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Board Positions Open, and Other News

Library board expands to 13 directors

At a special meeting of the North Tillamook Library Friends on September 17, the membership approved amending the 2013 bylaws to set the size of the board from 9 up to 13 directors.

With the expansion of board operations and with the addition of six committees, the board has discovered in recent years that committees work most effectively when there is both a chair and vice chair. The practice also provides for a smoother leadership succession. Additional board members will ensure each committee has a chair and vice chair.


September board meeting highlights

With a recent $5,000 grant award from Spirit Mountain Community Foundation, library patrons will continue to see improvements to the building. The award, according to Treasurer Tony Johnson, will cover 2017 exterior maintenance including lighting, a retaining wall and oiling of the exterior trim. The board also approved replacement of the parking lot fence in 2016.

Book Sale coordinator Ann Morgan noted that a majority of volunteers will again serve in 2017 with one notable exception, Terri Zolka, volunteer coordinator for the event. “This is a key position we need to recruit for,” said Morgan.

It was also noted that 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the library building, a reason to celebrate as the anniversary draws nearer.


2016 membership sets new record

Friends Membership for 2016 is 334 – a record breaking membership number for North Tillamook Library Friends.

“Our membership includes 54 business members in Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler and one business member each in Cannon Beach and Washington,” says Gail Young, Membership Committee chair.

Annual dues are $10 for an individual and a business and $15 for a family. Being a member of Friends is different from having a library card. The Friends own and maintain the library building and grounds, a 30-year legacy of ownership since the library’s dedication in July 1987.

“Many members add a donation to their membership dues, a donation that helps with maintenance and renovations. Our building needs a new roof and exterior siding in the next few years,” Young adds.


“It has been proven that reading and talking about stories is the most effective way to develop language skills in young children,” says Polly Stoel, coordinator of North Tillamook Library Friends Storytime.  Friends Storytime is presented each Saturday morning at 11 AM in the library’s children’s room.

Stoel, a reading specialist and former first and second grade teacher, spent 15 years teaching in Portland Public Schools.  Then she and her husband Peter, also a teacher, traveled the world teaching in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  Teaching others to read has been her lifelong passion.

“We are so fortunate to have someone with Polly’s background to coordinate our Storytime,” said Kay Stepp, NTLB president.

North Tillamook Library offers two Storytimes each week.  On Thursday afternoons, Tillamook County Library’s Charlotte Forster offers an after school Storytime.  North Tillamook Library Friends sponsors the Saturday Storytime offered by Friends volunteer readers.  New readers are always welcome and may volunteer by emailing Polly at  Tillamook County Library offers children’s reading kits to get started and Polly is always available for coaching.

“Stories from a variety of readers expose children to different interests and perspectives,” said Polly.  “We welcome first time readers.“

“And we welcome all children,” she added.  “Our library is a community institution open to all which means Storytime is for all children who would like to come.”


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