In the Know eNewsletter | March 2021
Don't Miss This Conversation:
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
The grand finale of this season's Author! Author! literary series brings together best-selling authorsand spousesNICHOLAS KRISTOF and SHERYL WuDUNN for an exclusive conversation on March 4. And because it happens online, you can watch from anywhere. Kristof and WuDunn received a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square movement and are the authors of the bestselling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Their most recent book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, follows, in part, the lives of some of the people Kristof grew up with near Yamhill, Oregon. Visit to get your tickets.
Get Your Materials In the Library, or Curbside
All Deschutes Public Library locations are open for limited browsing, pick-up of holds, and basic business services (computer use, copying, printing, and faxing). Click here for the latest information on library hours and what we're doing to keep staff and customers safe. If you'd rather pick up your library materials from a distance, be sure to give Curbside Service a try! Curbside is available at all libraries and it's super quick and easy to use. Simply head to the library where your items are being held and library staff will retrieve your holds and deliver them to your car. Click here to learn how to use Curbside.
Consider This: With Imbolo Mbue
Join award-winning author Imbolo Mbue on March 21 for a discussion about her work, including her new novel How Beautiful We Were. Mbue's Behold the Dreamers won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was an Oprah's Book Club selection. The novel was adapted into an opera and a stage play, and optioned for a miniseries. A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Mbue lives in New York. This online program is made possible with support from Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Write On! Poetry Edition: Just for Teens/Tweens
Poet and novelist Margaret Atwood said, "A word after a word after a word is power." Share the power of words with the teens or tweens in your life in March as Deschutes Public Library gives young writers a swag bag full of must-have writing essentials and then hosts an online workshop crafted to spark their inner poet. The bags are loaded with supplies to help young writers get their creative poetry write-on during spring break and beyond; an afternoon workshop on March 30 ties it all together with writing prompts and discussion. Write On! bags are available for teens March 16-20 during open hours at all Deschutes Public Library locations while supplies last.
Story Time Activity Kits to Go
We love story time crafts! And we know our young friends do too. We have fun activity kits available at our libraries every week for preschool-age kiddos. Each kit includes a story time rhyme sheet, a thematic craft, and a link to a related story time video on our YouTube channel. Be sure to check out our online calendar to find the dates and times for story time craft pick-up at your area library. If you're looking for even more crafts to do with kids of all ages, be sure to check out the hundreds of classes available on Creativebugaccess is free with your library card! You'll even find fun STEAM-inspired classes on Creativebug, from making balloon-propelled vehicles to crafting flying squirrel gliders.
Online in March: Know Wild
Take a walk on the wild side in March as we explore the wonderful, natural world around us. Understand how to help wildlife in need and pollinators, like native bees. Participate in a virtual wildflower journey and discover local plants and their medicinal properties. Think globally with what species can show us for a climate-altered future, and act locally with new permit guidelines for your next hiking adventure. Hear about wolf reintroduction in the west and enjoy the soothing sounds of a musician in tune with his roots. Find the full program line-up here. All programs are free and are presented online.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Info from Deschutes County Public Health
Deschutes County Public Health's latest update regarding COVID-19 vaccines and phases is now available. When you fill out the County's vaccine interest form at, you will be notified you when you're eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Submitting your info will also keep you in the loop as new information comes available. Visit for information on vaccination phases
Magazines Now on Libby
Checking out magazines from your library is easier than ever. You can now browse hundreds of popular titles online with the Libby app or OverDrive. From cooking to fashion and news to travel, there's a magazine for everyone. There are no limits on the number of magazines you can check out at any one time, and they don't count against your check-out limit. Browse the collection in your Libby app or online here.
Join the Library Budget Committee
Are you good with budgets? Do you believe in the power of libraries to serve their communities? If so, we have a committee position that may interest you. We have a vacancy on the Deschutes Public Library System budget committee. Budget committee members are chosen from qualified registered voters residing in Deschutes County, and the term runs from May 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023. Learn more here.
Follow the links below to learn how to access these programs online.

New story times are posted every week in English and Spanish 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
Music and Movement/Live Online - 3/18
Story Time Live: Online on Facebook every Thursday, 10:00am

A Boy Called Bat: Reading - 3/3
A Boy Called Bat: Activities - 3/10
A Boy Called Bat: Books Discussion - 3/31

Embroider a Constellation - 3/9
Write On! Swag Bags - pick up in libraries 3/16-3/20 (while supplies last)
Write On! Live: Writing Group for Teens/Poetry Edition - 3/30

Abogado en la Biblioteca - 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24

Oregon Unemployment Insurance Overview - 3/2
How to Really Help Injured and Orphaned Wildlife - 3/3
Lawyer in the Library - 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24
Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics - 3/4
Central Oregon Bioregional Herbalism - 3/5
Community Conversations: Know Each Other - 3/7
Wolves in the West - 3/9
Google Drive Basics - 3/10
Wildflowers of Oregon - 3/11
Pollinator Pathway & Native Bees of Central Oregon - 3/16
Google Docs Basics - 3/17
Consider This: With Imbolo Mbue - 3/21
Looking from the Inside Out - 3/23
Chinese Experience in Oregon: Kam Wah Chung - 3/24
Wilderness Permits FAQ - 3/30

Writers Working: Young Adult Writing Panel - 3/9
Virtual Poetry Slam - 3/10
Spy Pilot: The U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy - 3/18
From Manuscript to Published Book - 3/25

Sunriver: A Path Appears - 3/10
Redmond: Tightrope - 3/11
East Bend: Tightrope - 3/16
Sisters: Half the Sky - 3/24
Downtown Bend: A Path Appears - 3/26
Book Club Central: New Books & Resources - 3/16