The Teen Center
at the Downtown Library has been expanded and remodeled to serve changing needs and help young adults in a variety of life areas, and this focus has helped bring more teens into a supportive environment downtown. The positive impact has gone beyond just providing access and a safe space, though. The Teen Services team and our community partners helped spearhead an effort with local nonprofit 15th Night to put on a clothing drive, and more than 80 youth from all walks of life were able to get clothes, hygiene products, blankets, backpacks and more. EPL relies on its partners, 4J and Bethel school districts and volunteers to fulfill our promises to the public.
dominate the online landscape and their cost is a barrier for many households. That’s where EPL can help. In meeting our commitment to more access and materials, EPL cardholders now have free access to Kanopy, a premium streaming service that offers more than 30,000 movies, documentaries, and educational videos. Watch up to 10 free films a month on your TV, computer, phone or tablet. Plus stream an unlimited number of titles from The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids collections. It’s just one more way your EPL card saves you money and delivers the things you want.
FINE-FREE FOR YOUTH!
Access has been a priority for EPL, and we are already working on year four. Starting Jan. 1, 2020 Eugene Public Library no longer charges overdue fines on children’s and teen items. Addition- ally, existing overdue fines for children’s and teen items have been removed from accounts. As a result, many Eugene Public Library cards that were blocked because of overdue fines are again free to use. This new policy aims to promote early literacy and reading among all Eugene youth by making library use easier and more accessible.
“We love to see parents and kids leaving with armfuls of books to read together. And to see teens exploring and borrowing big piles of books. Overdue fines can get in the way. Plus, the fines can easily add up, which hits low-income families especially hard.” — Kris Thorpe, Youth Services Manager
This report shows one side of the levy story. One of promises made and promises kept. The greater picture, though, shows how increased access, programs and materials contribute to a more informed and engaged community, and this is evident in countless stories from the public.
After all, libraries are not just about books, they are about people. Expansion of services provided by the levy helped EPL meet the needs identified by our community and meet people where they are. Library staff, partners and volunteers spend every year supporting an informed community and fostering lifelong learning and a love for reading. That’s at the heart of our work.
We’re committed to free access to the universe of ideas and information for our community. We want to serve our community through changing times. That dedication allows EPL to adapt and remain essential to the lives of residents, and it keeps the Library a truly public space.