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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Sept. 16

Jackson County Library Services will hold several events in recognition of Banned Books Week, Sept. 14-18, including a panel discussion on Sept. 22 with JCLS staff. See listings. 123RF photo

*Note: To submit your event to Tempo, email information to Tempo@rosebudmedia.com.

Recurring Events

Ashland seniors activities

A variety of virtual and in-person activities and services are available to adults 50 and older Mondays through Fridays through the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. See ashlandseniorservices.org or call 541-488-5342 for full listings.

Native plants garden tour

Take a virtual tour through 11 gardens to explore trees, shrubs, perennials and wildflowers that are native to our area at jacksoncountymga.org/native-plants-garden-tour. Included are an eco-restoration garden, a permaculture mini-farm, a small urban garden and more. Admission is free; donations to the Jackson County Master Gardeners Association will be accepted. For more information, call 541-227-1358.

Historic Jacksonville virtual tour

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. has created a variety of virtual ways for you to explore the National Historic Landmark town, Jacksonville. Watch two online videos — a 30-minute “Walk through History” virtual tour which takes you to 23 different sites, and a 45-minute “Jacksonville Historic Homes” video tour which visits 27 different historic houses including the wooden 1855 Mathew G. Kennedy house, the 1873 Beekman House, and the 1892 Jeremiah Nunan house. Read through two text-based virtual tours “Beekman Bank Nuggets,” and “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call,” or the “Walk through History” blog to learn more about specific Jacksonville historic sites. You can also read stories of beer, wine, whiskey, saloons, and “entrepreneurs” in the “Thirsty Thursday” on-line series. For more information or to access see historicjacksonville.org.

September Events

Banned Books Discussion

In recognition of Banned Books Week, Sept. 18-24, JCLS staff will hold a panel discussion on banned books from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, via Zoom. Topics will include how the library responds to book challenges, what they are hearing from the wider library community about the current country-wide wave of book challenges, and how libraries can help promote the freedom to read. Panelists will include staff from JCLS administration and management. Facilitated by Kristin Anderson, Bear Creek Area Manager. For further details or to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Gardening Presentation

Master Gardener Lynn Kunstman will present “Seven Steps to a Native Plant Garden,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, via Zoom. Learn how choosing native plants helps preserve and protect life on earth. Kunstman will outline seven steps (based on the work of Doug Tallamy) that you can take to create healthy, productive gardens, and help save our disappearing pollinators and birds. For further details or to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Author Talk with Hernan Diaz

Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz will discuss his new book, “Trust,” and his novel “In the Distance,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, via Zoom. For further details or to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Teen Trivia

Teens ages 13 and older can join in a live, fast-paced game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month (Sept. 27). Log into the Zoom meeting to see the questions and respond on the Kahoot app or website. You don’t need an account to play, just the app and the game PIN, which we will be provided during the Zoom meeting. This quiz will contain 70 questions on a variety of subjects. For further details or to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

October Events

Medford Library Book Chat

Adults 18 and older can discuss selected books with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month via Zoom. On Oct. 11, the book to be discussed will be “The Road to Character,” by David Brooks. Registration is required. For further details and to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

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