Downtown Bend

601 NW Wall St

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Normal Operating Hours
Monday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Friday1:00 PM6:00 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.

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  • Sep 27 2021

    9:00 AM - Monday - CANCELLED

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person 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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  • Sep 27 2021

    10:00 AM - Monday - Lobby Tutor Room

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

    You can also email or call 541-728-1022 to setup phone consolations.

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  • Sep 28 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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  • Sep 28 2021

    4:00 PM - Tuesday -

    A link to view this program online will be available here beginning Tuesday, September 28 at 4:00 pm.

    Look at photos and hear tales from an urban explorer capturing a few of the many ghost towns in Oregon.

    According to some historians, Oregon has the most ghost towns of any state at about 200 sites. Since some of those former communities are described as "remnants," I think it would be pretty difficult if not impossible to visit them all. But as an urban explorer, I am certainly trying. About 50% of the hobby is photography, so in this program, I will be sharing some of my favorite shots as well as a little info about the locations, without actually giving the locations. That's because the other 50% of the hobby is gatekeeping. Not with the express goal of keeping people from exploring all together, but just to keep the numbers down to people who actually want to put in the literal footwork of finding these "bandos". Too many people = "No Trespassing" signs, and we're not fans of those. So if you don't want to drive aimlessly for hours in the hopes of spotting something you read about in a private group on Facebook but would still like to peek into an abandoned homestead from the 1860's, join me.

    Ash Knotts started her career in B&E (breaking and entering) at the tender age of 16, when her dad helped her break into a cemetery at midnight in the pursuit of a local secret society. From there, she pursued abandoned farmsteads in her native Ohio and, eventually, entire ghost towns when she relocated to Oregon. Ash was asked by Fonthill Media to write a novella/photography book about her experiences exploring ghost towns in 2019. With an excuse to travel and a lot of creative license, she penned Abandoned Oregon: Ghost Towns of the Painted Hills and Beyond. She currently lives in Portland, Or, where she divides her time between restoring vintage furniture and clothes, building terrariums, writing scripts for horror movies with friends, and exploring the wild west with her elderly dog, Sooki.


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  • Sep 29 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 541-614-6060.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-388-3187.


    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 541-388-3187.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-388-3187.


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  • Sep 29 2021

    6:00 PM - Wednesday -

    A link to view this program online will be available Wednesday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m.

    Learn how to make your own delectable dessert – at home!

    These Fruit Pie Crumble Bars are a mix between a cookie bar and a pie--the perfect transition from summer to fall.

    For this video, apple filling was used. You can substitute basically any fruit pie filling to satisfy your sweet-tooth.


    1 Cup All Purpose Flour
    1 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
    3/4 Cup Sugar
    1 tsp Cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. Salt
    2/3 Cup Melted Butter - Cooled
    1 Can Fruit Pie Filling


    *Melt the butter and let cool.

    *Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    *Line a 8x8 square ovenproof pan with parchment paper.

    *Mix flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.

    *Pour melted and cooled butter over the dry oat mixture and stir till evenly mixed, but still crumbly.

    *Pour 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared ovenproof pan, using the bottom of a flat bottom glass, press the mixture flat and even.

    *Cover the flattened oat mix with the fruit pie filling, spreading evenly to the edges.

    *Crumble the remaining oat mix evenly over the top.

    *Bake 35-40 minutes or until the top begins to brown slightly.

    *Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

    *Enjoy! Ahja King is an educator, entrepreneur, gardener, reader, wife and mother of three amazing women. Growing up near the Salinas Valley in California, her mom taught her how to grow, glean, harvest and preserve as much food as possible. *oo*

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  • Sep 30 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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  • Sep 30 2021

    1:30 PM - Thursday -

    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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  • Oct 1 2021

    9:00 AM - Friday -

    All libraries are closed for staff training. Libraries will open at 1 pm.

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  • Oct 2 2021

    3:00 PM - Saturday - Brooks Room

    This is a live webinar. Register here for the link or click on Join Program above

    Explore school at home with an expert.

    Author and education expert, Anne Crossman, offers a timely session on the four main types of school at home and how parents can make education work with their work schedules during the pandemic while still providing a quality education. Anne will demystify education at home by discussing:
    The five steps you must take BEFORE you shop for curriculum
    How to school at home with maximum independence, full financial support from the state, or a hybrid of the two
    How to homeschool with special needs
    How to transition back into mainstream education

    During the presentation, Anne will give away copies of her book and video series, “Homeschool Like an Expert” and will provide time for Q&A at the end.

    Anne Crossman is the author of Homeschool Like an Expert (2020), Getting the Best out of College (2008, 2012), Study Smart, Study Less (2011), and Trying to Remember (2011).

    She attended Stanford and Duke Universities and has taught for twenty years in high school and college classrooms, military barracks, and around kitchen tables, publishing work in The Washington Post and being featured in USA Weekend and the Chicago Tribune, among others.

    Anne offers a unique perspective on education as a former professional educator who was homeschooled as a child and has been homeschooling her children for the last fourteen years. Visit her current project at


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