All events are free and open to the public.
More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library
Summer Reading for All Ages at Eugene Public Library
Sign up and join in the fun at Eugene Public Library with this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Dig Into Reading.” Visit any Library location—Downtown, Sheldon, or Bethel—to sign up and get a calendar of free events. Each child and teen gets a free book; each adult gets a coupon for a free coffee or $1 off books at the Friends of the Library book store (anytime this summer) and a free tote bag (while supplies last). Plus, adults can enter a free raffle for Unique Eugene gift certificates by sharing their book reviews at the Library website.
Kids: Dig Into Stories
Tuesday, July 2, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. at Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Wednesday, July 3, 3:00 p.m. at Bethel Branch Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Road
Wednesday, July 3, 3:00 p.m., at Sheldon Branch Library, 1566 Coburg Road
Kids: Delve into your imagination with fun storytellers. Join Paulette Ansari at the Downtown Eugene Public Library at 10th and Olive on Tuesday, July 2, 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., or at Bethel Branch Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Road on Wednesday, July 3, 3:00 p.m. Or enjoy tales told by Kelly Terwilliger at Sheldon Branch Library, 1566 Coburg Road on Wednesday, July 3, 3:00 p.m. (Downtown only: pick up free tickets starting 30 minutes before each show).
Teens: Hand-Made Books
Wednesday, July 3, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Friday, July 12, 2:00 p.m., Sheldon Branch Library, 1566 Coburg Road
Friday, July 19, 2:00 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Road
Teens: join artist Yvonne Manipon to create hand-made books from reused and recycled materials including CD and video cases, Altoid boxes, scrap paper, paint, and more.
Writer Jodi Angel
Thursday, July 11, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Writer Jodi Angel will read from her second story collection, “You Only Get Letters From Jail,” which chronicles the lives of young men trapped between adolescence and adulthood. Trying to escape from circumstances that push them to either grow up or give up, they are haunted by unfulfilled dreams and disappointments. In gritty, heartbreaking prose, Angel treats them with depth and tenderness despite their mixed intentions and questionable motives.
Angel has been widely published and received honors including several Pushcart Prize nominations and inclusion in Best American Stories 2012.
Summer Reading Book Sale
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Book lovers: choose from thousands of popular, gently-used novels and mysteries perfect for summer reading. Each book is priced at just $1.00.The sale is a fundraiser by the volunteer Friends of Eugene Public Library to support Eugene Public Library programs. Admission and parking are free.
Teddy Bear Picnic
Saturday, July 20, 11:00 a.m., in the park at Campbell Community Center, 155 High Street
A beloved annual tradition for young children and family, hosted by Eugene Public Library in a new location this year: the park outside Campbell Community Center, 155 High Street. Celebrate Summer Reading with live music by McCornack’s Garden Variety Band. Bring snacks and your teddy bear or favorite stuffed friend to play in the park.
Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path
Saturday, July 20, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Join writer, photographer, and KLCC radio host Eric Alan for a multimedia presentation featuring stunning photos in harmony with words. This uplifting celebration of nature’s wisdom, solace, and beauty includes words and images from his books “Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path” and “Grace and Tranquility,” as well as from his new online collaboration with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, “Celebrate What’s Right With the World” (www.celebratewhatsright.com<http://www.celebratewhatsright.com>).
Art Exhibit: Valley Calligraphy Guild
Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive, 2nd floor Magazines and Newspapers room
See beautiful and innovative works by the local artists of The Valley Calligraphy Guild. The group began in Eugene in 1976 with six calligraphers; since then it has grown to nearly 300 members worldwide.