Illinois Valley library overwhelmed with support after break-in

From Washington to Virginia and cities all over Oregon, an overwhelming amount of support has come in to help with repairs for the Illinois Valley branch of Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. (JCLI) that was burglarized last week.

On the morning of February 23, 2016, robbers broke in to the Illinois Valley branch, ransacked the building, and stole cash and other items. The perpetrators cut phone and Internet lines, destroyed the fuse box, and threw children’s toys out on the lawn.

Since then, donations totaling $3,490 have been received from 28 cities nationwide.

Although the building is covered by insurance, JCLI still needs to pay the deductible and more for costs not covered by insurance. Costs for damages and repairs are estimated at $5,000 and recent donations will help cover those costs. Read more.

“We are so grateful to the community, locally and statewide, for the outpouring of support for the Illinois Valley library,” said JCLI Executive Director Kate Lasky.

To show further community support, the following local organizations have gotten involved:

  • Securing Our Safety (SOS) has put up a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator(s). To contact SOS, email or call Cheri Adkins at 541-441-0740. For more information, visit
  • Compassionate Dentistry located at 568 NE E Street in Grants Pass will be donating 50 percent of their proceeds from Wednesday, March 9 to the Illinois Valley branch restoration fundraiser.
  • Powderhorn Café, located at 321 NE 6th Street in Grants Pass, will be holding a fundraiser for the library on “Pi Day,” Monday, March 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Dessert and drink will be $5 and monies raised will fund the reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators and the Illinois Valley branch restoration fundraiser.