There's lots to do at the library this month...
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Greetings! We've got so much going on at the library this month.

First, an important announcement: work begins on our new HVAC (heating and cooling) system the first week of February. Soon we will have better climate control, which is good news for chilly patrons and staff alike!

Among other things, we are rebuilding the HVAC and garbage/recycling enclosure out back, and installing external units next to the building along the alley. You can expect some temporary closures of the back parking lot on Maple Street, which will periodically block access to the back door and outside book drop. The alley may be partially blocked at times, too. We will do our best to notify you when these closures are coming, but we appreciate your patience during this work! The front parking lot and entry, as well as the inside book drop, will be unaffected.

Check out a wide array of programs in February, from live theater and music to author visits. See below for details.

This month's theme for the Siuslaw Reading Challenge is, appropriately, romance novels. (Don't worry, they've come a long way since the bodice-ripper cover days.) Check out our display for every type of reader, whether you like steamy or sweet, historical or contemporary, funny or dramatic.

And speaking of love, Blind Date with a Book is back! Check out a wrapped book and discover your perfect match. Then review your book for a chance to win fabulous prizes.
See you at the library!
Congratulations to Tawnya Peerson, winner of the Siuslaw Reading Challenge 2019 grand prize drawing! Tawnya won a Kindle Paperwhite for reading all 12 themes. Want a chance to win this year? See below for details.
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:

February's theme is: romance novels.

Happy reading!
It's time for Blind Date with a Book, our month-long love affair with reading. You can read and review as many wrapped books as you like during February, and enter to win fabulous prizes!
Kids Get Free Books Through Imagination Library
Hey, parents! Did you know that children four and under can get free books in the mail through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library? This great program sends a book to your child every month at no cost to you. Find out more here:
Best Books Program
Florence, Fri, Feb 28, 1-2 PM
Mapleton, Thurs, March 5, 1-2 PM

Join librarian Kevin Mittge for a look at the best books of 2019, as chosen by critics, staff, and patrons. This is his famed annual "60 Books in 60 Minutes" talk. You don't want to miss it!
February Art Displays
Stop by the library during open hours to view this month's rotating local art displays:

Colgan-Bennetts Gallery & Display Case: Florence Regional Arts Alliance group show
Inside Display Case: Christopher Curtis, abstract art (Jan 15-Feb 29)

Also, it's not too early to think about Hang It All 2 in May! This year's theme is "Ages and Stages". Get your 2D or 3D work ready for this free community show.

Storytime and Activity

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

First and third Fridays
3-4 p.m.

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.
Free Tax Assistance & Tax Forms
Feb 3 - Apr 13
Mondays & Thursdays, 9 AM - 2 PM

It's tax time! We have 2019 federal 1040 tax forms and instruction booklets available at the library. Volunteers from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide free tax prep will also be here, first come, first served, on Mondays and Thursdays.
Open Lab, Feb 4
Online Privacy & Security, Feb 18

Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3 PM
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 February 4. On February 21, join us to learn about password management and protecting your information online.
It's Sababa: Travels in Israel with Meg Spencer
Friday, Feb 14, 1-2 PM

Library director Meg Spencer will show photos and tell stories from her trip to Israel in 2019. Among other things, Meg visited local libraries and brought back interesting ideas to our library district!
Author Program: South Coast Shipwrecks with H.S. Contino
Saturday, Feb 22, 1-2 PM

Join local author H.S. Contino for a fascinating look at historic shipwrecks of the southern Oregon coast.
Holiday Closure
Monday, Feb 17

The library will be closed for Presidents' Day.
Living with Alzheimer's:
Early Stage Part 2

Wednesday, Feb 12, 10:30 AM - 12 PM
Free, educational program presented by the Alzheimer's Association of Oregon. To learn more or register, call 800-272-3900.
Community Social
Fridays, Feb 14 & 28, 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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