The Deschutes Public Library Foundation works to provide sustainable funding for programs and outreach services not funded through taxes. You are invited to make an investment in the future of our communities by donating to sustain these vital library services and resources.

Author! Author!

The 2016/2017 Author! Author! literary series brought four award-winning authors to Central Oregon to share their books and engage audiences in discussions regarding their work. The Library Foundation’s Author! Author! literary series expands the literary landscape of Central Oregon, improves literacy in the region, and strengthens community dialogue. All proceeds from Author! Author! ticket sales benefit the Library’s youth, teen, and senior programs and services. For more information, please call (541) 312-1027.

Youth Initiatives

Early Learning Spaces build the foundation for young children to enter school ready to learn by fostering curiosity and promoting the five early literacy activities: read, play, talk, write, sing/rhyme. They are designed to nurture children ages 0 to 5 and strengthen families by providing a safe, accessible and educational area for children and caregivers to interact.

The Summer Reading Program for all ages offers children, teens and adults the opportunity to participate in numerous activities that encourage reading and life-long learning. More than 5,000 children, teens and adults participate every year. According to national research, children must continue reading during the summer or they are at risk of losing up to 67% of their reading skills during the summer months.

“A Novel Idea… Read Together”

Through “A Novel Idea… Read Together,” thousands of Deschutes County residents share the common bond of reading a selected book and participating in related cultural and literacy events each spring.  This program is supported 100% by donations and grants.  To learn more about “A Novel Idea…Read Together,” click here.