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Connect and Grow Together through reading, reflecting, writing and listening.
You have to register for this event through the library link here. What is your greatest hope for the world? "Stoke Your Woke" is a recently released interactive journal. It was written and designed by local creative change agents, Carol Delmonico and Casey Davis. The vision behind "Stoke Your Woke" is to reconnect with ourselves, deepen our conversations, and create a world that works for all. During this 2.5 hour event you will explore timely questions with thought provoking prompts, quotes, and images. You will connect with others through writing, listening, and sharing. The space created will allowing for everyone's diverse perspectives to be heard with hospitality and equity. You'll get a glimpse of what "Stoke Your Woke" has to offer you, and the world. We'll end with a cheat sheet on how to join the movement to get woke! Books will be available for sale. Carol Delmonico is a curious "truth" seeker, visionary coach, and a mama who has an innate belief in humanity. She is a Cultural Change Agent for these transformative times. She coaches and mentors humans who are open to engaging in fresh perspectives. Get in touch with her at Casey Davis is a mother, a designer, and a community advocate. She enjoys working collaboratively with creative thinkers to envision and create a world where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. Check out her design work at and her community building efforts at

Bend Public Library

Brooks Room 601 NW Wall St. · Bend, OR

What we're about

From the time of ancient ancestors, we have distinguished ourselves by our consciousness within communities, use of tools, and interest in big questions about the cosmos and our lives within it. Even as the means, knowledge, and desire to celebrate life have grown, the big questions persist.

Answering these questions has become more difficult because of exponential increases in knowledge: in the visual, musical, and physical arts, the physical, biological, and psychological sciences, as well as in technology, political economy, and the historical sciences. And we face big challenges to survive as a species…

Answers can be slow in coming, but we know at least this: openness to learning from each other is key to getting at them.

The purpose of The Bend Big Picture Book Club is to explore big questions, celebrate life, and have fun with friends old and new.

BOOK CLUB CAVEAT… You DO NOT have to read the book to participate… Most important books are summarized in online videos or short articles. And for each topic, we’ll provide at least 1 summarizing video link and spend time summarizing the topic content as a group during the meeting.


Topic of the Month (TotM) meetings focus on books/topics/questions of significant scope, impact, or interest. Our TotM meetings objective is to Go Big and Go Broad, to cover as many different types of Big Picture topics as we can.

Big Picture Event (BPE) meetings are organized around unique events that happen from time to time. Lectures, movies, plays, music are all in play for these sorts of meetings. The 2017 Solar Eclipse was on our calendar as a BPE. (

My Personal Passion (MPP) meetings are planned and led by members with desire to share interest and learning with others about their passion. MPPs provide an opportunity for sharing and learning more about that completely familiar or weirdly strange thing you’re into... :-)


The Bend Big Picture Book Club is purposed to stimulate conversation about topics that trigger more Awe, Openness, and Connection in our lives...

We look forward to you joining us for discussion, refreshment, and connection!

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