Library awarded safety and security grant

Four Way Community Foundation funds part of Library Safety and Security Project

The Four Way Community Foundation has awarded Josephine Community Library District a $7,650 grant to support the Library Safety and Security Project.

Josephine County Board of Commissioners is partnering with the library district and the Four Way Community Foundation to ensure a safe library environment for staff, volunteers, and patrons. To achieve this, the library will develop infrastructure to support staff, volunteer, and patron safety and security. Four Way Community Foundation funds will be used to purchase and install security cameras at the Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek branch buildings. Matching funds have been secured from Josephine County Board of Commissioners and the library’s budget.

“We are committed to ensuring our community has safe and secure public spaces,” said Commissioner Dan DeYoung, Josephine County Commissioner liaison to Josephine Community Library District. “Community safety is a high priority for everyone and we’re grateful the Four Way Community Foundation is joining forces with the library and the County to build this needed infrastructure.”

In the past 10 years, there’s been an increase in safety and security issues in public spaces. Because the library district budget does not cover capital improvements, foundation and county support is needed for critical projects. The library is partnering with businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits to raise awareness around community safety concerns.

For more information about this project, visit the library’s website at josephinelibrary.org, email info@josephinelibrary.org, or call 541-476-0571 ext. 108.