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Downtown Bend

601 NW Wall St

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Sunday (04/14) 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Monday (04/15) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Tuesday (04/16) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Wednesday (04/17) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Thursday (04/18) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Friday (04/19) 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Saturday (04/20) 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.

Upcoming Events

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  • Apr 18 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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  • Apr 18 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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  • Apr 18 2024

    11:30 AM - Thursday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Free, limited, drop-in notary services for the public.This is an in-person program.

    A notary public is available at Downtown Bend Library on the first and third Thursdays of the month to provide free, limited services for the public on a drop-in basis. The notary will sign up to two documents per person per session. This service is not intended for commercial businesses.

    A notary public is a state official who verifies the identity of the signer or signers. Notaries are not licensed to practice law and are not allowed to draft legal records or give advice on legal matters, including immigration.

    What to Bring:
    -All correctly filled-out, but unsigned documents. Documents must be signed in front of the notary.
    -Current signed photo identification (such as: driver's license, passport, U.S. military ID card, or ID card issued by federally recognized Indian Tribe) for all parties involved OR a friend with such ID to vouch for requestor's identity.
    -Any required witness or witnesses. Witnesses must be known to the signor and may not be solicited from library patrons or staff. Witnesses must also have valid, government-issued photo identification.

    Limitations:
    -Services are limited to two documents per person per visit
    -Services are not available for commercial businesses.
    -Notary cannot sign documents in languages they do not understand.
    -Notary and the requester must be able to communicate directly with each other; translators are not permitted.
    -Birth Certificates, Death Certificates and Marriage Certificates cannot be photocopied and notarized.

    Notaries reserve the right to decline service if the document(s), identification, or circumstances of the request for notary service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, or doubt.

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  • Apr 18 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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  • Apr 18 2024

    5:30 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Celebrate the LGBTQIA2S+ community with an interactive storytime and crafts.

    This event will highlight newly published LGBTQIA2S+ books for the whole family, provide space to connect with other local families, and allow new friends to create rainbow crafts together. Snacks and drinks provided. Bring the whole family!

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  • Apr 18 2024

    6:00 PM - Thursday - The Commons

    Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers, and writers.

    Join the OSU-Cascades MFA in Creative Writing program and Deschutes Public Library at The Commons Cafe and Taproom for open mic nights every third Thursday of the month. All writers, readers and word-lovers are invited to attend and read. Whether you're a first time reader or a pro, we create a safe and welcoming space for diverse voices. Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up for seven-minute mic slots.

    Food and drink available for purchase. This is an all-ages venue.

    875 NW Brooks Street, Bend, OR 97703

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  • Apr 19 2024

    10:00 AM - Friday - Lobby Tutor 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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  • Apr 20 2024

    10:00 AM - Saturday - Brooks Room

    Join us for a seed swap with Central Oregon Gardeners.

    Do you gather seeds to share? Do you have extra seeds that you don't need? Do you want access to a wide variety of seeds for free? Join us for a free seed swap in partnership with the Central Oregon Gardeners group.

    Educational presentations to be announced, soon!

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  • Apr 22 2024

    9:00 AM - Monday - Meyer Classroom

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

    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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  • Apr 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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  • Apr 22 2024

    10:00 AM - Monday - Lobby Tutor 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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  • Apr 22 2024

    5:00 PM - Monday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Practice found poetry and create your own unique word arrangements.

    Registration is required.

    Found poems are the literary equivalent of visual collage. Learn generative techniques that stimulate creative play and free the mind for spontaneous experimentation! Leave this Playshop with poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 25th. Excellent for beginners and experienced word-lovers of all genres.

    Presenter Bio: Krayna Castelbaum, Creativity Instigator

    Krayna works with individuals, couples, and groups, honoring the creative impulse through writing, art-making and other creative acts. She publishes Poem of the Month and facilitates monthly Poetry Playshops. Learn more: www.clearlenscoaching.com *br*

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  • Apr 23 2024

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Lobby Tutor Room

    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.
    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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  • Apr 23 2024

    6:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Discuss death, free of agenda or ideology, with a friendly group. Ages 16+

    No late admittance: entry is closed at 6:10pm.

    Death Cafés are a growing international movement of people gathering together in a relaxed and safe setting to eat tasty treats, drink tea, and discuss death. Free of agenda or ideology, the aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Not a grief support group, it is no more and no less than a friendly group discussing death. Learn more at https://deathcafe.com/what/.

    Facilitated by Cheryl Adcox RN, an End of Life Doula and experienced Death Café facilitator. Cheryl has been a Registered Nurse since 2003 with a background in Oncology and Hospice care. She received her certification as an End of Life Doula through Quality of Life Care in 2019. She is a graduate of the two year Anamcara Program offered through Sacred Art of Living in Bend, OR and is also a certified facilitator of the Institute of Noetic Science's Conscious Aging Workshops. Furthering her work in the community, Cheryl has offered Death Café's in Bend since October 2018 and also facilitates Living Funeral Ceremonies. Cheryl is committed to quality end of life care and offers compassionate, nonjudgmental support, calming presence, education and advocacy. Visit her website at: https://deathdoulahandinhand.com/.

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  • Apr 24 2024

    9:30 AM - Wednesday - 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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  • Apr 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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  • Apr 24 2024

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Lobby Tutor 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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  • Apr 24 2024

    3:30 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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  • Apr 24 2024

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Discuss Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout.

    Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are. So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout's perfect attunement to the human condition. There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children.

    Join via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86758071992

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