Community invited to children’s library open house

The community is invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of the newly renovated and reimagined children’s library in Grants Pass on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 4 pm, at 200 NW C Street during an open house featuring a special storytime, craft activities, and snacks.

“We cannot wait to share the new children’s library with everyone — parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, children, families, the whole community,” said Children’s Librarian Cheré Brown.

Last summer, Josephine Community Libraries launched the communitywide crowdfunding campaign called “First Chapters” to raise $40,000 to improve the children’s libraries in Grants Pass and Illinois Valley. Since that time, the library system raised additional funds needed through grants totaling $200,000 to complete the project. The Illinois Valley branch renovation is scheduled to be completed in June.

“So many people have worked extremely hard over the past year to make this renovation possible,” said Kate Lasky, executive director of Josephine Community Libraries. “Thank you to everyone who has invested in our youth. It’s a testament to our community’s commitment to a better future.”

Monies raised have been used to purchase new books, mobile shelving units, furniture, paint, and carpet. Funders for the 21st-Century Children’s Library Project include Avista Foundation, Bank of the Cascades, Robert & Frances Chaney Family Foundation, City of Cave Junction, Dutch Bros., Four Way Community Foundation, George R. Borders Memorial Fund, Josephine County Cultural Coalition, Josephine County Library Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Grants Pass, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon’s Kitchen Table, SOESD Gilbert Creek Child Development Center, Welch Investment Group LLC, and Wheeler Toyota.

For more information about the 21st-Century Children’s Library Project, contact Development Coordinator Rebecca Stoltz or Operations Manager Norma Singer at 541-476-0571,