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Mirror-touch synesthesia is a rare neurological trait causing an unusual crossing of senses. Amy van der Linde, piano teacher and parenting educator, speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about how she has applied her experience with synesthesia to explore the nature of happiness. She’ll give a talk called Happy Brain, Happy Being at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Thursday, November 16th.

The enduring legacy of six Oregon poets is honored in Erik Muller’s new book Durable Goods: An Appreciation of Oregon Poets. The four of those poets still living--including Barbara Drake, Paulann Petersen, Clemens Starck and Lex Runciman--will be featured at the Windfall Reading Series at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on September 19th. Erik Muller speaks with Eric Alan about poetry as an education of emotions; a venue to explore place, community and ourselves. 

For only the third time in the past century, a total solar eclipse will shadow Oregon, beginning in Lincoln City on Monday, August 21st at 10:15 a.m. KLCC's Eric Alan speaks with particle physicist and astronomer Dr. Jim Brau, former director of the UO Center for High Energy Physics, and the Philip H. Knight Professor of Natural Science.

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A man who tried to calm down a mob of teenagers as police broke up a confrontation is in “serious condition” according to Eugene police.  

Author Garth Stein has inspired millions with his book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, about a dog obsessed with car racing and believing he’ll be reincarnated in human form. The book is the focus of this year’s Newport Reads program. Garth Stein will appear at the Newport Performing Arts Center on April 19th, and at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on April 22nd. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

Bestselling author Laurie Notaro’s new book is Crossing the Horizon. The historical novel focuses on the lives of three early women pilots--Elsie McKay, Ruth Elder and Mabel Boll--each striving to be the first woman to complete a flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Temperatures are expected to break 100 this week in the South Willamette Valley and the city of Eugene provides locations for individuals to cool off.

New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee speaks with Eric Alan about his unintentional cartooning career, which has included his new book Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People, and editing three volumes of  The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See In the New Yorker. 

  Historian and author Michael Helquist speaks with Eric Alan about his biography Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. Equi was one of Oregon’s first women doctors, as well as a fierce advocate for worker’s rights, reproductive rights, and many other social justice causes. Michael Helquist speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. 

  Comparatively few people of color visit the American wilderness, though the resources are public to all. African-American outdoorsman James Mills addresses this disparity in his book The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. He speaks with Eric Alan about the issues and how to address them, before his illustrated talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 23rd.

  Author Eliot Treichel explores a teenage girl’s grief and healing after causing her father’s accidental death on a canoe trip, in the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers. He speaks with Eric Alan about the power of a river and a horse to help a girl find peace with what can never heal. Eliot Treichel speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 9th. 

  As part of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, the Downtown Eugene Public Library will host “Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences,” an illustrated talk and conversation with Donnell Alexander on Wednesday, December 2nd. He speaks with Eric Alan about Oregon’s unique hip-hop culture. 

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  Photographer Ron Verzuh  presents Street Rhythms, an exhibit of street corner photographs taken across the globe, on display at the Downtown Eugene Public Library through December 20th. He speaks with Eric Alan about a photographic and personal journey that has included being an author, historian and head of the international solidarity program of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. 

Political cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Rall speaks with Eric Alan about his new graphic novel Snowden, which explores the motivations and dilemmas of Edward Snowden in his decision to reveal classified NSA documents. As part of Banned Books Week, Ted Rall will give a free illustrated talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, October 3rd at 2 p.m.

Cartoonist Dan Piraro has been drawing the award-winning Bizarro for 31 years. He will give an illustrated talk to begin Banned Books Week at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Sunday, September 27th at 2 p.m. He speaks with Eric Alan about hidden upside down birds, the inspiration of Alfred Hitchcock, and the future of comics in the digital age.

John Kallas is one this country’s foremost experts on wild foods, and the author of the new book Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate. He speaks with Eric Alan about increasing nutritional diversity and our connection to the earth through wild foods. He’ll give a free talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Wednesday, September 2nd.

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The Eugene City Council Monday decided to put a 5-year property tax levy on the November ballot to fund expanded library services.

The $2.7 million levy would add back hours to Sunday mornings at the downtown library. It would also restore 22 hours a week at the Bethel and Sheldon branches.

Eugene Public Library Holds Community Conversations

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Throughout October, The Eugene Public Library will be holding five open discussions on how it can better satisfy visitors’ needs in the next 10 years.

The Eugene Public Library has looked at what improvements other libraries are making and explored the role of libraries in the future. But director Connie Bennett said there was a big piece missing from their visioning, the community’s voice.

No more browsing at the Eugene Public Library on Sunday mornings.

Beginning July 6th, the library is cutting Sunday hours. It will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It currently opens at 10:00 a.m.

This is one of the ways the City of Eugene is trying to save money and have a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Under the new budget, the Bethel Branch will remain open, Sheldon will stay open for one year while options for funding are explored, and the downtown library will be open three fewer hours on Sundays.

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Portland-based author Lindsay Hill has created an unusually structured novel called Sea of Hooks that follows his protagonist through a series of traumas and transformations, taking him from youth in San Francisco to an adulthood search in Bhutan. The book’s spiritual insights and literary power have brought it national acclaim, including being named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of 2013. Lindsay Hill speaks with Eric Alan, before giving a reading at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Wednesday, June 11th.

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Author Bill Sullivan, best known for his definitive Oregon hiking guides, has a new book of short stories out about Oregon's most quirky places and people. It's called The Oregon Variations, and its literary structure parallels the musical structures of Bach's Goldberg Variations. He speaks with Eric Alan before bringing his related slide show Oregon for the Curious to Eugene, Bend and Sunriver. 

The Downtown Eugene Public Library presents “The Art of the Possible: Jazz and Community Building,” on Saturday March 29th. It’s a community conversation led by Tim DuRoche, a jazz musician and scholar, who joins Eric Alan to talk about the changing landscapes of music and society. 

The Eugene Public Library is partnering with the Springfield Public Library, Oregon Contemporary Theatre and others for 2014’s Big Read—a month-long series of events around F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. Historian David Turner talks about how Willamette Valley culture compares to Fitzgerald’s 1920s, while Big Read coordinator Allison Arnold details the month’s events. 

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Eugene's Sheldon Branch Library has been spared from closure. The Budget Committee Wednesday night agreed to keep both branch libraries open and cut back Sunday hours at the main downtown building.

Billy Collins is one of the most accomplished, popular and humorous poets in the United States. He served as the country's Poet Laureate from 2001 through 2003, and won the Poetry Foundation's first Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. Recently, he's filled in for Garrison Keillor on Writer's Almanac and been a guest on The Colbert Report. He's touring behind a new collection of poems called Aimless Love, and appears at the Downtown Eugene Public Library in a free reading on Tuesday, November 5th.