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JCLS Rogue Reads Program Explores Theme of Indigeneity with Books for All Ages


Program features bestselling author Robin Wall Kimmerer in a virtual author talk in February 


Medford, Oregon (November 22, 2021)—Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) announces the second annual Rogue Reads programencouraging everyone in Jackson County to read and discuss the same books. This year, Rogue Reads will feature titles related to the themes of indigeneity, community, and the environment, including: 

  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Una trenza de hierba sagrada) by Robin Wall Kimmerer 

  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline 

  • Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell 

  • We Are Water Protectors (Somos guardianes del agua) by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade.  

 These books allow all participants, regardless of age, to explore the Rogue Reads themes while sharing conversations that build common ground. 


Rogue Reads takes place each winter, December through February. Jackson County residents are invited to take part by reading the featured books, joining in a book discussion or program, picking up a Rogue Reads-themed Take & Make kit, and attending a live, virtual author talk with award-winning author Robin Wall Kimmerer on Wednesday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m.  


“This year marks our second-annual Rogue Reads community reading program,” said Kari May, Library Director. “We are honoring, recognizing, and celebrating the indigenous peoples who have called the Rogue Valley home for centuries through a series of special programs for all ages. I hope that you will join us in celebrating the land and the people of Southern Oregon.” 


Borrow the selected books, download discussion guides, and register for programs at can also earn prizes by tracking their reading on the Beanstack app. 


Rogue Reads is made possible with the support of the Jackson County Library Foundation, Jefferson Public Radio, 107.5 KISS FM, and The Valley 106.3 FM.  




About Jackson County Library Services: 

The JCLS mission is to connect everyone to information, ideas, and each other. With 15 branches throughout the County, JCLS offers in-person and virtual programs, Take & Make kits, At Home Services for patrons who cannot come to the library, Outreach to Child Care, free internet access, 24-hour online resources, and a staff of experts. Patrons can browse the online catalog and curated staff booklists, subscribe to the Library Connect blog, and utilize readers advisory resources via an online form called JCLS Discovery. Learn more at 


Media Contact: Ryan Bradley, JCLS Marketing Coordinator | | 541-734-3916 

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