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It's hard to believe that half the year is gone, and we're in July already, but that doesn't mean we've stopped working here at the Jefferson County Library. Summer is the busiest season for us. Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Every Thursday finds Camp Ollie on another adventure. For a complete list of activities, check the website —

The Program Team has been working hard and visiting different parks around the county. There's another event every week. The Summer Reading Program activities culminate during the fair — July 20-23. Stop by our fair book to say hello, pick up a free book, and play some games. Thursday the 21st is Children's Day at the fair. Check out all the events for that day on the Jeff Co fairground website.

Library hours we are changing. As a result of feedback during our strategic planning sessions, we keep the library open later during the week. Beginning yesterday, our hours are Monday-Thursday 10 am — 7 pm; Friday and Saturday we are open 10 am — 3:00 pm. The change in hours increases access to library services and allows us to offer programs for adults in the evening.

Miles Van Gogh is on the go. Our bookmobile, Miles Van Gogh, has been touring the county since arriving in town in late May. You might have seen him touring out in Culver or at one of the local food banks handing out free books. We're working out a regular schedule over the summer. Our motto is "have a bookmobile will travel." If you have a suggestion for a location or an event where you'd like to see him, give the library a call — 541.475.3351 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Strategic Plan update. Thanks to everyone who completed our survey or attended one of our visioning sessions. The library team met to discuss how to implement the findings (one outcome is the changing hours), and next month, I will be reporting on what we learn and our plans to move forward.

Hard to believe I've just completed my third year at the Jefferson County Library. Thanks to the library team and you for supporting the library as we move forward with new programs and additional services. I feel fortunate to have a creative team, supportive board, and engaged community. It is sincerely my pleasure to be your library director.

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