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July Library Events

July 1 - July 31




Online programs take place via Zoom and/or Facebook LIVE. Meeting or webinar details will be emailed to you when you register through the JCLS Events Calendar at jcls.org or by calling your library. Learn how to join a Zoom meeting with this short video tutorial: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ.


Queer Coffee House @ the (Virtual) Library

Saturday, July 3 • 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Saturday, August 7 • 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

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



Tuesday, July 6 • 12:00–1:00 PM

Tuesday, August 3 • 12:00–1:00 PM

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


Eagle Point Book Club

First Tuesdays • 2:00–3:15 PM

July 6: Becoming by Michelle Obama

August 3: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery


Getting the Most Out of the JCLS Website

Wednesday, July 7 • 1:30–2:30 PM

Friday, August 6 • 1:00–2:00 PM

Take a tour of the new JCLS website, and learn how to get the most out of what it has to offer. 


How to Use the JCLS Catalog

Saturday, July 10 • 12:00–1:00 PM

Tuesday, August 10 • 1:00–2:00 PM

Learn how to get the most out of the JCLS Library Catalog, including basic tips to get you started and more detailed explanations for lesser-known features.


Job Seeking: Local Help and Resources

Wednesday, July 7 • 6:00–7:30 PM

Learn about local job search tools and resources in this three-part series. Hear from experts at WorkSource Rogue Valley, BBSI, and Rogue Community College. Program attendees can also book an appointment for a mock interview and pick up a Job Fair in a Bag.


Windows in Time: “Over Here: Jackson County and World War I”

Wednesday, July 7 • 12:00–1:00 PM

Kevin Keating will discuss life in Southern Oregon during WWI. Learn about War supporters, anti-war individuals, and problems like prostitution and intimidation that occurred in the Rogue Valley while the war was “over there.”


Getting to Know Library2Go

Thursday, July 8 • 6:00–7:00 PM

Saturday, August 14 • 1:00–2:00 PM

Learn about the digital resources available through Library2Go and how to access this service.


Uncle Tom’s Cabin Book Discussion Club

Sundays, July 11, 18 & 25 • 10:00–11:30 AM

Sundays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 • 10:00–11:30 AM

How has anti-racism changed in the United States in the past 200 years? Dominique Toyer, Research Director of Southern Oregon Coalition for Racial Equity, will lead a discussion about the evolution of anti-racism in the United States through a discussion club about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This is a supportive environment for learning about race, racism, and anti-racism.


Medford Library Book Chat

Second Tuesdays • 5:30–6:30 PM

July 13: Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew 

August 10: I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon


Green Burial: The Greenest Way to Go

Wednesday, July 14 • 12:00–1:30 PM

Curious about green, or natural, burial? Learn about Oregon’s first and only dedicated natural burial ground, located here in the Rogue Valley. 


Literacy in the Early Years

Lectoescritura en los primeros años

Select Wednesdays • 6:00–7:15 PM

This series is offered in Spanish only. Parents and caregivers are invited to learn how to introduce children to the world of literacy with Claudia Cervantes, Migrant Preschool Specialist and author of the book Con tu Ayuda Mamá. This series, “Un mundo de letras,” empowers caregivers to support the development of early literacy skills. Participants will receive a gift bag with books and materials made possible by the Every Child Ready to Read Grant.

July 14: From the Clothespin to the Pencil

August 18: I Love Books! How About You?


Maisey and Megan: A Conversation Between Friends (And Romance Authors)

Thursday, July 15 • 6:00–7:00 PM

Maisey Yates and Megan Crane, two prominent local authors, will ask each other questions and discuss their work, reflecting on writing during the pandemic, what it’s like to collaborate, and the misconceptions some people have about romance novels.


Gold Hill Library Book Club, 18+ YRS

Third Fridays • 3:00–4:00 PM

July 16: In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum and the movie version, A Private War, directed by Matthew Heineman

August 20: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


Paint Your Inspiration, 12–18 YRS

Saturday, July 17 • 1:00–3:00 PM

What inspires you to be a leader? We’ll provide supplies… you bring the artistic expression! Pre-register for this online program and pick up a Take & Make kit, available at the Medford and Ashland libraries starting July 10.


Tween Book Club, 11–18 YRS

Third Saturdays • 2:00–3:00 PM

July 17: Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

August 21: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly


The Community Crochet: Granny Square Class

Saturday, July 17 • 3:00–4:00 PM

Let’s show how a community can come together to make something beautiful! Crochet a 6×6″ granny square(s) and submit it to the Ashland Library by August 7th to have it added to a blanket that will be displayed in the library. Don’t know how to make a granny square? Sign up for this virtual program to learn how!


Tea Time Tuesdays, 12–18 YRS

Third Tuesdays • 1:00–2:00 PM

Book Clubs are great, but wouldn’t they be better with tea and dessert? Pre-register for these online book discussions featuring titles with strong leaders, then pick up the book (yours to keep!), tea, and dessert two weeks prior to each online event.

July 20: I Am Malala

August 17: Daughter of Smoke and Bone


Readers Are Leaders: Business Book Discussion

Third Tuesdays • 6:00–7:00 PM

Connect with other business and nonprofit leaders to discuss works by pioneering authors on resilience.

July 20: Carol Dweck

August 17: Gay Hendricks


Paint Night, 12+ YRS

Thursday, July 22 • 6:00–7:30 PM

Join JCLS for a virtual paint night! Follow along with a step-by-step video suitable for all skill levels to create your own painting. Pre-register for this program, then pick up a Take & Make kit from the Medford Library between July 9-20.


Brain Books

Fourth Tuesdays • 2:30–4:30 PM

July 27: Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

August 24: The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen


Driver’s Ed Trivia

Wednesday, July 28 • 4:00–5:00 PM

Prepare to take the driver’s license or learner’s permit exam with a fun game of trivia! We’ll ask questions straight from the DMV’s Oregon Driver Manual, so study up, and you may win prizes! Need a manual? Stop by the library and we’ll give you one.


Let’s Get Civic-al! Volunteerism in the Rogue Valley

Thursday, July 29 • 6:00–7:30 PM

Interested in volunteering in your community? A panel of volunteers from Rogue Valley organizations will discuss what they do, current COVID-19 restrictions, and how you can get involved, too.


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