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 scott.thiemann@oregonstate.edu

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.

 

April Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

Chetco LibrarySome interesting news from the Chetco Community Public Library has come from our director, Susana Fernandez. Starting on April 12, free computer classes will be available at the library. These classes are targeted toward adults who have little to no prior experience using desktop computers. 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 6:00 pm the day prior to the date of each course.

Tuesday, April 12 (9:00-9:50 a.m.)—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.

Tuesday, April 19 (9:00-9:50 a.m.)—Computers 102: Browsing the Web

There is a lot of information available on the Internet, but navigating the web doesn’t have to be a daunting process. 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. (It is recommended that you take Computers 101 prior to taking this class).

Tuesday, April 26 (9:00-9:50 a.m.)—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, whether we’re taking classes online, staying in touch with friends and family, tracking home finances, or playing games. Learn how to perform an effective Google search to find specific information or services, how to set up a personal email account, the pros and cons of social media, and the basics of online safety. (It is recommended that you take Computers 101 and/or Computers 102 prior to taking this class).

Teen Group:

The library is working on launching a new writing and book discussion group for young adults between the ages of 14 and 19. Looking for an opportunity to build your writing skills? Want to rave about your new favorite book, or looking to find your next favorite? Join us at our next meeting on April 4th, where we’ll be celebrating National Poetry Month and making personalized journals. This group meets from 4:00-5:00 pm in the small meeting room in the Library Annex (402 Alder Street) on the first Monday of each month. For more information, please call the library at 541-469-7738.

“Meet the Author” Series: The Friends of the Library will host an Open House, on Saturday, April 16th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the library’s large meeting room. Local author, Cecilia Johnson, will read from and discuss her recently published trilogy for young adults, the In Stone Series. Copies of the three books in the series—Energy in Stone, Name in Stone, and Secrets in Stone—will be available for sale and signing.

“Gardening & Community” Series: This popular series returns for a second year on Saturday, April 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the library’s large meeting room.

The series kicks off with Gardening 101 with Jennifer Ewing. Jennifer will provide helpful hints for gardening on the coast. You will learn many clever things that can be done to make gardening easier, cheaper, and more efficient.

The second program of the series will be on Saturday, April 9, starting at 10:30 a.m. Jennifer will return to discuss seed starting. Why rely on the limited variety of plants available at garden centers when you can start your own plants from the many seed choices on seed racks and in catalogs? 

Information about future programs in the series is available at the library and on our Adult Programs page. All programs are free and open to all interested members of the public. 

This series of programs in sponsored by OSU Extension Master Gardeners and the Friends of the Chetco Library.

In the children’s department, Wednesday story time has returned. April 6th, join Miss Sallie for stories and activities about Birds; April 13th, Miss Jennifer’s theme will be Cats; April 20th, Miss Sallie’s theme will be Flowers; April 27th, Miss Jennifer will tell stories about Bees. Story times are held every Wednesday at 10:30 in the library’s large meeting room. A calendar of Children’s Activities for the month can be picked up at the library or viewed on our Events Calendar page.

Some of the new books added to our collection of fiction are:

Private Paris, by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. Jack Morgan, the head of the Private global investigative agency, probes the murders of members of the French cultural elite.

Property of a Noblewoman, by Danielle Steel. Two New Yorkers searching for the owner of an abandoned safe-deposit box reconstruct the history of a young woman and a love affair at the time of World War II.

Deep Blue, by Randy Wayne White. Doc Ford, a Florida marine biologist and former government agent, tracks an American who is working with ISIS. The 23rd book in the series.

Sisi, by Allison Pataki. The turbulent life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary.

The following non-fiction books are new to our collection:

The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan. The life of Thomas Francis Meagher, an Irish revolutionary who fled to America and became the general of New York’s Irish Brigade during the Civil War.

Smarter Faster Better, by Charles Duhigg. The science of productivity, from the author of The Power of Habit.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, by Carlo Rovelli. An introduction to modern physics.

Rightful Heritage, by Douglas Brinkley. A historian depicts Franklin D. Roosevelt as a great environmental president who created state parks, scenic highways and wildlife refuges; protected national parks; and established the Civilian Conservation Corps.

For the month of April in the lobby display case, The American Cancer Society has a display for the Relay for Life which will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  The event will be from 12:00 noon to midnight at the Brookings-Harbor High School. 

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer and to remember loved ones lost to the disease.

In the Large Meeting Room Gallery, the art work of Christina Olson, Jeanne and Tod Steele, and Horst Wolf, entitled “All Creatures Great and Small,” may be viewed this month.

 

March Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 1, 2016
Vi Lovejoy

Junior Master Gardener Program – Informational Meeting February 24th

watering_can_watering_a_seedling_planted_in_a_pot_0515-1103-2603-0703_SMUJoin Linda, our children’s librarian, and Master Gardener Scott Thiemann to learn about a new gardening program for young people. This meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 24th, from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm in the Library Annex meeting room (402 Alder Street). Children and their parents/guardians are invited to learn more about the program, play games, and share garden snacks. There is no charge to attend this meeting, and it is open to interested youth of all ages. 

There will also be an activity in which children can learn how to make their own mini plastic greenhouse. To participate in this activity, participants are asked to bring a gallon-size plastic bottle to the meeting. We hope to see you there!

February Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

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

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

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

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

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

Some new additions to our fiction collection are:

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

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

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

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

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

Additions to the non-fiction collection include:

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

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

New titles added to the DVD collection include:

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

Animal Misfits: Odd, Bizarre and Unlikely Creatures

B.B. King: The Life of Riley 

Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin and Hobbes

Downton Abbey: Season 6 

George Gently – Series 1 through 4 

Incident At Oglala: the Leonard Peltier Story 

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – Series 1 through 3 

My Italian Secret: the Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust 

Navy SEALS: Their Untold Story 

Neil Young: Heart of Gold 

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

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

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

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

 

February 2, 2016

Vi Lovejoy

 

 

January Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Children’s Activities for December: Santa and a Holiday Story Night!

christmas tree (2)Don’t forget to mark your calendars for two special December children’s events–a library visit from Santa Claus on Wednesday, December 16th, from 10:00 – 11:00 am, and a holiday stories night Friday, December 18th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm!

Santa will be by the large Christmas tree in the library to meet children and their families at 10:00 am. Children are invited to take a candy cane and tell Santa their Christmas wishes. 

On Friday, Children’s Librarian Linda Mulvaney invites children and their families to come to the large meeting room at 7:00 pm for an hour of holiday-themed stories and songs, special guests, and sweet refreshments. Children are also invited to attend in their favorite holiday pajamas.

Due to the large number of people expected to attend, we ask that all children be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Don’t forget to check out our Youth Programs page for the latest news and updates about activities for children and teens at the library. Happy Holidays!

 

 

December Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

cropped-cropped-cropped-chetcoBanner1.jpgWith the cold mornings we have been experiencing, it looks as though we are getting ready for both winter and the upcoming holidays. First, the Chetco Community Public Library would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with this year’s Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale last month. Thank you too to the community and all those who made purchases. Your support made the sale a big success.

There is a special program coming up on Thursday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the Library’s large meeting room. “Wild About Mushrooms,” a program about mushroom identification, will be presented by Kathleen Dickson. Kathleen is an amateur “expert” on many of the mushrooms one can expect to find along the southern Oregon Coast. Dickson got her introduction to the world of edible wild mushrooms through the friendships she forged with local mushroom harvesters, first learning how to identify and pick coastal mushrooms like the chanterelle, black trumpet, and hedgehog, then by immersing herself in the commercial mushroom industry.

Dickson is the co-founder of the Wild Rivers Mushroom Club and co-owner with her husband, Rich, of OtterBee’s Farm & Fungi, a Brookings company whose focus is local fruits, vegetables, and wild edible mushrooms. This program is sponsored by Friends of the Chetco Library and everyone is invited to attend this free program.

Linda Mulvany, children’s librarian, tells us that there are a lot of exciting children’s activities this month. This month “Elf on the Shelf” comes back to the library. Every day that mischievous elf will find a new hiding place. Children 11 years and younger who discover where he’s hiding will get a surprise gift.

On Wednesday, December 16, at 10:00 a.m. come and visit with Santa as there will be no Storytime this morning.

Join us for a special night of holiday storytelling with surprise guests, songs and refreshments on Friday, December 18, at 7:00 p.m. Children are invited to come in their pajamas.

Storytime continues on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with seasonal themes. For our after-school craft program, there is an exciting line-up of arts and crafts for the month—creating paper bag puppets, tree ornaments, paper trees, presents for friends and family, and fabric designs. Pick up a calendar at the library or check out our website for details. 

We are still looking for donations of Legos for a library Lego Club.  We are also looking for a volunteer to help with arts and crafts on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Please contact Linda Mulvany at the library for more information.

Some new additions to the fiction collection are:

Tricky Twenty-Two, by Janet Evanovich. The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a fraternity member arrested for beating up a college dean and investigates a murder.

The Guilty, by David Baldacci. The government hit man Will Robie investigates murder charges against his estranged father in their Mississippi hometown.

All Dressed in White, by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. A TV producer investigates a bride’s disappearance for her show Under Suspicion.

The Mistletoe Inn, by Richard Paul Evans. An aspiring romance writer with a broken heart meets a complicated man at a Christmas writers’ retreat.

Some new additions to our non-fiction collection are:

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar. A history of the war against the Barbary pirates in 1801.

The Witches, by Stacy Schiff. An account of the Salem witch trials of 1692.

Lights Out, by Ted Kopel. The journalist warns that we are unprepared for a cyberattack on the nation’s power grids that could paralyze our infrastructure.

On display this month in the lobby display case is a collection of Christmas Nutcrackers owned by Carol Lewis. In the gallery local residents Buzz Stewart and Jay Moseby have a display of their paintings entitled “Water Colors.”

Holiday hours for Christmas are as follows: 

Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; closed on Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day), and Saturday, December 26. 

Thursday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the library will open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be closed New Year’s Day, January 1. The library will open on Saturday, January 2, at 10:00 a.m.

On Monday, January 18, 2016, the Library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Vi Lovejoy