In response to community need, Josephine Community Library is remodeling the Ben Bones room at the Grants Pass branch as a new hybrid meeting space. Use of the room and technology equipment will be free of charge thanks to a grant from AllCare Health.
“We are excited to fill this important community need as we reopen library services,” said Library Director Kate Lasky. “There are so few meeting spaces available for free in Grants Pass, especially with the technology to offer virtual meetings.”
The library is remodeling the current Friends of the Library bookstore for this purpose. The community has outgrown the current Grants Pass branch with limited room for storage, meetings, and donated books. During this time, the Friends of the Library bookstore will be temporarily closed until library facilities have the space to accommodate. Plans for a new library building in Grants Pass are underway with a dedicated Friends of the Library bookstore.
There will be a final book sale at the Grants Pass location, 200 NW C Street, on Sunday, July 25 from 8 am–12 pm. During this book sale, participants can fill a bag or box and pay what they want. Shoppers are asked to bring their own bags and boxes. Community members should access the sale through rear parking lot doors.
Patrons of the Friends of the Library bookstore are encouraged to sign up for a library card if they have not already. Community members who prefer to purchase books are encouraged to shop the quarterly Oregon Books & Games used book sales. Proceeds from those book sales directly benefit local nonprofits. Community members who are looking to donate books should check with Oregon Books & Games, My Bookstore, and other local bookstores.
To donate to the Ben Bones room remodel project, visit jclfoundation.org or mail a check to Josephine Community Library Foundation at P.O. Box 1684, Grants Pass, OR 97528.
For more information about library plans for new buildings and building improvements, visit josephinelibrary.org/about-the-library/building-improvements.