Jackson County Library Events – February 2020

Listed below are free scheduled events at all Jackson County Libraries this February, 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.

Applegate Library

Color Happy!

3rd Wednesdays • 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Drop-in, enjoy freshly-brewed hot drinks and treats, and have fun coloring!

Ashland LibraryKids & Family

LEGO Builders, Architects, & Engineers, 4+ YRS

1st Sundays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 15, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Build and display your own LEGO creations. DUPLO bricks are available for younger kids.

Sign Language for Families

Mondays, February 3–March 16* • 10:10–11:00 a.m.

*No program on 2/17

This six-week course introduces families and young children to basic sign language.

Love in the Library: A Family Valentine’s Day Celebration, 4+ YRS

Saturday, February 8, • 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of music with local musician Dennis Caraher, Valentine crafts, and cookie decorating.

Ashland LibraryTeens

Teen Video Game Tournament

1st Mondays • 4:30–6:30 p.m.

The battle to be #1 in a video game tournament starting at 4:30 p.m., or drop in from 4:30–6:30 p.m. to play PS4, Nintendo, and computer games.

Queer Coffee House at the Library

1st Saturdays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ identified people and their allies meet to share coffee, snacks, news, LGBTQ+ books, and discussion.

Board Game Afternoon, 8+ YRS

3rd Saturdays • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Drop in to play a variety of board games from Funagain Games and the Ashland Library Teen Department.

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

4th Mondays • 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Improve the Teen Space at the Ashland Library by brainstorming ideas for teen programs, displays, and more while enjoying treats.

Teen Crafternoon: Cat & Dog Toys

Saturday, February 8, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, share your love with homeless dogs and cats at the Jackson County Animal Shelter by creating toys to be donated to the shelter.

Teen Movie

Saturday, February 22, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Enjoy popcorn, and find out if Pikachu can solve the case with his trusty human sidekick, Tim, in the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure. (2019/105m/PG)

Ashland LibraryAdults


1st Tuesdays • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Share what you are reading, and find new books to read.

Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group

Last Wednesdays • from 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Discuss interesting mysteries. Check jcls.org for book selection.

Spanish Conversation Group

Thursdays • 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Increase your fluency in Spanish through casual conversation. All levels welcome, as are drop-ins.

Queer Coffee House at the Library

1st Saturdays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ identified people and their allies meet to share coffee, snacks, news, LGBTQ+ books, and discussion.

Inner Peace Series

2nd Sundays • 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Charles (Al) Huth will discuss “giving up.” The philosophy of giving up is not about loss, but about letting go of our misunderstandings of self. If we give up the need for certainty, in terms of control and fixed answers, we are compensated by a different kind of certainty—the inevitable path to achieving your full potential.

Brain Books

4th Tuesdays • 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Discuss A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage.

Movie & Popcorn

Wednesday, February 26, • 2:00–4:00 p.m.

After a freak accident during a worldwide blackout, struggling musician Jack Malik wakes to discover that he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles. Using this newfound benefit to his advantage, Jack begins plagiarising the work of the legendary band to launch his career to superstardom. (2019/116m/PG-13)

Windows In Time Lecture

Southern Oregon University: Its History and Significance

Wednesday, February 12, • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Southern Oregon University has changed a great deal over the 90 years since its founding. Roy Saigo will discuss parts of its history, its position in the community, and memorable people who played a part.

Art Salon: Bruce Barnes

Sunday, February 23, • 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Barnes combines his love of the outdoors and architecture with his painting. A past member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, he has twice been voted one of the favorite artists in Ashland.

Central Point Library

LEGO Builders, Architects, & Engineers, 4+ YRS

Tuesdays • 3:00–4:00 p.m.

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

Spark Space Maker Project, K–12 grade

1st and 3rd Wednesdays • 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Build a fun maker project with electronics, cardboard, robotics, and more.

Central Point Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.), 11–18 YRS

1st Thursdays • 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Teens from Central Point and surrounding communities meet to plan events, decorate bulletin boards, recommend materials for the YA collection, and more.

Book Buffs, 18+ YRS

1st Fridays • 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Help sort book and movie donations with the Central Point Library Friends, a group of book buffs who support library services in countless ways. If you enjoy books and conversation, you will love Friday mornings at your library.

Brain Time, 55+ YRS

2nd Fridays • 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Want to keep those gray cells active? Join us for Scrabble, Boggle, coloring, and puzzles as we work together to encourage brain strength.

Teen Writers, 11–18 YRS

Saturdays • 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Sharpen your mind and your writing with an enthusiastic group of teen writers. Each week we’ll focus on a different aspect of writing fiction.

Art in the Library, 8+ YRS (7 AND UNDER W/ ADULT)

2nd & 4th Wednesdays • 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Explore art with a variety of creative projects.

Family Game Play

2nd Saturdays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of ever-changing games for the whole family.

Central Point Friends of the Library Friday Afternoon Book Sale

3rd Fridays • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Shop for new or gently used items including books, CDs & movies! All proceeds help provide programming and materials for your local branch library.

LEGO WeDo Robotics, 7–10 YRS

2nd Thursdays • 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Build LEGO models using LEGO WeDo and program them to move and react. Pre-registration required.

Eagle Point Library

Eagle Point Friends Book Club

1st Tuesdays • 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Eagle Point Friends of the Library Open Cupboards Book Sale

Wednesdays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Shop for new or gently-used items including books, CDs & movies. Proceeds benefit the Eagle Point Library.

LEGO Builders, Architects, & Engineers, 4+ YRS

Wednesdays • 1:00–3:30 p.m.

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

Yarnia!, 8+ YRS

Wednesdays • 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Learn to knit or crochet. Supplies provided. For all levels.

Saturday Movie Matinee & Popcorn

2nd Saturdays • 1:00–3:30 p.m.

William Shakespeare’s tragic romance gets a garden-gnome twist in this computer-animated musical.(2011/84m/G)

Teen Gamer Day, 10-18 YRS

3rd Saturdays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Get your game on with our new Nintendo Switch!

Library Ukuleles, 18+ YRS

4th Tuesdays • 2:30–4:00 p.m.

Bring your own ukulele or check one out at the library and join friends in the “play along” ukulele group. All levels welcome.

Author Talk: Sue DeMarinis Presents The Station Master’s Wife

Thursday, February 20, • 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Local author Sue DeMarinis will read from her second novel, The Station Master’s Wife, set among true historical events in 1887 Ashland.

Gold Hill Library

LEGO Builders, Architects, & Engineers, 4+ YRS

2nd and 4th Wednesdays • 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Build and display your own LEGO creations. DUPLO bricks are available for younger kids.

Gold Hill Library Book Club, 18+ YRS

3rd Fridays • 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Discuss Educated by Tara Westover. Books are available for pick up one month prior to the meeting date.

Movie Classics & More: Grace Kelly

Select Mondays • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

February 3: Academy Award winners Grace Kelly and Ray Milland star with Robert Cummings in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest thrillers–Dial M for Murder. When playboy tennis pro-Tony Wendice (Milland–The Lost Weekend) discovers his rich wife, Margot (Kelly–Rear Window, To Catch a Thief), is having an affair with handsome American Mark Hallidy (Cummings–The Carpetbaggers), he devises an ingenious plot to murder her. But when his scheme takes an unexpected, deadly twist, Tony improvises–implicating Margot for first-degree murder in this classic spellbinder. (1954/105m/PG)

February 10: A retired jewel thief will be arrested unless he can trap the copycat burglar who has taken up serial-stealing on the French Riviera. (1955/103m/PG)

February 24: A laid-up magazine photographer witnesses a possible murder from his apartment window. (1954/112m/PG)

Natural History of the Oregon Trail

Wednesday, February 5, • 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Learn about the animals, plants, and geology of the Oregon and Applegate Trails with Bugs-R-Us Educational Services, including bison, elk, deer, quail, and coyotes. In this hands-on program, you’ll get to touch animal hides, horns, and feathers from all of the mammals and birds that are discussed.

Teddy Bear Indoor Picnic, 3–10 YRS W/ ADULT

Saturday, February 22, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Bring your favorite stuffed toy and dress as your favorite character for a special storytime and indoor picnic with music, games, and crafts.

Author Talk: Sue DeMarinis Presents The Station Master’s Wife

Saturday, February 29, • 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Local author Sue DeMarinis will read from her second novel, The Station Master’s Wife, set among true historical events in 1887 Ashland.

Jacksonville Library

Meet with a Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO)

1st Wednesdays • 12:00–3:00 p.m.

Meet with an accredited representative for counsel & assistance in obtaining Veterans benefits. Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) counsel and assist veterans and their dependents in obtaining benefits provided for them by county, state and federal law. VSOs have accredited representatives for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims before the Department of Veterans’ Affairs under the laws relating to veterans’ benefits. There will be a VSO available for both Jackson County and Josephine County.

Medford Library: Kids & Family

Homework Hub, 5–12 YRS

Mondays and Tuesdays* • 3:00–5:00 p.m.

*No tutoring 2/17

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

Medford Matinee & Popcorn

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

Major complications ensue when Bonnie turns a spork into a toy, but he sees himself as an eating utensil instead. Woody, Buzz, and co. have to set out into the world to find him, reunite with Bonnie, and resolve his existential crisis. (2019/100m/G)

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.

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 Mini Golf

Tuesday, February 4, • 4:30–6:00 p.m.

Play a round of golf through the beautiful “vistas” of the Medford Teen Library bookshelves.

Teen Crafternoon: Duct Tape Flowers

Saturday, February 8, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Make duct tape roses and other sweet treat flowers to give or keep for Valentine’s Day.

Random Fandom: Superheroes

Saturday, February 15, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Discuss your favorite superheroes and compete in the 2nd Annual Marvel vs DC Battle at the Medford Teen Library.

Teen Movie Matinee

Saturday, February 22, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love? (2019/120m/PG-13)

Teen Library Takes a Leap

Saturday, February 29, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Leap Day at the Medford Teen Library with a movie about a young woman (Amy Adams) who decides to strong-arm her Irish boyfriend (Adam Scott) into marriage by proposing to him on leap day, when tradition forces him to accept. (2010/100m/PG).

Medford LibraryAdults

Medford Library Book Chat

2nd Tuesdays • 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Discuss The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

Lunchtime Movie & Popcorn

2nd Wednesdays • 12:00–3:00 p.m.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. (2019/132m/PG-13)

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.

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 change in February

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

Create a variety of crafts.

Library of Things Mystery Lab

Saturday, February 1, • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Discover JCLS’s Library of Things, our collection of items other than books and media that you can borrow with your library card. Try out sewing machines, puzzles, a giant Connect 4 game, and more during this hands-on program. Learn more at jcls.org/LOT.

Windows in Time Lecture

Southern Oregon University: Its History and Significance

Wednesday, February 5, • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Southern Oregon University has changed a great deal over the 90 years since its founding. Roy Saigo will discuss parts of its history, its position in the community, and memorable people who played a part.

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.

Getting Started with Facebook

Tuesday, February 18, • 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Get started with the basics of Facebook: the profile, settings, privacy, and more. If you would like to create a Facebook account during this workshop, bring your email login. Pre-registration required.

Guild Documentary

Wednesday, February 19, • 12:00–1:35 PM

This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children’s entertainer Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance. (2018/94m/PG-13)

Phoenix Library

February Kids’ Movies

Tuesdays • 2:45–4:30 p.m.

February 4:  The heroes of Bricksburg reunite in an all-new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. (2019/107m/PG)

February 11: The citizens of Berk face a dragon trafficker who threatens their peace, dragons, and friendships in the final installment of the fantasy trilogy. (2019/104m/PG)

February 18: 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)

February 25: The world of Pokémon comes to life in the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, starring Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu. (2019/104m/PG)

Learn to Play “Deal With It!” (aka Clag!)

Thursday, February 20, • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Clag, or “Deal With It!” is an English trick-taking card game played by 3–8 people. Easy to learn and fun to play!

Rogue River Library

Paper Tube Craft of the Month

3rd Saturdays • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Make wintry recycled paper tube craft, including penguins, snowmen, reindeers, and more.

Valentine Craft: Kids Session, 5–11 YRS (UNDER AGE 5 W/ ADULT)

Saturday, February 1 • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Make a Valentine and a lovely craft.

Valentine Craft: Teen & Adult Session, 12+ YRS

Saturday, February 1 • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Make a Valentine and a lovely decorative craft.

Author Talk: Sue DeMarinis Presents The Station Master’s Wife

Saturday, February 8, • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Local author Sue DeMarinis will read from her second novel, The Station Master’s Wife, set among true historical events in 1887 Ashland.

Puppeteer Anna Minter: Kindness from the Heart

Friday, February 14 • 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Join puppeteer Anna Minter for an interactive performance, then stay for face painting.

Library Downloads Workshop: Getting Started with Libby and Hoopla

Wednesday, February 19, • 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.

Ruch Library

Friends of Ruch Library A-Frame Bookstore

Tuesdays • 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Thursdays • 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Saturdays • 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Shop for new or gently used items including books, CDs, & movies. Proceeds benefit the Ruch Library.

LEGO Builders, Architects, & Engineers, 4+ YRS

Saturdays • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Build and display your own LEGO creations. DUPLO bricks are available for younger kids.

Friends of Ruch Library 1st Saturday Book Barn $5 Bag Sale

1st Saturdays • 12:00–4:00 p.m.

The Book Barn is regularly used to sort donations and opens every 1st Saturday for a special sale. Books are $1 each or a grocery bag full for $5.

Making Valentines

Saturday, February 8 • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Create a beautiful Valentine for someone special. We provide the paper, stickers, colorful pictures, yarn, bling, lace… you provide the love!

Shady Cove Library

New Orleans

Tuesday, February 18, • 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Dan and Carole Nielson will discuss historic locations around New Orleans, including Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, as well as the people connected to the Crescent City such as John Lafitte. They will also discuss Oak Alley Plantation, where Forrest Gump was filmed.

Talent Library

Classical Recorder Group, 18+ YRS

Tuesdays • 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Bring your recorder and join in the musical fun with a group that plays primarily classical selections. An ability to read music is necessary.

Scrabble Club, 18+ YRS

Saturdays • 12:00–3:00 p.m.

Play Scrabble with an active group for challenge & fun.

Strategy Board Game Day, 13+ YRS

1st Saturdays • 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Join FunAgain Games to learn and play new and popular board games like Catan, Dixit, Mysterium, Dominion, and other Euro-style tabletop games, which emphasize strategy while downplaying luck and conflict.

My Heart’s Blood: Films of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

Wednesdays • 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Known to be devoted to each other, Olivier called Vivien his “heart’s blood.” Although they only made three features together, each made a resoundingly glamorous impression in the film world.

February 5: Queen Elizabeth I is dealing with her country’s deteriorating relationship with Spain. Michael Ingolby, a naval officer whose father was killed fighting the Spanish, volunteers to go undercover in the Spanish court and learns plans are afoot to send an armada to ambush the British navy. Meanwhile, the aging Elizabeth, who has fallen for the dashing Ingolby, struggles with the fact that he is fixated on one of her beautiful ladies-in-waiting. (1937/92m/NR)

February 12: Journalist Frank Burdon works for a tiny Scottish paper. He is sent to write a light piece about government official Willie Gow but decides to pen a more critical story when he sees Gow deny local woman ownership of her dog because she can’t pay for the animal’s license. The article damages Willie’s reputation and sparking a rivalry between the two men. Matters are further complicated when Frank falls for Willie’s daughter, Vickie. (1937/87m/NR)

February 19: In this adaptation of the classic Emily Bronte novel set in 19th-century England, wealthy young Cathy Earnshaw shares a loving bond with Heathcliff, a poor childhood friend who now works in her stables. Unfortunately, things become complicated when the affluent Edgar Linton decides to pursue Cathy, and Heathcliff leaves out of resentment. Though Heathcliff returns with a self-made fortune, he realizes he may have lost Cathy in his absence. (1939/104m/NR)

February 26: When small-town courtesan Emma Hart suddenly finds herself married to British Ambassador Sir William Hamilton, her little world is turned upside down. Just as Emma is finally settling into her new life as the eponymous Lady Hamilton, she meets British naval hero Horatio Nelson and the two fall madly in love. However, their forbidden romance is soon threatened by the ever-growing shadow of the Napoleonic Wars. (1941/125m/NR)

White City Library

Spark Space LEGO WeDo Robotics, 7–10 YRS

1st Wednesdays • 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Build LEGO models using LEGO WeDo, then program them to move and react.

S.T.E.A.M. Coding Lab: Learn How to Program Using Scratch, 10–14 YRS

2nd Mondays • 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Learn how to use Scratch, a programming language, to create animated programs.

Board Game Day

3rd Wednesdays • 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Play popular board games and the Wii with your friends.

Library Bingo, 6+ YRS

3rd Saturdays • 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Join us for some family-friendly fun. Win prizes: books, gift certificates, swim passes, and more!

Spark Space: Makey Makey Music, 7+ YRS

Tuesday, February 11, • 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Explore the possibilities of making all kinds of music using our Makey-Makey electronic invention kits.

Community Programs

Medford Kaleidoscope Play and Learn, 0–5 YRS

Tuesdays • 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Community room and indoor playground at the Concord Apartments

100 N. Grape Street, Medford

Perfect place to play and learn on rainy days.

Talent Kaleidoscope Play and Learn, 0–5 YRS

BILINGUAL Spanish-English program

Tuesdays • 2:30–4:00 p.m.

The community room at the Anderson Vista Apartments

571 Talent Avenue, Talent

Parking is across the street at Chuck Roberts Park.

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