Library events for January

Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Washington MemorialLibrary closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday: Monday, January 19
The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday. We will be open again for our regular hours on Tuesday the 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

While we are closed, the outside book return will still be available on the wall of the library facing Union Street, and of course our website and the Coastline website are available 24/7 anywhere you have Internet access. Check out our catalog for materials about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Storytime!Story Times resume January 7!
Bring your rhyming, wiggling, singing, listening, learning little ones to the library every week for Story Times with Mrs. Simpkins! The fun of early learning, reading readiness and school success begins with all of the above.

Toddler Time welcomes you on Wednesdays at 10:30, starting Jan. 7.
Preschool Story Time begins again on Wed. the 7th at 1:00, and Thursday, the 8th at 11:00.
Music Time starts up on Friday the 16th at 10:00.
Come to the library to pick up a schedule, or download it here.

Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30: Teen/Tween Anime Club
If you’re in Middle School or High School, and you love anime, or you just want to find out what it is and why other people love it so much, come to the library every Tuesday afternoon. We snack, we goof around, we watch!
Sadly, the last Anime Club for a while will be on Tues. Jan. 20. Check back with the library in April to see if the new Assistant Director is cool enough to do Anime!

Sunday, January 11, 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Second Sunday Singalong!
Raise your voice in good fellowship with all kinds of songs, brought to you every month by the library in happy partnership with The South Coast Folk Society. The Folk Society provides copies of our songbook, Rise Up Singing. Free and open to the public!

Tuesday, January 13, 12:00-1:00: Friends of North Bend Public Library meeting
The Friends gather for their post-holidays meeting, to review the last Book Sale and make plans for the future. The meeting is held in the library’s Conference Room.

Wednesday, January 14, 5:00-6:00: North Bend Public Library Board meeting
Members of the public are invited to attend the NBPL Board meeting in the library’s Conference Room.

Displays at the Library in January
Conference Room Gallery:
Stunning photographic creations by library volunteer Dan Hull, featuring striking landscapes–some combined with images from the Hubble telescope!
Tall case in library entryway:
Art work from Sea Star Girl Scouts Troop 30490, toward their Painting badge. Further proof that “Brownies can do anything!”
Children’s Room case:
Matchbox cars from the collection of Dave Deandrea. Thank you, Dave! Vroomvroom!

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Library events in December

Holiday BellsLibrary closures for the Holidays
The Library will close early at 2:00 on Wednesday, December 24, and will remain closed on Thursday the 25th for Christmas Day. We will be open for our usual hours on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th.

*Change in hours for New Years Eve* The Library will close early at 1:00 on Wednesday, December 31st, and will be closed for New Years Day on Thursday the 1st. We’ll be open again as usual on Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd.

While we’re closed, take full advantage of our website (both here and the full Coastline site at and the outside book return. We’ll see you in 2015!

Saturday, December 13, 2:00: Author talk with Claude Coffman
North Bend native Claude Coffman shares his memories and his wit in a two-in-one book, including both his memoir, “Bangor around the Bend”, and a collection of his articles about southwestern Oregon, “Now Feature That!” Born in 1928 in the Bangor district of what we now know as North Bend, Coffman taught science in Coos Bay and North Bend schools, and also ran his own contracting and excavating company. He has great stories to tell, and tells them with great flair.

Mr. Coffman will give a reading from his book and also offer signings, with copies of the book available to purchase. If you don’t want to wait, copies of the book are available at Books by the Bay, the Driftwood Barbershop in Coos Bay, and South Coast Saw and Garden. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 14, 4:00-6:00: Second Sunday Singalong!
Raise your voice at the library every month with the South Coast Folk Society, using the “Rise Up Singing” songbook (copies provided). Join the circle of singers, taking turns choosing songs to sing together. We do everything from jazz standards to doo-wop to folk songs to camp-fire songs, and more. Bring your guitar, harmonica, or any other instrument to accompany our voices!

Children play on booksStory Times at Your Library, through December 18
Rhymes and reading, songs and stretches to keep your early learning, literacy and school readiness cooking! Mrs. Simpkins offers four different Story Times almost every week all throughout the year. We’ll take a break for the holidays after Friday, Dec. 19, and come back again for more Story Times in January.
Preschool Story Time, Wednesdays at 1:00 and Thursdays at 11:00
Toddler Time, Wednesdays at 10:30
Music Time, Fridays at 10:00 (no Music Time on Friday, Dec. 19)

anime samuraiEvery Tuesday, 3:30-5:30pm: Anime Club!
November and the 1st week of December were sad for Anime Club, and for Librarian Abbie, who was at home in bed battling an evil bronchitis overlord. Now she’s back! And so is Anime! Come watch “Hunter X Hunter”, hang out with friends and eat snacks! All for free at your library. For teens and tweens in Middle School and High School.

Displays at the Library
Conference Room Gallery
Local artist (and stalwart library volunteer!) Graham Wickham offers a show of paintings in various media entitled “Oregon: One Day/Four Seasons”. His landscapes, cityscapes and still life studies capture the feeling of all four seasons, at different times of day.
Tall case
As you come in to the library, enjoy a seasonally arranged display of penguin sculptures from the collection of library staff member Lyn.
Children’s case
A fascinating and charming collection of shells of all shapes, colors and sizes has been spruced up for the holidays in the Children’s Room display case. Thank you to staff member Becky for sharing her shells!

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November events at the library

Turkey, pumpkin, and cornucopiaLibrary closed for Thanksgiving: Thursday and Friday, 11/27-28
The Library will be closed on both Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving Day, and Friday, November 28. We will be open as usual on Saturday, November 29, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

While we are closed, you can still return items any item to our outside Book Return slot, in the wall of the library facing Union Street. And of course our website is always open at, where you can check your account, search the catalog, do research in our eLibrary and download e-books and e-audiobooks from Library2Go.

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!
There will be no Story Times during the week of Thanksgiving (Wed. 11/26, Thurs. 11/27, Fri. 11/28).

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.

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!

Memory QuiltsOn display at the library: Memory Quilts by Kathy McLean

Brightening up the library’s Conference Room gallery is this year’s display of beautiful and clever quilts from Kathy McLean. Come enjoy Kathy’s wonderfully captured roses, books, small-town life, and Raggedy Anne and Andy!

The display is open to the public any time the library is open.

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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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