Deschutes Public Library Works with the Governor’s Plan to Get
Children Ready to Read
Early Learning Center in Redmond Library to be installed in the spring and free Early
Literacy Calendar being distributed throughout Deschutes County
Public libraries are the foundation for the Governor’s 40-40-20 plan which has set
a new educational goal for all of Oregon. Governor Kitzhaber’s ambitious goal states
that by 2025 all adult Oregonians will hold a high school diploma or equivalent,
40% of them will have an associate’s degree or a meaningful postsecondary certificate,
and 40% will hold a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree. Why are public libraries
so critical for 40-40-20? If children enter kindergarten ready to read their academic
success will continue, leading to better chances for high school graduation and
advanced education. Reading aloud helps achieve that goal by showing children that
reading is fun and important, and that they will find themselves and their interests
in books. Plus each time they hear a book they are learning about print and vocabulary,
essential tools for learning to read.
Deschutes Public Library supports early literacy in a variety of ways. Besides our
award-winning story times, guest speakers/authors, a wealth of books, stellar staff
and resources, DPL will launch the first Early Learning Center at the Redmond Public
Library this spring. This special area will support the building blocks of literacy
with fun and interactive play for children and parents. Contact your local library
if you have a parent group that would like to be visited by library staff to learn
more about early literacy and how to raise a reader. The Library has also created
an early literacy calendar for 2013 & 2014 that supports parents and caregivers
with ideas to get babies, toddlers and preschoolers on their way to reading.
For more information about the importance of early literacy, please visit the Library’s
Assistant Director Kevin Barclay
Open Board Position
The Deschutes Public Library Board has two open positions on the May 21, 2013 ballot.
If you are interested in serving on our Board please check out the following link
for more information
Ashton Eaton reads to children as part of the Library’s partnership with the Old
Mill to provide books and storytimes during the holidays.
Blind Date With A Book
February 14, 2013 - Deschutes Public Libraries in Downtown Bend, East Bend, La Pine,
Redmond, Sisters & Sunriver
Do hearts and flowers nauseate you? Relationship on the skids? Allergic to chocolate?
No problem. Instead of feeling bitter about another Valentine’s Day why not go on
a blind date with a book? This year on Valentine’s Day when you stop by your local
branch library you’ll find a display of books wrapped in paper. Pick the one that
looks good to you, check it out, and take it home. Beneath the wrapper you’ll discover
a book handpicked by our staff. The blind date books won’t disappoint you, let you
down, or break your heart (unless you happen to have picked a tear jerker). So this
February 14, skip watching the romantic comedy and ordering take out. Head to your
branch library and let Deschutes Public Library set you up on a blind date with
a book. For more information about this or other library services, please visit
the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org.
Free Tax Help at the Library
For the 5th consecutive year Bend Public Library will host free tax preparation
sessions in the 2nd floor computer lab in conjunction with VITA, an IRS sponsored
program. This year United Way of Deschutes County and the Partnership to End Poverty
will be organizing and supporting the local program. Sessions begin February 2
and run through April 15th. Bend Public Library tax preparation days and times
- Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
The free tax preparation assistance will focus on insuring that individuals, who
qualify, take advantage of Earned Income Tax Credit- (EITC or EIC) and Child Tax
Credit- (CTC), which benefits mid to low income taxpayers.
Free tax preparation is generally available to individuals who made less than $50,000
in 2012. Additionally, help can be provided for people who owned their own business,
did not show a loss or have employees and did not carry inventory or need to depreciate.
Other advantages to using this service is that returns can be filed online, which
means refund checks arrive within 7-14 days and can be delivered safely using Direct
For complete details about this service, including Deschutes County locations, days
and times, qualification criteria, how to set up an appointment and what information
to bring, visit www.takecredit.org. Or
for specific information about service at the Bend Public Library call 541-389-6507.
Authors Coming to You: Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen
Greenblatt & Teen author Rick Yancey
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Stephen Greenblatt Coming to Bend Thursday March 7
What does Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen Greenblatt have in common with Simon
& Garfunkel, Shakespeare, and Monty Python?
Get your tickets today for Stephen Greenblatt’s presentation at Bend High
School on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Author! Author! Literary
Series. The Author! Author! Literary Series celebrates the finest authors writing
today. These acclaimed voices are critical to expand the cultural landscape in
Central Oregon and the Library Foundation believes the series will improve literacy
in the region, strengthen community dialogue, and enhance the programs and services
of the Deschutes Public Library.
Stephen Greenblatt has been called the most influential literary scholar of his
generation. He will discuss his prize winning novels The Swerve and Will in the
World and do an extensive question and answer session. The Library Foundation will
also gift several copies of his books to area high schools as well as tickets to
his presentation to expose students to quality literature and authors. Tickets
are available at http://www.dplfoundation.org/.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan signs books following her Author! Author!
presentation at Bend High School.
Teen Literature Author Rick Yancey Visits Central Oregon Schools
Deschutes Public Library is proud to host Rick Yancey as this year’s touring teen
author. Mr. Yancey is the author of the popular Alfred Kropp series of books for
teen readers and has a new title, Fifth Wave, coming in May 2013. He will
visit eight schools in Central Oregon from March 11 - 13, with a presentation covering
topics such as the life of a professional author and how inspiration can turn ideas
and events into great stories. DPL will provide copies of some select Yancey titles
to participating schools.
“Our visiting author series is an incredible opportunity for area students to gain
exposure to creative professionals,” says Community and Teen Services Librarian
April Witteveen. “Authors receive a lot of respect in the schools since we have
so many great readers— and getting to meet the creator of your favorite book is
just like meeting a rock star!”
There will be an additional presentation held on Tuesday March 12, 6:30pm, at the
Downtown Bend Public Library: an Evening with Rick Yancey. This program will be
open to the public and registration is suggested. See DPL’s online calendar for
information and registration: www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.
Looking for a great Teen Read? Check out this app!
YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, has created a free app to help
teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA
literature access to the past three years' of YALSA's awards and lists. The app
is currently only available in the Apple App Store, but is in development for Android
devices as well. Learn more here:
Know Clue – Free Cultural Programs in February
According to Webster’s online dictionary, clue is defined as “a piece of evidence
or information used in the detection of a crime or solving of a mystery.” Gather
some evidence of your own this February at Deschutes Public Library during the Know
Clue series of programs. During the series presenters will investigate, poke, probe,
examine and explore the mysterious, the unsolved and the unnerving. Programs are
free and open to the public.
Know Clue: Central Oregon CSI
From documenting the scene to collecting evidence, learn how real-life crime scene
investigation is done—and how it differs from what you see on television—with Bend
Police officer Canyon Davis.
21, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Public Library
Know Clue: Hitchcock - Anxiety, Sex and Peeping Toms
Professor Greg Lyons will present a short lecture before the film and then lead
a discussion or answer questions about Hitchcock’s cinema following screening.
21, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Tin Pan Theater
Concessions available for purchase
Screen and discuss I Confess
26, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Redmond Public Library
Screen and discuss Rear Window
Pizza will be provided
Know Clue: D.B. Cooper and the Exploding Whale
Popular author William L. Sullivan takes us on a slide show tour of legendary Northwest
folk heroes, from Sacajawea and Opal Whitely to D.B. Cooper and Bigfoot.
23, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Public Library
24, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Sisters 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.
eBooks and the Library
eBooks are now more popular than ever. Audio books and ebooks from the library's
being checked out more than 13,000 times each month and now account for more than
5.5% of everything checked out from the library. New titles are being added
every few weeks. If you're looking for something to read or listen to on your tablet,
smart phone, or eReader, give Digital Downloads a try.
Given the increasing popularity of library eBooks, you might wonder why some of
the newest and hottest titles aren't in Digital Downloads. Some
of the largest publishers have choosen not to sell eBooks to libraries. If you
don't see a popular or best selling title in our Digital Downloads, it isn't because
we've overlooked it. The eBook or audio book isn't there because we are unable to
Visit our website to find out more about what libraries are doing about
the issue and to
see what you can do to help.
All Deschutes Public Libraries will be CLOSED Thursday, April 11 to update the library’s
technology system. Libraries will reopen on Friday, April 12 as scheduled.
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