On the morning of Tuesday, February 23, 2016, robbers broke in to the Illinois Valley branch of JCLI, ransacked the building, and stole cash and other items. Perpetrators cut phone and Internet lines and also destroyed the fuse box. The front door window was shattered. Every drawer and cabinet was opened and items tossed about and vandalized. Children’s toys were thrown out on the lawn. A special collection of minerals and gemstones on display at the library by the Kerbyville Museum was stolen. No books, CDs, or DVDs were stolen, but a computer screen was damaged and an iPad was stolen. Read more.
restoring the Illinois Valley building
On Tuesday, soon after the break-in was discovered, the window and door were repaired right away. On Wednesday, volunteers showed up and helped Illinois Valley Branch Manager Roberta Lee clean up and restore order to the building and property. Josephine County Building and Maintenance Department repaired the fuse box, restoring electricity so the library could open at 2 pm to the public as usual. Library staff and volunteers continue to work with the Josephine County Commissioners and Sheriff’s Office to make repairs and investigate the crime. Read more.
how you can help
Although the building is covered by insurance, JCLI still needs to pay the deductible and more for costs not covered by insurance. Costs for damages and repairs are estimated at $5,000. You can help restore the Illinois Valley branch so it can return as soon as possible to serving library patrons of all ages.
Click the Donate button below to make a secure contribution online using your debit card, credit card, or PayPal account. If you wish, click Add special instructions to the seller to specify that your gift is for the Illinois Valley library restoration.
If you prefer to use a check, print and complete this donation form (pdf). Make out your check or money order to Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. and specify on the Memo line that your gift is for the Illinois Valley restoration. Send your donation form and check to:
P.O. Box 1684
Grants Pass, OR 97528
See more about the Illinois Valley branch and its programs, which continue uninterrupted. Read about other ways to give. If you still have questions, contact JCLI at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-476-0571.