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Friends of the Gold Hill Library will hold its "Gold Mine of a Book Sale" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the community meeting room of the Gold Hill Branch Library, 202 Dardanelles St.

Funds raised from the sale will go to help support summer reading programs. Call 541-855-1994 or visit

Gynecologist Dr. Nicole Brooks and fellowship-trained urogynecologist Dr. Timothy Hutchings will present "This Isn't Your Mother's Hysterectomy" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

Brooks and Hutchings will discuss robotic surgery and other advanced treatment choices for female-specific health problems, and a question-and-answer period will follow the talk. For more information or to register, call 541-732-6237.

Jackson County Library Services needs volunteers at all 15 branches to help with the Summer Reading Program. Volunteers assist patrons in signing up for the program, help with some activities, and hand out prizes.

Days and times are flexible; the program begins in June.

Those interested in volunteering may call Carrie Prechtel at 541-774-6407 or email her at

Ashland technology pioneers will be featured at Southern Oregon University's Digital Innovators Conference from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Rogue River Room of the Southern Oregon University Stevenson Union, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The event, hosted by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and Southern Oregon University's Center for Emerging Media and Digital Art, will feature businesses such as the Angel Investment Network award-winner Montrue Technologies, Blackstone Audio, NeoPower Corp., Plexis Health Care Systems, Project A and Tree Star.

Cost is $10 per person, and seating is limited. Check-in starts at 2:30 p.m. Register at or call 541-482-3486, ext. 104.

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