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Shifting into fall reading and activities, focus on education and engagement

MADRAS PIONEER - Notes From the Library Library graphic JCLD column, Madras Pioneer - Features

We had an active and productive summer, and as we shift into fall, it seems like a good time to reflect on our summer activities and events. When the schools let out for summer, libraries move into high gear. Youth and adult Summer Reading Programs, teen events in parks around the area, storytime at Crooked River Ranch. Mariachi Band at the library, Miles van Go hit the Fourth of July parade in Madras, the Metolius Spike and Rail, and the Culver Crawdad festival. A summer of First Thursdays downtown, including presenting our first group of community storytellers in August.

As we step back to take a breath (and a few vacations), I asked the team to consider the programs and activities, along with successes and lessons learned. I think that for most of us, as we try to keep up with the speed of life, we often forget to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments. Our goal is always to provide resources, activities, and events that challenge, excite or inform.

Community Storytelling Project

Our I am a Story project needs you! I encourage you to come by the library and tell us your story. Since we began this community storytelling project over a year ago, we have collected over 70 stories from your friends and neighbors. Come in and tell us your story; it's easy. Our goal is to surpass 100 stories (dare we hope for 200?) by the end of the year. Your story must be true, be yours, and be under five minutes. It can be about faith, family, traditions, love, friendship, celebrations, and transitions. It's your story from your perspective.

September is . . . Library Card Sign Up Month!

Don't you have a library card? Stop by, and we will help you out. Your library card is your passport to mystery, romance, and history. Learn about your ancestors or how to cook new foods. Find career resources.

5 Reasons Everyone Should Have a Library Card

Free books galore

Movies, music, magazines

Access to databases and resources

Check out a Discovery Pass

Access the Internet.

Educate Engage Explore

The mission of the Jefferson County Library District is to strengthen our community through opportunities to educate, engage, and explore. Our 2021-2022 focus was to explore. We focus on educating this year leading up to the summer reading program for 2023. Educating ourselves about the world in which we live—educating ourselves about others that might live differently than we do—educating ourselves on places around our world. Check our website to see what we have planned next.

The days are getting shorter, and the air is getting cooler. Young people are returning to school. September is the ninth month of the year in our calendar. In the Northern Hemisphere, it comes at the end of summer, with fall just around the corner. September kept its original name from the Roman Calendar, where "septem" means 7. The month was originally the 7th month when the calendar began in March. September 22 marks the start of fall! This year's Autumnal Equinox occurs at 6:04 P.M. PDT.

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.


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