November events at the library

Children play on booksStory Times, every week at your library!

Toddler Time: Wednesdays, 10:30
Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays at 1:00 and Thursdays at 11:00
Music Time: Fridays at 10:00 in the large Meeting Room.

Come and join in the early learning, school-readiness fun with Mrs. Simpkins!

Bug ChicksThe Bug Chicks! Friday, November 14: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Find your inner bugdork! The Bug Chicks are entomologists (that means “bug experts”) who teach about the amazing world of insects, spiders and other arthropods. They’re coming here to give you an hour of bug encounters. Come ready to learn!

Attendance limited to 35 children, plus their grownups. Recommended for ages 5 and up. No registration required for the North Bend show, but don’t be late or you might not get in!

The Bug Chicks will also be at the Coos Bay library at 1:00, and the Lakeside library at 7:00. Registration is required for the Coos Bay showing (call 541-269-1101).

This program is free and open to the public. Feel free to call the library at 541-756-0400 with any questions. Big thanks to the Friends of North Bend Public Library for sponsoring the North Bend show!

Singing Circle Second Sunday Singalong! Sunday, November 9, 4:00-6:00

The library is very happy to host the South Coast Folk Society’s monthly group singing event, the Second Sunday Singalong. Great fun is had for all ages, as we go around the circle suggesting songs. “Rise Up Singing” Songbooks provided by the South Coast Folk Society. Come and raise your voice in song and good fellowship!

Look for the South Coast Folk Society on Facebook to find out all the other great things they are doing. You can Like their page and join their Group to stay in the loop for contra dancing, folk dancing, jam sessions and more.

Flag RaisingLibrary closed for Veterans Day! Tuesday, November 11
We will be open for our usual hours on Monday the 10th and Wednesday the 12th, 10am-6pm. While we are closed on Tuesday, you can still return items to our outside book return in the side of the building facing Union Street. Of course our website is always open to check your account, search the catalog, place holds, and explore our eLibrary for research, ebooks, and e-audiobooks.

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October events at your library

Every Tuesday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Teen Anime Club!
Every Tuesday after school–snacks, friends, and anime! We’re watching “HunterXHunter” on the library’s membership at Crunchyroll.

Thursday, October 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Jazz concert, “Music in Poetry, Poetry in Music”

PrimalMatesThe Chamber jazz duo of Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien, a.k.a. Primal Mates, perform a concert of poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well known writers who were also accomplished composers. The musicians talk about each piece and about the process of setting poetry to music. Learn more about Primal Mates and listen to samples of their music on their website.

This event is free and open to the public public, thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of North Bend Public Library. Call the library with any questions at 541-756-0400.

Saturday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Friends of the Library Book Sale!
Come to the library to shop for treasures, gifts, and just good reads! The Friends of North Bend Public Library collect donations of good-quality used books, music and movies year-round. Now you can reap the benefits! Come early for the members-only pre-sale at 10:00 (memberships available at the door). Your donations and your purchases make many great things possible at the library, including this week’s jazz concert, the new locking DVD cases that are speeding up service at the check-out desk, award-winning books for children and teens, and Summer Reading. Thank you, Friends!

Can’t make it to the sale? Friends members stock the Neverending Sale shelves that you’ll find on your way in to the library, which you can purchase at the library’s service desk. Like to shop online? Check out the bounty on The Friends of North Bend Public Library storefront on Amazon!

Sunday, October 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Second Sunday Singalong!
Join us every month on the second Sunday in the library’s large Meeting Room to sing songs from Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook. The library is delighted to host this monthly event from the South Coast Folk Society. SCFS provides copies of the songbooks for all of us to share. We take turns going around the circle for everyone to suggest a song. Raise your voice!

Thursday, October 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Author talk
Artist and writer, consultant and counselor Alicia Rodriguez Marroquin offers a book signing of her novel Rosenhart: The Sight (1st in a trilogy) and her nonfiction book of art and commentary, Wine to Water: The Quest to Consciousness. You can read more about her work on her website.

This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to call the library with any questions at 541-756-0400.

Friday, October 24, 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Grants Research Workshop
Is your nonprofit group thinking about writing a grant? Not sure where to start to find funding for your project? Come to the North Bend Public Library’s workshop, “Researching Grants for the First-Time Grant Writer”. Library Director Gary Sharp and Assistant Library Director Abbie Anderson will guide grant seekers through the research process, using reference books, the Foundation Directory Online database, and Internet resources.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call the North Bend Public Library 756-0400.

Saturday, October 25, 2:00-2:45 p.m.: Spooky Stories
Are you ready for Halloween? Warm up your scary bone with spooky stories! Local storyteller (and North Bend Public Library Assistant Director) Abbie Anderson brings you family-friendly shivers and shakes with folktales from around the world. Suitable for all ages.

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Call the library at 541-756-0400.

Monday, October 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Chilling Tales
Fearrrrrful tales for Halloween! Gruesome stories to chill your spine, shadow your dreams and haunt your waking hours. Performed for you by local storyteller (and North Bend Public Library Assistant Director) Abbie Anderson. Not suitable for children under 10, or those prone to nightmares!

Can’t come for Spooky Stories or Chilling Tales on these dates at the North Bend Public Library? Want more thrills and chills? Abbie will be performing again at the Coos Bay Library on Thursday the 30th at 4:00 for family-friendly Spooky Stories and 7:00 for more grown-up Chilling Tales.

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Celebrate Banned Books Week! September 21-27

Banned Books Week 2014 Celebrate your freedom to read! Every year, libraries, booksellers, authors and journalists come together in the last week of September for Banned Books Week to raise awareness of censorship and efforts to remove books from schools and public libraries. North Bend had our own book challenge last year when copies of Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel The Bluest Eye were taken away from students at North Bend High School when a parent objected to some of the novel’s content.

Come to the library to see displays of books that have been challenged around the country, and pick up a free “I Read Banned Books” button. Learn more about what kinds of books have been challenged and why at the American Library Association’s Frequently Challenged Books page.

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Story Times begin for Fall! Starting September 10

Story Time! Welcome back to Story Times for the Fall! Come shake your sillies out, and get your early learning on, with songs and stories, rhymes and crafts with Mrs. Simpkins. Come to the library to pick up a schedule, or download it here.

Preschool Story Times are held on Wednesdays at 1:00 and Thursdays at 11:00, beginning September 10 & 11. For ages 3-6 (older and younger siblings welcome).
Toddler Time happens every Wednesday at 10:30, beginning September 17. We meet in the library lobby and march in together for Toddler Time!
Music Time dances every Friday at 10:00 in the library’s large Meeting Room (across the hall from the library), beginning September 19.

Come and see which Story Time is right for your child! Story Time is a great way to practice for school, as well as just to have fun with books and stories and get ideas for fun things to do at home to support your child’s reading and learning.

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Library events in August!

Saturday, August 2, 1:00: Magic Show!
The Silly Sensational Science Spectacular magic show with magician/ventriloquist Steve Taylor rocks the house in our final event for Children’s Summer Reading! For ages 4 through adult.

Saturday, August 2, 4:00: Summer Reading Swim Party
Every child who completed 32 hours of time with books for this year’s “Fizz Boom Read” Summer Reading program received an invitation to the wrap-up Swim Party! Teens who completed the “Spark a Reaction” Summer Reading bingo-grid of activities also got a ticket. You exercised your mind with the fun of reading, now come play in the pool!

Saturday, August 9, 4:00-6:00: Teen Summer Reading Pizza Party
Every teen who completed the “Spark a Reaction” bingo-style grid of activities received a ticket to the wrap-up Pizza Party! Come and have pizza, talk about what you read and what you thought about it, and pick up more free books!

Movies! Every Wednesday at 3:30
Celebrate the Summer Reading theme of Science with a movie every Wednesday afternoon. For adults and teens. Refreshments provided. We can’t tell you the titles here, but call the library at 541-756-0400 or stop by for a schedule!

Teen Anime Club! Every Tuesday, 3:30-5:30
Teen anime and manga mavens! Join us every Tuesday at 3:30 for anime, snacks, and general goofing around. We’re watching “HunterXHunter” with our library club membership on

Tuesday, August 12, 2:00: Foundations of Investing
Whether you are new to investing or a long-time investor, learn more about making sound choices for your investments with Erin Johnson of Edward Jones Financial Services.

Friday, August 22, 11:00-12:00: Every Child Ready to Read workshop
Come join us for a fun workshop with South Coast Head Start, to explore the six early literacy skills that all kids need to become successful readers. Free child care provided while parents enjoy the workshop. Every participating family receives a family literacy kit, plus a coupon for a free book! Brought to you by South Coast Head Start in partnership with the Oregon Early Learning Council,
the Public Library Association, and the Association for Library Service to Children.

Displays in the Library
Still-life and travel photography from Gary Sharp graces the Library’s Conference Room gallery walls.

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Library events in July!

Wednesday, July 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Songs Concert with Nancy Wood and Paul Safar

Part of the Oregon Coast Music Festival, sponsored by the Friends of North Bend Public Library, Nancy Wood and Paul Safar come to North Bend from Cherry Blossom Musical Arts in Eugene. They’ll give us a captivating concert of songs, sharing insights into poetry and composers along the way.

This event is free and open to the public. Call the library at 541-756-0400 with any questions.

July Jubilee events, Friday and Saturday July 18 and 19!
Friday the 18th

11:00 Free Family Lunch

Provided by the North Bend School District. Lunch is free for children, $2 for adults. Served on the sidewalk on Connecticut Street by the picnic tables, with seating available inside the Library Meeting Room.
12:00 Estuary Soup!
The South Slough Estuary brings a special “guest chef” to show and tell you all about what lives (and eats!) in the Estuary.
4:00 Honored Citizens Reception
The City of North Bend honors Outstanding NBHS Graduates Anahi Ayala and Jordan LeBlanc, Citizen of the Year Bob Anderson, Lifetime Achievement awardee LeRoy Griggs, and Continuing Contribution awardee Burl Noggle.
Saturday the 19th
1:00 “Fizz Boom Stories”

North Bend Public Library’s own storyteller Abbie Anderson brings you tales from around the world inspired by this year’s Summer Reading theme of science. Potions, experiments, and explanations of the world around us come to life in traditional stories from many cultures.
Going to the July Jubilee Parade? Can’t get to the library at 1:00 because of the Parade? Still want to hear stories? Come at 2:00 for a repeat show!

Poetry Reading
Thursday, July 24th at 7:00

South Coast poets Robert “Gray” Jones and John Noland give a free, public reading of their poems on Thursday, July 24, at 7:00 pm, at the North Bend Public Library. These exceptional poets have published widely in the Pacific Northwest, and in highly-regarded literary publications from around the U.S.

This event is free and open to the public. Call the library with any questions at 541-756-0400.

Movies at the Library!
Wednesday, July 23rd and 30th at 3:30 for adults and teens
Saturday, July 26 at 1:00 for families

Summer Reading film screenings for free at your library!

Every Wednesday at 3:30, from July 23rd ’til August 27th, we’ll be showing movies for adults and teens, inspired by this year’s Summer Reading theme of science. We can’t tell you the titles here because of the terms of our license to show movies to the public. Give us a call at 541-756-0400, or come in to the library, if you can’t guess from the descriptions below!
Wed. 7/23, 3:30: A female astronomer receives a message from space, including plans to build a ship for a one-way trip. Based on a novel.
(1997; 150 minutes; rated PG)
Sat. 7/26, 1:00: Family movie from a beloved animation studio. A lonely robot tending humanity’s massive garbage dump finds true love and adventure when a sleek new model comes his way. (2008; 98 minutes; rated G)
Wed. 7/30, 3:30: A strange variation on the flu spreads rapidly around the world, causing chaos as deaths mount and scientific and medical teams scramble to understand the disease and find and implement a cure. Directed by one of our finest film stylists, this thriller delivers an incredible ride. (2011; 106 minutes; rated PG-13).

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