Sunday, July 17, 2016

Drums, stories and dancing in Literacy Park

Newport Public Library's On Your Mark, Get Set . . . READ! summer reading program brings West African drumming storyteller Habiba Addo back to the coast this week. She performs in Literacy Park at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 20. All children and families are invited to attend this free program offering everyone a chance to learn some drumming licks.

A native of Ghana, West Africa, Habiba offers an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with drumming, singing and movements. Her stories will encourage the audience to explore their own world as well as those far, far away. Addo performs drumming from the continent of Africa and its diaspora to inspire, entertain and provoke thought. She lives her art through continuous study and practice - combining her knowledge and deep appreciation for these cultures with her natural talent for music, storytelling and her prodigious vocal abilities. Wednesday's audience members will be given empty ice cream buckets to drum with and, after the show, decorate.

 Anyone who has witnessed her performances will testify that she blends her sense of humor with extremely genuine respect and love for these revered traditions. Addo teaches and performs with infectious joy and adept technical accuracy. She has performed and taught the local community in drumming, dance, storytelling and theater through companies such as Miracle Theater, Northwest Afrikan American Ballet and Portland State University.

 Habiba will also perform at four other Lincoln County libraries; Wednesday, July 20, she will be at Waldport Public Library (10 a.m.)and Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City (6:30 p.m.). On Thursday, July 21, she will be at Toledo Public Library (11 a.m.) and Siletz Public Library (1:00 p.m.).

These programs are paid for by Ready to Read grant money from the Oregon Legislature and the Lincoln County Library District with additional support from Thompson’s Sanitary Services, Inc., LaQuinta Inn and Suites, D Sands Condominium Motel, Ross and Janis Neigebauer and Jeannette Hofer.

Look here for more information about Addo’s show or other summer reading presentations.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Get It While You Can

Downtown Portland comes to the library when singer-songwriter Nick Jaina combines music with a reading from his debut memoir, Get It While You Can on Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m.  A finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Awards, Get It While You Can is poetry in prose, a meditation on music, melancholy, love, and loss.

Jaina's live performance is like an audio scrapbook. He loops together guitar melodies and found sounds and reads passages of his book over them. Potent words hang in the air as a guitar figure echoes out, leaving you time to digest the sentiment. In the middle of this sea of ideas and emotion, Nick breaks the tension by playing a song.

Copies of Get It While You Can will be available for purchase and signing.

This program is made possible with support from the Newport Library Foundation. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Science Magician comes to Literacy Park

Have you been to a Jeff Evans show? This guy is the bees knees! He brings the magic of science alive to kids in a way that’s engaging, entertaining and FUN! Your kids won’t even know that they are learning! They will think they are at a super fun magic show. Jeff’s show will inspire your kiddos to try some of the fun at home, too! He tours Lincoln County next Wednesday and Thursday, July 13 and 14,
with his science magic show.

Wednesday, July 13, Jeff will be at Waldport Public Library (10 a.m.), Newport Public Library (1 p.m.), and Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City (6:30 p.m.). On Thursday, July 14, he will be at Toledo Public Library (11 a.m.) and Siletz Public Library (1:00 p.m.).

Magic tricks can all be explained by science, and Jeff has been fascinated with science experiments and demonstrations since he was growing up. So, the idea of bringing science and magic together was a natural. His goal is to spread this amazement and desire to understand the magic of science to children throughout the Pacific Northwest. Recent accolades include being named Seattle’s Funniest Magician and receiving back-to-back "Golden Teddy Awards" from ParentMap Magazine for Best Live Entertainment.

Jeff’s lodging while in Lincoln County is provided by Newport’s La Quinta Inn and Suites and Lincoln City’s D’Sands Motel. Funding for his shows is provided by a Ready to Read Grant from the Oregon State Library and Ready to Read funds from the Lincoln County Library District. Additional funding for his Newport show comes from Thompson Sanitary Services, Inc., Janis and Ross Neigebauer and Jeanette Hofer. For more information about summer programs in your town, please contact your local library.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Be Careful What You WIsh For....

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12 when femme fatale Elizabeth Taylor joins Richard Burton in this month's Literary Flick, Doctor Faustus

This 1967 film was adapted from Christopher Marlowe's 1588 novel The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.   Richard Burton co-directs the film with Nevill Coghill, and also stars as Faust, a medieval scholar who sells his soul to Mephistopheles (Andreas Teuber) in exchange for mastering all human knowledge. The Devil tempts Faust at every turn by confronting him with the seven deadly sins and Helen of Troy (Elizabeth Taylor). Taylor floats through the film like a beautiful siren luring Faustus to his final doom.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Book Bingo in Literacy Park

Book Bingo began over 20 years ago at Newport Public Library and continues to be a very popular part of the annual Summer Reading program. Played like regular Bingo except with pictures of book jackets instead of numbers, it is used to promote books to young readers that they may not have seen before.

This year’s books all pertain to sports because the theme is On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!  Book Bingo happens in Literacy Park at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. This program, like all Newport Public Library programs, is free and open to all who want to attend. Bingo playing, except as a helper, is limited to children 11 and under.

“My favorite part of Book Bingo is the prizes,” says Rebecca Cohen, Youth Services Manager and designer of the Library’s version of the game. “We save children’s books that people donate to the Library throughout the year, then put out the best ones for our young readers to select from when they get a Book Bingo! on their bingo card. I so appreciate that people donate such lovely and popular books. The children love to get a free book of their choice to take home and the happy smiles on their faces are simply priceless.”

For more information about Book Bingo and all the Summer Reading programs at Newport Public Library, check our ef="">website.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Coastal Colorists meeting on Tuesdays

The Coastal Colorists will be meeting on Tuesdays during July and the first week of August, to accomodate the Summer Reading Program that meets on Wednesdays.

This adult coloring group is free and open to the public.  The library provides colored pencils and coloring sheets, though people are welcome to bring their own coloring supplies.  We also play gentle music and serve tea, to enhance the calming effects of coloring.

The next meeting of the Coastal Colorists is on Tuesday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m.  You can check our online schedule for future dates.

In late August, we'll start an evening coloring program, so those who cannot make our afternoon meetings can participate.  Stay tuned!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Our website is evolving!

Starting in early July, our website will be mobile-friendly!  What does that mean?

If you look up our homepage on your phone right now, it will look something like this:

Once the new site goes live, our homepage will look like this on your phone:

The layout of the page has changed, so it may take you a moment to reorient.  We hope that you'll find it easier to use, whether you browse on your phone or view the page on a full computer screen!  

If you'd like to see a preview of our new site, you can visit it from a link on our homepage,