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Sunday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Monday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM6:00 PM

601 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97703

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

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

Upcoming Events

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  • Jan 22 2022

    All Day - Saturday -

    Read Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole and do a simple craft. Designed for ages 6-11.

    Create your own constellation with glow in the dark stars. Design it on your bedroom wall, or black backing for portability. Grab a constellation kit at your local library branch to do a craft related to The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole, by Michelle Cuevas. Supplies are limited.

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  • Jan 23 2022

    4:00 PM - Sunday - * Registration Required

    Build skills on how to address expressions of bias.

    This is a live webinar. Receive the Zoom link by registering using the button above. Space is limited.

    Let’s practice how to address expressions of bias, whether implicit or explicit, through role-playing real-world scenarios. We will build our skills for “calling in,” rather than “calling out,” while building and deepening the relationships we care about. We recommend that you may get more out of this Community Conversation by taking, ahead of time, one of the Implicit Association Tests on https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html and by reading this article by Loretta Ross: https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/spring-2019/speaking-up-without-tearing-down

    We offer Community Conversation events for community members of all backgrounds to share stories and discuss issues that matter. There's an open feeling of trust and a bubbling up of ideas that break down the silos that are dividing communities across the country.

    The goal of Community Conversations is to expand our sense of neighborhood - across all economic, political, cultural, and racial boundaries. We believe in the power of connections and friendships to bridge any divides. All of our conversations stem from a strong commitment to curiosity, compassion, and community.

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  • Jan 24 2022

    9:00 AM - Monday - Hutchinson Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 24 2022

    10:00 AM - Monday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Walk-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.This is an in‐person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Connect and get help with housing, medical, mental health, veterans services, social security resources, and more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are on a first-come first served and last for 30 minutes. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Jan 25 2022

    10:00 AM - Tuesday -

    This program will be available Tuesdays via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oV5_yL0wjQ&feature=youtu.be

    Join community librarians for songs, rhymes, stories and fun!

    Experts agree that talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with your young child will prepare them for learning how to read, and will teach them the six skills needed to read. A child who enters kindergarten with a strong vocabulary, a love of books, and a familiarity with playing with words, has a definite advantage. You can help those skills develop with story time!

    For more information about early literacy and how to talk, read, rhyme, play and write with your child, visit: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/kids/literacy

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  • Jan 25 2022

    5:30 PM - Tuesday -

    Watch this award-winning documentary on the disability rights movement. Ages 17+.

    This is an online program. The film will be livestreamed via Zoom. Register by using the "Register Here for Online Access" link above.

    HOW TO WATCH
    You can watch the livestream of the film from 5:30-7:30pm via Zoom or watch independently using your own Netflix account. ASL interpretation and Closed Captioning will be provided.

    ABOUT THE FILM
    Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.

    In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a camp "for the handicapped" in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers who felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California - a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community - where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions. Co-directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country's largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist.

    CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama; Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan; Oscar nominee Howard Gertler and Ray Lifchez, Jonathan Logan and Patty Quillin; LeBrecht, Newnham and Sara Bolder produce.

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  • Jan 25 2022

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Receive confidential business planning with a SCORE mentor.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has "been there, done that." SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30 to 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.

    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 http://centraloregon.score.org.

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  • Jan 26 2022

    All Day - Wednesday -

    Pick up your weekly craft or activity kit for children! Kits will vary by week and are good for preschool aged children. Some will be appropriate for younger ages with heavy parent help. Kits are available for pick-up on Wednesdays while supplies last.

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  • Jan 26 2022

    10:00 AM - Wednesday -

    Make amazing ice orbs with simple supplies.

    Use a balloon, food coloring, tea, or other simply ingredients to make beautiful ice orbs. Hear about states of matter, freezing temperatures and color mixing. This is an online program. A link to view this program will be posted here on the program’s scheduled date and time.

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  • Jan 26 2022

    3:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Join us for a live group discussion of The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas with other readers, and get excited for one of Oregon's Battle of the Books titles for the 2021-2022 school year.*zm*
    This book is available as a downloadable audiobook via OverDrive (free with your Deschutes Public Library card) or in paper format.

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  • Jan 26 2022

    5:00 PM - Wednesday -

    AVAILABILITY TONIGHT: Family Law

    Get an online 30-minute consultation with a local lawyer through Zoom conference.

    Lawyers are able to help with family law (divorce and custody) and general civil-law questions including employment, housing, estate planning and more. We are unable to help with criminal law questions.

    Advance registration is required and appointment times run from 5:30-7:30pm.

    For more information and to register, email lawlibrary@deschuteslibrary.org or call 541-614-6060.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-388-3187.

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    Obtenga una consulta en línea de 30 minutos con un abogado local a través de conferencia por Zoom.

    Los abogados pueden ayudar con preguntas generales de derecho civil; incluyendo derecho de familia, empleo, vivienda, planificación patrimonial y más. No podemos ayudar con preguntas de derecho penal.

    Se requiere registro por adelantado y las citas corren de 5:30-7:30pm.

    Para obtener más información y para registrarse, mande un correo electrónico a lawlibrary@deschuteslibrary.org o llame al 541-388-3187.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-388-3187.

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  • Jan 27 2022

    10:00 AM - Thursday -

    Interactive storytime with songs, rhymes, and movement.
    This video will premiere live on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.; visit www.facebook.com/deschuteslibrary to tune in."

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Fun for everyone with opportunities to sing, join in on movement rhymes.

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  • Jan 27 2022

    1:30 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Practice computer skills! Problem-solve with staff! Find answers to your e-reader questions! Free and open to the public. Use a library computer or bring your own. No registration required.

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  • Jan 27 2022

    6:30 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Relax deeply in this sound therapy session. All are welcome.

    This is an in-person program. Registration is required. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    WHAT TO EXPECT:
    The class begins with a brief explanation of the healing attributes of the gong and other sound therapy instruments. We open the space with a mantra and then use light movement and breathwork to prepare the body for the flow of energy to create a receptive experience for deep relaxation. Participants will then get comfortable by lying down (preferred) or in another comfortable position for 30-45 minutes to receive the multiple sounds, vibrations, and other resonant tones and frequencies. As we build the sound and intensity of the Gongs, we allow the sounds to naturally decay, creating build and release cycles which are deeply therapeutic.

    This is called a bath as every cell in the body is “bathed” in vibration, allowing us to “release,” very much like a physical massage, stored physical and emotional tension. The participant only needs to relax into letting go and the gongs do the rest of the work. While the experience requires very little effort, the results are profound.

    A Gong bath is a very personal and unique experience. Gongs speak to each of us differently, on many different levels of our physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It is a time of deep relaxation and expansion, where transformation and healing can occur.

    All body types, belief systems, and experience levels welcome. Please bring a Yoga mat/ Pillow/ Blanket to maximize your comfort during the class.

    KEVIN KRAFT BIO:
    Kevin is the owner and founder of Soundshala (www.soundshala.com), a unique mindfulness curriculum combining music, breath, movement and meditation to help achieve the mindful benefits of a sound yoga practice. This is evident in the soundscape of voice, gongs, flutes, crystal and Tibetan bowls, drums and other instruments that can help us relax and release deeply into balance.

    Kevin Kraft found his way into the world of yoga by healing a severe back injury in 2004. Yoga did what so many other modalities could not and within a short period of time the injury healed. From the physical practice, Kevin became enamored by the many paths of yoga and personal awareness development. Kevin’s practice is focused on consciously accessing the inner teacher and fully coming into the resonance that all healing is accessible within.

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  • Jan 28 2022

    12:00 PM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Discuss The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

    This is an in-person event. Wearing a face covering is required at all in-person, indoor events.

    Author! Author! New York Times bestselling writer AMY TAN is the author of six novels, as well as several short story collections, children's books and non-fiction titles. Her first book, The Joy Luck Club, earned enthusiastic reviews as well as an eight-month spot on The New York Times bestseller list; it was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Tan's work has been adapted into several different forms of media. The Joy Luck Club was adapted into a play and a film. Her novel The Bonesetter's Daughter was adapted into an opera, and her children's book Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat was adapted into an animated television show. Join Amy Tan online on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Purchase tickets: https://www.dplfoundation.org/author-author

    "In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades." From the Publisher

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  • Jan 28 2022

    1:00 PM - Friday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Walk-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.This is an in‐person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Connect and get help with housing, medical, mental health, veterans services, social security resources, and more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are on a first-come first served and last for 30 minutes. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Jan 28 2022

    4:00 PM - Friday -

    Are you looking for a new biography, mystery or literary fiction book? Join us for a reading recommendation happy hour! We will have piles and piles of new books, book lists and more.

    If you're looking for a great read, we’d love to help. Tell us about a few books or authors you’ve enjoyed and why, and we’ll recommend a new book and place three books on hold for you or send you a personalized list of titles. The more you tell us, the better our suggestions will be. What will your next book be?

    Location: Downtown Bend Library Lobby

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