In the Know eNewsletter | September 2020
Browsing the Collection Resumes in Libraries
We have carefully opened access to resources and services over the past three months through a phased reopening, structured to keep staff and customers safe. The next phase (Phase 2) begins rolling out this week, with library locations opening to the public for limited browsing throughout the buildings. In this phase, you can browse your library's collection for up to 60 minutes per day.
Phase 2 is already in effect at the La Pine and Sunriver Libraries.
Other libraries open in Phase 2 as follows:
Redmond Library August 31 // Sisters Library September 1
Downtown Bend and East Bend Libraries September 8
For library hours and other important information about increased access to resources and services (updated weekly), click here.
Education Resources for Families & Teachers
We know back-to-school is different for everyone this year. Your library is here to offer support for K-12 education, whether that's taking place in classrooms or at home. Parents, homeschoolers, students, and teachers will all find helpful and fun resources on our website to enhance teaching and learning, including Curriculum Crates packed with books on popular subjects; virtual book talks by librarians; online story times, STEAM programs, and lectures; customized book lists for educators; access to National Geographic Kids and The New York Times online; and more. Visit our Educator & Student Services page for the complete look at offerings, and be sure to sign up here for our In the Know: Education eNewsletter. It comes out once a quarter and provides updates on how we can help teachers and parents during these unprecedented times.
September: Explore Diversity of People and Place
Throughout September we're offering a range of online presentations and programs that explore this place we call home--from geography to culture. "Know Us" programs include an exploration of black history in Oregon, a look at Oregon tribal history, normalizing race conversations, what it was like to grow up multi-racial in Bend in the '80s, the history of Smith Rock, and more (scroll down to the EVENTS section for dates). Also in September: Welcoming Week (September 12-20) and the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15).
Master Cloud Computing with Tech Tuesdays
Just what is the cloud and why would you want to use it? This series of classes will answer those questions and teach you the basics of cloud computing through Google Drive. You will learn how to create and save your files to the cloud, how to share and collaborate with others, and more.

Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani Joins Us
Anis Mojgani, the current Poet Laureate of Oregon, joins us online for two programs in September: a reading and discussion of his work (September 10), and an interactive poetry workshop (September 12). Mojgani is a two-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. He has done commissioned work for the Getty Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, and is the author of five books of poetry and an opera.
Looking to Learn New Skills? You Have Free Access to!
If you live in Deschutes County, your library card gives you free access to, the leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. From coding and game design, to publishing an eBook, to mastering digital photography and photo editing software, Lynda offers thousands of options. There are even courses in personal finance and achieving financial freedom. Have your library card number handy when you explore the full range of options here.
Wondering What to Read Next? We Have a Few Ideas ;-)
We hate to brag, but ... we know a few things about books, and we love sharing recommendations with you! If you're looking for some book suggestions, be sure to check out the Reading Recommendations page on our website. You'll find librarian-curated reading lists as well as access to My Reads. With My Reads you fill out a form letting us know what you've read that you've loved; we'll then send you a personalized book list of three to five recommendations based on what you told us. Finally, be sure to check out Your Next Book on our YouTube channel, featuring a weekly book recommendation.
Learning Circles: Online Learning with the Library
Learning circles are free, peer-led study groups for learners who want to take online courses together in a public space. We have two Learning Circles starting in September: Speed Spanish and Writing Effective Grant Proposals. For each course, two lectures are posted each week with suggested assignment, and Learning Circle participants meet virtually via Zoom conference once a week. Follow the links below to learn more about each course. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early to take part in one or both of these courses:

Follow the links below to learn how to access these programs online.

New story times are posted every Tuesday and Thursday (in English) and Saturday (in Spanish) on our website

Bedtime Stories w/ Sheila - 9/8, 9/22
DIY Catapults - 9/16
Music & Movement - 9/17

Homemade Sun Catchers - 9/17

You're the Expert w/ Citizen Science - 9/9
Undefined: Volume 2 - 9/11
I Know That! Teen Trivia Extravaganza - 9/25

Tu Próximo Libro - Los sábados
Abogado en la Biblioteca - 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30
Hablemos de Raza: Normalizacion de Conversaciones Raciales - 9/17

Sunriver: Whiskey When We're Dry - 9/9
Redmond: Upstream - 9/10
Sisters: Amazon Woman - 9/10
Downtown Bend: Learning to See - 9/11
East Bend: The Mountains Sing - 9/15
Sisters: There There - 9/23
Read What You Want Book Club - 9/24
Lawyer in the Library - 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30
Learning Circle: Speed Spanish - Starts 9/10
Learning Circle: Writing Effective Grant Proposals - Starts 9/14
Finding Grants from Home - 9/16
Trivia with the Librarians - 9/17
Genealogy with the Library - 9/18
Community Conversations: Dismantling Institutional Racism - 9/20
Lunch & Learn for Book Club Leaders - 9/23
Deschutes by the Decade - From Y2K to COVID-19 - 9/24

Smith Rock State Park: A Look Back - 9/5
The Lived Experience of Racism and White
Privilege - 9/13
From Closed Consulates to Closed Courtrooms: The Curtailing of
Immigration - 9/15
Let's Talk About Race: Normalizing Race Conversations - 9/17
Blacks in Oregon: A Brief History - 9/22
Our Journey: Navigating Burnout During COVID-19 - 9/23
Through Eyes Like Mine: With Noriko Nakada - 9/28
Tribal History/Shared History - 9/29
Yolanda Alicia Performance - 9/30

COWG Virtual Meeting w/ Dave Edlund - 9/8
Anis Mojgani, Oregon Poet Laureate,
Reads - 9/10
Workshop w/ Anis Mojgani: Responding as a Path to Poetry - 9/12
Please note that all library locations are closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. All digital resources (eBooks and digital audio books, streaming movies, etc.) are still accessible any time the library is closed. For library hours, visit our Using Your Library This Week web page.