Medford widow donates husband's jazz collection to library

MEDFORD — In 60 years of marriage, Medford resident Ginny Grant's husband, Arthur, had just a few interests. A doctor, he enjoyed his family, traveling and jazz — lots and lots of jazz. (Correction: See below.)

"We both enjoyed traveling together, but the jazz music was his thing. He was a jazz freak. It was his passion," she said.

Arthur passed away in April, leaving his wife with the task of finding a home for some 2,500 music CDs, 100-plus books and an assortment of other music-related items.

His lifetime collection, which Ginny donated this week to the Friends of the Medford Library book shop, went on sale Wednesday for $2, $3 and $4 each.

Run by a nonprofit volunteer group, the Friends of the Medford Library's book shop benefits special projects and provides funding assistance to the Medford Central Library.

With county library branches closed for lack of county funding, Friends member Marjorie Showalter said the group would purchase certificates of deposit in order to save money for the day library doors reopen. In addition, some funding has been provided for storytelling sessions at the Santo Community Center.

"We use whatever funds we raise to help support the library," Showalter said. "Most of what we take in, for now, we're going to put into CDs and wait for this library to get reopened."

Friends volunteer Pat Guild said Grant's donation was one of the largest to date and full of high quality material.

Grant said she was just happy to "find someone who would take it all," which she said became necessary when she decided to downsize into a smaller place after her husband's passing. An offer to neighbors to "take what they wanted," she noted, hardly made a dent.

Guild said volunteers had sorted through much of the collection and had set aside a handful of selections for the library's regular collection. Items available for sale include a wide variety of music.

As thanks for her donation, Friends of the Medford Library has awarded a lifetime membership to Grant. Her name will be displayed on a special plaque and every third book or music CD she purchases will be free of charge.

Friends of the Medford Library's book shop, 205 S. Central Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday.

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at

Correction: This story initially listed the wrong first name for Arthur Grant. This version has been corrected.

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