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A Letter From Your Library Director: April 2023

Happy Spring and Happy National Library Week! National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. This year, National Library Week takes place from April 23 to 29 and is being celebrated with the theme “There’s More to the Story.” This year’s theme is a reminder that libraries are about more than books! Libraries are welcoming spaces that bring communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, lectures, and more. Libraries also play a critical role in the economic vitality of communities by providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for job seekers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. That isn't to say libraries are not facing some difficult times. Just this week, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released new data documenting 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling this data more than 20 years ago. This nearly doubles the 729 challenges reported in 2021. 58% of these challenges targeted books and materials in school libraries, classroom libraries or school curricula and 41% of the book challenges targeted materials in public libraries. I also want to focus on the many victories we can celebrate here in Corvallis and Benton County. Here are just a few: The Corvallis Library finished a construction project that expanded the square footage of the building, adding four new study rooms, a reading lounge, and a small classroom space. In partnership with the Alsea Community Effort, we began new fundraising efforts to support the Alsea Community Library and received several large [Read more]

2023-03-31T14:42:46-07:00March 29th, 2023|

A Letter From Your Library Director: June 2021

June 1, 2021 Dear Community, As announced in my last newsletter, our libraries will soon be offering Browse and Go services! With Browse and Go, we are inviting you inside of our library buildings again, during the same hours we were previously open pre-pandemic, to browse for items to check out. You will be able to use self-checkout machines and we will have staff available to assist with you with checkout if needed. While there will not be a time limit to using the building, we will ask that you browse for your items and then take them back home to enjoy, rather than doing so in the building. The dates Browse and Go will start at each of our locations is:  Alsea Community Library: June 1  Monroe Community Library:  June 1  Philomath Community Library: June 14  Corvallis Public Library: June 21  Delivery services will be still available to all patrons who live in our service district and you are free to use both Browse and Go and Delivery – in whatever combination you like! At this time, face coverings will be required to enter our facilities for anyone age five and up, but we know that guidance is changing daily. By the time we open all of our locations, requirements may change. We will continually update our policy to match guidance from Oregon Health Authorities. We hope to roll out more services as restrictions continue to loosen, but for now, we are very excited about taking this next step. See you soon! Ashlee Return to CBCPL June Newsletter  Return to all Director's Letters

2021-06-03T09:38:18-07:00June 1st, 2021|

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Corvallis families with children under the age of 5 are now eligible to register for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library! The Imagination Library mails free, high-quality books to children from birth up until their fifth birthday. Books are available in English and Spanish, as well as braille/audiobook options. Enroll your child online, or call the Library at 541-766-6793 to have a staff member assist you with registration over the phone. Once the registration is processed, books will be mailed monthly to the child's home until their fifth birthday. Thanks to a $55,000 grant from the Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties to support the region, Corvallis is now officially added and completes the three-county service area. Other funders that made the Corvallis launch possible include the Corvallis School District, Kiwanis Sunrisers Club of Corvallis, Corvallis Morning Rotary Club, and numerous donations from members of the community through the annual United Way campaign. Additional support for the multi-year collaborative effort comes from Samaritan Health Services, who help parents sign up through new baby care packages and select pediatric offices. The Corvallis School District and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will encourage families to participate as well.

2021-03-02T18:16:05-07:00March 2nd, 2021|
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