Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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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.

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  • Jan 16 2021

    10:00 AM - Saturday -

    Cada otro sábado, sus bibliotecarios bilingües le recomiendan un libro nuevo.Bibliotecarios bilingües Rodrigo y Carly le ayudan a encontrar su próximo libro, ya sea electrónico o físico. Subrayamos libros disponibles en las plataformas de Hoopla o Libby, para que pueda empezar a leer de una vez desde la comodidad de su hogar.
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  • Jan 18 2021
  • Jan 19 2021

    10:00 AM - Tuesday -

    This program will be available Tuesdays via YouTube at

    Join community librarians for songs, rhymes, stories and fun!

    Experts agree that talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with your young child will prepare them for learning how to read, and will teach them the six skills needed to read. A child who enters kindergarten with a strong vocabulary, a love of books, and a familiarity with playing with words, has a definite advantage. You can help those skills develop with story time!

    For more information about early literacy and how to talk, read, rhyme, play and write with your child, visit:


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  • Jan 19 2021

    10:00 AM - Tuesday - * Registration Required

    Learn how to use Foundation Online Essential to find grants for your nonprofit.

    This workshop provides an overview of the funding research process for nonprofits seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grant-making public charities using Foundation Online Essential. Learn how to use this resource from your home or office to identify potential funders for your nonprofit.

    This is a virtual session via Zoom and registration is required. A link to the meeting will be sent to participants the day before the workshop.


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  • Jan 19 2021

    5:30 PM - Tuesday -

    Discover online strategies, new library resources and start talking about great books!

    This month, we'll be spotlighting six new titles and why they make excellent book club choices. Next we'll share an additional six of the "buzziest" reads to keep on your radar. We also have a fresh new list of upcoming literary events for you and your book clubs to watch and book club tips for leaders and members. Lastly, we'll share what our DPL Book Clubs have planned for 2021!

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  • Jan 19 2021

    6:30 PM - Tuesday -

    This is a live, interactive webinar. Join the program here or click "Join Program Here" above.

    Native Texan and author of Valentine, the bestselling debut set in the oil fields of Texas in the 1970s, discusses the influence of place in her work.

    Elizabeth Wetmore will read a couple of short excerpts from her debut novel, Valentine, and will talk briefly about the joys and hazards of setting her first novel in her hometown. She will use as a starting point an excerpt from an interview with Eudora Welty in the The Paris Review: When asked if place was a source of inspiration for her fiction, Welty replied, "Not only that, it’s my source of knowledge. It tells me the important things. It steers me and keeps me going straight, because place is a definer and a confiner of what I’m doing. It helps me to identify, to recognize and explain.... It saves me." (Emphases are Wetmore's.)

    Before devoting herself to writing, Elizabeth variously tended bar, taught English, drove a cab, edited psychology dissertations, and painted silos and cooling towers at a petrochemical plant. For a time, she lived in a one-room cabin in the woods outside of Flagstaff, Arizona while she worked as a classical music announcer.

    A native of West Texas, she is most at home in the desert, near the sea, or on the side of a mountain. She lives in Chicago, but she dreams of being bicoastal (Lake Michigan and Lake Travis). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Elizabeth has been the grateful recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. Set in the oilfields of West Texas in 1976, Valentine is her first novel. *zm*

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  • Jan 20 2021

    12:00 PM - Wednesday -

    Pick up your weekly craft or activity kit for children! Kits will vary by week and are good for preschool aged children. Some will be appropriate for younger ages with heavy parent help.

    Supplies are limited and will be first come, first served.

    All supplies are to be taken home, no crafting will be done in the library.

    Supplies are limited and will be first come, first served.

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  • Jan 20 2021

    3:00 PM - Wednesday -

    Join us for a live group discussion of The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, by Karina Yan Glaser with other readers, and get excited for one of Oregon's Battle of the Books titles for the 2020-2021 school year.

    This book is available as a downloadable audiobook via OverDrive (free with your Deschutes Public Library card) or in paper format.

    Part three of our three part series around The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, a 2020-2021 OBOB selection for grades 3-5. The book is recommended for grades 2-5.

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  • Jan 20 2021

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Get an online 30-minute consultation with a local lawyer through Zoom conference.

    Lawyers are able to help with general civil-law questions including family law, employment, housing, estate planning and more. We are unable to help with criminal law questions.

    Advance registration is required and appointment times run from 5:30-7:30pm.

    For more information and to register, email or call 541-617-7089.

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


    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 5:30-7:30pm.

    Para obtener más información y para registrarse, mande un correo electrónico a o llame al 541-617-7057.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-617-7057.


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  • Jan 21 2021

    10:00 AM - Thursday -

    Interactive storytime with songs, rhymes, and movement.
    This video will premiere live on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.; visit to tune in.” 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. Fun for everyone with opportunities to sing, join in on movement rhymes

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  • Jan 21 2021

    10:00 AM - Thursday -

    This program will be available beginning January 21, 2021 at

    Have fun making and racing these easy to make paper caterpillars!

    Materials needed:
    Paper (any color)
    A drinking straw or thin tube

    To view this program, click the link above or type this link into your browser ( This link will take you to a playlist where you will find this program and more fun family programs.


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  • Jan 21 2021

    10:30 AM - Thursday -

    Music and movement to develop literacy skills.  3-5 yrs. Join live via zoom.

    Movement and literacy skills are closely connected.  Your child will hear songs that include singing, dancing, and musical instruments to build motor skills.  30 min.
    Grab a scarf, sock anything to wave around and an instrument. If you don't have an instrument, two spoons or pots and pans work!


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  • Jan 21 2021

    5:00 PM - Thursday -

    Un evento virtual celebrando los cuentos. Toda la familia está invitada a disfrutar de las actuaciones de Rodrigo, Carly y Calypsa, un artista de Drag de Central Oregon.

    A virtual event celebrating stories. The whole family is invited to enjoy the presentations of Rodrigo, Carly, and Calypsa, a Central Oregon Drag Artist. Noche de cuentos es una iniciativa formada para celebrar la tradición oral de Latinoamérica para conectar nuestras comunidades Latinx. En Deschutes Public Library expandimos esta iniciativa a incluir los abundantes medios que usan artistas Latinx para compartir sus historias y talentos. Este mes disfruten de una presentación narrativa de Rodrigo, aprendan como emprender una relación con los cuentos con Carly, y escuchen a Calypsa, artista de Drag/transformista de nuestra comunidad de Central Oregon, compartir su historia y relación con el arte de Drag. ¡Invitamos a toda la familia a participar!Noche de Cuentos is an initiative that was formed to celebrate the oral storytelling traditions of Latin America as a means to connect our Latinx communities. At Deschutes Public Library, we expand this initiative to include the abundance of mediums used by Latinx Artists to tell their stories and share their talents. This month you can enjoy a storytelling presentation by Rodrigo, learn how to begin your own relationship with storytelling with Carly, and hear Calypsa, Central Oregon Drag Artists, share their history and relationship to the art of Drag. The whole family is invited!

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  • Jan 22 2021

    12:00 PM - Friday -

    Discuss Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

    Click the link above or join at or with Meeting ID 933 1634 6029

    Author! Author! New York Times bestselling writer Tayari Jones is the author of four novels. Her most recent release, An American Marriage, was an Oprah’s Book Club Selection and appeared on Barack Obama’s summer reading list as well as his year-end roundup. The novel received the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and an NAACP Image Award. Her third novel, Silver Sparrow, was added to the NEA Big Read library of classics in 2016. Elizabeth Gilbert is a journalist and author. Her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love has sold more than 12 million copies. Her most recent book is the novel City of Girls.
    Tayari Jones in conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert: January 15 at 6:00 p.m.

    "With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s families– the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich and flawed characters, she also reveals the joy, and the destruction, they brought to each other’s lives. At the heart of it all are the two girls whose lives are at stake, and like the best writers, Jones portrays the fragility of her characers with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women."

    Physical copies are available at the Downtown Bend Customer Service desk and available with no wait in Audiobook and EBook through Hoopla.


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