Deschutes Public Library Update
April 17, 2020
In compliance with Oregon Executive Order 20-12, all Deschutes Public Library locations remain closed to the public at this time.
A Novel Idea Programming Continues
If it's April, it means A Novel Idea is in full swing! Not even a closure can keep us from celebrating this annual community reading project. You'll find online programs exploring themes found in Anne Griffin’s debut novel When All Is Said , and Griffin herself joins us by video for a culminating presentation on May 3. Click here to view a listing of the A Novel Idea programs and book club discussions that you can find online throughout April , and for more information about how to view Griffin's presentation on May 3. If you have a question for Griffin about her novel or her writing process, email it to by Friday, April 24. Griffin will answer some of the questions during her live presentation.
Upcoming Online Programs
We are moving many programs online during the closure. Be sure to keep up with the latest by using our web calendar to learn more about these and other programs:
You'll find many of our programs and lectures on our YouTube channel . You'll also find fun story times there , with new ones added every week. We add story times in English every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m., and story time in Spanish every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Ready, Set... Learn! Lynda is Back
Where can you learn to design an app, build a website, master Photoshop, and study calligraphy—as well as hundreds of other skills—all for free? With your Deschutes Public Library card and , you can now learn a new skill from anywhere you happen to be with internet access. Lynda offers more than 6,000 courses on technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. Normally costing $20 a month for the basic subscription package, Lynda is FREE for Deschutes Public Library card holders who reside in Deschutes County .
National Library Week April 19-25
The theme for National Library Week 2020, Find your place at the library , was chosen some time ago, before any of us could imagine the emergence of a global pandemic that would force most libraries to temporarily close their physical spaces. But you can still find your place at the library, because we are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content our community needs more than ever. We'd love to hear about how your life has changed during this time, and how you might be using us in new ways. We're collecting stories to keep for posterity and to share with other. Email us at with your story. We even have special I Love My Library gift bags for people who submit (bags to be distributed after library re-opening) .
Read Magazines Online--Free!
Read full digital copies of your favorite magazines on a computer, tablet, smartphone, or mobile device with  RBdigital and Flipster from your library. With RBdigital you have free access to dozens of magazines, and can keep them as long as you want; Flipster , which features entertainment magazines, has a two-day check-out period. Follow this link and navigate to Magazines to create your free accounts with RBdigital and Flipster , and start checking out magazines today.
Extra Time to Be Creative
Like many communities across the country, Central Oregon is filled local sewers who are making masks for medical staff and other essential workers. If you'd like to learn more about sewing--or if you want to take on new sewing projects-- be sure to log in to Creativebug with your library card. You'll find more than 200 sewing projects on Creativebug , as well as hundreds of other classes on creative pursuits, such as watercolor, quilting, jewelry-making, hand-lettering, and more.
You Can Still Get a Library Card
We are still processing library card applications during the closure. If you are a Deschutes County resident 17 or older and need a library card, head to our website here and select "Pre-apply online." We will process applications online, and aim to get a card number to you via email within three business days. If you have questions about your current library card or need help with your application, you can reach out to us. Visit our Contact Us page on our website to reach us via email.