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Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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Sunday12:005:00
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Tuesday10:008:00
Wednesday10:008:00
Thursday10:006:00
Friday10:006:00
Saturday12:005:00

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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  • Jan 22 2019

    10:15 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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  • Jan 22 2019

    11:00 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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  • Jan 22 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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  • Jan 22 2019

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

    Discover and explore the library's digital books collection.

    This is a demonstration on accessing, downloading, and transferring to select devices. Registration required. Prerequisites: Familiarity with Internet Explorer (or other browser software).

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  • Jan 22 2019

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Learn tips and tricks for writing a successful query letter.

    You'll learn what to include, what to avoid, and how to move out of the slush pile as well as discuss what it means to be a good literary citizen.

    Emily Carr says she “writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney’s editors, for example) called divorce poems.” She has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. These days, she’s the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her newest book, Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet—, is available from McSweeney's. It inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary. You can find her online at www.ifshedrawsadoor.com/ and as ifshedrawsadoor on Instagram.

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  • Jan 22 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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  • Jan 23 2019

    10:15 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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  • Jan 23 2019

    11:30 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! Stay after to play!

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  • Jan 23 2019

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Meyer Classroom

    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.com

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  • Jan 23 2019

    3:00 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Create a stage and a story using traditional Japanese techniques. Registration required.

    This two-part workshop will explore the traditional Japanese storytelling technique of kamishibai (kami = paper, shibai = drama, paper drama). In the first week we'll work on creating our stage and begin outlining our story; in week two we'll finish illustrating and writing. Registration required; one registration covers both weeks.

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  • Jan 23 2019

    5:15 PM - Wednesday - * Registration Required

    Free 30 minute consultations with local lawyers.

    Advance registration for appointments opens at 10 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. 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.

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  • Jan 24 2019

    10:15 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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  • Jan 24 2019

    10:30 AM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom * Registration Required

    Get help updating your resumé and learn about local job resources.

    Are you looking for employment? Is your resume up-to-date? Would like to have an expert review your current resume and provide suggestions for changes? Learn how you can update your resume to get the job you want during this interactive workshop. Staff from Goodwill Job Connection and Deschutes Public Library will share information about career resources; give pointers about best practices for the job search and creating resumes; and work with individuals to review resumes and provide suggestions. Bring your flash drive and save your work. Class size is limited, so registration is recommended. Call 541-617-7080 to reserve your seat today!

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  • Jan 24 2019

    1:30 PM - Thursday - 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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  • Jan 24 2019

    2:30 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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  • Jan 25 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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  • Jan 25 2019

    2:00 PM - Friday - Meyer Classroom

    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.com

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  • Jan 26 2019

    9:00 AM - Saturday - Library Administration Basement

    9:00-10:30 a.m. Members only
    10:30-4:00 General Public

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  • Jan 27 2019

    12:00 PM - Sunday - Brooks Room

    Visit with organizations that need civic-minded individuals.

    Looking for a way to serve your community? Stop by the library and visit with community organizations looking for civic-minded individuals who want to make a positive impact.

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  • Jan 27 2019

    1:00 PM - Sunday - Library Administration Basement

    50% off books excluding orange sticker books.

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