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Everybody supports kids learning to read.  But factions begin to form over how and where. 

The people who run Josephine Community Libraries hope many people support kids learning to read, and nurturing a love of reading, in public libraries. 

JCLI has a tough task: running a county library system with no county operating support. 

So it is now working to crowdfund children's libraries in the county. 

Several parts of our region have voted on whether to fund libraries in recent years. 

And one of the frequent reasons given for voting no is the idea that libraries are irrelevant in the Internet age.  John Palfrey begs to differ. 

Palfrey is the author of BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

And while he's a great believer in the utility of libraries, he also believes they need to make better use of technology to offer that utility. 

Back To Square One For Josephine Libraries

Dec 16, 2014
keepourlibrariesopen.com

What next for libraries in Josephine County

They've already been shut out of the county budget and run as a non-profit for several years. 

And a recent vote to create a library district--as Jackson County did--failed with voters. 

That leaves new efforts to raise money, or budget cuts, or both. 

Tough Decisions At Start Of Library District

Jul 18, 2014
Oregon Historical County Records Guide

The property taxes assessed for library operations in Jackson County will be the maximum allowed, 60 cents per thousands dollars of assessed value. 

Jackson County voters approved the formation of a library district in the May election, and supporters rejoiced. 

Then they took a look at the task at hand, and it's a big one. 

The library district, through its board, formally got the responsibility of running the county libraries on July 1, just a month and a half after the election. 

Jackson County Prepares To Vote On Libraries

Mar 12, 2014
Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Like so many other things, public libraries have become a political football in recent decades, subject to cutting or closing to balance local budgets. 

Jackson County lived through one round of library shutdowns in 2007, only to see libraries reopen with outsourced management and reduced hours. 

Oregon Historical County Records Guide

The fate of the Jackson County library will go before voters in May.

If passed, the proposal for a special tax district would create a property tax up to 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

A board of directors separate from the County Commissioners would run the district.