Apr 182013

Driftwood Public Library

Driftwood Public Library will be hosting the 8th year of its “Coastal Encounters” series of lectures on Tuesday evenings in May. Each year the library invites a group of speakers and experts to present programs on their areas of interest. These presentations share a focus on coastal living, and presenters talk on a range of subjects from local history to activities both residents and visitors can enjoy on the coast.

The first presenter in the series will be Dave Metz of Cottage Grove. Dave is the author of the book Crossing the Gates of Alaska: One Man, Two Dogs, 600 Miles Off the Map, described as “In the spirit of Jon Krakauer’s ‘Into the Wild’, [this] monumental and death-defying trek across the perilous Alaskan Arctic is an awe-inspiring account of sheer survival”. Dave will be talking about wilderness hiking, with a focus on coastal wilderness areas, survival skills including identifying edible plants (and some animals) and basic (very simple) gear. Dave will speak on Tuesday evening, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. and will lead a hike the following day.


Bill Lackner, who joins us every year, and who was the original inspiration for the series, will visit the library on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m. to do a presentation on Clamming on the Oregon coast. The clamming presentation will be followed by a trip with Bill to Siletz Bay to hunt purple varnish clams on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:00 a.m.

Bill will return with a presentation on crabbing two weeks later on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. A crabbing field trip will take place on Wednesday, May 29th at 9:00 a.m. along the North Shore of Siletz Bay.


On Tuesday, May 21st, Caroline Brooks, Program Manager for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology will give a talk on the Center. Founded in 1970 by Frank and Jane Boyden, the Center occupies roughly an acre of ocean-view property donated by the developer of Cascade Head Ranch, an environmentally sensitive residential community at the mouth of the Salmon River estuary. From the beginning, Sitka has been about collaboration – between art and science, diverse groups of people and with the land itself. Learn about its history, programs and efforts to foster creativity, intellectual inquiry and education in harmony with the inspirational coastal environment. On Thursday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. the public is invited to visit the Sitka Center for a guided tour of its facilities.


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Mar 292013

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The illegal trading of endangered animals and the products made from these animals and plants is a growing problem, threatening many species with extinction. The U.S. State Department estimates the illegal animal trade to be around $10 billion a year, with the animals being used as pets, food and for unique animal parts such as ivory.

The Siletz Public Library has a new display, “Wildlife for Sale,” created by Renee Fowler, Wildlife Education Specialist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This fascinating collection features items which come from endangered or threatened species, some of which have been confiscated by police or customs.

The purpose of the display is to educate people about the illegal trade of these items and to provide information to those traveling overseas and buying souvenirs. This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about these issues as a lead-up to Endangered Species Day on May 17th.

The exhibit will be on display through mid May. The library is open Wednesday-Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Thursdays when we close at 8:00 pm.


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Mar 292013
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Newport Library photo


The Newport Public Library’s Reading Circle will discuss this year’s Newport Reads selection, Mink River by Brian Doyle, on Tuesday, April 9 at noon. Set in a small fictional town on the Oregon coast, there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter.

Mink River is the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice. Readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (541)265-2153 or check the library website, www.newportlibrary.org.


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Mar 112013
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The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour is coming to the Newport Library on Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 p.m. Oregon Book Award finalists Kerry Cohen, Aria Minu-Sepehr, Jean Esteve, and Carrie Seitzinger will give readings from their nominated works.

Kerry Cohen has written six books, including three young adult novels. Two of her books are 2013 Oregon Book Awards nominees. Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal is the memoir of the author’s struggle to protect her son from a system that seeks to compartmentalize and “fix” him.

Jean Esteve grew up on Long Island, studied art at Cornell University’s School of Architecture, and now writes and paints in Waldport, Oregon. Her collection of poetry, Off-Key, is “tender and cutting, and absolutely brilliant,” said Leah Maines, author of Beyond the River. Off-Key is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry.


Aria Minu-Sepehr lived in Iran during the overthrow of the Shah, and his family sought refuge in America. Professionally, he has strived to bring a greater understanding of Iran and the Middle East to his new home and to highlight the respect that exists between East and West outside of politics. His book, We Heard the Heavens Then, is a memoir of a boy in revolutionary Iran.

Carrie Seitzinger is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry for her book Fall Ill Medicine. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Dots Don’t Connect.


Winners of the Oregon Books Awards will be announced on April 8, 2013 at the 26th Annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony in Portland.

Sponsored by Literary Arts, this program is free and open to the public. It is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. For more information, go to the library’s website, www.newportlibrary.org.


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Mar 032013
Newport Public Library

Newport Public Library

The Lincoln County Library District Board (LCLD) will be meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Lincoln County Library District office, 1247 NW Grove, #2, Newport. The Board meeting will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The Board will be discussing appointing new members to the Budget Committee, a possible change for the Board meeting day in April and any policy updates needed This is also the time to bring any changes needed in our contracts with the libraries to the Board. Two Board positions will be up for election on the May 2013 ballot for 4 year terms.

For more information please contact Diedre Conkling, District Librarian, at 265-3066 or diedre@lincolncolibrarydist.org


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Feb 092013

Join your friends and neighbors in Siletz for the Annual Siletz Library Birthday Party and Book and Bake sale. It kicks off at 1pm today, Saturday, February 9th at the library smack in the middle of town. Proceeds helps to keep the library running smoothly and able to offer a wide variety of reading materials.

See ya down there!

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Feb 032013

Emma Woodhouse relentlessly pursues matchmaking for others
Until she, herself, is unwittingly snared

One of the earlier “Chick Flicks” to grace the silver screen will be discussed and then played at the Newport Public Library February 12th; “Emma,” the story of a foxy English matchmaker who gets caught up in her own action. You have to be a keen student of romantic intrigue to keep up with “Emma’s” bold pursuit of life on behalf of others, only to be swept up in it herself.

Those familiar with British novelist Jane Austen’s story telling know you better bring a notebook with the women’s names PENCILED across the top and the men’s names down the side, complete with a back-up eraser.

To the point, the movie headline reads:

Gwyneth Paltrow sparkles in the title role as Miss Woodhouse, a rich 21-year-old who lives with her widowed father in a mansion. Determined to never marry herself, she nontheless delights in playing Cupid among her circle of friends. Only her brother-in-law, Mr. Knightly, can hold up a mirror to show her the errors of her ways, and the truth that is buried in her heart.

The group discussion of Jane Austen’s novel “Emma” is set for noon, Tuesday, February 12th. Then, that evening at 6:30pm, they rolled the film. Both gatherings are free and wide open to the public. For more information call the Newport Library at 541-265-2153.

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Jan 152013

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Paper, glue, designs, color and a little ingenuity. That’s the recipe for a unique personal statement through the art of colláge. All the ingredients will be at the Newport Public Library’s Teen Third Thursday program on January 17th from 3:45 to 5:30.

Colláge, from the French word coller (which means to glue), is an art form where multiple pieces of paper with varying images (traditionally) are glued together to create a new image. One might choose old photos, magazine ads, words or individual letters, as well as pages from discarded library books! You might choose to make a colláge exclusively with images of dogs, or only choose photos in shades of blue.

Why not stop by to see what we have on hand. Make something special that you can hang on your own wall at home, give away as a Valentine’s card next month, or we will display it here in the “Young Adult” area upstairs for our own patrons to appreciate.

Please call ahead, 541-265-2153, so we know to expect you, and sign up a friend at the same time. Maybe you will be lucky enough to win our randomly chosen attendance prize! We will provide the necessary supplies for our crafts and food for all who participate. All you need to bring is your good energy and creative spirit!

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Nov 082012

Normally, we go into a library and check out a book we want to read. But today, we can check out (for free) how much energy our home appliances are wasting every month. We all waste about ten dollars a month that way.

BUT!! The Siletz Library and other libraries around Lincoln County are helping us do something about that!

Lincoln County libraries are continuing to work with Energy Trust of Oregon to provide our community with information and tools that can increase energy awareness and drive down our energy bill. Check-out a “Kill A Watt” monitor on your next visit to the library. These monitors measure how much electricity your electric appliances and devices are consuming when plugged in, such as refrigerators, microwaves, computers, TVs, phone chargers, game consoles and cable set-top boxes. “Kill A Watt” monitors can also be used to measure “phantom” energy loads: the amount of energy an electronic device will draw, even when in standby mode. The average U.S. home will spend $100.00 annually to power devices while they are off or in standby mode (source: ENERGY STAR).

Included with the Kill A Watt monitors are helpful tips and information on next steps you can take to save energy at home based on what you learn by using the monitor. Let us help you save energy and money by checking out a Kill A Watt monitor at the Siletz library today. For more information, call your local public library for availability.

Siletz: 541-444-2855
Toledo: 541-336-3132
Newport: 541-265-2153
Lincoln City: 541-996-2277
Waldport: 541-563-5880

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Oct 302012


The Newport Public Library will offer the following classes during the months of November and December.

· On Friday, November 2 at 9:00 a.m., Introduction to Computers will be taught. This class will teach the basics of turning on a computer, using the mouse, and saving files. At 10:00 a.m., Beginning Internet will be taught. This class teaches how to use a web browser, click on links, and search for information on the Internet.

· Introduction to Facebook will be taught on Friday, November 9 at 9:00 a.m. This class will cover the basics of creating an account, finding friends and pages, and adding photographs. Introduction to Google Docs will be offered at 10:00 a.m. This class will introduce students to creating documents online.

· Beginning Word (2007) will be taught at 9:00 a.m. on November 16. This class introduces people to the basic commands to create a word processing document. Intermediate Word will be taught at 10:00 a.m. This class teaches how to insert photographs, create lists using bullets and numbers, and set margins, tabs, and line spacing.

· On November 30 at 9:00 a.m. a class on Making Greeting Cards with Publisher will be offered. The 10:00 a.m. class is AtoZ Databases, a directory that is used to find businesses, jobs, and people.

· On December 7, Beginning Excel will be taught at 9:00 a.m. This class teaches the basics of creating a spreadsheet and adding rows and columns. At 10:00 a.m. Intermediate Excel will teach creating a checkbook, using multiple worksheets, and making a chart.

· Beginning Internet will be offered again on December 14 at 9:00 a.m. At 10:00 a.m. the class will be Travel Planning on the Web. Classes are free and last one hour. Registration is required. For more information, please call (541)265-2153 or check the library website, www.newportlibrary.org.

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