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Portland author cited COVID-related closure possibilities when asking the committee to postpone

The 2021 Jefferson County Community Read event that was supposed to take place on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 has been postponed until next year at the request of the author and the support of the committee.

The Portland author cited COVID-related closure possibilities when asking the committee to postpone the Community Read until the fall of 2022.

"In this last year, we've experienced the many ups and downs of things happening and then not happening," said Jefferson County Library Community Services Librarian Gretchen Schlie. "It seems like just when we think we can pull off an event, suddenly it needs to be canceled for a variety of reasons. And unfortunately, that is the case with the 2021 Jefferson County Community Read event."

The committee had selected "A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon (2019)" by Marcy Cottrell Houle. The book offers profiles of 21 conservationists and activists who have made contributions to preserving Oregon's natural places and its quality of life. Taken from personal interviews conducted by the author over a decade, these stories will help readers understand the histories of Oregon's places, planning efforts and laws.

The author had planned to speak at several events around the area Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, including the Crooked River Ranch Senior Center, at the library, and during a meet-and-greet at the Art Adventure Gallery.

"This does not mean that you shouldn't read the book! It just means you have more time to read it," Schlie said.

Patrons may check out the book at the library or purchase it at the library or the Madras Chamber. Check the JCLD website,, for updates.

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