Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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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.

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  • Apr 17 2021

    12:00 PM - Saturday -

    Design a Front Desk inspired key shaped bookmark. Supplies limited.

    Drop in and pick up a design a key shaped bookmark kits from any library location during business hours starting Saturday, April 17th, while supplies last.

    In Front Desk by Kelly Yang, keys play a significant role. Physically, Mia Tang has to manage the room keys, giving them out to guests, getting them back when they leave, and replacing them when they break or are lost. Keys give Mia a lot of troubles when learning how to use the key cutting machine. In the end, Mia bests the machine! Keys are also more than just a physical thing for Mia. She learns friendship, family, and justice are also keys to a happy life.

    Decorate your bookmark with what is key in your life, your favorite quotes, your favorite things or whatever inspires you. ***
    Front Desk, the award winning debut middle-grade novel by Kelly Yang tells the story of Mia Tang, who helps her parents manage a motel in Southern California as they pursue their American dream. As they navigate a system hostile to immigrants, they form a community based on trust and love.

    Kelly Yang was born in China and immigrated to America with her parents when she was six years old. She went to college at the age of 13 and law school at the age of 17. After law school, she gave up law to pursue her passion of writing and teaching children writing. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for kids in Asia.


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  • Apr 17 2021

    1:00 PM - Saturday - * Registration Required

    Registration has closed for this event. View the program here

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    Learn about the care and feeding of air plants as you create your own mini Joshua Tree-inspired ecosystem. *Registration is required for library-provided supplies for this program; supplies are limited.

    Terrariums filled with small plants and lovely rocks are all the rage. Learn about the care and feeding of air plants as you create your own mini Joshua-Tree-inspired ecosystem, mimicking the setting of The Other Americans. Registration is required to receive a program kit, which will be available for scheduled pick-up at your preferred library prior to the event. Limit one kit per customer. All kit materials are quarantined.

    Community Librarian Roxanne M. Renteria has worked for Deschutes Public Library since 2014, and serves the La Pine Library area. As the child of two librarians, she grew up in her local public library - sneakily taking candy from the reference desk drawer, and ensuring VHS tapes were rewound for the next customer. Roxanne began volunteering in her teens, and has worked a variety of jobs in academic and public libraries across a handful of states. She wears many hats as a rural librarian, but her favorite duties are story time, outreach and program planning. She spends her free time tackling new DIY projects.*ani* *oo*

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  • Apr 17 2021

    3:00 PM - Saturday -

    This is a live workshop. Register here for the Zoom link:
    Recording of program available online after April 19th.

    Gather ingredients and cook delicious meals inspired by the book.

    Food offers a welcome sense of the home country to many characters in The Other Americans. This cooking class is a merging of flavors, much as the book is a merging of different cultures. We will be preparing Moroccan stuffed peppers with a sweet and savory filling of spiced ground beef, brown rice, currants, and mint. This is a common dish in Morocco usually made with lamb. We’ll also prepare a torta de carnitas - a favorite of Efrain’s. We will make our own version of this Mexican pulled pork sandwich with fresh guacamole, black beans, and fresh salsa.

    Here are the recipes and optional ingredient lists if you'd like to cook along with the Chef:

    - Moroccan Stuffed Peppers:

    - Torta De Carnitas:

    - Braised Pork Carnitas:

    Rose Archer has been a chef for over 25 years. Her career has taken her into some of the best kitchens in the world including Spago's in Beverly Hills and Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Her passion for healthy living inspired her to launch an online cooking program called True You Food where students learn to cook whole real foods through a 10 module video series. For more information visit

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  • Apr 19 2021

    1:00 PM - Monday -

    This is a live presentation. Register here for the Zoom link:

    Discuss the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and resources for evidence-based trauma treatment.

    Recording of program available online after April 21st.

    One of the prominent voices in the novel is Jeremy: a Marine veteran who served in Iraq. Both he and his unit buddy, Fierro, have PTSD that manifests in different ways in their lives. Frachescha Scott, PhD will discuss whether the portrayal of PTSD in The Other Americans is a realistic representation of patients with PTSD and talk about resources for being able to identify different types of evidence-based trauma treatment.

    Franchesca Scott, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at STRONG STAR. There she provides evidenced-based PTSD treatment to active duty soldiers, veterans, and military family. She supports veteran health research and provides consultation services to behavioral health providers for prolonged exposure therapy. Prior to this role, Scott worked as a clinical psychology resident at the Intrepid Spirit Trauma Brain Injury (TBI) clinic located at Fort Hood, Texas. There she provided specialized care such as neuropsychological and cognitive assessments, which has enabled 90% of patients to continue on active duty with many of their symptoms reduced or controlled. In addition, she had leading roles to promote military cultural competence in the community, to coordinate outreach efforts and reduce stigma associated with seeking mental healthcare. Dr. Scott earned her PhD in clinical psychology and industrial-organizational psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. She served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Medical Service Corps.

    The South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience, or STRONG STAR, is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research consortium funded by the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop and evaluate the most effective early interventions possible for the detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions in active-duty military personnel and recently discharged veterans. Under the leadership of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and based in South-Central Texas, STRONG STAR brings together the expertise of a world-class team of military, civilian and VA institutions and investigators and one of the largest populations of active-duty and recently discharged Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation New Dawn combat veterans in the nation. With the critical mass of talent required to make major scientific advances in military PTSD research, STRONG STAR investigators hope to improve countless lives by preventing the development of chronic PTSD and related problems in a new generation of veterans.

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  • Apr 19 2021

    6:00 PM - Monday -

    Join Deon for an online book discussion of The Other Americans.

    Visit for more info.

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  • Apr 20 2021

    10:00 AM - Tuesday -

    This program will be available Tuesdays via YouTube at

    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:


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  • Apr 21 2021

    12:00 PM - 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.

    Supplies are limited and will be first come, first served.

    All supplies are to be taken home, no crafting will be done in the library.

    Supplies are limited and will be first come, first served.

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  • Apr 21 2021

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

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

    Lawyers are able to help with general civil-law questions including family law, 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 or call 541-617-7089.

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


    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 o llame al 541-617-7057.

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


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  • Apr 22 2021

    10:00 AM - Thursday -

    Interactive storytime with songs, rhymes, and movement.
    This video will premiere live on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.; visit 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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  • Apr 22 2021

    5:30 PM - Thursday -

    Click here to view recording or click on View Program link above.

    Forums are in partnership with the City Club of Central Oregon and Deschutes County League of Women Voters.


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  • Apr 22 2021

    7:00 PM - Thursday -

    This is a live webinar. Register here to receive the Zoom link:

    Recording of program available online after April 24.

    Join us on a journey into the experiences of a synesthete and learn what it is like to hear in color.

    Synesthesia is a very rare neurological condition in which one or more sensory pathways become intertwined. When one is sense activated, another unrelated sense is activated at the same time.

    For Chris Thomas (a composer), the experience of hearing sound activates an involuntary swirl of colors and textures. The vivid sensation of hearing music in color is a blessing and a curse. While synesthesia offers a unique artistic perspective, the involuntary nature of the condition can be a constant distraction.

    This discussion will cover the experience of living with synesthesia, its impact on daily life, and how it can become part of the creative process. Chris will even bring a series of colors and perform the sounds related to them. Participants will observe a work of art, then listen to how it “sounds.”

    Chris Thomas is a composer for film, television, theme parks, and a TEDx speaker. His scores have been nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award, Film & TV Music Award, and he won the Gold Medal Prize at the Park City Film Music Festival, and Best Film & TV Music award at eWorld Music Awards. Chris has written music for several Emmy-nominated films, and for Woman Rebel, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. In television, he works as a composer, orchestrator, and conductor for networks such as ABC, FOX, CBS, and HBO.

    Chris’s work can be heard in theme parks all over the world. He has written music for the Evermore Adventure Park, Knott's Berry Farm, Queen Mary Chill, Dreamland Theme Park (UK), Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, and many more.

    Chris’s works for the concert hall have been performed from Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, to the Hollywood Bowl. He recently premiered a series of concert works in France, Belgium, and Germany. His Symphony #1 (the Malheur Symphony) was the subject of a TED Talk in 2019. His works are published with The FJH Music Company, Walton Choral, Wingert-Jones Publications, and Carl Fischer Music.

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