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Posted on: August 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Library Events: Coming Up

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Activities for All Ages in January and February 2022

Join us for free activities at home, online, and in person. For updates as they happen, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter.

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FOR KIDS & FAMILY


Fun Activity Kits for Kids

All locations every other Monday

Drop by any library location to pick up a  free surprise activity kit to keep. This month, new kits will come out on Jan. 3, Jan. 17, and Jan. 31.


In-Person Storytimes

Drop in at the Downtown Library: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.; and Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Sign up for community centers: Fridays, 10:30 a.m. 

Young children and family: join us to learn and have fun together with stories, songs, and more! Drop in at the Downtown Library or sign up in advance for storytimes at Sheldon Community Center and Echo Hollow Pool near our neighborhood branches.  Find more information and sign up.


Special at Storytimes: DanceAbility

Have fun with movement led by DanceAbility. They create an inclusive atmosphere where everybody can dance, move, and explore. This session will give young children of all abilities a chance to play with their grown-ups and each other. Sign-ups begin a week in advance for each session:

Friday, Jan. 14, 10:00 a.m.  at Sheldon Community Center

Friday, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. at Echo Hollow Pool

Friday, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. at Sheldon Community Center

Friday, Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m. at Echo Hollow Pool


Online Storytimes

New storytime each Wednesday on YouTube Live and Facebook Live 

Stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and more! Online Storytime helps little ones develop the language skills they’ll need when they’re learning to read. Plus it’s a lovely way to play together. No account or login is needed. 


Tween Scene Book Group - ages  9-12

Live online: Thursday, January 20, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start Dec. 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: https://bit.ly/TweenBookGroupJan2022

For ages 9-12 in the Eugene area. Get together for fun conversation and activity.  This month, we're reading "The Hero Next Door" edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Sign up and we’ll give you a free copy of the book to keep. Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online. Find it here.


Book Buddies Group - ages 7-9

Live online: Friday, February 11, 3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start Jan. 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Choose a time and sign up online: 

3:30 p.m. session: https://bit.ly/BookBuddiesFeb2022_330pm     

4:30 p.m. session: https://bit.ly/BookBuddiesFeb2022_430pm 

For ages 7-9 in the Eugene area. Get together online for fun conversation and activity. This month, we're reading "Captain Pug: The Dog Who Sailed the Seas" by Laura James.  Sign up and we’ll give you a free copy of the book to keep. Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


Stuck in the Middle Book Group - ages 11-14

Live online: Tuesday, February 15, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start Jan. 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: https://bit.ly/MiddleBookGroupFeb2022 

For ages 11-14 in the Eugene area. Get together to share opinions and ideas about books.  This month, we're reading "Snapdragon" by Kat Leyh.  Sign up and we’ll give you a free copy of the book to keep. Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


Tween Scene Book Group - ages  9-12

Live online: Thursday, February 17, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start Jan. 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: https://bit.ly/TweenBookGroupFeb2022 

For ages 9-12 in the Eugene area. Get together for fun conversation and activity.  This month, we're reading "Becoming Muhammad Ali" by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander.  Sign up and we’ll give you a free copy of the book to keep. Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


OBOB Book Group - grades 3-5

Live online: Tuesday, February 22, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start Jan. 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: https://bit.ly/OBOB_Feb2022   

For grades 3-5 in the Eugene, Oregon area. Get together for fun quizzes and conversation about two of this year's Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) titles. This month, we're reading "The Fourteenth Goldfish" by Jennifer L. Holm and "Some Places More Than Others" by Renée Watson. Sign up and we’ll give you free copies of the books to keep. Or enjoy the books free with your library card in print or online: 

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Some Places More Than Others


Watch online anytime:

Recorded online storytimes on our Facebook or YouTube.

Teddy Bear Picnic Online: sing and dance along with live music by Mike and Carleen McCornack and the Garden Variety Band. Recorded live in July 2021.

Kids Show: Red Yarn's Backyard: sing, dance, and learn with fave family performer Red Yarn and his colorful crew of puppet critter. Recorded live in June 2021.

Bilingual Storytime Onlinewith special guest Naibe Reynoso, author of the children's book "How to Fold a Taco/Como Doblar un Taco." Recorded live in April 2021.

Bilingual Storytime Online: join Toña Aguilar online for fun stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English. Two storytimes: September 2020 and April 2021.

Día recommended children's books: our librarians suggest titles, recorded live in English  in April 2021.

Pigeon Party: a storytime with special performances celebrating the character Pigeon from Mo Willem's beloved books, recorded live in March 2021.

Oregon's Dino-Story: learn about dinosaurs in Oregon's past with paleontologists from UO's Museum of Natural and Cultural History, shared in March 2021.


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FOR TEENS 


Animanga Club

Downtown Library: Tuesday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.

Ages 13- 19: drop in to watch “Jujutsu Kaisen,” eat Japanese snacks, and win some manga and swag.


Stuck in the Middle Book Group - ages 11-14

Live online: Tuesday, February 15, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start Jan. 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: https://bit.ly/MiddleBookGroupFeb2022 

For ages 11-14 in the Eugene area. Get together to share opinions and ideas about books.  This month, we're reading "Snapdragon" by Kat Leyh.  Sign up and we’ll give you a free copy of the book to keep. Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


Teen Book Group - ages 13-19

Downtown Library: Wednesday, February 16, 4:00 p.m.

Sign-ups start Jan. 15.  Sign up online: https://bit.ly/TeenBookGroupFeb2022 

Ages 13-19: get together in person at the Downtown Library to share opinions and ideas about books. This month, we're reading "The Black Flamingo" by Dean Atta.  Sign up and we’ll give you a free copy of the book to keep. Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


Watch online anytime:

William Ritter: Live Interview  Enjoy a talk with the author of the popular and beloved "Jackaby" and "Oddmire" series, recorded summer 2020. 


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FOR ADULTS


Ken Babbs: Author Talk

Downtown Library and online live: Saturday, January 15, 2:00 p.m.

Join Ken Babbs for a talk about his latest work, "Cronies, A Burlesque: Adventures with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, the Merry Pranksters, and the Grateful Dead." Drop in to hear the talk in person at the Downtown Library or watch online on YouTube Live.

Ken Babbs was a co-founder of the Merry Pranksters and continues to be a 1960’s cultural icon. His literary memoir has just been published by Eugene's own Tsunami Press. Its 70 stories express Babbs' spirit of adventure through anecdotes featuring the Grateful Dead, Ken Kesey, Wendell Berry, Allen Ginsberg, and a host of others: the cronies. He calls these tales "burlesques” because at age 85, with many years spent "in the wide friendly center of an evolving, at times psychedelic culture, memory no longer can, or even should include an exact retelling, but only a tasty sprinkling of the truth, mixed with an endless enigma, all topped with the best of humor and heart." Books will be available for purchase at the in-person event, courtesy of Tsunami Books. 


Windfall Reading Series: Kimberly Johnson and Keli Osborn 

Live online: Tuesday, January 18, 6:00  p.m., YouTube Live

Join Lane Literary Guild and Eugene Public Library for a livestream Windfall Reading, a monthly gathering highlighting local and regional writers. This month, writers Kimberly Johnson and Keli Osborn read and take questions. More information and watch: bit.ly/WindfallJan2022


Book Groups: “Braiding Sweetgrass"

Online: Wednesday, January 19, 6:00 p.m.

Downtown Library: Saturday, January 22, 2:00 p.m.

Sign-ups start Dec. 15:

Online book group (for adults in the Eugene area)

In-person book group

Get together in person at the Downtown Library to chat about "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  Sign up for the book group and we'll give you a free copy of the book to read and keep. Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.

Note: "Braiding Sweetgrass" is the University of Oregon Common Reading selection this year.  Everyone's invited to watch the livestream of the author's campus talk on Monday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m. "Purchase" a free ticket: https://ticket.uoregon.edu/uo/rwk-stream


Record Listening Party: "Donuts"

Downtown Library: Wednesday, January 26, 5:30 p.m.  

Join hosts DJ Jeff Ray and Greg Sutherland of House of Records to listen together to "Donuts" by J. Dilla. It's one of the most popular, influential, and innovative hip-hop albums of this young century, "Donuts" is a dizzying mix of found samples, chopped-up snippets of obscure 70s soul records, and old commercials. While some label it simply as instrumental hip-hop, others consider it a form of "sound sculpture." Dilla famously recorded it while laying on a hospital bed, using a stripped-down home studio set-up and a crate of his favorite records. It was released on his 32nd birthday, three days before his death.


Job Search Help

Ongoing: by appointment at the Downtown Library: call  541-686-7985 to schedule

Make a one-on-one appointment to meet in person at the Downtown Library with an advisor from Lane County Workforce Services. These friendly experts help job seekers make career plans, become more employable, improve job search skills, and find work. Topics include online applications, resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, community resources, networking, training scholarships. This service is free and available in English and Spanish. Lane Workforce Partnership/WorkSource Lane is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. This program is co-sponsored by Lane County Human Services, Lane Workforce Partnership, and Eugene Public Library. Call 541-686-7985 to schedule an appointment.


Exhibit: Paintings by Jonathan Short

Downtown Library 2nd floor,  November through February

Jonathan Short's colorful paintings are inspired by nature. Short is originally from the East Coast, where he studied art since childhood. Influenced by many trips on the train to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York City, he then studied at  The Art Students League N.YC. and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  He says, "The air of Oregon has inspired me to pursue painting. It's like a religious experience."


Watch online anytime:

Windfall Reading Series: monthly readings by NW writers coordinated by Lane Literary Guild.  Watch past Windfall Readings on YouTube.

Shifting the Narrative: A Conversation on Race and Identity in Children’s Books panel on YouTube Live, recorded in October 2021. 

"1000 Hopes" Project and Oregon BIPOC Experiences panel on YouTube Live, recorded in June 2021.

What to Read Next: book recommendations for all ages on a variety of themes by Eugene Public Library. Watch "What to Read Next" on YouTube.

History of Comics Censorship: Banned Books Week talk: on YouTube Live, recorded in October 2020. 


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ONGOING: LIBRARY FRIENDS AND FOUNDATION

Friends of Eugene Public Library: Book Store and Online Book Sales

The Friends' Second Hand Prose book store offers amazing deals on gently-used books in the Entry Garden of the Downtown Library.  You can also shop online for store pick-up or at the Friends' Amazon store. See store hours and shopping information.


Imagination Library Luncheon

Watch anytime on YouTube

Enjoy the recording of the 2021 Imagination Library of Eugene event featuring "Stone Soup" cartoonist Jan Eliot, children’s author/illustrator Sandy Silverthorne, Dr. Audrey Lucero, joke-telling kids, and more.


Imagination Library Film: Live Online

Watch anytime: Facebook Live 

Stream the new, uplifting documentary, "The Library That Dolly Built," free: https://www.facebook.com/dollysimaginationlibrary/videos/369048854395459.  No Facebook account or login is needed. Visit  Eugene Imagination Library to learn about our local program, including how to sign up your child (ages 0 through 4) and how to donate to support the program.


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ONLINE & ONGOING

All free! Some online actitivies require a library card. If you don’t have one, call us to sign up: 541-682-5450. 


Personalized reading recommendations

Get expert suggestions to match your tastes and interests. Fill out our online form for adults or kids and teens,  email us, live chat with us, or call us at 541-682-5450. 


Book lists, reviews, and more

Booklist Online  

Books & Authors  

NoveList Plus


Eugene Public Library Escape Rooms

Solve puzzles and clues to escape! Work on these fun challenges alone or as a team. 

- Ghost Ship Escape Room (ages 10 and up)

- Undersea Atlantis Escape Room (ages 10 and up)

- The Labyrinth: Greek Mythology Escape Room (ages 10 and up)

- Spy School: Secret Agent Training Escape Room - Part 1 (ages 13 and up)

- Spy School: Secret Agent Training Escape Room - Part 2 (ages 13 and up)

- Murder in the Library (ages 13 and up)

- Murder at the Ski Resort (ages 13 and up)


Art Exhibit: Acrylic Paintings by Amy Hartsfield

Enjoy a video art exhibit featuring paintings of trees and other "nature-scapes" by self-taught Eugene artist Amy Hartsfield.


Women Make Waves: Listening Experience  

Take a listening adventure with a wide variety of performers and types of music. Start now.


Ancestry.com

Explore your family tree, history, and more. Library card required. Start now.


LinkedIn Learning

Formerly known as Lynda.com, these professional courses provide training in software development, web development, design, photography, and business. Library card required. Start now.

 

Mango Languages 

Interactive lessons to learn dozens of  languages, including English as a second language. Library card required. Start now.





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