Blog Post December 1, 2016

Friends Annual Meeting Notice

Friends will be getting a formal notice, but here’ a quick reminder that the annual meeting of the North Tillamook Library Friends will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  We hope you will attend to participate in the election of board members and adoption of the 2017 budget for the Library.


North Tillamook Library Friends Receive $5,000 Spirit Mountain Grant

The North Tillamook Library has been awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 for its project Year One (2017) of its four-year major maintenance program. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund grant was awarded at a special check presentation September 14 at Grand Ronde, attended by board members Tony Johnson and Madeline Olson.

“We (North Tillamook Library Board) are pleased to be entering a new partnership with the Spirit Mountain Community Fund as we continue to maintain and improve the quality and safety of our building and support library services into the future,” said Olson of the award.

“The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde thank you for your important work and look forward to working with you. It is our pleasure to partner with your organization to serve our communities…” Kathleen George, Spirit Mountain Community Fund director, stated in the award letter.

The Year One (2017) project will be funded for a twelve-month period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is a charitable foundation of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Through the fund, the Tribes fulfill their native tradition of potlatch, a ceremony at which good fortune is distributed. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values.


Mystery Weekend

Mystery Weekend in Manzanita on November 18 to 20 was a fun and successful series of events for participants and the community.  The Library’s Mystery Book Sale fundraiser enticed mystery book fans to purchase books from the large collection.


Exploring Belonging

On November 3rd, a participatory discussion on the topic of belonging was held at the Library, facilitated by Lori Eberly, a trainer from the Oregon Humanities program.  Eighteen interested people joined in the thought-provoking conversation about what the concept of belonging means to them.



The Blog – How To

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The Power of Books and Why We Read

From an essay by MARIA POPOVA

The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea within us;” Carl Sagan held them as “proof that humans are capable of working magic;” James Baldwin found in them a way to change one’s destiny; for Polish Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska, they stood as our ultimate frontier of freedom.

But one of the finest, most dimensional inquiries into the significance of books and the role of reading in human life comes from Neil Gaiman in a beautiful piece titled “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming.”

Read the full essay at the website Brain Pickings:


Need Access…Visit the Library

Many of us take Internet access for granted. We simply open the computer screen at home and bring up the browser, but for many Americans – and many of our neighbors – easy access to the Internet is often only available at the library.

This recent story in the New York Times caught our attention, while underscoring the role our library – and thousands of libraries – play in providing Internet access.

The article noted what many of us already know: “Access to broadband is necessary to be a productive member of society.” Remember, you can access the Internet 24-7 via our free WiFi service inside the Library and parking lot.

Here is a link to the story: