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August at Curry Public Library

Celebrate the End of Summer Reading with us on August 7

Summer Reading 2021 is coming to a close. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers who made our Summer Reading programs really special this year, and to all of you who read with us this summer! August 7th is the final day for all ages to log reading online in our BookPoints program ( or to turn in your paper reading log. If your child has not been collecting their book prizes as they read, please come visit us at the library so they can pick out their books. Grand prize winners for all age groups, birth to adult, will be announced the week of August 9th.

Join us for an End of Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 7th featuring a musical performance for kids at 10am by Debby Goerig, hands-on activities, Spike, Darby, and a surprise lunch treat! Drop in between 10am-2pm to join in the fun. The evening of August 7th, we'll be screening the family movie Stuart Little on our outdoor movie screen, with a start time of approximately 8:45pm depending on weather conditions. In other news for families, our Storytime is meeting back in-person again on Thursdays at 11am in the large Meeting Hall at the library. Join us for stories, music, activities, and more. Come early if you like; we'll have activities to help the kids get their energy out before storytime officially begins.

This year we will be continuing our annual tradition with an End of Summer Reading Book Discussion for Adults later in the month, on August 28th at 10am. Tell us about the books you read this summer and get inspiration for your next read! This event is open to all adults who read at least one book this summer. Weather permitting, we will meet outside at the library. Scones and coffee will be provided.

Artist Talk by David Rayburn Haynes

Artist David Rayburn Haynes will give an artist talk on Saturday, August 21st at 2pm. Join the artist, view his work, and ask questions. This event is free and open to the public.

David majored in Art in San Diego and pursued a 33-year career in the semiconductor industry as a CAD engineer, application designer, and website architect. The artist’s work includes paintings, drawings, and photography. He gains inspiration from unusual colors and illusions that occur at dawn and dusk or when objects are lit from oblique angles. His work also draws from scenes with unique perspective, converging lines, and unusual angles, shadows, or textures. Although the artist’s works generally consist of recognizable subject matter, it is presented in ways that invite the viewer to suspend routine perception of reality.

More about the artist:

Art by David Rayburn Haynes will be on display on the second floor of the library in July, August, and September.

Writers Group

In addition to the Italian Conversation Group (Thursdays from 1pm-3pm) and Watercolor Meetup Group (Thursdays from 3pm-6pm), the Writers Group is meeting in-person in the conference room at Curry Public Library on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 10:15am. This groups meets for critique of advance submissions and general conversation. You do not need to submit to attend. For questions about the group and/or submission contact

If you are interested in any of these groups, we invite you to try one out and see if it's a good fit for you!
Come Read with Darby! Here's Why:

Does a child in your life struggle with reading skills? Do they hesitate to read out loud? Do they approach reading as if it’s a difficult chore? Try having your child read to a dog! Here are five reasons why reading to a pet can help children improve reading skills and learn to enjoy reading:
  • Children feel comfort in reading to a dog. The child can simply read, without fear of correction.
  • Reading to a dog can increase a child’s self-esteem and confidence levels in reading, especially with struggling readers.
  • Children gain a sense of accomplishment by finishing a story book or chapter of a book. They often spend longer reading to a dog than they would by themselves.
  • Dogs can be calming to many children. While reading, simply petting the dog can reduce anxiety or stress.
  • Reading to dogs is highly motivational and fun. Children look forward to reading to dogs, whether it is the family pet or a dog that visits a school or library.
Curry Public Library is offering a program where children can read to a dog especially trained to listen to kids read. Darby is a wonderful reading buddy and she’s been listening to some great stories already this summer. Darby is still available on Tuesdays at 10:00am. Please contact Rebecca at or 541-247-7246 to book a time slot!
Yoga Canceled for August

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are canceling the Community Yoga classes we had planned for August. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to bringing yoga back at a future date.


Coming in September

Mark your calendars for two big events coming to the library at the beginning of September!

Our Friends of Curry Public Library will be hosting an End of Summer Book Sale over Labor Day weekend featuring hardbacks and large paperbacks. Friends members are invited for pre-sale access on Friday, September 3 from 4-6:30pm. Not a member of the Friends? Join at the book sale, or earlier, for as little as $5/year. The book sale will be open to the general public on Saturday, September 4 from 9am-4pm, Sunday, September 5 from noon-4pm, and don't miss the $2 bag sale on Monday, September 6 from 10am-12pm.

Author Ash Davidson will be visiting Curry Public Library in-person to talk about and sign her debut novel, Damnation Spring, on Tuesday, September 7 at 11am. Damnation Spring, out on August 3rd, is receiving a tremendous amount of advance praise and we are excited that Davidson was able to fit us in on her publicity tour.
Ash Davidson was born in Arcata, California and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and MacDowell. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.The first 22 people to RSVP to the event, will receive a free copy of Damnation Spring when they actually attend the event in September. Refreshments will be provided at noon, after the author talk.  RSVP by clicking here.
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