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Downtown Bend

601 NW Wall St

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Sunday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Monday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM6:00 PM

601 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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  • May 25 2022

    1:30 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Join us for a DIY bug hotel.

    This is an in‐person program. Registration is recommended to reserve sufficient supplies. If you are someone who enjoys digging around in the garden, exploring and also finds ants, beetles, worms and bugs fascinating. Then join me as we make bug hotels to take home, where you can do more observation and investigation. Open to ages 6-11. The projects may get messy, dress accordingly.

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  • May 26 2022

    1:30 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Practice or get help with basic tech tasks and questions.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Practice your computer skills and problem-solve with staff. Find answers to your e-reader, tablet and smartphone questions. Free and open to the public. Use a library computer or bring your own laptop or device. No registration required.

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  • May 27 2022

    12:00 PM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Discuss The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

    This is an in-person event. Wearing a face covering is recommended at all in-person, indoor events.

    The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise"--Provided by publisher

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  • May 27 2022

    1:00 PM - Friday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Walk-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.This is an in‐person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Connect and get help with housing, medical, mental health, veterans services, social security resources, and more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are on a first-come first served and last for 30 minutes. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • May 28 2022

    All Day - Saturday -

    Pick up an easy seed kit, and investigate.

    Grab a seed kit, explore and investigate.

    You’ll get several different seeds that you can match to their seedlings, grow, observe, measure, and record.

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  • May 29 2022

    2:00 PM - Sunday - Brooks Room

    What can we learn about the universe from the JWST?

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Launched on December 25th of 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope will usher in a new era in cosmology and astronomy. The JWST was designed to conduct near infrared astronomy to see old and distant objects better than Hubble, with hopes that it will help us better understand the formation of stars, planets and galaxies. In this talk, Dr. Wendi Wampler will outline the design of the telescope, the data it will collect, and what kinds of new insights it will help us understand about the universe.

    Dr. Wendi Wampler is an Associate Professor of Physics and Engineering at Central Oregon Community College. She graduated from Purdue with a degree in chemical engineering in 2004. Dr. Wampler returned to Purdue to get her bachelors and then doctorate in physics, with a research focus in physics education in 2013. Since then, she has been teaching algebra and calculus based physics courses at the community college level, where she enjoys the instructional freedom, small class sizes, and working with non-traditional students.


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  • May 30 2022
  • May 31 2022

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Receive confidential business planning with a SCORE mentor.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has "been there, done that." SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary.

    SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. They are a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and have been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. For more information about Central Oregon SCORE please visit their web site at http://centraloregon.score.org.

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