"Know Machines" in May at Deschutes Public Library

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  4/29/2019

Know MachinesHumans built machines, and machines helped us build the world. Get a glimpse into the past and future of some of our most fascinating machinery this May when Deschutes Public Library explores everything from Leonardo da Vinci to the Industrial Revolution, and artificial intelligence to perhaps the most intricate machine of all: the human body.  All programs are free and open to the public; limited seating and registration required for programs marked with an asterisk(*).


Bicycle Know-How

Experts from Hutch’s Bicycles will demonstrate easy repairs every biker—from beginner to enthusiast—should know. Demonstration will include the basics: tire pressure, chain lubing and cleaning of the bike.

  • Saturday, May 4 - 1:00 p.m. - Downtown Bend Library | 601 NW Wall Street, Bend


Intro to Denim Mending*

We will explore a variety of ways to mend denim both by hand and by machine in this class. Local seamstress Allison Murphy, owner and designer of utilitu sewing + design, will lead students through brief hands-on exploration of ways to patch denim. Space is limited and registration is required.


A Fresh Look at Leonardo

How it is we know Leonardo da Vinci? Discover the real evidence and the actual man who emerges as we take a new look at one of history’s most enigmatic and brilliant people. Bend author Michael Lankford explores Leonardo da Vinci in this presentation based on his new book Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci.

  • Thursday, May 9 - 6:00 p.m. - East Bend Library | 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend
  • Friday, May 10 - noon - Sunriver Library | 56855 Venture Lane, Sunriver


What Computers Know (and Don’t Know)

Smart machines have been a part of science, and science fiction, for decades. As modern headlines announce the resurgence of artificial intelligence (AI) and the promise of “smart assistants,” how might we separate fact from fiction? We’ll explore the history of AI and how machine learning works with Yong Bakos, who leads the computer science program at OSU-Cascades.

  • Saturday, May 11 - 3:00 p.m. - Redmond Library | 827 SW Deschutes Avenue, Redmond
  • Monday, May 20 - 6:00 p.m. - Downtown Bend Library | 601 NW Wall Street, Bend


Feeding the Human Machine

The human body is a complicated machine. Providing the best possible fuel is required to keep it running smoothly. During this Nutrition 101 class, Nicole Lamb (M.S. Nutrition) gives you all the right tools for total body health—balanced energy, mood, sleep, metabolism, brain function and more!

  • Thursday, May 16 - 6:00 p.m. - East Bend Library | 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend


Typewriter History & Empowering Clerks

First commercially produced in 1874, typewriters were commonplace starting in the mid-1880s. In their heyday they were indispensable tools in homes, offices and classrooms for almost all written communication. This presentation highlights the history of typewriters while showcasing typewriters of local historic significance, with several on display.

  • Sunday, May 19 - 2:00 p.m. - Downtown Bend Library | 601 NW Wall Street, Bend


Machines as the Measure of Men?

Industry and machines were used as a justification for colonization, racial sciences and a general sense of superiority in Europe's 20th century. Dr. Jessica Hammerman explores the centrality of industrialization as a Western phenomenon. 

  • Tuesday, May 21 - 6:00 p.m. - Downtown Bend Library | 601 NW Wall Street, Bend
  • Wednesday, May 22 - noon - Sisters Library | 110 North Cedar Street, Sisters


For more information about these programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz Goodrich at or 541-312-1032.                                          


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