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Library events in July!

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).

More to come!

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.

Summer Reading Begins in June!

Summer of Science! Summer Reading, for Children, Teens–and Adults!
June 16-August 2 for kids, June 23-August 9 for teens, July 21-September 6 for adults

Summer Reading for Kids: Fizz Boom Read!
Kids aged 3-12 can pick up a reading log and keep track of their time spent with books–reading to themselves, being read to, or reading to others! Make an entry in the drawing for fabulous science-related prizes every time you come to the library. Get prize packs when you have read for 4 hours, 10 hours, 16, 24 and 32 hours! 32-hour completers get an invitation to the Summer Reading Swim Party on August 2nd. And come to special family events every Saturday at 1:00! Plus Story Times on Wednesday at 1:00 and Thursday at 11:00.
Do you have children under age 3? The library has Summer Reading activity sheets and early literacy ideas to share with your little ones during our Fizz Boom Read summer!

Summer Reading Family Events (Saturdays at 1:00):
June 21: Solar Science! (in the Children’s Room)
June 28: Puppets!
July 12: Solar Power
(for older children, teens and adults)
July 19: Stories!
July 26: Movie!
August 2: Magic!
2014 Summer Reading for Children: Fizz Boom Read!
Summer Reading for Teens: Spark a Reaction!
Teens aged 13-18 can pick up a “bingo” grid of activities. Read different kinds of books, read aloud to someone, come to library events, and do different things on the library website to fill in squares. Fill in a row, and get a free book! Fill in the whole bingo sheet and get an invitation to a Summer Reading Pizza Party on August 9.
Anime Club every Tuesday at 3:30!
Movies every Wednesday at 3:30, starting July 23
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2014 Summer Reading for Teens: Spark a Reaction!
Summer Reading for Adults: Literary Elements
Adults get to do Summer Reading, too! Pick up a “bingo” grid of activities at the library. Like teens, you get to read different kinds of books, read aloud to someone, come to library events, and explore the digital library to fill in your rows and get free books. Complete the whole grid and get an invitation to a Summer Reading Salon on September 6 with good treats and good talk about books and reading.

Movies every Wednesday at 3:30, July 23-August 27!
Solar Power: Sat. July 12, 1:00
Second Sunday Singalong with the South Coast Folk Society: Sundays 4:00-6:00 on July 13, August 10 (every Second Sunday!)
Songs Concert with the Oregon Coast Music Festival (sponsored by Friends of the Library): Wed. July 16, 7:00
Poetry Reading: Tues. July 22, 7:00
Investment Basics with Edward Jones: Tues. August 12, 2:00
2014 Summer Reading for Adults: Literary Elements

NBPL 100/25 this May!

Happy Birthday to Us! North Bend Public Library Turns 100 and 25
This May, the North Bend Public Library has two big dates to celebrate: the opening of the first public library in North Bend on May 26, 1914, and the opening of the current library building on May 19, 1989—25 years ago!

The library will celebrate with a week of special events, from Saturday the 17th to Thursday the 22nd (taking a break for the Memorial Day weekend). All the events take place in the library’s large Meeting Room, and are open to the public free of charge. Come join us! Download a flyer for the complete list of events. Come into the library to see exhibits of library history and memorabilia in the Conference Room and both of our display cases.

Saturday, May 17, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Family reading, music and craft event: “The Composer Is Dead”

In partnership with the Oregon Coast Music Association, the North Bend Public Library invites families to enjoy and explore the instruments of the orchestra with the Lemony Snickett book “The Composer Is Dead”. The book will be read by North Bend Public Library’s children’s librarian Mrs. Simpkins, with its accompanying music from the CD that comes with the book. Everyone who comes will have a chance to enter into a drawing to win a copy of the book with its CD, and another drawing to win a ticket to the Oregon Coast Music Festival’s POPS concert on July 24! "The Composer Is Dead" book cover

For families with children kindergarten through 4th grade (and anybody who likes a good silly time with music). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Older and younger siblings are welcome.

Sunday, May 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Folk Dancing with the South Coast Folk Society

Members of the South Coast Folk Society will demonstrate traditional folk dances with local band Cultural Ecology, and then invite the audience to join in! Tap your toes and lift up your heels with dances from Albania to the West Indies.

Monday, May 19, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Party Like It’s 1989!

The current library building opened its doors to the public on May 19, 1989–25 years ago! Local children and families lined up to form a “book brigade”, bringing books from the old library in City Hall up the street to the new building. Do you have library memories like that? Or stories you’d like to share about life in our library? Come celebrate with us!

Drop in any time during this event to say “Happy Birthday” to the library. We’ll have cake and punch, music and TV from 1989, memorabilia from the library’s history and the campaign to fund the new library, and board and party games from the ’80′s. Library Director Gary Sharp, who was Assistant Director in 1989, will say a few words about the library at 4:00.

Tuesday, May 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
History: North Bend in 1914

Noted local historian and author Dick Wagner gives a presentation with photographs on life in North Bend when our library first came to be. Mrs. Frederick Hollister donated her basement “billiard room” to the library association, and the new library was opened to the public on May 26, 1914, with a fundraising celebration and an opening address by Mayor Simpson himself. That first library held over one hundred books and leading periodicals, and was open Tuesday-Friday afternoons, plus a Saturday afternoon story-time for children and classes in civics for adults. How our library has grown!

Wednesday, May 21, 3:30-6:00 p.m.: Movie!
Come watch one of the best movies of 1989, an Academy award-winning story of how one inspirational teacher changed the lives of his students through literature. We can’t tell you the title outside of the library under the terms of our license to legally show movies to the public, but give us a call at 541-756-0400 or stop by if you can’t guess. Light refreshments provided.

Thursday, May 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Music: Four Shillings Short

Fantastic folk duo Four Shillings Short returns to North Bend for an evening of music with instruments from around the world. Come early to get a good seat! Doors open at 6:30.

Want to give the library a birthday present?
You can donate securely online via PayPal through the North Bend Public Library Foundation, through the mail, or in person at the library. You can also bring donations of clean used books, music and movies to the library to contribute to the Friends of the Library book sales–and you can shop online from the Friends of North Bend Public Library Storefront on Amazon! Finally, we’ll hope you’ll give us the greatest gift of your time and talent, and become an active member of the Friends of the Library. Membership forms are available in the library. Already a member? Ask at the library desk about how to get more involved.

Other Library events this month
Teen Anime Club, every Tuesday 3:30-5:30

If you are 12-18 years old, and you know what anime and manga are or want to find out why so many people are crazy about them, come to the library’s Meeting Room every Tuesday* after school, 3:30-5:30. We talk about what we’re reading and watching (and whatever else we feel like talking about), watch great anime and eat snacks.
*unless Librarian Abbie can’t be here or the Library is closed or we’re invaded by locusts…

Second Sunday Singalong (May 11), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The South Coast Folk Society‘s Community Singalong has moved to the North Bend Public Library. We’ll be singing every Second Sunday, 4:00-6:00 p.m. We had our second Singalong at the Library on Sunday the 11th (Mother’s Day!). Come join us next month on June 8! We use the songbook Rise Up Singing, and everybody takes a turn going around the circle to choose a song.

Title Wave: William Stafford!
Thursday, May 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Catch the Title Wave! Coos County is reading and celebrating the works of Oregon poet laureate William Stafford this month. His son, Kim Stafford will be speaking at the North Bend Public Library about his father’s intriguing life and works.

Noted scholar and inspiring speaker Brian Doyle will be speaking about William Stafford at the OSU Extension building in Myrtle Point on Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00. Check the Coastline Events Calendar for more Stafford events at other libraries in the county.

Our celebration here is part of the state-wide Oregon Library Association program Oregon Reads, where you can read more about this fascinating Oregonian.

April events at the Library

In April we ran out of steam for updating our website. You, er, might have noticed.

While our attention was dedicated to adapting and adjusting our new library software, we still had other good things happening at the library.

The Library held a Volunteer Tea on Wednesday, April 2, to honor our beloved volunteers who make so many good things happen for the library. The Friends of the Library held a membership meeting following the Tea. The Friends of the Library also held their officers meeting on April 22.

On Wednesday, April 9, Oregon Book Award authors Elena Passarello and Scott Nadelson, both 2014 Finalists for Creative Nonfiction came to the library to give a writing workshop in the afternoon, and a reading in the evening.

The Library hosted its first Community Singalong with the South Coast Folk Society on Sunday, April 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m. The Folk Society has been holding its Community Singalongs every second Sunday for many years. Using the songbook “Rise Up Singing,” we sit in a circle and take turns suggesting songs to sing together, with choices ranging from traditional folk songs to 20th-century protest songs, from Tin Pan Alley to jazz standards to pop songs from the 1950′s-70′s, and even silly songs you learned at camp as a kid. The library is delighted to be hosting this uplifting monthly event. Join us every second Sunday, 4:00-6:00, to Rise Up Singing!

Every Tuesday in April, except April 8 when Librarian Abbie was away at a conference, we held our weekly Anime Club for teens. The club meets every Tuesday at 3:30 (unless Abbie can’t be here…) to talk about what we’re reading and watching, and to watch Japanese animation. Snacks provided for hungry young people!

The North Bend Public Library Foundation Board met at 5:00 on Thursday, April 24, and the North Bend Public Library Adivsory Board met at 5:00 on Wednesday, April 30. These Board meetings are always open to the public.

Displays at the Library were pretty fabulous in April–we hope you had a chance to stop by. The Sand and Sea Quilters hung beautifully vibrant, artful and witty quilts in our Conference Room, and Farwest Lapidary filled the Children’s Room case and the tall case in our entryway with beautiful and interesting stones, fossils, and art pieces.

March Events at the Library

Teen Anime Club, every Tuesday! 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Every Tuesday* after school in the library’s large Meeting Room, we watch Anime. And talk. Like, about what we’re reading and watching and thinking about. And we goof around. And eat snacks. And it’s all free, free, free! Anyone ages 12-18 who knows what anime is, or wants to find out, is welcome.
*unless Librarian Abbie is sick or out of town, or the library is closed or the power is out or the crick done rise…

North Bend Public Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 12, 5:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room

The Library Board has its monthly meeting on Wednesday the 12th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the library’s small Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public.

Friends of the Library Book Sale!
Saturday, March 15, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Come one, come all, come book lovers and bargain hunters! The Friends of the North Bend Public Library hold their big book sale on Saturday the 15th, 11:00-3:00. Members of the Friends are invited to come one hour early, at 10:00. Membership dues are $5.00 for individuals, $10.00 for households, and can be payable at the door. The Library can always use more Friends!

COASTLINE CATALOG OUT OF SERVICE
starting Thursday 3/20 after 8:00 p.m., until Monday morning 3/24

Coos County Libraries are getting a new library software system! We’re very excited about the new tools we’ll have to serve you better. The down side is that our old system has to be turned off a few days early to make sure that all our information about library materials and library users moves over to the new system in good order. This will mean some inconvenience for all of us for a few days, but will result in a sparkling new system that will make all of us much more happy.

What this means for you:

  • Nothing will be due, and nothing will be getting overdue fines, starting Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 29. The extra days with no fines will give us time to check in returned materials after the new system starts on Monday the 24th. Yippee! Of course you can still return items to the library during this whole time (and we hope you will), both inside and through our outside book return slot.
  • There will be no online access to the catalog. Beginning Thursday night March 20th, and ending Monday morning March 24, you will not be able to use the library’s website to search the catalog, check your account, renew items or place holds.
  • All Coastline libraries will be closed to the public on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22. With our old catalog turned off, we will continue to train on our new software and work on physical housekeeping in the building. Library staff will not be answering phone calls to our public phone line.

Starting Monday, March 24th, we will be able to do all of the usual things, although we ask your patience as we get used to doing them in the new system. Hurray!

Music @ Your Library!

Acoustic Music Workshop, Sunday March 30, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
TAE Trio, Sunday March 30, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The library is delighted to partner with the South Coast Folk Society to bring you more terrific live music!

Fiddler Tashina Clarridge returns to North Bend to offer another Acoustic Music workshop on Sunday afternoon, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Admission by suggestion donation of $40 (all proceeds go to Tashina). No matter what instrument you play, if you want to explore rhythm, tone and tune in New Acoustic style, you won’t want to miss this chance to learn from Tashina.
The library is closed on Sunday. Doors open at 3:45, and the workshop begins at 4:00.

Come back in the evening for a concert with the TAE Trio! Tashina Clarridge performs with Amy Anders and Emily Mann. They play music rooted in tradition and branching out into new territory, with colors of Ireland, Appalachia, and the Beatles. Admission by suggested donation of $5, but pay what you can–no one will be turned away! All proceeds go to the musicians.
Doors open at 6:30, and the concert begins at 7:00.

Author Talk! Richard J. King, The Devil’s Cormorant
Thursday March 6, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Come find out why Richard King’s book about this “love ‘em or hate ‘em” bird was named one of the top five science books of 2013! The author will give a presentation followed by Q&A, with a book signing. At once a mixture of lyrical nature writing and salty adventure stories, The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History is an exploration of our literary, historical, cultural, scientific, artistic, political, and often absurdly comical relationship with one of the most extraordinary, most maligned, and most successful birds.

This event is free and open to the public.

Displays at the Library
Conference Room: Artist Clayton Redwood’s glowing seascapes and landscapes draw on both his early work and more recent paintings.
Children’s Room Case: Library staff member Becky Martin shares a charming display of her adorable bear figurines.
Tall Case: This display case in our entryway remains vacant! Call the library or stop by the service desk if you have something you would like to showcase.

February Events at the Library

Coos Library Board Meeting, Thursday Feb. 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
The Coos County Library Service District Advisory Board will be meeting in the North Bend Public Library’s large Meeting Room on Thursday the 6th, 2:00-5:00 p.m. This meeting is open to the public, with limited time for public comment.

ALL COASTLINE LIBRARIES CLOSED, MONDAY AND TUESDAY FEB. 10-11
for staff training.

All of our libraries in the Coos County Library Service District (a.k.a. Coastline) will be closed on Monday and Tuesday the 10th and 11th for staff training. The Southwestern Community College Library will remain open on campus. We’re getting a new library software system! Whoo-hoo! We’re all very excited about the new tools we’ll have to serve you better. The new system goes “live” to the public on March 24. You’ll be seeing more announcements about it soon.

No items will be due while we are closed, although of course you can still return items to our outside book return slot any time day or night in the wall facing Union Street. Our website and all its resources will still be available anywhere you have Internet access, to check your account, renew items, place holds, do research, and download ebooks, audiobooks and video from Library2Go!

Library closed for the Presidents Day Holiday, Monday Feb. 17
The library will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday the 17th. As always, you can still return materials to our outside book return slot facing Union Street, and no items will be due on the day we’re closed. And we’re always here for you on our website!

Free movie! Wednesday, Feb. 19, 3:30-5:30 pm
While we’re still feeling the warmth of Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, here comes a movie about love and family on the eve of a wedding, and all the drama and comedy that happens when two very different families come together. Sometimes the only way to get past family drama is to jump right over it!

This 2011 movie is rated PG-13, and runs for 112 minutes (just under 2 hours). Movies are shown in the library’s large Meeting Room, across the hall from the library. We can’t tell you the title here under the terms of our license to show movies to the public, but give us a call at 541-756-0400 or come in to the library to find out!

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

North Bend Public Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room

The Library Board has its monthly meeting on Wednesday the 19th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the library’s small Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public.

Music @ Your Library!
Rainy and the Rattlesnakes, Saturday Feb. 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The library is delighted to partner with the South Coast Folk Society to bring you the father-daughters trio of Rainy and the Rattlesnakes! With Reyna (“Rainy”) on the mandolin and vocals, Lela on the fiddle and vocals, and Ray on guitar and backup vocals, you’ll tap your toes and raise your spirits with their bluegrass, jazz and original songs. Get a taste of their music on YouTube.

Admission by suggested donation of $5, but pay what you can–no one will be turned away! All proceeds go to the musicians.

Friends of the Library!
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11:30-1:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Friends of North Bend Public Library meeting on Tuesday the 25th at 11:30, in the library’s small Conference Room. Show your love for the library by giving a little of your time and talent for fundraising and supporting special services and events, including planning the next big book sale on March 15. We’d love to have you join us on the Friends!

Displays at the Library
Artist Clayton Redwood graces the Library’s Conference Room with glowing landscapes and seascapes.