Library facilitates grant of 12,000 books for the community

International book distribution company Better World Books has granted 12,000 books to Josephine Community Libraries, which will distribute them to over a dozen recipients.

Working with local school districts, the Josephine County Food Bank, and other nonprofit organizations, staff of Josephine Community Libraries will distribute the books to all partners 9:30 am to 12 noon on Wednesday, August 20 at the Three Rivers School District (TRSD) warehouse in Murphy.

“We’ve been working to finalize this grant for over a year,” said Kate Lasky, executive director of Josephine Community Libraries. “I’m just so thrilled to see the project culminate in this community support for literacy.”

The Josephine County Food Bank will receive the largest number of books to add to food boxes. School libraries will also receive a large portion of the donated books. Other beneficiaries include Boys and Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley, Coalition for Kids, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), as well as Josephine Community Libraries.

“Josephine Community Libraries has assisted our school libraries in many ways, from digital literacy to library webpage support,” said David Holmes, TRSD superintendent. “These books are one more way our school libraries benefit from partnering with our public library system.”

Josephine Community Libraries has been working with Better World Books to repurpose and recycle books that are no longer in demand by the local community. Better World Books (www.BetterWorldBooks.com) is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. Books that cannot be sold are frequently donated to at-risk communities in the U.S. and African schools by the truckload.

For more information, call JCLI Outreach Education Librarian Kate Dwyer at (541) 787-5283.