North Tillamook Library renovation begins

Nearly 10,000 books were moved to storage on Jan. 14, making way for a month-long renovation of the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita. Renovation will continue through the month of February. The schedule calls for the library to reopen prior to March 1.

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Renovation plans for the nearly 30-year-old facility have been underway for a year, following receipt of a major bequest from the estate of Linda Anne Easely in 2014.

“The Easely bequest made it possible for us to plan for the many needed maintenance upgrades,” said North Tillamook Library Friends president Kay Stepp. “In addition we believed we had a good chance to leverage those dollars to repurpose the Hoffman Room for adult education and technology use by seeking a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. In August, we received notice of a $21,000 grant and the project fell into place.”

Also supporting the project was last summer’s North Tillamook Library Friends Raffle, which netted nearly $7,200 for the project and a recent grant from the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation. The January 26, Library Lovers’ Dinner at the Big Wave will raise funds to replace the worn reading lounge furniture.

Lee Hiltenbrand, North Tillamook Library Board director, is managing the renovation project. In addition to repurposing the Hoffman Room to better serve patrons, the floor will be leveled and new carpeting installed. Lighting and heating will be upgraded for energy efficiency and safety; walls will be painted and counters resurfaced.

“We are pleased to have the services of several north Tillamook County contractors to assist in this project,” said Hiltenbrand.

“This is truly a collaborative project with our valued partner, Tillamook County Library,” Stepp added. “In addition to providing in-kind support moving and storing books, improving the technology serving customers, including the addition of a large screen television for streaming content, TCL is bringing the Bookmobile to Manzanita every Saturday during the renovation to serve patrons.”

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During the month of February library services also will be available online or at the Rockaway branch library.

“It was hoped that Wi-Fi services, so valued by the community, would continue to be available during the renovation, but the repairs we need to make to the electrical system required us to shut down the Wi-Fi as well,” Stepp noted. “Thanks to our good friends at Hoffman Center for the Arts, Wi-Fi connection through their server is available at the southeast part of the parking lot.”

A reopening celebration will be held Saturday, March 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the renovated library.

“The community is welcome to attend to help us say thank you to the many people who have made this project possible,” said Stepp, who noted that additional details of the reopening celebration will follow in February.






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