September 2015: Library Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

cropped-cropped-chetcoBanner1School has begun again, we have experienced some lovely rain and the library is ready to begin children’s programs again also. Linda Mulvany, the children’s librarian, announces that the Wednesday Storytime for pre-school children is held each week at 10:30 a.m. with the following schedule: September 2, “Bath Time Fun;” September 9, “Back to School Tales;” September 16, “How Did Your Garden Grow?;” September 23, “Dinosaur Dramas;” and September 30, “Silly Stories” — you will be surprised!

After School Arts and Crafts for grades 1 – 6 are held on Tuesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. We start the first week on September 22 doing wacky construction. Come see what you can create out of all sorts of strange building materials. On September 29, we will be doing leaf prints and you can bring your own leaves if you like. Check here every month for special events. October will bring a special evening story time.

Washington State University’s David James uses tags to track monarch butterfly migration through the Pacific Northwest. We are excited and honored to be included in this year’s “WSU’s Western Monarch Tracking” program. The monarchs on display in the library have been hand-raised from eggs laid on milkweed plants in Oregon by Vicki Mion and Aleece Townsend. These monarchs will be tagged upon release and may prove to be of use in tracking the Western Monarch Migration. Monarchs will migrate south from Canada, Washington state, Oregon and Northern California to spend the winter in central California. Some of them may go as far south as San Diego and Baja California. If you would like to encourage monarchs to visit your garden, provide pesticide-free flowers, especially milkweed. You may get more information from Vicki Mion at vickimion@gmail.com.

Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 3, 2015, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Visit the library and check out our display of books some wanted to be banned.

The next two programs in the “Gardening & Community” series will be on Saturday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m. “Create Your Own Landscape With Plants You Propagate” with Carol Hobbs. On Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. “Landscaping Ideas for the Fall” and information about the Master Gardener Program with Scott Thiemann. Programs are free and open to all interested members of the community and are sponsored by OSU Extension/Master Gardeners and Friends of the Chetco Community Public Library.

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

Silver Linings, by Debbie Macomber. Jo Marie, keeper of the Rose Harbor Inn, and two guests deal with trouble in relationships.

Circling The Sun, by Paula Mclain. A novel by the author of “The Paris Wife” about Beryl Markham, a horse trainer and aviatrix who was raised in Kenya.

In A Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware. A crime writer attends a party in a cabin in the woods and is pulled back into the past, with frightening results.

The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. The fictionalized life of Rachel Pomie, a 19th-century Jewish woman on the island of St. Thomas, whose son Camille Pissaro became a leading Impressionist painter.

Devil’s Bridge, by Linda Fairstein. In the 17th Alexandra Cooper thriller, Coop is kidnapped and the N.Y.P.D. homicide detective Mike Chapman searches for her.

Added to the non-fiction collection are:

Barbarian Days, by William Finnegan. A surfing chronicle and memoir by a New Yorker writer.

Voices In the Ocean, by Susan Casey. The study of dolphins: research, cultural significance, threats.

The Brookings-Harbor Garden Club has also presented four new gardening books to add to that section. They are:

Attracting Beneficial Bugs To Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, by Jessica Walliser.

The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants That Everyone Can Grow, by Tovah Martin.

The Gardener’s Guide to Weather and Climate, by Michael Allaby.

Hellstrip Gardening: Creating a Paradise Between the Sidewalk and the Curb, by Evelyn Hadden. Here I will add a comment of my own that this book although it focuses on sidewalk/curb plantings, it also describes many plants that will work in dry, hot sand or clay soils. In our area we have a lot of this type of ground. The many unusual answers to making these areas into something pleasant to look at and easy to attain make it well worth your time in reading it.

In observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 7, the library will be closed. It will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

September 1, 2015

Vi Lovejoy

July 28: A Performance by Folksinger Adam Miller

Adam MillerJoin us July 28th at 5:00 p.m. for a special performance by Adam Miller! This event for children is FREE to attend and will take place in the library’s large meeting room.

One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist, and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of over 5,000 songs.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.

In a contemporary musical landscape peopled with singer-songwriters and their often short-lived offerings, Miller’s time-honored traditional folksongs and ballads are a breath of fresh air.  His songs evoke a by-gone time when entertainment was homemade.  Spellbinding his audience with his mastery of the art of storytelling, he skillfully interweaves folksongs and the stories behind them with the elegance of a documentary filmmaker.

Traveling 70,000 miles each year, this 21st-century troubadour has performed in concert halls from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle.  Over 1,000,000 students have attended his “Singing Through History” school assembly programs.

Miller’s folksongs and ballads are the songs of America’s heritage; a window into the soul of our nation in its youth.  “I have always had a great interest in how folksongs travel through history, and how history travels through folksongs,” he explains.

A performer who enlightens as well as entertains, Miller points out fascinating connections between events in history and the songs that survived them.  And like radio’s Paul Harvey, he manages to give you “the rest of the story” — providing the often surprising provenance of seemingly innocuous folksongs.His numerous appearances at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Tumbleweed Music Festival, the California Traditional Music Society’s Summer Solstice Festival, and the Kentucky Music Weekend have made him a national favorite.

Coming June 26th: Meet Reptiles Up Close with International Reptile Rescue!

On June 26th, children are invited to learn about turtles and tortoises with International Reptile Rescue! In addition to an educational presentation, children will get to meet a variety of reptiles and insects, including Feather Boa the snake, Larry the lizard, Teresa Tarantula, Scarlet Scorpion, and many more! Children who attend will also receive a reptile necklace, as well as turtle coloring pages.

The presentation starts at 1:00 p.m. in the large meeting room and will last for approximately one hour. This event does not require pre-registration and is open to the public. For more information, please call Linda at (541) 469-7738.

About Interational Reptile Rescue

Operating since the 1970’s, International Reptile Rescue, formerly known as Hart’s Reptile World, is a rescue agency and educational group based in Canby, Oregon. The group’s goal is to educate young people about the “not-so-scary” aspects of reptiles, to help families determine which reptiles do and do not make good pets, and to highlight conservation. To learn more about International Reptile Rescue, please visit hartsreptileworld.com

Dragon Theater Puppets Returns to the Library July 9th!

DragonTheaterPuppetsWe are excited to announce the return of Dragon Theater Puppets for a special Summer Reading Program event! This year, Dragon Theater will be presenting “Home Grown Heroes,” a special performance that teaches kids the values of creativity and teamwork, stressing the importance of the everyday heroes in our lives. After the show, children will have the opportunity to make their own superheroes.

This event takes place on Thursday, July 9th, at 2:00 pm in the large meeting room. This event will last approximately one hour. Children of all ages are invited, and this event is free for the public to attend.

 

Summer Programs for Teens

This summer the library is offering a creative workshop for teens. The workshop is free but registration is required to participate.

Personalized Journals: July 8th, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Teens are invited to personalize a journal with their favorite quotes and images using multimedia collage. Journals will be provided, although students are welcome to bring their own. Students must register for this workshop by Wednesday, June 24th.

Summer Reading Program 2015: For Grades 1-6

Every Hero Has a Story! Join us June 23rd through August 6th to learn about the heroes of our world.

 The Summer Reading Program is a seven-week afternoon program at the library for children who are entering grades 1-6 next fall. Every week we will explore different aspects of heroes with stories, guest performances, activities, and crafts. 

Grades 1-3 will meet in the large meeting room on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Grades 4-6 will meet in the large meeting room Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

This program is free, but due to limited space, registration for this program is required. Registration forms and program brochures are available at the front desk of the library.

Weekly Themes:

Each week, students will learn about different types of heroes, and what sort of qualities make a person a hero. Students can look forward to stories and activities about the following themes:

June 23rd & 25th: Tall Tale Heroes

June 30th & July 2: The Hero in You

July 7th: Superheroes (For Grades 1-3)

July 14th & 16th: Animal Heroes

July 21st & 23rd: Community Heroes

July 30th: Superheroes (For Grades 4-6)

August 4th & 6th: Heroes of the Ocean

Reading Logs and Prizes:

Children will be encouraged to read at home and return a reading log every week for special prizes from our treasure chest.

Summer Reading Program 2015: For Preschool Children

Preschool Summer Reading Program

This summer, preschool children and their parents are invited to take part in the library’s “Path to Reading Program.” Beginning June 24th, this free seven-week program encourages parents to read regularly to their young children for the chance to win weekly prizes.

Here’s how to participate:

1. Pick up a “Path to Reading” log at the front desk of the library.

2. Starting June 24th, begin to fill out the “stepping stones” on the reading log. Read one book to your child for every stepping stone. Your child earns a sticker for every book completed and wins prizes along the way. Finish the path, and the child earns a ticket for our end-of-summer lottery—a chance to win a movie and pizza night for the whole family!

To earn prizes:

Bring your reading log to Story Time each Wednesday for your child to earn their stickers and prizes. Children are eligible to earn one prize per week. 

When your child’s “Path to Reading” log is complete, bring it to Story Time to receive a ticket for the end-of-summer lottery. The drawing for the movie and pizza night will be held August 6th. The winner of the drawing will be contacted by phone by the Children’s Librarian.