COVID-19 Updates + Booked for the Evening Cancellation

Library from Balcony

March 17, 2020 – Please read additional information about the Eugene Public Library temporary closure here. 

Due to the temporary closure of the Eugene Public Library, Foundation staff will be working off site, and like the rest of our community, observing social distancing. We are available via email at info@eplfoundation.org or:

Reed Davaz McGowan
Executive Director
reed@eplfoundation.org

Madison Wilson
Administrative Coordinator
madison@eplfoundation.org

We will check messages regularly for our voicemail at (541) 338-7018.

We are still available for questions concerning donations, Booked for the Evening, and general Foundation business. 

  • If you would like to donate to support vital library services, you can either mail a check to our address in the footer (Eugene Public Library Foundation, 100 W. 10th Avenue Suite #317, Eugene, OR 97401), or donate online.
  • Follow us @eplfoundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates, literary laughs, and more.
  • Sign up children 0 to five for the Imagination Library!

March 12, 2020 – This morning we learned Governor Brown has cancelled large gatherings for the next month, and while our April 4 “Booked for the Evening” event technically doesn’t fall under her definition of “large” we have decided to choose the more cautious path. The health of our community is our priority. 

As with all nonprofits that rely on events for revenue, we didn’t make this decision lightly. The bottom line is this: social distancing saves lives and slows the spread of the illness, enabling the health-care system to care for those who need it. 

Since we do not know how disruptive this pandemic will be, or how long it will last, we are considering how to best maintain support for our Library in this difficult time and determine our next steps and timeline moving forward.  

For those of you who have sponsored or purchased tables and tickets for our April 4th event, we are offering you the following options: (1) a full refund if requested by April 1, 2020, (2) a hold of your payment to be honored at a rescheduled event, or (3) the opportunity to make your purchase a tax deductible gift to support our efforts to bring library access to all school-age students in Bethel and 4J districts. Please let us know which of these you prefer.

In this time of uncertainty, our character as a community will shine. The Eugene Public Library Foundation is very grateful to you for your steadfast support. 

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this announcement.

Reed Davaz McGowan, Executive Director
(541) 338-7018
reed@eplfoundation.org

Film Screening: The Library That Dolly Built (4/2)

This event has been postponed. Around the country on April 2, audiences will get the chance to see Dolly Parton’s new film, “The Library That Dolly Built.” This feature-length documentary covers the history, impact and future of America’s largest non-governmental children’s literacy program, Imagination Library, which builds children’s home libraries. Check United Way’s Facebook page next week to see which theaters will be showing the film.