on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Children’s Area. Help is given on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have any questions about Help with Homework, please contact Miss Linda at 541-469-7738.

Library Booksale

It’s that time of year again! The Friends of the Library Holiday Booksale will take place Thursday, November 9, through Sunday, November 12, in the library’s large meeting room. The dates and times for the Holiday Booksale are as follows:

November 9-11: 10:00am—4:00pm

November 12: 12:00pm—3:00pm

Don’t forget, Sunday, November 12, is our one-day-only $2.00 bag sale! All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library to support library programming. 

Community Lecture: Publishing Basics

Have you ever wanted to publish, but are unsure where to start? Join library staff member Linda Young Thursday, November 30 at 6:00pm for a talk about the basics of publishing industry. Linda has a background in writing and the publishing industry, and will answer the most common questions aspiring writers have about traditional, subsidized, and self-publishing services. For more information about this free program, please call Linda at 541-469-7738.


Due to the upcoming Holiday Booksale, there will be no new art displays in the large meeting room until after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the lobby display case, the Compassionate Friends support group will have a display of photographs and information about the group.

Do you have artistic talent, a special collection, or an interesting piece of history you’d like to share with the community? The library is currently seeking applicants interested in showcasing their art and collections in the Lobby Display Case. Each display remains on view to the public for one month, and is an ideal location to showcase your talents and passions. Display case applications are available at the library front desk; if you have questions about displays in our lobby, please contact Karen Munson at 541-661-0428.

New in Fiction

In the Midst of Winter, by Isabel Allende. A minor traffic accident becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives.

Two Kinds of Truth, by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police, and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered

La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman. A prequel to Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.

Tell Tale, by Jeffrey Archer. A collection of short stories by the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

The Tiger’s Prey, by Wilbur Smith and Tom Harper. Tom Courtney, one of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, once again sets sail on a treacherous journey that will take him across the vast reaches of the ocean and pit him against dangerous enemies in exotic destinations.

New in Nonfiction

The Story of the Jews, Volume 2, by Simon Schama. Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish people from 1492 through the end of nineteenth century.

Ghosts of the Tsunami, by Richard Lloyd Parry. The definitive account of what happened, why, and above all how it felt, when catastrophe hit Japan in March of 2011.

Where the Past Begins, by Amy Tan. A new memoir by the New York Times best-selling author.

Endurance, by Scott Kelly. A memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station.

Soonish, by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith. The creators of the popular webcomic “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal” take a humorous look at ten emerging fields of science—and what it means for the future.

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.

August 2017 Newsletter

Chetco LibraryYouth Programming—Summer Reading Continues

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. Themes for the month are: August 9, Chemistry; August 16, Physics; August 23, Meteorology; August 30, Geology.

The Teen Writer’s Group meets from 5:00-6:00 on the first and third Fridays of each month in the Library Annex. Join other teens who like to write, share your work, and improve your writing skills. For ages 12 and up.

Summer Reading Program—Build a Better World. Summer Reading continues through Saturday, August 19. Children can record how much time they spend reading (or being read to) and turn in a weekly reading log for a prize and a ticket for a weekly Summer Reading raffle. This program is open to all youths in pre-school through age 14.

August 2, 6:30 and August 23, 6:30—Intergenerational Music Demo Class. Led by Tricia Bartlett-Iverson, all ages are invited to come together to sing, dance, shake shakers, and swing scarves. This program is structured to nurture the musical education of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, and to foster new and important relationships with our “Musical Grandfriends.”

August 5, 4:00—Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies. In this program, presented by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, children can learn how to build a shelter, design a boat, weave a shoe, or invent a fishing tool! This program presents the opportunity for kids to try out their 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. The whole family is welcome to participate!

August 9, 1:30—Explosions, Inc. This combination of exciting science demos, amazing showmanship, and good old-fashioned rock and roll is dedicated to showing all that is awesome and amazing about science in all of its various forms in a way that is accessible to audiences of all ages and walks of life. Youth of all ages are invited to attend.

August 26, 1:30—Music Together: Harmony & Me. Led by Tricia-Bartlett-Iverson, children ages birth through five years old, along with their parents and caregivers, will enjoy singing, dancing, and participating in an instrumental jam session.

Adult Programming

August 12, 10:30—Greenhouse Gardening with Grant Eberly. A continuation of the library’s “Gardening and Community” series.

August 15, 6:00—Supporting Brookings Teens: A Conversation with Alex Merritt. Brookings-Harbor High School’s Assistant Principle, Alex Merritt, will lead an interactive discussion about how Brookings residents can successfully support local teens, including strategies, mindsets, and contacts that can make a real difference in their lives. A teen panel will be included in the discussion.

August 18, 4:00—Meet the Authors. George Cockerham and Angela Ewing will read from and discuss their new novels. Georgia is the author of Murder on the Oregon Coast, the first in her series of murder mysteries. Angela is the author of The Gunpowder Conspiracy, based in part on a true event in English history, the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

August 24, 6:00—Crafting with Kelp: A Demonstration of Seaweed Art with Sherryl Griffin. Crescent City artist Sherryl Griffin will demonstrate how to use cured bull kelp and other natural materials gathered on local beaches to create and decorate household and art objects such as refrigerator magnets, candlesticks, vases, lamp shades, picture frames and wall art.

August 30, 5:00—All Ages Concert: Four Shillings Short. The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama and Christy Martin perform traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas, on an array of over thirty instruments, including dulcimers, mandolins, tin whistles, North Indian sitar, banjo, ukuleles, spoons and more.

Our programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Chetco Library.

New on the Shelf: Fiction

House of Spies, by Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon, the Israeli art restorer and spy, now the head of Israel’s secret intelligence service, pursues and ISIS mastermind.

Murder Games, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. An expert on serial murder becomes involved in the hunt for a New York City killer.

Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins. In this psychological thriller by the author of The Girl on the Train, women are found drowned in a river in an English town.

Use of Force, by Brad Thor. The counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is called in when a missing terrorism suspect drowns off the Italian coast.

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.

The Duchess, by Danielle Steele. A 19th-Century British duke’s daughter, disinherited by her half-brothers, flees to Paris to make a new life.

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall, by Diana Gabaldon. A collection of Outlander short fiction.

Two Nights, by Kathy Reichs. Sunday Night, the heroine of a new series from the creator of Temperance Brennan, searches for a girl who may have been kidnapped by a cult.

The Silent Corner, by Dean Koontz. An F.B.I. agent investigates an alarming surge in suicides, including her husband’s. The first in a new series.

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, by Susan Mallery. Sisters reconnect when one returns to their tulip-centered hometown.

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

Down a Dark Road, by Linda Castillo. Kate Burkholder, an Amish-born (but excommunicated) chief of police, believes that an old friend accused of his wife’s murder may be innocent.

Kiss Carlo, by Adriana Trigiani. Extended Italian-American families work, feud, and fall in love in the Philadelphia area in 1949.

New on the Shelf: Nonfiction

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.

Rediscovering Americanism, by Mark R. Levin. The radio host argues that the founding fathers would be shocked by the expansion of modern government.

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.

The Swamp, by Eric Bolling. The Fox News host suggests how Donald Trump can fight corruption and cronyism in Washington.

Understanding Trump, by Newt Gingrich. The former House Speaker explains the president’s philosophy and political agenda.

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

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

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.

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

New Lobby Display

This month’s lobby display case features dioramas by local wood sculptor Gary Vickerman.

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.