Downtown Eugene Public Library

Photo by Ron Verzuh

  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.

Rachael McDonald

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

Oct 10, 2014
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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.

Photo by Anna Daedalus

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.

Photo by Dean Rea

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.