(Edited by Anne-Allegra Bennett)
Eugene Public Library Locations
Downtown: 100 W. 10th Ave
Bethel Branch: 1990 Echo Hollow Road
Sheldon Branch: 1566 Coburg Road
Information: 541-682-5450 or Eugene-or.gov/library
Free admission to all events
ON THE OCTOBER CALENDAR:
Art Displays — All month long in the Children’s Center on the first floor of the downtown library. Displays by Eugene Arte Latino bilingual summer camp, and photography by Mary Lule, “Tradiciones de Morelos, en tu mano.” Also: Eugene Miniatures Club, Early Childhood Cares, Little Owl School of Arts, and Multicultural Children’s Art Museum & Education Center. In the second floor Magazine and Newspapers room, see “Plein Air Paintings” by Marco Elliott.
Talk Time: Conversational English — 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, downtown library. Learning English? Meet other learners and practice conversational English together. Talk Time is an opportunity to build listening and speaking skills at a friendly, casual gathering.
Teens: Franken-art — 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, Bethel and Sheldon branches. Try a different craft the first Friday of each month. In October, create Franken-art by combining a wide variety of art supplies and odds and ends in unique ways.
Family World Dance Party: West African Dance — 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, Amazon Community Center (2700 Hilyard). Learn West African Dance, led by Fodé Sylla and DJ James Meyer of House of Records. Presented in partnership by Eugene Public Library and City of Eugene Recreation.
The Peony Pavilion: Chinese Kwun Opera Society — 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, downtown library. The visiting Chinese Kwun Opera Society from Monterey Park, Calif., will perform scenes from the play “The Peony Pavilion,” accompanied by local musicians. Sponsored by Eugene Public Library and the Confucius Institute at the University of Oregon. Downtown library stays open until 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Share and Store Photos Online — 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, downtown library. Learn how to organize and share digital photos. Get an introduction to storing and sharing your photos in the cloud, emailing them, and creating online albums. This class uses the library’s PCs, but most tips apply to Mac users as well. No camera needed. Internet skills required.
Family Music Time — 10:15 a.m. every Saturday, downtown library. Oct. 7, sing and play along with Jodie St. Clair of Little Notes Music. On Oct. 14, join Anahid Bertrand, who is fluent in six languages, and musical fun. On Oct. 21, Bryan Reed makes learning rock, and on Oct. 28, Emily Fox entertains with lively banjo tunes.
Dog Tale Time — 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, downtown Eugene library. Kids ages 5-12 read to trained dogs from PAAWS, and build their reading-out-loud skills in one-on-one sessions. Every Saturday from October through December 9. Pre-register starting one week in advance in person, or by phone at 541-682-8316.
Family Fun — 2 p.m. every Sunday, downtown library. On Oct. 8, join El Taller de Son Jarocho to make music and learn dances from Veracruz, Mexico. On Oct. 15, “Worldwide Stories” performed by Kelly Terwilliger. Learn about the Science of Sound with UO’s Team Duckling on Oct. 22. Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with stories and crafts on Oct. 29.
Minecraft Mondays — 4 p.m. every Monday, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, downtown library. Kids ages 6-12 years play together, share tips, and get creative with building challenges with Minecraft on Eugene Public Library’s computers. A Eugene Public Library card and pre-registration are required. Sign up one week in advance at 541-682-8316. Ongoing through December.
Make Bristle Bots — 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, Sheldon Branch. Learn and have fun by making a “bristle bot,” a working, moving robot made from a battery, small motor, and a toothbrush. Add googly eyes and pipe cleaner legs for personality. For adults and teens. No experience needed. All supplies provided.
Test Your Wits: Puzzle Time — 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, Bethel Branch Library. Adults and teens: challenge your mind with puzzles presented by local puzzle makers from Trapdoor Escape Rooms.
Kids – Legos — 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, downtown library; 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 3 p.m. at the Sheldon and Bethel branches. Bring kids ages 5 to 12 years to play, build, and explore with library’s collections of Lego blocks.
Tween: Make Optical Illusions — 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, Bethel Branch Library. Tweens learn about, make, and experiment with optical illusions.
Intro to Video Editing — 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, downtown library. Get a hands-on introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro software by editing a short video using provided video, audio, and photographs. For adults and teens with basic computer skills. All supplies provided. A Eugene Public Library card is required, due to limited space.
One-on-One Job Hunt Help — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 or Oct. 26, downtown library. Pre-register for individual 30 minute appointments at 541-682-5450. Job hunters can get expert advice and assistance on finding employment opportunities, completing applications, writing online and traditional resumes, learning interview techniques, and exploring new job or career directions. Sponsores are Eugene Public Library, Goodwill industries of Lane and South Coast Counties, and United Way of Lane County.
Create a One-Page Marketing Plan — 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, downtown library. Lane Community College business instructor Gary Smith focuses on key questions to write an effective one-page marketing plan for small-business owners. Sponsored by Eugene Public Library, LCC’s Small Business Development Center, and SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business.
Teens: “Doctor Who” Club — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.13, downtown library. Enjoy episodes, snacks, and conversation. The club meets the second Friday of each month.
Teen Board Games — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, Bethel and Sheldon branches. Drop-in for youths ages 13 to 17 to play board games on the second Friday of each month.
Loudon Wainright III — 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, downtown library. Musician Wainwright talks about his new memoir, “Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things.” Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the UO Duck Store.
Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working with Fungi — 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, downtown library. Fungi fulfill critical roles in the natural world as well as in human cultures and have influenced a great range of cuisines and customs. Peter McCoy, author of “Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working with Fungi,” talks about fungi’s important influences the modern mycological movement.
Windfall Reading Series — 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, downtown library. This month’s reading features writers Allison Cobb and Carter McKenzie.
Cobb’s work, which has won many awards, include “After We All Died,” “Green-Wood,” “Plastic: An Autobiography” and “Born2,” uses history, scientific research, essay and poetry to address landscape, politics and ecology. Cobb and Carter McKenzie. Cobb’s work, which have won many awards, include “After We All Died,” “Green-Wood,” “Plastic: An Autobiography” and “Born2,” uses history, scientific research, essay and poetry to address landscape, politics and ecology. She lives in Portland.
McKenzie, of Springfield, has written a chapbook, “Naming Departure,” as well as a full-length poetry collection, “Out of Refusal,” and also has work published in manyjournals and anthologies. She lives in the Eugene-Springfield area where she also teaches. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by the Eugene Public Library and the Lane Literary Guild.
Quilts as Art: Nancy Kibbey — 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, downtown library. Visitors often offer compliments on the colorful art quilts decorating the walls, loaned by creator Nancy Kibbey for many years. She will talk about her inspirations and methods and share a special exhibit of additional pieces.
Tweens: Eggs and Chicks — 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, downtown library. Sponsored by the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County and Lane County 4-H, teenagers can see eggs getting ready to hatch in the library’s incubator. See inside them using the traditional “candling” technique of holding eggs up to a light, and create crafts with eggs.
Small Business Clinic: Ask the Experts — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, downtown library. Pre-registration is required for individual one hour appointments, 541-682-5450. Running a small business, or thinking of starting one? Get one-on-one advice and mentoring from the experts. This project is provided by Eugene Public Library and SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business.
Crowdfunding for Small Business — 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, downtown library. Small-business expert Frank Plaisted talks about various types, models and platforms and how to select and use crowdfunding to start or grow a business. Local businesses that have used the technique include Vanilla Jill’s, Elegant Elephant Bakery, Bijou Cinema, and Red Duck Ketchup. Sponsored by Eugene Public Library in partnership with SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business.
Teens: Anti-Manga Club — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, downtown library. Get together with friends who share your love of anime and manga; watch anime and enjoy Japanese snacks. The club meets the third Friday of each month.
Eugene Rec Art Show — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, downtown library. One-day exhibit of works by more than 60 talented artists created at Amazon, Campbell, Petersen Barn, and Sheldon community centers. Refreshments.
Community Philosophy Café: What is Art? — 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, downtown library. “Community philosophy” happens when people discuss the “big questions” that are both universal and personal. All ages, backgrounds, and perspectives may participate in a group exploration of “What is Art?” facilitated by Paul Bodin and Caroline Lundquist, instructors in the University of Oregon Philosophy Department. Sponsored by the Eugene Public Library and the UO Philosophy Department.
Digitize and Restore Photos — 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, downtown library. Learn about the tools you can use to digitize and restore photos with a hands-on introduction to Adobe Photoshop using sample photos. For adults and teens; requires basic computer skills. All supplies provided. Requires a Eugene Public Library card.
‘Tween Scene — 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, downtown library. This month’s book is “The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel,” by Rick Riordan and Orpheus Collar, about two kids who must save the day when their Eqyptologist father accidentally unleashes an ancient god. Pre-register and pick up a book at the downtown library’s children’s center. For ages 9-12 years.
Teen Book Group — 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, downtown library. “A World Without You” by Beth Revis is this month’s book, a psychological thriller weaving together supernatural forces, mental illness, grief for a friend and time travel. Pre-register at the downtown teen desk, and pick up a copy of the book.
Teens: WTF — 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, downtown library. It’s time for WTF – “What the Friday?!” — that offers something new for teens to do on the fourth Friday of each month. Get together, have fun, and choose next month’s activity.
Info Hub: Online Answers and Tools — 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, downtown library. Tour the free resources available at the Info Hub on the Eugene Public Library website, using the library’s subscription instead of paying individually for online services such as genealogy research, language lessons, health information, financial matters, software instruction and access to many newspapers and magazines.
Demons, Creatures, and Monsters: The Wonderfully Wicked World of Halloween Animals — 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, downtown library. An enlightening and entertaining re-evaluation of animals traditionally associated with Halloween, offered by University of Oregon graduate students and faculty researchers.