Library crowdfund reaches halfway point

FirstChaptersLogoThe Josephine Community Libraries First Chapters crowdfund reached the halfway mark this past week, raising more than $20,000 toward its $40,000 goal to update the children’s libraries in Grants Pass and Illinois Valley. The library’s crowdfund project will last until August 17 and seeks to reach new donors, primarily from the more than 15,000 individuals who voted yes for the library district measure last November.

Monies raised will be used to buy new books, mobile shelving units, furniture, paint and new carpet for the two children’s libraries. Click to learn more and to donate.

“We’re excited to reach the halfway mark,” said Rebecca Stoltz, JCLI’s development coordinator. “With about 150 donors so far, I think we have every chance of making the goal by August 17 if we can match the City of Cave Junction’s contribution.”

Earlier this month, the City of Cave Junction contributed $10,000 asking the community to step up to match funds. Currently, the library has raised $6,045 toward the match, with a little less than $4,000 to go.

Crowdfunding builds on the idea that many small contributions add up to a large amount of funds to support a project. Donations start at $5, with a variety of prizes for different levels, such as 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 Family Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Grants Pass, Avista Foundation, 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.