Library celebration brings supporters, highlights milestones

Over 50 people gathered at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita on Friday July 17th to celebrate several things:  to thank supporters, dedicate the placement of the new sign, select lucky raffle winners, and enjoy cake.  The North Tillamook Library Friends organization has a unique and long-term partnership with Tillamook County Library where the Friends provide the building and maintenance the TCL system provides the books, materials, resources and staffing.
Why a new sign, changing the name of the facility to North Tillamook Library rather than Manzanita Branch Library, the name on the old sign?
In 2012 the North Tillamook Library Board completed its first strategic plan.  An element of that plan was to reach out to the communities of Nehalem and Wheeler, making clear that the library is a “tri-cities” library, not just a Manzanita Library.  The concept of outreach to all of north county was reaffirmed in the 2015 Tillamook County Library strategic plan when the Library’s “service area” was identified as starting south of Wheeler and extending on the north to the Clatsop County border and from the ocean on the west to the Washington County border on the east.  It appears the founders shared this vision because North Tillamook Library is the legal corporate name.  We are North Tillamook Library.
“We were able to install this sign now as another benefit from the estate of Linda Anne Easley.  We received an unexpected bequest last year for which we were very grateful,” said NTC Friends board member Madeline Olson.  “It was this added generosity from Ms. Easley that allowed us to replace the sign.”
Gail Young, our Director for Membership and Development was the driving force behind the highly successful raffle which raised over $7,200.  The winners were:  Manzanita Spa gift certificate:  Larry Tuell
Revolution Gardens gift certificate:  Charles Oldham
Blackbird Restaurant gift certificate:  George Milne
Silver Salmon Grille & Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria gift certificate:  Andy Barker
“Gail and her co-chair Tori Pickerel did all of the work to make our event today a success,” said Olson.  The team for the community celebration included  Helen Tippens, Janice Levesque, and Becky Berg, hostesses and cake cutters along with Tori.  The lovely new sign was designed and created by Susan Walsh. Michael J. Kirkland Construction installed the sign.
“This Library exists and has been maintained by the generosity of the community and that generosity is continuing today with a new generation of visionary people who understand the importance of a Library and all it means, to a strong, viable community,” said Olson.  “I want to acknowledge J. Scott Wilson, talented artist and owner of Polaris Gallery.  Last winter Scott came to us with an interesting and, for some of us, unusual idea.  The idea was to upcycle books that would normally be sent for recycling, into innovative art.”  She continued, “This new relationship yielded The Book Unbound, a wonderful show of book art.  Scott donated well over $3,000, the proceeds of that show, to the Library.  This generous gift will be very helpful as we look at building repairs and repurposing in the next year.  The Board was very touched by Scott’s generosity and as a special thank you, the Board gave him a gift as a symbol of appreciation.
Based on the needs assessment and the Tillamook County Library Strategic Plan, it is time to prepare for the Library of the future and be responsive to critical needs identified by the community.  To do this work will require resources.  “As part of our effort to be excellent stewards of the NTLB’s resources, we are seeking a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust to fund part of this work and in order to demonstrate community support and to strengthen our application, we decided to conduct a raffle to raise some of the matching funds,” explained Olson.  “This has been very successful.  The Board set the example for our volunteer ticket sales force, Kay Stepp, Gail Young and Karen Babbitt were the top selling Board Members.”  The winning raffle tickets were selected by Gloria Stickel, a former NTLB President.  Through Gloria’s leadership, the investment fund was started which has grown considerably over the last years and will support the future of North Tillamook Library and grounds for years to come.

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