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Newsletter October 2018

Chetco Community Public Library LogoBy Julie Retherford, Library Director

Thank you to our amazing library staff!

You may not know that one of our employees has been writing this newsletter for the last several months.  She has done a fantastic job! But now that I’ve been here a little while and have gotten my feet under me, I figure it’s time for me to take this extra work off of her plate.  Thanks to Kat for stepping up and taking care of this (and many other things!) during the last several months.  As a matter of fact, I have been so fortunate to step into a library with such a great staff—Phil, Linda, Kat, Patti, Pier, Carla, Alice, & Frank have been so helpful and patient with me as I learn all about this library and the community we serve.  And we also have two new employees—Erik & Avi.  If you haven’t been over to meet them yet, please stop by. Ask them something tricky and test them… I think they are up for the challenge. 😉  Not every town is lucky enough to get a library full of great workers, and I am so happy to be here working along with them.

Family Events

Spooky Story Night. October 26th, 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for loads of spooky fun! Not too scary for the little ones, but not too childish for the older ones. We’ll have games & activities (like bobbing for donuts!), guest storytellers sharing spooky stories & poems, and a costume contest.

Mark your November calendars… the biannual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be November 8-10th from 10am-4pm, with our special $2 bag sale on November 11th from 12-3pm. Every spare storage space is stuffed to the brim with books, so it’s going to be a good one.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Beginning October 8th you can bring in your decorated pumpkin to be placed on display and entered to win a prize drawing. The drawing will be on October 31st.

It’s time for our annual Candy Corn Counting Contest. Stop by and see if you can guess exactly how many Candy Corn pieces are in the jar.

Youth Events

Storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Linda each Wednesday morning for stories, songs, and games in the large meeting room.

Tech Know. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm. In this group, elementary and middle schoolers work together on technology projects that teach creativity and engineering concepts. This group is open to all young people ages seven and up.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm. Our after-school STEAM program meets to work on projects that teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts, and is designed for kids in elementary and middle school. Join us for a special event during our October 18th & 25th STEAM events, where we’ll be making costumes. Come join the fun! All materials provided.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm. Young children and their caregivers have full reign of our oversized Lego brick collection during this time for free building and play. (Please take note that during the school year Legos 4 Little Ones is 10:30am-12pm, vs 10:30am to 1pm during the summer.)

Adult Events

Meet the Author. October 6th, 2pm, Large Meeting Room.  Meet local resident and author Shirley Hyatt.  She is the author of the recently released story collection Twenty Tales with a Twist. Shirley says this is the perfect book to be kept next to your armchair or tucked into your travel bag to keep you entertained on a train or a plan.

Climate Change Coming Home with Bill Bradbury. October 10th, 6-8pm, Large Meeting Room. Bandon resident and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will discuss how climate change is affecting Oregon and the Northwest today, as well as what the future may bring.

Master Gardeners: Getting Ready to Plant. October 13th, 10:30am-12pm, Large Meeting Room. Scott will present on landscaping basics and ideas for the fall.  He will talk about possible plant choices and considerations for success in your landscaping.  If you bring your yard layout drawn on some clear plastic, we can look at the specifics of your situation as we project your image on an overhead projector.

***All library events are FREE and open to the public! If you have any questions contact us at (541) 469-7738 or on our website.***


In the lobby display case, the Wild River Mushroom Club will be showcasing some mushroom hunting books, field guides, posters, and other items.

In the Large Meeting Room, there will be a display titled “Local Color and Black and White,” featuring the artwork of Rachel Gates, Kathy Huxley, Eva Marie Klass, and Richard Leathers.

The circulation display for October will have a selection of horror movies and books with the theme “All Caught Up On Stephen King?”

Newsletter September 2018

September is Library Card Signup Month

Round out your back-to-school list with the most valuable school supply of all—a library card! September marks the beginning of another school year, and is also National Library Card Signup Month. Having a public library card can greatly expand a child’s access to educational resources outside the classroom. In addition to homework help, WiFi access, and computer workstations, our library network provides access to than 490,000 books, movies, magazines, and more. Please stop in this month and let us know how we can help your student succeed.

After-School Programming Available

In addition to our programs for preschoolers, we have two after-school programs for elementary and middle school students on our calendar this year:

Storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Linda each Wednesday morning for stories, songs, and games in the large meeting room.

Tech Know. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm. In this group, elementary and middle schoolers work together on technology projects that teach creativity and engineering concepts. This group is open to all young people ages seven and up.

STEAM. Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm. Our after-school STEAM program meets to work on projects that teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts, and is designed for kids in elementary and middle school.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:30am-1:00pm. Young children and their caregivers have full reign of our oversized Lego brick collection during this time for free building and play.

Adult Programming

Brookings Discussion Café: Homelessness in Brookings. Wednesday, September 5, 6:00-8:00pm. Join host Boyd Allen and discussion panel members Bernie Lindley, Georgia Nowlin, and Beth Barker-Hidalgo for a discussion panel on the issue of homelessness in our local area. A question-and-answer session will follow. This program is presented in partnership with KCIW and the Curry Coastal Pilot, and will be recorded for future broadcast on KCIW.

Community Gardening Lecture. Saturday, September 8, 10:30-Noon. Master Gardener Debianne Harpole will share a presentation titled “The Healing Power of Fruits and Vegetables.” Debianne will discuss the twelve body systems and provide information about how to prepare natural foods to maximize health benefits.

Fall Poetry Slam. Saturday, September 8, 3:00-5:00pm. Join us in the large meeting room for our Fall Poetry Slam! This event is scheduled as part of September’s Art Walk, and poets and poetry lovers of all ages are invited. If you sign up to read or recite a poem in our large meeting room, you will be entered to win a door prize.

Space Camp: A Presentation by Marilyn Hart, PhD. Wednesday, September 26, 3:30-5:00pm. Learn about the history and the holdings of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Students are invited to attend to learn more about Space Camp and about the eight astronauts and two cosmonauts who graduated from there. Aeronautics and astronomy enthusiasts of all ages are welcome.

All library programs are free to the public. To learn more about programs, events, and displays at the library, please call us at 541-469-7738, visit the library at 405 Alder Street in Brookings, or learn more on our website,

On Display

At the circulation desk, we currently have a display titled “Coming of Age.” From September 23-29, we will feature a display in recognition of Banned Books Week.

For the month of September, the large meeting room will feature a collection of art by Pete Chasar, Tom Farmer, John Gehl, and Jay Mosby titled “A Variety Show.”

The lobby display case will feature a historical display by the Girl Scouts of America.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.

Newsletter August 2018

Chetco Community Public LibrarySummer Reading Is Heating Up!

There are now three weeks left in our Summer Reading Program, which means there are three chances left to enter our Summer Reading Bingo contest! The last day to turn in a Bingo Card is August 18, and we will hold our prize drawings on August 20. If you want to participate in Summer Reading Bingo, you can pick up a bingo card at the front desk or download one from our online Summer Reading Portal,

The rules are simple: read great books that fit the descriptions on your bingo card. Turn in a single line bingo to enter our small prize drawing, which includes gift certificates to local bookstores, tickets to local performing arts events, local art pieces and gift baskets. If you turn in a blackout (all squares filled in), you’ll be entered in our grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Anyone ages 16 and up can participate, and you can turn in one card per week.

For kids, our traditional Summer Reading program also runs through August 18. Kids of all ages are invited to turn in weekly reading logs in exchange for prizes from our Summer Reading Treasure Chest.

For full Summer Reading Program details, printable Bingo cards and reading logs, and recommended summer reading lists, please visit our online Summer Reading Portal,

Special Workshop Series: Gardening Basics for Kids

The Chetco Library is partnering with the Curry County Master Gardeners to present “Gardening Basics for Kids,” a special series of gardening workshops for children. These free, hands-on workshops feature fun activities designed to excite youth about gardening. Classes will take place each Tuesday in August at the Library Annex, 402 Alder Street, from 3:00-4:00pm.

Gardening Basics for Kids will cover the following topics:

  • August 7: Weeding and Planting
  • August 14: Soil Health
  • August 21: Watering
  • August 28: Plant Identification

Kids 7 and older are invited to participate; please note that children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required, and children may attend any number of workshops that interest them. For more information, contact Curry County Master Gardeners office in Gold Beach at 541-247-6672 or Julia Bott, Master Gardener/event coordinator in Brookings at 650-520-5673.

August’s Weekly Youth Programs:

Story Time (Toddlers and PreK): Wednesdays, 10:30—11:30am

Robotics (Ages 9 and Up): Wednesdays, 3:00—5:00pm

S.T.E.A.M. Activities (Ages 7-13): Thursdays, 3:30—5:30pm

Legos 4 Little Ones (Ages 2-6): Fridays, 11:00am—Noon

Adult Programming

Wednesday, August 1—Kelp Crafting with Sherryl Griffin. August will kick off with a special beach-themed crafting class, hosted by local artist Sherryl Griffin. Learn how to make a variety of crafts from bull kelp and other beachcombing finds. This workshop will take place in the large meeting room on Wednesday, August 1, from 6:00—7:30pm.

Thursday, August 16—We Need to Talk: Family Conversations With Older Drivers. Talking to older family members about driving safety concerns can be a sensitive conversation. This presentation, packed with facts gathered by leading insurance companies, offers tips and guidance for starting productive and positive conversations with older loved ones. This program will take place in the large meeting room on Thursday, August 16, from 6:00—8:00pm.

On Display

At the circulation desk, we are continuing our display of Summer Reading Bingo recommendations through August 18. You can also pick up a Reading Bingo Card from this display area.

For the months of August and September, the large meeting room will feature a collection of art by Pete Chasar, Tom Farmer, John Gehl, and Jay Mosby titled “A Variety Show.”

The lobby display case will feature a variety of antique Asian art pieces from the personal collection of local resident Janet Seikel.

All library programs are free to the public. To learn more about programs, events, and displays at the library, please call us at 541-469-7738, visit the library at 405 Alder Street in Brookings, or learn more on our events page,

Newsletter July 2018

Chetco Community Public LibrarySummer Reading Program: Activities Continue through August 17

Summer Reading 2018 has officially started, but it’s not too late to get in on the fun! Summer Reading runs from June 25 through August 17, and there are activities for adults as well as children this year. For adults, check out our Summer Reading Bingo Contest! Anyone sixteen or older may pick up a Summer Reading Bingo card from the library’s front desk or print a card from our online Summer Reading Portal, Read or listen to books, magazines, or other reading materials that match the categories on the bingo squares. You can turn in one bingo card per person, per week. Turning in a card with a bingo earns an entry in our small-prize drawing, which includes gift certificates, tickets to local theater performances, and local art pieces. If you complete a blackout (all squares filled in), you can enter a drawing for our grand prize—a new Kindle Fire! Full details and rules for Reading Bingo are listed on the back of the Reading Bingo cards, or can be found online at

For children, we have daily Summer Reading activities for children ages 0-15, as well as our annual summer reading log prizes. For full details on this year’s Summer Reading Program for children, please pick up a brochure in our Children’s Department or contact Miss Linda.

New Youth Programs Launched

Miss Linda launched new regular programs for children and teens in the final week of June. These programs are separate from Summer Reading and will be available year-round. Here’s what’s new in the Children’s Department:

Morning Maker Space. Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:00am—12:00pm. Miss Linda has put together a brand-new Maker Space Cart loaded with materials that encourage experimentation and creative play. Morning Maker Space is open to children of all ages.

Teen Robotics. Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00pm. Teens are invited to come learn the fundamentals of robotics from knowledgeable volunteers and build their own unique creations. This group is open to tweens and teens ages 9-18.

Legos 4 Little Ones. Fridays, 10:30am—12:00pm. With creation tables and a bunch of standard and oversized Lego blocks, this morning activity is perfect for engaging children ages 0-8.

Creation Station Saturdays. Saturdays, 3:30—5:00pm. This program combines our Lego Blocks and Maker Space Cart. Young people of all ages are invited to come build, create, and try new craft techniques.

In addition to these new programs, our Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers continues every Wednesday morning at 10:30am. July’s Story Time theme is “Celebrations of our World.”

We are also continuing our Thursday afternoon STEAM activities. Every Thursday at 3:30pm, kids in elementary and middle school can come build fun projects and explore concepts related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Adult Programming and Events

Songs and Stories with Russ Oelheim. Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm—8:00pm. Join guitarist, banjo player, and storyteller Russ Oelheim for a musical adventure the whole family will enjoy! Russ is a beloved local artist who specializes in Blues and American folklore. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Chetco Library and will take place in the large meeting room.

Library Director Community Reception. Saturday, July 14, 3:00—5:00pm. The community is invited to a welcome reception for the Chetco Community Public Library’s new Director, Julie Retherford. Ms. Retherford joins the Chetco Community Public Library after years of service for the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library in Ohio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Communications from Ohio University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.

This event takes place in the library’s large meeting room. Ms. Retherford will be available to greet and get acquainted with members of the community. Refreshments will be served. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Retherford to the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast.

Community Discussion: The Opioid Crisis in Curry County. Wednesday, July 25, 6:00–8:00pm. The abuse of opioid pain medications is one of the greatest health risks facing Curry County residents. Join PDO Prevention Specialist Kate Frame in the library’s large meeting room to find out what the opioid crisis looks like in Curry County, how people are currently working to solve the problem, and ways that any community member can be a part of the solution. 

All library programs are free to the public. If you have a question about any of programs or events at the library, please call us at 541-469-7738, visit us at 405 Alder Street in Brookings, or find more information online on the library’s Facebook page or at

On Display

In the large meeting room, a display of photographs by various artists titled “Images of Brookings” will continue through the month of July.

In the lobby display case, the Festival of Art will feature a display of artwork and handicrafts from various artists and vendors as a preview of the upcoming festival.

At the circulation desk, the library continues its display of Summer Reading Recommendations. Stop by the display to pick up a Bingo Card and find a recommendation to help complete your summer reading list.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We wish everyone in the community a safe and happy holiday!


Newsletter June 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Libraries Rock!Summer Reading Program 2018 Now Includes Reading Contests for Adults, Older Teens

June has finally arrived, and we are excited to announce that we are expanding our Summer Reading Program (SRP) activities this year! This year’s nationwide Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock,” and the majority of our summer programming will center around music and the arts.

For kids, the special star of SRP will be Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat is the purrrfectly rocking creation of artist and children’s author James Dean. Keep an eye out for groovy storytime themes, educational scavenger hunts, rewards for time spent reading or being read to by a caregiver, and much more in the weeks ahead. There are activities for kids of all ages. There will be a special sign-up day for children ages 0-15 on Saturday, June 23, from 3:00—5:30pm. Miss Linda will be on available to hand out a special sign-up packet that includes a Pete The Cat book bag, reading log, bingo card, book mark, and special prize. Stop by and pick up our new brochures about programming and get answers any general questions about the Summer Reading Program or youth programming in general. Refreshments will be served.

For adults and teens ages 16 and up, the primary activity of our first-ever SRP for this age group is our Summer Reading Bingo contest. Participants can pick up and turn in up to one bingo card per person, per week. Read or listen to a book or other material, such as a magazine, that fits the description on a reading bingo square to fill it in. One-line bingos earn you an entry in a drawing to win a huge array of prizes, including local art, award-nominated books, tickets to local theater performances, and gift certificates to local businesses. Turn in a bingo card with a blackout (all squares filled in) and you will earn an entry for our grand-prize drawing—a new Kindle Fire tablet. The prize drawings for adults and teens will take place on August 20, so participants have plenty of time to plan their reading lists and work on their bingo cards.

Our official partner for Summer Reading Bingo 2018 is Forecastle Books, and the following community groups and businesses have generously donated prizes for this year’s event:

  1. The Chetco Pelican Players
  2. Pelican Bay Art Association
  3. Soroptimist Brookings

In addition to Reading Bingo, we will also have special music and the arts-themed events throughout the summer, including concerts and poetry slams.

We have created a special page on the library website where you can find full details on the Summer Reading Programs for both kids and adults, browse recommended summer reading lists, download and print extra reading logs and reading bingo cards, and view or print calendars of our special summer activities. You can find our online Summer Reading Portal at

Regular Kids Programming

Story Time for Toddlers/Preschoolers. Story time takes place every Wednesday morning at 10:30am with Miss Linda, followed by a simple craft activity. June’s story time theme is “Weather of our World.”

STEAM 1 for Elementary and Middle Schoolers. Join Miss Linda every Thursday afternoon at 3:30 for crafts and projects focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. STEAM 1 is recommended for kids and tweens ages 7 and up.

New Youth Programming to Launch at the End of June

Miss Linda is also excited to announce that beginning the week of June 25, the Youth Services department will be launching three brand new programs for young people:

“Makerspace.” Explore everything creative and science minded with our new Maker Space Cart. It’s free-style learning at its best, allowing kids to build, craft and create with the different elements that Miss Linda will have on hand. The Maker Space Cart will be available, in the youth area by Miss Linda’s office, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

“Robotic Fundamentals.” Geared for youth ages twelve and up, this easy-to-learn introductory program will teach teens to use microcontroller kits to discover engineering, computer programming, and software fundamentals. This program will run every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00pm.

“Legos for Little Ones.” This creation-centered program will begin on Friday, June 29th, from 10:30am to 12:00pm and will run every Friday from then on. Come join us for all types of Lego fun. This program is designed for children ages two to six.

“Creation Station Saturdays.” We’re going all out on Saturday afternoons by combining our love of Legos with our Maker Space Cart. Stop by and see what Miss Linda has in store for you on this fun, creative afternoon. Running from 3:30 to 5:30p, kids can explore everything on the Maker Space Cart as well as build creative, original thingamajigs with Legos. This program is open to kids of all ages.

Adult Programming

June 8, 6:00-8:00pm. “Frankie C and Tom Poole in concert.” Join critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and local favorite Frank John Colli (“Frankie C”) and multiple GRAMMY®-winning trumpet player Tom Poole for an evening of songs, stories and celebration of the unforgettable music of the 60’s and 70’s. Tom is a legend in the industry and has played with Boz Scaggs, Greg Allman, Bobby Womack, Billy Preston, Etta James, Van Morrison, The Temptations and Ella Fitzgerald.  The concert will be held in the Chetco Library’s large meeting room, 405 Alder Street, Brookings. Admission is free. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Chetco Library.

June 16, 3:00-5:00pm. “Community Poetry Slam.” Back by popular demand, the library is teaming up with the volunteers at KCIW to host another Community Poetry Slam! Do you love to write or listen to poetry? Come celebrate the beauty of the written and spoken word at our Summer Community Poetry Slam! Performers may bring their own poetry or recite a poem by their favorite poet. There will be divisions for both youth and adults at this free event. Sign up to perform at the door—performers have a chance to win poetry-themed door prizes!

On Display

Circulation Desk: We will be highlighting our Summer Reading Program this month. Patrons can browse a selection of recommended titles and pick up a list with suggestions to help fill out their Reading Bingo Cards.

Lobby Display Case: This month, the library’s children’s department has a display titled “Our Library World,” which features artwork and projects created by children during the library’s Story Time, After-School Crafts, and STEAM programs.

Large Meeting Room: Artists Jay Mosby, Audi Stanton, Les Cornish, and John Gehl are teaming up to assemble a display of paintings titled “Images of Brookings.”

New On the Shelf: Fiction

The Outsider, by Stephen King. A standard police investigation into the assault and murder of a young boy takes a supernatural turn in the latest tale from the nation’s Master of Horror.

Campaign Widows, by Aimee Agresti. A young woman’s American Dream is hilariously upended when her fiancé hits the road to help with a candidate’s presidential campaign.

Beach House Reunion, by Mary Alice Monroe. The Rutledge family is back for the third installment of Monroe’s heartwarming Beach House series.

New On the Shelf: Nonfiction

Robin, by Dave Itzkoff. Itzkoff’s new biography paints a riveting portrait of the struggles and triumphs of the late comedian Robin Williams.

Frenemies, by Ken Auletta. Auletta explores the digital revolution’s effects on the advertising business.

What the Eyes Don’t See, by Mona Hanna-Attisha. A first-hand account of the water quality crisis that recently ravaged the community of Flint, Michigan.

June 8: Staff Training

The library will open at reduced hours, from noon to 6:00pm, to allow for a staff training session on the morning of June 8.


Newsletter May 2018

Chetco Community Public LibraryMay is Azalea Festival season in Brookings, which means it’s nearly time for the Friends of the Chetco Library’s Memorial Day Book Sale! We have thousands of used books to browse through this year, which you can take home for bargain prices. The book sale will take place on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, May 24, 10AM—4PM
  • Friday, May 25, 10AM—4PM
  • Saturday, May 26, 10AM—4PM
  • Sunday, May 27, 12—3PM

Don’t forget, Sunday is $2 bag sale day! Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Friends of the Chetco Library, which generously supports library programming throughout the year. We hope to see you there!

Adult Programming

“Community Disaster Preparedness: A Discussion.” Thursday, May 3, 6:00PM, large meeting room. Join Curry County Emergency Services Coordinator Jeremy Dumire and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Emergency Manager Kymmie Scott for a discussion on how local residents can prepare for the natural and manmade disasters that could strike our region.

“Working to Save Bees.” Saturday, May 12, 10:30AM, large meeting room. Past president of the Oregon South Coast Beekeepers Association Jim Sorber will discuss issues with pesticides and how to handle bees successfully. The event is part of the 2018 Master Gardener™ lecture series.

Children’s Programming

“Story Time for Toddlers and Preschoolers.” Wednesdays, 10:30AM, large meeting room. Join Miss Linda each week for stories, songs, and simple crafts.

“STEAM 1.” Thursdays, 3:30PM, large meeting room. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each week, kids ages 7 and up are invited to tinker with fun projects and learn STEAM concepts with Miss Linda.

“Rhythm Time.” Most Saturdays, 10:00AM, large meeting room. This high-energy program is geared toward preschoolers, but kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun. Rhythm Time helps kids learn about colors, shapes, patterns and more through music and movement.

On Display

Front Desk Display: This month’s theme is “Locally Made.” Library staff have selected a number of titles written by local authors, as well as local history books. Take home a local book and celebrate our local history and culture leading up to the Azalea Festival at the end of the month!

Lobby Display Case: For the month of May, we have a collection of wooden sculptures by local artist Dan Gray.

Large Meeting Room: A continuation of the “California Dreamin’” display, featuring paintings by Cathy Dean, Pauline Holmes, Kaye Stover, and Stephen Washburn.

New On the Shelf:


“The 17th Suspect,” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The latest installment in Patterson’s bestselling Women’s Murder Club series.

“Adjustment Day,” by Chuck Palahniuk. The author of Fight Club is back with a new novel about corruption, government conspiracies, and the beginning of World War III.

“Clockwork Dynasty,” by Daniel H. Wilson. When young scientist discovers a centuries-old mechanical doll in the backcountry of Eastern Oregon, she is unwittingly drawn into the middle of a secret centuries-long war.

“Love and Ruin,” by Paula McLain. From the bestselling author of “The Paris Wife” comes a novel about Ernest Hemingway and his tumultuous marriage with reporter Martha Gellhorn.

“The Princess Bride: Deluxe Illustrated Edition,” edited by William Goldman. Fans of the book and movie alike can enjoy this classic tale, which includes color maps and newly-imagined character sketches.


“Atlas of a Lost World,” by Craig Childs. Childs explores the latest theories about how North America came to be populated by Paleolithic peoples.

“No Higher Loyalty,” by James Comey. An account of Comey’s two-decade career in law and law enforcement.

“Bellevue,” by David Oshinsky. A history of the nation’s oldest public hospital.


“The Greatest Showman.” Hugh Jackman stars as American circus celebrity P.T. Barnum in this show-stopping musical.

“Phantom Thread.” A celebrated dressmaker’s life is turned upside down when a strong-willed woman becomes his muse and lover. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps.

“The Disaster Artist.” The Franco brothers team up with Seth Rogan in this based-on-a-true-story film about an aspiring filmmaker.

“The Handmaid’s Tale, Season One.” Catch up with the award-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel now that the second season has premiered on Hulu.

“A Place to Call Home, Season Five.” Set in 1950s Australia, this period drama centers on the life of a nurse seeking a fresh start after twenty years in Europe.




Newsletter March 2018

Chetco Library LOGOWinter is winding down, and after months of indoor weather the library is happy to announce that this month we will be expanding some programs to help little ones get the wiggles out. We will also be hosting a class to help you learn how to take your reading on the go with Library2Go!

Children’s Programming

“Story Time”—Wednesdays, Large Meeting Room, 10:30-11:30am. Story Time is an activity for preschoolers and toddlers and their caregivers. Join us to hear stories, sing songs, and do simple crafts with Miss Linda and her helper, Miss Emily. The Story Time theme for March is “Sights of Our World.”

“Craft Time”—Thursdays, Children’s Area, 3:30-4:30pm. Craft Time is open to kids age seven and up. Join us after school on Thursdays to learn new projects or express yourself freely with the supplies on hand.

“Rhythm Time”—Saturdays, Large Meeting Room, 10:00am-11:00am. Join Miss Linda in the Large Meeting Room, where we will be learning colors, patterns, letters and more through rhythm, music, and movement. This program is geared toward preschoolers, but big kid helpers are welcome to join the fun. Please note that there will be no Rhythm Time on Saturday, March 10.

Other Programs

“Your Library Online: An Intro to Libby and Library2Go”—Thursday, March 8, 3:00-4:30pm. Did you know that your library card gives you access to 50,000 free eBooks and audiobooks? You can save money and access your library anytime, anywhere with Libby, the new reading app for Library2Go, our most popular digital reading collection. This information session includes a walkthrough of installing and finding books on the app, as well as tips to get the most out of your reading experience. Libby is compatible with most tablets and smartphones. Bring your library card and the device you would like to use for reading to the large meeting room for personalized help.

All library programs are free and all are welcome. If you have any questions about our programs, please visit the circulation desk or call the library at 541-469-7738.

On Display

In the large meeting room, the “Wild & Wonderful” art display continues through March. This month’s featured local artists are Tom Moody, Don Munson, and Buzz Stewart.

In the lobby display case, Pete Chasar is sharing a personal collection of vintage advertising art.

New on the Shelf

New in Fiction:

Raspberry Danish Murder, by Joanne Fluke. The latest installment in the delicious Hannah Swenson mystery series.

Gunpowder Moon, by David Pedreira. Gumshoe mysteries and Sci-Fi collide in this debut novel, set in the midst of a lunar mining operation in the year 2073.

Don’t Skip Out On Me, by Willy Vlautin. A half-Irish, half-Paiute boy leaves his guardians’ ranch to pursue his dreams of becoming a champion boxer. Vlautin is an award-winning Oregon author.

As You Wish, by Jude Deveraux. Three women from three separate generations bond at a summerhouse in Virginia, and discover a chance to fix the mistakes of their pasts.

The Innocent Wife, by Amy Lloyd. The wife of a convicted murderer embarks on a campaign for his release. But once he’s finally freed and settled at home, she discovers he might not be so innocent after all. Winner of the Daily Mail’s First Novel Competition.

New in Nonfiction

The Infernal Library, by Daniel Kalder. An examination of the prose of Twentieth Century dictators, and how their writings shaped society.

Eat the Apple, by Matt Young. A memoir of a Marine’s experience before, during, and after his time serving in the Iraq War.

How to Break Up With Your Phone, by Catherine Price. This slim volume is packed with tips and tricks for cutting down on screen time.

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover. Westover reflects on her upbringing in a survivalist household in rural Idaho, and how she overcame her lack of formal education to eventually receive her PhD from Cambridge University.

The Food Explorer, by Daniel Stone. The story of the nineteenth-century botanist and food explorer who traveled the world and introduced crops like mangoes, seedless grapes, and avocados to the American palate.

New in Video

Victoria, The Complete Second Season. This dramatized account of Queen Victoria’s reign follows the monarch into the political upheavals of the 1840’s.

Nature’s Miniature Miracles. This BBC documentary shows the secret lives of some of the world’s smallest creatures.


The library will be closing early at 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 7, for an all-staff meeting. We thank the community for its patience and understanding.

Newsletter February 2018

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Join us this February for a wealth of programming in the Library’s Youth Department!

Story Time’s February theme is “Languages of Our World.” Together we will learn about the customs and traditions of the written word, with Miss Linda continuing to teach the children simple sign language and Miss Emily leading the way in getting the wiggles out. Story Time is every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30am for kids preschool age and under in the large meeting room.

Rhythm Time is on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 to 11:00am. In concert we learn rhythmic movement through shapes, letters, colors, and sounds by utilizing twirling ribbons, shakers and a host of other fun things. It’s open to kids age twelve and younger. Please note that there will be no Rhythm Time the first Saturday in February.

Craft Time for kids is now on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30pm for children ages seven and older. Stop by and see what types of creative activities Miss Linda has for you.

Don’t forget that homework help is always available and there is no age limit. See Miss Linda if you have any questions.

Please check the events page on our website,, for updates and information. We’re always adding new programs and services!

Adult Programming

There will be two special events taking place on February 22:

“Medicare 101.” February 22, 3:00-5:00pm. Individuals qualify for Medicare at age 65. If you are at or approaching that age, join us for our Medicare 101 Class! In this one-day class, students will learn about the following topics:

  • What Medicare is and isn’t
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Secondary insurance
  • Financial assistance
  • Fraud protection
  • The difference between Medicare parts A and B
  • And much more!

For more information, call 503-947-7088 or send an email to This program is presented by Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) group and the Chetco Library

“Music with Les Stansell.” February 22, 6:00-7:30pm. There will be a concert with Pistol River musician Les Stansell in the large meeting room. Stansell, a musician, instrument maker, and concert promoter, will perform live songs on homemade instruments.

Programs at the Chetco Library are free to the public; all are welcome to attend. For questions about programming at the library, please call 541-469-7738, visit our events page at, or visit our circulation desk whenever the library is open.

On Display

For the month of February, there will be a display of paintings in the large meeting room by Tom Moody, Don Munson, and Buzz Stewart. This month’s theme is “Wild and Wonderful.”

In the lobby display case, Mod Squard Quilters will present a collection of small and colorful quilted pieces.

New in Nonfiction

Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff. This controversial title takes an inside look at the Trump White House.

Cowgirl Power, by Gay Gaddis. Gaddis, head of one of the largest woman-owned advertising agencies in the United States, gives women advice on how to advance their goals in life.

Lincoln and the Abolitionists, by Fred Kaplan. Explores how slavery and issues of race shaped the perspectives of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Quincy Adams.

Leaving the Wild, by Gavin Ehringer. A fresh look at the history of the domestication of animals, and its effect on the course of human history.

The Bad Food Bible, by Aaron Carroll. In a world of conflicting nutritional advice, Carroll advocates for the occasional indulgence in foods that have gained an unhealthy reputation.

New in Fiction

Red Clocks, by Leni Zumas. In this dystopian tale, centered on a small fishing community on the Oregon Coast, four women navigate a world in which abortion and in-vitro fertilization are no longer legal.

Fall from Grace, by Danielle Steel. A widow who loses out on an inheritance tries to make it big in the fashion world.

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, by Alan Bradley. The ninth installment of the popular Detective Flavia de Luce series.

Olympus Bound, by Jordanna Max Brodsky. The final volume in Brodsky’s modern mythological trilogy.

Grist Mill Road, by Christopher J. Yates. Yates’ sophomore novel opens with a violent act involving three teenagers, then revisits the event from their adult perspectives.

New in Video

Doctor Blake, Season Four. The fourth season of the popular Australian mystery series.

This Beautiful Fantastic. A shy young librarian who dreams of writing children’s books finds an unlikely mentor in her next door neighbor.

The Dark Tower. The film adaptation of the Stephen King classic, starring Idris Elba.

Wayne Classics Collection. A collection of John Wayne’s most popular films.

Baby Driver. A gifted young getaway driver attempts to leave behind his life of crime.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed Monday, February 19, in observance of President’s Day.

Newsletter January 2018

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Happy New Year from the Chetco Library! We are happy to announce that as of January 2, the library has returned to a 6-day-a-week schedule, and will be operating under the following hours:

  • Mondays: 10AM-6PM
  • Tuesdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Wednesdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Thursdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Fridays: 10AM-6PM
  • Saturdays: 10AM-6PM
  • Closed Sundays

Adult Programming

January 24, 6:00pm—“In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy.” Americans have more confidence in scientific and medical leaders than in leaders of any group except the military, according to National Science Foundation polls. However, the relationship between citizens and science is often fraught with misunderstanding and mistrust, especially on topics like climate change. Why is our relationship with science so complicated? Why do we mistrust a field for which we profess respect? How can citizens use science to make better decisions together? Join science communicator Gail Wells for a free discussion on science and citizenship in the library’s large meeting room. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities as part of the Conversation Project.

The library is also excited to announce that it will once again be offering free basic computer courses for adults in February. These classes are targeted toward adults who have little to no prior experience using desktop computers. The classes are one hour long and take place over the course of three days. 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 6:00pm the day prior to the date of each course. A description of each class session and the course schedule is provided below.

February 6 and February 20, 9:00am—“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.

February 7 and February 21, 9:00am—“Computers 102: Browsing the Web”

There’s a lot of information available on the internet, but navigating the web doesn’t have to be overwhelming. 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. (Note: it is recommended that you take Computers 101 prior to taking this class)

February 8 and February 22, 9:00am—“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, and it’s easier to use your computer with confidence and ease when you know you’re browsing safely and securely. Learn basic guidelines for online safety, tips for setting and remembering strong online passwords, how to set up a personal email account, and get an overview of social media. (Note: it is recommended that you take Computers 101 and/or Computers 102 prior to taking this class).

Children’s and Family Programming

The Teen Writer’s Group meets the first and third Fridays of the month from 5:00 to 6:00pm in the library annex. Teens 12 and up are invited to share their writing, support their peers, and hone their craft.

Story time is back in full swing! Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Miss Linda and her helpers for stories and simple craft activities. Story time takes place each Wednesday at 10:30am in the large meeting room. This month’s story time theme is “Sounds of Our World.”

We are also excited to announce that after-school craft time is returning to the library! Crafts will take place in the large meeting room from 3:30 to 4:30 on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. These activities are recommended for kids ages seven and up.

January also marks the launch of new weekend programming for kids. Beginning January 20, Miss Linda will lead Kids in Rhythm Time from 10:00 to 11:00am on Saturday mornings. We will be using ribbons, egg shakers, and other toys to learn about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers through music and rhythmic movement.

Now that school is back in session, homework help time is back! Homework help is available from Miss Linda on weekdays after school on a first come, first serve basis.

On January 27 the library is hosting a concert for kids with Russ Oelheim in the large meeting room. Russ Oelheim, a local folksinger, will present songs, stories, and silliness suitable for the whole family. The concert begins at 11:00am and families with children of all ages are invited to attend. Admission is free

On Display

In the large meeting room, January’s art display will be a continuation of the “Winter Wonderland” paintings. This display features a collection of paintings in a variety of styles by Christina Olsen, Alexandra Eyer, Pat Renner, and Magda Druzdzel.

There will also be a display on earthquake preparedness by Diane Cavaness in the main lobby during the month of January.

New on the Shelf (Fiction)

Survival, by Ben Bova. The newest sci-fi adventure in Bova’s acclaimed Star Quest series.

The Wanted, by Robert Crais. Investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike team up to find a wayward teen—if two hired killers don’t find him first.

Year One, by Nora Roberts. Magic and witchcraft has replaced technology in a dystopian future. This is the first volume in a new trilogy.

Enchantress of Numbers, by Jennifer Chiaverini. The best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker is back with a novelized account of the life of Ada Lovelace, who is widely regarded as the world’s first computer programmer.

The Half-Drowned King, by Linnea Hartsuyker. The myths and legends of Viking-era Norway come to life in this family saga.

New on the Shelf (Nonfiction and Video)

Anesthesia, by Kate Cole-Adams. The discovery of general anesthesia 150 years ago made surgery routine in the medical field. Cole-Adams explores what’s really happening to our bodies—and our minds—when we go under.

The How Not to Die Cookbook, by Michael Greger, Gene Stone, and Robin Robertson. This companion book to the 2016 bestseller How Not to Die includes more than 100 recipes for healthy living.

The Last Girl, by Nadia Murad and Jenna Krajeski. One woman’s story about her captivity by and later fight against the Islamic State.

Veterans, by Sasha Maslov. Through interviews and intimate portraits of World War II veterans, Maslov captures the stories of soldiers who fought on both sides of the conflict.

The Little Book of Lykke, by Meik Wiking. Wiking’s follow-up to the best-selling Little Book of Hygge focuses on the practice of Lykke (LOO-ka)—pursuing and finding the good that exists in the world around us every day.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season. No cable subscription? No worries! Catch up on the latest season of the hit HBO television show. The complete seventh season, including bonus materials, is available for checkout on DVD.

Holiday Closures

Monday, January 1: Closed in observance of New Year’s Day

Monday, January 15: Closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Newsletter December 2017

Chetco LibraryThe library wishes to thank all of the volunteers and community members who made this year’s Holiday Book Sale a resounding success! Your generous contributions of used books and funds help the Friends of the Library carry out their mission to support library programming.

The Friends of the Library also wish to thank their Library Bookstore volunteers, who work hard to raise money for library programming throughout the year. The Friends of Library Bookstore operates year-round in the Library Annex, selling books, audiobooks, DVDs, and much more at low prices. The bookstore is open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays from 11:00am—4:00pm.

We are also happy to announce that beginning January 2, the library will return to operating six days a week! The library’s new operating hours will be as follows:

  • Mondays: 10:00am—6:00pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am—7:00pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 10:00am—6:00pm
  • Closed Sundays

We thank the community for its patience and understanding during our temporarily reduced hours in the fall, and look forward to returning to a consistent operating schedule with full staff coverage.

December Programs

For teens ages twelve and up, the Teen Writer’s group will meet the first and third Friday of the month from 5:00-6:00pm in the Library Annex. Come share your writing and get inspired!

December 1, 6:00pm—Folksongs of the Winter Holidays. The library will kick off the month of December with a special holiday concert by folk musician and storyteller Adam Miller. Join us in the large meeting room to hear traditional holiday folk songs from around the world.


Contest–Unwrap a Great Read this Holiday Season

Looking for a reason to refresh your reading list? Need a new author in your life? Enter our Unwrap a Great Read contest this holiday season! During the month of December, a collection of wrapped books for adults and children will be on display next to the library’s Christmas tree. Each book will have a tag with clues about the book’s subject or plot—but you won’t know what you’re getting until you unwrap the book at checkout! You may be rewarded if you decide to Unwrap a Great Read—any patron who checks a book out from this display will have their name entered in a drawing to win a complete hardcover set of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series!  Second and third-place winners will receive a $15 Fred Meyer Gift Card. Winners will be drawn at 5:30pm on December 22. One entry is allowed per person per day.


In the large meeting room, there will be a display of paintings by local artists Christina Olsen, Alexandra Eyer, Pat Renner, and Magda Druzdzel. The theme of this month’s display is “Winter Wonderland.”

In the lobby display case, Connie Andersen will showcase a collection of crèches, commonly referred to as Christmas Nativity scenes.

Do you have artistic talent, a special collection, or an interesting piece of history you’d like to share with the community? The library is currently seeking applicants interested in showcasing their art and collections in the Lobby Display Case. Each display remains on view to the public for one month, and is an ideal location to showcase your talents and passions. Display case applications are available at the library front desk; if you have questions about displays in our lobby, please contact Karen Munson at 541-661-0428.

New in Fiction

Tom Clancy: Power and Empire, by Marc Cameron. US President Jack Ryan faces off against a hostile Chinese government.

Past Perfect, by Danielle Steel. Two families, living hundreds of years apart, suddenly collide in the aftermath of an earthquake.

The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg. A teenager, a widower, and his nosy neighbor find friendship and hope in the least likely of places.

The People vs. Alex Cross, by James Patterson. The latest Alex Cross installment by the New York Times Best-Selling author.

Smile, by Roddy Doyle. After a chance run-in with a classmate, Victor Forde contends with painful, long-buried memories of his time at a Catholic private school.

City of Brass, by J.A. Chakraborty. A young con artist in eighteenth-century Cairo discovers she’s the last descendant in a long line of powerful djinn healers. The first installment in Chakraborty’s new Daevabad Trilogy.

New in Nonfiction

The Un-Discovered Islands, by Malachy Tallack. Filled with whimsical illustrations, Tallack explores the myths, legends, and history of islands we once believed to be real, but are no longer on the map.

Prairie Fires, by Caroline Fraser. A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House on the Prairie books.

Slugfest, by Reed Tucker. A look at the epic battle between comic giants Marvel and DC, spanning a history of more than 50 years.

Quackery, by Lydia Kang. A colorfully illustrated history of the most outlandish cures and devastating scams in the medical field.

The Know-It-Alls, by Noam Cohen. Cohen chronicles the rise of Silicon Valley as a political and intellectual force in modern American life.

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed or closing early in observance of the holidays on the following days:

Saturday, December 23: Open 10:00am to 3:00pm

Monday December 25: Closed, Christmas Day

Saturday, December 30: Open 10:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, January 1: Closed, New Year’s Day

Happy Holidays from the Chetco Library!