July 2014 – book-lover and writerly events at Eugene Public Library
All events FREE.
Summer Reading for All Ages at Eugene Public Library Through August.
Sign up and join in the fun at Eugene Public Library with this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Fizz! Boom! Read!” All summer, visit any Library location — Downtown, Sheldon, or Bethel — to sign up and enjoy free events. Each child and teen gets a free book; each adult gets a free book bag and a coupon for a free coffee or $1 off books at the Friends of the Library book store. Plus: a free raffle for kids to win passes to City of Eugene pools and local museums, and for teens and adults to win gift cards to local stores. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http
Who the F*#% Is Linda Chorney?!
Tuesday, July 8, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Join singer/songwriter and TED Talk speaker Linda Chorney for an evening based on her book “Who the F*#% Is Linda Chorney?!” Chorney made history as the first independent artist without a label, publicist, or manager to be nominated for a Grammy, an honor she earned by launching an unprecedented online campaign. Chorney explains, “The gatekeepers of the industry were not happy, and did what they could to undermine my nomination and career. But they didn’t know who they were dealing with.” Nominated for Best American Album for “Emotional Jukebox,” this talented and funny underdog delivers an entertaining show of music, reading, and real-life stories. As Chorney says, “Just because it happened to you, doesn’t make it interesting. But sometimes, putting it to music does.” Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http
Teens: Write Poetry
Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Road
Teens: join Carter McKenzie for a surprise-filled adventure in poetry writing. This workshop will be held at the Downtown Library on Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 p.m., and at the Bethel Branch on Thursday, July 24, 2:00 p.m. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Intro to Blogging
Thursday, July 10, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Create your own blog with the free website Blogger. Plus an introduction to RSS and Google Reader, tools that deliver automatic updates from your preferred online sources for news, opinion, entertainment, and more. Internet experience and e-mail account required. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http
Summer Reading Book Sale
Saturday, July 12, 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. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http
The Art of Berta and Elmer Hader
Thursday, July 17, 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 compilers Joy Hoerner Rich, Karen Tolley, and John and Judy Waller for a talk illustrated by a display of original works by the Haders. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http
Inspiring Women 55+
Saturday, July 19, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Shirley Collins will present a joyful illustrated talk based on her book “Inspiring Women 55+.” The book collects her photographs of 55 women over the age of 55, paired with their words, illustrating each woman’s vital and passionate sense of life purpose. Some of the photo subjects will also appear.
The book includes women representing topics including The Arts, Business, Crafts, Education, Inspirational/Visionary, Music, People’s Rights, Public Service, Sports, Volunteerism, and Well-being. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.
Shirley Collins is a photographer and writer living in Eugene. She is active in many local visual arts groups, and is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http
The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast
Thursday, July 24, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Journalist Bonnie Henderson, author of “The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast,” will give a talk about the past and future of tsunamis on the Pacific coast.
Though at the time, it was believed that a 1964 tsunami was the Pacific Northwest’s first, scientists now know that massive tsunamis strike the Pacific coast every few hundred years, triggered not by distant temblors but by huge quakes less than one hundred miles off the coast. When the next one strikes, the tsunami it generates is likely to be the most devastating natural disaster in the history of the United States.
Henderson tells the compelling story of how scientists came to understand the Cascadia Subduction Zone and how ordinary people cope with that knowledge. She is also the author of “Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris.” Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http
Author J.A. Jance
Monday, July 28, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Hear New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance, visiting Eugene on tour with her just-released book, “Remains of Innocence.”
Over fifteen novels, Jance’s “Joanna Brady” series has earned an enormous and devoted following of suspense fans who eagerly anticipate each new installment. The series features a tenacious Cochise County, Arizona sheriff and her search for justice in the sparse, beautiful American southwest.
In “Remains of Innocence,” Sheriff Joanna Brady is confronted with two deaths 2500 miles apart, a mysterious fortune discovered hidden in a reclusive woman’s home, and the pressing need to figure out how they are connected – before more people are murdered.
J. A. Jance is the bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and four interrelated thrillers about the Walker Family. More than twenty million copies of her books are in print. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.
Tween Scene Book Group
Thursday, July 31, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is “Explorer: The Mystery Boxes,” edited by Kazu Kibuishi. It’s a collection by seven graphic novelists and comic artists who each tell a different story in response to the question: what’s in the box? Their clever, beautifully illustrated answers range from funny to suspenseful. For grades 4 through 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting July 1. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Teen Book Group
Thursday, July 31, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is “The Spectacular Now” by Tim Tharp. The novel tells the tale of an unlikely, unpredictable romance that begins when live-in-the-moment party animal Sutter wakes up on socially-awkward Aimee’s front lawn. Visit the Downtown Teen Desk to pre-register and pick up your copy of the book starting July 1. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.