November Newsletter

Chetco LibraryFriends of Library Book Sale

Mark your calendars—the annual Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale is coming up. The sale begins Thursday, November 10. Hours of the sale will be:  10:00 to 4:00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 10, 11, and 12.  Sunday, November 13, from 12:00 to 3:00 will be the $2.00 Bag Sale.  The Bag Sale will continue on Monday, November 14, from 10:00 to 5:00, and Tuesday, November 15, from 10:00 to 6:00.

No Story Time Mid-Month

Due to the Friends of the Library Book Sale and the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no Wednesday Story Time on November 9, 16 or 23.  On Wednesday, November 30, at 10:30, Miss Jennifer’s story time theme will be “Bird Migration.”

International Games Day igd_logo_americas

On Saturday, November 19, from 1:00 to 4:00, the library will join over a thousand libraries around the world to celebrate the ninth annual International Games Day @Your Library. We will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the entire family—card games, puzzles, board games and more!  Everyone is welcome!

Photography Showing

On Wednesday, November 30, at 6:00, join award-winning author and photographer, Tim Palmer, as he presents a slide show based on his stunning new book Rivers of Oregon. With spectacular photos from all across the state, Tim will take you on a river tour that will change the way you think about water flowing across your land. Tim is also the author of Field Guide to Oregon Rivers and other books. His work can be found at

New on the Shelf

Among the new titles added to the fiction collection are:

Escape Clause, by John Sanford. Virgil Flowers must deal with the theft of tigers from the local zoo.

Two by Two, by Nicholas Sparks. A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love.

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult. A medical crisis entangles a black nurse, a white supremacist father and a white lawyer.

The Obsidian Chamber, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. While FBI agent Aloysius Prendergast is believed dead, his ward is kidnapped.

Order to Kill, by Kyle Mills. Vince Flynn’s character, the CIA operative Mitch Rapp, uncovers a dangerous Russian plot. Flynn died in 2013.

Home, by Harlan Coben. Myron Bolitar and his friend Win locate a boy who was kidnapped 10 years earlier.

Today Will be Different, by Maria Semple. A calamitous day in the life of a cynical Seattle transplant.

The Trespasser, by Tana French. Detective Antoinette Conway confronts a case that is more complicated than it appears.

Woman of God, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The story of a woman doctor who, after a life of service and suffering, becomes a Catholic priest.

Paris for One and Other Stories, by Jojo Moyes. Stories about women’s lives.

Among the new titles added to the Nonfiction collection are:

Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen.

Hero of the Empire, by Candace Millard. The young Winston Churchill’s adventures in Africa during the Boer War.

A Life Well Played, by Arnold Palmer. Stories of the career and relationships of the great golfer.

The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

For more new titles added to the collection, visit our online catalog at and select “New Titles.”

Pumpkin Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our annual Painted & Decorated Pumpkin Contest. First and second prizes for “Most Creative” were awarded in three age groups. The first prize winners are: Sophie Siquig, Clayton Larios, and Tanya Scharton.  The second prize winners are: Liam Christensen, Marilyn Grimsley, and Barbara Lehman.

Winter Displays

This month in the lobby is a display by the Brookings chapter of The Compassionate Friends. TCF is a bereavement support group for those who have suffered the loss of a son, daughter, grandchild, brother, or sister. The Compassionate Friends meet the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Chetco Library.

The large meeting room will feature photographs by John Gehl titled “John’s Good Snapshots.” The show will start after the book sale and continue through December.

On display in the children’s area will be corn husk dolls from the collection of Twyla Sullivan. They were inherited by Twyla from her mother, Lorraine Sullivan. They were given to Twyla’s mother by a 7th grade science teacher from Southern California. The class was studying the science of corn. In order to receive extra credit, students were asked to make these corn husk dolls.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Friday, November 11, for Veterans Day. However, the large meeting room will be open for the Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale.

Library hours over Thanksgiving will be: Wednesday, November 23, open 10:00 to 5:00; Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, the library will be closed. The library will reopen Saturday, November 26, at 10:00.

October Newsletter

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Join us Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am in the large meeting room for Story Time. Each week toddlers and preschoolers listen to stories, sing songs, play games and do simple crafts. There will be no Story Time on Wednesday, October 5th. Join Miss Allison on October 12th for stories and activities about bats. On October 19th, Miss Allison returns with stories and crafts about ghosts. Miss Jennifer finishes off the month on October 26th with stories and crafts featuring Jack-o’-lanterns and skeletons.
On Wednesday, October 26th, at 3:00 pm, join our Junior Master Gardener class and learn about cleaning up the garden in fall and making the most of fall’s final harvest. The program will be followed by pumpkin decorating in the library’s large meeting room.

Adult Programs

For adults, on Saturday, October 8th, at 10:30, the last program of this year’s “Gardening and Community” series will be “Considerations & Challenges in Creating Your Landscape” with Scott Thiemann.
Also on Saturday, October 8th, from 1:30 to 3:30, Friends of the Library will sponsor Indie Author Day. This event will celebrate independent authors in our community and beyond. Local writers will read from their books and participate in panel discussions. Copies of books by local authors will be available for sale and signing.
On Friday, October 21st, at 2:00, join the Friends of the Library for their Annual Meeting. Carolyn Self will return with another exciting program. “Cruising through the Balkans” will feature anecdotes and highlights from Carolyn’s recent trip. Everyone is welcome.
On Friday, October 28th, from 6:00-7:00, join us for a program on mushrooms and other wild edibles. Local organic farmer, Kathleen Dixon, will share information about local wild foods and provide tips on gathering them.
On Saturday, October 29th, from 1:00 – 3:00, members of the Del Norte Homebrew Club will discuss the basics of homebrewing. A tasting of the beers brewed at the 2016 Brookings Oktoberfest will follow. Attendance is limited to the first 40 people. Must be 21 or older to attend. Valid IDs will be required.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It’s that time again! Don’t forget our annual Painted & Decorated Pumpkin Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Library for ages 5 through adult. 1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded for “Most Creative” in four age categories. Carved pumpkins will not be accepted. Bring your pumpkins to the library Monday, October 17th, through Wednesday, October 26th. Judging will take place Saturday, October 29th.
Don’t forget to visit our Events Calendar and Facebook page for more details on all our programs.

Art Displays

In the lobby display case is the work of Pete Chasar. “Finding Art in Geometry” features a display of art objects based on the tetrahedron (4 faces) and dodecahedron (12 faces).
The large meeting room features the oil paintings of Kathy Huxley and Mike Dwaileebe.

New on the Shelf

New additions to the fiction collection include:
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett.
Pirate, by Clive Cussler.
An Obvious Fact, by Craig Johnson.
Nutshell, by Ian McEwan.
Apprentice in Death, by J.D. Robb.
A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny.
Rushing Waters, by Danielle Steel.
Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay, by Reed Farrell Coleman.
I’ll Sell You a Dog, by Juan Pablo Villalobos.
The Doll-master: and Other Tales of Terror, by Joyce Carol Oates.
The Annual Big Arsenic Fishing Contest, by John Nichols.

New additions to the nonfiction collection include:
Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O’Reilly.
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox, by Carol Burnett.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life, by William Burnett
Idiot Brain: What Your Head is Really Up To, by Dean Burnett
Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry, by Christie Wilcox.
Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, by Mike Love
She Made Me Laugh: My Friend Nora Ephron, by Richard M. Cohen
The Perfect Horse: the Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped By the Nazis, by Elizabeth Letts.

To search for any of these new titles directly from our website,, search for them using our brand-new search widget on the upper right hand side of the page! To look for an author, title, or subject, simply type it into to the search box and click “Search.” For more new titles added to the collection, visit our online catalog at and select “New Titles.”

Don’t Miss…

Mark your calendars–the Friends of the Chetco Library Holiday Book Sale will be 10:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 10th, 11th, and 12th. On Sunday, November 13th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm, there will be a $2.00 Bag Sale. In the meantime, don’t forget to visit the Friends of the Library Book Store located in the Library Annex across the street from the main library. Most books are priced from $1.00 to $3.00. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm.

September Newsletter

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Join us Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for Story Time.  Story Time is aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. Join us each week to listen to stories, sing songs, play games and do simple crafts.  On September 7th, join Miss Sallie for stories and activities about firefighters; on September 14th, Miss Jennifer’s theme will be police officers. On September 21st, Miss Jennifer returns for stories and crafts about lumber workers and Miss Sallie finishes off the month on the 28th with stories and crafts featuring fishermen.

Community Programs

The Chetco Community Public Library and Friends of the Chetco Library will present Suicide and the “Not My Kid” Syndrome with speaker Gordon Clay, a local community activist, about the issues of bullying and suicide. Many parents are unaware that suicide among teenagers is a problem at all, let alone a possible problem with their own child. Many parents who checked their child’s cell phone after a suicide were shocked to find how much their child was texting about suicide. This “not my kid” syndrome is disturbingly common and is vitally important to address. September has been proclaimed by the Curry County Board of Supervisors and the Brookings City Council as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. September is also one of the months with the highest number of teen suicides and suicide attempts. Mr. Clay will discuss warning signs and how to talk with teens about the subject, whether or not they are exhibiting any of those signs. A question and answer session will follow. The presentation will be held Friday, September 9th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm, in the library’s large meeting room.

Saturday, September 10th, at 10:30 a.m., the “Gardening and Community” series continues with The Healing Power of Fruits & Vegetables. Presenter Debianne Harpole will share information about the twelve body systems and therapeutic healing benefits of cooking with natural foods. Learn how the essential nutrients from fresh vegetables and fruits can improve your health and enhance wellness in your daily life.

The Friends of the Chetco Library’s “Meet the Author” series continues on Tuesday, September 13, at 11:00 a.m., in the library’s large meeting room. Join local writer D. Gordon Tyson, author of the new sci-fi thriller SplintRod.  Mr. Tyson will discuss and read from his novel, and copies of SplintRod will be available for purchase and signing.

About SplintRod:

A young Betsey Stratfork is enjoying her childhood when she is involved in a tragic auto accident that destroys her legs. Despite her handicap and the lack of compassion from the driver, she excels in school and earns her medical degree. She pursues a career in a new field of medicine known as bone manipulation. Now, as Dr. Stratfork, she develops groundbreaking devices and procedures that improve the lives of many patients. In the course of her life, living in constant pain, she is subjected to repeated instances of discrimination. Learning of a life-threatening event, she snaps. In her anger-fueled psychosis she turns to the dark-side and uses her SplintRod invention to inflict horrific pain and suffering.

On Wednesday, September 14th, the library will present Making Music, a program on traditional Spanish/Classic guitar construction and its application to modern-day ukuleles, featuring Pistol River craftsman Les Stansell.  The program will include a video showing Mr. Stansell hand building guitars in time lapse using primarily Oregon woods. After the video, Mr. Stansell will discuss his craft, take audience questions, display several of his instruments and perform on the ukulele. The program will take place Wednesday, September 14th, from 6:00 to 7:30pm, in the library’s large meeting room.

Free Computer Classes

Starting September 13th, another round of free computer classes will be available at the library.  These classes are targeted toward adults who have little or no prior experience using desktop computers.  The classes are comprised of three one-hour sessions and take place over the course of three days.  Topics covered are: Learning the Basics, Browsing the Web, Computers in Your Day-to-Day Life.  There are still spaces available in the evening classes scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 27th, 28th, and 29th, from 6:00 to 7:00.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information and to register, contact the library at 541-469-7738.

Among the new titles added to the fiction collection are:

Insidious, by Catherine Coulter. Two cases — one concerning an attempted poisoning in Washington and another about the hunt for a serial killer in Los Angeles — are the focus of Coulter’s 20th F.B.I. thriller. 

Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty. Tense turning points for three couples at a backyard barbecue gone wrong.

Bullseyeby James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. While the president of the United States is in New York to meet with his Russian counterpart, Detective Michael Bennett must stop a team of assassins.  

Three Sisters, Three Queens, by Philippa Gregory. The ties and conflicts among three royal women in the court of Henry VIII.

Sweet Tomorrows, by Debbie Macomber. The journeys of the characters at the Rose Harbor Inn come to a close in this last book of the series.

Family Tree, by Susan Wiggs. After a tragedy destroys her life in Los Angeles, a woman returns to the Vermont farm where she grew up.

Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch. The hero of this countdown thriller exists in several alternate universes and must accomplish an impossible task.

Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris. The horror behind the apparently perfect life of British newlyweds.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, by Scott Stambach.  Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement.

Sorrow Road, by Julia Keller.  Book 5 in the Bell Elkins series

Among the new titles added to the Nonfiction collection are: 

Armageddon, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. The political strategist offers a game plan for how to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Liars, by Glenn Beck. The author says progressive politicians gain power and control by exploiting Americans’ fears.

American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin. The story of Patty Hearst’s kidnapping in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army, her crimes and her trial.

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong.

I Wish He Had Come With Instructions: The Woman’s Guide to a Man’s Brain, by Mike Bechtle.

Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-Era Detroit, by Tom Stanton.

Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, by Sabeeha Rehman.

More new titles added to the collection can be seen by visiting the library’s online catalog at, then selecting “New Titles”.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.

August Newsletter


Children’s Activities

Children’s Story Time continues in August, on Wednesday mornings at 10:30. Join us each week in the large meeting room to listen to stories, sing songs, play

games and do simple crafts.

  • August 10th: Miss Jennifer’s theme will be “Astronauts”
  • August 17th: Miss Sallie’s theme will be “Monkeys”
  • August 24th: Miss Jennifer’s theme will be “The Circus”
  • August 31st: Miss Sallie’s theme will be “Elephants”

On Wednesday, August 10th, from 2:30 – 3:30, join us for a special program:  “Move Like a Mammoth.” Can you pounce like a saber tooth cat, lift like a mammoth, or stroll like a giant ground sloth? Get moving as you discover how these and other amazing prehistoric animals ran, swam, leaped, climbed, and ate their way through Oregon’s history. Explore fossils, bones and teeth while comparing ancient animals to those living in Oregon today.
This free one-hour program is targeted for a family audience and includes a book reading and short program presentation, followed by activity tables offering touchable specimens and hands-on activities. The program is presented by a museum educator from the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History and sponsored by Friends of the Chetco Library. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to arrive early!

New Gardening and Community Lectures

The “Gardening and Community” series for adults continues this August. Saturday, August 13th, at 10:30, join Kitty Root-Bunten for the program “Diet and Mental Health.” According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, four of the ten leading causes of disability in the United States related to mental health. Many of these cases will be diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and mental “fog” disorders that can easily be attributed to a poor diet. Multiple studies show that a lack in certain nutrients is closely related to the onset of mental health issues. Kitty’s presentation will address just a few of the essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids that are lacking in the standard diet and how this affects mental wellness.

The “Gardening and Community” programs are sponsored by OSU Extension/Master Gardeners and the Friends of the Chetco Library.  All programs are free and open to all interested members of the public.

New on the Shelf

New titles added to the fiction collection include:

THE BLACK WIDOW, by Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon, the Israeli art restorer and spy, recruits and trains a doctor from Jerusalem to help capture a secret ISIS terrorist in France.
THE GIRLS, by Emma Cline. In the summer of 1969, a California teenager is drawn to a Manson-like cult.
FIRST COMES LOVE, by Emily Giffin. Two sisters — one a successful lawyer with a small child and an unhappy marriage, the other a single teacher who yearns to be a mother — struggle toward forgiveness after 15 years of estrangement.
THE GAMES, by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. Hired by Olympic organizers to protect the Rio games, Jack Morgan of Private, an international security and consulting firm, encounters dangerous threats.
BEFORE THE FALL, by Noah Hawley. After a private jet crashes, a firestorm of media madness ensues.
HERE’S TO US, by Elin Hilderbrand. Sparks fly as a celebrity chef’s ex-wives pile into a small cabin in Nantucket to join his widow for the reading of his will.
BELGRAVIA, by Julian Fellowes. Two families, one aristocratic and one wealthy, in Victorian London, from the creator of “Downton Abbey.”
GUILTY MINDS, by Joseph Finder. Nick Heller, a Boston-based private intelligence operative, is called in when a slander site prepares to defame a Supreme Court justice.
MONTEREY BAY, by Lindsay Hatton. A beautiful debut set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium–and the last days of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.
MRS. LEE AND MRS. GRAY, by Dorothy Love.  A general’s wife and a slave girl forge a friendship that transcends race, culture, and the crucible of Civil War.
THE ENGLISH BOYS: A MYSTERY, by Julia Thomas.  Dark and twisted secrets emerge in the wake of a deadly wedding
ASSASSIN’S SILENCE, by Ward Larsen.  USA Today bestselling author Ward Larsen’s celebrated protagonist, assassin David Slaton, returns for another breathless adventure.

New titles added to the nonfiction collection include:

CRISIS OF CHARACTER, by Gary J. Byrne and Grant M. Schmidt. A former Secret Service officer claims to have witnessed scandalous behavior by the Clintons.
GRIT, by Angela Duckworth. A psychologist and consultant argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

New titles added to our DVD collection include:

CASE HISTORIES. Series 1 and 2.
LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX.  Season 1 through 3
LUTHER. Seasons 1 through 4.
LONGMIRE. Seasons 1 through 3.
NEW TRICKS. Seasons 1 through 5.

More new titles added to the library’s collection can be found by visiting our online catalog at and selecting “New Titles.”

Digital Services at Your Library

Need a book after the library has closed? Looking for something to read or listen to or watch on your phone, tablet or computer? Click on our “Digital Resources” tab at the top of the page see what’s available from our digital collections. Need help using Library2Go, Zinio, or Hoopla? Staff is available every Wednesday for 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to assist you. Can’t make it at that time? Call Kat at the library to make an appointment.

New Art Displays

The lobby display case features the rock collection and lapidary projects of Carl Durham. The large meeting room features the oil paintings of Kathy Huxley and Michael Dwaileebe.

July Newsletter

Chetco LibraryWishing you all a very safe and happy 4th of July!

Summer Programs

Our Summer Programs for children continues through July.The Summer Reading Program is open to all children, pre-school through age 14, and the Summer Activities Program is for children going into grades 1 through 5. The Summer Activities Program takes place on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Parents may register their children by visiting the library in person. Registration is required for both programs.  For more information, pick up a brochure on our summer programs when you visit the library, or visit our Events Page.

Wednesday Storytime continues throughout the summer at 10:30 a.m. and is aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. Join us each week to listen to stories, sing songs, play games and do simple crafts. On July 6th, join Miss Sallie for stories and crafts about kites; on July 13th, join guest storyteller Miss Jenny from Kalmiopsis; on July 20th join Miss Sallie for stories and activities about picnics; and on July 27th Miss Jenny returns for more stories.

For the adults, there will be two programs this month. On Saturday, July 9th, at 10:30 am, our “Gardening & Community” series continues with “The Buzz on Bees”.  Presenter Russ Rose will discuss the fascinating world of the honeybee and bee keeping.  Russ and his wife have been bee keepers in the Brookings and Smith River area for the past ten years.  In 2007, they started their business My Honey’s Produce selling local honey to various stores in our area. They now manage fifty three hives.

On Thursday, July 14th, from 6:00 to 7:30pm, Crescent City artist Sherryl Griffin will demonstrate using kelp in art. Sherryl first learned how to create crafts from local bull kelp after taking a course at Flora Pacifica back in 2009.  She will show how to create household and art objects such as candle holders, flower vases, lamp shades and picture frames from kelp.

New on the Shelf

Among the many new additions to the library’s DVD collection are the following documentaries:

Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Touch the Wall: A Story of Competition and Fierce Friendship

The Seven Five

Amy: The Story of Singer Amy Winehouse

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Code Black: A Provocative Portrait of the American Health Care System

The Day the 60s Died: the Kent State Shootings

1971: The Year a Few Ordinary Citizens Took on the FBI

Flamenco, Flamenco: A Musical Journey through the Song and Dance of a Dynamic Art Form

Operation Sussex: the Story of One of the Most Important Intelligence Operations of WWII

Janis: Little Girl Blue: The story of Janis Joplin

Cartel land: the stories of two modern vigilante groups and their shared enemy: the Mexican drug cartels

Lost soul: the doomed journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

The Internet’s own boy: the story of Aaron Swartz  

More new additions to the DVD collection can be found by visiting our online catalog and selecting “New Titles”

Additions to the New Books collection include:

End of Watch, by Stephen King. The conclusion of the Bill Hodges trilogy.

Foreign Agent, by Brad Thor. The counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath searches for an informant who compromised an American mission in Syria.

The Girls, by Emma Cline. In the summer of 1969, a California teenager is drawn to a Manson-like cult.

Here’s to Us, by Elin Hilderbrand. Sparks fly as a celebrity chef’s ex-wives pile into a small cabin in Nantucket to join his widow for the reading of his will.

Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley. After a private jet crashes, a firestorm of media madness ensues.

The Last Mile, by David Baldacci. In a sequel to Memory Man, Amos Decker, a detective with an extraordinary memory, helps the F.B.I. investigate the case of a convicted killer who wins a last-minute reprieve.

The Emperor’s Revenge, by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. Juan Cabrillo teams up with a former C.I.A. colleague to thwart a plan involving the death of millions and international economic meltdown.

Barkskins, by Annie Proulx. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist traces the destruction of the world’s forests over 300 years as it follows the descendants of two families.

The House of Secrets, by Brad Meltzer. The host of a conspiracy TV show is dead, his daughter is injured and has lost her memory, and questions proliferate.

Grit, by Angela Duckworth. A psychologist and consultant argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

Five Presidents, by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin. A retired Secret Service agent discusses his experience with presidents from Eisenhower to Ford.

Grunt, by Mary Roach. The science that attempts to overcome the challenges soldiers face.

But What if We’re Wrong?, by Chuck Klosterman. Imagining the contemporary world as it will appear to those for whom it will be the distant past.

Tribe, by Sebastian Junger. How modern society’s loss of the sense of belonging — now achieved mostly in the military and in disasters — has led to income inequality, incivility and mental disorders like PTSD.

Art and New Displays

In the Large Meeting room, the display, “All Over the Place,” features the art work of Pete Chasar.

In the lobby Display Case will be a display for the 24th Annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival which takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, at the Port of Brookings-Harbor. Also, be sure to check out the display in the children’s area which features entries from this year’s Young Poets’ Contest. This year’s theme is Kites.

Library Closures

The library will be closed Monday, July 4th, for Independence Day.

Enhance your child’s summer reading list with Hoopla for Kids!

Hoopla For KidsDid you know that Hoopla, our newest digital content platform, has a Kids Mode? Logging into Hoopla and enabling Kids Mode on your tablet, smartphone, or home computer allows children to explore and browse a condensed version of Hoopla’s catalog, consisting only of content appropriate for children up to twelve years of age. In addition to classic children’s books and graphic novels, Hoopla offers content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Nick Jr.!

Kids will love being able to explore and discover books, movies, and comics by their favorite authors and artists. In addition to providing an engaging browsing experience for children, parents can feel confident letting their children independently discover new digital content in a safe, kid-friendly environment.

To enable Kids Mode on Hoopla from any device, open the app or visit, tap or click on your account settings, and tap or click on the “Kids Mode” button. To leave Kids Mode, simply go back into your settings and tap or click the button again to turn it off.   

To learn more about signing up for and using Hoopla, click here. If you need to look up your library PIN number or need one-on-one assistance, please visit the circulation desk and ask for help from a librarian.

Whether you’re taking your tablet on vacation or expanding your child’s summer reading list, Hoopla’s Kids Mode is just one more way to enjoy everything your public library has to offer. Happy summer!

June Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

cropped-cropped-chetcoBanner1.jpgAzalea Festival Booksale–Thanks All Around

The Azalea Festival Weekend is now history and there was lovely warm weather for the many visitors who came to enjoy the events that took place all around our area. 

The Chetco Community Public Library’s Friends of the Library book sale was a big draw as usual and we wish to thank all the people who worked to make it the success it was.

All volunteers who sorted, selected, and worked selling books over the five days of the event are most appreciated, and we send a big thank you to everyone who helped. We also send a hearty thank you to the many people who donated books for the sale and the many purchasers who bought them.

Registration for Summer Reading/Activities Program Begins June 6

Looking for fun summer activities for the kids? Check out what the library has planned. Wednesday Storytime continues throughout the summer at 10:30 a.m. and is aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. Join us each week to listen to stories, sing songs, play games and do simple crafts.

The Story Time themes for this month will be as follows: on June 8, “Jungles” with Miss Sallie; on June 15, “Turtles” with Miss Jennifer; on June 22, “The Beach” with Miss Sallie and on June 29, “Pets” with Miss Sallie.

Because our children’s librarian is out on a six-month leave of absence, this year’s Summer Program for the older children will be organized differently than in past years, and will run from June 20 through July 31, 2016. The program will consist of two parts—the Summer Reading Program which is open to all children, pre-school through age 14, and the Summer Activities Program for children going into grades 1 through 5. The Summer Activities Program will take place on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Parents may register their children beginning Monday, June 6, by visiting the library in person. Registration is required for both programs. Registration for the Wednesday activities program is limited so parents are encouraged to come in right away. For more information, pick up a brochure on our summer programs when you visit the library, or visit our Events Page.

Family Events Scheduled for June

Two special presentations for the whole family will be held in June. On Saturday, June 18, at 12:00 noon, we will present Jugglemania with Rhys Thomas. This awesome show features juggling, comedy and acrobatics.

On Friday, June 24, at 4:00 p.m. we will have visitors from International Reptile Rescue, a longtime established reptile rescue organization.

Seating at both presentations is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis, so come early!

New to Our Collection

Listed below are some of the new books of fiction added to our collection:

The Fireman, by Joe Hill. During an epidemic that causes people to spontaneously combust, an infected New Hampshire nurse fights to stay alive, aided by a mysterious figure known as the Fireman.

The Weekenders, by Mary Kay Andrews. On the North Carolina island of Belle Isle, a woman investigates her husband’s shady financial affairs after his mysterious death.

Beyond The Ice Limit, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. In a sequel to The Ice Limit (2000), Gideon Crew pursues a meteorite that has sunk to the ocean floor.  Or is it only a meteorite?

The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton. A deal with a fellow inmate, a crime boss, springs Nick Mason from prison, but he must become an assassin.

Among new books added to non-fiction are:

The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This overview of the history and science of genetics also considers moral questions and prospects for future advances in treating disease. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies.

Valiant Ambition, by Nathaniel Philbrick. The relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide, by Michael Kinsley. Essays, both serious and humorous, about aging and death, based in part on Kinsley’s experience with Parkinson’s disease and aimed at his fellow baby boomers.

June Art Display

In the Display Case in the lobby there are dioramas created by Gerald Whitefield depicting scenes from World War II.

May Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

Chetco LibraryVolunteers Honored

The Chetco Comunity Public Library celebrated National Volunteer Week, April 10 through April 16, honoring our more than forty volunteers who donated over 2,300 hours in service this past year. Jackie Egesdahl, who volunteers in the Friends of the Library Bookstore, was chosen as Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations to Jackie and thank you to all of our volunteers who help keep our library functioning at its best.

Azalea Festival Booksale

The Friends of the Library Azalea Festival Book Sale will take place during the weekend of the festival as it does each year. Hours open for business will be as follows: Thursday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, May 29, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. which will be the $2.00 bag sale day. Please attend and refill your libraries.

Gardening & Community Series Continues

The Gardening & Community series continues May 14 with “Square-Foot Gardening,” presented by Mary Anne Buckles. If you are looking for a way to get more out of your gardening space, you may want to give the Square Foot Gardening method a try. For many gardeners who grow in raised beds, it is a preferred method because it allows you to effectively use every square inch of gardening space. This program will be presented in the large meeting room on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Mary Anne Buckles is a graduate of the 2014 OSU Master Gardener class. New to the Pacific Northwest from Southern California, Mary Anne and her husband began their summer vegetable garden from scratch. They cleared forest, challenged the blackberries and fern, and built raised beds. Wanting to make their gardening chores more manageable and enjoyable, they have employed the concepts of square foot gardening for the last three years.
On Wednesday, May 18, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., the Junior Master Gardener Class will meet.  This month kids will learn general garden care and will plant strawberries and tomatoes in the raised beds at the Library Annex. They will also learn about creating a butterfly garden.

On Saturday, June 4, from 10:30 until noon, Jennifer Ewing will present a program on composting. Composting is another part of your home recycling. Stop sending yard waste and your kitchen scraps to the landfill and use them to build nutrient health in your soil.  It’s easier than you think.

Suggestions for New Programs

The Chetco Community Public Library is just that, a community library. Our mission is to serve you, our patrons, and we need your input on how we can best do that.
As many of you know, about once a month we invite guest speakers to give presentations in our large meeting room on a wide range of topics.  We would like to know what the people of our community are most interested in hearing about:  Is it gardening? Local history? Health and wellness issues?  Concerns of our seniors? Let us know what topics you would most like to see addressed in future presentations. Send us an email or write us a message on our Facebook page, or let us know next time you visit the library.

Disaster Preparedness Lecture Scheduled

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Chetco Community Public Library’s large meeting room, Andrew Stubbs, Captain, Brookings Fire & Rescue and Curry County CERT instructor, will present a program on disaster preparedness titled “Are YOU Ready?
We live in an area where a major disaster such as an earthquake, a tsunami or a severe storm can strike with little or no warning. No one can prevent such an emergency from happening but we can all become better prepared for one. We encourage you to attend this presentation on disaster preparedness for the Wild Rivers Coast.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chetco Library.

New on the Shelf

The fiction section has added the following books:

The Last Mile, by David Baldacci. In a sequel to Memory Man, Amos Decker, a detective with an extraordinary memory, helps the F.B.I. investigate the case of a convicted killer who wins a last-minute reprieve.
The Nest, by Cynthis D’Aprix Sweeney. Siblings in a dysfunctional New York family must grapple with a reduced inheritance.
Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld.  The author of Prep and American Wife retells the classic tale of Pride and Prejudice, set in the modern-day Cincinnati suburbs.
As Time Goes By, by Mary Higgins Clark. Secrets emerge when a television journalist searching for her birth mother covers the trial of the widow of a wealthy doctor.
Most Wanted, by Lisa Scottoline. A woman discovers that her sperm donor is a murderer.

Some new non-fiction books that have been added to the collection are:

The Rainbow Comes And Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. Mother and son discuss their relationship and difficult family history.
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren. A geobiologist shares her fascination with plants and describes how she found her vocation.
First Women, by Kate Andersen Brower. The ten first ladies since 1960, based on interviews with White House staff, social secretaries and friends, by the author of The Residence.
Becoming Grandma, by Lesley Stahl. The reporter investigates how “grandmothering” transforms a woman’s life.

New Art Displays

This month in the Lobby display case, we are featuring a collection from local resident Mike Griffith. Mike Griffith specializes in the creation of wood-turned bowls, platters, boxes and more.
In the large meeting room, the display titled “All Creatures Great and Small” continues. It features the work of J. M. and Tod Steele, Christina Olsen and Horst Wolf, and may be seen through May 14, 2016.

The library will be closed on Saturday, May 28 and on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. However, the large meeting room will be open and available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Saturday, May 28 and on Sunday, May 29, from noon to 3:00 p.m. for the book sale.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Vi Lovejoy

Junior Master Gardener Class: April 27th

Junior Master Gardeners ClassKids and teens are invited to attend our next Junior Master Gardener class, scheduled for April 27th from 3:00-4:30 pm in the large meeting room. In this class, students will learn how to transplant seedlings into gardens and practice planting different kinds of veggies into the newly created raised beds at the Library Annex.
This series of programs is made possible in collaboration with All Care Health and the OSU Curry County Extension

For more information, check out the Chetco Community Public Library on Facebook, or call/email Scott Thiemann at 1-800-356-3986 or

Meet the Author: Cecilia Johnson (April 16th)

Meet the Author Event: Cecilia Johnson

Join us Saturday, April 16th, as local author Cecelia Johnson performs a reading from her In Stone series and signs copies of her books.  The event will be held in the library’s large meeting room at 1:00 pm. The event is free to attend; signed copies of Johnson’s In Stone series will be available for purchase.

About the In Stone series:

Energy in StoneSecrets in StoneName in Stone

Daringly gifted Lily Ann Bud must use her connection with nature to stop one of its own. Nature fairies, a crystal skull and silver dagger, crossing dimensions and worlds culminate in a final confrontation with an ancient.

Lily has two loves; and her passion for nature and John spans an eternity…

In this nature beyond the natural world adventure anything is possible; because for Lily there are no more boundaries. Lifetimes and worlds are tightly woven into a tapestry of intrigue and danger that will keep you guessing until the very end.

About the author:

Author Cecilia Johnson is an avid hiker and nature enthusiast who, after leaving Wisconsin, spent a year exploring numerous US national parks. Since then she has made homes in Montana, Alaska, Oregon, and Utah before settling in Brookings, Oregon. Her traveling, as well as a short stint as a truck driver, helped inspire her writing

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Chetco Library.