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601 N.W. Wall Street
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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  • Apr 3 2020

    All Day - Friday -

    Novel Idea "When All is Said" by Anne Griffin Quilt Exhibit through July 8

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  • Apr 3 2020

    10:30 AM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

    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. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Apr 3 2020

    2:00 PM - Friday -

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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  • Apr 4 2020

    9:00 AM - Saturday - Meyer Classroom

    Free Tax Prep Sessions with certified tax volunteers.

    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is 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 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning February 8th. For more information visit http://cashoregon.org for a list of items to bring with you to the session.

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  • Apr 5 2020

    1:00 PM - Sunday - CANCELLED

    Meet the quilters and celebrate their art inspired by "When All Is Said."

    *ani*

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  • Apr 5 2020

    3:00 PM - Sunday - Brooks Room

    Listen to traditional Irish reels and jigs on flute, bouzouki and bodhrán and learn a bit about the music.

    Chris Sepic plays traditionaal Irish music in Central Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest. He performs as Wood & Silver.

    Learn more about Chris and his music at woodandsilvermusic.com *ani*

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  • Apr 6 2020

    9:00 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Apr 6 2020

    10:00 AM - Monday -

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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  • Apr 6 2020

    6:00 PM - Monday - CANCELLED

    Learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide.

    Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

    Whitney Schumacher is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator and Cassidy Brewin is the Suicide Prevention Project Coordinator of Deschutes County Health Services. The Suicide Prevention Program of Deschutes County Health Services works alongside community members and organizations to reduce suicide attempts and deaths through awareness, education and policy recommendations. Whitney and Cassidy serve on the Leadership Group of the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance, which develops, implements, and monitors effective programs that promote wellness and prevention of suicide deaths, attempts, and related behaviors. *ani*

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  • Apr 7 2020

    10:30 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes. 18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • Apr 7 2020

    11:30 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle storytime for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes then stay and play.

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  • Apr 7 2020

    1:30 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

    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. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Apr 7 2020

    2:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom * Registration Required

    Build a webpage.

    Play with the web programming languages HTML, CSS and JavaScript in a low stress, friendly environment. Learn more about your computer and how it works and build your confidence.

    •In Part I, participants will create a simple web page using HTML.
    •In Part II, participants will use CSS to add style to the simple web page created in part I.
    •In Part III, participants will build out a more robust webpage.
    •In Part IV, participants will add interactive features to their web page using JavaScript.

    This workshop is intended for beginners and will follow RailsBridge curriculum. No prior knowledge is required. Registration is required.

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  • Apr 7 2020

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Receive confidential business planning with a SCORE mentor.

    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.

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  • Apr 8 2020

    9:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.
    18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • Apr 8 2020

    10:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle storytime for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes long then stay and play

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  • Apr 8 2020

    12:00 PM - Wednesday -

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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  • Apr 8 2020

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - CANCELLED

    Let’s talk about responding to political polarization.

    We live in interesting times and face increasing divisiveness in our country. The library has created a space to discover where we can agree, where we can compromise, and where we can disagree with civility as we discuss some of the most contentious issues of the day. Join us as we deepen our understanding of issues through discussion with each other.

    Dean Harris is an adjunct instructor of history at Central Oregon Community College. He teaches courses in US history, world history, and European history, and is editor of a collection of essays entitled Multiculturalism from the Margins (1995). Since moving to Oregon in 2007, he has volunteered for the Deschutes County Circuit Court, KPOV-88.9, and Bend Park and Recreation. He enjoys biking and cross-country skiing in his leisure time, and though he still prefers SoCal beaches, is overjoyed to be an Oregonian.

    Tom teaches a variety of sociology courses at Central Oregon Community College. Two areas of particular interest are the examination of and responses to systems producing privilege and inequity and understanding the organization and impact of the culture industries. Regardless of topic, past or present, Tom encourages analysis and empathy to foster understanding.

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  • Apr 8 2020

    3:30 PM - Wednesday - Meyer Classroom

    4/8: Anime Fun. Get your kotaku on!

    Hang out and watch a Hayao Miyazaki movie, work on your manga drawing skills, or relax with a coloring sheet.

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  • Apr 8 2020

    5:15 PM - Wednesday - Second Floor * Registration Required

    Free 30 minute consultations with local lawyers.

    Advance registration for appointments opens at 9 a.m., 13 days prior to the date. Advance registration does not guarantee the time of appointment, which run every half hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    All registrants must arrive by 5:15 p.m. to secure their spot and receive their appointment time, which can be any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m. If you are not here by 5:15 p.m., your appointment will be forfeited.

    If any walk-in spots are available they will be awarded by lottery at 5:15 p.m.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-617-7057.

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    Consultas gratis de 30 minutos con abogados locales. Interpretación en español estará disponible con aviso por adelantado. Indique si necesita un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-617-7057.

    Registración por adelantado para citas se abre a las 9 a.m., 13 días antes de la fecha. La registración por adelantado no garantiza el horario de la cita. Las citas se realizan cada media hora de 5:30 a 7:30 p.m.

    Todos los solicitantes deben llegar a las 5:15 p.m. para asegurar su lugar y recibir su horario de cita, que puede ser entre las 5:30 y las 7 p.m. Si no está aquí a las 5:15 p.m., perderá su cita.

    Si hay cupos disponibles para personas sin cita, se entregarán por sorteo a las 5:15 p.m.

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  • Apr 8 2020

    6:00 PM - Wednesday - CANCELLED

    *CANCELLED*

    A monthly spoken word open mic night every second Wednesday.

    Join us at The Commons, formerly known as Crows Feet Commons Cafe, for a monthly spoken word open mic night every second Wednesday of the month. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.

    Jason Graham of MOWO has graciously agreed to help facilitate and host this event, though guest presenters may step in from time to time. Poetry, storytelling, jokes, and everything in between are all welcome. Please be mindful of the audience, as this is an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    5pm sign ups begin. Each reader is allowed five minutes at the mic. If a readers needs more than five minutes to read or perform a piece, readers may sign up for multiple slots back to back.

    5pm - 6pm "Word Shop Time" meet with others, work your pieces, compare notes. Occasional guest speakers will take over the mic at the end of the night.

    Check out the Facebook page for details. Register in advance if you'd like to secure your spot, or just show up and step up.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/428898124593551/
    https://www.thecommonsbend.com/events

    The Commons Cafe and Taproom
    875 NW Brooks St
    Bend, OR 97703

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  • Apr 8 2020

    6:00 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Learn how to sort real from false information online.

    The Internet has become the wild west of information where anyone can say anything online and they do! How can you ensure you're finding and sharing real and reliable information? We will discuss why fake news has become so prevalent online and share tips from research experts on how to separate the good, the bad and the ugly of online information using real examples.

    Jenny Pedersen has worked for Deschutes Public Library in a variety of roles since 2008. She is currently a Community Librarian with a focus on adult services at Downtown Bend Library. Prior to working in libraries, she worked at newspapers and television news stations in Canada, England and the US. She can’t believe she waited so long to make the transition to from newsrooms to libraries, where she is able to help people one-on-one with their information needs and challenges as well as talk endlessly about books.

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  • Apr 9 2020

    9:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.
    18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • Apr 9 2020

    10:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Tiempo de cuentos interactivo con canciones, rimas y manualidades. Edades 0-5.Traiga a todos su pequeñitos a este tiempo de cuentos que ofrece libros para bebés, niños pequeños y preescolares. Todos aprenderán lo divertido que es el tiempo de cuentos con oportunidades para cantar, participar en rimas de movimiento y ser creativos con manualidades. Duración: 25 minutos.
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  • Apr 9 2020

    12:00 PM - Thursday -

    Read and discuss "When All Is Said" with friends and neighbors.

    About the book:
    At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual—though tonight is anything but usual. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories—of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice—the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare. Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

    About the Author:
    Anne Griffin was born in Dublin now lives in the heart of Ireland’s midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, she is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and others. A graduate of University College Dublin’s MA in Creative Writing Program, Griffin is a recipient of an Arts Grant from Westmeath County Council. When All Is Said is her first novel. It was a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut, has been a bestselling novel in Ireland, and recently won the Irish Book Award for Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year.

    *ani* *zm*

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  • Apr 9 2020

    1:00 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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  • Apr 9 2020

    5:00 PM - Thursday - CANCELLED

    Meet the artists and celebrate their work inspired by "When All is Said." *ani*

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