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SUMMER READING FOR ALL AGES
Through August, everyone’s invited to celebrate Summer Reading. Learn more, sign up, and get your bingo card!
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FOR KIDS & FAMILY
Free Summer Reading Books
Drop by curbside: Monday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pick up a free book for each child and teen to keep! Drop by curbside at the Downtown Library, Bethel Branch, or Sheldon Branch, Mondays through Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Books courtesy of the Friends of Eugene Public Library.
Family Storytime LIVE
Online: Fridays, 11:00 a.m., Facebook Live
Stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and more - live! 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. Join us live, or later, or over and over on the Library’s Facebook.
Learn About Bees
Online: Facebook video
Kids and family: join learn about bees and pollination with this specially-recorded video activity with WREN (Willamette Resources and Educational Network). Explore native bees and bee habitats around the West Eugene Wetlands. These small pollinators that make a huge impact! Build an edible model of a bee and nesting ground, talk with bee professionals, and make a bee drinking station.
Louisiana Fiddlin’ Show: Kelly Thibodeaux
Online: Wednesday, August 5, 1:00 p.m., Facebook video
Kids of all ages: enjoy high-energy "swamp rock" fiddle tunes, songs, and storytelling with the amazingly entertaining Kelly Thibodeaux in a specially-created interactive video. Sing, clap, and stomp along -- plus draw illustrations.
Online: Wednesday, August 12, 1:00 p.m., Facebook Live
Kids of all ages: explore STEM with hands-on activities inspired by storybooks and led by Eugene Science Center. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math -- and it adds up to fun! Available on the Library’s Facebook for one week.
Online: Wednesday, August 19, 1:00 p.m., Facebook Live
Kids of all ages: join entertainer and educator Yumi Torimaru to listen to and learn about the taiko (drum), shinobue (bamboo flute), and tsugaru shamisen (lute). The founding director of the Portland-based taiko group Takohachi and a creator of Kotori Japanese Music, she “considers herself a hybrid of Japanese and American” who “grew up in two cultures and her music lives in both.” Available on the Library’s Facebook for one week.
Tween Scene Book Group
Online: Thursday, August 20, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
Preregistration required to receive event link: call 541-682-5450.
This month, Tween Scene book group is reading "Sweep" by Jonathan Auxier. Join a fun conversation and activity for ages 9-12. Sign up and we’ll mail the book to you; or get the eBook free with your library card: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12463115
Comedy for the Kids
Online: Wednesday, August 26, 1:00 p.m., Facebook Live
Kids of all ages: join us for a zany live show by fave performer Angel Ocasio! Laugh and play with his high-energy mix of physical comedy, magic, juggling, jokes, music, and audience participation. Available on the Library’s Facebook for one week.
Teddy Bear Picnic
We held this summer’s Teddy Bear Picnic outside and online. Sing along and dance with Mike and Carleen McCornack and the Garden Variety Band! Watch it now.
Stuck in the Middle and Teen Book Group: Together!
Online: Thursday, August 13, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
This month, two of our youth book groups are meeting together -- and reading two books! Ages 11 to 19: enjoy "Miles Morales: Spider-Man" by Jason Reynolds and "A Thousand Beginnings and Endings" edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman.
Sign up and we’ll mail the books to you; or get the eBooks free with your library card:
Miles Morales: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11931652A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: https://bit.ly/32nMRbJ
Online: Monday, August 17 through Wednesday, August 19, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Zoom
Preregister starting July 27 to receive event link: call 541-682-5450.
Ages 13 - 19: join us online for Dungeons and Dragons! This three-day campaign will feature pre-rolled characters you can customize.
William Ritter: Live Interview
Missed our live interview with William Ritter, author of the popular and beloved "Jackaby" and "Oddmire" series? Watch it now.
Visual Arts Week
Curbside exhibits at the Downtown Library: August 7 through August 15
"Black Is Beautiful" - on the fence on Charnelton Street
60-foot panel installation created by the Eugene BIPOC Artist Collective.
"Create Your Own Sculpture Treasure Hunts" - in the windows on 10th Ave.
DIY art activity created by Earthbound Moon.
"Portrait of a Woman: Leaf Life" - in the windows on 10th Ave.
Digital art by Susan Detroy.
Book Group for Adults: "Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult "
Online: Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 p.m., Zoom
Preregister starting August 1 to receive event link: call 541-682-5450.
Do you love, miss, and long to know more about Ramona, Edmund, Harriet, Almanzo, and the Cat in the Hat? Get together with a community of readers for a lively conversation inspired by Bruce Handy’s funny and sometimes provocative book. Revisit beloved children’s books and learn about their philosophical, psychological, and literary underpinnings. “Let the wild rumpus start!”
Get the book free with your library card:
Audio book: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11944086
FRIENDS & FOUNDATION SPECIAL EVENTS
Surprise Me! Friends Book Sale
Online purchasing opens Mon., August 3, 9:00 a.m., https://libraryfriendsmarket.com
This summer, the Friends of Eugene Public Library is holding drive up “Surprise Me!” used book sales. Choose a genre for a bag of ten books for adults for $10, or order a bag of fifteen children’s books for $10. Pick-up appointments will be August 16 at the Friends’ warehouse on Hwy. 99. Get more information and order: https://libraryfriendsmarket.com
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. Through summer, library cards for online use are free to all in Eugene, including outside city limits.
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.
Eugene Public Library Escape Rooms
Solve puzzles and clues to escape! Work on these fun challenges alone or as a team.
- 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 (ages 13 and up)
Women Make Waves: Listening Experience
Take a listening adventure with a wide variety of performers and types of music. Start now.
Delightful short "tastes of storytimes" we recorded this spring. Enjoy on Facebook or Instagram.
Explore your family tree, history, and more. Library card required. Start now.
Professional courses in software development, web development, design, photography, and business. Library card required. Start now.
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!