Downtown Eugene Public Library

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.

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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.