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601 NW Wall St

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Sunday (07/14) 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Monday (07/15) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Tuesday (07/16) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Wednesday (07/17) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Thursday (07/18) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Friday (07/19) 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Saturday (07/20) 9:00 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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  • Jul 19 2024

    12:00 PM - Friday - * Registration Required

    A course for beginning writers to help them create and maintain a writing practice.

    This is an online program. Registration is required. Registered participants will receive the Zoom link to join the program.

    This course will help writers create a writing practice which will allow them to write anything. The goal of our time together is not to worry about form, grammar, plot, or characters. Instead, we will establish a writing routine and discuss how to fit our writing goals into that framework. Writers will leave with a clear plan of how to nourish their creativity and finish their projects.

    Grace Bialecki is a performance poet, novelist, and workshop facilitator who teaches for The Bridge and Hugo House. Her work has appeared in various publications including Catapult, Barrelhouse, and Epiphany Magazine where she was a monthly columnist. She has performed her poetry at the KGB Bar, Salmagundi Club, and been a featured poet at Paris Lit Up. Grace is the co-founder of the storytelling series Thirst, and the author of the novel Purple Gold. To learn more, visit Grace's website: https://www.graciebialecki.com/
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  • Jul 21 2024

    9:00 AM - Sunday - Wanderlust Tours * Registration Required

    Paddle on a beautiful Cascade Lake with a naturalist guide.

    Registration is required.

    Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.

    Wanderlust Tour’s "renowned naturalist guides will highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. During our 2 hours on the water, along with the fun and sun, we may impart an understanding of the area’s hydrology and how water sustains all living things. We could build a vision for how insects, born in the lake’s waters, begin the cycle of life that is realized in this intact ecosystem. You will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour.

    You’ll see parts of these large lakes that are only accessible by paddling into the fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient eruptions and erosion. With sweeping views of our local mountains, our Bend, Oregon canoe tours have it all!"

    Tour Includes:
    - Professional guide & award-winning naturalist interpretation
    - Gear: canoes, paddles, PFDs (personal flotation device)
    - Transportation: to and from the Wanderlust Tour office

    Please Bring:
    - Sun Protection: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
    - Layers: warm clothing including a shell jacket for variable weather
    - Miscellaneous Gear: Water bottle, camera, swimsuit (optional)

    Instructions:
    - Arrive no later than 8:50am
    - Departs from Wanderlust office in Bend
    - Late arrivals cannot be accommodated
    - Participants must sign waiver prior to departure
    - Tour will last approximately 4 hours, including transportation time.

    Canoe Info
    Wanderlust canoes have two paddling positions and include room in the middle for a third non-paddling passenger. Canoe tours are best for all skill levels. The weight limit per a canoe is 1100 lbs.

    Wanderlust Tours
    Wanderlust Tours offers half-day naturalist-guided tours and trips throughout the year in Bend, Sunriver, and Sisters, Oregon. They have specialized in outdoor tours, outdoor activities, and things to do in Bend Oregon since 1993. Renowned for their knowledgeable and professional guides, Wanderlust small group tours take you away from crowds to seek out the quiet of the Central Oregon Cascade lakes, rivers, forests, and caves. They offer the very best variety of things to do in Bend, Oregon! Learn more at https://www.wanderlusttours.com/

    Mission: Wanderlust Tours exists to inspire their guests and vibrantly share the natural and cultural history of Oregon in order to instill appreciation and protection of the environment.

    Ethic: Wanderlust holds great respect for the natural surroundings of their tours and hope to introduce people to delicate ecosystems while maintaining a low impact on the environment. *lw*

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  • Jul 21 2024

    3:00 PM - Sunday - Thump Coffee on York

    Enjoy timeless songcraft and a gorgeous voice.

    Erin Cole-Baker's timeless, stunning songcraft is guided by her gorgeous voice, reminiscent of greats such as Patty Griffin, early Joni Mitchell and Emmy Lou Harris. Learn more about Erin at her website: https://www.erincolebaker.com/

    Erin Cole-Baker was born in the USA and raised in the beach-filled rural Northland of New Zealand. Cole-Baker was enticed to the American West, and the lure of folk festivals and music scene in the USA in her early 20's. She and her husband found their way to Sisters Folk Festival, and on a whim decided to settle in Bend. Cole-Baker established herself as "one of the more constant and compelling voices on the Central Oregon music scene" (GO! Magazine) and called Oregon home for six years in which she won over the local scene as one half of folk duo The Erins. The Erins parted ways as Cole-Baker returned home to New Zealand to raise a family and Erin Zurflu went on to pursue study in medicine.

    Erin's most recent full-length album Till the Feelings Right was recorded over a few long weekends in 2018 with a band of friends live to tape at Anzac Rd Studios in Whangarei New Zealand - "a hothouse flower of a recording" (NZ Musician Magazine) of "well-crafted songs" (Off the Tracks). Cole-Baker was funded by Outward Sound (NZ) to attend the International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City, toured through California, Oregon and Washington and was the Breedlove artist for Sisters Folk Festival in 2018.

    In 2019, Erin and her family moved to the USA, bought an RV and toured the Northwest playing music at Festivals, venues and house concerts to connect with a larger community, before settling back in Bend at the start of 2020.

    Over the course of her career, Erin released The Year of Hello and Goodbye(2007) as The Erins, four solo albums (Songs for Roy in 2005, Talon and Spur in 2009, Big Sky in 2011 and Till the Feelings Right in 2018), and more recently three self-produced singles born out of gathering gear and learning to record at home during the pandemic; "Late Summer" in 2021, "I didn't want to take your things" in (2022) and "The Darkest"(2022) which weaves a gorgeous bed of vocal harmony, warm electric guitar and synth to complete her delicate acoustic fingerpicking.

    Erin Cole-Baker and Zurflu are playing again as The Erins, with Cole-Bakers new songs featuring reverby-jazzmaster guitar paired with Erin Zurflu's sister-like harmonies, acoustic guitar, violin and bass making for a close-your-eyes dreamsound. She also plays in Joel Chadd's band.

    Thump Genuine Coffee
    From the very beginning, Thump has been guided by a fundamental desire to create both a better cup of coffee and a better experience for the people who drink it. Learn more about Thump at their website: https://www.thumpcoffee.com/

    Thump Café, Roastery & Bakery
    549 NW York Dr suite 200, Bend, OR 97703

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  • Jul 22 2024

    9:30 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs and rhymes to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

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

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these story times. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Jul 22 2024

    10:00 AM - Monday - Lobby Study Room

    Drop-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.

    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 first come first served and last for 30 minutes. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Jul 22 2024

    4:00 PM - Monday - Brooks Room

    Do you love fantasy books and worlds? Come create your very own fantasy map at the library!

    Join us as we use interesting materials and techniques to create fantasy maps of our own imagination or ones that lay out the magical worlds of our favorite books! All materials will be provided - just bring your creativity! This program is intended for children aged 6-11 years.

    If your child 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.

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  • Jul 23 2024

    9:30 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Connect with your child through songs, sign language, movement and breath!

    This workshop is intended for children ages 0-5 and all children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, or something soft to play on.

    This class will include a full-body warm-up, partner yoga accessible for all ages, gentle and calming touch exercises, and a resting time.

    We will also read from instructor Deven's selection of books inspiring mindfulness and yoga in the home, and have time to color and chat with other families.

    About the Instructor:
    Deven Sisler, the founder of her own Kids Yoga & Mindfulness teacher training, is a forerunner in making the esoteric accessible and fun in the realm of kids' yoga & mindfulness, as well as dynamic school programming and inspirational Teacher Trainings. Drawing from two decades of study of the eight limbs of yoga, she published her first book, The Yamas in Pajamas: A Guide to Getting Started with Yoga for Kids and their Adults, in 2023. She manages the Namaspa Kids Yoga & School Outreach Program. Learn more at https://DevenSislerYoga.com*Elsa* *Cr*

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  • Jul 23 2024

    1:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Join us for our weekly teen-led Dungeons and Dragons club. All experience levels are welcome to join us. Just bring your creativity, imagination, and fantasy skills (and some dice if you have them)!

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  • Jul 23 2024

    6:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Learn more about the charismatic and controversial wolf.

    Wolves are some of the world's most charismatic and controversial animals. Intelligent and adaptable, they hunt and live in close-knit packs, sometimes roaming over hundreds of square miles. Once exterminated throughout most of the contiguous US, wolves have made a comeback in recent decades. This presentation will cover wolf social ecology, behavior, feeding habits, and the conservation and management of wolves.

    Aaron Bott is the regional wolf biologist for Central Oregon, employed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Additionally, Aaron is a doctoral student at Utah State University studying wolves across the American West - predicting wolf behavioral patterns and testing novel non-lethal predator deterrents. Aaron began working with wolves in Yellowstone National Park as a master's student at USU, eventually serving as the Wolf Project lead of a multi-year field study monitoring wolf spatial persistence and reproduction in the interior of the national park.

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  • Jul 24 2024

    9:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Interactive story time with books, songs and rhymes. 0-5 yrs. Space is limited.

    Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes designed to support early literacy skill development, social emotional awareness and family engagement. 25 min.

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  • Jul 24 2024

    10:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle story time for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes long!

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  • Jul 24 2024

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Lobby Study Room

    Drop-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.

    Connect and get help with housing lists, medical access, mental health resources, veterans services, social security applications, and much more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are first-come first-served and last for 30 minutes.

    To setup a remote phone appointment call 541-782-1022 or email info@thrivecentraloregon.org. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Jul 24 2024

    12:15 PM - Wednesday - Children's Garden

    Wednesday Walks with the Library

    Join us every 2nd and 4th Wednesday for a brisk 30-minute walk.
    Looking to energize your lunch break? Join our lunchtime walking group for a fun walk around Downtown Bend. We’ll meet outside at the Downtown Bend Library courtyard on NW Kansas Street and will walk various routes around downtown for a total of 30 minutes. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day. All abilities are welcome and no registration is required. Our #1 rule is no one walks alone. Email Rya Fennewald at ryaf@deschuteslibrary.org to be added to our list for walk reminders. Walks are weather and smoke-dependent. Check our online calendar for any weather-related cancellations.

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  • Jul 24 2024

    4:00 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Cuentos, canciones, y rimas para toda la familia.

    Invitamos a toda la familia a participar en la hora del cuento con oportunidades para leer y cantar. Duración: 15 minutos para convivir en familia y comunidad y 25 minutos para la hora del cuento.

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  • Jul 24 2024

    5:00 PM - Wednesday -

    Free 30-minute virtual consultations with a local lawyer.

    This is an online program. Registration is required.

    Lawyers are able to help with Oregon civil-law questions including family law (divorce and custody), employment, housing, estate planning and more. They are unable to help with criminal-law questions or questions about laws in other states.

    Appointments run from 5:30-8pm. Registrants must log in at 5pm to claim an appointment time.

    For more information and to register, email: lawlibrary@deschuteslibrary.org or call: 541-617-7057.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-617-7058.

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    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 5:30-8pm.

    Para obtener más información y para registrarse, mande un correo electrónico a lawlibrary@deschuteslibrary.org o llame al 541-617-7058.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-617-7058.
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  • Jul 24 2024

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Discuss The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer.
    Join via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89588941667

    A retired bestselling author hosts a one-of-a-kind competition, with high risks and high rewards-giving the winner a chance to change lives. Lucy Hart has come a long way since feeling the cold neglect of her parents, whose attention always centered around her chronically ill sister's needs. Now a twenty-six-year-old teacher's aide, Lucy is able to share her love of books with bright, young students, and one in particular, a seven-year-old orphan named Christopher, has her yearning for a family of her own. The Clock Island books were Lucy's passion and refuge as a child, and now she shares them with Christopher, who's become as big of a fan as she ever was. No matter how badly Lucy wants him in her life, even the idea of adopting him seems out of reach without proper funds and stability. Then a blue envelope arrives at her school, inviting Lucy to compete for the one and only copy of Jack Masterson's final novel in the iconic Clock Island series. No one has seen or heard from Jack Masterson in years, but now four diehard Clock Island fans have received the invitation of a lifetime to stay on his private island and compete for the final installment, and un-published manuscript, of the well-loved series. For Lucy, a chance to read the last-ever Clock Island book is a prize worth playing for, but the possibility of winning and securing a better future for her and Christopher means everything. *zm*

    Pick up a book at Sisters Library or email paigeb@deschuteslibrary.org to request a book.

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  • Jul 24 2024

    7:00 PM - Wednesday - The Commons

    Enjoy live guitar by Gabrial Sweyn at The Commons.

    Gabrial Sweyn is a multi-instrumentalist originally hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana. His previous music projects have included Glass Beads, Copilot Eyedrops, The Chalfonts, and Holy Smokes and The Godforsaken Rollers. Holy Smokes successfully toured the United States from Portland to Nashville, and then went on a three-month tour of South Africa.

    Gabrial's music blends folk, country blues, and a style all his own inspired by Western movies of the 1960s.

    The Commons:
    875 NW Brooks Street, Bend, OR 97703

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  • Jul 25 2024

    9:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Interactive story time with books, songs and rhymes. 0-5 yrs.

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

    Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes designed to support early literacy skill development, social emotional awareness and family engagement. 25 min.

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  • Jul 25 2024

    10:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.  18-36 mo.

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

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes.  Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others.  25 min.

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  • Jul 25 2024

    1:30 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Get help with your technology problems and questions.

    Practice your computer skills and problem-solve with staff. Find answers to your e-reader, tablet, laptop, smartphone, internet, or cloud-related questions. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Closed on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

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  • Jul 25 2024

    2:00 PM - Thursday - Thump Coffee Downtown

    Discuss, discover and share your favorite or new romance books.

    A new book club discussion by genre. Do you have a favorite romance author? A new romance book that you would love to share your favorite sections, characters, writing style, setting or time period?

    Meet at Thump Coffee Downtown to discuss romance books. Paige will bring in a selection of coming soon romance books to share as well.

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