March 31, 2016
Watch the video:
"Ms. Librarian"

Watch the March episode of JCLI News to find out about how your library works for you.  

Young Master Gardeners
in April

Bats and bees are the topic of the April Session of Young Master Gardeners. Stop by for "Powerful Pollinators" on Wednesday, April 13 at the Grants Pass branch. Learn about how how bats and bees work and why they matter. 
The session for children five and younger
is held from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. The after-school session for children six and older is from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.  

For more information, visit Young Master Gardeners on the JCLI website or email Megan Beasley.  
Sensational Storytime
spring session

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 the spring session of Sensational Storytime beginning April 15.

Sensational Storytime emphasizes parent and child interaction through stories, music, movement, and creative activities. This group is limited to 8 to 10 children, lasting over a six-week session and storytellers will work with parents to adapt the experience to meet each child's individual needs.

Parents/caregivers must attend and pre-registration is required. If you are interested in joining, please contact Alec Chunn with Southern Oregon Education Service District at 541-956-2059 x4739.

"What We Want from the Wild"
at the Williams branch

Oregonians across the political spectrum place a high value on the diverse
Oregon Humanities Executive Director Adam Davis
natural resources of our state, but we are divided about how these resources should be used and talked about.

What do we want from nature? What do we understand nature to be, and how do we see ourselves fitting in?

This is the focus of "What We Want from the Wild," a free conversation with Oregon Humanities Executive Director Adam Davis at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 at the Williams branch of JCLI located at 20695 Williams Highway.

This program is free to all participants. Registration is recommended but not required. For more information, contact Williams Branch Manager Danielle Schreck at 541-846-7020.

Williams branch yard sale

This year the annual Williams yard sale will be held at Pacifica Garden from
9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 23.

This yard sale will raise funds for the Williams library Adopt-an-Hour program to keep the Williams branch open extra hours in 2016. Herb Pharm will match the community's support dollar for dollar.
The following donated items will be accepted: household items, kitchenware, children's items, games, books, tools, outdoor items, and furniture. Unfortunately, tires, large appliances, mattresses, clothes, and shoes will not be accepted.

If you have items you would like to donate, please drop them off at Pacifica Garden, located at 14615 Watergap Road in Williams, from noon to 5 pm on Friday, April 22
Stop by to shop and enjoy live music, food and coffee from Morphy's Coffee, and children's activities by the Pacifica Arts Guild.

For more information, contact Williams Branch Manager Danielle Schreck at 541-846-7020.    

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Grants Pass children's
library calendar

The calendar of children's activities at the Grants Pass branch is now available on the JCLI website.

For more information, call 541-476-0571 or click to email.
Children's library 

Shelves have been cleared out, drywall has gone up, the walls have been painted, and carpet has been laid in the children's library at the Grants Pass  branch.

The 21st-Century Children's Library Project transforms the outdated and worn 1960s-style children's spaces into modern children's libraries with hands-on tools that inspire fun literacy exploration.   

While the children's library is under construction, a temporary children's lending library is available in the main area of the library. 


All regularly scheduled children's programs are being held in the Ben Bones Room during renovation. Stop by to check out the progress.

For more information, call 541-476-0571 or click to send an email.

From the director: 
"Who knows? We shall see."

Something terrible happened. On February 23 the Illinois Valley branch of our library system was ransacked and vandalized
When our branch manager and volunteers discovered the children's library toys thrown out on the lawn and the front door glass broken, they were shocked, heartbroken, and angry that someone could do something so wrong.
Read the rest
Legen'dairy' Cow Scrabble tournament

JCLI's sixth annual Cow Scrabble tournament will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Grants Pass High School Commons.

Competing teams are sponsored by local businesses for the chance to win the legen'dairy' title of "Smartest Business in Town" and the large cow trophy named "Josephine." Josie has been in front of the current reigning champ's business, Powderhorn Cafe, for the past year.  Where will this lovable bovine graze next?  


Individuals are also 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.  
The 'steaks' have never been higher.
To become a business sponsor team or register as an individual player, contact JCLI Development Coordinator Rebecca Stoltz, 541-476-0571 x114.
New art exhibit at the
Grants Pass branch

Through mid-May, a collection of artwork from Ashland artists Rochelle
and Richard Newman will be on display throughout the Grants Pass branch. 

The Newman's display includes a variety of art from sculptures to books and paintings to digital works. Look for these works above the shelves and in the glass cases around the library. Their artwork intertwines math and nature with art.

Learn more by reading the Artist Book 
near the circulation desk. Click to 
contact exhibit coordinator Cynthia Charat.  

New audiobooks
now available

Here's a sampling of audiobooks newly available from any of the four JCLI library branches, thanks to funding from the Oregon Community Foundation, the Grants Pass Friends of the Library, and donors like you.  
  • Good Mourning,
    by Elizabeth Meyer
  • Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina,
    by Ronnie Greene
  • The Dust That Falls from Dreams, by Louis De Bernieres
  • Dukes Prefer Blondes,
    by Loretta Chase
  • The Quality of Silence,
    by Rosamund Lupton
To check availability for these or to find other books in the collection, search the JCLI catalog.

To place a hold, click the 'Place Request' button, then enter your library card number or username and your password. If you need a library card,  click here for an application, or request one at your library branch. 

Branch libraries

Click the underlined name of a branch listed below for directions, contact information, and information about upcoming storytimes and programs.

200 NW C Street,
corner of 5th and C
Grants Pass
2-7 pm Tue/Thu
11-4 pm Wed/Fri
12-4 pm Sat
209 W Palmer Street
Cave Junction
2-6 pm Wed
11-3 pm Fri
11-4 pm Sat

20695 Williams Highway
1-5 pm Tue/Wed/Sat

102 Ruth Avenue
Wolf Creek
1-4:30 pm Tue/Wed/Sat
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