Press releases

Public libraries serve as informal cooling centers during heat waves

All four branches of Josephine Community Library serve community members as informal cooling centers during open hours on hot summer days. Library hours at each branch are as follows: Grants Pass 200 NW C Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526 Tue/Thu 10am to 7pm Wed/Fri 10am to 6pm Sat 10am to 4pm Illinois Valley 209 W…

Josephine County Parks day-use passes available at no charge through the library

Josephine County Parks Department partnering with Josephine Community Library’s “Library of Things” Josephine Community Library and Josephine County Parks Department have partnered to bring four Day Use Park Passes to the Library of Things. Each kit includes a vehicle park pass and a map illustrating local parks and list of amenities. Park pass kits and…

Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Library offers free Summer Reading Program for all ages Josephine Community Library invites the community to join the 2022 Summer Reading Program from June 17 through August 13 with activities, in-person weekly crafts, and prizes for all ages. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Participants can track…

Emergency Preparedness for Your Family and Neighborhood

Library offers emergency preparedness training in Grants Pass Josephine Community Library invites community members to learn how to prepare for emergencies such as earthquakes and wildfires from 12–1 pm on Saturday, May 21 at the Grants Pass branch, 200 NW C Street. During this program, Josephine County Emergency Management will explain the Cascadia Subduction Zone…

Freedom: A History of US

Public library hosts exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History The Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library is hosting “Freedom: A History of US,” a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, on display during the month of May 2022. “Freedom: A History of US” invites…

Consider This: Intellectual Freedom in America

Library offers two programs sponsored by Oregon Humanities Josephine Community Library invites the community to join a series of two programs titled “Consider This: Intellectual Freedom in America” presented by librarian and scholar Dr. Carrie Gardner on April 23 and April 30 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm offered virtually and at the Grants Pass…

Kindergarten Toolbox program

Library provides Kindergarten-readiness series funded by The Ford Family Foundation Children ages 3–6 and their parents or caregivers are invited to join the 6-week spring session of the Kindergarten Toolbox program on Thursdays from 5:30–6:30 pm at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library beginning April 28 to promote Kindergarten Readiness. During this six-week…

Library to host free program with local poets

Community members are invited to join Lisa Baldwin and Diana Coogle for a poetry workshop The community is invited to a free poetry program called “Something About Poetry: A Community of Poets” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in the Ben Bones meeting room at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community…

Public library Wi-Fi access update

Password-free Wi-Fi access at all four branches of Josephine Community Library in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek is now available from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Now that indoor masking is no longer required and in-person programming has resumed at libraries in Josephine County, Wi-Fi access is limited to 5…

Everyday Civics

Library offers free community civics program for all ages March, April, May Josephine Community Library invites the community to join Everyday Civics, a program providing opportunities to engage people in community civic life through simple activities for all ages throughout the months of March, April, and May. Participants can earn raffle tickets for prizes including…