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Book characters take to the streets

Library district supporters dressed up as favorite book characters and encouraged passing motorists to vote YES for libraries in the May 16 election. The spectacle took place Monday, May 15 in downtown Grants Pass on 6th and 7th Streets.

The following is the related news story from KDRV Channel 12.

The election is Tuesday, May 16. To be counted, ballots must be dropped in an official ballot drop box by 8 pm.

The final four

This is it. The final four days of the May 2017 election season. We just sent out the first canvass teams of the weekend — our last-minute effort to remind library supporters to get out and vote. While we are only a handful of days away, there’s still time for volunteers to make a difference.

Spots are open for our canvass this afternoon, tomorrow’s canvass, and the election eve Get Out The Vote phone bank at the library. Just drop by campaign headquarters at 535 Foundry Street or call our campaign coordinator at 503-927-8189. We’ll get you equipped to talk with voters in your neighborhood who have yet to turn in their ballots.

Many of our supporters have donated, volunteered, and written letters to the editor to help pass Measure 17-79. We are honoring their commitment by not leaving this election to chance. We will be working tirelessly until 7 pm on Election Day to build a strong foundation for a better library.

Book characters to get out the vote

Library district supporters will hold a demonstration on Monday, May 15 from 4:30–5:30 pm in downtown Grants Pass on 6th and 7th Streets.

Demonstrators will dress up as favorite book characters and hold “Vote” signs to remind residents that ballots are due by Tuesday, May 16 at 8 pm. Supporters will start in the Evergreen Federal Bank parking lot at 4 pm.

For more information, email

The vote is May 16.

The truth about voter turnout

We just received the latest voter report from the Josephine County elections office. Voters are casting their ballots at an overwhelming rate! Both pro-library supporters and anti-library opponents are highly motivated to turn in their ballots. It could come down to just a handful of votes.

It’s important that reliable library voters like you get out and vote. Our strategy counts on our supporters encouraging their friends and families to mark their ballots and get them in.

We have six days left to make a difference. We are calling our supporters, knocking on doors, and getting out the vote. Sign up for your volunteer shift by calling campaign coordinator, Kevin at 503-927-8189 or emailing

Thanks for all your continued support.

May the Fourth be with you

Happy Star Wars day! There are 12 days until Election Day. Our team of volunteers and supporters are busy working to pass Measure 17-79, building a strong foundation for a better library. While we aren’t up against an evil galactic empire, this election is going to be very close. Just yesterday, our opposition started airing untruthful radio ads in an attempt to misinform and confuse voters.

We need your help to set the record straight.

Chip in $35 now to help us go toe-to-toe with anti-library opponents.

Voter turnout is going to be really high and the election could come down to handful of votes. It is imperative we make sure all library supporters get out to vote. Once you are done reminding your friends and family, we have daily volunteer opportunities where you can make an immediate impact. To sign up for your shift, call campaign coordinator Kevin at 503-927-8189.

If you don’t have time to volunteer — be sure to help our social media campaign by liking and sharing our posts when they appear in your social media feed. You can follow us on Facebook here.

Be sure to turn your ballot in early to avoid Get-Out-The-Vote reminder calls.

May the Fourth be with you.

Two weeks to go! (Volunteers needed)

Thank you to everyone who helped out during our Weekend of Action! We identified hundreds of new library supporters by knocking on over 1,100 doors. Great work!

This election is going to be very close. Already, voter turnout is sky high.

We need 7,500 YES votes to win the election. To date, we still need to find another 1,700 library supporters before Election Day. We can do this if we have just seven volunteers complete a shift every day between now and May 16. Please sign up to volunteer by calling Campaign Coordinator Kevin at 503-927-8189.

There also seems to be some misinformation going around, and we’d like to address that with our Frequently Asked Question of the week:

Question: Will people inside the new library district boundary have to pay for everyone in Josephine County to have libraries?

Answer: Absolutely not! People who live inside the new library district will pay for library services and be allowed to check out books, use the computers, and receive a library card. Those living outside the new library district will have three ways they can opt in to pay for services:

  1. Fill out paperwork with the County to join the district.
  2. Purchase a library card annually.
  3. Become a volunteer and work a certain number of hours to receive a card.

Anyone will be able to visit the library during open hours, but without a library card, they will not be able to check out books or other materials.

Thanks for your continued support,
Keep Our Libraries Open Team

Library district candidate forum happening May 6

The community is invited to meet the library district candidates on the May ballot during a question-and-answer session on May 6 from 10–11 a.m. at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries, 200 NW C Street in Grants Pass.

Candidates for the library district under Measure 17-79 include Beecher Ellison, John Harelson, Jennifer Roberts, Laurel Samson, and Judy Williams. Candidate statements are available in the Josephine County Clerk’s Voters’ Pamphlet. No seats for the district board are contested.

“The library district candidate forum is a good opportunity for community members to ask questions about how the district will operate,” said Jennifer Roberts, candidate for Library District Board Member, Position 3. “While we cannot make decisions, we can help clarify the mechanics of how the tax funds will be managed.”

The candidate forum is sponsored by Keep Our Libraries Open (KOLO) political action committee, a group of citizens dedicated to passing a library district in Josephine County. The proposed Josephine Community Library District is a special, noncontiguous district that will serve the areas surrounding the four branches of the library in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek. Those outside the district borders can join the library district either by filling out paperwork or by purchasing a library card.

For more information, email

Weekend of Action! Ballots are here!

Ballots have started arriving in Josephine County mailboxes today. The library district campaign is eager to start the Get-Out-The-Vote drive, and we encourage all library district supporters to find the ballot drop box nearest to them and cast their ballot. Click to find the nearest drop box.

The stakes are high. We need to work hard this election season to pass Measure 17-79.

Join us at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries (200 NW C Street) on Saturday or Sunday, April 29 or 30, at 10 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm. You’ll receive training on door-to-door canvassing techniques, a canvass map, and key conversation points to share with your neighbors. If you prefer to make calls, you’ll receive training on that, as well as your call list.

For more information, email, or call 503-927-8189.



Keep Our Libraries Open Team