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May at Curry Public Library

Friends of the Curry Public Library Book and Bake Sale Is Back

Get ready to stock up on books to read this summer! The Friends of the Curry Public Library’ returns Memorial Day weekend with its Great Book and Bake Sale.
Thousands of books sorted by author’s last name (fiction) or by topic (non-fiction) will make shopping fun and easy. The Friends have received more donations than they have in the past, and their storage areas are overflowing.  Friends’ member, Patrick Henry, offered his entire collection (over 500 volumes) of World War II books that are in pristine condition. There are also over 300 cookbooks in just-like-new condition donated by Friends’ member Sandy Dwyre. In addition, there are thousands of novels (paperback and hardback) and non-fiction books that have been contributed by generous folks in the community. The Friends are still accepting donations of children’s books through May 23rd.
The sale kicks off Friday evening, May 27th, from 4:00 until 6:30, with a “Members Only” pre-sale. If you’re not already a 2022 member of the Friends of the Curry Public Library, you can sign up now or that night at the event for only $5.00 and be among the very first to shop an incredible selection of books, DVDs, audiobooks, and music CDs.
The sale opens to the general public on Saturday, May 28th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 29th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Book & Bake Sale will wrap up on Monday morning, Memorial Day May 30th, from 10:00 to noon with a Bag Sale: you can purchase all the books you can fit into a brown paper grocery bag for only $2.00.You may bring your own bag.
Baked goodies will be on sale all four days of the event, homemade by some of the best bakers in Gold Beach. All baked goods will be pre-packaged for safety and to ensure freshness.
Mark the dates on your calendars and come over to Curry Public Library at 94341 3rd Street in Gold Beach to pick up some books at fantastic prices: $0.50 for paperbacks, $1.00 for large paperbacks and hardback books, $2.00 each for audiobooks, DVDs, and music CDs. Besides going home with books at amazing prices, you’ll be helping to support Curry Public Library. 
So, plan to take a break from your Memorial Day activities and stop by the Friends of Curry Public Library’s Great Book and Bake Sale. Hope to see you there.
In-Person Storytime Returns!

We are excited to announce that in-person storytime is back this May! Join us at the new time of 10am every Thursday. Most Thursdays you will find us in the large Meeting Hall. Otherwise look for us outside on nice days or in the children's room. Storytime is great for all ages and features regular appearances by Ms. Janée and Ms. Barbara along with our favorite reading companions, Spike the library tortoise, and Darby the canine reading companion.
Judging Underway for the 2022 Haiku Contest

Thanks to all of you who took the time to write a Haiku (or two or three!) to submit to our 2022 Haiku contest. We received 54 entries! Our guest judge, library board member and high school English teacher Alain Pepin, is busy reading through them and making what is sure to be difficult decisions about the winners. Prize winners will be announced in the coming week on a notice at the library lobby kiosk, on our website, and on our Facebook page. Here is a small sample of some of the entries to enjoy while you wait to hear the winners!

Curving up then down,
meeting blue sky and green earth,
melding sun and rain.
Raeliegh (age 12 and under)

Trees river duck deer
Deer drink from river water
Ducks swim river days
Xavier Ownbey (age 12 and under)

tic, tic, times go by
fade away years of my youth
I will miss those days
Emma Armstrong (age 13-19)

picking an ice cream
the explosion of silence
between the children
Goran Gatalica (adult)

Fishermen fishing
Sigh salty like the sea breeze
For seals stole their catch
Kory Anders (adult)

A murder takes flight
Scattered on winds of chaos
Then alight as one
Mary S. Carr (adult)
Exploring Other Dimensions: Library Staff Book Recommendations – Part 3 of 3
During the past two years there is a good chance that you canceled your vacation plans, particularly if you planned to travel internationally. This has been the case for our library staff, and predictably we have tried to solve the problem through reading. Although reading has not eliminated our wanderlust, it has opened up new avenues for exploration that would not be possible with traditional travel. We have used books to travel to outer space, to historical events of the past, to fantastical worlds, and to secret archaeological digs. If you’re looking for a complete escape from the world as we know it, here is our third installment of our hand-selected recommendations, this time by our programs coordinator, Rebecca Marcus:

BINTI by Nnedi Okarafor
This first pick, Binti, combines so many great things: it’s a space opera, a coming-of-age story, features a brilliant heroine, and has a truly unique feel about it. Binti, our aforementioned heroine, has been accepted to a prestigious university off-planet. Her journey is interrupted when her ship is attacked. Binti is a novella, so it’s perfect when you need the feeling of accomplishment of finishing an entire story, but don’t really have the time to read a thick book. (Or, do what I did and listen to the e-audiobook using Library2Go and the Libby app, a perfect listen for a short day trip in the car.) Binti is the winner of both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella. (These are arguably the two biggest awards for science fiction and fantasy in the literary word.) If you like Binti, you can also check out the next two installments Binti: Home and Binti: The Night Masquerade, or check out all three of them combined from our collection here at Curry Public Library.

UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
This next pick plunges the reader into my favorite genre: fantasy. Uprooted is the 2015 Nebula award winner for best novel, and tells the story of Agnieszka, who lives in a quiet village near the corrupted Wood. Her people rely on a mysterious, cold wizard known only as the Dragon for protection. The Dragon demands a price for his help; one young woman handed over to serve him every ten years. This book has stunning settings and is chock-full of interesting characters (including a great female lead). It has both the familiarity of recognizable elements of a dark fairy tale, yet feels fresh. If you enjoy Uprooted, chances are you will also enjoy Novik’s 2018 Nebula award finalist, Spinning Silver, an imaginative retelling of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin.

CIRCE by Madeline Miller 
My final pick is Madeline Miller’s retelling of the ancient Greek lore of Circe, nymph and daughter of the sun god Helios. Some of you may remember Circe for her role in Homer’s The Odyssey, the nymph who turns Odysseus’ crew of men into pigs. This retelling brilliantly flips the narrative we’re used to- that of a female character historically maligned as little more than an evil temptress- giving the character depth and power, and the reader empathy and understanding for her life. Miller artfully takes the readers through Circe’s life, from her childhood in the house of Helios, to her exile on the deserted island of Aiaia where she learns her witchcraft, faces dangers from both gods and mortals, becomes a mother, and ultimately must choose where she belongs. If you enjoy Circe, keep an eye out as it is currently being adapted for a series with HBO Max, and also check out Miller’s first novel, The Song of Achilles, which retells the siege of Troy.
Curry Library Directors Virtual Book Group Meets May 26th

The Curry Library Directors' Book Club will meet for a virtual discussion of The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray on Thursday, May 26th at 6pm. The Zoom link for the event is below, and is also posted on our website. It is not too late to check out a copy of the book and read it before the 26th! The virtual book group featuring the directors from Chetco Community Public Library, Curry Public Library, and Port Orford Public Library, began meeting last year and will continue to meet on the last Thursdays of May, September, and January for future book discussions.

Zoom link for virtual discussion:

Indoor Film Screening: Meru

Join us for a free screening of the documentary film Meru, the story of how three renowned climbers ascend Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas. Meru was winner of the Audience Award for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for Best Documentary at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Meru is rated R for language. Popcorn will be provided.

Read the full fill description by clicking here.

Talk: Rogue River Estuary Enhancement

Join Kelly Timchak, Coordinator of the Lower Rogue Watershed Council, for a talk on the recent Rogue River estuary enhancement project on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30pm. This program is free and open to the public.

Learn about the project to increase suitable habitat for coho and other native salmonids, while also supporting processes to benefit other native species. The Rogue River estuary lacks off-channel complexity and floodplain connectivity, which are key stressors for coho populations in the Rogue River. These factors also impact habitat for steelhead, Chinook, sturgeon, amphibians, reptiles, and beaver in the basin. The project addressed the lack of complexity by adding large wood to floodplains and sloughs, and increased connectivity by grading connection channels between isolated areas. Riparian areas were also planted with native species. Construction was completed in July of 2021, with a total of 29 large wood habitat structures and individual log placements installed between two sites to enhance the available habitat for native fish and wildlife.

Join us to find out how the estuary is working today. (And how they got all that big wood to the estuary in the first place!) Kelly will share some great restoration videos and photos with the community, along with an offer for a lively tour early this summer!

To learn more about local watersheds and watershed councils visit Curry Watersheds Partnership.

Summer Reading 2022: Dates Announced!

Special Announcement here... We have DATES! Mark your calendars for the Summer Reading Program 2022 here at Curry Public Library District! We've been busy 'behind the scenes' planning a great program and are excited to be able to share details as we go along. The Beginning, Middle, and End dates are set as follows: Beginning/Start of program Saturday, June 18; Middle: Saturday, July 9; and End: Saturday, August 6. As always, we will have fun activities at each of these important events and hope you'll be able to join us this summer! All ages are welcome to sign up (starting June 18) and we'll provide more details about special programs & weekly events in the next several weeks.

Thank You to Musicians Alexandra Preucil and Teddy Abrams

Curry Public Library would like to extend a huge thank you to musicians Alexandra Preucil and Teddy Abrams who gave a phenomenal performance last night at our library. They were engaging, inspiring, and so gracious. Our gratitude also extends to the Britt Music & Arts Festival and to the amazing Renia Shterenberg, General Manager of the Britt Festival Orchestra, who coordinated this event with us. Last but not least, many thanks to the Tammis Day Foundation for their ongoing support and the generous grant that funded this free recital. Lexi and Teddy stayed on after the performance to visit with Spike the Library Tortoise and cheerfully allowed us to snap a few photos (above).
New Native Garden at the Library
With Earth Day just behind us, we thought we'd take this moment to share a few pictures of our new native garden on the north end of the building. This past winter, Jordan Popoff, our catalog librarian, and Tim Scullen, library board member, tackled the project of planning and planting this patch of the library property. They selected native plants to our area, that are good pollinators and don't mind the shade. Plants were sourced from Dragonfly Farm & Nursery, Stillwater Natives Nursery, and from the library's property. The plants went in this winter and have been enjoying the recent April showers. Stay tuned for future finishing touches to the garden including plant labels designed and manufactured in our very own tech lab. Thanks to Jordan and Tim for their work on this project!
Plants in the garden include: sword fern, ceanothus, vine maple, salal, Oregon grape, sorrel, blue gamma grass, Douglas aster, wild azalea, western wallflower, Cusick's checkerbloom, huckleberry, and more.
This event, and many more, coming your way in June!
Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays 12pm-5pm

Monday, May 31: Memorial Day Closure
(Meeting hall and lobby will be open for the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale)

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