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The Crook County Library is offering multiple programs this fall and winter, including online reading, online lectures and in-person tech programs

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Crook County Library is offering multiple programs this fall and winter, including online reading, online lectures and in-person tech programs.

The Crook County Library, like many businesses and organizations, has adapted to the changes of the past several months to find ways to better serve local patrons.

The staff at the library has had a chance to negotiate their first online program by adapting their regular story time for children. These sessions are being conducted Wednesdays on Facebook Live, instead of in-person story time.

"It's really hard right now, because the library has, first, been a place where people can come together, and it's a place for lifelong learning," pointed out Heather Jones, assistant director of library services for Crook County Library. "We have been really struggling with 'how do we do that with COVID restrictions?' We are really excited to be able to adapt our traditional library events and programs to be able to provide them virtually."

She added that their goal is to find ways to adapt their events to connect and provide access to learning opportunities for patrons wherever they are when they cannot meet in person.

Their first adult-centered online program will be Sept. 29, entitled "Exploring Pacific Northwest Geology, East of the Cascades."

"It is primarily geared toward adults, but it's open to all ages," said Jones. "Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation by retired USFS geologist Carrie Gordon on the natural wonders of Central and Eastern Oregon. Rocks tell stories of time passing, climate change and cataclysms. Floods cascaded across the Pacific Northwest. Mountains have roared. Come learn about the rocks around us and the stories they tell."

This program will be hosted online via WebEx. No registration is required, and it is free to the public. The link for this program can be found on the library calendar of events at www.crooklib.org or on the library Facebook page at www.facebook.com/crookcountylibrary.

Gordon is also a member of the Friends of the Library. This group, as well as staff at Bowman Museum, has shared interests and shared goals such as education and providing learning opportunities for the community. Friends of the Library has also been a part of the new online lecture series being held at the Bowman Museum in October.

"We are really excited to have her share her expertise with us about the natural wonders of Central and Eastern Oregon," said Jones of Gordon.

In addition to the online program, she indicated that they are also working on offering a reading program this winter. It is scheduled to run Nov. 16 through Jan. 9. It will be similar to their summer reading program, where the participants can track their reading.

"We are going to have more information on that really soon. We are finalizing all the plans for all our activities related to that."

Jones said that they have also added a one-on-one tech help program, which includes in-person training for individuals who rely on the internet for a host of purposes.

"The goal of this program is to help people build their skills and confidence with technology and with using the internet," Jones added. "We're able to do it in person, because it is going to be a one-and-one time each session."

Each person who signs up will have up to 30 minutes of dedicated time with a librarian and can have questions answered on topics like basic computer skills, how to use their device or using eBooks. Times are based on what works best for participants, and they can sign up by calling the library, using the website, or coming into the library in person. The staff will be wearing face masks and social distancing and paying special care to COVID regulations.

"We are really excited about that. There are a lot of people who need help in that particular area right now," concluded Jones.

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For more information about these programs, contact Heather Jones, assistant director of library services

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Phone: 541-447-7978 ext. 320

Crook County Library Address: 175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive, Prineville, OR 97754

"Exploring Pacific Northwest Geology, East of the Cascades" begins Sept. 29 at 6:30 and will be hosted online via WebEx.

Reading program goes from Nov. 16 through Jan. 9. More details to be announced.

The one-on-one tech help program is available to anyone interested, and they can sign up online, in-person at the library or by calling ahead.


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