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  • May 26

    7:30 AM - Sunday - La Pine State Park * Registration Required

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    Explore local birds with naturalist Damian Fagan.

    Registration is required. Registered participants will receive meet-up instructions.

    Learn to identify birds by sight, sound, and habitat preferences with Damian Fagan, a former National Park Service ranger and field biologist. Be prepared to walk up to two miles on uneven terrain.

    Damian Fagan is a former National Park Service ranger and field biologist. He has led birding trips for COCC's Continuing Education program and is known to break out in spontaneous owl hooting!

    *lw*

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  • May 28

    6:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

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    Learn about sharks and current research with Dr. Alexandra McInturf.

    Sharks play a critical role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems in Oregon and around the world. Yet, considered “dangerous” by popular media and threatened by human activity worldwide, these organisms have faced global population declines. Dr. Alexandra McInturf has been studying shark species worldwide for the last decade, including those among the most vulnerable. As an animal behaviorist, she researches some of the most understudied components of these organisms, including their social behavior. In this presentation, she will introduce some of the key characteristics of sharks (what makes a shark, a shark), talk about shark diversity, and finally discuss some of the projects she and other researchers are undertaking on different species (including white sharks) in the Big Fish Lab at Oregon State University.

    Dr. Alexandra McInturf is a research associate in the Big Fish Lab at Oregon State University. She focuses on studying the movement and behavior of large fishes, primarily sharks. She is currently working on projects related to Pacific spiny dogfish, salmon sharks, white sharks, and basking sharks. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she also believes strongly in offering access to knowledge about these misunderstood organisms, and as such is an avid science communicator in addition to her research. To this end, she is co-coordinator of the Irish Basking Shark Group, an organization dedicated to the study of, education about, and research on basking sharks in Ireland. *lw*

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  • May 29

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Community Room

    More Novel Idea info here.

    Learn about sharks and current research with Dr. Alexandra McInturf.

    Sharks play a critical role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems in Oregon and around the world. Yet, considered “dangerous” by popular media and threatened by human activity worldwide, these organisms have faced global population declines. Dr. Alexandra McInturf has been studying shark species worldwide for the last decade, including those among the most vulnerable. As an animal behaviorist, she researches some of the most understudied components of these organisms, including their social behavior. In this presentation, she will introduce some of the key characteristics of sharks (what makes a shark, a shark), talk about shark diversity, and finally discuss some of the projects she and other researchers are undertaking on different species (including white sharks) in the Big Fish Lab at Oregon State University.

    Dr. Alexandra McInturf is a research associate in the Big Fish Lab at Oregon State University. She focuses on studying the movement and behavior of large fishes, primarily sharks. She is currently working on projects related to Pacific spiny dogfish, salmon sharks, white sharks, and basking sharks. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she also believes strongly in offering access to knowledge about these misunderstood organisms, and as such is an avid science communicator in addition to her research. To this end, she is co-coordinator of the Irish Basking Shark Group, an organization dedicated to the study of, education about, and research on basking sharks in Ireland. *lw*

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  • May 29

    7:30 PM - Wednesday - Silver Moon Brewing

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    Experience the art of improv and an evening of laughs!

    Recommended for ages 16 and up. Some sketches may contain adult subject matter or language.

    Join The Roundabouts, Bend’s funniest improv troupe, for a night of unscripted hilarity. Witness the magic of improv as these quick-thinking improv players transform audience suggestions into spontaneous scenes and awe-inspiring characters. Every moment with The Roundabouts is an adventure waiting to unfold! Proceeds from each show are donated to a Central Oregon non-profit. It's comedy improv for a cause!

    Food and drinks available for purchase on site!

    Webfoot Garage at Silver Moon:
    24 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend, OR 97703

    *br*

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  • May 30

    4:00 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

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    Create a collage with different mediums that explains what you know about yourself.

    This workshop is inspired by the poem "What I Know About Penny Rooney" from the 2024 youth Novel Idea selection No Matter the Distance. Familiarity with the book is not required!

    If you have or work with a child or adult that is neurodivergent and attending in-person programming is difficult or causes discomfort, please reach out to Erin at erinh@deschuteslibrary.org to request a take-home kit with instructions and materials. We will have a limited number of kits for neurodivergent children as well as autistic or neurodivergent adults that are interested in this program.

    No Matter the Distance tells the story of Penny Rooney, who has cystic fibrosis, which means she has to do breathing treatments to help her lungs work. Some days, it seems like her CF is the only thing Penny knows about herself for sure. From her point of view, everyone around her can make sense of their place in the world. Then during spring break Penny spots something impossible in the creek behind her house: a dolphin, far from its home. As Penny’s CF worsens, she realizes that Rose needs to return to her pod to get better. Will Penny be able to help guide Rose back to the ocean, even if it means losing her friend?

    Cindy Baldwin is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Where the Watermelons Grow, Beginners Welcome, The Stars of Whistling Ridge, and No Matter the Distance (a Junior Library Guild selection). She lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.
    *yani*

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  • May 31

    4:00 PM - Friday - Community Room

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    Learn basic sewing skills and create a felt shark or dolphin.


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  • May 31

    4:00 PM - Friday - Meeting Room

    More Novel Idea info here.

    Create a collage with different mediums that explain what you know about yourself. This will go with the poem from the YANI selection No Matter the Distance. Familiarity with the book is not required!

    If you have or work with a child or adult that is neurodivergent and attending in-person programming is difficult or causes discomfort, please reach out to Erin at erinh@deschuteslibrary.org to request a take-home kit with instructions and materials. We will have a limited number of kits for neurodivergent children as well as autistic or neurodivergent adults that are interested in this program.

    No Matter the Distance tells the story of Penny Rooney, who has cystic fibrosis, which means she has to do breathing treatments to help her lungs work. Some days, it seems like her CF is the only thing Penny knows about herself for sure. From her point of view, everyone around her can make sense of their place in the world. Then during spring break Penny spots something impossible in the creek behind her house: a dolphin, far from its home. As Penny’s CF worsens, she realizes that Rose needs to return to her pod to get better. Will Penny be able to help guide Rose back to the ocean, even if it means losing her friend?

    Cindy Baldwin is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Where the Watermelons Grow, Beginners Welcome, The Stars of Whistling Ridge, and No Matter the Distance (a Junior Library Guild selection). She lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. *yani*

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  • Jun 1

    10:00 AM - Saturday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Tickets Here

    Novel Idea author Emily Habeck leads this workshop designed to spark imagination.

    Tickets are required and will be available beginning May 6. Click Tickets Here link beginning May 6 to purchase tickets.

    Every great story begins with an idea that captivates the writer. In this workshop, participants will engage in a playful exploration of their imaginations, delving into their experiences, emotions, and intuition to discover fresh ideas. All levels of experience are welcome.

    Participants should bring a journal and writing utensil (or a laptop if that's your preferred writing tool). Additionally, bring something that inspires you creatively. This could be a passage from a book, a song, a screenshot of a famous painting, a photograph your friend took, a film still from an old movie, a small object from nature, a funny voicemail, or anything else from your life.

    Emily Habeck has a BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, as well as master’s degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Her debut novel Shark Heart was a Book of the Month selection, a New York Times book review editor’s choice, and the #1 Indie Next pick for August 2023. She is from Ardmore, Oklahoma and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • Jun 1

    6:00 PM - Saturday - Caldera High School

    Tickets Here

    Join us for the final Novel Idea 2024 event.

    Free tickets are available on-line at www.dplfoundation.org starting May 13. Two tickets per person limit.

    About the Author:Emily Habeck has a BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, as well as master’s degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Her debut novel Shark Heart: A love Story was a Book of the Month selection, a New York Times book review editor’s choice, and the #1 Indie Next pick for August 2023. She is from Ardmore, Oklahoma and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    About the Book:A gorgeous debut novel of marriage, motherhood, metamorphosis, and letting go, this intergenerational love story begins with newlyweds Wren and her husband, Lewis - a man who, over the course of nine months, transforms into a great white shark.

    For Lewis and Wren, their first year of marriage is also their last. A few weeks after their wedding, Lewis receives a rare diagnosis. He will retain most of his consciousness, memories, and intellect, but his physical body will gradually turn into a great white shark. As Lewis develops the features and impulses of one of the most predatory creatures in the ocean, his complicated artist’s heart struggles to make peace with his unfulfilled dreams.

    At first, Wren internally resists her husband’s fate. Is there a way for them to be together after Lewis changes? Then, a glimpse of Lewis’ developing carnivorous nature activates long-repressed memories for Wren, whose story vacillates between her childhood living on a houseboat in Oklahoma, her time with a college ex-girlfriend, and her unusual friendship with a woman pregnant with twin birds. Woven throughout this bold novel is the story of Wren’s mother, Angela, who becomes pregnant with Wren at fifteen in an abusive relationship amidst her parents’ crumbling marriage. In the present, all of Wren’s grief eventually collides, and she is forced to make an impossible choice.

    A sweeping love story that is at once lyrical and funny, airy and visceral, Shark Heart is an unforgettable novel about life’s perennial questions, the fragility of memories, finding joy amidst grief, and creating a meaningful life. This daring debut marks the arrival of a wildly talented new writer abounding with originality, humor, and heart.

    60925 SE 15th St, Bend, OR 97702


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