Five days remain in First Chapters crowdfund to raise $40,000

FirstChaptersLogoThe Josephine Community Libraries crowdfunding campaign called “First Chapters” is in the home stretch with only five days to close the gap of $3,800. Thanks to 187 supporters, the library has raised 90 percent of the $40,000 goal. The campaign is scheduled to end on Monday, August 17.

This past week, the community was able to double donations up to $10,000 to match a contribution from the City of Cave Junction, boosting the campaign to nearing the goal in the last five days.

“We are inspired by the support from the community and the City of Cave Junction,” said Kate Lasky, executive director for Josephine Community Libraries. “Now, we’re in the home stretch, hoping the community will push us over the top in support of our children’s libraries.”

The library’s crowdfunding campaign began on July 13, and has raised a total of $36,225. 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 Currently, the library’s collection of children’s books and materials is outdated and worn, with a majority of titles copyrighted in the 1970s or 1980s.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 special flash prizes each day until the campaign is over. Click to learn more and to donate.

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, click to contact Amy Delahanty.