“Know Place” this January with Deschutes Public Library

Posted By:  Dana OConnell
Date Posted:  12/18/2020

You are here. Place can be a physical space, but it can also hold cultural significance tied to the past. Gain insight on important places in Oregon’s African American history and our local landscape’s geological past. Get answers on buying your first home and use feng shui principles to create your perfect space. All programs are presented online; follow the links to access. Programs marked with an asterisk (*) require registration.

Oregon Battle of the Books: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Wednesday, January 6 • 3:00 p.m. | 13 | 20

As they look forward to the New York City Marathon in which their friend Mr. B. will run, the Vanderbeeker children learn that one of their good friends is homeless. This three-part program includes a live reading of the book, a DIY craft, and chance to discuss the book with others. Suited for grades 2-5. This is a live Zoom event.

Preserving Central Oregon’s Dark Skies*Wednesday, January 6 • 6:00 p.m.

Learn the importance of dark skies and how to decrease light pollution, and discover Oregon’s first certified Dark Sky Place with the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver. *Registration is required for this live Zoom event.

First-Time Homebuyers Webinar Wednesday, January 6 • 6:30 p.m.

Start planning for your dream home as a first-time buyer. Hear from a licensed real estate agent covering the ins-and-outs of home buying, commonly asked questions, home loan options, and more. This is a live Zoom event.

Feng Shui: Placement and Balance*Saturday, January 9 • 4:00 p.m.

Join Vibrant Spaces designers to create your perfect place incorporating feng shui principles for uplifting energy in your home to make it feel more inviting, peaceful and happy. *Registration is required for this live Zoom event.

Geology of Central Oregon: The Crooked River Caldera* Tuesday, January 12 • 6:00 p.m.

Explore the rich geologic history of our landscape with retired Forest Geologist Carrie Gordon. Rocks tell stories of time passing and climate change, and it is our job to listen. *Registration is required for this live Zoom event.

Botany Meets Biology: The Plight of the Sage-grouse* Thursday, January 14 • 6:00 p.m.

Discover the unusual biology of the sage-grouse and explore historical events that have led to the deteriorated conditions of plant communities on the High Desert. Join Dr. Stu Garrett as he discusses the decreasing grouse population and threats to its changing vegetation. *Registration is required for this live Zoom event.

Writing about Home with Elizabeth WetmoreTuesday, January 19 • 6:30 p.m.

Native Texan and author of Valentine, the bestselling debut set in the oil fields of Texas in the 1970s, discusses the influence of place in her work. This is a live Zoom event.

PLACED: An Encyclopedia of Central OregonSaturday, January 23 • 2:00 p.m.

Editors Irene Cooper and Ellen Santasiero discuss PLACED, a composition of writings based on place and phenomena unique to Central Oregon. *Registration is required for this live Zoom event. This is a live Zoom event.

Oregon’s African American HistoryMonday, January 25 • 5:00 p.m.

Delve into the history of African Americans in Oregon with a special emphasis on historic places. Kim Moreland is the vice president of Oregon Black Pioneers, and has over 25 years’ experience in community development and urban planning.

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



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