After six weeks of closure North Tillamook Library in Manzanita reopened Saturday, February 27. The community is invited to celebrate the reopening on Saturday, March 12, 3 to 5 p.m. at the library.
“This is our way of saying thank you to our patrons who were so supportive and patient, making do without their library,” said Kay Stepp, North Tillamook Library Board president. “The party will offer the opportunity to thank our donors, Friends and local contractors who made this major project possible.”
The library closed January 13 for major repairs, including leveling the floors, installing new carpeting, upgrading and replacing lighting and heaters, painting throughout, and repurposing the Hoffman Room to accommodate educational programs and technology use. Patrons will also enjoy new reading lounge furniture funded by the recent Library Lovers’ Dinner.
Lee Hiltenbrand, NTL board member and renovation project manager remarked that, “the cooperation and competence of an outstanding group of contractors allowed us to complete the renovation on time and on budget.”
The party will begin at 3 p.m. with music provided by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers.
“This entire project was sparked by the bequest we received from the estate of Linda Anne Easley in 2014,” said Stepp. “We learned that Ms. Easley, a Multnomah County librarian, was also a passionate fiddler and invited other fiddlers to play with her at her home in Manzanita. Her friends offered to play for our celebration. Even though Ms. Easley cannot be with us, we will begin the celebration with the music she loved just as her gift began the renovation.”
A short program will pay tribute to other organizations and individuals whose support made the renovation possible, including the Oregon Cultural Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation and Tillamook County Library. Aili Schreiner, manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust, and Sara Charlton, executive director of the Tillamook County Library will offer comments. Refreshments will be served.
“In addition, we want to recognize the tremendous financial support we received from the community,” added Stepp. “In 2015 and 2016 NTL Friends, citizens and visitors made donations, purchased raffle and dinner tickets and bought used library furniture to provide more than $19,000 for the renovation. This demonstrates the deep commitment our community has for their library.”