In the Know eNewsletter | May 2021
A Novel Idea Wraps Up: Don't Miss Authors Laila Lalami and Kelly Yang
A Novel Idea wraps up the first weekend of May when authors Laila Lalami and Kelly Yang present live on our YouTube channel: Yang on Saturday, May 1, at 4:00 p.m., and Lalami on Sunday, May 2, at 4:00 p.m. Before their presentations, be sure to check out all of the great A Novel Idea programming available online for you to watch any timeincluding a tour of Joshua Tree National Park, a look at Moroccan history, a book club discussion with Lalami, an exploration of synesthesia, a look at quilts and art created using the books as inspiration, and so much more. The authors' presentations and all programming are free thanks to the support of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation and its sponsors, including Lonza, Oregon Cultural Trust, The Roundhouse Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, US Bank, and the E.H. & M.E. Bowerman Advised Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. You can support the Foundation's work by making a donation.
Using Your Library in a Way that Works for You
Though vaccinations are on the rise, we realize that everyone has different comfort levels in public spaces. That's why we're giving you a variety of ways to use your library.
CURBSIDE SERVICE: If you're not ready to visit our buildings, you can use Curbside Service to pick up your holds with just a few quick texts.
  • DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: You can also use our digital resources to download eBooks and magazines, and stream audio books, music, movies, and more from home.
  • VISIT THE LIBRARY: If you'd like to visit your library to do quick browsing, pick up a hold, use a computer, or access free printing and copying services, all locations are open for visits of up to 60 minutes.
Find answers to frequently asked questions and the most up-to-date information on library operations here (updated weekly).
In Conversation: Poets Elizabeth Acevedo and Mahogany Browne
Join us online on May 6 when we welcome authors Mahogany Browne and Elizabeth Acevedo for an afternoon of poetry and purpose. Acevedo (right) is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Poet X, which won numerous awards, including the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She is also the author of Clap When You Land and With the Fire on High. Browne (left) is a writer, organizer, and educator and is the Executive Director of Bowery Poetry Club, the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, and Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Her books include Woke: A Young Poets Call to JusticeWoke Baby, Black Girl MagicChlorine Sky, and more. This livestreamed event is free, but registration is required.
"Know Islands" in May with Your Library
By definition, an island is any area of land smaller than a continent entirely surrounded by water. But islands are more than just small areas of land. Get to know these special places as we explore islands throughout May. Cook delicious Puerto Rican food and relax to the sounds of Bill Keale. Learn about endemic animals of Madagascar, the geologically young volcanic islands we live amongst, and archaeology of the Caribbean/Pacific Islands. Hear a quirky history of the San Juan Islands and retrace Odysseus’s journey in the Mediterranean. Find all programs here.
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May marks a time when communities celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and their contributions, influence, and achievements to the history and culture of the United States. The month of May was chosen to celebrate the emigration of the first Japanese Americans in May 1843, and to honor the Chinese immigrants who contributed to the transcontinental railroad, which was completed in May 1896. Join us in celebrating and recognizing this heritage through books and resources for adults, teens, and children that you'll find at your library that illuminate and teach us about the Asian and Pacific Islander American (AAPI) experience.
Get Ready: Summer with the Library is Coming
Summer is comingand so is Summer with the Library! This fun annual celebration is for all ages, from infants to adults, and includes fun activities and programs to keep everyone reading and moving all summer long. And just like in years past, we have some great prizes available! It all kicks off in June, so keep an eye out on our website as well as our Instagram and Facebook pages for more information in second half of May.
Everyone 16 and Older Is Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine
As of now, all Oregonians 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. You can quickly pre-register for a vaccine through Deschutes County Health online at After you register, and when there is a dose available for you, you'll receive a link to schedule your appointment.
Follow the links below to learn how to access these programs online.
New story times are posted every week on our website. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more, including STEAM programs and scavenger hunts.

Weekly Children's Activity - Pick up a weekly craft kit for kids from your library; visit our web calendar for locations and days
Bloomin' Grab-and-Go Kits - 5/8, 5/22
Grow with the Library - 5/12
Your Next Book: Kids Edition - 5/26

Microscopic Zoo - 5/11
Teen Reading Room - 5/13
Write On! Writing Group for Teens: Book Review Edition - 5/25

Abogado en la Biblioteca - 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26

Roundabout Books: The Other Americans - 5/5
Redmond: Calypso - 5/13
Sisters: Mango and Peppercorns - 5/13
East Bend: A Spark of Light - 5/18
La Pine: A Spark of Light - 5/18
DPL Book Club Central - 5/18
Sisters: Searching for Sylvie Lee - 5/26
Downtown Bend: The Overstory - 5/28

Candidate Forum: Redmond School Board Positions 3 and 4 - 5/3
Candidate Forum: Redmond School Board Positions 1 and 2 - 5/4
Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexican Identity - 5/4
This Too Shall Pass: Lessons in Resiliency - 5/5
Lawyer in the Library - 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
Finding Grants from Home - 5/6
In Conversation: Poets Elizabeth Acevedo and Mahogany Browne - 5/6
Candidate Forum: Redmond Parks & Rec Board - 5/6
Know Islands: A Taste of Puerto Rico - 5/8
Know Islands: Island Archaeology & the Anthropocene - 5/12
Know Islands: Traveling the Mediterranean with Odysseus - 5/15
Make Your Website Work for You - 5/18
Know Islands: The Pig War--The San Juan Islands in Conflict - 5/18
Redmond Caves: An Archaeological Treasure in an Urban Landscape - 5/19
Know Islands: Endemic Animals of Madagascar - 5/20
Know Islands: Islands Away with Bill Keale - 5/21
Community Conversations: Public Service in the 21st Century - 5/23
Know Islands: Islands in Time - 5/26

Publishing Panel - 5/11
Introduction to Nature Journals - 5/13