Library director receives Library Journal Movers and Shakers award for community building

Josephine Community Library Director Kate Lasky received the Library Journal 2019 “Movers and Shakers” award for community building among a cohort of 50 international award winners in the categories of change agents, advocates, educators, digital developers, and innovators. Since 2002, the Library Journal has honored librarians who have offered distinctive contributions to the field and…

Thankful for you

Read the November 10, 2017 issue of the JCLI eNewsletter. Highlights include Handprint Holiday Fun in Illinois Valley, From the director: A new chapter, 50-cent Book Sale in Williams, Wolf Creek monthly storytime, and more happening at the Grants Pass, Illinois Valley,Williams, and Wolf Creek branches.

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…

Build a better world

Read the June 14, 2017 issue of the JCLI eNewsletter. Highlights include Stories of Southern Oregon, From the Director: “library district next steps,” Be a VolunTEEN, Summer Reading Program:”Build a Better World,” and more happening at the Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek branches.

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…