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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
Friday10:00 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.

Upcoming Events

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  • Oct 6 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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  • Oct 6 2022

    6:00 PM - Thursday -

    Learn new recipes featuring the quintessential fall ingredient.

    This online class will be held in a Zoom Meeting. Receive the Zoom link by using the "Register Here for Online Access" link above.

    This program will not be recorded.

    With apple season in full swing, learn new recipes featuring the quintessential fall ingredient. During this cooking demonstration and tip-filled class, you will discover how to infuse flavors from the orchard throughout your cooking. We will be covering a variety of recipes that incorporate apples including a roasted vegetable dish, dessert, and more.

    Vanessa Young is a cooking instructor, writer, and educator known for her artful approach to food and wellness topics and her focus on seasonal meals. She helps home chefs become more versatile in their approach to food, often reigniting their passion for cooking through private and community classes. As the founder of Thirsty Radish (www.thirstyradish.com), she shares recipes and inspires a creative approach to life in and out of the kitchen.

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  • Oct 7 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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  • Oct 10 2022

    9:30 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

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

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes.  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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  • Oct 10 2022

    10:00 AM - Monday - 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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  • Oct 11 2022

    1:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Oct 11 2022

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Examine first-person characters and unreliable narrators.

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    The most interesting storytellers are those who don’t know how to tell us the truth - or those who don’t want to. First-person speakers are naturally unreliable: they can’t tell us the full story. As readers, it’s our job to piece it all together, understanding that how we are led to fill in the blanks can change our perception of the story itself. Consider first-person characters like Merricat Blackwood (Shirley Jackson), Fuckhead (Denis Johnson), or Yunior (Junot Diaz); they are all liars (whether they realize this or not), and we love them for it. In examining omission, objective correlative, and narrative voice, we can determine when surface-level character motivation becomes a MacGuffin.

    Catherine Malcynsky grew up with four siblings in Chester, CT. After receiving her BA from Boston College (and a quick stint working on film sets in NYC), Catherine earned her MFA from Oregon State University (Corvallis). Catherine now works as a freelance writer while teaching writing courses at OSU Cascades. Her short stories have appeared in The Susquehanna Apprentice, Carve Magazine, Broad River Review, and the shortlist for the Masters Review Winter Short Story Award (2020).

    Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*

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  • Oct 11 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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  • Oct 12 2022

    9:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

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

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

    This is an in‐person program.

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  • Oct 12 2022

    10:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

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

    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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  • Oct 12 2022

    6:00 PM - Wednesday -

    Explore the history of psilocybin and its ancient Mesoamerican origins.

    This is a live webinar. Receive the Zoom link by using the “Register Here for Online Access” link above.

    In this offering, we will explore the historic, traditional and cultural uses of Los Niños Santos (“the sainted children”), the mushrooms we know as psilocybin. There is documented use of this medicine by the Mayans going back 5,000 years; another ancient, potent lineage is still practiced by the Mazotec peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico. Diving into some of these practices, we will shine a light on the complicated legacy of Mazotec curandera Maria Sabina.

    Michelle Ericksen, PhD is a bilingual (Spanish) medicine woman, teacher, researcher and coach. Michelle's work draws from a variety of wisdom and shamanic practices, as well as the fields of education, psychology, neuro-biology, trauma-informed practices, quantum physics and cultural anthropology. She received a masters from Stanford and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and she is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. *zm*

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