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Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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Sunday12:005:00
Monday9:009:00
Tuesday9:009:00
Wednesday9:009:00
Thursday9:009:00
Friday9:006:00
Saturday9:006:00

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.

Upcoming Events

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  • Dec 6 2019

    10:30 AM - Friday - 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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  • Dec 6 2019

    2:00 PM - Friday - Second Floor North Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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  • Dec 6 2019

    6:00 PM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Deschutes Public Library reveals A Novel Idea 2020.

    Be among the first to know the book selected for A Novel Idea 2020. Enjoy light appetizers and no host beer and wine as we unveil the 2020 Novel Idea selection. Play Novel Idea trivia and enter the silent auction for a chance to win books and prizes, all while supporting the Deschutes Public Library Foundation.

    Books will be available for purchase and for check out after the unveiling. *fbl* *ani*

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  • Dec 7 2019

    1:00 PM - Saturday - Brooks Room

    The Bells of Sunriver perform holiday favorites.

    The Bells of Sunriver perform holiday favorites including an audience participation Chime-a-Long. No musical ability needed. Bring your reading glasses.

    The Bells of Sunriver is an ecumenical group of 15 ringers created by Sunriver Christian Fellowship out of its music ministry. The Bells of Sunriver is very active in the community, presenting programs at schools, retirement homes, and community events as well as providing music at least twice a month for the SCF congregation. The ringers performing today are: Mary Fister, Sallie Hennessy, Sharon Krueger, Jan Tuckerman & Alison Weatherhead.

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  • Dec 8 2019

    12:00 PM - Sunday - Lobby

    Experience an 1870s quartet of fine musicians in authentic garb.

    The Victorian Carolers offer fine entertainment for any holiday event. Dressed in Victorian-era garb, they look and sound like you would expect from an 1870s quartet of fine musicians (only they are a lot younger!). Made up of four highly trained singers, they bring clarity and beauty to a large selection of both sacred and secular Christmas music. Founded in Central Oregon over 12 years ago, the Victorian Carolers have entertained thousands at tree lightings, holiday parties, concert events, corporate events, private banquets, and strolling all over.

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  • Dec 8 2019

    1:00 PM - Sunday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Learn the intricacies of prose poems, and write your own.

    This writing workshop will open with an introduction to the prose poem format and a brief history of the genre, with its current acceptance by many literary magazines. The potential fit between the prose poem and true vignettes drawn from lived experience will be highlighted, and examples shared. Attendees will discuss several poems in small groups, considering the elements of story-telling, vivid details and images, and the use of humor and variations in voice.

    In the second part of the workshop, participants will write drafts of two prose poems, one derived from a childhood event, and one from an adult perspective. Participants will be invited to share their emerging vignettes, and to consider how their experience as poets, fiction or nonfiction writers may nourish their approach. The workshop will conclude with a handout, including resources for further study of the prose poem.

    Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both clinical psychology and creative writing. She coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate Program at Union Institute & University, and teaches in the Creativity Studies Program at Saybrook University. Her books include "Calling in the Bones" (Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press), "Drawing Lessons" (Finishing Line Press), and "Pansies" (creative nonfiction, Sonder Press.)

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  • Dec 9 2019

    9:00 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 9 2019

    10:00 AM - Monday - Second Floor North Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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  • Dec 10 2019

    10:30 AM - Tuesday - 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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  • Dec 10 2019

    11:30 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle storytime 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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  • Dec 10 2019

    1:30 PM - Tuesday - 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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  • Dec 10 2019

    2:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom * Registration Required

    Configure your Facebook privacy and security settings based on your preferences.

    Are you concerned about the privacy and security of your Facebook account? If so, or you just want to learn more about keeping your private information secure, then this is the workshop for you.

    This is a hands-on, interactive class. Participants need to have a Facebook account and bring your username and password. The library has laptops available or you can bring your own laptop or mobile device. Space is limited and registration is requested.

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  • Dec 10 2019

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom

    Receive confidential business planning with a SCORE mentor.

    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.

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  • Dec 10 2019

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking at this holiday potluck.

    Bring finger food to share and get better acquainted with your fellow writers! Then, hear Guild members read their work.

    The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.

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  • Dec 11 2019

    9:30 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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  • Dec 11 2019

    10:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle storytime 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 then stay and play

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  • Dec 11 2019

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Second Floor North Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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  • Dec 11 2019

    1:30 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    drop in for games, DIY projects, writing; something different each week! ages 6-11

    this week we are making and taking holiday gifts!

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  • Dec 11 2019

    3:00 PM - Wednesday - Meyer Classroom

    Games, DIY projects, writing; something different each week! Open to all middle and high school students. Our Tinker Cart with assorted supplies will always be available in addition to the week's planned activity.

    December 11: Open Gaming. Bring a game to share or enjoy the library's collection.

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  • Dec 11 2019

    5:15 PM - Wednesday - Second Floor * Registration Required

    Free 30 minute consultations with local lawyers.

    Advance registration for appointments opens at 9 a.m., 13 days prior to the date. Advance registration does not guarantee the time of appointment, which run every half hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    All registrants must arrive by 5:15 p.m. to secure their spot and receive their appointment time, which can be any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m. If you are not here by 5:15 p.m., your appointment will be forfeited.

    If any walk-in spots are available they will be awarded by lottery at 5:15 p.m.

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

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    Consultas gratis de 30 minutos con abogados locales. Interpretación en español estará disponible con aviso por adelantado. Indique si necesita un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-617-7057.

    Registración por adelantado para citas se abre a las 10 a.m., 13 días antes de la fecha. La registración por adelantado no garantiza el horario de la cita. Las citas se realizan cada media hora de 5:30 a 7:30 p.m.

    Todos los solicitantes deben llegar a las 5:15 p.m. para asegurar su lugar y recibir su horario de cita, que puede ser entre las 5:30 y las 7 p.m. Si no está aquí a las 5:15 p.m., perderá su cita.

    Si hay cupos disponibles para personas sin cita, se entregarán por sorteo a las 5:15 p.m.

    *ls*

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  • Dec 11 2019

    5:30 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Diversión interactiva con juegos, ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, arte, música y manualidades. Programa familiar donde tendremos actividades para todas las edades. ¡Proyectos de ciencia, arte y muchas más actividades divertidas! Deje que su familia explore y use su imaginación; ¡todos pueden participar! Ofrecemos bocadillos y bebidas.
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  • Dec 11 2019

    6:00 PM - Wednesday - The Commons * Registration Required

    A monthly spoken word open mic night every second Wednesday.

    Join us at The Commons, formerly known as Crows Feet Commons Cafe, for a monthly spoken word open mic night every second Wednesday of the month. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.

    Jason Graham of MOWO has graciously agreed to help facilitate and host this event, though guest presenters may step in from time to time. Poetry, storytelling, jokes, and everything in between are all welcome. Please be mindful of the audience, as this is an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    6-6:30 PM sign ups: Each reader is allowed five minutes at the mic. If a readers needs more than five minutes to read or perform a piece, readers may sign up for multiple slots back to back.

    Occasional guest speakers will take over the mic at the end of the night.

    Check out the Facebook page for details.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/428898124593551/
    https://www.thecommonsbend.com/events

    The Commons Cafe and Taproom
    875 NW Brooks St
    Bend, OR 97703

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  • Dec 12 2019

    9:30 AM - Thursday - 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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  • Dec 12 2019

    10:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Tiempo de cuentos interactivo con canciones, rimas y manualidades. Edades 0-5.Traiga a todos su pequeñitos a este tiempo de cuentos que ofrece libros para bebés, niños pequeños y preescolares. Todos aprenderán lo divertido que es el tiempo de cuentos con oportunidades para cantar, participar en rimas de movimiento y ser creativos con manualidades. Duración: 25 minutos.
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  • Dec 12 2019

    12:00 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Book party! Share your favorite read of the year.

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  • Dec 12 2019

    1:00 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Practice computer skills! Problem-solve with staff! Find answers to your e-reader questions! Free and open to the public. Use a library computer or bring your own. No registration required.

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  • Dec 12 2019

    3:00 PM - Thursday - Second Floor South Tutor Room

    Private meeting

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