Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Director talks new programming including E3 talks and summer reading plans.

Winter Talk Series

The Library is sponsoring a winter talk series — February, March and April — on the first Monday of each month (and a bonus census presentation on Feb. 24 & 27). The title for the series, E3, evolved by identifying action words from the Library's mission statement: Educate — Engage — Explore.

Each talk begins with an informal dessert reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, followed by the speaker. This month we heard local poet Perry Schlie reading from his book about "Groundpigs" and discussing writing poetry. Upcoming talks include:

Feb. 24. Census 2020 (English). Nick Brown from the Census Bureau will be speaking about the upcoming count and how it will impact our state and region, with time set aside for a question and answer session. 

Feb. 27. Census 2020 (Spanish). Nick Brown from the Census Bureau will be speaking about the upcoming count and how it will impact our state and region, with time set aside for a question and answer session. Spanish translator.

March 2. "Seuss Jam!" Celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with favorite books and readings. Be sure to bring your favorite Dr. Seuss book. 

April 6. Community Read month kicks off with Jon Bowerman, cowboy poet.

Mark your calendars — we hope to see you here. An informal reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

Library Hours Changing in March

Beginning Monday, March 9, the library hours are changing to Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Our goal is to keep a consistent opening time and to be able to keep the library open later on Friday. 

With the completion of Ollie's Corner, the library staff is shifting its focus to the teen and adult areas of the library. Star Todd, the Youth Services Specialist, is working on creating a welcoming space for teens. She's identified what's needed to develop the area and where it will go. A fundraising plan comes next.  

If you haven't been to the library lately, you'll find walls painted and things shifted around a bit. (We're just keeping you on your toes by moving the Hold Shelf every so often.) Not to worry, though — we have a plan. The north side of the building is the adult collection; the south side of the library is the children/youth section. That leaves room in the center of the library for presentations to smaller audiences (25-40 people).

Summer Reading Program

Summer will be here before we know it, and that means Summer Reading Program. In addition to the children's summer reading program, the library is adding an adult summer reading program. Sonic has donated coupons for readers as they accomplish their reading milestones. Who knows what the Services Team has planned?

The library is coordinating a Summer Reading program — In the Park, and we are asking local businesses to help create a fairytale land. Laura Jones is leading this project; please contact her for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541.475.3351, ext 2.

"The Hearts of Horses" Community Read Update

The committee has been working hard coordinating the April event. Community Read month kicks off at the Library on April 6 with John Bowerman. Films are scheduled throughout the month; author talks and horse demonstrations around the county are April 23-24. Art Adventure's open house will feature book theme-related artwork. The author, Molly Gloss, will be at the Jefferson County Library on Friday, April 24. A printed schedule will be available in early March.

Genealogy Annex

As the Pioneer reported last week, the Juniper Branch of the Family Finders has generously donated its library to the Jefferson County Library. Over the next few months, the JC Library will be reviewing the new resources and prepare for cataloging the unique items. It is a one-of-a-kind collection, with resources that add depth to the library's existing Oregon Collection, which has been curated by JCLD staff member Jackie May. The long-term goal is to catalog everything, and then preserve it and the Oregon Collection by digitizing both.



The online book club theme for February is Black History, and the theme for March is Women's History. Crafters Anonymous is the last Thursday of the Month. In addition to English/Spanish storytime on Thursday mornings, there is a Spanish storytime and reading celebration the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Rodriguez Annex. The High Desert Museum will be at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m.

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