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Posted on: August 31, 2020

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Activities for All Ages in June and July 2021

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FOR KIDS & FAMILY


Summer Reading for All Ages!

June 1 through August 31, all locations

Kids, teens, and adults: you're invited to celebrate with Eugene Public Library all summer, inspired by this year’s theme “Reading Colors Your World.” Summer Reading helps kids keep their skills up while school's out and it's fun for everyone. All activities are free, with no library card required. 

Kids and teens: drop by any library location to choose a free brand-new book to keep, courtesy of the Friends of Eugene Public Library. Pick up  your all-ages Summer Reading Book Bingo card, too. Play bingo by reading books to match a line of squares, then return your card to be entered in a raffle for gift cards to local businesses. Plus: enjoy events online and in person, including book groups, storytimes, craft kits, StoryWalks, and more.


StoryWalks in the Parks 

All ages: enjoy  children's picture books displayed on a series of signs arranged in order along the path.

At Petersen Barn:

- Every day through June 30: Bilingual StoryWalk featuring "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear / El Ratoncito, La Fresca Roja, y Madura y El Gran Oso Hambriento "

- Every day through July 6: Bilingual Storybook Obstacle Course

- Every day in July: Bilingual StoryWalk featuring "Knuffle Bunny / El Conejito Knuffle"

At Willakenzie Park:

- Every day July 1 through July 28: Bilingual StoryWalk featuring  "Mango, Abuela, and Me / Mango, Abuela, y Yo"

Thanks to the StoryWalk® Project, created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.


Crafts and STEM Kits for Kids

All locations 

Drop by any Library location to pick up free kids' activity kits to keep, featuring a variety of arts and science activities. There's a new kit starting each Monday, while supplies last.

June 28: STEAM Kit: "Power of Plants" by UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History; featuring video activity program: https://bit.ly/power_of_plants

July 5: Craft Kit: Rainbow Wall Hanging by Adventure! Children's Museum

July 12: STEAM Kit: Acids and Bases by Oregon Tutor

July 19: Craft Kit: Fairy Doors

July 26: Art Kit by DanceAbility 


Art Kit for Tweens and Teens

All locations: starting Monday, June 28

Tweens and teens: drop by any library location to pick up a free kit to make magnetic poetry. While supplies last.


In Person Storytimes in July

Multiple days in July, indoors and outside

Young children and family: join us to learn and have fun together with stories, songs, and more! We're hosting in-person storytimes indoors and in parks in a variety of locations around town. Pre-registration is required and begins one week before each event (at 10:00 a.m. on the same day of the week as the storytime you're signing up for). Please sign up for only one storytime each week, so we can serve as many children as possible.  See upcoming dates and locations and sign up here. 


Online Storytime

Live online: Wednesdays in July at 10:30 a.m., Facebook Live 

Stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and more - live! 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 Facebook account or login is needed. Join us live, or later, or over and over here.


Creating Comics Online Workshop

Live online in three parts: Wednesdays, July 7, 14, and 21 at 12:00 p.m., Zoom

Ages 9 to 19: sign up for our free three-part online workshop to learn to create a comic from start to finish with professionals Annie Erskine and Clinton W. Waters. Register for this workshop for Eugene-area tweens and teens  at https://bit.ly/2TZxdBU


Art Kit for Tweens and Teens

All locations: starting Monday, July 12

Tweens and teens: drop by any library location to pick up a free kit to create painted rocks. While supplies last.


Book Buddies Group - ages 7-9

Live online: Thursday, July 15, 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start June 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Choose a time and sign up online: 
3:00 p.m. session: http://bit.ly/BookBuddiesJuly2021_3pm 
4:00 p.m. session: http://bit.ly/BookBuddiesJuly2021_4pm

For ages 7-9 in the Eugene area. Get together online for fun conversation and activity. This month, we're reading "The Big Secret" by Alexa Pearl, illustrated by Paco Sordo. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you to keep! Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


Teddy Bear Picnic

Saturday, July 17, 11:00 a.m.

Sign up to join us in person, starting one week in advance: https://eugene.libcal.com/event/7981069 

Or watch on YouTube Live: https://bit.ly/TeddyBearPicnic2021

Join us for a favorite Eugene Public Library tradition: Teddy Bear Picnic! Featuring live music by Mike and Carleen McCornack and The Garden Variety Band, with lots of fun sing-and-dance alongs for young children and family. Watch live on YouTube or sign up for limited spaces to participate in person at the park outside Amazon Community Center


Stuck in the Middle Book Group - ages 11-14

Live online: Wednesday, July 21, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start June 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: http://bit.ly/MiddleBookGroupJuly2021

For ages 11-14 in the Eugene area. Get together to share opinions and ideas about books.  This month, we're reading "Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you 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, July 22, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start June 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: http://bit.ly/TweenBookGroupJuly2021

For ages 9-12 in the Eugene area. Get together for fun conversation and activity. This month, we're reading "Doodleville" by Chad Sell. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you to keep! Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


Art Kit for Tweens and Teens

All locations: starting Monday, July 26

Tweens and teens: drop by any library location to pick up a free kit to create a Pop Tart pillow. While supplies last.


Watch online anytime:

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 liv e 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.

Online Storytimes on our Facebook or YouTube.


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FOR TEENS


Summer Reading for All Ages!

June 1 through August 31, all locations

Kids, teens, and adults: you're invited to celebrate with Eugene Public Library all summer, inspired by this year’s theme “Reading Colors Your World.” Summer Reading helps kids keep their skills up while school's out and it's fun for everyone. All activities are free, with no library card required. 

Kids and teens: drop by any library location to choose a free brand-new book to keep, courtesy of the Friends of Eugene Public Library. Pick up  your all-ages Summer Reading Book Bingo card, too. Play bingo by reading books to match a line of squares, then return your card to be entered in a raffle for gift cards to local businesses. Plus: enjoy events online and in person, including book groups, storytimes, craft kits, StoryWalks, and more.


Art Kit for Tweens and Teens

All locations: starting Monday, June 28

Tweens and teens: drop by any library location to pick up a free kit to make magnetic poetry. While supplies last.


Creating Comics Online Workshop

Live online in three parts: Wednesdays, July 7, 14, and 21 at 12:00 p.m., Zoom

Ages 9 to 19: sign up for our free three-part online workshop to learn to create a comic from start to finish with professionals Annie Erskine and Clinton W. Waters. Register for this workshop for Eugene-area tweens and teens  at https://bit.ly/2TZxdBU


Teen Team: In-Person Volunteering 

Apply here: https://bit.ly/TeenTeamSummer2021

Teen Team volunteers ages 13 to 19 help library staff keep books in order and correctly identified, prepare crafts for children, create displays, organize books, and more. This small volunteer group will meet in person at the Downtown Library on Thursdays for 8 weeks, July 8 through August 26, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Starting July 1, find more information and apply here:  https://bit.ly/TeenTeamSummer2021 


Teen Book Group - ages 13-19

Live online: Tuesday, July 20, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start June 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: http://bit.ly/TeenBookGroupJuly2021

For ages 13-19 in the Eugene area. Get together to share opinions and ideas about books. This month, we're reading "The Bone Houses" by Emily Lloyd-Jones. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you 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: Wednesday, July 21, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Sign-ups start June 15. Preregistration required to receive event link. Sign up online: http://bit.ly/MiddleBookGroupJuly2021

For ages 11-14 in the Eugene area. Get together to share opinions and ideas about books.  This month, we're reading "Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you 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


Summer Reading for All Ages!

June 1 through August 31, all locations

Kids, teens, and adults: you're invited to celebrate with Eugene Public Library all summer, inspired by this year’s theme “Reading Colors Your World.” Summer Reading helps kids keep their skills up while school's out and it's fun for everyone. All activities are free, with no library card required. 

Drop by any location to pick up  your all-ages Summer Reading Book Bingo card. Play bingo by reading books to match a line of squares, then return your card to be entered in a raffle for gift cards to local businesses. Enjoy events online and in person, including book groups, storytimes, craft kits, StoryWalks, and more. And for kids and teens in your life: come to any  library location to choose a free brand-new book to keep, courtesy of the Friends of Eugene Public Library.  


"The House in the Cerulean Sea" Book Group 

In person: Saturday, July 31, 11:00 a.m., Maurie Jacobs Park (sign-ups start July 1)

Sign up to get together to share opinions and ideas about one of our featured Summer Reading books. We'll provide a free copy of the book for you to read and keep.  Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


Online: Renters' Rights Info

Live online: Wednesday, June 30, 6:00 p.m., Zoom

Tune in for a live online presentation about current renters' rights with Joanne DiPaola of the nonprofit DevNW. Get information about the eviction and foreclosure moratorium, renter protections, your rights and responsibilities, and resources available to assist you.

No registration is needed; on Wed., June 30 at 6:00 p.m., go to https://eugene-or-gov.zoom.us/j/83743868086 . The meeting ID is 837 4386 8086.

Or call to listen at any one of these US toll-free numbers: 877 853 5257 ;  888 475 4499;  833 548 0276;  833 548 0282.

DevNW is a nonprofit whose "programs, services, and real estate development are designed to help communities — and the people who live in them — thrive. We grow vibrant Northwest communities with our comprehensive work, which ranges from the construction of affordable homes and advocacy for policy change to classes and one-on-one counseling that help people meet their own benchmarks for success."  Learn more about DevNW.


Career Exploration Workshop

Live online: Thursday, July  8 and/or Thursday, July 22, 10:00 a.m., GoToMeeting

Join Lane County Workforce Services to explore ways to identify your skills and interests while researching possible career choices.  Career exploration will provide you access to assessments based on preference and gained experiences.  In addition, we will review the labor market and discover jobs in growing local industries. 

At the time of the meeting, visit https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/812729269The meeting ID # is 812-729-269. You may be prompted to download the free GoToMeeting app or log in on the web.  GoToMeeting is free. You can also attend by phone at 646-749-3122. 

This workshop will be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, featuring updated information and changing conversations. Participate at one session or more. No registration needed. 

For more information,  contact Lane County Workforce Services by phone 541-686-7985 or email lchswm@lanecountyor.gov..


Art Kit for Adults

All locations: starting Friday, July 9

Adults: drop by any library location to pick up a free kit to create tissue paper flowers. While supplies last.


"World of Wonders" Book Group 

In person:  Saturday, July 10, 10:00 a.m., Hays Tree Garden (Alton Baker Park)

Online: Wednesday, August 4, 11:00 a.m., Zoom (sign-ups start July 1)

In person: Saturday, August 7, 10:00 a.m., in the park at Amazon Community Center (sign-ups start July 1)

Get together to share opinions and ideas about one of our featured Summer Reading books. Pick up your free copy of the book at any library location.  Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.


Small Business Webinar: Angel Investing with Tim Berry

Live online: Thursday, July 22, 1:00 p.m., Zoom

Preregistration required to receive event link: click here.

Learn the basics and get guidance about angel investing as an option for funding a business, with expert Tim Berry. Brought to you by SCORE Willamette and Eugene Public Library.


Grupo de lectura en español para adultos (Book group for adults in Spanish)

Sábado 24 de julio,  11:00 a.m., en persona en el Parque Emerald

Reunámonos para hablar de el libro "Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana".  Las inscripciones comienzan a las 10 am el jueves, 1 de julio. Más información y preregistrarse: https://eugene.libcal.com/event/7963488


"The House in the Cerulean Sea" Book Group 

In person: Saturday, July 31, 11:00 a.m., Maurie Jacobs Park (sign-ups start July 1)

Sign up to get together to share opinions and ideas about one of our featured Summer Reading books. We'll provide a free copy of the book for you to read and keep.  Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here.

 

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.


Watch online anytime:

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

Windfall Reading Series: monthly readings by NW writers coordinated by Lane Literary Guild. Watch Windfall Readings Sept. 2020 through May 2021 on YouTube. 

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 is open for browsing Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to  12:00 p.m. in the Entry Garden of the Downtown Library. Find gently-used books there, or order online for in-person pick-up. You can also browse selected items online to be shipped from the Friends' Amazon storefront.


Connecting Community: Wifi Hotspots Live Event

Watch anytime: bit.ly/connectingcommunity2021

Originally streamed live in April 2021, available to watch anytime, this Eugene Public Library Foundation and Friends of Eugene Public Library livestream event celebrated their fundraising campaign to purchase mobile wifi hotspots to lend at the library. Featuring host Storm Kennedy, an epic book domino fall, and special guests including Bev Smith, Kimberly Johnson, Dennis Dixon, Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, and more. Learn  more about the campaign: eplfoundation.org/wifi.


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.


And more ...

Yes, more learning and entertainment from home

And even more! 




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