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Oregon Community Foundation grant moves Roseburg library project forward

File photo of the Douglas County Library headquarters building in Roseburg, January 24, 2017, now known as the Roseburg Public Library. (File/SBG photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Oregon Community Foundation awarded the City of Roseburg more than $100,000 to support the opening of the Roseburg Public Library.

These grant funds will support the construction of the children's library and the planned tween/teen library. Some $50,500 came through OCF’s community grant program that included participation from the Crane Creek Family Fund, the Olsrud Family Fund and the Robert K and Judith A McDermott Fund.

In addition, the library project received $50,000 from the OCF Whipple Foundation Fund, which was established in 2003 by Mildred Whipple to improve, facilitate and enhance lifelong learning for the citizens of Douglas County. In particular, the Whipple Foundation Fund focuses on supporting reopening of libraries that used to be part of the Douglas County Library System.

“We are grateful to The Oregon Community Foundation for its support in this endeavor, which we believe is vital to a thriving community, as well as to the education of Douglas County youth and life-long learners” said City Manager Lance Colley. “The early support from OCF was instrumental in our efforts to raise the funds necessary to provide for the library renovation. The OCF funding is being matched in part by The Ford Family Foundation, thus providing additional support for this project.

The City, in partnership with the Douglas Education Service District, will be opening the former headquarters branch of the Douglas County Library System in Roseburg to return library services to the community. The project will bring state-of-the art literacy resources to students, as well as adults.

“These grants underscore how important libraries are to donors in Douglas County and also advance our organization-wide initiative to invest in education at all levels to help close the achievement gap," said Joan Kerns, OCF Donor Relations Officer. “This illustrate how we work to match individual and business interests with the community causes they care about,” she noted.

The Roseburg Public Library is expected to open this fall following renovations and remodeling. Douglas ESD will be an anchor tenant, eventually moving many of its personnel to the facility and supporting library operations.

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