Hood River County Library (Ore.)


In 2010 Hood River County Library (Ore.) district closed due to lack of funding. One year later, after a ballot measure to reopen the libraries passed by only 53 percent, the libraries reopened as an independent government agency needing to reboot their relationship with the community. The library’s outreach efforts included hiring bilingual staff, joining community organizations and bringing library services out into the neighborhoods. Despite being open only 25 hours per week for several months, circulation increased 5.2 percent and program attendance was up 20 percent.

Awards Won

Title Year
image of the seal for john cotton dana award John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award
The John Cotton Dana Award honors outstanding effective strategic communication campaigns that show
results – no matter what size or type of library.
2013 - Selection(s)