The Glendale Community Library reopened Wednesday, and Friends of Glendale Library President Bryan McNutt said attendance was strong.

About 25 adults visited the library Wednesday, and 22 children and 5 teens signed up early for the summer reading program.

“Everybody was very positive and cheerful,” he said.

It was the first time the library’s been open since April 1, when it and the other small branches of the former Douglas County Library System shut down due to lack of funds.

As in many other Douglas County towns, the Glendale library has been reopened with an all-volunteer staff.

The Friends of Glendale Library were happy with how the first day went, McNutt said. The group has formed a nonprofit and applied for 501c3 status.

It has received eight computers from Douglas County that were removed temporarily to be wiped clean of its software. The friends group is investigating options for replacement, as well as ways to provide internet service and Wi-Fi.

For now, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The summer reading program will be on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. Programs will include a Wildlife Safari visit, a magic show and a tie-dye class.

Volunteers have continued to sign up, and McNutt said it’s possible the library will be able to open one additional day per week in the future.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

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