"Know Jo(e)" this March at Your Library

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  2/21/2019

We have plenty of Jo(e) to go around: Joe Stalin, G.I. Joe, and Jo March are only some of the anything-but-ordinary characters we will get to know this March at Deschutes Public Library. Join in on these free programs, where you can also try your hand at painting with some good ol’ Joe (coffee) and even take cues from an expert mushroom hunter with more than 30 years’ experience teaching Average Joes to forage in Central Oregon. All programs are free and open to the public; limited seating and registration required for programs marked with an asterisk(*).


Painting with Coffee at The Workhouse*

Coffee is the paint for this fun workshop at The Workhouse. Instructor Karen Eland will provide you with a pre-drawn sketch and teach you step-by-step how to paint using only coffee and water. You will take home a finished 9” x 12" coffee painting. No experience necessary. Space is limited and registration is required.

  • Sunday, March 3 - 1:00-3:00 p.m. - The Workhouse | 50 SE Scott Street, Bend


How Did Stalin Become Stalin?

Examine Stalin’s legacy and what we can learn from his brand of authoritarianism. Dr. MayaLisa Holzman explores how a young Georgian from a poor family who once studied at a seminary rose through the Bolshevik ranks to become the leader of the Soviet Union. In closing, Dr. Holzman will discuss Stalin’s legacy in Russia today and what we can learn from his brand of authoritarianism.

  • Thursday, March 7 - 6:00 p.m. - East Bend Library | 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend
  • Tuesday, March 19 - 6:00 p.m. - Redmond Library | 827 SW Deschutes Avenue, Redmond


Mushroom Hunting for the Average Joe

Join us to hear about how and where to find edible mushrooms in Central Oregon. Linda Gilpin, a local amateur mycologist with over 30 years of experience studying fungi, will talk about the variety of mushrooms fruiting in the spring in Central Oregon, focusing on the morel, its habitat, and indicator species.

  • Friday, March 8 - 3:00 p.m. - Sunriver Library | 56855 Venture Lane, Sunriver
  • Saturday, March 9 - 1:00 p.m. - Downtown Bend Library | 601 NW Wall Street, Bend


G.I. Joe

Bob Boyd presents the experiences of real-life G.I. Joes, especially those serving on the front lines of the WWII campaigns in Europe and the Pacific, using images and artifacts from their lives. Boyd takes a close look at a soldier’s daily existence within Army life, enduring loneliness, inhospitable landscapes and weather, and four years of what seemed unending combat against a skilled and determined enemy.

  • Saturday, March 16 - 2:00 p.m. - Redmond Library | 827 SW Deschutes Avenue, Redmond
  • Monday, March 18 - 6:00 p.m. - Downtown Bend Library | 601 NW Wall Street, Bend


Jo(e) March Was Not a Little Woman

Take a closer look at Jo March of Little Women with Dr. Stacey Donohue. Many readers have fond memories of the independent Jo March, but author Louisa May Alcott famously dismissed her best-selling work as “moral pablum” for girls. In this brief talk, Donohue argues that the novel was actually quite subversive for its time, criticizing the model of domesticity that it superficially seemed to support. Alcott, like Jo, refused to be a “little” woman.

  • Sunday, March 17 - 1:00 p.m. - Downtown Bend Library | 601 NW Wall Street, Bend


For more information about these programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz Goodrich at or 541-312-1032.                                          


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