May Literary Events at Eugene Public Library

About May’s Eugene Literary Events at the Library

All the Library literary events below are free and open to the public. Information: 541-682-8316 or

Children’s Book Week Poster Raffle

Month of May, all locations of Eugene Public Library
Kids are invited to celebrate Children’s Book Week all month at Eugene Public Library! Visit the Downtown Library or the Bethel or Sheldon Branch to see the posters on display and enter a free raffle to win your favorite. One entry per child each visit, through May 31.

Kelly Terwilliger at Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, May 1, 10:15 and 11:00 a.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This week at Preschool Storytime, a special guest: local storyteller and children’s author Kelly Terwilliger. For ages 3 to 6 with their caregivers.

Blogging: Next Steps

Thursday, May 2, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This 2-hour class is designed for those with some blogging experience. Get advanced tips on topics including RSS feeds, Google AdSense, the differences between professional and personal blogs, and ways to make your blog easier for potential readers to find. Required: Eugene Public Library’s Intro to Blogging class or experience writing a basic blog.

Arthur Mokin: Writer of historical novel based on the Book of Exodus

Thursday, May 2, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Writer Arthur Mokin will read from and discuss his book Meribah, a love story set in ancient Egypt during the time of the Bible’s Book of Exodus. In this historical novel, a young Egyptian falls in love with an enslaved Israelite, following her and her people as they flee Egypt for the desert wilderness. Then he must struggle to reconcile his own beliefs with those of the woman he loves.

Kirkus Reviews says its “clear style and beautifully conceived rendition of the characters… are sure to draw readers into the world…. any [readers] with an interest in biblical studies or the history of Egypt, the Middle East, and the children of Israel will find much to absorb. A tale of the Exodus that brings Israel’s prophet and people to life.”

Mokin’s previous historical novel, Ironclad, is a set during the early days of the Civil War. Mokin is also an award-winning producer, writer, and director of documentary films.

Grassroots Marketing

Thursday, May 9, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Budding entrepreneurs: join expert Bill Sarnoff to learn about effective, affordable marketing ideas to help fulfill your business’ potential. This workshop will help you create high-impact, low-cost marketing strategies to spread the word about your product or service and attract new customers. Sponsored by Eugene Public Library, LCC Small Business Development Center, and SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business.

Windfall Reading: “Before There is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle”

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s reading features Joan Dobbie of Eugene and other poets whose work appears in the powerful collection Before There is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle. In the book, 86 Muslim and Jewish poets reflect on the decades of conflict in “the precious fragment of land known as Israel, known as Palestine” (Alicia Ostriker).

The book project began when Joan Dobbie and her niece Grace Beeler, Jewish descendants of Holocaust survivors, issued a call for poems about the ongoing struggle by writers of “Palestinian or Jewish heritage… in the belief that poetry can create understanding and understanding can dull hatred.” Some of the poets published in the anthology are relatively unknown; others, such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Mahmoud Darwish, Tawfiq Zayyad, Alicia Ostriker, Ellen Bass, and Ada Aharoni, have gained international fame.

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.

Grant Writing Workshop

Thursday, May 30, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Join grantwriting 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.