Free Literary Events at Eugene Public Library, February 2014

All events are free and open to the public.

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Ecopsychology: Understanding Our Need for Nature
Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Join writer and counselor Dr. Patricia H. Hasbach for a talk introducing the emerging field of Ecopsychology, which explores the relationship between people and nature. Hasbach is co-editor of the books Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species and The Rediscovery of the Wild, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Ecopsychology.

The premise of Ecopsychology is that human beings need nature for physical and psychological wellbeing. As a species, human bodies and minds came of age interacting with abundantly diverse and wild nature. In the modern, urban, technological society, however, most people are disconnected from the natural world. Ecopsychology addresses questions including: what are the costs of this change? How might we find our way back to a closer relationship with nature? Can our “ecological self” and our “technological self” be integrated into a healthy balance? How can we hope to conserve native habitats if we don’t know or care about them? What effect does screen-time and virtual worlds have on our sense of belonging and place?

Patricia H. Hasbach, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and clinical psychotherapist with a private practice in Eugene and a faculty member at Lewis & Clark College and Antioch University Seattle. Her writing has also appeared widely, including in The Utne Reader and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

The Art of Berta and Elmer Hader
Thursday, February 6, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Berta and Elmer Hader, the Caldecott winning author/illustrators of The Big Snow, were originally San Francisco artists, trained in a variety of art techniques, before they merged their talents into creating and illustrating works for children. Together, they published nearly 100 children’s books in the 1900s, as well as children’s pages in the popular magazines McCall’s and The Saturday Evening Post, paper dolls, and more. Famed in their time and since, their work earned them legions of fans and a place as significant figures in the Golden Age of Children’s Literature. Now, that work has been showcased in a new book, Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art. Join book compiler Karen Talley for a talk illustrated by a display of original works by the Haders.

Print Your Book
Monday, February 10, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This 2-hour class offers an introduction to the many self-publishing resources available online. Whether you have written a book you want to print and sell widely, or you want to print just a few copies of a family history or recipe collection, self-publishing is now easier and more affordable than ever. Intermediate computer and Internet skills required.

Windfall Reading: Writers Henry Hughes and Jenny Root
Tuesday, February 18, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
The Windfall Reading Series this month features writers Henry Hughes and Jenny Root.

Jenny Root’s first full-length collection of poems, The Company of Sharks, was recently published. Her work has appeared widely in journals and in the anthologies What the River Brings: Oregon River and New Poets of the American West. Root has worked in publishing and independent bookselling across the country and has coordinated readings in Eugene for over 20 years.

Henry Hughes’ first poetry collection, Men Holding Eggs, received the 2004 Oregon Book Award; his second book, Moist Meridian, was a finalist for the 2011 Oregon Book Award. His third collection is titled Shutter Lines. Hughes is also the editor of the anthologies The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing” and Fishing Stories. He teaches writing and literature at Western Oregon University and his commentary on new poetry appears regularly in Harvard Review.

The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, Eugene Public Library Foundation, and Cultural Services Division of Lane Arts Council. Refreshments served at intermission.

Tween Scene Book Group
Thursday, February 27, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is Cardboard by Doug TenNapel. In this adventure-filled graphic novel, a boy must save his town from disaster when cardboard creatures come magically to life. For grades 4 through 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting February 1.

Teen Book Group
Thursday, February 27, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow. Where’s the line between creative and criminal? In this wild ride of a novel, a teen gets in trouble for making movies from Internet footage, then runs away to join artists fighting new laws against “piracy.” For middle and high school ages. Visit the Downtown Teen Desk to pre-register and pick up your copy of the book starting February 1.

Grant Writing Workshop
Thursday, February 27, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Join grant writing expert Lori Bumgardner-Adair to learn step-by-step procedures for writing powerful proposals that meet the requirements of potential funders. Find out how to identify grant opportunities for your non-profit organization, understand how grantors evaluate proposals, and develop successful relationships and communication with grantors. Bumgardner-Adair has garnered more than $150 million in awards and matching gifts during her career as a professional grantwriter. She has also managed non-profits and directed large-scale deliberative democracy projects at the municipal-level and internationally.