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 May 15, 2015
Cow days at the library. It's not too late to join!
It's not too late to join the competition! JCLI's legen'dairy' Cow Scrabble tournament will be held tomorrow, May 16, at Grants Pass High School from 10:30 am to 3 pm.

Individuals are invited to compete at $35 per

person for a bushel-load of prizes in several categories including, best word, highest points, and the highest total score...not to mention bragging rights for the entire year. 


Cow Plop Bingo raffle tickets are still on sale now at all four branches of JCLI and will be available at the Cow Scrabble tournament. Taking place May 16, 2015 at the Grants Pass High School from noon "until we're pooped," Cow Plop Bingo consists of a real cow wandering a chalked grid, with the winner determined by where the cow "plops" its first cow pie.  


If the player's bingo ticket corresponds to the square where the cow poops, he/she will win the grand prize of a brand new Kenmore gas grill donated by the Grants Pass Sears Hometown Store, and locally raised, grass fed organic beef donated by Wolf Creek's Red Gate Ranch Farms.


Tickets are $20 each or six for $100. The winner need not be present to win. All proceeds will directly benefit the library.


For more information about Cow Plop Bingo, contact JCLI Development Coordinator Rebecca Stoltz, 541-476-0571 x114.

From the director: 'Of Cows and Taxes'

Cow Scrabble has taken over our library.  

Special thank you to Brady Adams and Evergreen Bank for their continued support of our community libraries.
Pictured from left to right Kate Lasky, Tammie Kirk, Sue Fahey, Pat Fahey, Brady Adams, and Amy Wilson in 2011. 


What is Cow Scrabble, you ask? Once a year, for the past five years, our public library has hosted a Scrabble tournament as a fundraiser, and it's a'moo'sing in every way. Cow-themed, pun-inspired, and charmingly competitive, Cow Scrabble offers participants 'udderly' splendid prizes including a coveted champion's trophy - a life-sized heifer named Josie made of aluminum, whose hide is adorned with skillfully painted Scrabble tiles. (No live cows were harmed in the making of this fundraiser.)


So what do cows and taxes have in common? 

Read the rest on the JCLI website.   


Illinois Valley library events

The Illinois Valley branch of Josephine Community Libraries is hosting the following free public events:


  • "The Propagation Story," Young Master Gardeners.
    Friday, June 5 at 2:30 pm.
    Go beyond seeds. Grow plants with plants. Find out how it's done. Read more.
  • Families at Play Baby-Parent Group
    Every Wednesday at 1 pm 
    It's playtime! Before the doors open to the public, the playgroup begins. Play, learn, and read with our free program for you and your little one.
  • Wednesday Storytime. Every Wednesday at 2 pm.
  • Wednesday Knitting Club. Every Wednesday at 2 pm.
    Bring your projects or learn how for the first time. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
  • Saturday Storytime. Every Saturday at noon.

For more information about Illinois Valley library events, contact Illinois Valley Branch Manager Roberta Lee, 541-592-4778.   


Be a part of the library in 2015
JCLI is asking everyone who donated in 2014 to renew their commitment in 2015. If you haven't yet sent in your 2015 contribution, please consider making your donation before the end of May. With your help, and the help of everyone who cares about our community, we can keep our libraries open.
When you are a part of the library, you are a part of the community.

Anyone interested in donating can send a check or money order payable to "Josephine Community Libraries" to P.O. Box 1684, Grants Pass, OR 97528 or make a secure donation by visiting josephinelibrary.org.  

Upcoming Welcome Workshop
"This is amazing! I have been volunteering at the library for two years and I never knew about all this," said one of the participants in JCLI's most recent Welcome Workshop.

Welcome Workshops are free and for everyone, whether you are new to the library, an established volunteer, or anyone else who would like to learn about the library's research databases, free eBook downloads, online SAT prep, and much more.

Offered twice a month, this is an opportunity to learn what modern libraries provide that simply cannot be replaced by the internet.

The next workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10 from
12 to 1 pm in the Ben Bones Room at the Grants Pass library.

For more information, contact JCLI Outreach Education Librarian Kate Dwyer, 541-476-0571 x111.

Summer Reading Program: Every hero has a story

Families are invited to join the free Summer Reading Program at any of the four library branches beginning Saturday, June 20 and running through Saturday, August 1.  


The theme for this year's Summer Reading Program is "Every Hero Has A Story!" Children age birth through 12 years old can win weekly prizes, enjoy creative crafts and storytelling sessions, and play reading bingo with library volunteers. Parents who attend with their children every week have a chance to win a $100 gift card to Fred Meyer at the end of the program in August.  


Participating teens can earn a weekly raffle ticket for each book read, and the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Oregon Books and Games every week.  


The Summer Reading Program is completely free and offered during regular library hours at all four branches. Funding for the Children's Summer Reading Program is made possible by the Oregon State Library Ready to Read Grant.


For more information about the Summer Reading Program, visit www.josephinelibrary.org or email info@josephinelibrary.org.

Adopt-an-Hour for rural branches

This spring the Herb Pharm will be offering a one-to-one match with the Williams community to raise enough funds for the Williams branch to support the additional library hours that were added through the Adopt-an-Hour program in previous years.


The Adopt-an-Hour program was designed to help rural communities, like Williams, Wolf Creek, or Illinois Valley, increase their local library's hours of access. 


Anyone interested in donating to the Adopt-an-Hour program for one of the rural branches can send a check or money order payable to "Josephine Community Libraries" to P.O. Box 1684, Grants Pass, OR 97528 or make a secure donation by visiting josephinelibrary.org.  Please note with your donation which branch you would like to support. 

Intentional Spills at the Grants Pass library
On display at the Grants Pass library is the colorful artwork of Doug Iverson in an exhibit of paintings titled "Intentional Spills."

Doug uses a waterproof paper called Yupo that repels water, allowing the colors to float on top giving unique and creative results, patterns, and shapes.

Also on display is a collection called "Painted Circus" by photographer Tim Bullard. All 20 of Bullard's bright and colorful photographs are manipulated and Photoshopped to create a contrived image.

Learn more by reading the Artist Book near the Circulation Desk. Click to contact exhibits coordinator Cynthia Charat.

 Watch the video: 'Why?'

Why visit the library? Josephine Community Libraries contain a wealth of information, resources, and activities. That's why.


Click to see a video about why you should visit your library.


New fiction books now available 
Here's a sampling of fiction newly available from any of the four JCLI library branches, thanks to funding from the Carpenter Foundation, the Grants Pass Friends of the Library, and donors like you and your neighbors. 
  • Lash-Up, by Larry Bond
  • 14th Deadly Sin, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • The Memory Painter, by Gwendolyn Womack
  • Dash in the Blue Pacific, by Cole Alpaugh
  • Conversations With Beethoven, by Sanford Friedman and Richard Howard
  • Your Next Breathe, by Iris Johansen
  • Ghost Image: A Sophie Medina Mystery, by Ellen Crosby
  • The Invention of Fire, by Bruce Holsinger

To check availability for these or to find other books in the collection, click to search the JCLI catalog.


To place a hold, enter your library card number and your password. If you need a library card, go to the JCLI website for an application, or request one at your library branch.


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