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New website, summer youth and adult reading programs, online book club and more

FILE PHOTO - Jefferson County Library Director Jane Ellen Innes gives an update on library happenings.Hard to believe summer is almost here. Your library staff has been hard at work while the library was closed March 19, until our limited reopening in late May. The library is currently open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, to a maximum of 16 people at any one time. Computers are available by appointment. We continue to offer curbside checkout, and we are delivering materials to the homebound. Call the library at 541-475-3351, ext. 0, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for computer time, to place an item on hold, or to say hello. Beginning June 8, you'll again be able to place holds online, and the contents from all of the tri-county libraries (Jefferson County, Crook County, Deschutes Public) will be available.

Everyone has been hard at work on our new library website, which is available this week. We are continuing to add content and encourage you to take a look https://www.jcld.org.

Imagine Your Story!

This year's Youth Summer Reading Program theme is "Imagine your Story." Everyone has a story, and every story needs to be told. This summer, JCLD is giving everyone a chance to tell their story and join the 2020 Youth Summer Reading Program.

 The JCLD will be presenting the Summer Reading Program with two different and complementary approaches as it adapts to new public health requirements. First, the SRP will be an internet-based program similar to the traditional program offered in prior years. Youth Services will provide online performers, weekly challenges for prizes, reading logs, and a Grand Finale. Second, in partnership with the Jefferson County schools (Madras, Culver, Warm Springs), we will be using the school district free lunch sites to coordinate the distribution of weekly STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, and Music) activity bags, a free book, and reading logs. In July and August, the Youth Services Team will present a daily three-minute Summer Reading segment, with help from KWSO Station Manager Sue Matters. It's our goal to complement the district's summer programs, and in turn, provide school district information on the library's website. For the Grand Finale, with help from the Madras Downtown Association, we are inviting local businesses to participate in a book walk by placing signs in their windows or by their locations. (Any interested business, please call the library for more information.) As you might imagine, the expanded outreach of the SRP comes with additional costs. Thanks to the generosity of the Jefferson County Library District Endowment, the library's programming is free to the entire community.

In addition to all of the Summer Reading Program activities, the Youth Services Team is continuing its Family Weekend Challenge, weekly bilingual storytime, and one-minute book talks.

The Adult Summer Reading Program Returns (because kids don't get to have all the fun)! 

We have brought back the SRP prize baskets for the Adult Summer Reading Program! However, with the limited access to the physical building, the prize baskets will be awarded a bit differently this year. We are not using the book receipts from checkout. Instead, we are using a Bingo sheet. These Bingo sheets will be your entries for the prize drawings at the end of the summer. Download an SRP Bingo sheet from our website beginning Wednesday, June 3. You can also opt to pick up a sheet via our curbside service. Don't have a library card? We can fix that! The Bingo sheet includes a variety of genres; pick a square/pick a genre, and read the book. List your books, and turn the sheet in at the library desk or in the outside dropbox. The pattern that you fill out on the sheet will correspond with one of seven themed prize baskets. A new Bingo sheet will be available every other week; the drawing will be held on Sept. 1. The seven prize baskets' themes are Movie Night, Zen, Master Griller, Crafters, Mystery, Beekeeping and Music Lovers. You can find a photo and a list of what is in each prize basket on our new webpage at jcld.org. 

Friends of the Jefferson County Library ( FoJCL)

The FoJCL Twice Read Books (TRB) has been inundated with paperbacks! To help make more space, the FoJCL is holding a Nickel Paperback Book Sale on June 13 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Annex parking lot. We will be following the Social Distancing Protocol, so please wear a mask and bring a bag. A limited number of people can browse books at any one time. Bring your nickels - every paperback is 5 cents.

The Friends have also been busy getting books cataloged and online. Check https://www.librarything.com/catalog/JCLD01/yourlibrary and find your books; there's a request form available on the website. Send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The form explains options for getting the book to you. Visits to the TRB are available by appointment. Just call the library at 541-475-3351 and set up a time to come to the TRB and browse. 

Grab-n-Go Bags

The Friends of the Jefferson County Library is providing a limited number of Grab-n-Go bags each week. We've been making them available for the last few weeks. These free bags contain three to five books (usually a mixture of fiction and nonfiction) and, most of the time, a DVD movie, all based around a common theme. The Grab-n-Go bags contain items that do not need to be checked out or returned. Please pass them on to friends and family. The FoJCL wants to encourage you to branch out and read something outside your general sphere of reading. A Grab-n-Go bag is a perfect way to do that. When available, they are located just outside the back door of the JCLD in the curbside area. You can come by, find a theme you want to try, and, well, grab and go.

Online Book Club

On the first of each month, a new genre is presented to members of the JCLD Online Book Club via the club's Facebook page. This month's genre is Romance. (Well, what did you expect? It is June and time for weddings and such things – only makes sense, right?!) You pick the book within the genre, read it, and then tell us what you think. We have some recommendations for items available for checkout at the Madras location, but you do not have to choose one of those. We're always interested in hearing what new reads are available. Join us on Facebook at Jefferson County Book Club. 

And while we're talking about online and books, our eBook statistics have shot up this year. In 2018-2019, customers rented about 16,000 eBooks; this year, you've checked out over 20,000 books. Remember, you also have access to a variety of magazines through RBDigital. The magazine subscription has an annual fee of just over $3,000; eBooks services come in at about $1/book.

Come by and Check us Out!

Finally, your staff has been painting the library interior, improving signage, and we're getting ready to add the logo to all of the library buildings. When you get a chance, please drop by and see how we've updated the library interior. We've missed you! It's amazing what a little imagination and muscle can create. You can also check out the Chamber Cheer! visit to the Library on May 26, either on the Chamber website or the library's Facebook page. Happy summer reading!


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