A new chapter

Wow, we did it—thanks to the support from library volunteers, donors, patrons, staff, and everyone who voted yes for the library district, we finally have a permanently funded library system. The new library district Board of Directors has been hard at work over the past several months preparing to take the reins of library operations…

Library district next steps

Guest Opinion in the June 13 edition of the Grants Pass Daily Courier by JCLI Executive Director Kate Lasky On May 17, 2007, our community’s libraries were closed due to lack of funding. Ten years later to the day, on May 17, 2017, we began planning a new chapter in the library’s story with the…

Time to invest in the future of our libraries

Guest blog by Judy Williams For the past eight years I have volunteered at the library in Grants Pass and Williams, and in that work I’ve seen how important our libraries are for families, businesses and communities. I’ve helped families check out stacks of books each week, and have seen the joy of children signing…

It’s just good business

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But, doing something different and hoping for a better result is more sensible, and exactly what the new library district on the May ballot is all about. After three failed attempts to pass a countywide library tax measure…

More hours and better materials

If you haven’t heard the news yet, I want to let you know that our library system will be on the May ballot for a tax funding measure, Measure 17-79. The Board of Directors of Josephine Community Libraries is advocating for this measure to create stable funding for our library system. Currently, our community’s public…

State of Oregon’s Public Libraries

2016 Report to the Oregon Library Association Library Development and Legislation Committee By Janet Webster and Kate Lasky Oregon has 137 public library entities listed in the Oregon State Library statistical database updated in late 2014. Branch libraries and other outlets bring the total number of library facilities in the state to 224. Oregon’s libraries…

Everyone’s story

Libraries are about stories. Libraries are about the stories of the past: history, myths, and legends. A record of where we’ve been. But libraries are also about the stories of the future: innovation, invention, and advancement. A promise of where we’re going. The story of Josephine Community Libraries is one of resiliency, courage, and generosity,…