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The new bench, donated by Bev Luce, honors her late husband Richard who was an active supporter of libraries in towns where he resided with his family. Richard saw libraries as venues for communication and lifelong learning, as well as community meeting center. If the town lacked a library he made certain one was created, passing out pamphlets, knocking on doors encouraging residents to vote for a levy. He then served on boards and foundations to keep those libraries open.

The oldest Luce daughter, Tamara Luce Olsen, has said it best: “The library bench in my dad’s name is a true tribute to him and the things he loved. Among these is a love of family time, books and reading…and his final residence, Manzanita, Oregon. The thought of parents and children sitting on the bench, reading together would make him very happy.” The bench was designed and constructed by Michael J. Kirkland of Michael J. Kirkland Construction. At the dedication Michael said “the opportunity to create this bench to honor Richard and for the enjoyment of the citizens of Manzanita was one that I put my whole heart into.” In thanking people for coming and providing the opportunity for the family to honor Richard with the bench, Bev said, “Rich always loved learning about new books so I hope when you enjoy sitting on the bench you will tell him about the latest book you are reading. He would like that very much.”


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