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,  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Are you ready for retirement?

One hundred percent of us expect to have a good retirement, but more than half of us don’t know how to save for it. The key is making a plan to save, invest, and protect your assets and understand your benefits. On Tuesday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m., join Diane Childs from the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation, and Kimberly Herrmann from the Social Security Administration for a non-biased discussion on earning, investing and maximizing your nest egg. They will go over basic savings and investing, choosing a financial planner, protecting your assets from fraud, and understanding your Social Security benefits. 

Diane Childs
Diane Childs is the financial information outreach coordinator for the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation, a state agency that regulates a number of financial services and products including investments, insurance and mortgages. She travels the state to educate consumers and businesses about the basics of investing, and how to prevent identity theft, financial fraud and predatory lending. She has been with the division for eight years and has talked to more than 350 businesses, organizations, service clubs, retirement communities and professional associations. She has a passion for consumer protection and adequately planning for retirement. Childs has a B.A. Journalism from the University of Oregon.
Kimberly Herrmann

Kimberly Herrmann is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Having worked as a Service Representative, Claims Representative and in the Leadership Management Program, Kimberly has extensive experience with SSA's many programs and conducts educational seminars and trainings throughout Oregon. Kimberly has resided with her family in Oregon since 1994. She and her husband enjoy being outdoors, and have just taken up backpacking. 

 This program is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Learn to tell your story!

Do you have a story you'd like to tell?  Would you like to learn techniques to bring your story to life?  On Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. you can join Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, the founders of Portland Story Theater, for a lively, interactive two-hour workshop on the contemporary art of personal storytelling. 

Lynne Duddy
As participants, you will learn how to identify your stories and what it takes to share them with an audience. The instructors teach intentional storytelling where people will learn how to tell stories improvisationally by being resourceful and using the power of spontaneity. Their approach teaches participants to trust the story and speak extemporaneously from the heart. You’ll get a chance to learn about story structure, the power of presence, the differences between writing and telling, and how to find the story that you need to tell. Portland Story Theater will perform excerpts from their stories, while engaging participants to begin exploring stories of their own. 

While this workshop is free, participation is limited to 25. To register, contact the library at (541) 265-2153, or come in to to sign up.

Lawrence Howard
Howard is a master at crafting engaging stories that often have listeners on the edge of their seats. Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lawrence draws from his rich repertoire of adventure, personal, and mythic tales to create narrative programs for people from all walks of life. Lawrence is best known as the creator of the Armchair Adventurer series, which include riveting stories about Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, Roald Amundsen, and Robert Falcon Scott.

Duddy is a narrative artist who creates captivating stories that draw listeners into the realm of real life. Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lynne draws from her rich repertoire of personal experience to create narrative programs for people from all walks of life. She coaches individuals and conducts workshops in storytelling throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

In this novel by Chris Cleave, characters are drawn from the 1940's British class system and singled out in the act of living in war torn London and through the siege of Malta.  

At eighteen, Mary leaves finishing school for an opportunity to serve in similar capacity as her father somewhere within the diplomatic corps but finds herself placed instead as a primary school teacher shepherding London’s children to refuge in the countryside.  Her immediate supervisor, Tom, must accommodate her choice to stay behind instead.  Meanwhile, Tom's flatmate, Alistair, finds himself closing the collection at the Tate Museum as it is shipped to safety in Wales.  Without his occupation as conservator to steady him, he volunteers with the army.

Cleave's characters are seemingly rudderless against a drawing wave of violence as they make preparation to meet unknown challenges ahead.  Fortunately for readers, Cleave includes off-hand upper-class repartee which bolsters our morale and provides instances of hilarity where none could otherwise exist.

Based on the experiences of his own grandparents during World War II, Chris Cleave illustrates acts of 'ordinary courage' within each hour.  His narrative tests humanity’s capacity for moral integrity, physical endurance, and forgiveness in the face of horrendous destruction and loss.  Readers may discover new depths of compassion for contemporary war torn countries and families living through war's destruction.  You may reserve the book here.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Hugh Grant - About a Boy

The 2002 film, About a Boy will be shown at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. The movie is based on Nick Hornby's novel of the same name.

Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) is a smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms, Will gets a hilarious lesson about life from a bright, but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old named Marcus. Now, as Will struggles to teach Marcus the art of being cool, Marcus teaches Will that you're never too old to grow up.

About a Boy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Actors Hugh Grant and Toni Collette were nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award respectively for their performances.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Are you signed up yet?

On your mark, get set and get ready for summer at your Library. Summer Reading sign-ups are happening now!

Library volunteer Tiby Cooperstein signs up young

Newport Public Library’s summer programs are a tradition and there’s a program for everyone. Programs begin the week of June 20 and are designed to encourage everyone to make reading a fun priority this summer. "Reading is the most important thing students can do to keep their brains active, engaged and learning over summer vacation, and it is FUN!" says Rebecca Cohen, Youth Services Librarian. Research indicates that students who do not read over the summer can lose up to one month of learning, resulting in a learning setback when school begins in the fall. That's why stocking up on reading materials over the summer is so important.

In addition to a variety of materials for children to read and listen to, Newport Public Library offers fun and educational events weekly including storytimes, and programs in Literacy Park.

The Library's summer program for children ages birth to 5 years include weekly storytimes and a chance to count the hours they are read to. After completing a reading chart, children receive a book bag, temporary tattoo and magnetic picture frame.

 "On Your Mark, Get Set ….READ!” is for children ages 5 - 12 years. Children set their own goal for how many books they’ll read or listen to this summer. When the goal is reached, the reader receives a free t-shirt sponsored by Thompson’s Sanitary Services, Inc.

 "GET IN THE GAME, READ" is the summer reading program for teens ages 12 to 18. Teens track their reading to earn raffle tickets for weekly prize drawings. Teen Thursday programs will continue throughout the summer with interesting things to do, make and learn. “Get in the Game” will end on August 18 with Library Olympics and a Grand Prize Drawing. Summer reading programs are for adults, too.

This summer the Library has a reading rewards program, “Exercise Your Mind, READ” just for grown-ups! Stop by the library to sign up and get a reading log. For every book (or eBook or audiobook) you read, fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of twelve weekly prize drawings for fantastic literary gift baskets!

 Click here to find out more about the programs.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Good Eats

Digging around in my freezer the other day I found some overlooked berries.  Lifting the package out brought summer memories of drowsy bees foraging among the blackberry thorns, and our dog’s reproachful look as I halted our walk, set down my containers, rolled my sleeves up and reached in to pluck the ripe juicy fruit.

The frozen treasure also included blueberries that birds didn’t harvest and ripe huckleberries painstakingly sorted from the green and cleaned from miniature stems while swaying on the porch swing.  A few last raspberries were also tossed in as silent witnesses to my lost battle with the deer.  All were toted upstairs, dusted with sugar and tossed with tapioca to macerate overnight in the fridge before going into a pie.  

Everyone can appreciate a book that demystifies processes like cooking.  Here’s a fun example with a segment on green tomato pie (a great way to justify another attempt to grow tomatoes on the coast).  It is titled, United States of Pie:  Regional Favorites from East to West and North to South, by Adrienne Kane. You can reserve a copy here.

Or don’t grow it yourself.. Newport Farmer’s Market is again outside and right down Nye Street from the library every Saturday.  No need to miss out on nature’s bounty now or during the long winter months to come.  


Monday, May 9, 2016

What the Dickens?

Charles Dickens' stories are full of delighfully descriptive names: Ham Peggotty, Paul Sweedlepipe, Jeremiah Flintwinch, and Blathers are just a few I found a website called Name Nerds.  The story of Nicholas Nickleby is no exception, with appearances by Wackford Squeers, Charles Cheeryble, Newman Noggs, and Sir Mulberry Hawk.

The 2002 film version of Nicholas Nickleby is our May Literary Flick, and will be shown on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

After the death of their father leaves them penniless, Nicholas and his sister Kate travel with their mother to London to seek help from their cold-hearted Uncle Ralph. Ralph's only intentions are to separate the family and exploit them. Nicholas is sent to a boarding school run by the cruel, abusive and horridly entertaining Wackford Squeers  and his wife.

Eventually, Nicholas runs away with schoolmate Smike, and the two set off to reunite the Nickleby family.  Once home, he meets a young woman, Madeline Bray, and has to protect her and his sister from the insidious scheming of his Uncle Ralph.

Join us at 6:30 for a star-studded cast* of Dickens' finest!  As always, we'll be serving free popcorn, too!

*Partial listing of cast
  • Charlie Hunnam as Nicholas Nickleby
  • Nathan Lane as Vincent Crummles
  • Jim Broadbent as Wackford Squeers
  • Christopher Plummer as Ralph Nickleby
  • Jamie Bell as Smike
  • Anne Hathaway as Madeline Bray
  • Timothy Spall as Charles Cheeryble
  • Tom Courtenay as Newman Noggs
  • Juliet Stevenson as Mrs Squeers
  • Romola Garai as Kate Nickleby
  • Stella Gonet as Mrs Nickleby

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Read magazines on your mobile device!

    A rolling stone gathers no moss, and neither does the Newport Library! Using our new subscription to Flipster, you can read Rolling Stone and 49 other magazines on your smart phone, tablet, or computer! 

    Flipster is available on the library's website, under the tab for "eBooks & More."  After you log in, you can scroll through the most recent covers of the magazines.

    Once you select a title, you have the option of reading the current issue, or a back issue. 

    You can also view thumbnails of each page, and click between them to move to another section of the magazine.

    To use Flipster on a mobile device, you'll need to download the app.  You'll continue to browse for titles from the website, but once you decide on an issue, you can download it to your app. This allows you to read it even when you are not connected to the internet.  

    Weekly magazines check out for two days, and monthlies for five days.  If you need more time, just check it out again; there is no waiting period!  

    We hope you'll enjoy Flipster.  Give it a try, and tell us what you think!

    Monday, May 2, 2016


    At the beginning of March, also known as "Read A Book You’ve Always Wanted To Read Month," I started reading Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace, in a recent translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Now, exactly two month’s later, I have finished.

    One reviewer wrote: “If the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy.” And as cryptic as that sounds, I’d have to agree. To paraphrase Whitman, this is a book that contains multitudes. Originally written as narrative fiction, Tolstoy extensively re-wrote the novel over ten years to include chapter-long interludes on history, philosophy, politics and human nature. The overall effect is a book trying to describe everything, to understand everything. To contain multitudes.

    Did I like it? “Like” isn’t the word I would use. It’s over 1200 pages long. And sometimes I found it vague and rambling, as if vodka might have been involved during the writing process. But, like the sun bursting out from a cloud, a passage would jump off the page, so beautiful and so moving, that I’d have to read it several times. As if, purely in the act of writing, Tolstoy had awakened to an almost Zen-like understanding of life. And in those moments, I was enthralled.

    Reading War And Peace requires a commitment of time, attention, and patience. For me, the commitment was worth it. I felt as if I’d grown a little, understood the world a little better. And isn’t that one of the reasons why we read?

    You can reserve War And Peace here.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    The Buried Giant

    While I have seen the movie Remains of the Day, I had never read a book by Kazuo Ishiguro until I picked up The Buried Giant on audiobook. With no idea of what to expect, I plunged into the post-Arthurian world of an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, who live on the outer perimeter of an underground warren. Their intimate conversations reveal a mental confusion that at first seems age-related, but it turns out their whole village forgets events that happened in the recent past. 

    Axl and Beatrice grasp at memories as though through a fog, and faintly remember that they have a son who lives far away. They begin a journey to find him, and are joined by Wistan, a Saxon warrior, and Edwin, a boy rescued from ogres. Wistan is on a quest to slay Querig, the dragon whose breath fills the land with a mist of forgetfulness. When they meet the ancient Sir Gawain, the only remaining knight from King Arthur’s realm, a sense of foreboding seeps into the narrative.

    The Buried Giant can be enjoyed for the poetry of its language, for its mythological elements, and for its allegorical presentation of the value and danger of memory. Are forgotten wrongs best left in the past, or should they be remembered and avenged? 

    The audiobook is narrated by David Horovitch, a British actor whose sonorous and steady cadence lends a tone of gravitas to the tale.


    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Feral Child

    My childhood was spent without a t.v. set.  Maybe this wasn’t uncommon in the late 50’s, early 60’s.  Our bedtime was reserved for books, and reading lasted sometimes through two chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Hobbit.  By the time we did have a set, I was eight and my media socialization began.

    To this day I cannot reliably participate in trivia contests, but am very comfortable with the thought of being raised by wolves thanks to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and stories about Mowgli with reminders from Akela, the head wolf, intoning the mantra, "Ye Know the Law," whenever the pack strayed from a firm moral footing.

    I will be going to see the 2016 movie, even though my deeply held impressions of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan were savaged by their Disney portrayals in 1967. Previews of this newest version are heartening.

    But I also definitely recommend you delve into our collection of Kipling before launching into the newest iteration of an old classic at the local theater.

    Sunday, April 10, 2016

    Elementary, my dear Watson

    Sherlock Holmes is a cultural icon, and our image of him spans generations, from Basil Rathbone in the 1940's to today's Benedict Cumberbatch.  Our Literary Flick for April, the 1959 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, stars Peter Cushing in the coveted role.  The film shows at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in the McEntee Meeting Room.

    Legend has it that centuries before, Sir Hugo Baskerville was killed by a "Hound of Hell" while walking on the moor near his estate. His descendant, Sir Henry Baskerville (Sir Christopher Lee) believes his family is cursed, and hires Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (AndrĂ© Morell) to investigate. Cushing's Holmes is vivid, dynamic and arrogant, exactly as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote him. It's a performance of steely integrity and terrific skill, one of the greatest Holmes performances ever. 

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    Beverly Cleary's 100th Birthday Celebration

    Newport Public Library Celebrates Children’s Author Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday!

    It’s coming up. Children’s author Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday. April 12, 2016 marks her 100th Birthday and what a birthday it will be, with many celebrations nationwide at schools, libraries, public performance spaces, bookstores, and I am sure Ms. Cleary will be having a private birthday celebration too (of which am not privy to the details, except that she wants a slice of carrot cake).

    Here at the Newport Public Library we will be celebrating with activities Monday through Friday. Look for self-directed activities in the “Juvenile Fiction” area downstairs, behind the reference librarian’s desk. On Tuesday, Ms. Cleary’s actual birthday, we will have some activities in the McEntee room after school starting at 3:45 until 5:00 p.m.

    A native of McMinnville, Oregon, Cleary attended grade school and high school in the Portland area. Beverly loved books, thanks in part to her mother securing books through the Oregon State Library. Yet, in her early days as a reader and writer she struggled until a much adored second grade teacher gave her the boost she needed. By age eight she was a more accomplished reader and was inspired by her third grade teacher’s encouragement to read and write, and she was urged by her school librarian to try writing.

    Cleary’s experiences as a late budding reader helped her empathize with young readers when she became an author. Young readers supplied Cleary with ideas for characters, characters who would represent regular kids. In addition to winning over a huge fan base, Cleary is the winner of many honors and awards, including being named a “Library of Congress Living Legend”, and receiving the prestigious Newbery Medal, she even has a K-8th grade school in Portland named after her. If I had to guess how many of Beverly Cleary’s books I own, I would say, “All of them!” So, like a good librarian I did a quick search and found out that Cleary has written over 40 works. Okay, so I don’t own ALL of her books, (I only own 15), mostly those in her “Ramona” series.

    Although the last one was written in 1999, Cleary’s Ramona books have lasting appeal for children. Perhaps that is why they have sold in more than 20 different languages in 20 plus countries. Cleary says, "In 50 years the world has changed, especially for kids, but kids' needs haven't changed. They still need to feel safe, be close to their families, like their teachers and have friends to play with." Well said, and oh so true, as we well know being in the biz of early literacy, children’s programming and early childhood development.

    In one of Cleary’s popular books, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, the concept of DEAR (“Drop Everything And Read”), was introduced. In this 1981 book Ramona and her classmates were given class time to stop what they were doing and read silently to themselves. This delighted Ramona, although she thought that “Sustained Silent Reading” sounded more grown-up than DEAR. If you are interested in the concept of DEAR visit the website

    We hope you will join us here at the library to read, celebrate and thank Beverly Cleary for all she has done for the readers, librarians, parents, teachers and citizens of the world!

    Now, don’t you think it’s DEAR time!

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Poetry and Music @ the Library

    The chamber jazz duo PoetryMusic will bring their unique talents to the Newport Public Library on Sunday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m. Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien perform poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well known writers who were also accomplished composers.

    Lee plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while O’Brien plays the cello, and sings with a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals. Their lyrics are poems, everything from Maya Angelou to Robert Frost to Li Po to Shakespeare. Their multi-media performance includes a slide presentation of the poems being sung, and photographs. 

    Here is a sample of one of their songs, I Think of Dean Moriarty by Jack Kerouac.

    Lee and O’Brien met in 1980, and have been together since. They have led their own band, produced five recordings, and continue to actively pursue their musical vision with their duo Primal Mates and their evolving Poetry Project.

    Sponsored by the Newport Library Foundation, this program is free and open to the public.

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    Carrier: Life Aboard The USS Nimitz

    Carrier Trailer PBS from Urban Audio Post on Vimeo.

    In 2005, a film crew was given unprecedented access aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during a six month deployment to the Persian Gulf. Three years and 1600 hours of footage later, PBS aired Carrier, a reality TV show unlike all the others.

    Over ten, 1-hour episodes, we learn about life aboard a ship 24 stories tall, three football fields in length, carrying two nuclear reactors and enough ordnance to blow the whole ship to smithereens. And we learn just how hard the life of a sailor really is. Being away from family and friends for six months at a time, missing births, deaths and marriages, the men and women of the Nimitz endure sweltering heat, life-threatening weather conditions, and deadly dull routine that can prove just as dangerous for the unwary.

    After viewing Carrier, I came away with a profound new respect for the men and women of the US Navy. Many of them started life with severe handicaps: drug and alcohol abuse, dysfunctional, even violent family and home life. One remarkable Marine Staff Sergeant was abandoned by his parents at a Texas carnival when he was three. For some, the Navy is just a job, for others, it’s a multi-generational calling and a privilege. But after serving aboard the Nimitz, no one, from dashing fighter-jet pilot to the humblest member of the mess crew, no one leaves the carrier the same. And after watching Carrier, I, too, felt changed.

    You can reserve Carrier here. From time to time, you might also find it on our Newport Library Staff Picks shelf, at the far end of the New Fiction area.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Lincoln County History Buffs Rejoice!

    The written history of this beautiful place we live only goes back to about the 1830’s although people have lived here for over 8,000 years. Interested in knowing more? Fortunately for you, Newport Public Library has a collection of materials that will inform and, perhaps, surprise you with things you do not know about Lincoln County.

    Do you know where Oregon’s largest forest fire in recorded history took place? First thought might be the Tillamook burns of the 1930’s and 40’s but, no, it happened here in Lincoln County when over a million acres of timberland burned in the 1830’s. This interesting bit is included in Steven Dow Beckham’s history of western Oregon’s Native American tribes, “The Indians of Western Oregon: This Land Was Theirs”.

    When then Governor Joseph Lane directed Lt. Talbot to find a place for the tribes who were being forcibly removed from their ancestral lands, Talbot explored west of Corvallis. He found the country, now Lincoln County, perfect for reservation land as what settlers would want to try and farm burned over land? Now you know where the name for Burnt Woods came from.

    I do love a good tale told in rollicking style and Stan Allyn, a longtime resident of Depoe Bay and the founder of Tradewinds Charter, published several collections of stories that he fine-tuned by telling them to anyone who would listen. Find out about the exciting night that rum-runners ran aground in Little Whale Cove but when the cops got there all the booze had been spirited away by townsfolk who heard about bounty on the beach via the grapevine. His books; “The Day the Sun Didn’t Rise!”, “Heave To!: You’ll Drown Yourselves!” and “Top Deck Twenty!: Best West Coast Sea Stories” are a great way to find out about some of the funnier bits of our county’s history.

    Charles Wilkinson published his history of the Siletz people in 2010, “The People Are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon.” This thorough look at the 8,000+ years of tribal life is a must read for those who want to know more about the people who’ve always lived here.

    There are so many treasures to be found in the 979.533 (Lincoln County history) section downstairs at the library. Photo essays like “The Bay Front Book: Coastal Histories” by Steve Wyatt, a collection of photos culled from the Oregon Coast History Center where Steve is the director. Or personal narratives from people who lived here that are found in “The Path Back Home: Real Stories from Siletz, Oregon” compiled by Vance and Kate Lindstrom. Or a telling of a terrible, racist incident that occurred in Toledo almost 100 years ago, “The Toledo Incident of 1925: Three Days That Made History in Toledo, Oregon” by Ted W. Cox.

    To know this place is to truly appreciate it. Take advantage of your library and find out more about Lincoln County.

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Linking Your Library Card

    How exciting!  The book you heard reviewed on the radio has been added to the library’s holdings.  Time to reserve it. Call us or go online and put a copy on hold.  So far, so good.

    You saw the author being interviewed on television and felt a swelling sense of satisfaction. The book will be ready for you soon according to your online account. The library has assured you that your contact information is up to date and that you will be notified as soon as it is returned by the last patron to borrow it.

    Then, BOOM, your life becomes really busy because that's the way life goes; Murphy’s Law ensures that this is when we will contact you.  The book is now on the patron hold shelf where it will be for a week waiting for you to come and get it.

    Should you worry? 

    No.  You thought of everything and had us link your card with another's.  You may be unable to come get that book yourself, but your designee can and will.

    Linking cards is a lovely way to allow another to pick up books if you are inconvenienced and unable to come in yourself Linking also allows you to check out books for family, friends or neighbors on their card returning the favor.

    Ask about this service the next time you come in.

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    Women's History Month @ the Newport Public Library

    We're recognizing Women's History Month at the library this year with a display of Notable Oregon women and a screening of the recent film, Suffragette on March 15 at 7:00 p.m.

    While doing research for the display, I discovered some women I had heard of, and some who were brand new to me!  

    Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey was an ornithologist and nature writer whose fieldwork contributed significantly to the knowledge of the birds of Oregon. Best known for Handbook of Birds of the Western United States, she was called the First Lady of American ornithology.

    Bethenia Owens-Adair overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become a social reformer and one of Oregon’s first women doctors with a medical degree.  At age 14, barely able to read or write, she married Legrand Hill, and became a mother at 16.  At age 19 Bethenia left Hill, took back her name, and went to college, then medical school. 

    She was also passionately involved in reform movements.  Frustrated by gender prescriptions and inspired by friend Abigail Scott Duniway, she argued for woman suffrage as well as women’s education, employment, and health.

    Cornelia Marvin Pierce helped shape the state’s social, educational, and political conditions as state librarian, political activist, and reformer.  Marvin moved to Salem in 1905 to direct a new agency, the Oregon Library Commission, which became the State Library in 1913.  Under her direction, the State Library assisted communities in organizing, opening, and securing tax funding for libraries and provided direct services from its offices in Salem. In 1905, there were three public libraries; by 1928, there were eighty-two.

    Many other accomplished women have made their mark in Oregon.  If you'd like to learn about more, come visit our display.  If you'd like to learn more about women's struggle for the right to vote, join us on Tuesday, March 15 when the film Suffragette will be shown.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Passport to the World

    Ever suffer from wanderlust?  Look out the window and see much farther than the next house or tree, and wish Star Trek transporters really existed?

    Look out the window and see the rain and wind and wish for someplace warmer?

    Look around you and wish for someplace, any place more exotic, more exciting, or just different?

    Look at the amount of money it takes to travel these days and just sigh?

    OK, going someplace in a book or video is not the same as actually being there, but it can be a great way to visit without the hassle. Travel books and videos can take you around the world. Fiction books can take you around the world and into space and time, made all the more rich by your own imagination.

    Your library card is as good as a passport…come see the world.

    - by Jan

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    Books I've Always Wanted To Read

    March is “Read A Book You’ve Always Wanted To Read Month.” Even the short list of books I’ve always wanted to read is a pretty long one: Pride And Prejudice, The Decameron, Remembrance of Things Past, The Tale of Genji, works by Jules Verne, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Naguib Mahfouz, Chinua Achebe, and many, many more.

    Of the dozens of titles on that long list, I’ve picked Leo Tolstoy’s classic, War and Peace. I love a big, meaty story that I can get lost in. I’m also a fan of historical fiction, and War and Peace certainly satisfies both of those requirements. I’ve also heard that the BBC is currently airing a well-reviewed mini-series, available on DVD soon, and I certainly want to read the book before I watch the series.

    I’m sure you must have a title or two that you’ve always wanted to read. Post them in the comments below. I might want to add them to my own list because I’m always looking for something to read. I’ve also posted a few links to sites that might help you find more works of great literature to add to your own list. I know I have, and now my list is even longer!

     Goodreads Classics Reading List

    The Guardian - 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time

     Modern Library's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    Little Big Man

    The film Little Big Man will be shown at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. This 1970 film is based on the novel by Thomas Berger.

    At the age of 121, Jack Crabbe (Dustin Hoffman) tells the story of his life. When he was ten years old, his family was killed by the Pawnee Indians.  Cheyenne Indians saved him and raised him as one of their own.  Throughout his life, Crabb is torn between the two worlds.  He has close associations with Wild Bill Hickok and General George Custer.  He marries twice; Olga, a Swedish woman who is abducted by Indians, and Sunshine, an Indian woman who bears him a child.

    Dustin Hoffman and Chief Dan George
    The film is sprinkled with tragic and comedic vignettes. After the brutal murder of his second family, Crabb seeks revenge by leading Custer into the Battle of Little Big Horn. After the battle, Crabb's adopted father, Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George) dresses in full Chief's regalia and declares "It is a good day to die," and prepares to end his life with dignity. He lies down at the Indian Burial Ground to wait for death. Instead, it begins to rain. Old Lodge Skins is revealed to still be alive, and says, "Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't."

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    A Journey into the Owyhee River Canyonlands

    On Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m., join writer Bonnie Olin at the Newport Public Library for a richly-illustrated journey into the canyonlands of the Owyhee River in Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon. Her presentation is based on her book, The Owyhee River Journals, which includes 125 color photos of rarely seen landscapes by photographer Mike Quigley, created over many years of travel together. 

    Mike Quigley and Bonnie Olin
    Very little is written about the Owyhee, so Ms. Olin will share a brief history of the area, discuss why it is unique and deserving of wilderness protection, and show a 20-minute video. 

    The movie, Deep Creek and the Owyhee River, is the story of an expedition into the Owyhee canyon that begins on a tributary of the East Fork of the Owyhee in Idaho, and ends at Three Forks, in Oregon. It is a view of the upper regions of the Owyhee River that few people see, and helps one to understand the significance of this last hidden jewel of the West, for people will not find themselves in the Owyhee on their way to any other location. 

    Olin is a third generation Oregonian, born into a family with a great love of the outdoors. In the 1960‘s and early 1970‘s, she worked for her father in the summer on his survey crew and sometimes as compassman on a timber cruise. In 1989, Quigley introduced her to running rivers in an inflatable kayak, using rivers as a highway into the wild. She found these experiences so inspiring she began keeping a journal about each adventure, a practice that led to the writing of The Owyhee River Journals. 

    Olin’s presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer period. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    In Like a Lion..

    Here it is, March already. The weather is fitful, unpredictable and mostly uncomfortable. A season shifting gears toward longer and warmer days.

    Our dog wants to go for many more walks on the beach. Without her urging us into our parkas and out of doors, we’d miss the whole Oregon beach experience entirely.

    Dogs have so much to share with us; their senses keener; their enthusiasm boundless, and their affection total. Our dog was a shelter dog. Before Lincoln County Animal Shelter acquired her, life had not been easy. She came with a working dog temperament that required some research before we understood her as “capable of self direction” instead of “untrainable.”

    Before we get another dog, I’ll be rummaging through the library’s selection on differing breeds and the requisite training. So many good books line the shelves here and not all are explicitly how-to. Some are biographical like Merle's Door by Ted Karasote.

    By the way, when you access that title in our catalog, a simple click on the listed call number within that citation (636.7 Keraso) will take you to a virtual shelf of our library’s holdings in that section. Here you can browse and find more titles to pick up or reserve online. Ask any of us to show you this neat trick the next time you visit the library.

    While March is coming in like a Lion, it might be fun to read about a new best friend to warm your summer and the years to come.

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    What goes up, eventually wears down...

    A new elevator will be installed in the Newport Public Library, temporarily disrupting service. 

    Work on the elevator will begin on Monday, February 22, and will last up to two weeks. Those who need assistance getting materials or going downstairs can ask for help at the circulation desk. 

    For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    Have a Kindle? UPDATE IT!

    Amazon recently announced a “Critical Software Update for Kindle E-Readers," warning that your Kindle could become entirely useless without it:
    Customers using an outdated software version on Kindle e-readers require an important software update by March 22, 2016 in order to continue to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store, and use other Kindle services on their device.
    Generally, every Kindle released between 2007 (first generation) and 2012 (5th generation Paperwhite) will need the update. Kindle Fires should be okay. Check Amazon for more specific details, and UPDATE!


    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Teen Room Coming Soon!

    Teens have always been welcome in the library, with teen programs happening monthly and the hottest books, manga, and magazines, new and classic, on our Y.A. shelves.  Now we’re going one step further, with the creation of a dedicated Teen Room, which will provide a safe and comfortable space for teens to hang out, socialize, and play games from chess to Minecraft!

    Reorganizing staff work space to make more room for teens!

    The Teen Room plan grew out of the library’s efforts to identify new ways to best serve the community.  Recognizing that people of all ages and cultures have needs and interests that both diverge and overlap, we increased seating among the newspapers and magazines, expanded the large print collection, shifted the chapter books and children’s nonfiction for easier access for young readers, and rearranged the children’s room to be more comfortable and welcoming for families.  The new Teen Room is the icing on the cake, repurposing office space located near the front desk on our main floor to create a room which will be all teen, all the time.

    Kids aged 12-18 will be welcome to hang out in the Teen Room, while library patrons who are younger or older will be allowed only short-term entry to browse the shelves. Many younger and older folks may be jealous-- the Teen Room will be the only library area with a gaming system, but sorry, folks-- it’s teen only, and teens will have to have a library card in good standing to be allowed to check out the games for in-library use.

    Construction has now begun!  We ask that patrons hold off until March to donate items to the library-- we simply don’t have the space while we’re reorganizing.  We’ll keep you posted about the process, and ask for your patience with the temporary noises and disruptions of construction.

    If you know a teen who might be interested in our new room, be sure to let them know. There is not a projected completion date quite yet, but the library staff are looking forward to it with great excitement, and we hope you are too!