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For literary events around the community take a look at our Literary Events Guide!

 

The Wolf's Tooth: How Wolves and Other Apex Predators Create Healthy Ecosystems
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
Current science provides many examples of how rewilding landscapes by restoring apex predators, such as wolves, creates healthier, more resilient ecosystems. Dr. Cristina Eisenberg will present examples from her work with wolves and others’ work in ecosystems worldwide that demonstrate these powerful and essential ecological relationships. She will also discuss the ecological implications of the wolf’s return to the Pacific Northwest, and share field accounts from her work to illustrate the mark of the wolf’s tooth. Sponsored by the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Library

 

Book Club
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Board Room (Lower, Parking Garage Level)

The book club will be discussing Old School by Tobias Wolff with a special guest facilitator in celebration of the OSU Stone Award. See the Book Club web page for more information.

 

TED Talks: The Art of Being Human
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
"The Power of Vulnerability" - Brené Brown studies human connection - our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself, as well as to understand humanity. Co-sponsored by LBCC Benton Center and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Free and open to the public.

 

Author Frances Stilwell Presents "Oregon's Botanical Landscape"
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
Local artist and author Frances Stilwell will share her new book Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800. The program is in honor of Native Plant Appreciation Week and is co-sponsored by the Corvallis Chapter of the Native Plant Society and the Friends of the Library.

 

Oregon Reads Book Discussion
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
In celebration of Oregon Reads 2014, join award-winning poet and OSU faculty member Karen Holmberg, as she leads a discussion of Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems, a book of some of William Stafford’s most beloved poems. Come learn more about why William Stafford’s work is still so influential, talk with others in the community about how his poetry has impacted you, and/or just sit in and listen as Dr. Holmberg guides the audience through Stafford’s poetic mind.  Light refreshments will be served.  Click here for an event flier.

 

Lion King Performance
Friday, May 2nd & Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Fri.), 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Sat.)
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
The Lion King, a Broadway musical featuring the Alsea Film Academy, comes to the Library for two performances. It's great family fun, and tickets are FREE. The performances are Friday, May 2 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 3 at 2 pm. Get your free tickets at the www.alseafilmacademy.org web site. Suitable for all ages!

 

TED Talks: The Art of Being Human
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
"Changing Our Ideas on Success and Failure" - Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure - and questions the assumptions under-lying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? Botton makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work. Co-sponsored by LBCC Benton Center and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Free and open to the public.

 

Graphic Novel Book Club
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd Street, Ste 4
Discussing Daytripper by Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba. Always welcoming new members! Pick up a copy of the book to read at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's 2nd floor reference desk.  NOTE: The Graphic Novel Book Club meets at Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd Street, Ste 4.

 

DIY Bike Maintenance & Repair Workshop: Bicycle Flat Repair & Safety Checks
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce "Do it Yourself" bicycle repairs. Flat tires are the most common repair item on bicycles. The Corvallis Bicycle Collective will give community tips and tricks involving the process and procedure for fixing this common problem. Bring your bicycle so you can follow along and get hands-on experience repairing your bike. The class will also include instruction for performing a pre-ride safety check. Advanced registration is required - please call 541-766-6793 to register.

 

Bike Touring with Kids
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
Looking for a fun family-centered vacation ideas? Why not try bicycle touring? Mike Wilson, president of the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club, will present on bicycle touring and how he has toured with the MVBC and as a family (including his two boys) for 17 years every summer. He has covered all of Oregon, much of Italy and even 5 weeks riding across France. Mike will share tips and trip ideas, photos, videos and movies he amassed of his family's tours. Tandem bicycles will be on hand for parents and kids to try out.

 

Senior Book Club
Monday, May 12th, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Board Room (Lower, Parking Garage Level)

A Book Club for those 50 and above. Registration Required. Club is currently full. To be put on a waiting list, please contact Mary Nevin at 541-766-6458.

 

TED Talks: The Art of Being Human
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
"On Shame" Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity, and vulnerability shine through every word. Co-sponsored by LBCC Benton Center and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Free and open to the public.

 

DIY Bike Maintenance & Repair Workshop: Bicycle Bearings & Safety Checks
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce "Do it Yourself" bicycle repairs. Bearings are utilized in several areas on bicycles. This hands-on workshop from the Corvallis Bicycle Collective is designed to instruct the proper procedure for inspecting and servicing bearings to keep their bicycle operating smoothly and efficiently. Bring your bicycle so you can follow along and get hands-on experience repairing your bike. This class will also include instruction for performing a pre-ride safety check. Advanced registration is required - please call 541-766-6793 to register.

 

Random Review
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent by Gabrielle Walker. Reviewed by Andrew Thurber. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 

Get Rolling with Kids on Bikes: Commuting and Community
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room

A panel led by Corvallis Spring Roll coordinator Ilene McClelland that will explore how to include your children in the many benefits of bicycling.

 

Lose 3,000 Pounds in a Week: Get There Car-free!
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
Attend a panel of car-free or car-lite community members to discuss ways to shed your car and get to work, school, shopping, and fun. Topics include benefits, weather, transporting kids, hauling stuff, best bike routes, community resources, and more.

 

Short Story Writing Workshop
Saturday, May 17th, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 4:0 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room

This workshop is offered in anticipation of Tobias Wolff’s visit to Corvallis on Thursday, May 22, when he will receive the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. We will read and discuss samples of Wolff’s fiction and nonfiction and engage in writing exercises focusing on Wolff’s craft and style.

Sean Crouch, Keith Scribner, & Dahlia Seroussi of Oregon State University will lead this interactive workshop. Please register in advance by calling 541-766-6793 or emailing askalibrarian@corvallisoregon.gov.

About the Presenters:
Sean Crouch: Originally from Eastern Idaho, Sean Crouch spent ten years in Boise working as a bartender and studying creative writing before moving to Oregon to pursue his master’s degree in fiction. He’s scheduled to graduate from OSU’s MFA program in June. When not writing, Sean enjoys painting, flyfishing, and ghost stories.

Keith Scribner: Keith is a faculty member at the School of Writing, Literature & Film at Oregon State University and has written three novels: The Oregon Experiment, Miracle Girl, and The GoodLife. His books appear in translation, and The GoodLife was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers series, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Daily Beast, TriQuarterly, American Short Fiction, Quarterly West, the Baltimore Sun, and the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward and Sudden Stories: The MAMMOTH Book of Miniscule Fiction. Scribner received his BA from Vassar College and MFA from the University of Montana. He was awarded Wallace Stegner and John L'Heureux Fellowships in Fiction at Stanford University, where he went on to teach in the Creative Writing Program as a Jones Lecturer. In 2010-2011 he was a fellow at Oregon State University's Center for the Humanities. His websites are http://keithscribner.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/KeithScribnerAuthor.

Dahlia Seroussi: Dahlia Seroussi is a bilingual poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. Dahlia received her BA from University of California Santa Cruz, and is now in her first year in the Poetry MFA program at OSU, where she is exploring issues of womanhood, language, and places we call "home."

TED Talks: The Art of Being Human
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
"Curating Humanity’s Heritage" - It’s been said that when an elder dies, it’s as if a library has burned. Anthropologist Elizabeth Lindsey, a National Geographic Fellow, collects the deep cultural knowledge passed down as stories and lore. Co-sponsored by LBCC Benton Center and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Free and open to the public.

 

DIY Bike Maintenance & Repair Workshop: Bicycle Cables, Brakes & Shifters
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
Brakes and shifters are essential to a properly functioning bicycle. Both braking and shifting systems are controlled by the use of cables. This workshop is designed to demystify this common maintenance item and educate attendees on the proper process of diagnosing and repairing cable problems. Bring your bike and get hands-on experience replacing and adjusting cables as well as brake pads and shifters. This class will include instruction for performing a pre-ride safety check. Advanced registration is required - please call 541-766-6793 to register.

 

Book Club
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Board Room (Lower, Parking Garage Level)

The book club will be discussing The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard. See the Book Club web page for more information.

 

DIY Bike Maintenance & Repair Workshop: Multi-Workshop Options
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room
Join us for the final workshop in our DIY Bike Maintenance & Repair series. We will have a number of mini-workshop options for attendees, including:

* Bike-bucket building and uses
* Reflectors and lighting (with free reflectors!)
* Helmet fitting (free helmets with suggested donation)
* What to wear, what not to wear
* Where to get additional support and information
* General Q&A with local bicycle commuters
* Information on carrying things on bikes
* how to properly secure your bicycle at the bike hoops
* A reading list of available bicycle repair library books
* Pre-ride safety checklist

Advanced registration is required - please call 541-766-6793 to register.