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Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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601 N.W. Wall Street
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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  • Jul 15 2020

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Get an online 30-minute consultation with a local lawyer through Zoom conference.

    Lawyers are able to help with general civil-law questions including family law, employment, housing, estate planning and more. We are unable to help with criminal law questions.

    Advance registration is required and appointment times run from 5:30-7:30pm.

    For more information and to register, email or call 541-617-7089.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-617-7057.


    Obtenga una consulta en línea de 30 minutos con un abogado local a través de conferencia por Zoom.

    Los abogados pueden ayudar con preguntas generales de derecho civil; incluyendo derecho de familia, empleo, vivienda, planificación patrimonial y más. No podemos ayudar con preguntas de derecho penal.

    Se requiere registro por adelantado y las citas corren de 5:30-7:30pm.

    Para obtener más información y para registrarse, mande un correo electrónico a o llame al 541-617-7057.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-617-7057.


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  • Jul 15 2020

    6:00 PM - Wednesday -

    Talk Freedom through a variety of media.

    Join in an open discussion of the First Amendment and the Freedom of Speech through the lens of various types of media. Please read, listen, watch or view at least two of the following resources to provide background for our conversation. During our time together we will share the resources we enjoyed, pose questions and discuss our thoughts. Register to attend the Zoom discussion via the link above.

    List of media* (pick 2):
    - Short Story - "6 Tales of Censorship in the Golden Age of Free Speech" (wired, 2018):
    - Podcast - "The Most Perfect Album: Episode 1" (More Perfect, 2018): (listen to 00:00-20:30 at least)
    - Spoken Word - "It Ain't Right" (MC Ragtop, 2020):
    - Video: "Should Hate Speech Be Protected as Free Speech?" (Above The Noise, 2018):
    - Art Collection: Black Power Collection (National Museum of African American History & Culture):

    Ground Rules for Discussion**
    1. Have a “kitchen table” conversation - Everyone participates; no one dominates
    2. You do not need to be an expert - Draw on your experiences, views and beliefs.
    3. Keep an open mind - Listen carefully, and try hard to understand the views of others.
    4. Keep the discussion on track - Stick to the topic and questions; try not to ramble.
    5. It is okay to disagree, but don’t be disagreeable - Respond to others with respect and understanding.
    6. Have fun! *These resources were chosen to stimulate discussion, and represent the view of the author and/or publisher.
    **Ground Rules adapted from the "Community Conversation Workbook" by Libraries Transforming Communities.*zm*

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  • Jul 16 2020

    10:00 AM - Thursday -

    Fun story times with community librarians.
    New English-language story times are posted every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m.*oo*

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  • Jul 16 2020

    5:30 PM - Thursday -

    Test your literary knowledge!

    Do you consider yourself a bibliophile? A bookworm? A booklover? Well, now is your chance to test your literary knowledge from the comfort of your own home. Grab a pen and paper, a quarantine buddy, and a device with internet access. We'll go through a couple rounds of questions to see how well you know books. Be prepared for the obscure, the absurd and the obvious!


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  • Jul 16 2020

    6:00 PM - Thursday -

    A link to view this program online will be available beginning Thursday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m.

    Jam out to Shireen Amini's Conscious Acoustic Soul with World Grooves.

    We want to hear from you. After viewing this program, please take a minute to complete the survey at

    Shireen Amini is a singer-songwriter based in Bend, Oregon who believes in music as medicine. In addition to her background in ethnomusicology, Afro-Latin percussion, drum circle facilitation, and sound healing, Shireen has been the front-woman for over 7 years of the Latin dance rock band ¡Chiringa! and has spent the last two years returning to her solo singer-songwriter roots, cultivating a rich repertoire of hip, conscious-themed, singalong-style songs often performed in a live looping format. This groove-based world-soul-pop energizes the stories she tells boldly, playfully, and passionately of her personal healing journey and visions for a better world. Her Conscious Acoustic Soul with World Grooves is a musical blend that invites imagining Gloria Estefan meets Nahko & Medicine for the People.

    More information about Shireen Amini can be found at *oo*

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  • Jul 16 2020

    6:00 PM - Thursday -

    Acompañen a su bibliotecario en una noche de canto. ¿Les gustan las canciones del tiempo de cuentos? ¿Quieren aprender canciones y juegos de mano para hacer en casa? Afinen bien sus voces y únanse con nosotros para una noche de canto y diversión. Toda la familia está invitada y se les anima a todos participar.
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  • Jul 17 2020

    10:00 AM - Friday -

    Join us every Friday in July and August for a scavenger hunt that people of all ages can enjoy. Visit our YouTube channel for a new hunt every Friday.


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  • Jul 18 2020

    10:00 AM - Saturday -

    Divertidos tiempos de cuentos virtuales con sus bibliotecarios.Toda la familia está invitada a este tiempo de cuentos virtual que ofrece libros para bebés, niños pequeños y preescolares. Instalaciones nuevas se estrenan en YouTube cada sábado a las 10am. Para ver este programa, haga clic en el enlace de abajo o introduzca esta dirección a su navegador web; Este enlace lo llevara a una lista donde encontrara este programa u otros programas familiares divertidos.
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  • Jul 19 2020

    3:00 PM - Sunday -

    A link to view this program online will be available beginning Sunday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m.

    For strum patterns and music copy and paste url in browser

    For addtional music copy and paste url in browser

    Learn to play the ukulele from the comfort of your home in this series of 3 classes with "Ukulele Lady", Cinda Johnson. No musical experience necessary.

    In this third tutorial you'll have fun jamming on the ukulele and learning five songs, with “tips” of the trade sprinkled throughout.

    Cinda Johnson has been teaching ukulele for over ten years. She currently does ukulele therapy for seniors at assisted-living homes, retirement homes and hospice facilities. For more than 30 years, Johnson has shared her passion for teaching, performing, magic and music as a children's entertainer. *oo*

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  • Jul 20 2020

    10:00 AM - Monday -

    Have fun crafting with the flowers or grasses that are around your home!

    If you have access to flowers it's okay for you to pick, have a few ready to go. Pick close to the ground so you have a long stem. Grass can work too! *oo*

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  • Jul 20 2020

    10:00 AM - Monday - * Registration Required

    Write a grant proposal in six weeks with this Gale Course.

    Join a Deschutes Public Library learning circle and write your grant proposal. If you've never written a grant proposal or have struggled writing one in the past then this is the class for you. Learn how to become fully familiar with the institution or project for which you are requesting support, prepare background and financial statements, and how to put everything together so you can assemble, write, and submit complete grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and wealthy individuals for any number of projects.

    Learning circles are free, peer-led study groups for learners who want to take online courses together in a public space. This circle will follow the Writing Effective Grant Proposals class offered through Gale Courses, an online learning platform accessed with your library card.

    Two lectures are posted each week with suggested assignments. Learning circle participants will meet virtually via Zoom conference once a week to discuss the lectures and share insights and feedback on the assignments.

    The Learning Circle will meet on Mondays, June 15 through July 27. Participants will need a DPL library card to register.


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  • Jul 21 2020

    10:00 AM - Tuesday -

    Fun story times with community librarians.
    New English-language story times are posted every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m.*oo*

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  • Jul 21 2020

    12:00 PM - Tuesday - * Registration Required

    Learn easy and sustainable budgeting tips from a financial advisor. Each session is the same. Please register for only one. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day prior to the workshop.

    In this workshop-style, hands-on program, you will learn how to:

    Sit down and organize your monthly budget starting from basics
    Learn strategies to manage "more month than money" cash problems
    Discuss strategies to increase extra money in your budget
    Explore proven budgeting styles, tips, and hacks
    Find out how to take your finances to the next level
    Walk away with several free financial resources to guide you on next steps

    Please have the following handy for the workshop:

    A laptop/tablet to take notes and explore websites
    Statements - bank, credit card, auto loan, mortgage, student loans
    Existing budget or whatever you use to organize cash flow currentlyKara Smith is a native Central Oregonian, formerly from Prineville and now residing in Bend, who has turned her love of this area into a passion for helping people obtain financial freedom and plan for their futures.

    Kara is a licensed financial advisor who helps individuals, families, and business owners achieve financial security. Her goal is to help clients make sense of this complicated financial world, so that they can achieve their important financial goals, now and in the future. In her first year with Northwestern Mutual, she was recognized in the top 1% of her national peer group and has subsequently been awarded "Best Year Ever" every year since. Kara operates a comprehensive financial planning practice, including retirement and education planning, as well as life, disability, and long-term care insurance planning. She is well-positioned to serve her clients, with a Bachelor's in Economics from Willamette University's College of Liberal Arts and an MBA with a finance emphasis from Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management, graduating with honors.

    "My mission is to inspire others to dream courageously and live with purpose." - Kara L. Smith, MBA *zm*

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  • Jul 21 2020

    5:00 PM - Tuesday - * Registration Required

    How do we talk to each other about race? This conversation will be held via Zoom. Space is limited and registration is required. Zoom invites will be sent out the day prior to the event.

    How can we understand people's lived experiences of systemic racism or privilege? Join us as we seek to understand one another and contemplate our experiences of race in America. Our first virtual Community Conversation (to be held over Zoom) will include discussion among participants, as well as insights from two community members.

    Every quarter we offer a Community Conversation event for community members of all backgrounds to share stories and discuss issues that matter. There's an open feeling of trust and a bubbling up of ideas that break down the silos that are dividing our communities across the country.

    The goal of Community Conversations is to expand our sense of neighborhood - across all economic, political, cultural, and racial boundaries. We believe in the power of connections and friendships to bridge any divides. All of our conversations stem from a strong commitment to curiosity, compassion, and community.


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