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Join us for a fantastic book review on Wednesday at noon! Please note that this event is free, but registration is required:
Fay Stetz-Waters, director of civil rights for the Oregon Department of Justice, will review The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom as part of the Friends of the Library Random Review series of book reviews. The event will take place online via GoToWebinar. It is free and registration is required: https://bit.ly/randomreviewregistration.
Sarah M. Broom’s memoir The Yellow House was a 2019 National Book Award winner. In the book the author tells a very personal history of her family and the New Orleans East house where she grew up as the youngest of twelve children. Broom writes about Hurricane Katrina in the context of each of her own family members. She conveys the storm’s destructiveness through its resultant scattering of her family members across America as well as the totaling of their physical home. As a backdrop to the stories about Broom’s loved ones The Yellow House offers readers a wide-ranging social history of New Orleans, warts and all. The author writes with great warmth but also sharp candor about home, family, race and poverty.
Fay Stetz-Waters considers herself a strong advocate for justice. She served in the United States Marine Corps and worked as a 911 dispatcher before earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and graduating with honors. She attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland where she wrote extensively on constitutional issues like marriage equality, transgender rights, and crime victims’ rights. She was an Administrative Law Judge for the Employment Department, a Hearings Officer for the Parole Board and a Circuit Court Judge in Linn County. In her work at the Oregon Department of Justice she is committed to civil rights issues affecting marginalized Oregonians. Fay likes writing, gardening, summer concerts and spending time with her wife Karelia and their dog Willa in Albany.
Storm Reyes was working full-time at a migrant work camp at age 8. She remembers the day a bookmobile arrived, and the world was suddenly at her fingertips.
In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, listen to more voices of indigenous people at StoryCorps.org/IndigenousPeoplesDay
It's Banned Book Week
The Monroe Community Library needs your help!
Support the Monroe Community Library Legacy Fund, a partnership of the Library Foundation, South Benton Community Enhancement Association, and the City of Monroe. The fund was created to provide money to help the City of Monroe with the library's capital maintenance, preservation, and enhancement needs into the future.
Then click on the Monroe Community Library Legacy Fund button.
For more information, contact Stephanie Conn (541-766-6485) or Sandy Halonen ([email protected]).
We think we have bragging rights after our first virtual book review that took place on Sept. 9! Mike McInally did a superb job of presenting a talk on "Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now" by Alan Rusbridger. We had 161 attendees and many good questions at the end.
If you would like to watch a recording of this review or sign up for another one, use this link:
The recording is posted under the September review title. Just click “watch”.
Join us on Wednesday from noon to 1 pm for our first virtual Random Review.
Mike McInally, former publisher and editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald, will review "Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now" by Alan Rusbridger as part of the Random Review series of book reviews. It will take place online via GoToWebinar. The event is free, and registration is required: https://bit.ly/randomreviewregistration.
Alan Rusbridger was editor-in-chief of London’s Guardian newspaper from 1995 to 2015, and presided over events such as revelations of phone hacking by London tabloids and Edward Snowdon’s release of National Security Agency files. He also helped usher in the transition from paper to the digital age. In "Breaking News", he recounts how reporting has changed, what the consequences are, and what it’s like to practice journalism today. He tells how the publication transformed as a result of technological and cultural changes into something that would have been unrecognizable only a generation ago. With fascinating insights into the present and future status of journalism, Rusbridger offers opinions that are both alarming and hopeful.
Mike McInally was editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and the Albany Democrat-Herald until he was laid off for budgetary reasons in November 2019. His duties at the G-T and D-H included writing editorials and editing the opinion pages of the newspapers, supervising and writing for the papers’ arts-and-entertainment section and selecting “Breaking Cat News” for the comics page, a decision he does not regret. His 39 years as a working journalist included stints as a reporter and editor at the Missoulian newspaper in Missoula, Montana. He was serving as the Missoulian's editor when he was named the publisher of the Gazette-Times in 2005 and managed to successfully work his way back down to editor in the space of just a few years. Currently, he is working as a freelance writer and editor and continuing to search for opportunities that pay just a little bit better than that freelance life. He also is impatiently waiting for the coronavirus to ebb to the point where we can get on with the next Sip & Spell spelling bee for adults.
Sunday's Gazette Time about Random Review!
The Random Review book program is returning Sept. 9.
The longtime monthly book exploration series at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is going virtual this fall, although the format will remain largely the same.
Once a month for 10 months (the programs are not held in July and August) a book is reviewed by a local reviewer and participants get to ask questions. The sessions often fill the main meeting room at the library. The 2020-21 season, the 28th, will be entirely virtual.
"This is very convenient for people," said Debra Goldenberg, one of the Friends of the Library coordinators of the program. "They can just sit in their own home and watch Random Review."
Last season the program put on six events, with the coronavirus wiping out the March through June sessions.
All four of the canceled programs are on this year’s schedule, including books by Tara Westover, Oregon author Barry Lopez, David Quammen and a look at the mystery fiction of Canadian author Louise Penny.
Penny is one of two novelists who will be featured this season The other is Colum McCann, whose book “Apeirogon” will be reviewed in November.
The books were selected by a committee of 10 Friends of the Library members, who met virtually in May for approximately 3.5 hours.
“We often have animated discussions, but we are amiable,” said Goldenberg. “We always have great discussions — and we get to vote.”
Random Review is pushing the envelope a bit with its December program. They are planning to use 90 minutes, rather than the usual 60, to discuss “One Long River of Song” by Oregon author Brian Doyle, who died in 2017.
The Friends have brought in a powerhouse trio to divvy up the reviewing of Doyle’s book of essays: David James Duncan, author of “The Brothers K,” Corvallis-area doctor David Grube and Kathleen Dean Moore, the author, environmental activist and emeritus professor at Oregon State University.
Duncan will be participating from Montana, something that was not possible under the in-person format.
The October program features “The Yellow House” by Sarah M. Bloom. Random Review co-coordinator Connie Georgiou noted that it is a National Book Award winner. Set in New Orleans, Georgiou said that it delves into “the meaning of a house, a family and a place.”
The June program will result in a Random Review milestone. When former OSU history professor William Robbins talks about Dan Flores' book "Coyote America," it will mark Robbins' record sixth appearance on the program.
Our first Random Review book review of the year is coming up in about two weeks! We are very excited about our new season and our new webinar format. It can be viewed by anyone, anywhere! To register to watch this event, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6322516623807332108
Stay tuned here for more info.
August 9 is National Book Lovers Day. Any way you look at it, reading is a wonderful thing. #NationalBookLoversDay
Announcing the upcoming 2020-21 Random Review season! Our monthly book reviews will be available for anyone to watch via GoToWebinar. They will be recorded so you can view them later if you prefer. Find our schedule and links to register for the webinars here:
Join us from your front-row seat for this popular program! Check this page for monthly announcements of each event.
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Check this out! Story time anytime! 🥳
Call the library and listen to a children's story in English or Spanish whenever you want. New stories available every Tuesday.📖
Listen up! There's a new storytime service in town: Telephone Tales! You can call us 24/7 at 541-766-6568 to hear a children's story in English or in Spanish, recorded by our library staff. We'll have new stories available on Tuesdays each week!
Look at all the wonderful reading material...🤤😍📚📖📚🤓
We know this is something a lot of people have been hoping to hear: we are accepting returns! That means you can bring books and other items back to a bookdrop here in Corvallis, or to Alsea Community Library, Monroe Community Library, and Philomath Community Library.
All materials that are returned are quarantined for at least 72 hours! We expect a huge influx of returns, so it may take 5-7 days before items are checked in from your account. We are still not charging any overdue fines for late materials!
Taking a trip?
Have you been missing our book review program? We have something in the works for the upcoming year, but in the meantime, do you know you can access podcasts of past Random Reviews? This link will take you to this year's reviews, plus provide an archive of past reviews. March-June 2020 reviews are not available.
From today's GT Good Words:
Thank you, library staff
A wholehearted thank-you to the staff of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library for all they’ve done to make life a bit easier during the pandemic.
These dedicated and resourceful professionals have researched and launched virtual access to materials and activities we normally enjoy at the library.
Virtual events such as book club meetings and story time, links to resources such as learning from home support, the virtual summer reading program and much more can be accessed without ever leaving your home. Locating and acquiring these services for our library takes time.
Staff has done this while dealing with the pandemic in their own lives. There are many challenges to providing the services, materials and events virtually from our library. The staff has done all this with creativity and thoughtfulness, keeping Benton County connected with our beloved library. Thank you all for your dedication and sacrifices.
Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
We hope you're all enjoying your fine-free library books!
Happy rainy weekend! 🌂🌧📘
The Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library invite you to attend the Annual Meeting being held on June 8, 2020, at 3:30pm as an online webinar. There will be an election of officers, and board members will each give reports. It is an excellent time to hear about what the Friends do. Everyone is invited to attend. Please use the registration URL below by 12:00 pm Monday, June 8 to register.
Join my upcoming webinar! Sign up today!
Did you know our library is offering home delivery??? Check it out: cbcpubliclibrary.net/delivery/
Meet virtually with a librarian!
What would you normally ask the librarian at the library? Ask them face-to-face in a video call!
Librarians are available by video to provide tech help, reading suggestions, help using our online services such as downloading ebooks, and more. Sign up for an appointment here: https://bit.ly/virtualaskalibrarian.
Appointments are held via GoToMeeting. You will receive details on how to join the meeting upon signup. You can connect to your appointment on a computer or mobile device.
Please contact us if the days and times do not work for you and we may be able to accommodate your schedule.
For more information: https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/virtual-ask-a-librarian/
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, please contact the library at
[email protected] or 541-766-6793.
Hey, book club fans! Here is some information on how you can contiune with your favorite library book club.
The Benton County Public Libraries want to talk books with you! Adults and teens are invited to join a book discussion, and kids are invited to read aloud to one of the amazing READ Dogs. Meetings are held via GoToMeeting and are open to anyone.
Details about each book club including meeting dates, times, and upcoming selections may be found below:
Corvallis Community Center Book Club
3rd Thursday of every month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Discussing Lab Girl by Hope Jahren on Thursday, May 21st
This group is open to adults and discusses fiction and nonfiction selected by the group. It was originally based at the Corvallis Community Center.Please email [email protected] or call 541- 766-6793 to be sent the information for joining a meeting. Download GoToMeeting for your mobile device, PC, or Mac here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/484273701.
Corvallis Book Club
3rd Wednesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Discussing A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles on Wednesday, May 20th
This group is open to adults and discusses fiction and nonfiction selected by the group. Please email [email protected] or call 541-766-6793 to be sent the information for joining a meeting. Download GoToMeeting for your mobile device, PC, or Mac here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/484273701.
Graphic Novel Club
1st Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Discussing The Mental Load by Emma on Tuesday, June 9th
This group is open to adults and discusses graphic novels selected by the group. Please email [email protected] or call 541-766-6793 to be sent the information for joining a meeting.
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library www.cbcpubliclibrary.net
Download GoToMeeting for your mobile device, PC, or Mac here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/484273701.
No Pressure Book Chat
1st Tuesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 11 a.m., and
3rd Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Please register via Eventbrite to join.
Stay home, stay reading, stay connected with fellow book lovers! Library staff will share some of our favorite reads, and invite you to share yours! Whether it is a recent read or an old favorite, let’s chat about it.
READ to a Dog Sessions
Weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sign-up online to reserve a space, and learn more here.
Young readers can practice their skills by reading virtually to a READ dog and handler.
Teen Bring Your Own Book Club
Thursday May 14, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Please register to join.
Teens in grades 6-12 can talk about books with other teen readers during this time. No pre-reading necessary. Come talk about favorite reads, recent reads, and even books you don’t like at all!
Walking Book Club
3rd Monday of every month from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Discussing There There by Tommy Orange on Monday, May 18th
This group discusses fiction and nonfiction. Note: While we are meeting virtually, we will not be doing the group walk.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, please contact the library at [email protected] or 541-766-6793.
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