Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. (JCLI) has been awarded a $16,600 grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support the 21st-Century Library Outreach Program, which sends library “ambassadors” into the community and hosts programs in the library.
“When one of our volunteer ambassadors presents to a community gathering, business staff meeting, or parent group, the reaction is invariably, ‘I had no idea!’,” said Kate Lasky, JCLI executive director.
The Oregon Cultural Trust grant is specifically funding the outreach promotional component of the program. Along with billboards and print ads, this will include public service commercials which will be aired on local television. This outreach will focus on children developing their reading skills, adults furthering their lifelong learning, and residents of all ages taking advantage of the free digital resources that are available 24/7 by anyone who has a library card.
The Oregon Cultural Trust previously awarded grant funds to Josephine Community Libraries in 2011 for collection development and in 2012 for another outreach effort.
“We are so grateful to the Oregon Cultural Trust for making all this possible in Josephine County,” Lasky said.