Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Library

Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Library Friends to the Library for over 50 years! The Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is an organization 100% powered by volunteers.

We raise money to enrich the public libraries of Benton County: Alsea, Corvallis, Monroe and Philomath, Oregon.

Mission: Our goal is to promote and support the Corvallis -Benton County Library system. Our Facebook wall is a forum for discussion and membership news that is inclusive, welcoming and useful. With that in mind, we might exclude postings that do not further those objectives, including but not limited to: - Off-topic comments - Comments that are commercial in nature - Duplicate posts - Obscene posts - Threats - Harassment - Personal attacks

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02/01/2021
Mark your calendars!📆 Another Random Review is coming soon!📖👩‍💻🧑‍💻📚Get reminders and details on how to attend here: http...
01/31/2021

Mark your calendars!📆 Another Random Review is coming soon!📖👩‍💻🧑‍💻📚

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01/29/2021
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01/24/2021

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EVENT TIME AND LOCATION: Tuesday, January 26th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. via ZoomThis free event will be broadcast live on Z...
01/15/2021
Coloring the Conservation Conversation: Pandemic as Portal – Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

EVENT TIME AND LOCATION: Tuesday, January 26th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

This free event will be broadcast live on Zoom. Please register here: bit.ly/lanhamevent

Writer, birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist Drew Lanham (jdlanham.wixsite.com/blackbirder) will imagine the world anew in the midst of the pandemic. He will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. He will share his highest vision of environmental and social justice, the crucial steps we can take as individuals and communities to bring that vision to life, and stories of how this new paradigm is already taking shape.

About Drew Lanham: J. Drew Lanham is the author of the award-winning memoir The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (milkweed.org/book/the-home-place). He has also published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, as well as several anthologies. He is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University.

Sponsored by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Spring Creek Project, Corvallis Audubon Society, Greenbelt Land Trust, and Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.

About Pandemic as Portal: This event is part of a nine-week lecture series titled Pandemic as Portal: Creating a Just Future on Earth hosted by the Spring Creek Project. Find out more here: liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/pandemic-portal-creating-just-future-earth-0.



This event was made possible by a Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change grant (www.ala.org/tools/programming/climatechange/)

All of the information above may be found on the library’s website here: cbcpubliclibrary.net/coloring-the-conservation-conversation-pandemic-as-portal/

Tuesday, Jan. 26th | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Zoom | This free event will be broadcast live on Zoom. Please register here: http://bit.ly/lanhamevent Writer, birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist Drew Lanham will imagine the world anew in the midst of the pandemic. He will discuss what it means ...

01/10/2021
Join us for this book review on Wednesday, Jan. 13! Get reminders and details on how to attend here: https://fb.me/e/lt5...
01/09/2021

Join us for this book review on Wednesday, Jan. 13! Get reminders and details on how to attend here: https://fb.me/e/lt5PwfkuV

Audrey Perkins, retired coordinator of the OSU Contemplative Studies Initiative will review Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover 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 but registration is required: https://bit.ly/randomreviewregistration.

Tara Westover’s remarkable memoir, Educated, recounts her extreme upbringing in a family isolated by her survivalist father in eastern Idaho. The youngest of seven children, she was raised with the Bible and Mormon literature as her only reading material and her days spent working in the family’s metal scrapyard instead of going to school. Westover’s first experience with formal education was at Brigham Young University as she cast off everything familiar in her life. Then it was on to Cambridge University and Harvard. Her conflict between family love and loyalty and the desire to be part of a wider world are portrayed with sensitivity and frankness making for a mesmerizing reading experience. The book’s more than two and a half year run on the hard cover nonfiction best seller list speaks for itself.

Inspired by being a big sister to three little ones, our reviewer, Audrey Perkins, began her formal study of education in Future Teachers of America at age fourteen. She went on to work as a camp counselor, writing teacher for Willamette Valley Community School and writing instructor at Oregon State University where she earned a Masters in Composition and Rhetoric. She then taught English, reading, and success skills at Linn-Benton Community College for eighteen years, specializing in working with students first entering the college system. Perkins retired from LBCC in 2014. She has a strong interest in the mechanisms of what makes us happy as humans, cultivating a life-long study of psychology, mindfulness and meditation. She most recently retired from her position in this field at Oregon State University in 2018. Audrey still teaches mindfulness, sings, and hikes whenever possible.

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01/09/2021

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Our first Random Review of the year is right around the corner!👏🥳🤩Get reminders and details on how to attend here: https...
01/04/2021

Our first Random Review of the year is right around the corner!👏🥳🤩

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Happy holidays to all our dear library Friends!
12/25/2020

Happy holidays to all our dear library Friends!

12/19/2020
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For any of you who missed last week's panel discussion of the book "One Long River of Song" by Brian Doyle and would like to see it- and it was fantastic!- you may access a recording of the event by clicking on "Watch" below the title of the book on this page: https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/random-review/ or on our website: friendsofthecbclibrary.org.

Wising you an exciting book this Caturday!
12/12/2020

Wising you an exciting book this Caturday!

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12/12/2020

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12/11/2020
12/08/2020
Please join us for this special event! Get reminders and details on how to attend here: https://fb.me/e/4lcfrpWIbOne Lon...
12/05/2020

Please join us for this special event! Get reminders and details on how to attend here: https://fb.me/e/4lcfrpWIb

One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder by Brian Doyle, will be the subject of a panel discussion presented by David James Duncan, David Grube, and Kathleen Dean Moore 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. Please note that this event will be 90 minutes rather than the usual 60 minutes.

The life and work of Brian Doyle- writer and longtime editor of Portland Magazine- are honored in this posthumous collection of short nonfiction and poetic prose. Doyle died in 2017 of complications from a brain tumor, and left behind seven novels (including Mink River, Martin Marten), six collections of poems, and 13 essay collections. The Iowa Review called him “a writer’s writer, unknown to the best-seller or even the good-seller lists, a Townes Van Zandt of essayists, known by those in the know.” His writing is lyrical, humorous, poetic, spiritual, and fierce, and covers wide-ranging subjects.

David James Duncan, who wrote the introduction to One Long River of Song and assembled Doyle’s collection, is an Oregonian currently living in Montana. Duncan’s beloved novels, The Brothers K and The River Why, are favorites of many. He has written short stories, short nonfiction, and a collection of essays: My Story As Told By Water.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a Corvallis writer. Her new book of essays, Earth's Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World, will be released mid-February. She may be best known for her books that celebrate wet, wild places: Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. Moore’s last appearance at Random Review was in 2019, when she spoke to an overflow crowd about the book The Overstory.

David Grube, retired physician from Philomath, drew some of the largest crowds in the history of the Random Review program when he gave talks on the books Being Mortal and The Book of Joy. Grube is the national medical director for Compassion and Choices, a nonprofit organization that educates, supports, and advocates for choice at the end of life, and he is on the board of directors of Lumina Hospice.

12/01/2020
11/29/2020

In the GT's Editor's Mailbag today by Phillip Plaza!

As I searched for things to be thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving, I found several.

During COVID-19, we spend most of our time home, following the recommendations and guidelines of our health professionals. It is tough not seeing our friends, our neighbors or our family members, but one activity has really helped us.

That is the continued service of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Through their protocols and delivery services, we have managed to get the books we want to read, the DVDs we want to watch and to see the smiling, friendly faces of our local librarians.

They are going out of their way to provide us with entertainment and information. We have selected both delivery service and walkup services while these librarians, wearing masks and gloves, stand behind plastic barriers.

For our family, these librarians are essential workers, taking a risk in keeping up our spirits, while offering us some sense of normalcy. I am happy to pay my property taxes to keep these libraries open. In fact, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system is near the top of my list of the many things we can be thankful for.

Yes, we missed our family this Thanksgiving, but we also have some good books to read while we wait out the COVID-19 crisis.

So a big shout-out: Thank you to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and the staff members who work to provide us these services.

Another Random Review is coming soon! Who's excited?!🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️Get reminders and details on how to attend here: https://fb...
11/29/2020

Another Random Review is coming soon! Who's excited?!🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

Get reminders and details on how to attend here: https://fb.me/e/4lcfrpWIb

👉NOTE: Random Review will be 90 minutes this time👈

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11/18/2020

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11/17/2020

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

We're partnering with Old Mill Center for Children and Families for a virtual support series for teens! On Tuesdays, Nov. 24-Dec. 22, at 4:30 PM, teens will learn about and develop coping skills for different emotions, and have a safe space to share their experiences, moderated by a therapist from Old Mill Center.

Teens 14+ can learn more & register here: https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/events/teen-support-series-handling-emotions-1

This series is for teen education & support only; the therapists will not be acting in a clinical capacity.

Rabbi Ariel Stone of Portland Congregation Shir Tikvah, will review Apeirogon by Colum McCann as part of the Friends of ...
11/15/2020

Rabbi Ariel Stone of Portland Congregation Shir Tikvah, will review Apeirogon by Colum McCann 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 but registration is required: https://bit.ly/randomreviewregistration.

Apeirogon is a remarkably powerful and unusual “hybrid novel” by National Book Award—winning writer Colum McCann. The author tells the true stories of the tragic deaths of two daughters; a 13-year-old Israeli girl killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber and a 10-year-old Palestinian girl shot by an Israeli soldier. The book was inspired by the close friendship forged between their grieving fathers. Both men dedicated the remainder of their lives to travelling together worldwide to speak about their personal experiences and advocate for the necessity of a peaceful solution to the occupation. Through the ingenious structure of 1,001 short chapters McCann creates a complexity of detail about the lives of the fathers and their daughters interspersed with a wide range of snippets of tangential facts and stories. The sum of this rich mix of perspectives turns out to make a most affecting whole. The review may be an opportunity to gain some insight into one of the world’s most intractable problems.

In 2002 Ariel Stone was one of the founders of Portland Congregation Shir Tikvah which she serves as rabbi. She created and guides TischPDX which supports emerging Jewish leadership on Portland’s East Side. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1991 and completed a doctoral degree in Jewish studies at the Spertus Institute in Chicago in 2010. Stone is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. She served as an assistant rabbi and educational director at a Reform congregation in Miami and worked in conjunction with the World Union of Progressive Judaism in Kiev, Ukraine. Stone served as president of the Oregon Board of Rabbis. In 2017 she convened Portland’s Interfaith Clergy Resistance and in 2019 helped to establish the Portland chapter of Never Again Action.

11/13/2020
Please join us for a review of the thought-provoking novel "Apeirogon" by Colum McCann. Register for the review here: ht...
11/09/2020

Please join us for a review of the thought-provoking novel "Apeirogon" by Colum McCann. Register for the review here: https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/random-review/ and you will be sent a link to watch.
If you would like to watch the September or October reviews, the recordings are also available at the above link.

10/19/2020
Join us for a fantastic book review on Wednesday at noon! Please note that this event is free, but registration is requi...
10/18/2020

Join us for a fantastic book review on Wednesday at noon! Please note that this event is free, but registration is required:
https://bit.ly/randomreviewregistration

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.

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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

10/09/2020

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Corvallis, OR
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