Library News

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 (, 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

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 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 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,***


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


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


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!


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.  

July 2019 Newsletter

By Julie Retherford, Library Director

It’s Summer Reading Time!

Don’t forget that it’s Summer Reading Time! Did you know our Summer Reading program is for all ages?  Kids can read to earn prizes, but so can teens and adults.  Adults, come in and get a Summer Reading Tic-Tac-Toe sheet. Complete the sheet to be entered into a grand prize drawing.  You can also turn in Book Reviews to be entered into weekly prize drawings.  And bring your kids by daily to search the kids’ section for an astronaut (we’ll move it each day)—let a library employee know they’ve found it and they can pick a prize from the treasure chest.  They can also log their reading for weekly prizes and to be entered to win the grand prize.   

For recommended reading and movie lists, printable reading logs, event descriptions, and FAQs, please visit our Summer Reading webpage at Summer Reading runs from Monday, July 1, through Saturday, August 17.

July 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 events page,***


Story Time (Pre-K), Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Tiempo de Cuentos (Spanish Story Time, Pre-K), Tuesdays July 16 through August 8, 10:30 a.m.

Legos 4 Little Ones (Ages 0-6), Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Note: There will be no Legos on Friday, July 12)

STEAM (Ages 7+), Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

TechKnow (Ages 10+), Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Dance Party with Miss Linda, Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.


Movie Night, Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. July’s theme is “Superheroes.” Full schedule available on our Events Page.

“Dig Your Library” gardening program, Friday July 12, 19, and 26 at 3:30 p.m.

July 6, 3 – 5 p.m.: Resin Galaxies Craft

July 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Raising Chickens, Goats, and More, a Curry County Master Gardener’s Class

July 13, 3 – 5 p.m.: Summer Poetry Slam. It’s time for our Summer Poetry Slam! Poetry-lovers of all ages are invited to our large meeting room to celebrate the written and spoken word.

Poets may recite original poems, or may share a poem by their favorite poet. Sign ups begin at the door a half hour before the event. Anyone who performs will be entered to win a door prize!

July 19, 6:30 p.m.: Movie Pre-Release Screening, “Samurai in the Oregon Sky,” a film by Ilana Sol.

July 20, 3 – 5 p.m.: Acrylic Paint Pour Craft

July 27, 3 – 5 p.m.: DIY Spa Craft


The Large Meeting Room will feature art by Christina Olsen, Dale Wells, and Horst Wolf with the theme of “Whimsy.”  The lobby display will feature items from the Festival of Art in Stout Park.

June 2019 Newsletter

By Julie Retherford

The library staff and board want to acknowledge the passing of beloved longtime library supporter and Board member Vi Lovejoy.  As with former director Susana Fernandez, you can see Vi’s name and impact here daily—building and vendor contracts, board decisions, fundraising efforts, the plaque in our library lobby, and more.  Even though I didn’t know Vi, I appreciate all the work she did for this library, and we all express our sympathy for her family.

It’s Summer Reading Time! To launch this year’s summer reading “A Universe of Stories” program, we are having a big Kick-Off BBQ and Touch-a-Truck Party on June 29 from 1 – 3 p.m.!  Join us outside in the overflow lot for free food, games, prizes, fire trucks, coast guard boats, and more.  Entry is free, and we’ll help you get signed up for our summer reading program. We’ll have reading goals and prizes for kids and adults throughout the summer.  

June 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,***


Story Time (Pre-K), Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

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. (NO TechKnow on June 5.)


Touch-a-Truck and BBQ on Saturday, June 29 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Saturday Night Movie Series, Every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. To find out the movie titles we’re showing, check out our website events calendar or call us to request the schedule.

Movie Night (PG-13), Friday June 14 at 6:30 p.m.

“Dig into Your Library” gardening program, Friday June 7 and June 14 at 3:30 p.m.


June 1, 2:30 p.m., Local Author Event with Georgia Cockerham

June 4, 2 p.m., Pompeiian Wall Art with Leslie Wolf

June 8, 3 p.m., Hand Loom Weaving demonstration with Jane Opiat

June 14, 9 a.m., Library Board Meeting with Executive Session

Displays: This month’s book display is “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The covers of our recommended reads have been replaced with the first line of the book. Like the preview? Then check out the book! The Large Meeting Room will feature art by Christina Olsen, Dale Wells, and Horst Wolf with the theme of “Whimsy.”  The lobby display will be all about the Kite Festival.

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,***


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. 

An Important Announcement For Our Hoopla Users

Dear Chetco Library Patrons,

As you may already be aware, hoopla—one of our digital media services—is a huge success. Patrons and staff alike enjoy the attractive, easy-to-use interface, along with the wide variety of books, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and television available anytime and anywhere. Interest in the service has increased tremendously over the last year, with more and more patrons signing up every month.

However, it has come to our attention that because of increased demand, our annual funding for hoopla is depleting quicker than we anticipated.

Therefore, beginning immediately, the Chetco Community Public Library will be decreasing the number of monthly allotted borrows from 10 to 5 per patron.

This reduction is only temporary. The number of monthly allotted checkouts will increase to 10 per patron on July 1, when our 2019/2020 fiscal year begins.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your continuing support,

The Chetco Community Public Library Staff

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