The future is here

This month, Josephine Community Libraries hosted the grand opening of the newly reimagined and renovated children’s library at the Grants Pass branch, just in time for the Summer Reading Program in June. With the help of more than 20 funders, our children’s library is now updated to better serve families in Josephine County. Monies raised…

Who knows? We shall see.

Something terrible happened. On February 23 the Illinois Valley branch of our library system was ransacked and vandalized. When our branch manager and volunteers discovered the children’s library toys thrown out on the lawn and the front door glass broken, they were shocked, heartbroken, and angry that someone could do something so wrong. The vandals…

Remember your roots

Remember your roots. Weak and strong, they make up our foundation and hold us steady in tumultuous times. This month Josephine Community Libraries is celebrating its seventh birthday on January 24 — a reminder that we’ve come a long way. So, this blog is a tribute, not only to JCLI as an organization, but also…

Choosing gratitude

As the holidays approach and we reach the end of the year, many of us will take stock of our blessings, those things that enrich us and give our lives meaning and joy. It’s been a year since the library district measure failed, and in that year I have learned more about gratitude than any…

Pages for all ages

The first time I visited our library was in 2009 during the inaugural Page One read-off on November 15. The library had been reopened for almost a year, so the community was celebrating more than books and reading. Founding members were celebrating the gift of an open library. About 90 people flooded the library that…

A pinch of spice

Partnerships are the secret ingredient of our library. Like the way sugar makes a cookie taste good, but cinnamon and sugar makes a cookie taste like heaven — libraries are great, but pair a library with a school and you can rock the world. From children’s programs to workforce development, a pinch of collaboration has…

Reading is brain food

The recent success of the First Chapters crowdfund affirms my conviction that our community values education and reading for young children — and, no matter what our politics, we will always come together to provide a better future for our kids. This week, more than 200 supporters raised $40,000 to update the children’s libraries in…