East Bend Library Opening Mid-March!
The Deschutes Public Library is pleased to announce the new East Bend Library will
open in mid-March with full services for east Bend residents. The Library is 8,000
square feet and located at Borden’s Corner,
62080 Dean Swift Road, Suite 170.
new library will provide full services such as: a community meeting room; popular
books, music, and films; Internet stations; story times; adult programs; and materials
pick-up. For more information check out the library at:
Ring in St. Patty's at McMenamins and the Library
The award-winning author of Mink River and editor of Portland Magazine promises
“a story-soaked experience filled with much hilarity and Irish blarney.” Both events
are free and open to the public.
Brian Doyle: An Irishman’s Oregon
Friday, March 11, 2011
Downtown Bend Public Library
Words on Tap:
Author Brian Doyle & the Hanz Araki Celtic Band
Saturday, March 12, 2011
McMenamin’s Old St. Francis
Father Luke’s Room
Book-a-Librarian Service Now Available -- Research Made Easy!
The Deschutes Public Library has launched a free service to assist individuals,
organizations, and businesses with research on a variety of subjects. The new service,
Book-a-Librarian, provides one-on-one assistance with research that might otherwise
be overwhelming for customers. Through the Book-a-Librarian service, a professional
librarian will meet with customers for up to 90 minutes either in the Library or
at the individual's place of work and assist them with their information needs.
Librarians are available to assist with research on a variety of subjects, such
Interested customers can call for an appointment at 541-617-7080 or fill out the
form online at www.deschuteslibrary.org/ask.
Two to three days advance notice is preferred.
- Career exploration and resume assistance
- Small business plans
- Consumer research
- Industry trends for entrepreneurs
River House Author and Organic Farmer Sarahlee Lawrence to Present
March 12 & 13 at the Redmond & Bend Libraries
The Deschutes Public Library is proud to present two readings by Sarahlee Lawrence,
local author of the memoir,
River House. The first presentation will be on
Saturday, March 12th, 2:00 p.m. at the Redmond Public Library,
followed by a second reading on
Sunday, March 13th, 2:00 p.m. as part of the Second Sunday series, at
the Downtown Bend Library. Both events are free and open to
An exquisite blend of memoir and nature writing, River House is a young woman’s
story about returning home. Sarahlee Lawrence grew up in remote Central Oregon
and spent her days dreaming about leaving her small town for adventure. As
a young woman, she set out on a worldly white water rafting trek, but ironically,
following her passion along the most coveted arteries of the world led her right
back to the least expected place—to her dusty beginnings and her family’s ranch—to
her River House.
Award-winning Teen Author, Will Hobbs, to Host Free Writing Workshop
Author of several very popular teen adventure titles, Will Hobbs, will lead a writing
workshop for ages 12 and older. The event is free and no registration is required.
Join us for this special evening on Tuesday, March 15 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the
Bend Public Library, Brooks Room. For more information, please contact April Witteveen
Board Member George Riser Remembered
The Library lost a great leader and advocate recently when Board member George
Riser passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 15. George was passionate about
libraries and led the charge to build a Library for the Sunriver Area community.
With his fierce intelligence and wit, George worked tirelessly to establish the
needed funding, and served as the project manager overseeing the design and construction
of the beautiful Sunriver Area Library.
In 1998, George was elected to the Deschutes Public Library Board and remained an
active member until his death. He always asked the important questions, the hard
ones, and took care in analyzing the budget with an eagle eye. George was admired
for his refined grace, cheery whistle, and clear thinking. He will be greatly missed.
Two Summer Reading Participants Win $1,000 Oregon College Savings
Some lucky Oregonians now have a head start to save for college. Fifteen individuals
were drawn as winners in “Dive into Saving for College,” part of the 2010 summer
reading program held at public libraries around the state. The program, sponsored
by the Oregon College Savings Plan in partnership with the Oregon State Library
and Oregon Library Association, awarded each winner a $1,000 Oregon College Savings
Plan and $500 to each library with a winning participant.
Nearly 7,000 entries were received from summer reading participants throughout Oregon,
helping to spread awareness of the importance of reading and saving early for college.
This year’s randomly selected winners included two readers from the Deschutes Public
Library: Casey Miller and Kristine McConnell of Bend. The Deschutes Public Library
For more information, please contact Heather McNeil at 541.617.7099 or
Read Newspapers Online for Free
Did you know that with your Deschutes Public Library card you can read newspapers like
The Bulletin, The Miami Herald, and The San Francisco Chronicle
online? The library's subscription to
America's Newspapers grants you access to those titles
and many more. Log in with your library barcode from home, school, work, or anywhere in the world.
Visit the library's
Online Resources page for more free resources like eBooks, business/investment sites, career
help, magazines, homework resources, and much more.
A New Vision for our Future
If you are like me, you have come to dread all sentences that start with "in these
trying economic times..."
The Deschutes Public Library, like the rest of our community, is deeply affected
by the current economy. We have seen record increases in use at the same time our
revenue is declining. Although this could paint a grim picture, the Library has
made critical shifts in our internal structures to continue the high quality services
and resources we offer.
In the last 18 months, we have restructured the organization through eliminating
positions and cross-training staff to maximize our skilled personnel base. We have
closely evaluated our open hours and usage patterns and shifted our hours to match
the highest demand times with open libraries and eliminated hours during our lowest
use times. We have also maximized the library's technology and electronic resources
so the Library is available to users 24/7 from a home or office computer.
In 2007, a demographic community study identified east Bend residents in critical
need of services and resources. Since then, through conservative budgeting and planning,
we have worked to make the dream of opening an East Bend Library a reality. And
in another couple of weeks, the East Bend Library will open with all of the wonderful
services and resources of our other libraries and begin to serve the 50,000 residents
who populate the area!
We invite you to visit our new 8,000 square foot East Bend Library when it opens
in mid-March. This small but mighty library will reflect the community's continued
commitment towards education, discovery, and enrichment for all citizens. We believe,
"in these trying economic times" great things can happen with a big dose of courage,
creativity, and a willingness to shift and change so that new possibilities are
Thank you for your continued commitment and support. See you at the Library!
Todd Dunkelberg, Library Director
The Deschutes Public Library Foundation was founded in 1993 to provide dependable, sustainable funding for programs of the Deschutes Public Library. A contribution to the Foundation will support three important programs: Summer Reading; Outreach Services for the Underserved; and A Novel Idea...Read Together.
Our libraries are an invaluable asset to Deschutes County. Community support will help them thrive. To make a tax deductible contribution, go to www.dplfoundation.org and click on the "donate" button or call 541-610-7004.
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