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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

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

Now on Display: Metamorphosis in Action

MonarchButterflyEarlier this summer, gardeners and butterfly enthusiasts were treated to a talk by Tom Landis at the library about the propagation of milkweed and steps the average gardener can take to restore the population of monarch butterflies to Southern Oregon. Now, visitors to the library can see the miracle of metamorphosis in action right at the front desk!

As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly three dozen monarch caterpillars, provided by Vicki Mion, have taken up residence in special habitats as part of a display that is open to the public during normal library hours. Visitors are encouraged to visit the library and view the display over the next two weeks for a rare and educational glimpse into the life of caterpillars and butterflies as they transform into and hatch from their chrysalises.

The period of transformation from caterpillar to butterfly normally lasts between ten and fifteen days. Once the butterflies have emerged from their chrysalises, they will be released DSCN3296into the library’s gardens. After the butterflies are released, they will likely either lay eggs or migrate south to warmer climates. 

Please view the links and attachments below for more information on these unique and beautiful insects, or contact Vicki Mion at 

Attachments and Links:

The monarch butterfly annual cycle in graph form

Monarch life cycle and behavior

Monarch Watch: The Monarch’s Life Cycle

What is an “Instar”? The Five Stages of Caterpillar Growth

Board Meeting Minutes: July 2015

Meeting minutes for the library’s July 2015 board meeting, held July 3rd, 2015, are now available as a downloadable and printable PDF attachment.

Click here to view July 2015’s meeting minutes

Library board meetings are held in the Library Annex (402 Alder Street) at 9:00 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome to attend.

August 2015: Library Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

cropped-cropped-cropped-chetcoBanner1.jpgSpecial thanks to all the businesses and community members who contributed to the Summer Reading Program with their time, stories, art materials and donations.  A special thanks to our tireless crew of teen volunteers.
Pre-school storytimes continue through August on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.:  August 5, Fun Stories; August 12, Seashore Stories; August 19, Jungle Stories; and August 26, Bird Stories.
Continuing programs presented by the Master Gardeners and Friends of the Library will have Debianne Harpole discussing “Cooking With Foods That Heal” on Saturday, August 1, at 10:00 the large meeting room of the Chetco Community Public Library.  Would you like to learn how to improve your health using natural foods?  Come join us this week.
On Saturday, August 15, at 10:00 a.m. Jennifer Ewing will present a program, “Understanding GMOs”.  She will explain what a GMO is and what it means to your food security,  your health, and to the environment.  She will show you how to read an ingredient list that will guide you in making healthy choices of packaged foods and fresh produce that you purchase.

For patrons who need help using our Library2Go eBook or Zinio eMagazine services on their tablets, eReaders, and smartphones, Kat will now be available to assist you at the front desk from 11am-1pm on Wednesday mornings, as well as by appointment.
Some of the newest additions in fiction are:
Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee.  In the mid-1950s, a grown-up Jean Louise Finch returns home to find that her adored father is not as perfect as she believed.
The English Spy, by Daniel Silva.  Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service helps British intelligence track down the killer of a beautiful former member of the royal family.
Naked Greed, by Stuart Woods.  In the 34th Stone Barrington novel, the New York lawyer helps a client open a beer distributorship and subsequently becomes the target for a group of toughs.
The Cartel, by Don Winslow.  In 2004, a D.E.A. agent battles a Mexican drug lord who has escaped from prison and attempts to regain control of his empire.
“The Little Paris Bookshop”, by Nina George.  A bookseller with a knack for finding just the right book for making others feel better embarks on a journey in pursuit of his own happiness.
New non-fiction additions are:
A Time For Truth, by Ted Cruz.  The Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate tells his personal and political story, and offers ideas for “reigniting the promise of America”.
The Oregon Trail, by Rinker Buck.  The author and his brother travel 2,000 miles by mule and wagon from Missouri to Oregon.
The Billion Dollar Spy, by David E. Hoffman.  A Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist’s biography of Adolf Tolkachev, who spied for the United States inside the Soviet Union.
Many new Large Print books have been added to our collection.  Some are listed here.  “The Melody Lingers On”, by Mary Higgins Clark; “Summer Secrets”, by Jane Green; “Twice In A Lifetime”, by Dorothy Garlock; “The Insider Threat”, by Brad Taylor; “Code of Conduct”, by Brad Thor; “Tom Clancy Under Fire”, by Tom Clancy; “Nemesis” by Catherine Coulter; “Winchester 1886”, by William W. Johnstone; “The Heart Has Its Reasons”, by Maria Duenas; “Descent”, by Tim Johnston; “Kickback”, by Robert B. Parker; “Inside The O’Briens”, by Lisa Genova; “Etta and Otto and Russell and James”, by Emma Hooper; “The Whites”, by Harry Brandt; “Early Warning”, by Jane Smiley; “White Plague”, by James Abel; “Go Set A Watchman”, by Harper Lee; “The Fall”, by John Lescroart;  “Piranha”, by Clive Cussler; “Blueprints”, by Barbara Delinsky; “Vigilante Dawn”, by Ralph Compton; “Trial at Fort Keogh”, by Charles G. West; “The Fixer”, by Joseph Finder; “Dry Bones”, by Craig Johnson; “The English Spy”, by Daniel Silva; “The Rumor”, by Elin Hilderbrand; “Cash Landing”, by James Grippando; and “Speaking In Bones”, by Kathy Reichs.For more recently added titles, check our online catalog at and select “New Titles.”
For August and September in the Large Meeting Room, “The Thursday Painters” will be showing their artwork.  Four friends, Alexandra Eyer, Lorraine Filippone-Rossiter, Pat Renner and Paul Renner have met every Thursday at the Episcopal Church in Gold Beach for a number of years.  They share the cost of a model to paint figures together.  Indivdually, these artists also enjoy painting a range of subjects from plein air to composed still lifes.  Pat and Alexandra primarily pursue watercolor painting, Lorraine enjoys acrylic on canvas and Paul draws with Berol pencils on pastel paper.
In the Lobby display case, Nancy Tuttle’s original art work will be featured during August and September.  She is a resident of the Brookings area.

New Community Gardening Program August 15th: Understanding GMOs

Have you heard folks talk about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and wanted to know more about them? Want to learn how to identify products and produce that do or don’t use GMOs on your next trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market? Join us Saturday, August 15th, for a lecture by Jennifer Ewing, titled “Understanding GMOs.” 

Jennifer will explain what a GMO is, and what it means to your food security, your health, and to the environment. She will show you how to read an ingredient list to guide you in making healthy choices of the packaged foods and fresh produce that you purchase.

This lecture runs from 10:00-11:00 AM in the library’s large meeting room and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Library Now Offers Wednesday Walk-Up Assistance for Zinio and Library2Go

LibraryAccess to online content at public libraries has exploded in the last few years, and the Chetco Library is no exception. In addition to our vast physical collection of books, magazines, and audiobooks at our building on Alder Street, we have been able to provide the community access to digital content on their tablets, smartphones, and home computers as well.

Our Library2Go service brings your favorite authors to your fingertips at any time and at any place by offering eBooks and audiobooks for download.  We have also recently started offering Zinio to our patrons, a service which allows you to browse and read a collection of more than 50 popular magazines in full-color on any device with an internet connection.

LY5052_Zinio_WebBannerBoth Zinio and Library2Go are compatible on most major devices, whether you’re browsing on an Android phone, an iPad, a Kindle, or your home computer. The technology is amazing, but each device operates a little bit differently and new models are released constantly, so we know that figuring out how to get the most of these services can sometimes seem a bit daunting.

We want you to get the most out of your library, and we want to make using our online resources as easy as possible. With that in mind, our librarians are here to help! Starting this week, a librarian will be available at the front desk every Wednesday from 11 AM to 1 PM to offer walk-up assistance to anyone who needs help using Library2Go or Zinio. Simply bring the device you would like to use these services on, your library card, and your questions. 

If you can’t make it to the library during that time, don’t worry! Simply call us at 541-469-7738, send us an email, or visit the front desk to make a one-on-one appointment with a librarian that works for your schedule. Bring your device and your library card to your appointment; we’ll walk you through the steps of setting up and using Zinio and Library2Go and answer any questions you may have.

New Community Gardening Program August 1st: Cooking Foods that Heal

Would yoCooking Foods that Healu like to learn how to improve your health using natural foods? On Saturday, August 1st, the library will be hosting a gardening lecture by Debianne Harpole, titled “Cooking Foods that Heal.” 

Vegetables and fruits have a therapeutic history and value, and can help improve our twelve body systems. You will learn about the body systems and what essential food nutrients are needed to enhance wellness in your daily life. Debianne, a 2015 Master Gardener graduate, has gained her knowledge through personal studies and experience in applying nutritional cooking her daily life for family and friends for the last twenty years. You can use your favorite recipes and ingredients to promote healing through food! 

This lecture runs from 10:00-11:00 AM in the library’s large meeting room and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you there!


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.

Board Meeting Minutes: June 2015

Meeting minutes and related attachments for the library’s June 2015 board meeting, held June 5th, 2015, are now available as downloadable and printable PDF attachments.

Click here to view June 2015’s minutes.

Click here to view documents related to meeting business.

Library board meetings are held in the Library Annex (402 Alder Street) at 9:00 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome to attend.

New Community Gardening Program July 18: Harvesting for Food Banks

On Saturday, July 18th, the library will be hosting a gardening lecture by Barb Cary and Scott Clapson, titled “Harvesting for Food Banks.” This lecture runs from 10:00-11:00 am and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Barb will be speaking about the Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Food Bank, including the statistics related to number of clients served and number of boxes given out. She will also speak on goals for the food bank: increased access, growing healthy food, garden education, and what we are doing in our own backyards. Discussion will include the importance of your input, whether as a volunteer or in donations of food and money, as well as possible community garden concepts such as: “Grow a Row” for the food bank, sharing St. Timothy Episcopal Church’s harvest, and the potential of an Azalea Park community garden to benefit the food bank.

Scott will share about St. Timothy’s second year of the Community Gardenshare and future plans for the collaboration.

We hope to see you there!