Deschutes Library’s In The Know ~ February

Construction and Remodeling Updates

Construction on the new Redmond Library is moving along as planned, keeping us on track for a fall grand opening. The windows are in and things are beginning to take shape inside. Once complete, the new Redmond Library will be larger than the Downtown Bend Library and feature a significant expansion of available community space. Be sure to check out the online photo album to view progress at the Redmond Library. Here’s what else is happening now at libraries in Deschutes County:

  • The Sunriver Library is currently undergoing its remodel and will open late summer 2024 with a new community meeting room and study room, a new children’s discovery space and teen area, a new fireplace, and more.
  • The La Pine Library resumes regular operating hours on Thursday, February 1 (10am-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday).

Work is now underway on the new Central Library at Stevens Ranch, with opening planned for 2026. We will host a livestream of the official groundbreaking in early March; stay tuned for our next eNewsletter for details! Once the new Central Library is built, the Downtown Bend Library will be remodeled.

Sisters Library Update

The mid-January cold snap caused damage throughout Central Oregon, including at the Sisters Library, where a water leak from a burst pipe flooded the community room and parts of the children’s area. We are grateful to report that there were no injuries to staff or customers as a result of the flooding, and that library materials, including books, are all okay. However, the building itself sustained damage and is temporarily closed while crews work on repairs. Starting February 1, customers can use curbside service to pick up holds. At this time contractors are working to close off the children’s area and community room while repairs continue; as soon as those areas are walled in we can reopen other portions of the building to the public. We’ll email Sisters customers as soon as we have a firm date. To ensure you get that email, visit and be sure to sign up for Sisters Library Updates.

Please visit our online web calendar for the latest information about programs and story times in Sisters; some have been moved to partner locations. Further assistance for Sisters Library customers is available by calling the Redmond Library at 541-312-1050. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time and thank you for your patience as crews work to return the Sisters Library to normal operations.

Celebrate Library Lovers Month in February

Celebrate Library Lovers Month by cozying up with a great book and a cuppa Reader’s Blend tea, blended for Deschutes Public Library by Metolius Tea. We are giving away 250 ceramic mugs with a sample of this special library blend. To enter, tag the library (@deschuteslibrary) in a cozy reading photo on Facebook or Instagram and tell us why you love having a library card, or email your photo and response to Learn more on our website.

Volunteer Expo Rescheduled to February 25

Originally scheduled for January, when ice made roads treacherous, the Volunteer Expo is rescheduled to February 25. People looking to help others while improving their own lives can find new ways to volunteer in their community with the Volunteer Expo. Stop by the Downtown Bend Library on Sunday, February 25, anytime between 10am and 1pm to visit with community organizations looking for civic-minded individuals.

Tax Aide: Tax Prep Assistance for Everyone

Tax Aide is offering free tax preparation sessions for Central Oregonians at the Downtown Bend Library. Learn more about tax credits and have an IRS-Certified Volunteer prepare your taxes. Taxes are prepared online and electronically transmitted to the IRS. Certified tax volunteers are also available to answer some of your tax questions. Sessions run every Saturday from 9am to 4pm starting February 10.

The Winter Reading Challenge Continues

The Winter Reading Challenge is in full swing, and there’s still plenty of time to join in. Adults (ages 18+) can complete challenges and track their progress via the free Beanstack app, and have a chance to earn cool prizes along the way. The Winter Reading Challenge runs through March 20. Learn more about the challenge, Beanstack, and how to take part on our website.

Like eBooks and Audiobooks? You’ll Love Libby!

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more for free — and from wherever you are with an internet connect — with the Libby app. You can download items to read or listen to offline, and can enjoy audiobooks in your car through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or a Bluetooth connection. Audiobooks can be expensive, meaning Libby can save you hundreds of dollars. Learn more about Libby here, and download the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon AppStore.

Service Spotlight: SCORE Small Business Counseling

Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has “been there, done that.” SCORE business counselors offer free one-on-one small business counseling to individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses. You can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary; this month’s sessions are February 13 and February 27 at the Downtown Bend Library.

Events & Programs in February

Follow the links below to learn how to access these programs

Note: We’ve partnered with a variety of businesses and organizations to ensure that we can continue story times and adult programs during remodeling and construction work, so be sure to note the locations for all programs and events when following the links below.

Kids & Families

Family Story Time, Toddler Story Time, Preschool Story Time, and Baby Story Time — Visit our online calendar for dates, locations, and times. Youll also find story times on our YouTube channel (as well as STEAM programs, scavenger hunts, and more).
Junie B. Jones with BEATFebruary 3 (Downtown Bend)
Pipe Cleaner Bonsai — February 5 (East Bend); February 8 (Downtown Bend); February 14 (Redmond); February 16 (La Pine); February 21 (Sunriver SHARC)
Geology Rocks! with Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory — February 8 (La Pine);
Music Together WorkshopFebruary 10 (Sunriver SHARC)
Reading Readiness with Music — February 13 (Downtown Bend)
Rainbow Family NightFebruary 15 (Downtown Bend)
Obstacle CourseFebruary 20 (Sisters Park and Rec/Coffield Center)
Family Yoga WorkshopFebruary 20 (Sisters Firehouse Community Hall); February 22 (High Desert Music Hall)
Graphic Novel Book Club: DoodlevilleFebruary 20 (Downtown Bend)
Family Game Night with Modern GamesFebruary 21 (Downtown Bend)
Sensory Friendly Feb-BRRR-uaryFebruary 22 (La Pine)
Puzzle SwapFebruary 24 (Downtown Bend)
PVC Pipe Forts / Fortalezas de Tubería PVC (bilingual) — February 26 (East Bend)
PVC Pipe Forts — February 27 (Downtown Bend)

Middle Ground (10-14 Yrs)

Prism ClubFebruary 13 (Downtown Bend)

Teens & Young Adult (16-25 Yrs)

Wednesday Teen Hangout (La Pine) — February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28
Rainbow ConnectionsFebruary 20 (East Bend)

en Español

Thrive Central Oregon (Downtown Bend) — Los viernes, 1-4pm
Abogado en la Biblioteca (en línea) — February 7, February 21
La Hora del CuentoFebruary 7, February 21 (East Bend); February 14, February 28 (Downtown Bend)
Ayuda TecnológicaFebruary 1 (Downtown Bend)
Arte y ManualidadesFebruary 6 (East Bend); February 20 (Redmond)
Al Mal Tiempo un Buen CuentoFebruary 24 (Redmond LCA)
Conoce Tu BibliotecaFebruary 24 (Redmond LCA); February 29 (Downtown Bend)
Fortalezas de Tubería PVC / PVC Pipe Forts (bilingüe) — February 26 (East Bend)

Book Clubs

Nonfiction Library Book ClubFebruary 8 (Suttle Tea)
East Bend Library Book Club: Ghost Music February 10
Larkspur Library Book Club: The Violin ConspiracyFebruary 21
Downtown Bend Library Book Club: Oh William!February 23
Fiction Library Book Club: The CloistersFebruary 28 (online)


Thrive Central Oregon Walk-in Consultationssee calendar for dates and times and visit Thrive’s website for more sessions and locations throughout the county
AARP Tax AideSaturdays starting February 10 at Downtown Bend
Notary Public ServicesFebruary 1, February 15 (Downtown Bend)
Open Computer LabFebruary 1, February 8, February 15, February 22, February 29 (Downtown Bend); February 6, February 13, February 27 (Redmond); February 9 (East Bend); February 16 (La Pine)
Open Hub Singing ClubFebruary 5 (Downtown Bend); February 14 (Becky Johnson Community Center)
Law Librarian Office HoursFebruary 13 (Redmond); February 20 (La Pine Activity Center); February 20 (La Pine)
Child Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention with KIDS CenterFebruary 6 (La Pine)
Lawyer in the LibraryFebruary 7, February 21 (online)
Draw with ProcreateFebruary 8 (Downtown Bend)
Caregiving: Navigating the Journey — February 8 (Downtown Bend); February 16 (Becky Johnson Community Center)
Tax Aide (Downtown Bend) — February 10, February 17, February 24
Music in Public Places: Dove String Quartet with Ryan Zwahlen — February 10 (La Pine)
Music in Public Places: 27th Street Brass QuintetFebruary 10 (High Desert Music Hall)
SafetyNet Training with KIDS CenterFebruary 13 (online)
SCORE Small Business CounselingFebruary 13, February 27 (Downtown Bend)
Truth and Reckoning: Indian Boarding Schools with OLLI-UOFebruary 16 (Downtown Bend)
Day of RemembranceFebruary 18 (Downtown Bend)
Let’s Talk About It TrainingFebruary 20 (Becky Johnson Community Center)
Upgrade Your ResumeFebruary 22 (Downtown Bend)
Community Conversations: Is Central Oregon Welcoming?February 22 (Downtown Bend)
Volunteer ExpoFebruary 25 (Downtown Bend)
Music and Book Pairing with 92.9FMFebruary 27 (East Bend)
Healthy Touch for Children and Youth with KIDS CenterFebruary 27 (Sisters Park and Rec)
Addressing Sex Trafficking in Our CommunityFebruary 28 (Downtown Bend)
Shopping for a New Laptop — February 29 (Downtown Bend)
Death CaféFebruary 29 (East Bend)

Know Puzzles

Puzzling Out the PastFebruary 5 (Becky Johnson Community Center)
Lava Tube Cave TourFebruary 6
Tie-Dye PatternsFebruary 15 (Sisters Park & Rec District); February 26 (Downtown Bend)
Starlight Lava Tube Cave TourFebruary 21
Game Night with Modern GamesFebruary 22 (High Desert Music Hall)
Puzzle SwapFebruary 24 (Downtown Bend)
Sourdough Bread Starter ClassFebruary 25 (Arome)
So You Want to Be a Forensic ScientistFebruary 26 (Downtown Bend)
Trivia on the MoonFebruary 27 (Silver Moon Brewing)
Glass Fusing Workshop — February 28 (Live Laugh Love Art)

Write Here

Quiet Writing TimeFebruary 5, February 12, February 26 (Downtown Bend)
Central Oregon Writers GuildFebruary 13 (Downtown Bend + online)
Third Thursday Spoken Word NightFebruary 15 (High Desert Music Hall)
Third Thursday Spoken Word Open MicFebruary 15 (The Commons)
Working Through Writer’s BlockFebruary 23 (online)

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