Oregon Cultural Trust awards grant for library books

OctTile300x250-horseJosephine Community Libraries, Inc. (JCLI) has been awarded a grant of $12,972 from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support the Collection Development Project, which seeks to repair, rebuild and modernize the collection of books and other materials throughout the four library branches in Josephine County.

“There’s a tremendous need to modernize our curated collection of books, audio books, online references, and other resources,” said Kate Lasky, JCLI executive director.

When the public libraries in Josephine County closed in 2007, the libraries’ books, CDs, DVDs, and other items had not been updated for years due to a steadily decreasing collection budget. Even after JCLI reopened the libraries in 2009, it has been operating on a shoestring budget funded by private donations.

“Because of this funding situation,” Lasky said, “the library can afford to spend only 10 percent of what it should for a county population of 83,000.”

The Oregon Cultural Trust grant will help purchase books and other materials in categories for teens, adult mainstream fiction, adult mainstream nonfiction and reference, online resources, and more.

Oregon Cultural Trust has awarded grants in previous years to JCLI for collection development as well as community outreach efforts.

Lasky said that more than 30,000, or 36 percent, of Josephine County residents are library cardholders. “This number grows by about 300 new cardholders each month,” she said. “This grant will help us better meet the demand of our many library users.”

For more information about Josephine Community Libraries and the Collection Development Project, email info@josephinelibrary.org or call 541-476-0571. Click for more information about Oregon Cultural Trust.