Eugene Public Library Events

September 2014 – book-lover and writerly events at Eugene Public Library – all events FREE

Physics for Rock Stars – Saturday, September 13, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Ever wonder why nature abhors a vacuum, what causes magnetic attraction, how to jump off a moving train, or do a perfect stage dive? Find answers and laughs at this talk by Christine McKinley based on her book “Physics for Rock Stars.” She will demonstrate how physics can help you perform fancy microphone throws, escape a sinking car, discover your true identity, stop spinning your wheels, handle chaos, and keep secrets. No equations, numbers, or tricky concepts — just an inspiring and comical romp through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe. Christine McKinley is a licensed mechanical engineer and hosts the History channel’s series “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded.” Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or

Windfall Reading: David Axelrod and Jodi Varon – Tuesday, September 16, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s Windfall Reading features David Axelrod and Jodi Varon, who co-direct the MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Oregon University and co-edit the literary arts journal “basalt.” David Axelrod is the author of six poetry collections, including “The Cartographer’s Melancholy,” a finalist for the 2006 Oregon Book Award, and his most recent, “What Next, Old Knife?” His book of essays about the interior Northwest is titled Troubled Intimacies. Jodi Varon wrote the non-fiction “Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father.” She also translates poetry from the Chinese, including “The Rock’s Cold Breath: Selected Poems of Li He.” The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, Eugene Public Library Foundation, and Cultural Services Division of Lane Arts Council. Refreshments served at intermission. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or

Print Your Book -Wednesday, September 17, 2:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This two-hour class offers an introduction to the many self-publishing resources available online. Whether you have written a book you want to print and sell widely, or you want to print just a few copies of a family history or recipe collection, self-publishing is now easier and more affordable than ever. Intermediate computer and Internet skills required. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or

Intro to Blogging – Thursday, September 18, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Create your own blog with the free website Blogger. Plus an introduction to RSS and Google Reader, tools that deliver automatic updates from your preferred online sources for news, opinion, entertainment, and more. Internet experience and e-mail account required. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or

Banned Books Read-Outs at Eugene and Springfield Public Libraries / Springfield Public Library: Saturday, September 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Eugene Public Library: Saturday, September 27, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To celebrate free speech and honor defenders of First Amendment rights, local public libraries and the Lane County Chapter of ACLU of Oregon will host two Banned Books Read-Out events. Admission is free. On Saturday, September 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., catch the Banned Books Read-Out at Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, inside Springfield City Hall, kicked off by Library Director Rob Everett. On Saturday, September 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., hear the Banned Books Read-Out at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, featuring Mayor Kitty Piercy and Library Director Connie Bennett. Both events will include a variety of community members reading aloud passages from books that have been challenged or banned. Everyone is invited to stop by to listen and to borrow books from the libraries that have been targeted by would-be censors. Many people are under the impression that attempted censorship is a thing of the past or that “it doesn’t happen here.” In fact, individuals and groups continue to request — or demand — that public and school libraries remove or restrict access to particular books, music, films, and other resources. For information about recent censorship attempts in Oregon, visit the ACLU of Oregon website: For more information about the local Banned Books Read-Out events, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or Springfield Public Library at 541-726-3766.

Tween Scene – Thursday, September 25, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine. In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against a childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. For grades 4 through 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting September 1. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or

Teen Book Group – Thursday, September 25, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell. This award-winning novel tells a story of first love between two teens who don’t fit in. Sharing comics and music, they begin to realize that they might just fit together. For middle and high schoolers. Visit the Downtown Teen Desk to pre-register and pick up your copy of the book starting September 1. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or

Sprague River Writers’ Retreat

Fellow writers,

We would like to invite you and your fellow writers to a long weekend retreat being held October 9-12 at the High Serenity Ranch retreat center in Sprague River, Oregon. Below is a flyer describing the retreat in more detail. For complete contact and registration information, go to

Jo Johnston, Presenter

Perri Zepeda, Retreat center hostess

Sprague River Writers' Retreat

Howard W. Robertson’s “Fallujah”

Howard W. Robertson’s story titled “Fallujah” has been published by the online literary magazine Setting Forth: “Fallujah” is the fourteenth of fifteen stories in the book of fiction titled Hyperzotica. Each story is an episode featuring Keith and Phyllis Benson, much as each episode of the British television serial As Time Goes By centers around Lionel and Jean Hardcastle. Keith is a professor specializing in ecological economics, and Phyllis is an architect who writes wildly successful bondage romances under a pseudonym. They live in New Geneva, Oregon, which greatly resembles the city of Eugene.

Poetry Workshop with Toni Hanner

Get your poetry engine running at a workshop led by Toni Hanner on Monday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the Eugene Public Library. The session will include free-writing and structured writing exercises aimed at generating new first drafts in a friendly, safe, and playful environment. Beginning and experienced poets are welcome. Bring something to write with and an open mind. Admission is free, but due to limited space, pre-registration is required: call Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450.

Hanner’s “Gertrude” was a finalist for a 2013 Oregon Book Award. She has been encouraging poets and leading writing exercises since moving to Eugene in 2000. A member of the Lane Literary Guild’s Red Sofa Poets and the Madrona Writers of Pt. Townsend, Washington, she facilitates a weekly free-writing group. This workshop is hosted by Eugene Public Library as part of Create! Eugene, a month-long event showcasing creative workshops available in Eugene and the surrounding communities in August 2014.

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Windfall Reading Series Calendar

The calendar for the 2014-2015 Windfall Reading Series is now out:

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Willamette Group of Haiku Poets

Time again for the Willamette Group of Haiku Poets to meet! It’s this Friday, July 18 at Springfield City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Remember, at our last meeting we were discussing minimalist haiku and agreed to give it a try. Please bring your results. Or bring examples by others that you especially like, or find interesting. Also other forms–senryu, tanka, linked forms–are welcome in our rounds of haiku reading, so show us what you have been working on…even if you are barely past the idea stage. Join us for an afternoon of fun. Barbara Snow 541-343-9094

Poetic Convergence at Tsunami Books

Friday, July 11, 7 PM: All lovers of poetry and poets, please mark your calendars and spread the word: Poets Danusha Lameris, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, and Maxine Scates, will converge for a rare evening of wisdom and heart. A word about the poets:

Danusha’s first book of poetry, “The Moons of August,” was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the 2013 Autumn House Press Poetry Contest. She lives in Santa Cruz , where she teaches writing workshops.

Dorianne, former Professor of Creative Writing at the U of O, presently teaches poetry at the MFA program at North Carolina State, as well as at Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program. She is the author of five books of poetry, numerous chapbooks, a book on writing poetry, has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and is a winner of the Oregon Books Award.

Joseph is the author of three books of poetry. He has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He presently teaches at Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program. He lives in N. Carolina with wife Dorianne Laux.

Maxine is the author of three books of poetry. She is a winner of the “Pitt” Poetry prize, an Oregon Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She has taught poetry throughout Oregon, most recently at Reed College and privately in Eugene, where she lives with husband Bill Cadbury.

Light refreshments will be served. (Free)