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Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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Sunday12:005:00
Monday10:008:00
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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  • Oct 20 2018

    2:00 PM - Saturday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Join OUTCentral Oregon and Hunter Lee Hughes for Open Mic.

    In collaboration with OUTCentral Oregon and writer, director, and producer of "Guys Reading Poems," Hunter Lee Hughes, step up to the mic and read your favorite classic poem, or your own personal work of up to five minutes. All community members are welcome to read and attend.

    Registration is open to the first ten people who wish to read, and ten additional spots will be open at the event for spontaneous readers.

    Hunter Lee Hughes (writer-director-producer) created "Guys Reading Poems" after immersing himself in poetry books left to him by his late grandmother Kathleen. He committed to write and direct Guys Reading Poems with the hope of effectively combining visual poetry with narrative storytelling in a feature film.

    Hunter’s previous directing effort was the comedy narrative webseries "Dumbass Filmmakers!", launched in 2012, which won four awards at L.A.WebFest, including “Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.” Hunter also wrote and produced "Winner Takes All", which screened at ten international film festivals before being acquired for distribution as part of the "Black Briefs" collection of dark short films. Most recently, he wrote and directed the theater piece, "Nathaniel Quinn, Filmmaker" which had its world premiere at Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles on August 31st.

    Hunter’s two previous plays, "Fate of the Monarchs" and "The Sermons of John Bradley", were mounted in Los Angeles, with "Fate of the Monarchs" being chosen as “Critic’s Pick” by BackStage West and "The Sermons of John Bradley" winning “Best Leading Actor in A Drama – Male” by StageSceneLA.com for the 2008-2009 Season.

    Hunter’s favorite poet is Rumi.

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  • Oct 21 2018

    2:00 PM - Sunday - Brooks Room

    Get the skinny on upcoming ballot measures.

    The League of Women Voters will discuss the pros and cons of ballot measures 102, 103, 104, 105, and 106.

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  • Oct 22 2018

    10:00 AM - Monday - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Oct 22 2018

    10:00 AM - Monday - 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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  • Oct 22 2018

    10:30 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

    Celebrate fall with stories, songs, painting and crafts. family
    Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets with lots of lovely colors, what a beautiful treat! Bring the whole family for a seasonal Pumpkin Party at the library. Stories for the kids, crafts, games and decorating a pumpkin for the family.

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  • Oct 22 2018

    5:30 PM - Monday - Hutchinson Room * Registration Required

    Learn to identify four distinct modes of poetic writing (naming, saying, singing, imagining) and apply those poetic modes to prose with Dr. Emily Carr. Registration is free but required.

    This seminar is designed to introduce writers (of any genre) to the practice of reading and writing poetry. We will pay particular attention to the craft elements foregrounded in poetry that can support work in prose. Be warned: you may fall in love with this wildly unmarketable art! In Part 1, participants will learn to identify four distinct modes of poetic writing (naming, saying, singing, imagining) and apply those poetic modes to their work.

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  • Oct 22 2018

    6:00 PM - Monday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    SCORE Small Business Workshop: Digital marketing for small business.

    What do you really need for a strong marketing strategy for your small business? In this session we’ll look at the core elements of a successful marketing strategy, taking into consideration the budget and time constraints of running a small business. Effective and simple-to-use low-cost and no-cost online marketing tools will be emphasized—such as websites, email and social media—along with strategies to use them together to amplify each other and save time. Free, but space is limited and registration is required.

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  • Oct 24 2018

    10:15 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Ages 18-36 months. Stories, Rhymes and Songs

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  • Oct 24 2018
  • Oct 24 2018

    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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  • Oct 24 2018
  • Oct 24 2018

    5:15 PM - Wednesday - Second Floor * 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. Lottery numbers will be handed out starting at 5 p.m. and drawn at 5:15 p.m.

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  • Oct 24 2018

    6:00 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Join award-winning storyteller Heather McNeil for chilling tales to haunt your heart.

    Storytelling is an ancient art that combines creativity, performance skills and the human need for imagination. Heather McNeil is a third generation storyteller who has collected folktales, myths, and legends from other cultures and times of history. She’ll mesmerize you with stories that are old and new, Celtic and southern, and, most of all, downright creepy.

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  • Oct 25 2018

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

    Deschutes Public Library will host a free workshop on finding funders for nonprofit organizations.

    Introduction to Finding Grants will provide an overview of the funding research process for nonprofits seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities. Participants will learn tips on how best to identify funding sources for nonprofit organizations, highlighting the electronic and print resources available for free at Deschutes Public Library. This workshop will include a demonstration of Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Center’s premiere searchable database that provides information on more than 140,000 grantmakers and over 5 million grant records.

    Registration is limited and registration is recommended.

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  • Oct 25 2018
  • Oct 25 2018

    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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