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 A New Year a Curry Public Library

An Evening with Author Bo Shindler: Talk & Book Signing

Join Bo Shindler, local author of acclaimed book With Barely Two Nickels to Rub Together: Blue Collar Boatbuilders, Gold Beach, OR, for an evening talk and book signing on Thursday, January 13th 5:30pm at Curry Public Library. Shindler will discuss the process of writing the book, including conducting interviews. Shindler will also discuss the importance of preserving history through the generations. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the author.

With Barely Two Nickels to Rub Together tells the story of Ed Freeman and his son Dugie who together formed a company that built custom aluminum fishing boats regarded as some of the best in the industry during the 1970s.
The book recently won the 2021 American Book Fest “Best Book Award” in the category of General History. Praise for With Barely Two Nickels to Rub Together also includes:
“This book is packed with information, a treasure chest of photographs, anecdotes, portraits of key people and boats and shipyards.  The part about Barry Fisher and the joint venture is vivid and accurate.” --Anthony Allison, Former CEO, Marine Resources Company International

“In With Barely Two Nickels to Rub Together, author Bo Shindler tells the remarkable story of Ed Freeman and his son Dugie, who in the 1970s in Gold Beach, Oregon, would build the largest aluminum commercial fishing boat constructed in the United States. It is a colorful story that blends all that was and is iconic about life on the Oregon coast — timber, fishing, boats, the call of the Pacific, creativity, persistence, colorful personalities, and hard work. At 350 pages with 280 photographs and illustrations, it is a true coffee table book that will provide many hours of enjoyment.” —Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director, Oregon Historical Society
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Meet Library Board Member Alaina Peppin

Each month we've been introducing library board members. So far, we've met Kelly Margolis, Tim Scullen, and Sandy Grummon. This month we'd like to introduce Alaina Peppin. When not serving on the library board, Alaina works as a high school English teacher. We asked Alaina some questions about reading and libraries. Here's what she had to say:

What book are you currently reading?
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and Night by Elie Wiesel.

What was the first book you can remember reading on your own?
When I was little, I remember reading Love You Forever by Robert Munsch with my mother over and over, as well as any Dr. Seuss book I could find. My first few chapter book loves were The Boxcar Children series, the Junie B. Jones series, The Magic Treehouse series, and The Little House on the Prairie series

Do you prefer hardcovers, paperbacks, or audiobooks? Why?
Paperbacks. I love being able to throw a paperback in my purse and have a good story at my disposal at any time without carrying the extra bulk of a hardcover. However, I’ve come to appreciate an audiobook for days when I don’t necessarily have time to sit down and flip through pages.

As an adult, have you ever read a graphic novel? If you have, what did you like or not like about it? 
Yes, I read My Friend Dahmer a few years ago before its film adaptation was released. While traditional written word is my favorite, I love the other skills I can utilize with a graphic novel, such as the analysis of white space in contrast with dark shading in My Friend Dahmer, which evolves as Dahmer clearly moves from a time of childish innocence to his dark obsessions later on. Graphic novels can really draw our attention to symbolism, force us to make inferences, and though they may not have many words, or any at all, we are still reading.

What role have libraries played in your life?
Libraries have been in my life for as long as I can remember. My mother used to take my sister and me on afternoon trips to our local library, and one of my most prized possessions during my childhood was my very own library card that I got to sign myself. We’d go to family events and puppet shows on weekends, and I’d be so mesmerized by the glass floor on the second level of our library that gave me an overhead view of the whole building. I spent many hours studying, lesson planning, or simply escaping the stress of my classes during my time in college. When I first moved to Gold Beach, I remember being excited to get my first bills in the mail so I could provide proof of residence to get my library card. Simply put, libraries are a place of comfort and wonder for me and they always have been. 

What is something about Curry Public Library that you really like?
Curry Public Library is a very special place and I’m so grateful I have the opportunity to serve on the board. One of my favorite things about our library are the people who work there. The staff is passionate, caring, and devoted to making our community a better place, whether that’s through recommending a perfect book to a patron, providing educational and entertaining programming for children and adults alike, or simply providing a safe and comforting space to settle in to.
Art On Display: Pat Renner: A Retrospective

Pat Renner: A Retrospective will be on display January 4-March 31, 2022, on the second floor gallery at Curry Public Library.

Pat Renner was raised in Portland and received a B.S. from Portland State University and a M.Ed. from the University of Oregon. Renner taught art in Milwaukie (Oregon), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Gold Beach, covering the elementary, secondary, and community college levels, in the span of 33 years. She was mainly a media specialist.

After retirement, Renner concentrated on watercolor explorations.  At first, she painted landscapes and floral subjects.  Later, she was wonderfully challenged when she joined Alexandra Eyer in a weekly figure drawing/painting session. Renner is a juried member of Watercolor West as well as a signature member of WSO, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

See more of Pat Renner's work and a list of her exhibitions and awards.

In-Person Storytime Option is Back!

Join us in-person for storytime at Curry Public Library! Come at 10:30am on Thursdays for play time in the large meeting hall; the storytime program itself will be begin at 11am. Visit with Janee our children's librarian, Darby the dog, Spike the library tortoise, and more for stories and activities. Due to current COVID policies, masks are required for ages 5 and up, space is limited, and registration is required. Please register by clicking this registration link. For those unable to attend in person at this time, we will continue with an online storytime posted at a new time of Mondays at 6pm to the Curry Public Library Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Arm Chair Travel: Travel Resolutions with Scott Thiemann

Join Scott Thiemann, a Gold Beach resident, for tips and tricks on affordable, adventuresome travel and hear about how he recently kicked off retirement with a three-month trip to central and eastern Europe. This free program will take place in person on Thursday, January 6 at 5:30pm.  Audience participation and sharing is encouraged in making this time together something that will help you get out and away--even during COVID and all of its restrictions.
Oregon Is Indian Country on Display January 9 - February 20 at Curry Public Library
Curry Public Library is proud to host Oregon Is Indian Country, a special traveling exhibition of Oregon’s Native American heritage, on display January 9- February 20, 2022.

First exhibited in 2009 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project that brought together all nine federally recognized Oregon Tribes to present information, never-before-assembled in one exhibit, on contemporary indigenous cultures. This rich content is now available for museums and cultural institutions across the state as a traveling exhibit of vibrant banners.
The exhibit is a direct result of the Oregon Tribes Project, a multi-year collaboration between the Oregon Historical Society’s former Folklife Program and Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribes. Tribal members documented their contemporary traditions and worked with Society staff to create a series of heritage resources, including the Oregon Is Indian Country traveling trunk that is available for educators.
Support for this exhibit is generously provided by the following organizations:
Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation; Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and the Siletz Tribal Council; Spirit Mountain Community Fund; Wildhorse Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library; National Endowment for the Arts; Oregon Arts Commission; Oregon Heritage Commission; Collins Foundation; Jackson Foundation; PGE Foundation; and Oregon Council for the Humanities.
Curry Public Library Adds Film Streaming Service, Kanopy

Thanks to the Curry Public Library Foundation, the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at Curry Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films by visiting this link. Films can be streamed at home from any computer, television, mobile device, or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecase, or Roku. The Curry Public Library Foundation is funding Kanopy as a pilot project to gauge the public demand for streaming video access. Library Director Jeremy Skinner notes that, "streaming video is more expensive per viewing than traditional DVD videos, which means the library has to better understand demand to properly budget for this service. I am extremely appreciative of the Library Foundation's understanding of this need, and its interest in supporting continued innovation of our library services."

Offering what the New York Times calls "a garden of cinematic delights," Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world's best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides Curry Public Library patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value, films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films, and films on race and current affairs.

Join us in person on Thursday, January 27 and learn how to use the library’s free new video streaming service for card members, Kanopy. Stay after the info session to watch a video from Kanopy, geared towards adults. Check the library calendar closer to the date for movie selection.

Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for college and university. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.
Fourth Annual Gingerbread House Competition Winners Announced

Here they are, the winners of the 2021 Gingerbread House Competition:

Family Division:
Best Overall: "Gnome Zome" by the Crumley Family
1st Runner Up: "Christmas at Yoda's House" by the Martin Family
2nd Runner Up: "The Farm" by the Kramer Family
People's Choice: "Snow Candy Island" by the Bradbury Family

Adult Division:
Best Overall: "Santa's Workshop" by Tawny Slaven
1st Runner Up: "Van Gogh's Gingerbread Rogue" by Christina & Braiden Haakenson
People's Choice: "Northern Lights Cottage" by Shari Griffith

Thank you to everyone who participated!
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