Planning Adult Library Programs | Life

I have noted several positive changes we have made to the Roseburg Public Library in response to the pandemic.

First, the curbside pickup service has been such a success that we intend to offer it indefinitely. Customers will continue to use the parking spaces in front of the Crater Lake mural, call the number on the sign and have the books delivered to their vehicle.

Second, we bought individual public computer desks that look modern and offer a bit more privacy.

And third, we’ve made the transition from public programming to online formats using Zoom and Facebook. There have been so many adult events that I expect we will continue to offer virtual programs even if we return to the events in person.

In the future, the library’s authored book group will remain online. Our small, dedicated group selects an author and we read one or more books by that person. We then meet on Zoom and discuss the writer and our experiences with the books we have chosen.

Our next meeting is Thursday, August 12 at 6:30 pm, and we’ll be discussing Louise Erdrich, whose most recent novel, “The Night Watchman,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Erdrich, a registered member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, features Native Americans in his novels, poetry, and children’s books.

Our monthly silent book group will also continue and we hope to meet in person on Tuesday July 27 at 6 p.m. at the Stewart Park Butterfly Garden. Consider joining us before Music on the Half Shell and email me to confirm the time and location.

One-off special events will be coming back in the fall, and I would like you to help me plan them. What types of programs or speakers are you interested in? Is there an author you would like to meet, virtually or in person?

We’re incredibly lucky to have local subject matter experts and access to world-class academics from colleges and universities across the state, so think broadly. I like to organize the programming of the public libraries and I want to give access to the sessions that you will attend.

Right now, I am finalizing a virtual program on the history of Chinese communities in Oregon, and I have a few regional authors in mind.

I also plan to hold an open house in late fall for local writers, which will give them a table to display and sell their books on. I invite interested authors to email me, and I will get back to you at the end of the summer with details.

That leaves a lot of open dates that I would like to fill with your ideas. Thank you in advance for contributing to the library’s programming.


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