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RFID system goes live this month, making it easier to check out items, while the children section prepares for update.

Happy fall! We've been busy this month!

RFID update

The radio-frequency identification project is beginning Oct. 1. The initial phase is tagging all of the items in the library; almost every item in the library will have an RFID tag attached to it. This phase of the project should take two to three weeks. We will replace our current checkout computer with an RFID one that allows you to check out five or more items items at one time. You'll still have the option of checking out your items at the circulation desk.

After the training is complete and the new self-check is installed, we will be helping our customers learn how to use it. The goal is to make finding and checking out library materials easier and faster.

Museum passes

Remember that the Jefferson County Library has three passes to the High Desert Museum and one pass to Maryhill Museum available to check out. To be eligible to check out these passes, you must be a Jefferson County resident with a valid library card. Don't forget to take advantage of this great collaborative program.

Community Read

The Community Read Committee met at the end of September and has selected three books to consider for the 2020 book, The Hearts of Horses, by Molly Gloss, The Verdun Affair, by Nick Dybek, and The French Exit, by Patrick DeWitt.

All three books are available in print, Kindle, or as an audiobook. The next meeting of the selection committee is Wednesday, Oct. 20. If you've read any of the books, consider emailing the library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with your impressions of any/all of them. Selection will be finalized at the end of October.

Children's area getting an update

We have identified a need for improving the improving the children's section of the library to make it American Disabilities Act compliant and to make the area safer for children.

We are planning on moving the bookcases that come out from the wall, back against the wall; removing the stairs; replacing carpet with vinyl flooring adding ADA compliant furniture, and painting the walls in primary colors. We are currently looking for corporate sponsors to fund approximately $4,000-6,000 for these improvements.

Laura Jones, our children's specialist is leading this effort and has already secured $2,000 for educational toys. If you're interesting making a tax-deductible donation, large or small, to this important project, call or email Laura Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 541-475-3351, ext. 2.

Programming

Robots on a Roll, in collaboration with 4-H and OSU Extension, is right around the corner. If you're interested in coding or robotics, the library is starting a six-week program that meets once a week, Sept. 25-Oct. 30.

Worried that you're too late to sign up? Just give Star Todd a call this week and let her know that your child is interested. Grades six to eight are welcomed to a weekly meeting from 4-5 p.m.

October films

Mark your calendar for the free October films showing at the Rodriguez Annex: Oct. 4, "The Biggest Little Farm"; Oct. 11, "They Shall Not Grow Old"; Oct. 18, "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974). All showings begin at 7:30 p.m.

Biggest Little Farm follows documentarian John Chester and his wife, Molly, as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. The film's run time is approximately 2.5 hours.

They Shall Not Grow Old is a documentary about World War I, with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war. Its run time is around 1.5 hours.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974), is set in December 1935, when a train is stopped by deep snow, and detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. Run time is 2 hours, 8 minutes.

Staffing update

Please welcome Gretchen Schlie as our community services specialist, and Alexandria Smiley as our technical services specialist. Both women are area residents who bring expertise in their areas to ensure that we are able to continue to provide exceptional services for our community.

Looking forward to seeing you at the library. My door is always open, so feel free to stop in and say hello.


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