There's lots to do at the library this month...
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Happy New Year from Siuslaw Public Library! We are excited to announce our 2020 Siuslaw Reading Challenge--see below for details. January's theme is Armchair Travel, which will give you a chance to visit the world from the comfort of your warm home. If you participated in 2019, you still have until Sunday, January 5, to turn in your completed punch card at the reference desk. We'll be drawing for the grand prize Kindle next week!

Here at the library, we get questions from time to time about the local cold weather shelter, so we thought this month would be a good time to give you a little information about it. The shelter is run by volunteers and housed at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, where those in need can get dinner and a warm place to sleep. It's not open every night, but will usually be open when the temperature is expected to drop below freezing overnight. To tell if it's going to be open for the night, look around town that day for white flags with a black house icon. There will be one in front of the library. We are also glad to be one of the pickup sites where people wishing to go to the shelter can get a ride from volunteers in the early evening. For more information, check out the Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter Facebook page.
See you at the library!
It's a new year and a new reading challenge! We've got 12 new themes, and new chances to win monthly prizes ($5 to the Friends of Siuslaw Public Library bookstore, courtesy of the Friends), as well as our grand prize drawing for those who complete the challenge for all 12 months. See the full details and list of themes on our website:

January's theme is: armchair travel.

Happy reading!
January Art Displays
Stop by the library during open hours to view this month's rotating local art displays:

Colgan-Bennetts Gallery: Kevin Mittge, hiking photography
Colgan-Bennetts Display Case: Skip Thomsen, stained glass (pictured)
Inside Display Case: Christopher Curtis, abstract art (Jan 15-Feb 29)
Living Voices: Island of Hope
Sunday, Feb 2, 1-2 PM

Join Living Voices for a live dramatic program. One family escapes oppression in the old country and sails to a new life in the new world. But what happens to those stranded at Ellis Island? "Island of Hope" tells the story of Leah, a ten-year-old Russian Jewish girl whose family emigrates to America, where she alone is detained at Ellis Island. Free and open to all; recommended for age kindergarten to adult.
Storytime and Activity

Tuesdays & Fridays
10:30-11:30 a.m.

First and third Fridays
3-4 p.m.
Open Lab, Jan 7
File Management Class, Jan 21

Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3 PM
Get a new device for the holidays? Got a question about your phone, laptop, or ereader? Bring your own device or use one of ours to explore basic skills and get your questions answered at our open lab on January 7. On January 21, join us to learn about organizing and managing your files.
Monday, Jan 20
The library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Volunteer at the Library!
We're looking for some new volunteers to join our dedicated team of shelvers, shelf readers, genealogists, and more. If you have been thinking about volunteering, this is the perfect time to start! We have opportunities for all ages and ability levels. Stop by to pick up an application, or visit our website for more information:
Community Social
Fridays, Jan 3 & 17, 10-11:30 AM
Join us for Mapleton family playtime! Crafts and activities for kids, coffee for parents, and snacks for all. For more information, call Bonnie at 541-268-4033.
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