Book lovers overflowed a hearing room in Medford this week, lobbying for the survival of the Jackson County branch libraries.
County commissioners have said that 14 branch libraries may have to close by next July if they can’t find money to run them. The main Medford branch could face closure a year later.
At this week’s hearing, library supporters suggested a special library levy or the formation of a library taxing district.
But officials say they are still trying to figure out the best proposal to bring before voters.
The Mail Tribune newspaper reports that Jackson County is facing a $6.7 million budget shortfall, thanks to declines in federal funds, property tax revenue and interest income.