April 2016 – Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library

April 2016 – Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library
All events free. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Writer Tim Hicks
Saturday, April 2, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
A reading plus Q-and-A session with Tim Hicks, author of the novel “Last Stop before Tomorrow.” This modern fable brings together an artist, a computer modeler, and the CEO of an international energy conglomerate who wrestle with the dilemmas of climate change and humanity’s relationship with technology, as well as the challenges of their own lives. They are accompanied in their journey by the mythological figures of Prometheus and Pandora, whose legacies hang in the balance: will the outcome be tragic or transcendent? Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Writer Eliot Treichel
Saturday, April 9, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
A reading and talk by writer Eliot Treichel featuring on his new book for teens and adults, “A Series of Small Maneuvers.” The insightful, moving novel focuses on 15-year-old Emma, whose difficulties in growing up are tragically complicated when she inadvertently causes an accident that kills her father. Coping with guilt and grief, she ultimately finds the inner strength to continue with the help of river rats, ranch hands, and her horse, Magic. According to Publishers Weekly, “Treichel’s realistic and compelling characterization of Emma highlights a maturity into adulthood that offers no easy solutions to the difficulties of grief, but celebrates the best of her family.”
Eliot Treichel is a native of Wisconsin who now lives in Eugene, Oregon. His first book, “Close Is Fine,” won the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, CutBank, Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, and Hawai’i Pacific Review. He’s also written for Canoe & Kayak, Paddler, and Eugene Magazine. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
ANNUAL BOOK SALE FUNDRAISER – Friends of Eugene Public Library 
Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lane Events Center (Lane County Fairgrounds), Eugene 
The Annual Friends of Eugene Public Library Book Sale will be held Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Lane Events Center (Lane County Fairgrounds) Performance Hall. Proceeds from this all-volunteer project go to support Eugene Public Library classes, programs, and events, including Summer Reading for children and teens. VISA/Mastercard will be accepted, as well as cash and checks. Admission and parking are free.
Shoppers will be able to choose from thousands of gently-used and like-new books on all topics, at bargain prices of only $1.00 to $2.00. Also for sale will be DVDs, vinyl, audio books, sheet music, and music CDs. Recent bestsellers will be available in the Good as New section, and collectors can check for rare and specialty books in Individually Priced. A Children’s area will offer a large selection of books, DVDs, and CDs for kids.
The Book Sale is the Friends of Eugene Public Library’s major fundraiser each year. Over 300 volunteers work on the Book Sale, many year-round. For more information: Eugene Public Library, 541-682-5450, www.eugene-or.gov/library or Friends of Eugene Public Library, 541-484-1452, www.friendseugenelibrary.org.
Vagabonda: Solo Camper Out West – Writer Lynn Ash
Saturday, April 16, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Writer Lynn Ash reads from a memoir of her travels, “Vagabonda: Solo Camper Out West.” She has roamed solo throughout the West in a tent, a camper, a pickup, and a tent-trailer. Ash takes the reader along on her adventures as she crashes on a snowy mountain road, comes face to face with a bear in the Colorado Mountains, and tangles with a troop of rowdy men in Eastern Oregon. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Windfall Reading: Ingrid Wendt and Tim Shaner
Tuesday, April 19, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
For National Poetry Month, hear readers Ingrid Wendt and Tim Shaner.
Ingrid Wendt’s first book of poems, “Moving the House,” was selected by William Stafford for BOA Editions’ New Poets of America Series. Her next three books won the Oregon Book Award, the Yellowglen Award, and the Editions Prize.  Her most recent book, “Evensong,” offers a host of small epiphanies arising from everyday life: turning points in relationships, insights into our troubled world, and coming to terms with loss. A widely anthologized poet, Wendt’s work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. 
Poet Tim Shaner is the author of Picture X, “a journey through the ‘poethics’ of nature writing in a time marked by the catastrophes of war and impending environmental collapse.” His work has appeared in “Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics,” “The Poetic Labor Project,” “West Wind Review,” “Colorado Review,” and elsewhere. He teaches writing at Lane Community College.
The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation. Refreshments served at intermission. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 orwww.eugene-or.gov/library.
Bill Sullivan: New Hikes on the Oregon Coast
Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Join Oregon’s hiking guru for an illustrated talk about a dozen new trails he discovered while researching the new fourth edition of his book, “100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.” Discover a loop hike around Depoe Bay, an abandoned railroad along a river near Tillamook, and a trek to the world’s tallest redwoods just over the border in California. As always, Sullivan spices his talk with notes on the geology, wildlife, and history of the land.
Bill Sullivan is the author of 17 books about Oregon, including “Oregon Trips & Trails,” “Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters,” Hiking Oregon’s History, and the popular “100 Hikes” series. His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon in 1985, “Listening for Coyote,” was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s “100 Books,” the 100 most significant books in the state’s history. He has also written four novels and a collection of short stories, “The Oregon Variations.” Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors – Writer James Mills
Saturday, April 23, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Outdoors writer James Mills will give an illustrated talk inspired by his book “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.” Mills was recently honored by being named a Yosemite Centennial Ambassador. Books will be provided for sale and signing courtesy of UO Duck Store.
The nation’s wild places — from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas –belong to all Americans. But not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are much less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces.
According to Mills, bridging the “adventure gap” requires role models who inspire the uninitiated to experience and enjoy wild places. Says Mills, “Once new visitors are there, a love affair often follows. This is important because as the United States grows increasingly multicultural, our natural legacy will need the devotion of people of all races and ethnicities to steward its care.”
Mills shares the story of Expedition Denali, the first all-African American team of climbers to challenge themselves on North America’s highest point in 2013. The goal of the expedition, and now the book, is to inspire minority communities to look outdoors for experiences that will enrich their lives, and to encourage them toward greater environmental stewardship.
Mills is a journalist and media producer focused on outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, charitable giving, and sustainable living. He has worked as a guide, outfitter, writer, and photographer, with experience in expeditions ranging from mountaineering and rock climbing to back-country skiing and kayaking. He  was recently named a Yosemite Centennial Ambassador, and was a 2014 Fellow of the Mountain & Wilderness Writing Program of the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada.
Mills is the author of “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors” and producer of the blog and podcast “The Joy Trip Project.” His work is widely published, including in National Geographic Adventure and Sierra Magazine. His radio production credits include Wisconsin Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Make It: Box of Books
Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Saturday, April 23, 2:00 p.m., Sheldon Branch of Eugene Public Library, 1566 Coburg Rd
Tuesday, April 26, 6:00 p.m., Bethel Branch of Eugene Public Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Rd.
Celebrate National Library Week: make a box of books! With clever papercraft, create a decorative box that opens to reveal tiny books built into each side. This box makes a terrific keepsake, an interactive card, a unique scrapbook . . . the possibilities are endless. For adults and teens. No experience required. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
InDesign for Beginners
Wednesday, April 27, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Adobe InDesign software is used to design books, eBooks, magazines, newsletters, and more. At this two-hour hands-on workshop, learn the basics, including terminology and how to start a new project. For adults and teens with basic computer skills. All supplies provided. Due to limited space, a Eugene Public Library card and pre-registration are required: starting April 10, call 541-682-5450. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library
Tween Scene
Thursday, April 28, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself” by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. In this action-packed book, Nick and Tesla move in with an eccentric uncle and face adventures that demand some very ingenious inventing. For grades 4 – 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting April 1. Information: 541-682-8316 orwww.eugene-or.gov/library
Teen Book Group
Thursday, April 28, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is Denton Little’s Deathdate” by Lance Rubin. In the world of this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud novel, everyone knows just how long they will live. For Denton, that’s age 17 – but he’s not going quietly. For ages 13 – 17. Visit the Downtown Teen desk starting April 1 to pre-register and pick up your copy. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros (Children’s Day / Book Day)
Springfield Public Library: Saturday, April 30, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Eugene Public Library: Sunday, May 1, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) is an international holiday honoring children, culture, and books. Local families are invited to celebrate at a bilingual festival including comedy, live music and dance, hands-on arts activities, games, library card sign-ups, refreshments, and free books for kids to take home.
Join in the fun at Springfield Public Library on Saturday, April 30, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and at Eugene Public Library onSunday, May 1, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Come to Springfield Public Library on Saturday, April 30, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., for free events including Angel Ocasio’s “komedy 4 da kidz” show; music and dance with Alma de México Ballet Folklórico, Mariachi del Sol, and El Taller de Son Jarocho; and hands-on arts for children. Springfield Public Library is located at 225 5th Street, inside City Hall; for more information, call 541-726-3766.
Visit the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Sunday, May 1, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., for free events starting with Angel Ocasio’s “komedy 4 da kidz” show, followed by music and dance with El Taller de Son Jarocho and hands-on arts including Eugene Arte Latino with Jessica Zapata. The Downtown Eugene Public Library is located on the corner of 10th Avenue and Olive Street; for more information, call 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish).
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Community Health Centers of Lane County, Downtown Languages, Eugene School District 4J, Springfield Public Schools, Bethel School District, SELCO, Springfield Arts Commission, Relief Nursery, Early Learning Alliance, Joan Gray & Harris Hoffman, Lane ESD Migrant Education Program, Food for Lane County, NAMI of Lane County, and United Way of Lane County. For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library, or Springfield Public Library at541-726-3766 or www.wheremindsgrow.org.