Our buildings have reopened, but we're continuing to bring you virtual events and services too! Stay connected with the library and tune in for weekly storytimes, virtual book club meetings, craft projects from home, and more. Check back here for a growing list of library programs you can enjoy from home!

For Adults

Benton County Quaranzine

The Benton County Quaranzine was created by area residents who submitted writing, art, poetry, photos, and comics that documented their experiences during the first few months of the pandemic. The Quaranzine is now available to read and download online. View the digital version here.

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Please see the links below for more information and contact us if you would like to join!

Saturday, May 7, 3 PM

Join us for a brief documentary about Oregon’s most charismatic threatened pollinator, the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly. After the documentary, there will be a question and answer with some of the scientists and researchers that are part of the work to recover this amazing species.

How do you find a caterpillar the size of a comma? How does habitat management impact survival? And once butterflies emerge, where do they go? From the use of “paw-mazing” detection dogs to tracking numbered wings, witness a groundbreaking summer on the Oregon Coast as scientists from the USDA Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and University of Washington, Vancouver investigate important questions and make surprising discoveries for the recovery of the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly. Following the screening, there will be a talkback with scientists from the film where you can ask questions and learn more about this exciting work!

This event is appropriate for teens through adults. Register here: https://bit.ly/silverspotdocumentary

The 2021-2022 Random Review schedule is available!

Recordings of previous Random Review presentations can also be found at that link.

Wednesday, April 13, 12 PM
Randy Milstein reviews The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir by Sara Seager. Register here.

Wednesday, May 11, 12 PM
Keith Scribner reviews Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar. Register here.

Wednesday, June 8, 12 PM
Michael Nelson reviews Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Register here.

We're creating short video presentations on a variety of topics including identifying misinformation online and using digital services from the library.

Misinformation Online: COVID-19 Edition
Learn tips and strategies for recognizing and debunking misinformation online.

Library Digital Resources
Explore the resources we have to offer in this ongoing video series.

Youth Resources

Subscribe to our Youtube channel to receive notifications when we post a new video.

Beavallis: Beavers and Beaver Technologies in Corvallis
Virtual series, co-sponsored by Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club
These events are part of the Liz & Bob Frenkel Hiking and the Environment Spring Lecture Series. They will take place using GoToWebinar. Please register for each event separately at the links below.

  • Local Beavers: How They Live and How We Live with Them, March 31, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Register here.
    With presenters:

    • Brian Bangs, Aquatic Ecologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Region 9: “How Beavers Function
    • America McMillan Parks Operations Specialist, City of Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department: “Ten Years Observing the Beavers of Starker Arts Park
    • Sheanna Steingass, Benton County Environmental Project Coordinator, Agricultural & Wildlife Protection Program: “The Benton County Way to Manage Beaver
  • Opportunities for a New Beaver/Human Relationship, April 28, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Register here.
    With presenters:

    • Jakob Shockey, Executive Director of The Beaver Coalition: “Helping Beavers and Humans Co-exist
    • Kathleen Westly, Education and Restoration Project Manager, Marys River Watershed Council: “Partnering with Beavers in Oak Creek
    • John Mellgren, General Counsel, Western Environmental Law Center: “Oregon Legislative Bills to Protect Beaver”
    • Randy Comeleo, Ecologist, co-founder/advisor, Benton County Agricultural and Wildlife Protection Program: “An Oregon Legislative Bill to Promote Alternatives to Beaver Killing”
  • Local and Global Benefits of Protecting Beavers, May 19, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Register here.
    With presenters:

    • Suzanne Fouty,  retired Hydrologist, U.S. Forest Service and a Beaver Believer: “Beavers, Water Quality and Water Availability
    • Chris Jordan, Research Fisheries Biologist & Mathematical Biology & Systems Monitoring Program Manager, NOAA/NMFS/NW Fisheries Science Center: “Beavers and Fish Survival”
    • Emily Fairfax, Assistant Professor Environmental Science and Resource Management, Cal State Channel Islands: “Beavers and Wildfire

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Champinefu Webinar Series
Each virtual presentation in the series compares and contrasts the perspectives and functionalities of two cultural interpretations of the issues. The Champinefu Webinar Series is co-sponsored by the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Spring Creek Project, and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The live events have passed, but recordings of the presentations are now available on our YouTube channel (links below).

  • Fire Since Time Immemorial: An Indigenous Fire Chronology for Western Oregon
    Increasing incidences of large wildfires have encouraged Oregon fire planners to consider using traditional indigenous ecological knowledge and practices to address the impact of climate change on fire management. Featuring presenters David Harrelson, Dustin Hawks, and Amanda Rau. Watch the recording here.
  • Trees & Forests of Marys Peak: The Stories They Tell
    Marys Peak has been the iconic regional cultural feature for time immemorial. Its trees and forests have played a major role in the mountain’s cultural importance. Featuring presenters Greg Archuleta and Ed Jensen. Watch the recording here.
  • Oregon's Water: What Coyote Can Teach Us
    Learn how traditional stories guide the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde's work to create abundance in a culturally-important Kalapuya River, and how we can use those concepts and techniques to create abundance in other local Willamette River tributary rivers and creeks. Featuring presenters David Harrelson, Dustin Hawks, and Amanda Rau. Watch the recording here.

For Children

Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sharing just one book a day gives your child the building blocks for lifelong success! Your child will receive a prize at the 500 and 1000 books milestones.

Want to get started?

This year there are two ways you can choose to participate!
Option 1: Request a Starter Pack to track your child's reading using paper logs. Starter packs are available by delivery or pick-up at the library.
Option 2: Participate online with the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge on Beanstack, a free website and app for tracking reading. You'll earn digital badges as you share books with your child!

For more information: https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/1000books/

To celebrate Día this year (also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros or Children's Day/Book Day), we'll be sharing several special storytimes, with the help of our staff and community members!

The First Readers Book Club is for kids who are reading early reader books. The First Readers Book Club features a new book club kit each month featuring a paperback copy of an early reader book, discussion questions, and a craft. Registration is available for each month's kit online: https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/first-readers-book-club/.

Kids Book Club: At-Home Edition for beginning chapter book readers! Kits include a copy of the book, discussion questions, and a craft. Please contact us or find registration links below if you would like to join the next available Kids Book Club. Register online for each month's kit: https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/kids-book-club.

We invite your reader to practice reading with a dog! The Reading Education Assistance Dog program (R.E.A.D.) provides beginning readers an opportunity to practice their reading skills in a non-threatening environment.

The dogs and their volunteer handlers (humans!) meet virtually with individual children on a one-on-one basis for 10 minutes during a session.

Weekly sessions will be hosted on GoToMeeting; links and passwords will be sent to participants as part of a sign-up confirmation.

Check the calendar and register here.

We've returned to in-person storytimes!
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM
Join us for a 20-minute, all-ages storytime at the Corvallis Public Library's Main Meeting Room! Short stories, songs, and rhymes will be shared. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. All participants must follow current face covering/distancing guidelines. Capacity is limited and registration is required!

We ask that you register adults and children attending for only one storytime session per day so that we can serve as many families as possible. Please register for the storytimes you wish to attend on the library calendar here: https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/?keywords=storytime

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Recorded Storytimes
Join our Youth Services team for recorded storytimes, songs, and rhymes, suitable for kids of all ages. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to get notified when we post a new video!

For Teens and Tweens

Events for teens in grades 6-12 have moved online! Events will be held virtually, using GoToMeeting. Contact Kristy, Teen Services Librarian, for info about how to join, including links and passwords for each event: kristy.kemperhodge@corvallisoregon.gov.

Other Resources for Teens!

Events for tweens in grades 4-6 have moved online! Events will be held virtually, using GoToMeeting.  Email Elizabeth.Johnson@corvallisoregon.gov for the link and password. Only tweens who are signed up will be given links and passwords to events.

  • April Tween Book Club
    Registration opens Friday, April 1, 9 AM
    The Tween Book Club is an at-home kit for tweens in grades 4-6, featuring a home delivery (or library pick-up) of the book club selection, craft supplies and directions, and discussion prompts. April's title is Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds. Available while supplies last. Books and supplies provided by the Friends of the Library. Registration for this kit opens at 9 AM on Friday, April 1 at this link: bit.ly/AprTweenBook

Stay At Home Storytime

Kristin shares Turtle Walk by Matt Phelan.

Heidi shares Under My Hood I Have A Hat by Karla Kuskin.

Ruth Rose shares a bilingual storytime featuring Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheim.

Elizabeth is reading Click, Clack, Surprise! by Doreen Cronin.

Julia shares Dangerous and Perfectly Percy.

Peik-Kuan reads Big Storm by Nancy Tafuri.

Heidi shares If Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacey Previn.

Kristin reads Dinosong by Tim McCanna.