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Stayton, Oregon 97383
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10 am to 4 pm
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Exception: half day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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For more information, contact the library at 503-769-3313.
January Newsletter


Click here to download Stayton Public Library's January Newsletter. This month we have new times for storytimes, a call for the 3rd annual Art Show and some book recommendations to encourage self care in the new year!

Call for art for 3rd Annual Art Show

The Stayton Public Library is announcing a call for art for it’s 3rd Annual Art Show to be held at the Library from February 1 through February 29, 2020. 

Any artists that live or work in Stayton or its surrounding communities can submit a maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art. There is no submission fee. 

To be included in the show, the artist needs to submit a registration form and release available at the Library or below. All art and registrations must be delivered to the library by Thursday, January 30, 2020. 

On Friday, January 31, 2020 there will be an opening reception for the public to meet the artists from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Art Show Guidelines 2020 Youth.pdf

December Newsletter

November Staff Picks


Radiant : farm animals up close and personal

By Traer Scott



Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

By Gail Honeyman



Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores

By Jen Campbell


Trim Healthy Mama Plan : The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health & A Slim Waistline

By Pearl Barrett



The Secrets We Kept

By Lara Prescott


Ice Cold Heart

By P.J. Tracy


Murder In The Corn Maze

By G.A. McKevett



One Good Deed

By David Baldacci



My Footprints

By Bao Phi


The Ark Plan

By Laura Martin



Turkey Trouble

By Wendi Silvano



Apple Cake: A gratitude

By Dawn Casey



Coco (DVD)



Starship Troopers

By Robert Heinlein



The Starless Sea

Erin Morgenstern


November Newsletter

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Check out one of these books by Native authors:


Native American Stories with Ed Edmo
Ed Edmo
Native American Storyteller 
Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm
E. G. Siegmund Meeting Room, Stayton Public Library

Ed Edmo is a Shoshone-Bannock poet, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, tour guide and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture and serves as a consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.   

In addition Edmo offers guided tours to the She Who Watches petroglyphs on the Columbia Gorge, as well as to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon's high desert country.  He conducts workshops, traditional storytelling performances, dramatic monologues and lectures on such issues as cultural understanding and awareness, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental health.  

This event is sponsored in part by the Stayton Friends of the Library and the Marion County Cultural Corporation. Stayton Public Library, 515 N 1st Ave, Stayton, 503-769-3313

Pumpkin Painting Contest 2019

Help decorate the Stayton Public Library with painted book character pumpkins! Decorate your own pumpkin that is inspired by a book character and bring it to the Stayton Library from now until October 26, 2019. Please do not carve or poke holes in the pumpkins.We will have public voting for favorite pumpkins from October 28-30.

Spooky Stories for all ages!


Just Scary Enough with Will Hornyak
Thursday, October 24, 6:00 pm
E. G. Siegmund Meeting Room


Storyteller extraordinaire Will Hornyak shares tales for the Celtic New Year of Samhain (Halloween) to put just a wee chill in the bones. For all ages.


From American tall tales and Native American myths to Mexican fables, Russian fairytales and beyond, Will Hornyak weaves a wide web of beautifully crafted stories from oral traditions around the world.  A strong performer with a love for the music and rhythm of language, Will fully engages his audiences in bringing traditional and original stories to life.  He often shares the stage with audience members with lively participation stories.

Will teaches storytelling and performs at festivals, schools, theatres, pubs and churches throughout the United States.  He has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and at numerous regional festivals.  He was named Artist of the Year Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The National Storytelling Network awarded Will with the Brimstone Grant for his environmental education program: Living Streams: Stories for Healthy Watersheds. That program for K-6 schools, has educated and entertained over 60,000 students and teachers.  He lives in Milwaukie, Oregon not far from the Willamette River where he loves to paddle a canoe.

Staff Picks October 2019


Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

By Haruki Murakami


Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

By Melanie Joy



Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn



The Minimalist Home : A Room-By-Room Guide To A Decluttered, Refocused Life

By Joshua Becker



The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek

By Kim Michele Richardson


The Bitterroots

By C.J. Box



The Big Kahuna

By Janet Evanovich



Lubna and Pebble

By Wendy Meddour



Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens


A Dog's Journey (DVD)



Life Will Be the Death of Me… and you too!

By Chelsea Handler



Godzilla: King of the Monsters (DVD)



Till we have faces

By C.S. Lewis



The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

By Abbi Waxman



Thank you Friends - New Youth non-fiction

Thanks to the support of the Stayton Friends of the Library, the Stayton Public Library has purchased a new set of books on the States and some more youth non-fiction in emerging science fields, engineering and more  to help keep our collection up to date. 


Funding from the Friends of the Library is primarily through their book sales and monetary gifts. 

October Newsletter and Events Calendar

There's a chill in the air and it's officially fall! We have felted acorns, spooky stories, and ... creepy science? Check out our newsletter for all the excitement you don't want to miss.

Celebrate Family History Month

Did you know October is Family History Month? Interested in researching your own family history, but not sure where to start? Accessible from all Library computers, Ancestry Library is an indispensable resource for genealogists and historians. Sources include: censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos and maps. You can find a video tutorial through the CCRLS catalog under Resource Guides, use the Learning Center at Ancestry Library, or get help from Library staff.


In addition, the Stayton Public Library owns microfilm of the Stayton Mail. Early issues can be found through Historic Oregon Newspapers (oregonnews.uoregon.edu) thanks to the Santiam Historical Society.


September Staff Picks

Each month our staff share our book, movie, or magazine picks with you in our newsletter.



Three Women

By Lisa Taddeo



The Pigeon Has to Go to School!

By Mo Willems



Like Arrows: Parenting is a Journey (DVD)



The Second-Worst Restaurant in France

By Alexander McCall Smith


The Heart of Barkness

By Spencer Quinn


Songs of America

By Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw



The Library Book

By Susan Orlean



We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

By Ryan T. Higgins



Sometimes I Lie

By Alice Feeney



Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

By Alvin Scwartz



Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

By Eric Metaxas



The Stranger Diaries

By Elly Griffiths



By David Biedrzycki


And now we return to our regular programming! - September Newsletter

This September we have our old favorites - Motion Monday, Storytime, DIYs - returning, but we have some fun new stuff ready for you too like teen art lab, pajama storytime, and a South African performer. 


Download the September newsletter so you don't miss anything!



New Games to check out!

The Stayton Public Library has added the following board games for you to check out! 


  • Betrayal at the House on the Hill
  • Gloom
  • King of Tokyo
  • Kodama
  • Small World
  • Tsuro of the Seas


For a complete list of the games we have to check out, visit:


Staff Picks - August 2019

Each month our staff share our book, movie, or magazine picks with you in our newsletter.


The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins 

By Irvine Welsh


The Brain Dead Megaphone

By George Saunders  



Shazam! (DVD)



Breakthrough (DVD) 



The Sentence is Death

By Anthony Horowitz


Aloha Rodeo

By David Wolman 


Woodstock : 50 Years Of Peace And Music

By Daniel Bukszpan 



 Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure

By Alex T. Smith



I Got a Chicken for My Birthday

By Laura Gehl



Cottage By The Sea

By Debbie Macomber



 John Wick (DVD)



Understanding Comics : The Invisible Art

By Scott McCloud 



From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

By Caitlin Doughty 


Regular children's programming resumes September 9th!

Our regular Children's programming is returning in September! To see all of our events in September, check out our calendar.


Motion Mondays

Get up and move to the beat of our favorite children’s tunes!  This program is for children and family members of all ages.

Mondays at 10:15 am beginning September 9th.

Family Storytimes 

Come explore the world of early literacy through songs and rhythms, stories and rhymes. This program is for children and family members of all ages. 

Tuesdays at 10:15 am beginning September 10th. 



Give Baby a taste for early literacy through movement, songs, rhymes and play! This program is intended for infants up to 18 months and their caregivers.

Fridays at 10:15 am beginning September 13th.




South Africa through the Eyes of Michael Moloi
Stayton Public Library is excited to be hosting “South Africa through the Eyes of Michael Moloi” on Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 pm in the E.G. Siegmund Meeting Room. This program is free and all ages are welcome. 

Moloi will present the story of South African mine workers during times of apartheid when families migrated to Johannesburg from their rural homes. The performance consists of dance, storytelling, poetry, singing, and lots of energy.

Choreographer, Art Director, Performing Artist and Designer Tumelo Michael Moloi was born in 1981 in the notorious apartheid-era township of Katlehong, south-east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Michael displayed an amazing talent for sports, arts and dance at a very young age. He began his dance career at age 16 as a member of the highly acclaimed South African dance company Via Katlehong. Michael and the dance troupe performed a mix of the street dance forms known as pantsula (South African town dance) and gumboot (mine workers).

This event is sponsored in part by the Stayton Friends of the Library and the Marion County Cultural Corporation. 
Stayton Public Library, 515 N 1st Ave, Stayton, 503-769-3313

Thank you!

Thank You to Our Summer Reading Program Sponsors For Helping Our Summer Be Out Of This World!


A & W Restaurant

Bi-Mart Corp.

Bullwinkle Family Fun Center

Dairy Queen

Fey Asian

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon State Fair

Portland Trail Blazers

Roth's Stayton Market

Stayton Family Memorial Pool

Download the August Newsletter

Download July's newsletter

Don't miss out. This month is full of exciting performers, special guests, a paint night, and more!

Download it here



Download the June 2019 Newsletter

Local Author Fair

Saturday, May 18, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Local Author Fair

Come meet your local literary talent and enter to win prizes. Readings will begin at 12:30. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Author Fair Schedule
11:00 - 12:30 Open

Speaking Shedule: 
12:30 – 12:40 Herb Bastuchek
12:50 – 1:00 Rebecca Harrison & Daniel Cowen 
1:10 – 1:20 Virginia Johnson
1:30 – 1:40 Sachiko Bastuchek
1:50 – 2:00 Genie Gabriel
2:10 – 2:20 Jean Moule
2:30 – 2:40 Jasmine Gower


Approaching Frankenstein through the lens of Mary Shelley’s Gothic biography
Collette Tennant, English Professor from Corban University, will be presenting “Approaching Frankenstein through the lens of Mary Shelley’s Gothic biography” on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 pm.

Colette Tennant has a Ph.D. In English from Ohio State University. She is currently a Professor of English at Corban University where she has taught for twenty-four years. She has published two books of poetry, Commotion of Wings (2010) and Eden and After (2015). She has just completed a book on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It will be released in September 2019. 

This program is part of Stayton Reads, presented by the Stayton Public Library Foundation. There will be a reception following the talk. Free, no registration necessary. 

Download our newsletter for May 2019

Don't miss a thing! This month we have new programs including Paws to Read and special events with speakers, a puppet show, and the Library Foundation's Father Daughter Ball. Download our May newsletter to check it all out! 

Staff Picks April 2019


Each month, Library staff share some of the books & movies we've enjoyed!


BlacKkKlansman (DVD)

In Persuasion Nation 
By George Saunders  

Fox 8 
By George Saunders

The Victory Garden
By Rhys Bowen

Whiskey When We’re Dry
By John Larison

Wolf Pack
By C.J Box


Takedown Twenty
By Janet Evanovich

One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance
By Nikki Grimes

The Forgotten Hours 
By Katrin Schumann 

A Simple Favor (DVD)

Sometimes I Lie
By Alice Feeney

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse(DVD)


Shadow of the Hegemon
By Orson Scott Card

What is inside THIS box?
By Drew Daywalt

No More Poems! A Book in verse that just gets worse

By Rhett Miller

Magpie Murders
By Anthony Horowitz

Food for Fines April 1-6
For the week of April 1-6, the Stayton Public Library will be accepting food for fines. Library fines will be reduced by $1 for each food item contributed.

Food cannot be used to reduce fines by more than $20, or for other charges such as lost or damaged items or special fees.

All food items must be commercially processed, factory sealed, be free of dents and rust, and not be expired. All donations will be given to the Stayton Community Food Bank.

Download Our April Newsletter

Cathy Lamb to speak at Stayton Public Library
The Stayton Public Library is excited to announce an author visit with Oregon author Cathy Lamb on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the E. G. Siegmund Meeting Room. There will be a reception accompanying the event. 

Cathy Lamb is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including The Man She Married, No Place I’d Rather Be, What I Remember Most, The Last Time I Was Me, Henry’s Sisters and Julia’s Chocolates. She lives with her family in Oregon. 

The Stayton Public Library’s speaking events for 2019 are sponsored in part by the Stayton Friends of the Library and the Marion County Cultural Corporation.

Staff Picks March 2019

How to be free : an ancient guide to the stoic life 
By Epictetus

By Oliver Jeffers

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast 
By Josh Funk

New Iberia Blues
James Burke

The Flimflam Affair
Bill Pronzini

Lincoln's Last Trial : The Murder Case That Propelled Him To The Presidency
By Dan Abrams 

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
By David Ezra Stein

First Man (DVD)

Embrace - The Body Image Movement 
Available to stream with your library card on Kanopy

Tag (DVD)

On The Come Up
By Angie Thomas


Download our March newsletter and event calendar

Meet Oregon Author John Larison

The Stayton Public Library is excited to announce an author visit with Oregon author John Larison on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the E. G. Siegmund Meeting Room. There will be a reception accompanying the event. 


John Larison was born in Philomath, OR in 1979 and was a fly fishing guide and high school English teacher before turning full-time to writing. His most recent novel, Whiskey When We’re Dry, was a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, an Indie Next Pick, and was named a Best Book by O Magazine, GoodreadsEntertainment Weekly, Powell's, and others. It is currently being developed for a feature film. He lives with his family in Bellfountain, OR.  


Whiskey When We’re Dry is a 2019 Oregon Book Award Finalist. In the spring of 1885, Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned on the family’s remote ranch. She cuts her hair, dresses in men’s clothing, and sets off on her undersized horse to reunite with the last family she has left--a big brother turned notorious gunfighter. Wrestling with her brother's outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right. Told in Jess's wholly original and unforgettable voice, Whiskey When We're Dry is an epic as expansive as America itself--and a reckoning with the myths that are entwined with our history. 


The Stayton Public Library’s speaking events for 2019 are sponsored in part by the Stayton Friends of the Library and the Marion County Cultural Corporation.


Call for authors for Local Author Fair

The Stayton Public Library is announcing a call for authors for a Local Author Fair that will be held Saturday, May 18, 2018, 11-3 p.m.

Stayton Public Library’s Local Author Fair provides authors from Stayton and the surrounding communities a free venue in which to engage readers and network with fellow writers from the area.

Applications are available to pick up at the Library or download below. Authors who submit applications by April 10, 2019 will be eligible to give a short reading and will be included in the Library’s promotional materials.

For more information please call 503-769-3313 or email staytonpl@ccrls.org.

Staff Picks February 2019

Every month, our staff shares books we've enjoyed!

By Amelia gray 

Mother Night 
By Kurt Vonnegut  

XO, OX: A Love Story 
By Adam Rex

I Love You Already! 
By Jory John

Exploding Kittens (Card Game)

Look Alive Twenty Five
By Janet Evanovich

Past Tense 
By Lee Child 

Bibliomysteries Volume Two 
Edited By Otto Penzler

King & Maxwell
By David Baldacci

Westworld (DVD—Television show)

The Bright Hour
By Nina Riggs 

University Of Nike : How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education 
By Joshua Hunt

If You Come Softly 
By Jacqueline Woodson

Download February Newsletter and Calendar

Author R. Gregory Nokes to speak at Stayton Public Library

The Stayton Public Library is excited to announce an author visit with Oregon author R. Gregory Nokes on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the E. G. Siegmund Meeting Room. There will be a reception accompanying the event.

R. Gregory Nokes has traveled the world as a reporter and editor.  He is author of three non-fiction Western histories. His latest book is The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California, published last year (2018) by Oregon State University Press.

Troubled Life traces Burnett’s life from his birth in Tennessee, to Missouri where he was a defense attorney for Mormon leader Joseph Smith following the 1838 Mormon War, to his leadership of the first major wagon train to Oregon in 1843. Five years later, in 1848, he followed the gold rush to California, where he helped establish the city of Sacramento and got himself elected California’s first governor. Burnett was known for his advocacy of strict racial laws to ban African Americans from the West Coast. Greg’s book is the first biography written about this talented, but deeply flawed leader in the early American West.

Greg’s earlier books are Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon and Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory also published by Oregon State Press. Breaking Chains was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award for non-fiction.

Greg spent more than forty years in journalism. As a reporter in Washington, D.C. for The Associated Press, he covered the State Department and traveled with several presidents and secretaries of state. He retired to embark on a second career as an author and lecturer on Western history.

A native of Oregon, Greg did his undergraduate work at Willamette University and attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow.

The Stayton Public Library’s speaking events for 2019 are sponsored in part by the Stayton Friends of the Library and the Marion County Cultural Corporation.

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