Crowdfund for children’s libraries launches today

Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. is launching a community-wide crowdfunding campaign from July 13 through August 17 called “First Chapters” to raise $40,000 to improve the children’s libraries in Grants Pass and Illinois Valley. Monies raised will be used to buy new books, mobile shelving units, furniture, paint and new carpet for the two libraries. To donate, click here.

FirstChaptersLogo“With the loss of the library district measure last November, we are finding creative ways to raise money for our children’s libraries, which are sorely outdated and overcrowded,” said Kate Lasky, JCLI’s executive director.

Crowdfunding builds on the idea that many small contributions add up to a large amount of funds to support a project. The library’s crowdfund project seeks to reach new donors, primarily from the 15,474 individuals who voted yes for the library district measure last November.

“If 1,600 people donate $25 each, we’ll meet our goal to raise $40,000,” said Lasky.

Donations start at $5, with a variety of prizes for different levels, such as First Chapters t-shirts, cups, and hats, as well as special prizes like an overnight adventure for kids at the library. JCLI is also seeking grant funding to support the First Chapters project, with initial funds received from the Four Way Community Foundation, the Cheney Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Grants Pass, and the City of Cave Junction.

JCLI was awarded free consultation support from the civic crowdfunding group Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a project of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University.

For more information about First Chapters, contact JCLI Development Coordinator Rebecca Stoltz, 541-476-0571. For more information about Oregon’s Kitchen Table, contact Sarah Giles, 503-725-5248, or visit