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Booktalks: About

The Booktalk Program aims to get kids excited about reading and is offered free to schools throughout Jackson County.


The Booktalk Program is currently on hiatus.

What is the Booktalk Program?

The Jackson County Library’s Booktalk Program aims to get kids excited about reading by introducing a variety of engaging titles during a 30-45 minute classroom visit. This is a free service offered to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes throughout the county.

During the class visit, the Booktalk Specialist presents a range of age-appropriate titles, both fiction and nonfiction. The goal is to hook reluctant readers with can’t-put-‘em-down stories, as well as provide great new material for the avid readers in the class. 

When are booktalks offered?

The fall booktalk session is open to fifth and sixth grade classes and runs from September to December. The spring program runs March to June and is open to fourth and fifth grade classes. Fifth grade teachers may request a booktalk visit during both sessions.

What books are presented?

The list of books changes each session, and different titles are used for different grades. Title lists will be available prior to the start of the session.

How much does it cost to participate in the Booktalk Program?

We offer the Booktalk Program as a free service to public and private schools in Jackson County. The program is supported by a generous bequest from the Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt family trust.

How do I schedule a booktalk for my students?

The Booktalk Program is currently on hiatus, but will return. If you have questions about the program, please contact Brystan Strong, Youth Services Coordinator, at (541) 774-6423 or by email at

Latest Booktalk Videos

Find more Booktalk videos on the JCLS YouTube Channel.