(Book Cover Image | Courtesy of Ellen Santasiero) PLACED: An Encyclopedia of Central Oregon, Vol. 1, edited by Bend writers Ellen Santasiero and Irene Cooper, is a composition of entries based on experiences and phenomena unique to our pocket of the planet, from Warm Springs to Fort Rock to Burns and everywhere in-between. The collection…

(Beth Alvarado | Photo courtesy of Oregon State University – Cascades) Beth Alvarado, a faculty author at Oregon State University – Cascades and recent Oregon Book Award winner, will read from her work during a free virtual event Thursday. Alvarado will read from her forthcoming book Jillian in the Borderlands. She will be joined by…

(Anne Crossman, author of Homeschool Like an Expert) Homeschool Like an Expert Provides Resources, Practical Tips & Research for Families Homeschooling for the First Time A recent national survey by HomeschoolExpert.com discovered that 72 percent of parents are considering schooling from home this year, but only 37 percent feel “very” to “extremely” confident in their…

The High Desert Museum and Deschutes Public Library System have received a $373,413 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to create programs and resources for those most impacted in the region by the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaborative effort will enable the museum and the library system to offer family-centered programs. These programs will…

(Image | Courtesy of Deschutes Public Library) Mermaids and Trekkies unite this October as Deschutes Public Library presents Know Sci-Fi & Fantasy. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn and decide for yourself if there really are Mermaids Among Us. Learn about the real and fantastical libraries of the world…

September 17 is a big day for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. Not only will the sixth annual awards ceremony be held, recognizing the overall Prize winner, the two finalists and the inaugural student essay winner, but also, the High Desert Museum, Central Oregon’s renowned natural and cultural history museum, will make official its adoption…