The Deschutes Public Library has changed and enriched people’s lives for decades
by providing access to books designed to inform and educate, and expand one’s horizons
and imagination. When computers started entering the library mix in the 1990’s many
questioned how they would fit with our core mission and services.
The answer is that libraries are constantly shifting and flexing to meet the needs
of our users to provide access to information in numerous ways. We provide information
choices and opportunities through thousands of books, downloadable music, films
and eBooks, online databases, computers, Wifi, Internet access, and one-on-one research
We recently discovered that the access we provide through technology is integral
to why thousands of Deschutes County residents use us every day. The Library took
part in a computer survey that showed nearly one-third of Americans age 14 or older
– roughly 77 million people – used a public library computer or wireless network
to connect to the Internet in the past year. In Deschutes County, that translates
to approximately 40,000 people each year who use the computers and wireless network
at the Deschutes Public Library. Nearly 1,000 of you participated in the survey
during a 27-day period and reported finding jobs, improving life habits, increasing
business opportunities, and receiving financial aid for college. That’s life-changing
stuff happening through access of Library computers and the Internet!
Computers will continue to be an integral part of our service at the Library. Technology
enhances and balances our traditional offerings such as books and reference help,
and provides the access to information that is critical to you. So, wherever your
journey takes you, you can be confident the Library has the resources and services
you need to make it a great one!
Todd Dunkelberg, Library Director
Deschutes Public Library is Community Center for Internet and
Last month, 1,000 Deschutes County residents participated in the University of Washington’s
Information School’s Technology Survey regarding the impact of computers and technology
in libraries. The results detailed that approximately 40,000 Deschutes County residents
use the computers and wireless network at the Deschutes Public Library every year.
Of these responses, 29 percent of users were seeking help with career or employment
needs, 28 percent used the computers to further their educational goals, and 28
percent used the Library computers and Internet connection for civic engagement
The survey also illustrated that 87% of participants were satisfied with the access
provided at the Library and 88% believe it is essential to offer technology resources
for our communities.
The Deschutes Public Library began offering public access computers in the mid-nineties
thanks to funding from the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
Friends of the Library organizations, and The Deschutes Public Library Foundation.
Today the Library has 133 computers available for public use and a wireless network
that patrons with their own laptops can use to access the Internet.
The Deschutes Public Library also provides free one-on-one help, computer classes,
and other technology support. Click
here to access the full survey report online.
READ, RHYME, ROMP!
Are you a new parent, wondering how to encourage your child to become a good reader?
Do you have a preschooler who seems ready to read but you don't know how to help?
The library offers "Read, Rhyme and Romp" workshops to parents and care providers.
Each workshop features the skills a child needs in order to be ready to read, as
well as fun and simple activities to do with your child(ren) to promote those skills.
You'll learn about the best books, have fun with words and rhymes, and leave with
a free book and an early literacy toy.
A minimum of 5 people are required for the workshop. Contact Heather McNeil, Youth
Services Manager, to set up a workshop. 541-617-7099 or
SAVE THE DATE: A NOVEL IDEA UNVEILED!
A Novel Idea Unveiled is planned for Friday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. This festive,
after-hours event is open to the public. Save the date and be one of the first to
know the 2012 A Novel Idea community read. For more information, contact Chantal
at (541) 312-1031.
KNOW RELIGION: Free Cultural Programs at the Library during
Deschutes Public Library offers the opportunity to explore world religions during
the Know Religion
series that kicks off in December. Local experts will explore a wide range of religious
beliefs and practices. All programs are free and open to the public:
Jesus and the Early Christians Outside of the Bible
December 3, 2011, 2:00 pm
East Bend Public Library
Hindu Art and the Four Goals of Life
December 4, 2011, 2:00 pm
Sisters Public Library
December 8, 2011, 1:00 pm
Sunriver Area Public Library
Four Noble Truths of Buddhism
December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Bend Public Library
Science Friction: Controversies and Decision Making in a Democracy
This program is sponsored in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, a statewide
December 10, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Brooks Room, Downtown Bend Public Library
Wisdom & Compassion in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
December 10, 3:00 p.m.
East Bend Public Library
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem
December 13, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Redmond Public Library
For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library
website at www.deschuteslibrary.org.
People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or
auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.
The High Desert Museum presents Animal Adventures at the East
Go on an an animal adventure at the East Bend Library and meet a new animal every
month, hear the wild tales, and join in on a fun craft. Stop by the East Bend Library
Tuesday of the month at 9:30 AM for 45 minutes of adventure
for children ages 3 and up. Space is limited to 30 children and their caregivers.
East Bend Library Receives Financial Award from Energy Trust
The Deschutes Public Library received a financial award in the amount of $1,731
for its careful attention to energy efficiency of the East Bend Library. The Library
received the monies specifically for its choice in lighting for the new library.
Keep Your Library Strong This Holiday Season
Our libraries’ need for strong community support has never been so important. With
more than 4,000 people visiting our libraries in person or online every day, our
libraries are truly a busy place. Tax dollars pay to keep our library doors open,
but gifts to the Deschutes Public Library Foundation support many of the additional
services that are so vital to our communities’ success.
Did you know that because of budget cuts, Bookmobile services had to be discontinued
to thousands of children, teens and seniors this year? Or that our Summer Reading
program that helps more than 4,400 children and teens return to school with better
reading skills is facing reduced funding?
You are invited to help keep our library strong:
- Consider making a gift to the foundation this holiday season in honor of someone
- Make a yearend gift to the foundation
- Be an active user of your library’s programs and collection
- Encourage your neighbors, friends and employees to get involved
Your support will create an enduring legacy for Deschutes County–a library that
will enrich and strengthen our children and communities for generations to come.
To make a gift, visit www.dplfoundation.org.
For more information contact Sharon at 541-610-7004 or
A Life and Legacy for Our Library
Mary Beth Pearl-Gent was a legacy in the library community. Her tireless commitment
and leadership for our library was demonstrated at the local, district and statewide
level. Mary Beth has ensured that her passion for our library will continue for
generations to come. She left a gift to the Deschutes Public Library Foundation
in her will. You can also help guarantee our library will continue to thrive for
the next generation by making your own planned gift to the Deschutes Public Library
Designate the Library Foundation as a beneficiary in your retirement account and
will. For more information contact Sharon at 541-610-7004 or
Friends Happenings at Your Local Library
Friends of the Bend Library Holiday Book Sale!
Buy a Book for your loved ones at the Bend Friends Holiday Book Sale
The best deal in town this holiday season! Great holiday deals are waiting for you
at the Friends of the Bend Libraries book sale planned for Saturday, December 3
from 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the
Library Administration Building (Old Bend Library) located at 507 NW Wall Street,
Bend. Need more information? Call (541) 389-1622.
Learn Essential Computer Skills at the Redmond Library
Open Computer Lab is coming to the Redmond Library! Drop in and practice your computer
skills or work on any problems you’re having with one of our staff on hand to help.
Two sessions are being offered on Friday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. and Monday, December
12 at 2:30 p.m.
Friends of the Redmond Library Art Exhibit
Through the month of November, the Friends of the Redmond Library Art Committee
will be featuring the work of Bryan E. Warner in the Silent Reading Area at the
Redmond Public Library. Warner’s show features four panels of illustrations in the
Frank Zombie PI Comic Book. A drawing for the four individual panels will be held
at the end of November. Sign up for your chance to win a piece of local art! The
drawing will be held at closing on November 30. You need not be present to win.
For additional information contact Linda Barker at 541-312-1064.
Exploring Africa at the Sisters Library
Cal Allen will share a photos and a presentation on his spring trip southern Africa
on Sunday December 11 at 1:30 p.m. His presentation will include photos of the wildlife
in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This free presentation is part of the Diane Jacobsen
Speaker Series Sponsored by The Friends of the Sisters Library. Fund.
Friends of the Sisters Library’s Book Corner has a lot to offer!
The Friends of the Sisters Library’s Book Corner offers used paperbacks, hardbacks,
CDs, DVDs, Children's books and collectibles. Drop in Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Book Corner is located at
the corner of the Library near the book drop.
Sunriver Friends of the Library Great Gift Idea!
Thinking about a gift for the holidays? How about a guide for native plants: 'Native
Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition contains pictures and planting information
for plants that grow naturally in this area. The book is available for only$3.00!
Many other hardback books are available for $1.00, paperbacks are 50 cents, and
a good selection of CDs & DVDs are ready to wrap for $1.00. The Sunriver Friends
Book Shelf is open during Library business hours.
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