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November at Curry Public Library

On Display in November: Community Tiny Art Show

We all thought last year's tiny art show was amazing, but we think you're going to be blown away by the entries this year! 103 community members submitted tiny paintings this year, including 55 adults and 48 children ages 0-18, and they all look fabulous! Come see the tiny art on display during the month of November. Adult entries are located in the non-fiction section of the library. Children's entries are in the kids' room. 

You are all also invited to join us for a free Tiny Art Opening Reception on Thursday, November 3rd; drop in between 5pm and 7pm. This is a great time for artists of all ages to show their work to friends and family! If seeing some amazing art is not incentive enough, please also note that our staff have been geeking out over "tiny" food and drink plans for the reception; you won't want to miss this one! If you know you're coming, please RSVP to help us plan for food, but all are welcome even if you didn't get a chance to RSVP.

In additional to introducing you to our Port Orford-based guest judges, we want to make sure you know we need YOUR voice to helps us choose the "people's choice" winners! Ballots are available in the library for you to vote for your favorite entries in each age group. It is okay to vote for your own entry. Please submit only one ballot per person by end of the day on November 23rd (that's the day before Thanksgiving). All winners will be announced the week after Thanksgiving. This year we have two special guest judges joining us from Port Orford. Cheryl Francis is the Youth Services Librarian at Port Orford Public Library and an artist in her own right. She'll be joining us as a guest at storytime on Thursday, November 10 at 10am, and will also be taking time during her visit to select prize winners from the age 0-18 entries located in the kids' room. Janet Pretti, a Port Orford sculptor and retired long-time Dean of the Curry Campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College, will be weighing in on the adult entries. All prize winners will be announced after Thanksgiving.
Music of the West African Kora Comes to Gold Beach
Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa.  He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire. The free performance will take place at Curry Public Library in Gold Beach on Thursday, November 17th at 5:30pm.
Sean Gaskell first heard the kora performed live in his hometown of Olympia, Washington, in 2006. That performance by Kane Mathis, who would become his first teacher, inspired him to immerse himself in music of the kora and travel to its homeland in West Africa. The kora is traditionally played by oral historians known as Griots, often called Jalis or Jelis. Many songs tell stories of war, hardship, love, and loss all while presenting the history and fabric of Mande society, of which the instrument originates. Visits to Brikama, Gambia, provided Gaskell the opportunity to study the kora under the instruction of Moriba Kuyateh and his father, the late Malamini Jobarteh. Gaskell has presented adult, youth, and family programs at over 350 libraries and a multitude of K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and assisted living facilities throughout the United States and Canada. He is currently based in Asheville, North Carolina.

For more information about the musician, visit his website by clicking this link or see him on YouTube here.
Our Tech Lab Crew Needs Your Feedback!
Our technology lab/makerspace crew is working on their plan for free public programs for the winter and wants to hear from you! Whether you are a regular user of our tech lab, or didn't even know we had one, please take a couple of minutes to complete our survey. Thank you for your time!
5th Annual Gingerbread House Competition: Theme, Rules, and Dates Announced!

Curry Public Library’s 5th Annual
2022 Theme: A Rogue River Winter

Pick up a free gingerbread house kit from the library (first come, first served, while supplies last), purchase your own kit, or make your own gingerbread house at home.

Bring your completed house and entry slip for an in-person judging extravaganza at the library featuring wintry treats, local celebrity judges, and fabulous prizes! Attendance is encouraged as judging is planned to be interactive. Wear an ugly sweater for a chance to win prizes in our ugly sweater contest.


  • Participants are welcome to use the kit provided, their own kit, or to make their own gingerbread house from scratch. Regardless, all parts of gingerbread house display must be edible, with the exception of the base/platform for the house.
  • To be eligible into entry in the “family” division, at least one member of your household must be under the age of 18.

Prizes will be given in three different divisions: Family, Adult, and ASCEND After School Program and will be awarded by judges from local businesses. Attendance at the December 10 event is strongly encouraged as judging is planned to be interactive. In each division, prizes will be awarded for the following:

  • Best overall gingerbread house
  • Most creative use of food items
  • Best presentation of the theme “A Rogue River Winter”
Tech Lab Offers Intro to Digital Photography Program

For the first time ever, the tech lab at Curry Public Library will be offering a free Intro to Digital Photography program on Saturday, November 19 at 10am. This program is intended for novice camera users that want to learn camera hardware, settings, etc., or those who would like a “refresher." It will cover standard digital camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Commonly used terms, such as bokeh, depth of field, and so forth will be explained. Although software (such as Photoshop) will be mentioned this course is primarily intended to familiarize attendees with camera usage. DSLR, Point-and-Shoot, and phone cameras will be explored. Bring a camera or a cell phone if you have one. Register here:
Library Updates Room Reservation Fees
It's been over four years since we opened our Harald Hague Library Learning Center and began making the space available for community groups for meetings, trainings, and educational programs. With that in mind, we thought it was time to pull out the magnifying glass, take a hard look at our room fee structure, and made some adjustments. Our goal in doing so was to make our reservable spaces, the Meeting Hall and the Conference Room, as accessible to groups as possible while also balancing the library's need to pay for ongoing maintenance, setup, heating, and cleaning of these spaces. The end result? We've reduced the hourly rate for using both rooms so that fewer groups will need to request fee waivers or reductions. We have included add-on fees for certain amenities in each room that may be needed by some, but not all, groups to better reflect the true cost of providing these amenities in our facilities. Curious about the details? Check out our Reserve a Space page for a full list of fees and the new and improved room use application! Still have questions about room reservations after looking at the website? Email
Free Workshop from OMSI for Educators and Parents of Preschoolers

Curry Public Library is thrilled to be working with the Oregon Museum and Science and Industry (OMSI) to bring a free professional development opportunity designed for those teaching and caring for preschoolers. Supporting Young Scientists will take place on Saturday, November 5 from 9am-1pm at the library. This opportunity is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is still available for more participants!

Annie Douglass from OMSI will help you assess your own attitudes and gain resources to identify what it really looks and sounds like when young children are practicing science. Participants will build new skills and practice using them in fun, hands-on activities rich in scientific thinking.  Douglass has over 13 years of experience in museum-based early education and values science and play as powerful tools of exploration and social connection.

Participants will receive certificates for 4 hours in Oregon Registry Learning Environments and Curriculum, Set 1. To register, please fill out the information below. If you have questions, please contact Annie Douglass at

Click here to register, space is limited
DiNovember (and the Dinosaurs) Returns to Curry Public Library

The dinosaurs are back in the kids' room for the month of November! Stop in and view their antics throughout the month. Also join us for dinosaur themed storytimes every Thursday at 10am, including a special musical guest appearance by Dylan Vila on Thursday, November 10th. Drop in to the kids' room throughout the month for crafts and fun decorations, and books, DVDs, and more on display and available for checkout!
Pictured left to right: Leslie Keating Smith (Executive Director of SOCF), Jerry Herbage (CPL Board of Directors), Jeremy Skinner (CPL Director), Tim Tuttle (Board Chair, SOCF), Sandy Grummon (CPL Board of Directors), and Jordan Popoff (CPL staff).

Thankful in November!

Last week, Curry Public Library received its fifth and final installment of a $125,000 gift from the Southwest Oregon Children's Foundation. In 2018 as Curry Public Library neared the end of its building expansion project, our staff met with local philanthropists Tim and Jeri Tuttle to show off the library’s new learning center spaces and to talk about our vision for a vibrant community space. While discussing the funding plan for the space, the Tuttles quickly seized on the fact that the library would be incurring a 15-year mortgage as a part of its funding plan. Knowing that these annual debt payments would keep the library from funding a full slate of quality programs and slow the acquisition of equipment for the new spaces, the Tuttles came up with a generous plan. Working with the Southwest Oregon Children’s Foundation, they committed to providing $125,000 in funding ($25,000 a year). The goal of this gift was to offset the library’s debt payments during this 5-year developmental period and to ensure quality programs.
The Library and its board of directors is extremely thankful for this gift. Immediately following the completion of the library expansion project, this gift allowed the library to invest in presentation tools for our meeting hall, equipment for our tech lab, and acoustic paneling for our meeting room. In the second year, the library focused on building partnerships for quality programs, including strong relationships with the Coastline library network, the State Library of Oregon, Southwest Oregon Community College, Central Curry School District, the Wild Rivers Symphony, and many more. In year three, library shored up its employee compensation package to ensure the retention of a high caliber staff. This year we were able to leverage the gift to assist with an addition of solar power, which is a major part of the library's long-term sustainable operations plan. Thank you, Tim and Jeri Tuttle, and the Southwest Oregon Children’s Foundation for playing such a critical role in launching the library programs and facilities securely into the future!
Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays 12pm-5pm

Friday, November 11: CLOSED ALL DAY FOR
Wednesday, November 23: CLOSED AT 3PM

Masks are optional. We maintain a no-contact shelf in the lobby where patrons can easily pick up requested items. All returned library items are cleaned before they are returned to the shelves.

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