Library News

Regular Board Meeting 6/12 9am

The Chetco Library Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly board meeting Friday 6/12, at 9am in the library’s large meeting room. Due to meeting size restrictions, if you would like to attend or if you’d like to submit any comments for the public comment portion of the board meeting, please email

5/8/20 Regular Board Meeting

The Chetco Library Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly board meeting tomorrow, Friday 5/8, at 9am in the library’s large meeting room. Due to meeting size restrictions, if you would like to attend or if you’d like to submit any comments for the public comment portion of the board meeting, please email

Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Chetco Community Public Library District to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 will be held in the large meeting room of the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St. Brookings, OR and streamed online. The meeting will take place on April 24, 2020 at 9:00am. The streaming link will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limited space will be available for public attendance. We request public comments be submitted ahead of time to or by mail to 405 Alder St. Brookings, OR 97415. If you wish to attend to comment during the meeting, email us or call 541-469-7738 to make arrangements to attend. Only those who contact us ahead of time will be admitted to the meeting, but anyone will be able to view the streaming meeting online.

A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 15, 2020 at at any time or on Fred Meyer’s bulletin board at 325 5th St. Brookings, OR 97415 during their open hours.

To view the budget documents, CLICK HERE.

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.