Cow Scrabble has taken over our library. 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 ‘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? Since 2007, our public library system has not received any regular funding from taxes. It is funded by donations and grants, and operated by volunteers working about 500 hours a week for free. The fun-fundraiser Cow Scrabble was the brainchild of our stalwart community supporter, founding board member, and hero Brady Adams, to help keep our library open. Brady had a unique way of lifting all of us above the fray of politics with his creative genius. He taught us to delight in life’s joy no matter the circumstance, including the fine art of Scrabble and cows. He will be and loved by everyone at Josephine Community Libraries.
With a five-year history, we’ve celebrated many wins and losses along the ‘trail.’ We’ve lost several beloved Cow Scrabble volunteers, including Brady Adams and Ame Yeargan. We’ve defended cows, eaten cow pie, hung out with cavemen, and rescued Josie from a cow tipping (pictured below). I personally want to thank all those folks who’ve had a ‘steak’ in Cow Scrabble over the years, too many to name here. We’ve had a blast. You are thein my library heart.
So, stay tuned to ourto find out who won Cow Scrabble for 2015. And, rest assured, we will continue to ‘steer’ our library toward success and milk it for all it’s worth. That’s no bull.
has been the executive director of Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. since 2010. She holds a master’s in education and serves on the Oregon Library Association Legislative and Development Committee. In April this year, she was honored by the with the Ole award which annually recognizes an Oregon public library employee who has displayed exceptional effort and excellence.