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Interest payment helps library services

 Posted: 2:55 PM October 25, 2012

Jackson County has received $122,992 in annual interest paid on a bequest of $2.5 million left to Jackson County Library Services by Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt.

These former Rogue Valley educators funded the bequest to provide for programming and collection enhancements for adult readers and youth ages 6 to 16.

With the annual funds from the trust, Jackson County Library Services has been able to provide programs such as free adult basic computer courses to nearly 5,500 adults and patron technical support services, including hands-on demonstrations and training in e-media, library officials said.

In the past year, workshops on cloud computing and free downloadable music through the new Freegal service were added. Funds also have been used to enhance the Library2Go download service by adding copies of ebooks and audio books to alleviate hold times for popular titles, officials said in a release announcing the payment.

For young readers, the popular library Booktalking program at middle schools around the county has introduced great books to more than 3,500 teens. Funds are also used for summer reading programs.

This year Hulburt bequest funds were instrumental in the ability to offer the first ever Family Literacy Day held at the Medford library on June 9, 2012. More than 200 people visited the "Literacy Resource Room" where they learned about literacy organizations and opportunities, library officials said.

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