By Julie Retherford

I am sure that many of you saw the sad news about the passing of our former director, Susana Fernandez, in this past weekend’s obituary section. While I didn’t know Susana, I have come to know a lot about her by working in the library she built and with the amazing team of employees and volunteers that she cultivated.

She has left a wonderful legacy here in Brookings, and I am proud to be in her shadow. We here at the library send her family and loved ones our deepest condolences. As the weekend’s announcement from the Board of Directors stated, it was Susana’s wish that there not be a memorial service, so we are honoring that request. We are pressing on with business as usual, as it seems Susana would have wanted.

Adult & Family Events

Box Office Hit Movie Nights! Join us on Friday, April 12 and Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m. for our inaugural movie events on our new 86-inch TV screen. Due to the rules of our movie licensing agreement, we can’t tell you the titles here, but call or email us the week of the event and we’ll let you know what they are.

The April 12 movie is an Oscar winner. It’s intended for general audiences and is rated PG-13, while the April 26 movie is a recent Disney movie, rated PG. We’ll provide popcorn. Bring your own (non-alcoholic) drinks in spill-proof containers. We’ll have our regular meeting room chairs available, but you can bring blankets and pillows to get comfy on the floor if you prefer.

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The adult book display is books of poems, and we have an ongoing activity for all ages called Blackout Poetry. Using a page of text, simply black out words so that the remaining words on the page create a poem. You can use one of your old books, magazines or newspapers, or come in and use pages we’ve provided. If you are stumped, simply google “blackout poetry” for examples. All work will be displayed if you choose — stop by and see what’s already posted.

Youth Events

As many of you know, Miss Linda has been out of the office for a few weeks. She will continue to be out for at least the first half of April, so bear with us while we continue to fill in and cover her events as we can. We recommend that you keep an eye on our website’s event calendar or call the day before the event to find out if it is still on. For Story Time, TechKnow and STEAM, check back to see if events are back on starting the week of April 14.

Easter Egg Hunt

Wednesday April 17, 10 a.m. Children ages 0-6 and their caretakers are invited to join us for our annual Library Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt is an annual library tradition, with hundreds of treat-filled eggs assembled and hidden by library staff and volunteers throughout the children’s section. A special section will be reserved for infants. This year, there will also be a handful of “golden eggs” hidden throughout the library. If you find a golden egg, bring it to a library staff member to get a special prize. Participants are asked to bring their own egg-collecting baskets. The Egg Hunt begins promptly upon opening at 10 a.m.; please note that there will be no story time on this day. This event is open to all young children in the community.

Play and Learn

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Play and Learn is still on for all dates in April.

Story Time

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Story Time is cancelled for April 3, and is on for April 10. On April 17, we’ll have our Easter egg hunt in lieu of story time.


Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. TechKnow is canceled for April 3, and is on for April 10.


Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m. No STEAM April 4 or April 11.

Legos 4 Little Ones

Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon. Legos is still on for all dates in April.

All library events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions please contact us at 541-469-7738 or visit our website,


This month’s Large Meeting Room art display continues from last month — paintings by a Gold Beach artist Magda Druzdzel, Alexandra Eyer and Paul Renner. The lobby display case is from the local Compassionate Friends chapter, which is a support group for families who have lost children. The Compassionate Friends uses our Large Meeting Room for their monthly meetings on the First Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Other news

We’re hiring. We’re looking for an Adult Services Manager to develop and lead a robust program for our adult community. This is an hourly, non-exempt position. Pay is $17 an hour with relevant bachelor’s or equivalent ($19 an hour with master’s in library science or equivalent), plus excellent insurance, participation in Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), two weeks of vacation leave annually, and generous sick and personal leave.

The library is closed on Sundays and most holidays. Read the full job description and get instructions for how to apply on our website, No visits or phone calls, please.