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New library children's section opens after community rallies to help get it done.

JENNIFFER GRANT/MADRAS PIONEER - Laura Jones, Jefferson County's children's librarian, introduced the newly remodeled section at a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 28. 
Jefferson County Library held the grand opening of its newly remodeled children's section Jan. 28, where children's librarian Laura Jones introduced the community to the space named "Ollie's Corner," after the Library's mascot, Ollie the Otter.

According to library staff, the space supports five early literacy words — play, create, explore, imagine and read — providing kids with the space and tools to experience all five when they visit.

Ollie's Corner came together as the vision of the Jefferson County Youth Services team along with a local parent and her child. Last fall, the library shared its vision with the community; proposals asking for support of the project were sent to local businesses and organizations. The project fundraising goal was set at $6,500.

The response from the community was enthusiastic, according to a news release, and it almost doubled the goal, providing funds for additional improvements. In addition to the monetary contributions, volunteer labor and toys were donated. Not only were the funds quick in coming, but the entire project finished in three months.

The next project on the library's list is the creation of a teen seating area.

"Our community values its youth, and while they may have been underserved in the library in the past, that is changing. The next step is to create a welcoming teen space and provides a safe after-school environment," the release said. The space has already been decided on, and any individuals, organizations and businesses interested in donating should contact the Jefferson County Library at 541-475-3351 x2 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations will purchase teen furniture.

With Ollie's Corner ready to go, the library is encouraging the community to come check it out as well as join staff for storytime. Storytimes happen every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Spanish storytime is every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and bilingual story time is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

The library also has a Family Fun Night the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7:00 p.m. for a craft, game, and fun. Teen RPG is the first Saturday of every month from 1-4:00 p.m., and Spanish Evening Storytime is the last Wednesday of every month from 6-7:00 pm for crafts and stories.

Jefferson County Library thanks the community for the support in remodeling the children's section and creating Ollie's Corner.

"A heartfelt thank you to the Foster Family and Keith Manufacturing, Deschutes Basin Farms, Rotary Club, Central Oregon Seed Inc., City of Madras, Bright Wood Corporation, Indian Head Casino, Wilber-Ellis, RipQ , The Cabinet Shop, Jesse Osterkamp, Jefferson County Library Board, Kathie Olson, Friends of the Library, and Jefferson County Library Foundation," the release said.


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