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JCLS January Events

January 1 - January 31



Online programs take place via Zoom and/or Facebook LIVE. Meeting or webinar details will be emailed to participants when they register through the JCLS Events Calendar at jcls.org or by calling the library. Programs may be recorded and later made available on the JCLS Beyond YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/JCLSBeyond. Learn how to join a Zoom meeting with this short video tutorial: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ.





First Tuesdays • 12:00–1:00 PM

January 4, February 1

Share what you are reading, and find your next great read.


Eagle Point Book Club

First Tuesdays • 2:00–3:15 PM

January 4: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

February 1: The Wright Brothers by David G. McCollough 


Windows in Time: “When the Trains Came”

Wednesday, January 5 • 12:00–1:00 PM

Historian and quilt maker Sue Waldron will share two history-themed quilts from the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society’s quilt collection. The quilts were made by the Jacksonville Museum Quilters over thirty years ago to remember the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Oregon & California railroad in the Rogue Valley.


Job Seeking: Local Help and Resources, 18+ YRS

Select Tuesdays • 5:30–6:30 PM

Welcome all job seekers! In this three-part series, learn where all the local tools and resources for job seeking can be found and who to talk to for support. You will hear from support specialists at WorkSource Rogue Valley and BBSI. All registered attendees are eligible to pick up a “Job Seeking” tote bag full of information from each organization. Totes can be picked up at the Medford, Ashland, Rogue River, and Eagle Point branches beginning Monday, January 10 during open hours.

Tues, January 11: Job Searching

Tues, January 18: Résumé & Cover Letter Writing

Tues, January 25: Research for Career Change


Queer Coffee House @ the Library

First Saturdays • 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

January 15 (3rd Saturday), February 5

Make a cup of coffee, and join us virtually! Share your new favorite books, movies, podcasts, and projects you’re working on. LGBTQ+ folx and allies are all welcome!


Brain Books

Fourth Tuesdays • 2:30–4:30 PM

January 25: The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution by Richard Wrangham

February 22: How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Fleming


Vesper Meadow: Reconnecting People, Place, and Native Plants

Community-powered rewilding with native plants and process-based restoration

Thursday, January 27  6:00–7:00 PM

Learn about community-based strategies, beaver-based solutions, and native food plants utilized at the Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve and how they can be applied to lands across the region. Jeanine Moy, Founder and Director of the Vesper Meadow Education Program, will discuss ongoing projects with the Southwest Oregon Indigenous Gardens Network, local endangered species habitat restoration and monitoring, and examples of local edible and medicinal native plants that anyone can grow in their yard.




Booking It: Running and Reading Club, 13+ YRS

First Mondays • 4:30–5:30 PM

January 3, February 7

Do you run? Do you read? Do you sometimes run while reading, thanks to free downloadable audiobooks available from the library? Whatever the case, we are encouraging you to run and to read each week (not necessarily at the same time—up to you), and then gather on Zoom each month to discuss how the running is going and what everyone is reading.


Jeopardy! Résumé Game for Teens, 13+ YRS

Saturday, January 8 • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

JCLS is teaming up with Project Youth+, WorkSource Rogue Valley to host a game of Jeopardy! Join us on Zoom to test your résumé skills and get a chance win a $50 gift card. All registered attendees are eligible to pick up a “Job Seeking for Teens” tote bag packed with info on finding a job, resources from Project Youth+ and the library, the book What Color is Your Parachute?, a journal, pen, highlighters, $5 Dutch Bros gift card, and treats. Totes can be picked up at the Medford, Ashland, Rogue River, and Eagle Point Branches beginning Monday, January 3 during open hours.


Human Trafficking 101, 15+ YRS

Thursday, January 13  5:00–6:30 PM

Human Trafficking is on the rise of Southern Oregon. Learn what sex trafficking is and what to do if you believe you see or know someone who is being trafficked. Community Works provides support for victims of sex trafficking in Jackson County, and they will be facilitating this training, with time for questions at the end of the presentation. This program connects to themes in the Rogue Reads selection The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.


Rogue Reads: Traditional Birch Bark Art, 13+ YRS

Wednesday, January 19  4:00–5:00 PM

Join presenters from the Cree Cultural Institute in Quebec, Canada, on Zoom as they share how to make birch bark art, an art form of the Cree people of the James Bay region. Supplies for this program will be available to pick up the week before the program.


Rogue Reads: Cree Mittens, 13+ YRS

Wednesday, January 26  4:00–5:00 PM

Join presenters from the Cree Cultural Institute in Quebec, Canada, on Zoom as they share how to make traditional mittens on a smaller, keychain-size scale. Supplies for this program will be available to pick up the week before the program.


Teen General Knowledge Trivia, 13+ YRS

Last Mondays • 4:30–5:30 PM

January 31, February 28

Test your knowledge alongside your peers in this fast-paced, online trivia challenge! Bring your brain and a mobile device and you’re ready to go!




Attendees at in-person programs and events must adhere to current COVID-19 restrictions, including wearing masks that cover mouth and nose and maintaining adequate social distancing. Space may be limited and programs may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some programs may take place outdoors. In-person events may be canceled or rescheduled to take place online; please visit the JCLS Event Calendar at jcls.org for updates.




Take & Learn: Bookmark This! 7+ YRS

Pick up this month’s Bookmark This! Each month’s handout will feature a new topic, all with themes based on the natural world. Get fun facts, featured books and additional resources, plus instructions for how to use the handout to create your own themed bookmark. Available at all branches while supplies last.

January: All About Bigfoot

February: All About Animal Tracks 


Take & Make: Birdwatching Kit, 18+ YRS

Available starting on these dates, while supplies last:

Medford Library: January 2

White City Library: January 3

Talent Library: January 25

Jacksonville Library: February 7

Ruch Library: February 22

Applegate Library: February 25

Braiding Sweetgrass teaches lessons on the interconnectedness of nature and what can be learned by slowing down and observing the natural world and its cycles. Kimmerer is a scientist whose Native American heritage informs her scientific work. This kit includes guides to common local birds, a flyer with information about how to be involved with Cornell University’s Project Feederwatch, a bird data recording sheet, information about birdwatching materials that can be checked out from the library, and materials to make a pine cone bird feeder. This kit is offered in partnership with the North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland. 


Take & Make: Wild Rice Soup, 18+ YRS

Available starting on these dates, while supplies last:

Central Point Library: January 4

Ruch Library: January 4

Shady Cove Library: January 14

Applegate Library: January 21

Gold Hill Library: February 14

Phoenix Library: February 16

Ashland Library: February 19

Braiding Sweetgrass honors indigenous wisdom and discusses plants significant to many Native cultures. Wild rice is a staple food in traditional diets of Native American tribes of the Great Lakes region. This kit contains ingredients to make wild rice soup in standard, gluten free, and vegan versions.


Take & Make: Water and Oil Project, 3+ YRS

Shady Cove Library: January 7

Medford Library: January 10 

White City Library: January 10

Applegate Library: January 11

Butte Falls Library: January 11

Central Point Library: January 11

Eagle Point Library: January 11

Shady Cove Library: January 11

White City Library: January 11

Prospect Library: January 12

Ruch Library: January 18

Rogue River Library: January 20

Gold Hill Library: January 24

In We Are Water Protectors, author Carole Lindstrom describes a “black snake” that poisons the water. With this kit, learn about a type of “black snake” (oil) and how water and oil don’t mix. Although this kit has the supplies to make a piece of art out of water and oil, there will also be information on why (outside of small art projects) we should keep our water clean and free from all sorts of “black snakes.”


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