Most communities are planning events to mark today's closure of Jackson County libraries. All of these branches plan to host information tables, manned by volunteers, to answer questions about the closure and to give details about a bond levy set to appear on May ballots:
- Applegate — Bumper stickers and levy information will be available in the lobby and "seeds of hope" will be distributed.
- Ashland — From noon to 5 p.m., chalk artists will decorate library sidewalks. A "Mad Tea Party" is planned on the library lawn, and librarygoers are encouraged to wear costumes, drink tea and read. At 2 p.m., a group of children plan a sit-in to last after closing time. A final book return will be held at 3 p.m. At 4:45 p.m., a ceremony will be held to lower the flag and turn off the library lights. Residents may write messages on ribbons (provided) and tie them on banisters outside the library.
- Butte Falls — No special events are planned.
- Central Point — Supporters will pass out seed packets at the library that state "Plant Seeds of Hope." The library is open from noon to 5 p.m.
- Eagle Point — Residents plan a Parade of Compassion at 5 p.m. Friday, with Harley-Davidson motorcycles and large semi-tractors. Participants will receive a blue ribbon bookmark, a special reading is planned and a final book drop will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The flag then will be lowered and a giant padlock will be put on the front door.
- Gold Hill — Refreshments will be served in the community room from 1 to 5 p.m. Library staff members plan an informal flag ceremony at 5 p.m., for which community members are welcome to observe.
- Jacksonville — The Jacksonville library has no special plans for the final day. A fundraiser concert was hosted at the branch on Thursday.
- Medford — Supporters will hand out flower seeds during final hours of operation, from noon to 5 p.m. People for the USA Grange, citizens who believe more timber harvesting would alleviate the funding shortfall, plans a rally in front of the library at noon. A closing ceremony will be held from 4 to 5 p.m.
- Phoenix — Supporters will pass out "Seeds of Hope" seed packets and a levy information booth will be set up in the small, temporary quarters. Lawn signs supporting the May library levy will be available for residents.
- Rogue River — No special events are planned.
- Ruch — In addition to a levy information table on Friday, residents will hold a reading vigil from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
- Shady Cove — One of the final libraries to be rebuilt, the Shady Cove library is currently housed in temporary quarters and has no special plans. An information table will be set up in the lobby. Hours are noon to 5 p.m.
- Talent — From 2 to 3 p.m., costumed book characters will appear at the corner of Main and Market streets, holding signs announcing the library closure and requesting support for the May levy. Inside, residents can sign a giant greeting card that will state, "Too bad you're closing. Reopen soon."
- White City — Refreshments will be served during library hours, 1 to 5 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., local Girl Scouts will be on hand to take down the library flag and lock the library doors one last time.
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