News of the Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek libraries
November 15, 2018
Foundation end-of-year fundraising drive
There are thousands of stories in the library, but not all of them are on the shelves.

Every day, library staff and volunteers hear stories of patrons being helped in numerous ways: To find books, to practice taking a driver’s test, to track down an ancestor, to find a place to live, to apply for a job…the list goes on and on.

Every one of those stories represents a neighbor being helped, a child being educated, a coworker being inspired. One of them may even have been you!

Please click here to make your end-of-year donation to support our libraries.

With your donation, the Josephine County Library Foundation (JCLF) will work to
  • provide library scholarships to children outside of the district
  • fund projects that improve library buildings and facilities
  • modernize the library’s technology offerings

For more information about the JCLF end-of-year fundraising drive, click here or send an email.
Food Adventures with Blue Zones:
Healthy Holiday Cooking
The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Learn some healthy holiday-hacks to eat well and be well this holiday season at the “Healthy Holiday Eating” cooking demo.
Join us from 10–11 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 in the bookstore at the Grants Pass branch to learn tips and tricks for enjoying plant-based cuisine. Plant-based diets have been proven to prevent, and sometimes even reverse the leading diseases that impact our communities.
“Healthy Holiday Cooking” is the last in a series of cooking demonstrations from “Food Adventures with Blue Zones” in partnership with Blue Zones Project of Grants Pass and local chef, Dee Puller.
Registration in not required, but space is limited. For more information, call 541-476-0571 or send an email .
2017-18 Library Annual Report
Learn about everything the library has been up to since becoming a district in 2017 in the 2017-18 Annual Report.

Josephine Community Library District uses its 2017-2020 Strategic Direction to guide its decisions and operating work plan. The  Annual Report describes progress against the strategic direction and work plan for the first year.

Click here for more information about the Josephine Community Library District strategic plan.
Partner highlight:
Josephine County Library Foundation
Josephine County Library Foundation is a nonprofit foundation established in 1987 to help keep viable and flourishing libraries available to the citizens of Josephine County. 

The foundation raises money to enhance and improve the libraries in our community. Current projects and accomplishments include:
  • Providing children’s library card scholarships
  • Financially supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  • Renovating the children’s libraries in Grants Pass and Illinois Valley
  • Funding technology upgrades such as patron computers and e-books
  • Building the Wolf Creek branch library

The foundation supports library programs that reach one in three residents of Josephine County!

How to request a book purchase
Can't find what you're looking for in the library catalog? Josephine Community Library welcomes requests from library patrons for the purchase of books, audio books, music CDs, magazines, and DVDs.

Suggest an item by completing and submitting the request for purchase form . Keep in mind that requesting an item does not guarantee that it will be purchased.
For more information, click here , send an email , or call 541-476-0571.
AmazonSmile: Earn library donations while holiday shopping
You shop. Amazon gives.

Consider using AmazonSmile to do online shopping this holiday season and earn donations for the Josephine County Library Foundation.

Amazon donates .5 percent of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of choice.

Support the library by starting your holiday shopping at and searching "Josephine County Library Foundation." AmazonSmile has the same products, prices, and service as Amazon with the added benefit of giving back.

For assistance, contact the library at or 541-476-0571.
"Turkeys" storytime
at the Williams branch
Families are invited to visit the Williams branch of Josephine Community Library District every Friday afternoon from 2:30–3:30 p.m. for a weekly storytime and craft session in a safe and fun environment. This week's theme is "turkeys" on Friday, November 16 .
For more information, contact Williams Branch Manager Ellie Avis at 541-846-7020.
Secret Hush-Hush Hour (SHHH!)
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. at the Grants Pass branch. 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?

For more information, click to email or call 541-476-0571.
LEGO Club for the whole family
Families are invited to build and play together during the monthly LEGO Club program at the library.

Drop-in between 2 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month in the bookstore at the Grants Pass branch. The next session is Saturday, December 1.

For more information, click to email or call 541-476-0571.
Young Master Gardeners
in December
Join OSU Extension Services for "A Wish to be a Christmas Tree " on Wednesday, December 12 at the Grants Pass branch. Fir, pine, and spruce are the common Christmas trees and they are all part of the conifer family. Stop by to learn all about characteristics of these trees.

The session for children age five and younger will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon . The after-school session for children age six and older will be from 3 to 4 p.m.
For more information, click here , send an email , or call 541-476-0571 x107.
Poetry Alive: Tradition! Tradition!
Learn to play with beloved, time-honored forms of poetry at "Poetry Alive: Tradition! Tradition!" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 22 in the bookstore at the Grants Pass branch.

Participants will look at family stories and origins as inspiration to learn how to write a sestina, sonnet, haiku, or pantoum.

Registration is not required, but space is limited. For more information, contact Oregon Poetry Association President Lisa Baldwin at 541-476-6671 or 541-761-3982.
Using digital devices to
check out library books
Do you use your e-reader or cell phone to access e-books? Click to learn about how to use the Libby app to access thousands of e-books and audiobooks through OverDrive with your library card.

Click here for more information about accessing e-books and audiobooks with your library card.
Coming soon to your library
Here's a sampling of nonfiction soon to be available from any of the four Josephine Community Library branches.  

  • The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History by Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman
  • Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy by Mary Ann Esposito
  • Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin
  • Visualizing the Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World's Favorite Band by John Pring and Rob Thomas
  • The Bullying Breakthrough: Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied, Bystanders, and Bullies by Jonathan McKee

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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