News of the Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek libraries
April 12, 2019
Día de los Niños

Join us to celebrate our Spanish-language books and recently added materials in Spanish for children, teens, and adults during Dia De Los Niños from noon to 2 p.m. at the Grants Pass branch on Saturday, May 4. Celebrate the Hispanic culture with us by:
·  Enjoying storytime and music
·  Sampling Mexican pastries and horchata
·  Playing games and making crafts

This program is made possible through a partnership with Libros for Oregon and the State Library of Oregon through the Library Services and Technology Act.
Libraries are wonder-full!
The Library Foundation Spring Fundraising Drive has just kicked off and runs through May 31. Click here to donate online .

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 our family, neighbors, and the next generation discover the magic of libraries! Click here if you’re curious about who uses the library these days .
Oregon Books sale benefits libraries
Oregon Books & Games is holding a benefit book sale from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m . this Saturday, April 13 in its parking lot . Books are sold by a donation of your choice, and proceeds will benefit the Library Foundation and Joe’s Place.
Williams Community Garden Club
Children of all ages and their families are invited to join the Garden Club at the Williams branch every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. beginning May 1. 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.
Bilingual storytime and craft
Join us for a special bilingual storytime and folk art paper flower craft at each branch the week of Dia De Los Niños on the following days:
  • Grants Pass branch: Wednesday, May 1 from 11:30 a.m.–noon
  • Wolf Creek branch: Wednesday, May 1 from 3–3:30 p.m.
  • Williams branch: Friday, May 3 from 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Illinois Valley branch: Saturday, May 4 from noon–1 p.m.

Registration is not required.
Want to improve your
computer skills?
Need help using the internet? Have questions about your new phone or tablet? Library volunteers can help.

Call or stop by your nearest branch to make a one-on-one appointment with your own personal Tech Coach or drop in to the Williams Branch between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays for individual help with your technology questions.

For more information, contact Williams Branch Manager Ellie Avis at 541-846-7020.
National Geographic for kids
Young students can broaden their horizons and have fun with content that takes them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

This collection includes National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to the present, 200 National Geographic Kids books, and 500
kid-friendly downloadable images.

Click here to explore National Geographic Kids and other resources for children and teens.
Library seeking tech-savvy volunteers
The library is seeking volunteers comfortable with technology to provide appointment-based assistance to patrons learning how to use computers and the internet. This position is perfect for those with busy schedules making it difficult to commit to a specific shift.

This position would work closely with Ellie to develop and facilitate computer workshops for volunteers and patrons.

For more information, contact Adult Services and Volunteer Manager Amy King at 541-476-0571.
Dancing with the Grants Pass Stars
Library Director Kate Lasky will represent the Library Foundation in this special event hosted by the Grants Pass Museum of Art and produced by the Utah Ballroom Dance Company.

Contestants from eight local nonprofits will be dancing for the top prize. The program takes place at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 11 at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center . Tickets are $25 and the audience votes for their favorite at $1 per vote, with the vote proceeds going to the nonprofit. To purchase tickets or get more information,
Teen Corner
Follow the Josephine Community Library teen Instagram page @JCLTeensInTheStacks run by library Teen Advisory Board (TAB).

For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Susan Davis at 541-476-0571.
Something About Poetry: Joy Harjo
Learn about well-known poets through readings and style analysis, then write your own poem in their style with Applegate Poet Lisa Baldwin at Something About Poetry from 1–3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Grants Pass branch.

Native American poet, musician, and author Joy Harjo will be the focus of the second in a series of six poetry seminars taking place every other month in 2019.

For more information, contact Applegate Poet Lisa Baldwin. This program is made possible through a grant from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition.
Wolf Creek Easter Open House
The Wolf Creek branch of Josephine Community Library will be open the afternoon of the Wolf Creek Easter Parade and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 . Join us for the following activities beginning around 1 pm :
  • A children’s book giveaway—each child who visits the library will get one free book to take home while supplies last
  • A book sale to benefit the Wolf Creek Friends of the Library
  • Refreshments
For more information, contact the Wolf Creek branch at 541-866-2606.
E-book Workshop
Join us on Saturday, April 20 at the Grants Pass branch to learn how to use the library’s collection of thousands of e-books and audiobooks on your phone or tablet. Device-specific workshops will be offered throughout the afternoon.
Registration is not required, but space is limited. Each of the following sessions is expected to take 30–45 minutes:
  • 1 p.m. Apple and Android
  • 2 p.m. Kindle (except Fire)
  • 3 p.m. Kindle Fire

To register and for more information, contact the library at 541-476-0571 or click to email .
Does this stuff make my
house look small?
Join Jennifer Morin of Efficient Spaces from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 in the bookstore at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library to learn how to downsize, how to make organizing fun, and what to keep.
Leave with tips and techniques for organizing and the motivation and confidence to get the job done.
Space is limited. To register, click here to email or call 541-476-0571.
The Great Book Grab
Due to inclement weather, The Great Book Grab at the Grants Pass branch was POSTPONED  from Sunday, April 7 to Sunday, April 28 from noon to 3 p.m.

Click here for more information about The Great Book Grab.
Sensational Storytime spring session
Sensational Storytime is an inclusive, interactive storytime for children ages 2 to 4 .

Each session held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays from April 30 through June 4 in the bookstore at the Grants Pass branch includes free-play, circle time with books and songs, and a sensory-focused art activity.

Registration is required. To sign-up for the spring 2019 session, contact AmeriCorps Inclusion Facilitator Caitlin Biedscheid at 541-956-2059 x4743 or click to email .
Friends of the Library
Book/Yard Sale
Shop the Grants Pass Friends of the Library (GPFOL) Book/Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Grants Pass branch. Members will have early access a half hour before opening to the public.

Donations for the yard sale are being accepted through Friday, May 10 at the Grants Pass branch. No clothing, damaged items, or large furniture will be accepted.

Click to email for more information.
Great Stories Club:
Code Talker
Who: Teens 13 and older
What: This teen book club will read Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac. The club meets at the library for a lively discussion and activities.
Where: Grants Pass branch
When: Saturday, May 16 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.
Coming soon to your library
Here's a sampling of fiction books soon to be available from any of the four Josephine Community Library branches.  

  • Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson
  • Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis
  • Miss Julia Takes the Wheel by Ann B Ross
  • There's a Word for That by Sloane Tanen

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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