Centennial Celebration: One Hundred Ways to Use Your Library

Posted By:  Dana OConnell
Date Posted:  12/29/2020

Discover new ways to use the library as we continue Deschutes Public Library’s centennial celebration by sharing 100+ ideas to get the most out of your library card. Follow along each week as we spotlight unconventional ideas and creative ways you may not have thought of to use your library. Watch the list grow each week as we highlight resources, services, events, contests, programs and more available for kids, teens and adults in Deschutes County.

           Week 1: October 7, 2020

  1. Start reading with friends by reserving a Book Club Kit with over 270 titles available
  2. Watch A Novel Idea author presentations online dating back to 2005
  3. Pick up a voter registration form (you have until October 13 to register in Oregon)
  4. Go on amazing adventures in science, nature, cultures and space with National Geographics Kids
  5. Teen writers: submit your work by October 9 for a chance to get published in the Undefined Teen Magazine
  6. Discover new music releases through Hoopla
  7. Decorate a pumpkin for our fourth annual contest for a chance to win great prizes

    Week 2: October 14, 2020
  8. Browse international cookbooks and try something exotic for dinner
  9. Register for a free 30-minute consultation with local lawyers (Spanish interpretation available)
  10. Suggest a purchase to help expand your Library’s collection
  11. Pick up an “I <3 My Library” sticker at any branch and stick it to a notebook
  12. Borrow a new graphic novel from your library to spark a conversation
  13. Take a fall foliage StoryWalk® with the family at any of our six library locations
  14. Check out a Curriculum Crate for at-home activities and student group learning pods
  15. Download the Libby app for simultaneous audiobooks and e-books

    Week 3: October 21, 2020
  16. Cast your vote to help decide the winner of the fourth annual pumpkin decorating contest
  17. Read the latest comic books through Hoopla (fun for any age)
  18. Help your child apply for their very own library card online
  19. Jump-start your job search online with a wealth of resources available from your library
  20. Feeling nostalgic? Browse physical CDs from your library (we have books on CD too)
  21. Research your genealogy with Ancestry library edition and other amazing resources
  22. Hear from award-winning illustrator Zeke Peña during a live Zoom event (Oct 22 at 1:00pm)
  23. Watch scary (or not so scary) movies with Kanopy streaming services

    Week 4: October 27, 2020

  24. Turn off the lights and listen to scary stories
  25. Learn to publish and sell an e-book using Gale Courses
  26. Need to send a fax? We can help with that
  27. Drop off your ballot near one of our three library locations (Redmond, Sunriver, and La Pine)
  28. Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter for online events, programs, and news
  29. Host a family game night by checking out a board game
  30. Use the Book-a-Librarian service to get help with research and technical questions

    Week 5: November 4, 2020
  31. Make a date with our events guide for great programs and online offerings
  32. Want more story time? Check out our YouTube playlist or TumbleBooks
  33. Go green by taking your reusable library tote to the grocery store (pick one up at any library location)
  34. Register for a free 30-minute consultation with local lawyers
  35. Become a library superstar and tag a photo of us on Facebook or Instagram
  36. Pick up dot journaling and get organized using for free courses
  37. Author! Author! is taking on a new online format. Grab your tickets today
  38. Pick up a weekly Grab-n-Go activity kit for children

    Week 6: November 11, 2020

  39. Figure out which new appliance will be best for you with our Consumer Tools
  40. Download the DPL mobile app for books (and your library card) on the go. Find it in the app store
  41. Snag a library bookmark from any library branch to save your page
  42. Parlez-vous Français? Start a conversation group with friends by working through Mango Languages
  43. Have a movie marathon weekend by checking out physical DVDs
  44.  We have some of the fastest WiFi in Deschutes County. Come in and test out the connection
  45. Do you love young adult novels? We have new e-books for teens through Overdrive/Libby

    Week 7: November 18, 2020
  46. My Reads: tell us what you enjoy reading and we’ll send you a list of suggested books
  47. Brush up on your U.S. Citizenship knowledge with this take-home toolkit
  48. All about dinosaurs! Find books for kids and adults
  49. Improve your writing skills by attending a Write Here workshop
  50. Set up text notification for your library holds and due dates
  51. See the library’s vision process and conceptual design for a new Central Library
  52. Use our copier for free at all library branches
  53. Suggest a topic or presenter for an upcoming library program

    Week 8: November 25, 2020
  54. Check out The New Yorker (or Rolling Stone, or Good Housekeeping, or National Geographic) via RBDigital
  55. Ready, set, bake! Make something yummy for the holidays with our staff-created list
  56. Learn (or relearn) the hustle with our online programs and video tutorials
  57. Meet new friends and read new books when you join a virtual Library Book Club
  58. Printer on the fritz? Try mobile printing for free at any location
  59. Go on the Festival of Trees tour (virtual or in-person) featuring our Redmond Library location
  60. Watch thousands of award-winning arts & crafts classes with your free Creativebug account
  61. Put together your own list of favorite books or movies to share in our online catalog

    Week 9: December 2, 2020
  62. Multitask by listening to a Libby audiobook while doing a workout from a Hoopla fitness book
  63. Download the DPL mobile app for books (and your library card) on the go
  64. Help out that friend stuck at home due to illness or injury, and tell them about Homeword Bound
  65. Discover a new hobby by checking out special interest books at your library
  66. Got opinions? Share your ratings and reviews through our dynamic online catalog
  67. Make a recipe (or two) inspired by our ANI Unveiled event and join us for the big reveal on Dec 5
  68. Get help filing your taxes and find tax information for Central Oregon using our website

    Week 10: December 9, 2020
  69. Record your own read aloud story times and songs from home
  70. Revamp your resume using career and employment resources found online
  71. Our Tech Services stays busy ordering new books. See what’s headed to your library
  72. *Let it snow* indoors; Make indoor snow with a family STEAM activity kit
  73. Search Historic Oregon Newspapers dating back to 1846
  74. Adulting is hard. Let’s Adult together by checking out this book list
  75. Reserve a copy of Front Desk or The Other Americans and “Read Together”
  76. Discover new books, games, activities, and drawings for kids by attending Graphic Novel Book Buzz

    Week 11: December 16, 2020
  77. Author! Author! kicks off in just one month; Buy your series tickets today
  78. Top Literary Fiction of 2020? You betcha! See the list here
  79. Write On! Swag Bags for Teen Writers are here. Pick one up this week only
  80. Satisfy your inner child with coloring books through RBDigital
  81. It's never too early to think spring. Brush up on gardening and horticulture with Gale Courses
  82. Show a little act of kindness at the library with a smile, saying "thank you", or a note of gratitude
  83. Get access to The Oregon Encyclopedia and travel back in time

    Week 12: December 23, 2020
  84. Experience the newest way to pick up library materials: Curbside service is here
  85. Introduce Scholastic Teachables to your kids to enhance reading, math, social studies, and writing
  86. Pick up a library tote to bedazzle, decorate, draw on, or use it to wrap a gift!
  87. Speaking of gifts, check out our annual Staff Recommended Book List
  88. Consult DIY resources like Chilton Auto Repair Manuals to fix your own car
  89. Stream Christmas music using Hoopla; it’s free with your library card
  90. ¿Usted habla español? Busca recursos en nuestra página de Servicios Latinos
  91. Central Oregon 15 Minute Histories make great lesson plans for students and adults

    Week 13: December 30, 2020
  92. Put a hold on award-winning books, movies, and TV
  93. Shop Amazon Smile and designate Deschutes Public Library Foundation Inc. as your charity of choice
  94. Ring in 2021 by learning about Mexican New Year’s Traditions and Rituals with an online program
  95. Try Kanopy Kids for streaming enriching films and TV series
  96. Take home a brand new Story Time kit for the little ones at home
  97. Fax or scan for free at any library location
  98. Our librarians are here for your questions; try the Ask a Librarian service online
  99. Find nonprofit resources and workshops available through our website
  100. Want the Centennial celebration in review? Take a look back at the past 100 years

About Deschutes Public Library’s Century of Service

In 1916, voters established Deschutes County in a break from Crook County and Prineville to better control their own destinies. Among the accomplishments of the young county was the foundation of the Deschutes County Library system in January 1920, with 3,488 books in circulation and 1,252 cardholders by the end of that first year. The Central Oregon community grew by leaps and bounds in the 100 years since, and so have we. Now, with hundreds of thousands of items in circulation and nearly 90,000 library card holders, we reach people where they are, whether it’s in one of our six locations, online or through community outreach.

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