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Library seeks programming input, book group members


ROSEBURG, OR – Roseburg Public Library Director Kris Wiley is asking for the public’s help in planning programs for adults as one-time special events will return in the fall.

Some programming will continue to be offered through online platforms such as Zoom and Facebook even as the library reverts to in-person events. This flexibility expands the options the library is able to offer.

Wiley is asking for feedback from the public to learn what types of programs or speakers interest you? Is there an author you want to meet, either virtually or in person?

“We are incredibly fortunate to have local subject matter experts and access to world-renowned scholars from colleges and universities throughout the state, so think broadly,” Wiley said. “I enjoy curating public library programming and want to provide access to sessions community members will attend.”

At this time, library staff is finalizing a virtual program on the history of Chinese communities in Oregon and two sessions with regional authors.

Wiley also plans to host a late fall open house for local writers that will give them an opportunity to sell and showcase their books, which will be displayed on a table. Interested authors are invited to email, and Wiley will follow up with details in late summer.

The Roseburg Public Library has made several changes that were initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue due to their popularity.

First, curbside pickup service has been such a hit that the library will offer that indefinitely. Patrons can continue to use the parking spots in front of the Crater Lake mural, call the number on the nearby sign and get books delivered to their vehicles.

Secondly, the library purchased individual public computer desks that look modern and provide patrons with a bit more privacy.

In addition, the library transitioned public programming to online formats using Zoom and Facebook. Events for adults have been so well attended that Wiley anticipates continuing to offer some virtual programs even as the library returns to in-person events.

Moving forward, the library’s “Author Book Discussion” group will remain online. The next meeting is Thursday, August 12, at 6:30 p.m., when participants will discuss Louise Erdrich, whose most recent novel, “The Night Watchman,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Erdrich belongs to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and features Native Americans in her novels, poetry and children’s books.

The small, dedicated book group selects an author, and then the group read at least one book by the author before meeting via Zoom to discuss the writer and readers’ experiences with the books. Book group newcomers are always welcome and can join in by emailing Wiley at for the Zoom link to the next meeting.

The library’s monthly “Silent Book Group” will continue to meet on the last Tuesdays of the month. The group, which has been meeting virtually and in person over the last year, hopes to meet in person Tuesday, July 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Stewart Park Butterfly Garden. Be sure to email Wiley at to confirm the time and location.

Group participants read the book or publication of their choice quietly for about an hour and then gather to chat as a group, led by Wiley, about what each person is reading. Bring your own chair or sit on the grass. Treats are provided. People may join July 27 before departing to enjoy the nearby Music on the Half Shell.

Visit the library’s website at and click on “Events” to view the program schedule for all ages.

Posted by RoseburgAdmin