In 2015 the North Tillamook Library Friends Board of Directors voted to plan and fund a major renovation project for the library in 2016 for two main purposes:
• Complete necessary major maintenance to the nearly 30 year-old building — leveling the northwest corner of the building, installing new carpeting throughout, upgrading to energy efficient lighting, repainting the interior and replacing heaters.
• Repurpose the Hoffman Room as an education and technology learning space. To create more usable space, by moving the collection into the main room, adding electric outlets and USB ports, replacing existing furniture with 6 smaller tables and 24 chairs to support a variety of educational programs, installing a large format television to stream educational content, and video-teleconferencing capabilities.
“We are so thrilled to be able to provide for our community the ‘library of the future’,” said North Tillamook Friends president Kay Stepp. “The library is a conduit to provide access to everyone to the digital world.”
Library to Close January 13 for Update
The Library will close January 13, 2016, and remain closed through most of February. Regular updates on the progress of the remodeling and renovations will be provided on the library’s NEW website – www.northtillamooklibrary.org that was just recently launched. Check out the website for more information about the project and upcoming events to prepare for the renovations. A reopen date, hopefully in early March 2016, will be announced as the project progresses. WiFi connection will continue to be available in the parking lot.
Between now and then, the North Tillamook Library Friends have several events planned:
• January 8: there will be a silent auction at the Library from 1 to 4 p.m. where bids for furniture to be replaced during the renovation can be made. Successful bidders will be required to remove the furniture on Wednesday, January 13.
• January 9: there will be a close-out magazine sale (4 for $1) to prepare for the renovation.
January 9: North Tillamook Library Friends will hold their annual meeting at the Library at 3 p.m.
Library Services during the Renovation
There are four good options for library service during the closure, according to the NTLF. “When you mention that the library is going to close, the looks of devastation and surprise on peoples’ faces is the natural reaction,” said Stepp. “But we have found several options for our local community to access library services, and hopefully the renovation will be completely in less than eight weeks,” she added. The Tillamook County Bookmobile will come to Manzanita every Saturday during the closure from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will park in the Library parking lot and will be bringing holds to Manzanita. Library users can request holds while the Library is closed and pick them up at the Bookmobile on Saturdays, and can browse the Bookmobile’s collection and return items on Saturdays. The Bookmobile makes regular town stops in Nehalem or Wheeler on Tuesdays. The “book bus” pulls up to the Nehalem city parking lot on Highway 101 every Tuesday from 12:15 – 12:45 and at the Wheeler Marina stop on Tuesdays from 1:40 – 2:20. (It is not determined at this time if holds will be available those days or if Saturday is the only day holds will be available.)
Library patrons can drive 12 miles from Manzanita to the Rockaway Beach library at 120 N Coral during the closure. They have an excellent selection of books, DVDs and all the library materials provided at the North Tillamook Library. Many services are always available on-line at tillabook.org.
There are two main objectives for this major project:
• Maintenance: The building was constructed in 1986-87, and after nearly 30 years major maintenance is required. The carpets are worn; portions of the floor have settled; the lighting requires bulbs that will no longer be produced; the baseboard heating is a fire hazard; the paint needs refreshing.
• Library of the Future: In 2015 Tillamook County Library conducted a strategic planning process to better understand the changes required of libraries to meet the current and future needs of their customers. Tillamook County Library conducted a needs assessment, including an extensive demographic study about the County’s residents. The library of the future will be a community gathering place for lifelong learning and access to the digital world. North Tillamook Library Board is the first Tillamook County Library branch to step forward to prepare for the future by repurposing existing space for additional and new educational services for customers. “The services that we will be able to provide our community will be beneficial to everyone in the county,” said Stepp.
Funding from the State, County and Friends in the Community
The renovations will be funded by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, an in-kind contribution from Tillamook County Library, a bequest from the Estate of Linda Anne Easely and donations from Library Friends. “We have been very thoughtful, and good stewards of the funds that the grantee organizations and the local community have entrusted to us for this project,” said Stepp. “We’ve been especially fortunate to have a group of volunteers with a depth of expertise that has moved the project along. Volunteers such as Lee Hildebrand, an interior designer who volunteered to oversee the design.”
The budget for the North Tillamook Library project totals $76,400, and includes revenue from the following sources: $21,201 — Oregon Cultural Trust Grant; $33,000 – from the Linda Anne Easely bequest received in 2014 and set aside for this purpose; $7,199 –North Tillamook Library Friends, proceeds from the 2015 raffle; plus $15,000 of in-kind contributions from Tillamook County Library (move and store books, future adult programming, large screen television installation.) The 2016 North Tillamook Library Operating Budget includes an additional $8,000 to pay for renovation items that are appropriate and economical to do as part of the renovation while the building is empty but were not contemplated in the original proposal.
A fundraising campaign to replace the worn reading lounge furniture will be held in early 2016.
Mark your calendars now for the Library Lovers’ Dinner set for January 26, 2016, at the Big Wave Café which will raise funds for this purpose.
Donations for the Book Sale
The North Tillamook Library Friends main fundraiser is the annual Memorial Day Weekend book sale. Bring books for donation to the sale to the Library before January 13, 2016 or after February 29, 2016. If that isn’t possible, the following options are available for your convenience: For small donations (20 or fewer books), North Tillamook Library Friends’ volunteers will be at the small house on Dorcas Lane directly behind the old Manzanita Fire Station on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays beginning January 16, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. For donations larger than 20 books, that cannot wait until the Library reopens, please call Michael Maginnis at 503-307-0809 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and he will arrange a convenient time to pick up the books and deliver them to the sorting room.
Be sure to check out the North Tillamook Library’s new website at www.northtillamooklibrary.org for more information.