News of the Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek libraries
May 22, 2019
We forgive you. Forever.
Just in time for the Summer reading Program, the library will be fine free for children and teens!

Effective June 1, we will no longer charge fines on items for children and young adults, and all existing fines will be waived. This ensures that all youth have access to library books and materials, which is our primary purpose as a public library.
Friday Tech Time
Stop by any of the four branches in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, or Wolf Creek on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during Friday Tech Time.

Library staff and volunteers are ready to answer technology questions and assist with:
  • Downloading e-books
  • Email set-up
  • Navigating social media accounts
  • Resume formatting
  • ...and more.

If possible, bring password, and login information as needed.
Library of Things
The library is now checking out a variety of items to give the community access to things they want and need without the burden of ownership. Items range from children's robotics kits and a sewing machine to musical instruments and a toolbox filled with miscellaneous tools.

Libraries are wonder-full!
Much like a PTA, the library foundation raises money to support special programs beyond the reach of the library’s regular budget. Examples include library card scholarships for children who live outside the library district, building improvements like the teen room update, and long-term needs like new library facilities .

Every dollar helps your family, neighbors, and the next generation discover the magic of libraries! Click here if you’re curious about who uses the library these days .
Partner highlight: SOESD
For the last seven years, in partnership with Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) and Department of Human Services, (DHS) Baby Rhyme Time has been one of the most popular storytimes at the Grants Pass branch.

Baby Rhyme Time is a weekly learning play group for children aged two and under and their parents. Over the years, hundreds of families have enjoyed meeting other new parents, learning socialization skills, and introducing their babies to the library.
A special thank you to facilitators and program creators, Kelly Carter with SOESD and Bo Jackson with DHS for their dedication to early literacy and years of service. With Bo Jackson’s recent passing, the library will continue to provide Baby Rhyme Time in her honor.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Since launching Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library a year ago in May 2018, more than 1,500 children who live in Josephine County, aged birth to five years have received books in the mail each month at no cost to their families thanks to our sponsors. In total, almost 11,900 books have been delivered to children in our community. 

Click here to register your child at no cost thanks to our sponsors!

Sponsors for this program include : AllCare Health , the four Rotary Clubs in Josephine County, Welch Investment Group, LLC ., Josephine County Library Foundation , and Oregon Community Foundation.

Using Goodreads
Goodreads is a social networking site where people can track what they’ve read or want to read, connect with friends, and share book recommendations with readers worldwide.

With the bookshelves feature, Goodreads helps organize reading by keeping track of books the user has read, wants to read, and is currently reading.

Teen Corner
Calling all teens!

Volunteer for the Summer Reading Program this summer and assist children with games, activities, and crafts while adding valuable experience to your resume.

VolunTEEN orientation is from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at the Grants Pass branch.

To fill out a VolunTEEN application and for more information, contact Volunteer Manager Amy King at 541-476-0571.
SHHH! Secret Hush-Hush Hour
School-age children are invited to Secret Hush-Hush Hour (SHHH!) after school the last Thursday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. The library will drop hints and teasers during the weeks leading up to this monthly hush-hush classified super-secret mystery program—can you guess what we’ll be doing?

I am a game with clues that can be played indoors or out, what am I?
I am sometimes full, but I never overflow. What am I?

Something About Poetry:
Margaret Atwood
Canadian poet, novelist, and environmental activist Margaret Atwood will be the focus of the second in a series of six poetry seminars taking place every other month.
Learn about well-known poets through readings and style analysis, then write your own poem in their style with Oregon Poetry Association past-president Lisa Baldwin from 1–3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 in the bookstore at the Grants Pass branch .
For more information, click to email or call 541-476-0571 .
Teen book club:
What Can(t) Wait
Who: Teens 13 and older
What: This teen book club will read What Can(t) Wait by Ashley Hope Perez. The club meets at the library for a lively discussion and activities.
Where: Grants Pass branch
When: Thursday, June 13 at 4 p.m .
Why: It's fun to read and you get to keep the book.
How: Sign up at the Info Desk at the Grants Pass branch. Participants will get their book and journal right away.
For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Susan Davis at 541-476-0571.
Williams Friends of the Library
Book Sale
Books are priceless. Support the library and find some treasures at the Friends of the Library Book Sale from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Williams branch.

For more information, contact Williams Branch Manager Ellie Avis at 541-846-7020.
Cooking with Dee:
Summer Garden Party
Join us for a lively cooking demonstrations with local plant-based expert, Dee Puller from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in the bookstore at the Grants Pass branch .
Sample delicious food and leave with simple, healthy recipes to get started on your path of wellness.

Summer menu:
  • Zucchini Pad Thai
  • Gazpacho Soup
  • Wild Blueberry Nice Cream
Space is limited. To reserve a spot and for more information, click to email or call
Williams Community Garden Club
Children of all ages are encouraged to join the Garden Club at the Williams branch every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Come plant seeds and plants, learn about worms and pollinators, and enjoy being out in the sunshine.

To register and for more information, contact Williams Branch Manager Ellie Avis at 541-846-7020.
Summer Reading Program:
A Universe of Stories
Families are invited to join “ A Universe of Stories,” the free Summer Reading Program at any of the four branches in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek from June 22 through August 3.

A current library card is not required to participate in the Summer Reading Program. All children living in Josephine County age four and older are eligible for a free library card whether or not they live within the library district boundary.

Coming soon to your library
Here's a sampling of nonfiction books soon to be available from any of the four Josephine Community Library branches.  

  • Apollo's Legacy: Perspectives on Moon Landings by Roger Launius
  • Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species by Marianne Taylor
  • The Blink of an Eye: A Memoir of Dying—And Learning How to Live Again by Rikke Kjærgaard
  • Crushing: God Turns Pressure Into Power by T. D. Jakes
  • Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again by Donna de Salvo

To check availability for these or to find other books in the collection, search the library catalog. To place a hold, click the "Place Request" button, then enter your library card number or username and your password. If you need a library card, click here for an application, or request one at your library branch.
Library calendar of events
The calendar of events at all four branches in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams,
and Wolf Creek is now available.
Library branches
Click the underlined name of a branch listed below for directions, contact information, and information about upcoming storytimes and programs.
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