Our buildings may be closed, but we're still here to bring you virtual events and services! 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, or you can request to receive a free copy through delivery! View the digital version here. Fill out a request for a print copy while supplies last here.

Click here for more information.

The library is closed for now, but many of our book clubs are still meeting -- online or over the phone! Please see the links below for more information and contact us if you would like to join!

Sign up here: cbcpubliclibrary.beanstack.org to participate in the Own Voices Challenge for adults this spring. Read books, listen to audiobooks, watch movies, and more to complete the challenge between March 21 - May 17! Earn 5 activity badges and win your choice of Black voices or antiracism book while supplies last!

Prefer to play on paper? No problem! Download and print a log here, pick one up during our contactless service hours, or contact us and have one delivered to your home.

What are Own Voices? The movement often referred to as #ownvoices emphasizes reading and engaging with content featuring characters from a marginalized group. By seeking out authentic stories from authentic voices, we encourage and support diversity in the world of media and we gain better understanding of marginalized groups.

There's no better way to find commonality with someone than to walk a while in their shoes. Take a journey with us this spring into a world of #ownvoices!

Previous Random Reviews are available to watch here.

April 14, 12:00 - 1:00 PMThe Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, by David Quammen
Reviewer: Joey Spatafora
Register to watch here.

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May 12, 12:00 - 1:00 PM: And Then We Danced: A Voyage into the Groove, by Henry Alford
Reviewer: Mishele Mennett
Register to watch 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

Unemployment Benefits & Assistance

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

The Liz and Bob Frenkel Hiking & Environmental Spring Lecture Series
March 24, April 21, and May 26, 12-1 PM

Each virtual presentation will announce a large gift from the late Liz and Bob Frenkel to a specific natural area in the Corvallis-Benton County area, and discuss how the gift will be used for the public good.

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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/

The live concert has ended, but you can still enjoy the performance from 123 Andrés! Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés. Their catchy songs and lively concerts get the whole family dancing and learning, in Spanish and English.

While the library building remains closed, we wanted to bring you a virtual edition of Family Music Fun, featuring special guest Marisa Schwartzman, who normally leads Family Music Fun when we're able to hold it in person. Follow along for this family-participation music and movement class, and come prepared to move and sing along!

Kids Book Club: At-Home Edition! Please contact us if you would like to join the next available Kids Book Club.

Mother Goose Asks Why? is a program for preschool age children brought to you by the staff of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library! Watch the video below for a storytime, songs and rhymes, and a fun STEAM activity.

Find the instruction sheet for the activity here: Flower Smash Art

We've partnered with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History again this spring to bring you Oregon's Dino-Story! Register for one of the activity kits—available through our delivery service or for pickup during our contactless service hours, then watch the accompanying video, and learn about Oregon during the age of dinosaurs!

While supplies last, register for a kit here, then watch the video below once you've received your kit!

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.

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

Beginning June 9, every Tuesday at 10:30 am, our Youth Services team will be presenting Facebook Live Storytime on our Facebook page.

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.

  • Check back soon for tween events!

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.