Upper Rogue libraries celebrate their return

White City Branch manager Lisa Ramos-Vance
White City Branch manager Lisa Ramos-Vance

Jubilant residents flocked to the Eagle Point Library on October 31, for its first day back in service. As smiles flashed from all directions, what had seemed like a punitive six-month period of deprivation, had finally come to a joyous halt.

A brief, symbolic 10 a.m. ceremony featured the flag-raising, and the "unlocking" of a large wooden padlock, with a matching key. Attending the morning event were Eagle Point Mayor Leon Sherman and his wife Edith; LSSI’s CEO Frank Pezzanite, with spouse Judy; and transition team coordinator, Mark L. Smith.
Returning for the official 2 p.m. opening to the public, Pezzanite, and Smith milled about welcoming hordes of costumed children and parents.

Delighted to resume the job she’s held for twenty-three years,
library page Virginia Brown greeted patrons and answered questions.
"Everything’s going to be about the same," Brown said. "One minor
change may be better. Under former policies, magazines had to be on the
shelf one month, or until the next issue came out, before patrons could
borrow them. Now, new magazines can be checked out immediately.
Periodicals and DVD’s have a seven-day limit. CDs and talking books
have a borrowing limit of ten; magazines are (numerically) unlimited."

happily back to her former position, Library Assistant, Pat Luthy,
fielded customers’ questions about Internet access. "The site is up and
running. We’ll be taking book requests on it next month. You’ll find
lots of information in our online catalog at www.jcls.org."

praising friends-of-the-library volunteers who stacked the shelves,
member Dora Moore presented newly-appointed Branch Manger Charlene
Prinsen, to the visiting crowd. A six-year veteran of Jackson County’s
library system, Prinsen had served in outreach to the homebound, Rogue
River’s reference department, and Medford’s children’s program. "I’m
honored, and privileged to head up Eagle Point’s branch," she said. "I
hope I can meet the community’s expectations." She invited all present
to sign the guest book, and enjoy cookies and candy intended for
trick-or-treaters of all ages.
"We had a quiet opening today,
Moore announced, but on Nov. 17 we’ll have our big open house with
music and refreshments from 2 to 4 p.m. Then on December 1, we’ll hold
our all-day book sale in the community room."

Following the
formalities, mothers sat reading picture books to their toddlers.
Spiderman explained the construction of his costume to curious
neighbors. Josh Medieros entered his guess as to how many objects
occupied a jar. Winners at each branch receive $20 gift certificates
for Barnes and Nobel. And Jacob Smart looked for a dinosaur book on a
computer screen’s menu. Eagle Point’s library, as residents had
cherished and recalled it, hummed with new life.
Shady Cove branch.

Oct. 29, saw the doors fling open once again at Shady Cove’s pocket
branch. Not readily visible from Crater Lake Highway, the address 22225
is hard to spot at first. The best way to find it is to think of it as
located next door, (immediately south of) the Mexican restaurant now
called La Casa del Pueblo. On the west side of the highway, the
structure the library occupies once housed Sportsman’s Pub. Two rear
rooms, in what appears from the front to be an empty building, now
comprise the temporary branch.
Promoting from a former position in
Medford’s library, Cliff Dunn was chosen to manage the Shady Cove,
Prospect and Butte Falls branches.

"I’m most excited for
everyone that the libraries are open and available," Dunn said. "I feel
fortunate to work here. I grew up loving libraries."

credits the friends of the library for helping plow through a pile of
work stocking shelves to open in time. Pat Brooks put flyers out around
town, to notify the public. Former Shady Cove branch supervisor Karen
Rickard, now at the school district, brought in a group of children to
cheer on the first day. Anne Guevara, head of all branches, also came
by on Monday. She visited Butte Falls on Tuesday, and Prospect on
Thursday for their debuts under LSSI, with Dunn at their helms.
Dunn says he especially looks forward to summer when the new building is completed, and full services are back up again.

Charlene Prinsen, supervisor of the Eagle Point Branch Library, found herself helping a student on re-opening day
Charlene Prinsen, supervisor of the Eagle Point Branch Library, found herself helping a student on re-opening day

White City branch.
Oct. 29 marked the reopening of White City library. Anne Guevara,
LSSI’s Mark Smith, and approximately 300 jubilant school children and
parents stopped by. Lisa Ramos-Vance took the reigns as branch
supervisor after her predecessor Jackie Nelson declined the part-time
hours. With tenure of nine-years, Ramos-Vance brings imagination, and
enthusiasm to the job. Her bilingual skills sparkle in an area with a
growing Spanish-speaking population. A White City resident for twelve
years, she says she frequently hears requests for basic computer skills
training in Spanish. She hopes to fill that need within a year.

with Ramos-Vance, library assistant JoAnn Crosby had found herself
dislocated from a work assignment she’d held for years. Although Crosby
trained through the job council in valuable skills, jobs eluded her
from the April closure to the reopening this week. "We could collect
unemployment benefits," said Ramos-Vance, "but with five children, I
needed insurance. That’s something you don’t receive on the
unemployment line."
The supervisor expressed a wish to see more friends of the library volunteering in White City.
by F. C. Blake
Of the Independent

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