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Love Your Libraries

We support free and open access to libraries for everyone in our community.

Close-up of a woman with dark curly hair, large glasses, brown fingernails, and a flowery blouse, holding up a Van Gogh book in front of her face, in front of a bookshelf (photo by Wilson Vitorino)

Vote in the May 16, 2023 Election

This effort is supported by Libraries for Our Community PAC #14992, originally formed in 2012 under the name Keep Our Libraries Open. We led two efforts at the ballot to form a district, the first one failing and the second one winning permanent funding for the library system in 2017. After the formation of the district, the PAC changed its name to Libraries for Our Community. We are the watchdogs of nonpartisan leadership in an increasingly partisan world. We support the expansion of the library district to better serve all residents of Josephine County.

Meet the Candidates

Here in Josephine County, we have a tradition of loving our libraries. When they closed, we opened them. When they needed new books and materials, we donated to them. And when they needed volunteers, we stepped up.

Our libraries endure because they ensure access to knowledge, culture, and community, but they can only do so if we ensure the freedom to read and learn. Unfortunately, that freedom is under attack throughout the United States. As the American Library Association puts in their Freedom to Read Statement:

Most attempts at suppression rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy: that the ordinary individual, by exercising critical judgment, will select the good and reject the bad.