Jackson County Library & Community Events – December 2019

Listed below are free scheduled events at all Jackson County Libraries this December, including author talks, lectures, musical performances, crafting programs, movies, and more. Movie listings may include plot summaries in place of movie titles, as per our licensing agreement.

Medford Library: Kids & Family

Homework Hub, 5–12 YRS

Mondays and Tuesdays • 3:00–5:00 p.m.

No tutoring 12/23–1/3, 1/20, or 2/17

Free homework help is available by appointment. Learn more at jcls.org/homeworkhelp.

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company Presents “Peter Pan”

Saturday, December 7, • 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Fly away with the Darling children to Neverland, where Peter battles with a band of pirates and his archenemy: the villainous Captain Hook.

Santa’s Winter Party

Saturday, December 14, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are throwing a party. Take a picture with Santa and other characters, enjoy crafts, a guessing jar, treats, and an ugly sweater contest.

Snow Crafternoon

Saturday, December 21, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Make a snow globe, paint with “snow,” and make a snowman craft.

Medford Matinee & Popcorn

Saturday, December 21 • 11:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

A street rat pursues the princess of Agrabah with the help of a powerful genie who can grant him three wishes. His primary opponent is a malevolent sorcerer who serves as the city’s grand vizier and the chief advisor to the Sultan. (2019/128m/PG)

LEGO Builders, Architects, & Engineers, 4+ YRS

Last Saturdays • 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Build and display original creations. DUPLO bricks are available for younger kids.

The Library Design Squad, 7–12 YRS

Last Sundays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun afternoon of creativity and collaboration designing and decorating the Children’s Library bulletin board.

Medford Library: Teens & Tweens

Teen Gamer Day, 10–18 YRS

1st Saturdays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Get your game on! Join us in playing classic and fun board games, Giant Jenga, Nintendo Switch, or Wii.

Medford Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.), 13–18 YRS

2nd Tuesdays • 4:30–5:30 p.m.

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.

Teen Crafternoon: Winter Gift Giving

Saturday, December 21, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Join us this winter solstice to make handmade gifts for the holiday season.

December Teen Movie Matinees

Tuesdays, December 24 & 31 • 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Watch the Teen’s Choice of the Best Holiday Movie and the Best Movie of 2019 as voted on by Medford area teens. Vote for your favorites in the Teen Library during December.​

Medford Library: Adults

Seed To Supper

Mondays, December 2 & 9 • 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Catch the final sessions of this six-week workshop that highlights low-cost, step-by-step techniques for cultivating a successful vegetable garden that you can harvest and serve at your dinner table. ACCESS is the local satellite partner under the Oregon Food Bank for the Seed to Supper program and works in collaboration with Jackson County Master Gardeners Association.

Simplified Tai Chi

Tuesdays • 10:00–11:00 a.m. for beginning students

Tuesdays • 10:30–11:30 a.m. for advanced students

Improve balance and ease of movement.

Library Downloads Workshop: Getting Started with Libby and Hoopla

Wednesday, December 4, • 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Learn how to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and music for free with your library card. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you’ll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading items in our digital collection. Please bring your app store login information, library card number, and PIN. Pre-registration required.

Windows in Time Lecture

The Amazing and All-Too Short Career of Sheriff August Singler

Wednesday, December 4, • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Reference Librarian Julie Drengson will discuss the career of Sheriff August D. Singler, who was killed in the line of duty in 1913.

Friends of the Medford Library Book Clearance

Friday, December 6, • 12:00–3:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 7 • 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Browse thousands of new and gently used books, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, records, and more. By keeping “prices” on a donation basis, you can fill up your book bag and support your library.

Library Ukuleles (LUKEs), 16+ YRS

2nd Sundays • 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Join Plaza Players & Friends to learn ukulele chords and tuning, then play as a group from a fun selection of sheet music. All levels welcome.

Color Happy!

Tuesday, December 10, • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Drop-in, enjoy coffee and donuts and have fun coloring.

Medford Library Book Chat

2nd Tuesdays • 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Discuss Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamand.

Lunchtime Movie & Popcorn

2nd Wednesdays • 12:00–3:00 p.m.

The remaining Avengers must gather their strength to defeat the mad titan Thanos.


Makers & Hackers Night After Hours

2nd Thursdays • 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Exercise your creativity and tap into your inner geek with Rogue Hack Lab.

Reach Customers & Clients Online with Google

Friday, December 13, • 12:00 noon- 1:00 pm.

Discover how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads with Corissa Saint Laurent, a speaker for the Grow with Google program. Business Librarian Elanna Erhardt will also share how to leverage library resources to start or grow your small business.

Introspective Writing Group

2nd Saturdays • 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Use writing to explore your inner self in a supportive group setting.

Make It Art Monday, 18+ YRS

3rd Mondays* • 12:00–2:00 p.m.

*Date changes in January & February

Monday, January 27, • 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Monday, February 24, • 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Create a variety of crafts.

Guild Lecture: Nepal & the Mystical Himalayas

Wednesday, December 18, • 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Paul and Barbara Young will discuss Nepali culture and customs, dispel a few myths, and share Nepal’s topography, natural history, and demographics.

Small Business Workshop: Research to Strengthen or Start Your Small Business

Last Tuesdays • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Learn how to use digital research for business planning, customize national data for future growth, participate in free online courses, and reserve meeting rooms for free with your library card. For details, contact Business Librarian Elanna Erhardt at (541) 734-3992 or EErhardt@jcls.org.

Community Programs

Medford Kaleidoscope Play and Learn, 0–5 YRS

Tuesdays • 10:00–11:30 a.m.

*No class 12/24 and 12/31.

Community room and indoor playground at the Concord Apartments

100 N. Grape Street, Medford

Perfect place to play and learn on rainy days.

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