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Posted on: August 31, 2020

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FOR KIDS & FAMILY


Free Books and Craft Kits for Kids to Keep

We’re extending our Summer Reading book giveaway through September. Pick up a free book for each child to keep. Books courtesy of the Friends of Eugene Public Library. Drop by at the Downtown Library (curbside): Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am-6pm; or Wednesday and Thursday, 12pm-8pm. Or drop by at Bethel and Sheldon (indoors): Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm.


Family Storytime LIVE

Online: Tuesdays at 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 here!


Bilingual StoryWalk® 

Through September 30, in the park outside Petersen Barn 

All ages: take a walk and enjoy the bilingual children’s picture book “My Colors, My World: Mis Colores, Mi Mundo” by Maya Christina Gonzalez. The beautifully illustrated pages are displayed on a series of signs arranged in order along the path to read as you stroll. 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. 


Stuck in the Middle Book Group - ages 11-14

Online: Wednesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Preregistration required to receive event link: call 541-682-5450.

Join a fun conversation and activity for ages 11-14. This month, Stuck in the Middle book group is reading "Cuckoo Song" by Frances Hardinge. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you to keep! Or enjoy it free with your library card: 

eBook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12466339

eAudiobook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13246975


Tween Scene Book Group - ages 9-12 

Online: Thursday, October 22, 4:00 p.m., Zoom 

Preregistration required to receive event link: call 541-682-5450. Note: October group is filled. Sign-ups for November group start October 15. 

Join a fun conversation and activity for ages 9-12. This month, Tween Scene book group is reading The Witch Boy" by Molly Knox Ostertag. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you to keep! Or enjoy it free with your library card: https://library2go.overdrive.com/library2go-eugene/content/media/3586942 


Watch online anytime:

Bilingual Storytime OnlineJoin Toña Aguilar online for fun stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English. On YouTube, recorded in September.


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FOR TEENS


Free Book for Teens to Keep

We’re extending our Summer Reading book giveaway through September. Pick up a free book for each child and teen to keep. Books courtesy of the Friends of Eugene Public Library. Drop by at the Downtown Library (curbside): Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am-6pm; or Wednesday and Thursday, 12pm-8pm. Or drop by at Bethel and Sheldon (indoors): Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm.


Teen Book Group - ages 13-18

Online: Tuesday, October 20, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Preregistration required to receive event link: call 541-682-5450.

A get-together for ages 13-18. This month, Teen Book Group is reading "Wilder Girls" by Rory Power. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you to keep! Or enjoy it free with your library card: 

eBook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12466339

eAudiobook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13246975


Stuck in the Middle Book Group - ages 11-14

Online: Wednesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m., Zoom

Preregistration required to receive event link: call 541-682-5450.

Join a fun conversation and activity for ages 11-14. This month, Stuck in the Middle book group is reading "Cuckoo Song’ by Frances Hardinge. Sign up and we’ll mail a free copy of the book to you to keep! Or enjoy it free with your library card: 

eBook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12466339

eAudiobook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13246975


Watch online anytime:

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


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FOR ADULTS


History of Comics Censorship: Banned Books Week talk

Thursday, October 1, 6:30 p.m., YouTube Live

Join us for a live online talk about "The Long Legacy of the Comics Code" by Andréa Gilroy, PhD, comics educator, and owner of Books With Pictures Eugene. You can set a reminder now, watch live on Thurs., Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m., or watch later on YouTube at bit.ly/ComicsCensorship.

Gilroy will discuss the successful campaign of the 1940s and 1950s to ban comics -- and even burn them -- in an effort to "protect the children." She will connect that moment in American history to current events and to the award-winning graphic novel "My Favorite Thing Is Monsters" by Emil Ferris. Learn how and why our understanding of comics as a medium has shifted over time -- and what we miss if we dismiss any form of storytelling as "just for kids."  

"My Favorite Thing Is Monsters" is available with your Eugene Public Library card as an eBook (https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11968342) or in print (https://bit.ly/2GS59cx). For more Banned Books recommended reading, with links directly to the library catalog: bit.ly/BannedBooksEug2020


The EUG Parade 2020

New date! Sunday, October 4, YouTube and CATV Channel 29

The 2020 EUG Parade/Pet Promenade is going virtual, with the theme Bounce Forward. Enjoy all the fun and silliness of our beloved EUG Parade while keeping each other safe and healthy. Community members are invited to provide entries for inclusion. The 2020 EUG Parade in Place will be available online on YouTube and on Community Television of Lane County, CATV Channel 29. More information: https://www.eugene-or.gov/2047/The-EUG-Parade-2020


The Oenology of Books: How To Pair a Wine With Your Favorite Genre

Friday, October 9, 12:00 p.m., pre-register to get Zoom link

Join the Eugene Public Library Foundation for the monthly series , “In Conversation with Experts and Enthusiasts,” each featuring a brief lecture followed by Q&A. In October, New York sommelier and Eugene native Ben Niedelman conjures the right wines to go with some of our favorite books. Ben Nieldelman grew up in Eugene, but it wasn’t until after college that he was bitten by the wine bug. He developed his palate in high-end, wine-centric restaurants, and eventually began working as a professional sommelier. His next step took him out of the restaurant industry and into wine distribution. After moving to New York, he quickly found a position as a Senior Consultant to some of the top wine collectors in the world. He is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Specialist of Wine, and holds the Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Niedelman lives in Brooklyn with his amazing Australian wife and outrageously cute dog.


Book Group for Adults: "Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult " 

Online: New date! Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m., Zoom 

Postponed from original August date; preregister to receive event link one week ahead: 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:

eBook: https://library2go.overdrive.com/media/3022436

Audio book: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11944086


Watch online anytime:

Windfall Reading Series: David Axelrod and Sabena Starkon YouTube Live, recorded in September.

Puerto Rican Cooking OnlineLearn how to make two traditional dishes, mofongo and tembleque, to satisfy both savory and sweet tastes. With Sara Cintron on YouTube, recorded in September. 


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FRIENDS & FOUNDATION SPECIAL EVENTS


Virtual Imagination Library Luncheon

Thursday, September 24, 11:45 a.m., Zoom

Join the Imagination Library Advisory Board and Eugene Public Library Foundation in celebrating the 6th birthday of our local Imagination Library! Be inspired and help us raise funds for the Imagination Library of Eugene. You’ll hear from the Foundation, Imagination Library Advisory Board, a family in the program, and local authors Bob Welch and Andre Royal Senior. The event may be virtual, but you will have time to socialize with your table during the event too. Invite your friends! Get tickets now.


The Bookish Brain Trivia Night

Saturday, October 24, 6:00 p.m., Zoom

Join a Halloween themed Bookish Brain Trivia night with your team of 4 to 6 people ($20/team), or on your own ($5) to be matched to a team. Show off your costume, share your wide-ranging knowledge, and raise funds for the Eugene Public Library while competing for prizes -- and bragging rights. Get tickets now.


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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


Exhibit: Traditional Mexican Dresses and Charro Accessories 

Through October 4 in the front windows of the Downtown Eugene Public Library

See costumes from a variety of states of the Mexican Republic, including Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Nayarit and Jalisco, in a display provided by Jessica Zapata of Eugene Arte Latino, Noche Cultural, and Ballet Alma de México.

Mexico’s modern folk dance tradition and dresses blend elements of its Indigenous, African, and European heritage. Dance and dresses evolved drastically from 1520 to 1750 with the arrival of the Spanish and continue to evolve. The iconic Charro (horseman) is representative of “La Mexicanidad,” featuring the classic sombrero, spurred boots, and more. Charrería is the national sport of Mexico, dating back to the 1500s when the Spanish brought horses and cattle to the region. UNESCO has recognized Charrería as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 


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 - 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)


Women Make Waves: Listening Experience  

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


Stay-at-home Storytimes

Delightful short "tastes of storytimes" we recorded this spring. Enjoy on Facebook or Instagram. Plus new recordings of recent storytimes held live online.


Ancestry.com

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


Lynda.com

Professional courses 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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