Medford, Oregon (August 30, 2021)—Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) offers free events, including virtual programs and Take & Make kits. Event times, dates, and locations are subject to change. Please consult our online calendar to confirm events. 


Online programs take place via Zoom and/or Facebook LIVE. Meeting or webinar details will be emailed to participants when they register through the JCLS Events Calendar at or by calling the library. Programs may be recorded and later made available on the JCLS Beyond YouTube channel at Learn how to join a Zoom meeting with this short video tutorial: 

Windows in Time: “Napoleon Revisited: Kerby’s Fascinating History” 

Wednesday, September 1 • 12:00–1:00 PM 

During its glory days, Kerby was the county seat, boasting two hotels, several saloons, a jail, school, and one of Oregon’s earliest post offices. Presenter Paul Fattig will discuss early day residents and events that forged the hamlet during territorial times. 

Queer Coffee House @ the Library 

First Saturdays • 10:00 AM–12:00 PM 

September 4, October 2, November 6 

Make a cup of coffee, and join us virtually! Share your new favorite books, movies, and podcasts or projects you’re working on. LGBTQ+ folx and allies are welcome! 


First Tuesdays • 12:00–1:00 PM 

September 7, October 5, November 2 

Share what you are reading, and find your next great read. 

Eagle Point Book Club, 18+ YRS 

First Tuesdays • 2:00–3:15 PM 

September 7: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 

October 5: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 

November 2: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 

Basic ASL (American Sign Language), 8+ YRS 

Wednesday, September 8 • 1:00–2:00 PM 

Learn finger spelling, greetings, and quick ASL phrases in this introductory course in American Sign Language (ASL). 

Grant Writing: An Intensive Series 

Select Mondays • 6:00–7:30 PM 

Are you new to the grant seeking process? This grant writing workshop series will help participants learn and progress from any level of experience and knowledge. In the final 30 minutes of each session, we will discuss books we’re reading on grant writing, community building, and organizational development. For inspiration, check out this booklist:  

September 13: Intro to Grant Writing & Case Statements 

September 27: Impacts, Outcomes, & Partnerships 

October 11: Evaluation & Budget 

October 25: Credibility & Sustainability 

Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) 12-18 YRS 

Tuesday, September 14 • 4:30–5:30 PM 

Tuesday, October 12 • 4:30–5:30 PM 

Tuesday, November 9 • 4:30–5:30 PM 

T.A.G. members are dedicated, motivated teens in grades 7-12 who meet to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, and make crafts. Contact a Medford Teen Librarian to join. 

Medford Library Book Chat 

Second Tuesdays • 5:30–6:30 PM 

September 14: The Overstory by Richard Powers 

October 12: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan 

November 9: A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly 

Business Book Discussion: Inclusive Resilience 

Third Wednesdays • 12:00–1:00 PM 

September 15, October 20, November 17 

Discuss the works of authors sharing strategies for inclusive resilience and leadership. Find book suggestions at 

Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement 

Wednesday, September 15 • 6:30–7:30 PM 

Join performer and lecturer Galen Abdur-Razzaq for a presentation on the cultural and historical significance of jazz music during the Civil Rights movement. 

Gold Hill Library Book Club, 18+ YRS 

Third Fridays • 3:00–4:00 PM 

September 17: Children of the Land by Marcello Hernandez Castillo 

October 15: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 

November 19:  Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley 

Random Fandom: Marissa Meyer’s Renegades Series 

Saturday, September 18 • 12:30–2:00 PM 

Marissa Meyer’s Renegades series is what superhero dreams are made of… or is it? Delve into all the nitty-gritty details during this month’s Random Fandom program. 

Diverse Reads Book Club, 12-18 YRS 

Third Tuesdays • 4:30–5:30 PM 

Discuss stories that take us out of our own experiences and into the perspective of how others see the world. 

September 21: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner 

October 19: Frankly in Love by David Yoon 

November 16: This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzi-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Michell, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley 

K-pop Dance Class, 12-18 YRS 

Saturday, September 25 • 3:00–4:00 PM 

Dance an hour away as we highlight the boy group Vixx and learn the choreography to their song “Love Equation.” 

Brain Books 

Fourth Tuesdays • 2:30–4:30 PM 

September 28: The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism by Katherine Stewart 

October 26: Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant 

November 23: The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous by Joseph Henrich 

Banned Books: Hard-hitting Questions Answered by Your Local Librarians 

Tuesday, September 28 • 6:00–7:30 PM 

In recognition of Banned Books Week, join us for a panel discussion on what it means to ban a book, what types of books get banned, and how libraries promote the freedom to read. 

Teen General Knowledge Trivia, 12-18 YRS 

Wednesday, September 29 • 4:30–5:30 PM 

Wednesday, October 27 • 4:30–5:30 PM 

Tuesday, November 23 • 4:30–5:30 PM 

Test your knowledge alongside your peers in this fast-paced, online trivia challenge. 


Engage! Technology and Community Involvement 

Tuesday, October 5 • 2:00–3:00 PM 

Monday, November 1 • 2:00–3:00 PM 

Learn how electronic resources can make civic engagement easier. Learn how to attend online public meetings, access free tax prep, and find sources of unbiased world news and podcasts. 

Craigslist for Beginners 

Thursday, September 9 • 12:00–1:00 PM 

Learn the basics of Craigslist, the popular classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, for sale, items wanted, services, community service, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. Get basic tips and tricks for buying and selling safely on the platform. 

Welcome to the Internet Archive 

Thursday, October 7 • 12:00–1:15 PM 

Learn about the Internet Archive, an online digital library of stored webpages, audio files, video files, photos, books, and more. The website gives the public access to 25 years of saved webpages and millions of books, texts, audio recordings, videos, and more. 

Internet Foundations 

Tuesday, October 19 • 12:00–1:00 PM 

This is a class for people who are new to the internet, or for those who are comfortable, but think a few more details would be helpful. Have you ever wondered what a tab is? What are cookies? How to block ads? What is the difference between a browser and a search engine? Do you really need an email account? Join us to learn the answers to all these questions and more as we explore how to navigate the World Wide Web safely and easily. 

Managing Your Google Account 

Thursday, November 4 • 11:00 AM–12:15 PM 

Learn how to manage your Google account, from settings, privacy, recovery and security options, to third party app access and family sharing. 

Getting Started with Microsoft Word 

Tuesday, November 9 • 12:00–1:00 PM 

Join us for a brief overview of some the key features of Microsoft Word, and learn where to find relevant tools to design polished documents. 


Take & Make kits contain hands-on activities to make or do at home. Kits are available by request during front door service beginning on the dates listed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 


Take & Make: Wreck This Journal, 13+ YRS 

Available starting Saturday, September 4 

With hilarious prompts on every page, you’re encouraged to use your creativity to “wreck” your way through Kari Smith’s Wreck This Journal until the end result is uniquely yours.  

Take & Make: Window Suncatcher Craft, 5+ YRS 

Available starting Saturday, September 11 

Create a window suncatcher during this drop-in program.  

Culinary Take & Make: Spice of the Month, 18+ YRS 

Available starting second Sundays this fall 

Pick up a Spice of the Month kit to expand your culinary horizons! Each kit will contain the spice selected for that month, a brief history and background on the spice, and a few recipes from diverse cuisines to try at home. 

September 12: Paprika 

October 10: Cardamom 

November 14: Nutmeg 

Take & Make: Pixie Village on the Lawn, 5+ YRS 

Wednesday, September 22 • 3:30–4:30 PM 

Use a variety of natural materials to create a fairy house. 


Take & Make: Paper Flowers, 3+ YRS 

Available starting Tuesday, September 21 

For generations, Mexicans have used paper as an art in many forms: paper flowers, papier-mâché crafts, papel picado, and much more. Make beautiful paper flowers with this kit. 


Take & Make: Leaf Mandala, 3+ YRS 

Available starting Monday, September 13 

Make a leaf mandala with silk leaves and metallic markers. 

Culinary Take & Make: Sustainable Grains – Kitchari, 8+ YRS 

Available starting Monday, September 20 

Make kitchari, an Ayurvedic one-pot meal made with sustainable grains. 

Take & Make: Frida Kahlo-inspired Headband, 6+ YRS 

Available starting Monday, September 27 

Make a Frida Kahlo-inspired headband following a Creativebug video. 


Medford Arts and Culture Scavenger Hunt, 3+ YRS 

Available starting Wednesday, September 1 

Go on a scavenger hunt around downtown Medford to fill out your Medford Arts and Culture passport, available by request. Turn in your completed passport for a prize! 

Take & Make: Apple Stamp Art, 3+ YRS 

Available starting Sunday, September 5 

Make an apple stamping work of art. This seasonal kit includes an apple, plastic knife, paint, and paper. 


Take & Make: Make a Mondrian, 3+ YRS 

Available starting Wednesday, September 1 

Use colored craft sticks to make a piece of art in the style of Piet Mondrian, who made modern art using basic shapes and colors. 

Take & Make: Watercolor Bing Cherries on Greeting Cards, 18+ YRS 

Available starting Tuesday, September 14 

Paint two greeting cards inspired by Ah Bing, a Chinese immigrant who cultivated the Bing cherry in Milwaukie, Oregon. 

Take & Make: Beautiful Straw Beads, 5+ YRS 

Available starting Tuesday, September 21 

Make a bead curtain or necklace using crochet thread, drinking straws, and glue. 


Take & Make: Finding Your Voice in Art 

Friday, September 17 • 2:00–3:00 PM 

Express yourself through art by trying various art mediums to see what speaks to you. Explore paint, pencil, watercolor, clay, and poetry. 


Take & Make: Diverse Art Coloring Pages, 5+ YRS 

Available starting Tuesday, September 7 

Celebrate National Coloring Day (September 14) with a kit of colored pencils and a variety of artwork to color, as well as biographies of a diverse group of artists.  

Take & Make: Wax Paper Rainbow Craft, 5+ YRS 

Available starting Tuesday, September 28 

Make a craft rainbow to hang in your window to show your support of LGBTQ+ History Month in October, or just because you love rainbows!