Cave Junction offers $10,000 match for library’s crowdfund

Starting July 21, the City of Cave Junction is asking the community to match a $10,000 contribution to the First Chapters crowdfund to update the children’s libraries.

“We are overjoyed by the support from the City of Cave Junction and plan to work hard to get the word out to everyone in the county so we can meet the match before August 17,” said Kate Lasky, executive director for Josephine Community Libraries.

The library’s crowdfunding campaign began on July 13, and has raised $15,193 toward the goal of $40,000. Monies raised will be used to buy new books, mobile shelving units, furniture, paint and new carpet for the libraries. Currently, the library’s collection of children’s books and materials is outdated and worn, with a majority of titles copyrighted in the 1970s or 1980s.

Donations start at $5, with a variety of prizes for different levels, such as First Chapters t-shirts and cups, as well as a special prize of an overnight adventure for kids at the library with storytellers and book characters. To donate, click to go to the First Chapters crowdfund page.

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measure last November, we are finding creative ways to raise money for our children’s libraries, which are sorely outdated and overcrowded,” said Kate Lasky, JCLI’s executive director.

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, please contact Sarah Giles, 503-725-5248 or visit the Oregon’s Kitchen Table website.