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Thank you for everything you do for the libraries in Josephine County! Remember, we are a
volunteer-run library, and
we can't do it without YOU!

 July 16, 2015
First Chapters: A lifetime of stories starts here
Josephine Community Libraries has launched a community-wide crowdfunding campaign called First Chapters, running from July 13 through August 17, to raise the funds needed to improve the children's libraries in Grants Pass and Illinois Valley. So far, $11,232 has been raised towards the goal of $40,000 with the help of two matches from AllCare CCO and Welch Investment Group LLC.
As you may know, a ballot measure to form a taxing district to permanently fund our library lost by 53% of the vote last November. If it had passed, the first thing we would have done is update the children's libraries. But it didn't, so library volunteers and staff are finding creative ways to raise money to update the children's libraries.


Click here to donate and follow JCLI on Facebook for the most current updates.   


Together, we can give Josephine County's children the best chance to learn to love reading at the earliest age possible, in the most critical years of their life.  

A special thanks to Oregon's Kitchen Table, a project of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, for providing free civic crowdfunding consultation to JCLI. 


Click here for more information.

From the director: 'Join the crowd'

It's summer, which means it's time for summer reading. At JCLI,
JCLI Executive Drirector, Kate Lasky 
we are midway through the Collaborative Summer Library Program with more than 700 children signed up and enjoying books, crafts, and storytimes every week.

This time of year reminds me why children's libraries are so vital. Crowds of children and families flood the doors every day, bringing their bright smiles and natural curiosity as they browse the shelves in search of a good book. 

I often hear people say we don't need libraries anymore because we have the Internet. How can a child learn to read from a computer?

Read the rest on the JCLI website.   

Sensational Storytime in Grants Pass
If you're looking for a fun activity for your two- or three-year-old child, join us in the children's room at the Grants Pass branch on Fridays from 10 to 11 am for Sensational Storytime.

These storytimes feature interactive stories, songs, activities, and storytellers will work with parents to adapt the experience to meet every child's needs.

These groups will be limited to 10 children and last over a six-week session. The summer session began on Friday, July 10, and still has space available.

Parents and caregivers must attend and pre-registration is required. For more information or if you are interested in joining please contact Ashley Dibble, 541-956-2059 x4743.

Community Reads: Civil War Weekend

What choices do historians, filmmakers, and creative writers make when they represent events like the Civil War? How do those choices shape our understanding of the past? Can you learn "good history" from a Hollywood film or a work of fiction?

Join us for a Civil War Weekend to explore these questions in two workshops led by historian, former college professor, and award-winning author, Lois Leveen.

Glory, an Academy Award-winning movie about the Civil War, will be the topic of discussion on Friday, July 24 from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Grants Pass branch. The film is available for check out from the library.
Author, Lois Leveen

On Saturday, July 25 from 9:30-11:30 am at the Anne Basker Auditorium, join the workshop to discuss the historical research behind Lois Leveen's novel, The Secrets of Mary Bowser

Copies of The Secrets of Mary Bowser are available for check out from the library; if you want your own copy, it can be purchased at Oregon Books & Games in Grants Pass. Mention this program for a 15% discount.
Summer Reading Program: "Every Hero Has a Story"

It's not too late to join this year's free Summer Reading Program, "Every Hero Has a Story," at any of the four library branches running through Saturday, August 1.     


Children age birth through 12 years old can win weekly prizes, enjoy creative crafts and storytelling sessions, and play reading bingo with library volunteers.


Participating teens can earn raffle tickets for each book read for the weekly chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Oregon Books & Games.  


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.

Job opening for Program Manager
JCLI is seeking a Program Manager for the Expanding Opportunities Program. This is a one-year full-time
grant-funded position. This job is open until filled with a start date of August 1, 2015.

The goal of the Expanding Opportunities Program  is to provide relevant information literacy training for library patrons and partnering community organizations that are looking to develop their prospects or improve their lives in the areas of education, employability, and entrepreneurship.

To submit an application package including a cover letter, resume, three references, and a completed employment application, email jobs@josephinelibrary.org, mail to 200 NW C Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526, or deliver to the Welcome Desk of the Grants Pass branch.

Click here for more information. 

Illinois Valley library events

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

  • 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 this 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 JCLI Illinois Valley Branch Manager Roberta Lee, 541-592-4778.   


Upcoming Library2Go workshop
If you are interested in the world of e-books, but aren't sure how to get started, join us at the Grants Pass branch on Tuesday, August 11, from 6 to 6:30 pm in the Ben Bones room for the next Library2Go workshop. 

This demonstration will give you the basic information needed to get started checking out e-books from your library.

For more information contact JCLI Instructional Librarian Michael Grutchfield, 541-476-0571 x102.

  Snuggle up for early literacy

As a partner of the JCLI Expanding Opportunities Program, Southern Oregon Education Service District is offering a free parent education session to discuss barriers and solutions to parent participation in children's literacy development.

This workshop will take place from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, July 21, at the Gilbert Creek Child Development Center, located at 1021 NW Highland Avenue in Grants Pass.

Participants will learn ways of encouraging children's language and literacy development and find out about valuable community resources.

The Expanding Opportunities Program is a federally grant-funded project from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  


For more information, contact Kelly Carter.  

Watch the video: 'First Chapters'
The youngest members of our community need our help! Be a part of the First Chapters crowdfund.

Click to watch the video about First Chapters.


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. 
  • Ever After, by Jude Deveraux
  • The Truth and Other Lies, by Sascha Arango
  • The Wolves That Live in Skin and Space, by Danny Wylde
  • The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles, by Gregory Hill
  • Wink of an Eye, by Lynn Chandler Willis
  • The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows

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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