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Be sure to visit our new website for library news. There is always something exciting happening at the North Bend Public Library!

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Talking About Dying

Coos county residents are invited to talk “Talk About Dying” at the North Bend Public Library on Saturday, September 19th at 2 pm.

Death is part of the human experience; all of us have experienced loss, and all of us will die one day. Conversations about death and dying are difficult and often avoided with our closest family members and friends.

“Talking About Dying” is a one-time, ninety-minute community discussion that provides Oregonians with an opportunity to reflect on what stories and influences shape their thinking about death and dying and to hear different perspectives and ideas from fellow community members. Participants will explore several essential questions.

Participants will come away from this conversation with a strengthened sense of community support and a resource list with tools and information to help them consider how to shape a meaningful approach to death and dying.

The event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide “Talking About Dying” initiative, created in partnership with Cambia Health Foundation.


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Friends of the North Bend Public Library– Used Book Sale

scan0012You’ll find tables packed with a great selection of bargain books, videos, and more at the Friends of the North Bend Public Library’s used book sale on Saturday, September 26, from 11 am to 4 pm. The sale is open in the large meeting room to the general public from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Paid members of the Friends of the North Bend Public Library will be admitted to the Pre-Sale at 10 a.m. Friends membership applications are available at the library and can be purchased on the day of the book sale.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Children’s Summer Reading Program, the Title Wave author events, and special programs at the library. The Friends also contribute to the children’s and adult collections of books, books on CD and DVD’s.

If you can’t make it to the sale on September 26, come any time the library is open to find good reads and more on the “Never-ending Sale” shelves just inside the library entrance. If you like shopping online, you can benefit the library by looking for special and unique donated titles at our Amazon store at this mini-link:

The library is located at 1800 Sherman Avenue, North Bend. For more information, call the library at 756-0400.

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Library Events for August

Summer Reading Big PosterSummer Reading Program Prizes

The staff of the North Bend Public Library would like to thank all of the children, teens, and adults that participated in this year’s super hero themed summer reading program. Participants have until the end of August to turn in their completed forms and receive their prizes.

The drawing for the kids’ prizes is complete and the winner have been contacted by telephone. If you are uncertain if your child won a prize, please visit the circulation desk. We have a complete list of the winner’s names and prizes.

Thank you again for making this year’s summer reading program such a success!

Displays at the Library in July

Conference Room Gallery: Landscape paintings by Eric Boyles

Tall case in library entryway:

Children’s Room case: Summer Reading Program Prizes!

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Northwest Poets: Michael McGriff & Robert Hunter Jones


Mark your calendars! Acclaimed NW poets Mike McGriff and Robert Hunter Jones will be giving a free, public reading of their poems on Friday, July 31 at 6:30 pm, at the North Bend Public Library. Poems by these poets often appear in highly-regarded literary publications from around the U.S. These poets have deep roots and connections to the south coast.

Mike McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay. His poems often focus on blue collar workers of Oregon. McGriff’s books include Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and Dismantling the Hills (University of Pittsburgh Press 2008), which won the 2007 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. McGriff is a former Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. His poems have appeared in Slate, Agni, Field, Poetry, and The Missouri Review.

Robert Hunter Jones is the author of The Clever Man’s Forest and grew up by the dunes near Lakeside, in a logging and longshoring family. While a student at Southwestern, he edited The Beacon and became a long distance runner, and worked summers as a member of the Hot Shots, an elite fire fighting crew. His poems have been published in Northwest Review, Fireweed, Alaska Quarterly Review and Poetry Northwest. He recently won the Gerald Cable Prize, which will publish a full collection of his poems.

Jones received his B.A. from Lewis & Clark College, and his M.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University. For over 15 years he’s taught upper level English at the American International School in Vienna, Austria, where he lives with his wife and children. He and his family return home to the south coast each year to spend summers in Lakeside.

This program is free and open to the public in the library’s meeting room.

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Eric Boyles Art Exhibit at North Bend Public Library


The landscape paintings of Eric Broyles are on display at the North Bend Public Library until July 31. The artist’s paintings of mountains, lakes, rivers and the ocean shimmer with the beauty of natural light.
Broyles says his “landscapes and seascapes are expressions of light and reflection and are generated from memories of his travels to tranquil Stewart Lake in British Columbia, and from years spent living on the coasts of Oregon and Washington.”

Broyles is a proponent of the “wet on wet” technique, using oil on canvas, painting a layer, letting it dry, and repeating that process. He usually paints the entire painting in one sitting, starting with a firm paint, then layering softer and more fluid paints on top of the thicker background, working forward while all paints are wet until completion in 2 – 3 hours.

This art show is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 541-756-0400.

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