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December at Curry Public Library

Britt Festival Orchestra Members to Perform at Curry Public Library
The community is invited to a Britt Festival Orchestra Chamber Music performance by Renia Piotrowski-Shterenberg, violin, Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet, and Lisa Truelove, cello. The three will be performing music of Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven on Sunday, December 18th at 3pm at Curry Public Library in Gold Beach. This event is free and open to the public, and was funded by a generous grant from the Tammis Day Foundation. Reservations are not required; seating is first come, first served.
Renia Tiotrowski-Shterenber is the General Manager of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. The “BFO,” as it is fondly referred to by locals, is an orchestra made up of musicians from around the country and abroad who come to the three-week summer music festival to perform seven concerts at the beautiful outdoor Britt Pavilion. Renia has been a professional violinist since 1998, performing with many orchestras, including the Charleston Symphony, Austin Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony, until she retired from orchestral performance in 2021. Renia also serves as the Executive Director of Olmos Ensemble, a chamber music group based in San Antonio, and she is on the governing board of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon (YSSO) based in Medford, OR. She was a member of the BFO violin section from 2004-2012, and is very happy to return to serve the orchestra as its General Manager.
Principal clarinetist of the San Antonio Philharmonic and principal clarinetist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus, OH), Ilya Shterenberg balances a busy career as an orchestral musician, chamber music performer, and a soloist. Hailed by the press: “He possesses that miraculous gift of an innate musical sense…music seemed to flow toward the infinite, as if divinely ordained,” he has been numerously featured as soloist with both orchestras. He has also been featured as principal clarinetist with Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Seattle Symphonies, and has collaborated with some of the most notable conductors of our time. Away from the orchestras, Ilya is very active as chamber musician, festival performer, and educator. He is a member of Olmos Ensemble; his summer appearances have included the Colorado Music Festival and the Britt Festival. Ilya’s performances have been heard on National Public Radio stations throughout the country as well as Chicago’s WFMT nationwide classical music network. He performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber music artist with Cactus Pear Music Festival and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival. Ilya is a Buffet Group USA performing artist.
Lisa Truelove is assistant principal cellist with the Rogue Valley Symphony and plays regularly with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers. Lisa has given numerous recitals at Gold Beach Books & Art Gallery with her pianist husband Stephen. She performs every summer with the Britt Classical Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon, and often with the North State Symphony in Chico and Redding, California. She has performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland as both a cellist in musicals and plays, and performed onstage in a production of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.”
On Display: Paintings by John Harold Scott with Special Night Viewing on December 8th

Paintings by John Harold Scott will be on display in the second floor gallery at Curry Public Library December 5th – February 28th. Join us for a special nighttime viewing of the glow-in-the-dark display on Thursday, December 8th from 5:30pm-7pm. Free refreshments will be provided.

Artist's Statement by John Harold Scott:

Two and half years ago painting changed my life. I literally jumped in head first and still love, love, love the adventure of seeing the end results. I love lots of color, the effects from black lights, and creating glow in the dark paintings. I have been trying to learn how to paint from what I see, yet I prefer to paint from my mind’s memories best. I feel and see three different paintings as I paint: one regular, one black light, and one glow in the dark- the one I cannot wait to see. I hope you enjoy my work.

Art Availability: 

Art by John Harold Scott is available by donation at First Chapter Coffee House, Walloferns Gift Shop, and C & C Cut & Colors all in Gold Beach, Oregon. The paintings in this display are available by donation with their frames after their 3-month stay at the library. To purchase a painting, please contact John Harold Scott at 541-661-6890 or

Gingerbread House Competition: In-Person Judging Extravaganza and Ugly Sweater Contest Scheduled for December 10th

At least 50 different teams are out there busily decorating gingerbread houses in preparation for our in-person judging extravaganza and ugly sweater contest on December 10th! All of the kits we had were enthusiastically claimed the first weekend they were available. If you were not able to get one of our kits but are still excited to participate, we welcome you to create your own house at home or purchase your own kit to enter into the contest. A printed entry form is available here at the library, or by emailing Rebecca at Below are the details about theme, rules, and prizes.

We look forward to seeing you all on December 10 at 2pm for a fun judging event with local guest judges from Century 21, Leavened Bread, The Old Agness Store, and Jerry's Rogue Jets. Wintry treats and fun prizes will be provided, and community members are encouraged to stay for judging and wear an ugly sweater!

NOTE: We will not be accepting houses in advance this year, so if you are not able to participate in-person for the judging and fun on December 10, we ask that you send your house with a trusted friend. We will also not be displaying houses after the event, so if you want to keep your house, please bring it home with you on December 10!

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

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 the 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 by 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”
New Programs and One-On-One Tutoring Options from the Tech Lab

Thank you to everyone who took a few minutes to complete the survey sent out by our tech lab crew last month! Our staff have been pouring over the feedback and making plans. We're pleased to say that a lot of the feedback was positive: many of the respondents reported that they know about the tech lab, use it, like the open hours, and are participating in programs. We also received some great program ideas from the survey, and will be rolling some of them out in the coming months. We decided to try a few new things too based on the community feedback. Here's a quick overview:

Our tech lab staff will be offering some new programs and will repeat more of the offerings with a variety of time choices so participants can find a time that works well for them. We will still offer Saturday morning programs most weeks, but will try some Sunday and Monday afternoon program times as well. We've also adjusted tech lab open hours. Instead of opening on Wednesday afternoons, we will try opening on Sunday afternoons instead. Here are are the new tech lab hours starting December 1:

Mondays: 12pm-6pm
Tuesdays: 12pm-6pm
Saturdays: 1pm-5pm
Sundays: 12pm-5pm*
Closed all major holidays
*Drop-in may not be available when a Sunday program is in session
Also new is an addition to the library tech lab webpage where community members can book a free appointment for one-on-one tutoring on a variety of tech topics. Check out the list of tutoring topics ranging from help with personal devices, to software tutorials, to how to use our tech lab equipment, and try booking a time with David or Brodey, all from our website here under the heading "personalized assistance."

To view all the newest programs offerings and times, visit the tech lab program calendar here. As always, if you have feedback or are looking for something we haven't advertised, please reach out to our tech lab crew at and they will be happy to assist you!
Announcing Winners for the 2022 Tiny Art Show
We want to send a huge thank you to the over 100 people ages zero and up who submitted an entry this year in our Tiny Art Show, the 131 people who voted in the Peoples' Choice awards, and our two guest judges from Port Orford, Cheryl Frances and Janet Pretti. We think Cheryl, our judge for ages 0-18, said it well: "Thanks for letting me judge the children's tiny art! It was a very hard task indeed, and I enjoyed seeing all the entrants' contributions. I appreciate the originality of the themes, the use of colors and materials, and the wide variety of creative ideas. All are winners!"

Here are the official winners of the 2022 Tiny Art Show:

AGES 0-5:
Peoples' Choice: A Fish for Spike by Winslow Lee
Judge's Pick: Captain Chaos by Anderson Hollinger

AGES 6-10:
Peoples' Choice: Mini Marble by Hattie Tuttle
Judge's Pick: Twilight Mountain by Lily Lensing

AGES 11-13:
Peoples' Choice: Falling Sky by Kiyla Johnson
Judge's Pick: I rain for you to grow by Ashlee Keyes

AGES 14-18:
Peoples' Choice: Out of my reach by Hannah Heritage
Judge's Pick: Out of my reach by Hannah Heritage

Peoples' Choice: I've fallen for making memories by Bri Crumley
Peoples' Choice: I have fallen for the mountains into the sea by John Harold Scott
Best Presentation of the Theme "I've fallen for...": I've fallen for Wordle by Paul Renner
Judge's Pick:
The Joy Within by Ellie Joy
Judge's Pick: Babcock Theater by Finley Fryer
Starting December 1, participants are invited to come to the library to pick up their work.
American Red Cross Blood Drive on December 28

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive in the large meeting hall at Curry Public Library from 10am-3pm. To book an appointment, visit
Join us for the Friends of Curry Public Library Better Books and Bake Sale on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-5pm in the lobby at Curry Public Library. New and “just-like-new” books published since 2017 will be available for $5 each just in time for your holiday shopping! Holiday cookies and treats will also be available to purchase.
Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays 12pm-5pm

Saturday, December 24: CLOSED AT 3PM
Sunday, December 25: CLOSED ALL DAY
Monday, December 26: CLOSED ALL DAY

Saturday, December 31: 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.

Questions or ideas for how we can serve you?
Please call us at 541-247-7246 or email
Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays 12pm-5pm

President's Day: All day February 21st

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Masks are required for all library visitors. Our main library area, lobby, and restrooms are open to patrons and cleaned regularly.  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.

Questions or ideas for how we can serve you at this time?
Please call us at 541-247-7246.
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