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Decorate a Holiday Ornament with EggBot - Dec. 2

23 Nov 2015

Wednesday, December 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

EggBot is the library's new printer for spherical objects.  During this event you will be able to design a customized glass ornament for the holidays.  Once you've done that you can watch your creation print.  The program is limited to 8 participants.  Registration is required.

Bilbo's Journey Performed by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company - Nov. 23

10 Nov 2015

Libraries of Eastern Oregon proudly presents Bilbo’s Journey by The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company at the Hermiston Public Library on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30pm. Traveling Lantern shows are fast-­paced, funny and interactive, and encourage audience participation. They are appropriate for K-­8 aged children and their families.

Bilbo's Journey if a grand story of peril, wonder and daring. Children are sure to enjoy the cherished tale of a home-­loving little Hobbit who finds himself on an adventure he could never have imagined. On the way he meets elves, trolls, a wizard, and a dragon... and something strange called a Gollum.

Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children...

The Appalachian Dulcimer: Made in America - November 5

20 Oct 2015

Libraries of Eastern Oregon proudly presents The Appalachian Dulcimer:  Made in America with musicians Heidi Muller and Bob Webb at the Hermiston Public Library on Thursday, November 5th at 6:30pm.

Heidi Muller and Bob Webb will sing songs and play traditional tunes on their collection of Appalachian mountain dulcimers, and discuss the revival of the instrument in American folk music since the 1940’s. Take a journey in song while you learn about the history and unique design of this truly American instrument. Heidi and Bob are professional musicians who moved to Enterprise, Oregon from West Virginia, where they taught dulcimer in schools, churches, and senior centers.

The event is free and...

Origami Club for Adults Starts November 7

16 Oct 2015

The library is starting a new origami club for adults.  Origami enthusiasts can meet from 1-4 p.m. at the library on the first Saturday of each month to share their origami skills and experience. There will be a limited amount of supplies available. The library’s selection of origami books will be set aside and available for the first meeting on November 7. The club is free and open to adult participation.

Program: The Life of Abigail S. Duniway - Oct. 21

12 Oct 2015

Hermiston Library Program to Portray Abigail S. Duniway, Early Oregon Suffragist
A special community program portraying the life and accomplishments of the nationally-recognized Oregon suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway will be held at the Hermiston Public Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave., on Wed., Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Duniway was an American women’s rights advocate, newspaper editor, and writer whose efforts were instrumental in gaining voting rights for women. In 1912 she authored the Oregon Woman Suffrage Proclamation and her tireless work as an activist played an important role in later passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted the right to vote to all U.S. Women.

In March 2015, a...

A Birds-Eye View of the Ice Age Floods - Sept. 29

22 Sep 2015

A Birds-Eye View of the Ice Age Floods

The Hermiston Public Library is hosting author and geologist Bruce Bjornstad  on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Lanham Room.

The cataclysmic floods from Lake Missoula occurred about 15,000 years ago and inundated portions of the Pacific Northwest. This program will explain how they happened and the significant impact they had on our region.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. downstairs in the Lanham Room. The author will have a slide show of the Ice Age Floods and aerial footage of the scablands taken by a drone.
A resident of Richland, Washington, Bruce Bjornstad is a licensed geologist/hydrogeologist who has studied the Ice...

Friends of the Library Book Sale - Sept. 24-26

21 Sep 2015

The Friends of the Hermiston Public Library will hold their annual book sale Sept. 24-26.  Profits from this book sale are used to directly support the Hermiston Public Library. The sale, located downstairs in the Lanham Room, will be open on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for a special member’s night only sale.  For people who want to get an early start shopping for some great book bargains but aren't currently a Friends member, the answer is simple join the Friends for as little as $10 at the door.  

The book sale will continue through the rest of the week with doors opening Friday, Sept. 25 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Selection is great so come early to get those...

Jeanine Bennett - 25th Anniversary at the Library - September 18

14 Sep 2015

Reception for Jeanine Bennett Hermiston Public Library Employee 25th Anniversary Friday September 18, 2015.  


Join us for a reception on Friday, September 18 from 1-3 p.m. as we celebrate with Jeanine Bennett for the 25 years that she has worked at the Hermiston Public Library.

Jeanine started as a volunteer in the original library building in 1988. She was hired in 1990 and worked at the circulation desk until 2012 when she started working behind the scenes.

Stop by to congratulate her on her many years of service.

For further information, please contact Hermiston Public Library director Marie Baldo or Jodi Hansen at 541-567-2882.

Public Internet Unavailable Aug. 10-13

03 Aug 2015

Public internet service at the Hermiston Public Library will be unavailable the week of August 10, 2015 through August 15, 2015.  The staff has scheduled this time for maintenance of the hardware and updates to software. WiFi will also be unavailable.

The library will be closed to the public August 14, 2015 and August 15, 2015 for carpet cleaning.

The staff of the Hermiston apologizes for any inconvenience to our patrons.

Any comments or questions should be addressed to the library staff at (541) 567-2882.

August Artist of the Month - Adam Sims

03 Aug 2015

Eastern Oregon Barn at Night

Lighting at Lost LakeAdam Sims is the featured artist for the month of August at the library. Stop by and see several examples of his fabulous photography.  A reception for him will be held on Thursday, August 6 from 4-6 p.m.


Duffy Hudson Returns as Audie Murphy - August 5

27 Jul 2015

The late Audie Murphy, Dr. Seuss, and Einstein Coming to Libraries

Audie Murphy, the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II, will be brought to life as a special community program at the Hermiston Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 5.  Award-winning Hollywood actor, film maker, and impressionist Duffy Hudson returns to eastern Oregon as part of a regional tour launched by Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO). Hudson’s one-man show featuring the portrayal of Murphy is the first presentation of its kind offered by the library association.

Murphy received every military combat award for valor from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. At the age of 19, Murphy, a Texan...

"Be a Hero for the Environment" Program - July 20

01 Jul 2015

The University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History will offer an exciting program at the Hermiston public library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 20 to complement the 2015 Oregon State Library’s Summer Reading Program theme “Every Hero Has a Story.”

“Be a Hero for the Environment” will be presented by Mia Jackson, the museum’s education director. The program focuses on the sustainable practices that have been developed and used by Oregon’s Native American cultures for thousands of years.

The interactive, one-hour family experience includes a short presentation, a series of activity tables, and plenty of touchable artifacts. Together, these elements are intended to...

Hermiston Travel Club Presentation Saturday June 27

24 Jun 2015

The Hermiston Travel Club will be at the library at noon on Saturday, June 27. A member of the club will explain the benefits of the club and the next trips they have planned. This program is part of the Adult Summer Reading Program. It is free and open to the public.

Unmask - Teen Summer Reading 2015 June 15 - July 31

12 Jun 2015

Unmask posterUnmask is the theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program 2015.  The program is open to teens in grade 6 through 12.

Stop by the library on June 15th from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. to be amongst the first to register for the 2015 Summer Reading Program. Or you can register using the form here.

To register for the program you will be required to take the Teen Reading Pledge: "Being of sound mind and body, I do hereby promise to read the number of pages or the number...

Artist Reception for Nicole Cimmiyotti - June 11

05 Jun 2015

Reception for Nicole Cimmiyotti, Hermiston Public Library Guest Artist, for Thursday June 11, 2015.  

Nicole Cimmiyotti is a 2002 Hermiston graduate who went on to pursue art at Portland State University and has a degree in Drawing/Painting.  She exhibits work locally and works on commission.  Nicole credits her art teachers at Hermiston for inspiring her to not only pursue art but to become an art teacher herself. Nicole currently is the art teacher at Sandstone Middle School.   She works in various media including watercolor, ink, and oils.

The reception for Ms. Cimmiyotti will be on Thursday, June 11  from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The public is invited to stop by, view, and discuss the...

New Online Service - Mango Languages

01 Jun 2015

Mango logoThe library has acquired a new language-learning service containing 48 languages (more are always being added) and is easy to learn either on you computer or from your mobile device.

Mango Languages teaches grammar and cultural notes making it a stellar introduction to new ideas. As a student pursues his language studies, he hears the language, sees it written, and receives tips on how to conduct himself in a strange culture.  The lessons are in English and the chosen language to learn. There are pronunciation guides throughout. The screen is filled with interesting and...

Free Teen Audiobooks Available This Summer

08 May 2015

The SYNC program is back providing free teen audiobooks all summer long.

Starting May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

You can download "Beautiful Creatures" and "Rebecca" during the week of May 7-13.  "Dodger" and "Great Expectations" are available May 14-21.  Check out the SYNC website for a complete list of titles available during the 14 week program.

Reception for May Artist Apple Li

07 May 2015

A display of Apple Li's  art is being presented at the Hermiston Public Library throughout the month of May. This presentation is part of the year-long display of local artists.

As a free style painter, Li has been creating her work with water color, oil, and acrylic. She was accepted in the juried show in Allied art gallery, Richland Wshington and was awarded the grand prize for the BMCC Art and Culture Festival in 2012. Li appreciates all the support and friends from Hermiston, Oregon. It is honor to come back and display her work in Hermiston library.

The reception for Ms. Li will be on Saturday, May 9,  from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The public is invited to stop by, view, and discuss the...

Friends of the Library Spring Basket Raffle

22 Apr 2015

Friends of the Library Spring BasketThe Friends of the Library have a new raffle basket. This one has a gardening theme. It includes a $25 gift certificate to Kopacz Nursery, pruners, a hummingbird feeder, a gardening book, gloves, and many other great items. Ticket are $1 each.  The drawing will take place May 6, 2015.

Artist Reception for Linda Phillips - April 9

07 Apr 2015

Reception for Linda Phillips, Hermiston Public Library Guest Artist, for Thursday April 9, 2015.  

A display of Linda Phillips' western art is being presented at the Hermiston Public Library throughout the month of April. This presentation is part of the year long display of local artists.

Ms. Phillips is an award winning western artist having been chosen to show her work at many prestigious shows throughout the western United States.  She specializes in contemporary horses and cowboys in pencil but is also broadening out into landscapes,  plants, and wildlife. She is a lifelong resident of Hermiston.

The reception for Ms. Phillips will be on Thursday, April 9,  from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m....

Egg Hunt 2015

19 Mar 2015

Egg Hunt PosterThe annual library egg hunt will be held on Tuesday, March 31.  The hunt starts promptly at 5:15 p.m.  Please arrive early.  Eggs disappear in minutes.

Student Art Displays in March

05 Mar 2015

A display of middle school student art projects is being presented at the Hermiston Public Library throughout the month of March as part of the year-long displays of local artists.   Teachers David Larson, Armand Larive Middle School, and Nicole Cimmiyotti, Sandstone Middle School, selected their student's art and hung it in the main library.
The library will host a reception for the young artists on Thursday, March 12 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The public is invited to stop by, view their art, and meet the talented students.  Refreshments will be served.
For further information, please contact Hermiston Public Library director Marie Baldo or Jodi Hansen at 541-567-2882...

OMSI’s “Magic Planet” returning to Hermiston Public Library

26 Feb 2015

A colorful, 3-foot globe with bright, spinning displays and video films about Earth projected onto its inside surface will be on loan from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to the Hermiston Public Library throughout the month of March.

The “Magic Planet” sphere is one component of a three-piece NASA-designed exhibit called "Earth From Space."

The Magic Planet sits on top of a projector and is connected to a laptop programmed by NASA to show dozens of moving images and programs as our planet lights up and spins.

Library patrons of all ages can use push-buttons to have the "Magic Planet" show any of dozens of brilliantly-colored displays such as Earth’s city lights...

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party - March 2

25 Feb 2015

The Hermiston Public Library is happy to announce that they are hosting a birthday party in honor of Dr. Seuss. The party will be held Monday, March 2 from 4:30 -5:30 p.m. The event will be held in the downstairs Lanham Room.

This year events will include a craft, a Dr. Seuss book guessing game, cup cake decorating, and carnival games.  Several of the all time favorite Dr. Seuss classics will be read during the special story time held in honor of this great birthday bash.

This event is free and intended as a family activity for all ages.

Hermiston Public Library welcomes children of all abilities.  Please notify the library at least 48 hours in advance for special arrangements or needs.

Traveling Lantern Theatre Coming March 4

24 Feb 2015

A community program featuring the daring explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark will be presented at the Hermiston Public Library on Wednesday, March 4.

The program is presented by Traveling Lantern, a Portland-based theatre troupe offering a regional tour in collaboration with Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO).

Performances of “Lewis & Clark: Two Brave Friends Begin the Perilous Journey of the Corps of Discovery” will be held on March 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the downstairs Lanham Room.  The program is free and persons of all ages are invited.  Attendees will experience the excitement of Lewis & Clark as they scout and map the...

Teen Party Today - Feb 20

20 Feb 2015

The Teen Advisory Council Love Stinks party is on at 5 p.m. downstairs at the Hermiston Library. Pizza is in the oven and the drinks are cold. Music, Wii, and games 5 - 7 p.m.

February Artists at the Library

09 Feb 2015

The library's featured artist for February is Tina Murphy. She creates fabulous pieces of jewelry. Because of February's birthstone she has brought a selection of amethyst jewelry to display in the library. Her mission is "Fashionably adorning the world one art piece at a time."

Brandi Dayton also has some artwork on display at the library this month. She is a mixed media artist. You might recognize her work. She is a regular at the Hermiston Saturday Market.

Friends of the Library Basket Raffle

03 Dec 2014

Grinch Raffle BasketHelp the Friends of the Library support the library.  Purchase a $1.00 ticket for a chance to win a fabulous Christmas-themed basket featuring a handmade Grinch scarf. The more tickets you purchase the more chances you have to win.  All proceeds go to the library. The drawing will be held December 22, 2014.

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presentation - Nov. 14

12 Nov 2014

The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will present The Industrious Mr. Franklin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 14. This program is free and open to the public.

National Geographic Kids available at the library

12 Nov 2014

National Geographic has a fabulous online resource for kids available through the library. To use this resource go to the Hermiston Public Library website (www.hermistonlibrary.us), click on Gale, scroll down to additional products, then click on National Geographic Kids.

Library Closures in November

06 Nov 2014

The Library will be closed:

  • Friday, November 7 for staff training
  • Tuesday, November 11 for Veterans Day
  • Thursday - Saturday, November 27 - 29 for Thanksgiving

Teen Advisory Council - Nov. 10

05 Nov 2014

The next scheduled TAC (Teen Advisory) event is on Monday, November 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. downstairs in the library's Lanham Room. Join the fun during the monthly TAC meeting and enjoy  some snacks and a special Turkey Trot event.

Artist Reception for Jan Beitel - Nov. 6

05 Nov 2014

Join the library for an Artist Reception for Jan Beitel, the Featured Artist for November.  Stop by the library between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 6 to visit with Jan and have some punch and cookies.

Starry Night: Book Talk by Author Isabel Suppé, Oct. 7

29 Sep 2014

Internationally acclaimed author and climber Isabel Suppé of Argentina will present Starry Night, a true-survival account as a special program at Hermiston Public Library.

Isabel´s story has often been referred to as a true female version of Touching the Void. She was near the summit of Ala Izquierda, a 17,761-ft. peak in the Bolivian Andes when her partner’s anchors failed to hold and both climbers fell 1,100 feet. Her partner did not survive. Exposed to the elements, Isabel spent two nights dragging herself with a broken leg over a glacier. "All of the stars in the sky looked like torches," she said.

Suppé managed to survive more than 40 hours of forceful winds and...

Friends of the Library Book Sale Oct. 9-11

26 Sep 2014

Thanks to the many people who have called and volunteered the Friends of the Hermiston Public Library will hold their annual book sale October 9-11.  Profits from this book sale are used to directly support the Hermiston Public Library. The sale, located downstairs in the Lanham Room, will be open on Thursday, October 9 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a special member’s-night-only sale.  For people who want to get an early start shopping for some great book bargains but aren't currently a Friends member, the answer is simple:  join the Friends for as little as $10 at the door.
The book sale will continue through the rest of the week with doors opening Friday, October 10 from 10:00...

Genealogy Group Planning

25 Sep 2014

The library is considering starting its genealogy group again for this fall and winter.  If you are interested in participating please contact Jodi at 541-567-2882.

Canceled Early Literacy Programs Sep. 24 and 26

23 Sep 2014

Baby Boogie, Tappin' Toddlers, and Story Time have been canceled for Wednesday, September 24 and Friday, September 26.  These programs will resume on Wednesday, October 1.

Critical Need for Book Sale Volunteers

29 Aug 2014

At the quarterly meeting of the board of the Hermiston Friends of the Library plans for a fall book sale were discussed.  Lack of volunteers to man the book sale was recognized as a critical problem and alternatives to holding the annual book sale were proposed.  Board members felt that a final appeal to the Friends membership and the public was appropriate before finalizing any other plans.

A tentative date for the fall book sale was set for Oct. 9, 10, and 11 in the Hermiston Library Lanham Room.  Volunteers are needed for the following duties and dates to make the book sale a reality.

October 5, 2:00 p.m.:  Needed are 5 to 10 people to help set up tables, move book boxes from storage...

Displays of Local Artists Planned

29 Aug 2014

The first in a series of local artists will go on display September 2, 2014 at the Hermiston Public Library.  Sandra Spencer will have several of her works on the library walls throughout the month of September.

During the next several months the library will be hosting several very talented local artists. These presentations are an effort to provide the community with access to works in a variety of mediums created by artists that reside within the community.  The library will display the work of a different artist each month. The displays are currently scheduled to run through the end of the year.  

Sandra Spencer, the first local artist, moved to the Hermiston area in 2006. Sandra makes...

Library Closed for Labor Day

26 Aug 2014

The library will be closed for the Labor Day holiday from Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1.

"Medicare 101" August 28

26 Aug 2014

The library is hosting "Medicare 101," an informative program presented by SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) volunteers.  The program starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 28.

Program on July 26

21 Jul 2014

On Saturday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m., as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, the library will be showing the National Geographic TV special "Diamonds of War: Africa's Blood Diamonds."

Teen Summer Reading for the Week of July 21

21 Jul 2014

During the week of July 21 the Teen Summer Reading Program will include: a Scavenger Hunt all day on Monday, a surprise Lab Rat activity on Wednesday, and an Interactive Bulletin Board drop-in activity all day on Thursday.

Meteorite Program July 10, 6:30 p.m.

09 Jul 2014

Come in tomorrow, Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. and learn about meteorites. Dick Pugh, of the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory, will be here. This program is free and open to all ages.

Teen Summer Reading Program Starts Today

07 Jul 2014

The Teen Summer Reading Program, "Spark a Reaction," starts today.  There are crafts and science experiments as well as a movie day during the program. You can register online at www.hermistonlibrary.us/teensrp or stop by the library.  If you register in person you get a spiffy backpack.  Registration ends July 15.

Meteorite Program July 10

03 Jul 2014

The Hermiston Public Library is pleased to announce that a special program about meteorites that will be held Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs Lanham Room.  The program is free, open to persons of all ages, and will be presented by the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory of Portland State University.  

Our speaker, Richard Pugh, a renowned meteorite scientist who travels worldwide to search for and research these rocks from space, will present a lively program that includes a PowerPoint presentation and a question and answer period.
For this presentation Pugh said he will bring $10,000 worth of meteorites with him and he encourages those attending to pick up and handle the meteorites. ...

June 17, 4 p.m. - Oregon College Savings Plan Seminar & Puppet Show

06 Jun 2014

Ready2Learn Logo

Oregon College Savings Plan LogoJune 17 at 4 p.m.

It's all about your kids and your money. So come and learn about all the tax advantages and other benefits of saving for college with the Oregon College Savings Plan. And,...

2014 Adult Summer Reading Program

06 Jun 2014

Literary Elements LogoThe Adult Summer Reading Program begins on Monday, June 2 and continues until Saturday, August 30.  It is open to adults 18 or older.  There will be prizes, programs, and more.  Stop by starting anytime to pick up your information packet.

Maya Angelou Display

28 May 2014

Maya Angelou DisplayThe library has a new display celebrating the life of Maya Angelou.

Party Tomorrow!

15 May 2014

Tomorrow is the library's party to celebrate 100 years of service in Hermiston. Join the celebration downstairs at the library from 2-5 p.m.  MaryKay Dahlgreen, the Oregon State Librarian will be in attendance.  There will be tours of the original library building, displays of historic items, cake, commemorative bookmarks, and Hermiston High School's jazz band.

News Release - Hermiston Public Library Centennial

12 May 2014


Hermiston Public Library
235 E. Gladys Avenue
Hermiston, OR 97838


For further information, contact: Marie Baldo, Library Director at (541) 567-2882.

The Hermiston Public Library will host its centennial celebration Friday, May 16 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  It is the 100th anniversary of the organization of the Hermiston Public Library.   There will be displays, photos, and memorabilia to explore as well as a concert by the Hermiston High School Jazz Band.

“There’s actually a lot of...

Centennial Celebration - May 16

28 Apr 2014

The library is celebrating its 100th birthday on May 16th.  Join in the centennial celebration from 2 - 5 p.m.  Entertainment and refreshments are planned.  More details to come.

Garden Raffle Winner

24 Apr 2014

Garden Raffle WinnerCongratulations to the winner of the library's gardening raffle. And thanks to everyone that supported the library by buying tickets.




Genealogy Meeting on April 12

09 Apr 2014

The Genealogy Meeting will be this Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Learn how to use land records for your family history research. There will also be a recap of information learned at the recent LDS classes.

Closed - April 4, 2014

03 Apr 2014

The library will be closed on Friday, April 4 for staff training. Normal hours will resume on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Altrusa "One Book One Community"

14 Mar 2014

Altrusa is once again sponsoring "One Book One Community" by providing free copies of Slow Way Home by Michael Morris for the public to read and share. Ask for a copy at the front desk of the library.

Weather Closure on February 6

06 Feb 2014

The library will close at 5 p.m. today due to weather. We value our patrons.  Please drive safely.

Ready2Learn Program on February 1

31 Jan 2014

The Ready2Learn program will have a 45 minute playtime on Saturday, February 1st at 11 a.m. at the library.  This activity is for children aged birth to 5 years old.

Children's Craft on February 1

31 Jan 2014

Heart CraftA craft time for children is scheduled Saturday, February 1st. Come in any time between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Your child can decorate a foam heart and even use it as a card if they want. This program is free and open to the public.