Coronavirus Plan

Dear library users,

The Governor’s office has issued recommendations for mitigating the impact of the virus. These recommendations include closing all public schools, cancelling many events, and maintaining a social distance of three feet whenever possible. The Chetco Community Public Library Board of Directors and I believe that now is the time to support our State’s efforts in minimizing potential spread.

Effective Monday, March 16th – Friday April 10th, all events and meeting room reservations at the Chetco Community Public Library are cancelled. Public hours are reduced to Monday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm.  

Please be assured–we are not panicking. We have researched the science and are confident that COVID-19 is mild for most people who get it. However, we also recognize that it is potentially dangerous for some seniors and those who are high risk. We want to protect them, and we do not want our dedicated healthcare professionals to become overwhelmed with patients and unable to provide the best treatment possible to those who truly need it.

Also beginning Monday, the Friends of the Library Bookstore in the Annex will be closed, and we will be closing half of our public computers to allow for more social distancing. We’ll disinfect computers between each use, and limit computer session length as needed to meet demand. All communal toys and games are being disinfected and put away. We will not be accepting any magazine or book donations. Health professionals say washing your hands (for 20 seconds) is the best option, so we will make sure soap dispensers are full, and we ask that you wash your hands frequently. We’ll also make hand sanitizer available to you while supplies last. If you are sick, please refrain from coming to the library. 

To make using the library as safe as we can for you, we are offering curbside delivery of materials during our new adjusted hours–just go online or call us to place items on hold. When you receive notice that your items have arrived, come to the library, park in a front parking spot, and give us a call with your library card handy. We’ll pull your items and bring them out to you. 

Our online resources will continue to be available, including hoopla and Library2Go, where you can checkout free e-books and audiobooks. Learn more about our online resources at our website. If you need help getting set up with those resources, give us a call or stop by during open hours. 

We thank you all so much for your support. We will continue to watch the situation and research the facts, and we will adjust accordingly. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for any changes or updates. We’ll be back up and running at full capacity as soon as we feel we can safely do so. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to use by email (contact@chetcolibrary.org), phone (541-469-7738), or even on Facebook chat. We’ll help you however we can.

Stay well, 

Julie Retherford, Library Director
Chetco Community Public Library
405 Alder St., Brookings, OR 97415
julie@chetcolibrary.org

Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

We have created a new page where you can access all available board meeting minutes and agendas. New minutes are not added until they are approved at the next board meeting. If you would like a copy of the draft minutes, you may request them by emailing a public records request to contact@chetcolibrary.org or by filling out our contact form.

To view agendas and minutes, hover over the About Us tab at the top right of the page, click on Board of Directors in the drop down. From there, click on Agendas & Minutes.

Board Meeting Notice

The Chetco Library Board of Directors will have their regular monthly meeting with an executive session to discuss personnel matters on Friday, October 11 at 9 a.m. in the Library Annex at 402 Alder St., Brookings.

Library Newsletter August 2019

By Julie Retherford

New Auto Repair Resource: ChiltonLibrary

Chetco Library cardholders can now access reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary! Trusted by automotive enthusiasts for more than 100 years, ChiltonLibrary supports “do-it-yourselfers” of all skill levels.

ChiltonLibrary provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today! This continually updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures as well as troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) simplify even the most complicated tasks.

In addition to finding repair information, library users are able to:

  • Look up recalls and service bulletins
  • Find estimated labor time helping users confidently estimate repair costs
  • Prepare for ASE mechanic certification with test prep quizzes

With product enhancements such as mobile optimization and ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology, ChiltonLibrary is a perfect solution for all vehicle needs. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. 

To access this resource at the library or from your own device, visit the library’s databases page at chetcolibrary.org/research-databases/ and click on Chilton Library in our A-Z database list. For questions or more information, please call the library at 541-469-7738, or drop by the library at 405 Alder Street in Brookings for assistance.

August 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. (No story time on August 28.)  

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.

August 13, 6-8pm (all ages): Dance Off

Family:

Movie Night, Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. For the month of August, we will be screening the following:

August 3, 3 – 5 p.m.: Rock Painting Craft

August 16, 6 – 8 p.m.: Open Mic Night & Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party

Adult:

August 3, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Resume Workshop

August 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Trouble with Technology, drop -in help

August 28, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Rep. Peter DeFazio’s Town Hall on Transportation & Infrastructure

August 31, 1 – 4 p.m.: Retro Video Game challenge (for adults and older teens): Come play old school games like Metroid and Ghosts & Ghouls and win a prize!

Displays

The Large Meeting Room will feature art by Dusanka Kralj, Thomas Sheets, and Phillip Wadsworth with the theme of “Abstraction.” The lobby display will feature the library’s Summer Reading Program.  Our book displays feature titles for National Beer Day and World Indigenous Peoples Month.  

May 2019 Newsletter

By Julie Retherford

May is a busy time of the year here at the library, and we have lots for you and your family to enjoy.  Join us on May 4, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the library parking lot for an Ice Cream Social hosted by the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.  This event is a celebration of the official naming of the Brookings-Harbor Azalea Festival and Parade as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the State of Oregon’s Parks and Recreation Department.  Please bring a non-perishable can of food to benefit the Brookings-Harbor Food Bank. 

It’s also time for the Friends of the Library’s book sale! Join us in the Large Meeting Room May 23-25 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and May 26 noon—3 p.m. The Friends of the Library are excited to announce that they are bringing back annual Friends of the Library memberships! Memberships are just $5 per year and can be purchased at the book sale. A membership will get you one hour early access for the first day of book sales, a one-time late fine forgiveness of up to $5, one free book at the Friends of the Library Book Store in the Library Annex, and entry into a door prize drawing.  That’s a lot of value for $5 per year!

Please make a note that the library will be closed on Saturday, May 25 for Azalea Festival Saturday and Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.  We will also be closing early at 4 p.m. on Friday May 17 for a Staff Recognition Event.

Adult Events

May Movie Night, Friday May 10, 5 p.m.: May’s Movie Night theme is “Girl Power”, and this film is a biopic based on the powerful and inspiring true story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This film is rated PG-13.

Board Meeting, Friday May 10, 9 – 11 a.m.: Our regular monthly board meeting is on the 2nd Friday of every month at 9am in the Library Annex.

Nothin’ but the Blues with Russ Oelheim, Thursday 5/16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.:  Local singer/musician/folklorist brings his unique blend of American music and history to the library.

Recurring Youth and Teen Events

Dig Your Library, Fridays May 10 – June 14, 3:30 – 5 p.m.: We have a blossoming relationship with the Curry County Master Gardeners. Dig Your Library is a new gardening series for young adults at the Library Annex. All ages and experience levels welcome. You’ll be planting, harvesting, watering, and weeding.  For more info contact Julia Bott at 650.520.5673 or Google “Curry County Dig Your Library.”

Play and Learn, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: May 7and 14 only. 

Story Time. Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

TechKnow. Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.: No STEAM May 30.

Legos 4 Little Ones, Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: May 3 and 10 only.

 ***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.***

Displays

This month’s book display is “May in Memoriam: A Selection of Staff-Recommended Memoirs and Biopics.” Inside the library we have a model of the Capella by the Sea on loan. The Large Meeting Room and Lobby Display case will have new pieces as well.  We hope you stop by and check us out during the Second Saturday Art Walk. 

Board Meeting

The Chetco Community Public Library District will have its regular monthly board meeting on Friday, April 12 at 9am in the Library Annex, located at 402 Alder St., Brookings. The meeting will include an Executive Session and Resolution 18-19-02 Amending the 2018-2019 Budget.

April 12, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda

Newsletter February 2019

By Julie Retherford

Chetco Community Public Library Logo

Congratulations to Kat Temple!

We are pleased to announce that Katlyn (Kat) Temple has been promoted to Assistant Director of the library. Since 2014, Kat has been working primarily in the cataloging department, but she has taken on many varied responsibilities, particularly over the past year. She recently earned a Master’s degree in Library Science from Emporia State University and has a broad range of experience that will help her succeed. Kat will be overseeing the clerks, customer service, and all of the collection, among other things. We are lucky to have her and excited to see what she will bring to this brand new position.

Adult Events

Presentation: Our Climate Crisis, Feb 12, 5pm. Dr. Alan Journet, co-founder and co-facilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now will give a presentation entitled “Our Climate Crisis: The Urgency Grows” in the large meeting room. SOCAN co-facilitator Dr. Kathy Conway will also give a brief summary of who SOCAN is, and what it does.

Workshop: Free Naloxone Training, Feb 14, 9am-12pm. Stop by for a drop-in naloxone training event by AdvancedHealth in our large meeting room. Everyone who attends will receive free training to administer naloxone, a medication that helps reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Class: Identity Theft Protection, Feb 21, 5:30-6:30pm. Join the Financial Education team at Rogue Federal Credit Union for a free class to learn about common identity theft scams and how to avoid them. Registration is required to participate. To register, please visit www.roguecu.org/learn/available-classes.https://www.roguecu.org/learn/available-classes

Youth Events

Play and Learn, Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm. 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 Oregon 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 group 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.

On Display

Circulation Display: This month, our book display theme is “Bittersweet: Sink Your Teeth Into a Tragic Love Story!” You don’t have to love Valentine’s Day to love these romances gone awry!

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

Lobby Display Case: A display of musical instruments from the personal collection of Russ Oelheim.

***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 calendar, chetcolibrary.org/events.***

Press Release: September 26, 2017

Press Release
September 26, 2017
Chetco Community Public Library District Board of Directors
Stuart Watkins, Chair

The Chetco Community Public Library District Board of Directors is saddened to inform our library patrons and community that Susana Fernandez, Library Director, has left Brookings to be with her family in Wisconsin. She is seeking care and treatment for cancer.

Susana served the Library District for nearly 30 years and had planned to retire next year. Her leadership is felt every time patrons walk into the library. Her foresight has made the many community-serving library programs and amenities possible. She will be sorely missed in our community.

As announced previously, the Board has temporarily reduced library hours as of September 18 to Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm. The Board and library staff found this action necessary due to staff retirements as well as the absence of Susana.

Cards, no other items, addressed to Susana may be left at the library front desk. Courtesy of the Friends of the Library, the Board will see that these cards are forwarded weekly.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Chetco Library to join Coastline Library Network March 6, 2017

Coastline LibrariesExciting changes are coming to your library! Starting March 6, 2017, Chetco Community Public Library, along with all of the other public libraries in Curry County, will be joining the Coos County Coastline library network.

Beginning March 6, the following public libraries will be included in the Coastline Network:

  • Chetco Community Library
  • Curry Public Library
  • Agness Community Library
  • Port Orford Public Library
  • Langlois Public Library
  • Bandon Public Library
  • Coquille Public Library
  • Myrtle Point Library
  • Powers Library
  • Dora Public Library
  • Coos Bay Public Library
  • North Bend Public Library
  • Lakeside Public Library
  • Southwest Oregon Community College

What does this mean?

A New Catalog: More Items to Choose From

Your library and our website will still look the same, but joining Coastline means we will undergo a major upgrade to our library catalog. For a preview of what the new catalog will look like, please click on the following link: http://catalog.cclsd.org/. This upgrade means that you will be able to request materials using our website from any public library in Coos or Curry County! This joint effort will serve 100,000 people on the Southern Oregon Coast and provide access to over 640,000 library items.

A New Service: Automatic Email Alerts

This new catalog will include many improved online features, including automated email alerts of overdue materials and pickup notices. Email alerts arrive faster and save paper, and are becoming a common service in libraries across the country. The library asks that you help with this change by providing a valid email address along with the number on the back of your library card. Slips with a space for your name, library card number, and email are available at the front desk. You can also email this information to our official library email account, chetcolibrary@gmail.com.

New Lending and Library Card Policies

As part of this transition, the Chetco Community Public Library and the other libraries in the Coastline Library Network were required to agree upon and adjust their lending policies, so that everyone in the network will be borrowing materials under the same rules. Before these changes take effect, we would like all of our patrons to be aware of and prepare for the following changes to our lending and library card policies:

Library Cards for Non-Residents: Beginning March 1, 2017, the cost of library cards for non-residents of the Chetco Community Public Library District will increase from $45.00 to $60.00 a year; a six-month non-resident card will increase from $25.00 to $35.00.

DVD Lending Policy: Beginning March 6, videos and DVDs in all the Coastline Libraries will check out for seven days. Overdue fines will rise from $0.10 per item per day to $1.00 per item per day.

Overdue Fines for All Other Materials: Beginning March 6, all other library materials (including books, audiobooks, and magazines) can still be borrowed for three weeks at a time. The overdue fines for these library materials will increase from $0.10 per item per day to $0.15 per item per day.

Upcoming Library Closures: March 4 and March 6

The library will be closed Saturday, March 4, to allow for the migration of data from our existing library catalog to our new library catalog. The library will be open from 2:00-6:00 pm on Monday, March 6, to allow for additional staff training in the new library catalog system.

Stay tuned for more information on this transition as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience as we prepare for these changes, and hope you enjoy our new and improved library catalog and expanded services.