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Women’s History Month Continues

While Women in History in all aspects of life are celebrated during the month of March. We thought you might be interested in reading about some Women in Library History.

Due to her love and passion for books, she also helped found the Wisconsin Free Library Commission.  Stearns believed in free books and service for all, so she began her own traveling library.

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Craig Johnson is coming to Coos County! Catch the Wave!

TitleWave2017We are thrilled to announce this year’s Title Wave author, Craig Johnson. His recent book, An Obvious Fact, is the featured selection. The selection is available at libraries throughout Coos County in print, including a large print edition, and audio CD. So start reading and join us at one of the events in April to meet the author.

Monday, April 24                                                          Tuesday, April 25th

2pm Sprague Theater, Bandon                                             2pm North Bend Public Library

7pm Coos Bay Public Library                                               7pm Coquille Public Library


Craig Johnson of  Ucross, Wyoming, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery novels, which are the basis for “Longmire,” available on Netflix. Johnson’s books have won numerous awards and thanks to the Friends of the Library and Library Foundations of Coos County, the Coos County Library Service District, Books by the Bay, The Mill Casino-Hotel, and Winter River  Books, Johnson will make four stops here on the Southern Oregon Coast.

Title Wave is made possible with generous donations from the various Coos County Friends of the Library and Foundation groups, the Coos County Library Service District, Books by the Bay, Wind River Books and the Mill Casino. Thank you for supporting Title Wave!

Coos County Libraries Coastline Catalog is Expanding.


On March 6th , the Coos County Public Library’s Coastline catalog and circulation system will expand to include Curry County’s five public libraries. This dual-county library network of 14 libraries in the Coastline catalog and circulation system will serve 100,000 people on the southern Oregon coast and provide access to over 640,000 library items.

The libraries of the expanded network will share the open-source system powered by software called KOHA, which includes cutting edge features like the integration of digital content in a package that is easy for libraries to use, while being affordable to maintain. Patrons of both counties will be able place holds on items in any of the 14 libraries or use the libraries to checkout materials directly and use any of the libraries resources in person.

Both counties will provide a regular courier service to deliver these items to the libraries. All libraries will also benefit from the larger pool of library materials from which patrons will be able to borrow, and realize their larger goal of upgrading the quality of their library catalog system without increased costs. Other benefits will include shared staff development and collaboration on special projects.

The benefits for both counties make a shared network highly desirable. By adding five new libraries to the network Coos County Library Service District will receive membership fees from Curry County libraries to help fund technical support for the Coastline system. The five additional libraries will add over 175,000 items to their catalog from Curry County. Per capita spending on library materials in Curry County is comparable, and in some cases higher than spending in Coos County, meaning that the merger should enhance the overall access of Coos County residents to library materials.

The joint project has been in the works for over two years. Curry County library directors first became interested in forming a larger network while investigating replacement options for their outdated catalog system. The KOHA software used by the Coos County libraries quickly became a strong candidate. With an increased emphasis on streamlining services, reducing costs, and collaborating to improve overall effectiveness, the conversation between the Coos and Curry County library directors quickly moved toward the possibility of sharing a library network. After developing an intergovernmental agreement, the Curry County Libraries were granted $48,111 through the State of Oregon’s Library Services & Technology Act program to pay for necessary data cleanup and migration work prior joining Coastline.

We are excited to be a part of this new opportunity for the patrons of both Coos and Curry Counties.

Dora Bookies Finish Up the Year

We had a great time at the Dora “Bookies” Reading Group on Monday. Each of the regular members contributed three to five of their favorite all time books. OF course, many found it to be a difficult task and had to make hard choices to decide what to include. Each one present, gave a brief summary of book or author and the reason they placed it on their list. Well, mostly brief anyway. We have a free spirited group who all enjoy hearing opinions from others so we don’t always stick to a time limit or even a topic.

I would like to invite you to consider joining the fun when we begin 2017 with our program on January 9th at 1 pm in the Library. If you are interested in what they chose as their favs  I have compiled a list that is available at the library.

International Games Day Coming Soon

  •  Saturday, November 19, 2016   2:00 to 4:30 PM

    This is our first time participating in International Games Day. It seemed like a good way to introduce our new circulating collection of board and card games. We have been busy packaging and cataloging this new collection so it can begin circulating after the Program.

    We hope you will join us to play some games and meet old or new friends. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with explanations of the games if needed. Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a snack to share, if you wish. (more…)

Friends of the Library Event

The Friends of the Dora Library will be participating in the Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Myrtle Point Library Foundation.

The event will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 12th at the OSU Extension Building, 631 Alder in Myrtle Point.

As always, they will have quality handcrafted items and baked goods for sale. It is a great time to start your holiday shopping and , of course, SUPPORT THE DORA LIBRARY.


We are so grateful for the work they do to provide additional funding for children’s materials and other needs. Please stop buy and tell them thanks for their continued efforts.