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Jo Caisse
Bend Public Library Manager

601 N.W. Wall Street
Bend, OR 97701

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

Sun. 12:00 - 5:00
Mon. 10:00 - 8:00
Tues. 10:00 - 8:00
Wed. 10:00 - 8:00
Thurs. 10:00 - 6:00
Fri. 10:00 - 6:00
Sat. 12:00 - 5:00

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Bend Library


Downtown Bend Library

Bend Public LibraryThe Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The 40,000 square foot library opened in October 1998, and is conveniently located adjacent to downtown Bend.

The beautiful exposed beams and high ceiling on the second floor, complemented with generous windows looking east, gives an airy and open feeling.


Please visit our Circulation Department on the ground floor to get a library card or discuss your account. Our Children’s area is also on the ground floor, and is always bustling with activity, A trip upstairs will get you to our Adult and Teen materials, our public computers, and free wifi.




Downtown Bend: Art Exhibit: "Pets 'r' Us"
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 through Monday, March 02, 2015



Presenter: Friends of the Bend Libraries Art Committee.


Downtown Bend: Social Services
Monday, February 02, 2015
10:00 AM

Adaptive Technology Room

Sarah Kelley is available for one-on-one sessions to answer questions and provide community assistance for housing, mental health support, benefits and more. North tutor room.
541-728-1022


The Many Lives of Klondike Kate
Monday, February 02, 2015
7:00 PM

Brooks Room

Kathleen Rockwell, a.k.a. "Klondike Kate," danced her way to wealth and fame during the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska before retiring to Oregon. From vaudeville dancer and chorus girl to homesteader and impoverished celebrity, Kate was affectionately dubbed "Aunt Kate" by the people of Central Oregon-or "our destitute prostitute" by those offended by her outgoing demeanor. In a life filled with many dramatic twists and turns, Kate exemplified the uniquely American capacity for reinvention.


Downtown Bend: Toddlin' Tales
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
10:15 AM

Brooks Room

For children 18-36 months. Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development


Down Bend: Email Management
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
10:30 AM

Meyer Classroom

Learn how to manage your folders, create group mailing lists, and attach files. Registration Required.
Prerequisites: Active Email account.


Downtown Bend: Toddlin' Tales
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
11:00 AM

Brooks Room

For children 18-36 months. Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development


Downtown Bend: Preschool Parade Rockie Tales
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
1:30 PM

Brooks Room

3-5 years old. Rockie Tales Puppet Show


Downtown Bend: SCORE Small Business Counseling
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
5:30 PM

Second Floor South Tutor Room

Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who’s “been there, done that.” SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary.


Downtown Bend: Social Services
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
10:00 AM

Meyer Classroom

Sarah Kelley is available for one-on-one sessions to answer questions and provide community assistance for housing, mental health support, benefits and more. Meyer Classroom.
541-728-1022


Downtown Bend: Toddlin' Tales
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
10:15 AM

Brooks Room

For children 18-36 months. Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development


Downtown Bend: Baby Steps
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
11:30 AM

Brooks Room

0-18 months. 15 minutes of gentle stories, rhymes, and rhythms


Downtown Bend: High Desert Animal Adventures
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
1:00 PM

Brooks Room

3-5 year olds. Stories, songs and science.


Downtown Bend: Financial Fundamentals of Running a Business
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
5:30 PM

Brooks Room

SCORE business counselors continue their free monthly workshops at the Downtown Bend Library on February 4, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 with a session on the Financial Fundamentals of Running a Business.

Everyone needs to have a basic understanding of financial concepts so that they can communicate effectively within an organization. This workshop touches upon budgets, accounting and finance, preparation of financial statements, strategic thinking, profitability, and day-to-day cash flow issues. The session is free, but registration required. Contact the Downtown Bend Library at 541-617-7080 for more information and registration.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. They are a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and have been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. For more information about Central Oregon SCORE please visit their web site at www.scorecentraloregon.org.


Know Myth: Gods and Goddesses
Thursday, February 05, 2015
12:00 PM

Aspen Ridge

Cultures around the world and throughout time share myths in common. From Greece to Africa, myths have been told to help people ask and answer the fundamental questions of who am I, where did I come from, why am I here, how should I live, and what is the right thing to do. Community librarians Nate Pedersen and Chandra vanEijinsbergen introduce you to some of their favorite books inspired by mythologies from around the world.







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Downtown Bend: Baby Steps
Thursday, February 05, 2015
1:30 PM

Brooks Room

0-18 months. 15 minutes of gentle stories, rhymes, and rhythms


Downtown Bend: Computer Lab
Thursday, February 05, 2015
2:30 PM

Meyer Classroom

Free time to practice your computer skills or work on any problems you’re having with one of our staff on hand to help.



Downtown Bend: Preschool Parade
Friday, February 06, 2015
10:30 AM

Brooks Room

3-5 years old. Stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills


Downtown Bend: Blind Date with a Book @ Dudley's
Friday, February 06, 2015
4:00 PM



Teen readers will get matched with a great read and write love letters to their favorite authors. This event takes place at Dudley's Bookstore in Bend, 135 NW Minnesota


Downtown Bend: Free Tax Preparation Sessions
Saturday, February 07, 2015
12:00 PM

Meyer Classroom

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and the United Way of Deschutes County are offering free tax preparation sessions for Central Oregonians at the Downtown Bend Public Library. Come to the library to learn more about tax credits and have an IRS-Certified Volunteer prepare your taxes. Taxes are prepared online, using IRS certified software and then electronically transmitted to the IRS. Certified tax volunteers will also be available to answer some your tax questions.

Walk-in sessions at the Downtown Bend Library are on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. beginning February 7th. Call 541-323-8482 for more information or visit www.cashoregon.org/taxprep.html.


Downtown Bend: Family Block Party: LEGO®
Saturday, February 07, 2015
1:00 PM

Brooks Room

All ages welcome. Read! Build! Play! Start with a little inspiration and then build away.
The sky is the limit!


Know Myth: Jarold Ramsey and Native American Legends
Saturday, February 07, 2015
3:00 PM

Brooks Room

"When the first settlers reached Oregon in the 1840s and the occupation of the land began, there were at least forty independent [Indian] tribes on that land, speaking an estimated 25 distinct languages," notes author Jarold Ramsey in his classic book "Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country." Since that time, whole tribes and their languages have vanished without leaving a trace of their mythological heritage behind.

Ramsey has made it much of his life's work to collect and anthologize Oregon Indian myths in a way that is accessible to the general public as literature. "These are in most cases truly mythic stories," writes Ramsey. "They carry us back to beginnings, to a time before time when the natural and human world we know was being irrevocably established, feature by feature, through the decisions and actions of the first beings."

Ramsey will discuss these myths—and the story of "The Hunter and the Elk" in particular—on February 7 at the Downtown Bend Library. This talk is free and open to all. Ramsey says that the Wasco Chinookan story "The Hunter and the Elk"—collected in 1885 at Simnasho on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation—is a compact masterpiece of Native American storytelling, exemplifying both the narrative artistry of such stories, and their social purposes.

Jarold Ramsey is Professor of English Emeritus, University of Rochester, and author of "Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country" and "Reading the Fire: The Traditional Indian Literatures of America." His poetry collections include "Love in an Earthquake," "Hand-Shadows" and "Where the Wind Comes to Play." His honors include the Lillian Fairchild Award, NEA and Ingram Merrill Grants, the Helen Bullis Award for Poetry and the Quarterly Review of Literature International Poetry Prize.


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