Dear Stranger: Jackson County Letter Exchange

June 19, 2021
Modeled after the Oregon Humanities “Dear Stranger” project, the library’s letter exchange invites Jackson County residents, 18 years and up, to write a letter to a stranger. Each letter writer will be matched with another, ideally from a different zip code. If you write a letter, you will receive a letter.

You may write about anything you choose, but possible prompts include: What does community mean to you? How are you a leader in your community, or how would you like to be? What are your favorite things about living in Southern Oregon? What is one of your favorite books?

You should address your letter “Dear Stranger.” Please include your name and return address on the envelope, but not in the content of your letter. Letters will be removed from their original envelopes to keep letter writers anonymous. Please remember that what you share in the letter (such as details about yourself, photos, etc.) may contain information that could identify you. When you receive a letter, instructions will be provided if you are interested in further communication.

Please note, JCLS staff will read all letters before they are exchanged. JCLS accepts no responsibility for the content of correspondence exchanged through the Dear Stranger program. Letters must be received by JCLS by June 30th. Return letters will be mailed to participants in July. To join in, go to and complete a release form.

National Library Week

June 19, 2021

To celebrate National Library Week in April, the Friends surprised Ashland Library staff with Ashland Chamber of Commerce gift certificates that they can use at over forty local businesses. We were glad for a chance to say thank-you for the terrific job the whole staff has done in challenging circumstances the last year.

Pat Fuhrman says thanks to Library Associates Clare Taylor (left) and Holly Mills.

Bonnie Johnson presents a gift card to Security Guard, Scott Derrico.


Thanks For Renewing

February 2, 2021

Thank you to all who have renewed your membership for 2021. If you would like to renew but your paper renewal form has gone astray, you can join online here.  Together we can continue to give strong support to the Ashland Library and Jackson County Library Services .

Board Of Directors Election

February 2, 2021

Thank you to everyone who voted in our recent election. The vote in favor of the whole slate was unanimous. As a result, Pat Fuhrman, Cathy Prazenica, and Karen Spence will each begin another two year term, rejoining Leslie Dawson, Teresa Montgomery, Nancy Quintanilla, Nicky Stanke, and Donna Wright, whose terms continue. Serving with them will be our four new directors. A warm welcome to Karen Clarke, Diane Englehardt, Elaine Hamlin, and Bonnie Johnson.