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!

#PoetryForAccess Craft Kits: Made possible in partnership with the Valley Library and the OSU Disability Archive! Each kit contains the materials to create your own keyhole poetry or collage. Share your creations on social media using the hashtag #PoetryForAccess. Request a kit here, while supplies last: https://forms.gle/oK3CWUnZckvctQu36

Craft-at-Home: simple, family-friendly crafts and activities you can do at home!

The 2021-2022 Random Review schedule is available!

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

Wednesday, November 10, 12 PM
November's reviewer will be Marjorie Sandor reviewing Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. Register here for this virtual webinar.

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

Unemployment Benefits & Assistance

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

Champinefu Webinar Series

Each virtual presentation in the series will compare and contrast 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. More information and links to register for the events in the series are below.

  • Fire Management: Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Existing Technologies
    Wednesday, October 13, 7 PM
    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. Register here for this event.
  • Trees & Forests of Marys Peak: The Stories They Tell
    Wednesday, November 10, 7 PM
    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. Register here for this event.
  • Oregon's 100-Year Water Plan: What Coyote Can Teach Us
    Wednesday, December 8, 7 PM
    A 100-year vision has been proposed to State legislators. What can Coyote's experience and other traditional ecological knowledge teach us about how to live with our waters? We need a new plan. Featuring presenter Kathleen George. Register here for this event.

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/

We partnered with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History to bring you Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies—a family program and take-home kit that will inspire learning and fun at home. Join us to explore Native American technologies, visit with an archaeologist, and try out hands-on engineering challenges! Kits will be available for delivery (within our service area) or pick up in any of our library branches starting Tuesday, November 9. After you receive your kit, be sure to watch the accompanying educational video below!

To receive a kit by delivery, fill out the form here starting November 9: https://forms.gle/jGR8eiLGx9676b7F6

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/.

  • December 2021: Fox Versus Winter by Corey R. Tabor
    Registration has closed for this kit.
  • January 2022: Cece Loves Science: Push and Pull by Kimberly Derting
    Registration for the January kit will open on December 15th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

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.

  • December 2021: Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller
    Registration opens at 10 AM on November 15 at this link: https://forms.gle/pYSvKjfFWLfrj5ubA

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.

October 28, 11 AM

Join us for a special Read for the Record Storytime on Facebook Live, featuring Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon, written by Kat Zhang and illustrated by Charlene Chua! This is a story about the celebration of cultural symbols, family, and self-affirmation. No Facebook account needed to watch, just head to facebook.com/cbcpl/live to join!
Families can also find an activity guide to go along with this story here.

December 15, 10:30 AM - Register here for December.
January 19, 10:30 AM
- Registration coming soon for January.

This 20-minute storytime is offered over Zoom and is adapted for children with different abilities to support their sensory needs. Staff will use more visual aids and include activities for sensory experiences. Sensory storytime is ideal for children of all abilities, with or without sensory sensitivities, and is enjoyable for all families.

Each storytime will include: a visual schedule, an opening song, a movement rhyme, a short story, a song or rhyme, a movement activity, a short story, and a closing song. These activities will be led at a more relaxed pace than other storytimes.

Register here for December to reserve your child’s spot in this event, and to get the event link.

Registration coming soon for January.

Facebook Live Storytimes
Tuesdays, 10:30 AM
No Facebook account needed, just head to facebook.com/cbcpl/live to watch!

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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!

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Telephone Tales
Try our new 24/7 storytime service Telephone Tales! Listeners can call at 541-766-6568 any time to hear a story recorded by our staff, in English or in Spanish. New stories every Tuesday!

Try our new 24/7 storytime service Telephone Tales! Listeners can call at 541-766-6568 any time to hear a story recorded by our staff, in English or in Spanish. New stories every Tuesday!

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.

  • December Tween Book Club
    Registration opens Tuesday, December 7, 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. December's title is Pawcasso by Remy Lai. Available while supplies last. Books and supplies provided by the Friends of the Library. Registration for this kit opens at 9 AM on Tuesday, December 7 at this link: bit.ly/TweenBookKit

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.

Elizabeth shares Where Is The Green Sheep? by Mem Fox.

Heidi shares Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson.

Julia reads Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett Krosoczka.