The Canyonville Community Library has reopened, with hours on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The library is being operated with more than 40 volunteers, and run by Friends of the Canyonville Library, which obtained 501c3 nonprofit status.
Friends of the Canyonville Library President and Treasurer Linda Joyce said the turnout has been good, and it’s steadily growing.
“Everybody’s really happy that we’re reopened. Every day it gets better and better,” Joyce said.
Joyce said the library has a new catalog system, Apollo, that’s easy to learn and has been adopted by other libraries in the county.
Joyce said the hard work of the volunteers has paid off.
“It’s really good to see the patrons and the kids back in the library again,” she said.
The Canyonville library was formerly part of the countywide system, but shut down April 1 when the county government pulled its funding. The 10 smaller branches closed down that day, and the Roseburg branch closed at the end of May. The smaller branches have reopened, except for Drain and Winston. Roseburg is working on a plan to reopen within a year.
Joyce had praise for the volunteers who have helped reopen their local libraries around the county.
“I’ve met a lot of great people all over Douglas County helping and pitching in. It’s a lot of work. There are a lot of good people out there,” she said.
Joyce has been volunteering at libraries since she was 9 years old. For eight years, she worked part time as the Myrtle Creek library branch’s department assistant, and she volunteered at Canyonville’s library until they closed.
“I’ve always loved reading and I enjoy helping others,” she said.
The Canyonville Community Library will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The library opened too late for a summer reading program this year, but plans to have one next year.
“We’re just happy to be open and we just want to have more and more people come,” Joyce said.