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  • When 15 doors close

    Homeschooled students forced to scramble for texts after shutdown of county library system
  • As she paws through the Willow Wind Community Learning Center library of a few hundred books, it doesn't take 14-year-old Allesandra Geffen long to realize it's a poor substitute for the now-shuttered Jackson County library system.
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  • As she paws through the Willow Wind Community Learning Center library of a few hundred books, it doesn't take 14-year-old Allesandra Geffen long to realize it's a poor substitute for the now-shuttered Jackson County library system.
    A homeschooled child, she used the public library almost daily and always had a "significant pile" of books checked out for study. She also used the library to conduct research on the Internet, something her mom can't afford at home, she said.
    What's going to happen, now that the county's 15 libraries are shut for lack of funding?
    "I don't know," she said. "Without the library, that (research) is not going to happen. We can't afford to buy the books. We will lend between families but that's much more limited than a library."
    The library system's closure, which came April 6 after a $23 million shortfall in the county budget, has some parents considering a neighborhood book exchange to help fill the gap.
    Allesandra's father, Ronen Geffen, said parents are looking for a place to store pooled books "to make it more substantial, not just a couple families sharing."
    Cathy Lemble, Allesandra's mother, said that while she feels "quite daunted and fairly overwhelmed," she has about 250 books at home and is exploring borrowing, stocking and lending at a grassroots level.
    The family also plan to use the Southern Oregon University library, which charges community members $35 a year ($60 for couples) for a library card and has Internet access.
    Homeschooled children will be able to check out books from school libraries in the district they live in, or, if they are the appropriate age, from the middle and high schools, said Willow Wind Administrator Debbie Pew.
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