Blog Post – January 4, 2017

NTLF Annual Meeting set January 21

North Tillamook Library Friends are invited to attend the Annual Meeting scheduled Saturday, January 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the North Tillamook Library. This is an important meeting for all Friends as two critical items will be presented for approval – directors and officers for 2017 and the 2017 budget.   Following the business meeting, a reception will be held for Friends to meet the incoming and outgoing directors.Officers and directors who will be presented for approval include:

Empty chairs waiting for Friends to occupy

Madeline Olson, president

Monica Isbell, vice president

Tony Johnson, treasurer

Jo Newhouse, secretary

Karen Babbitt, director at large

Becky Berg, director at large

Dave Fisher, director at large

Lee Hiltenbrand, director at large

Marc Johnson, director at large

Trish Johnson, director at large

John Hanby, director at large/assistant treasurer

Gail Young, director at large

To learn more about the proposed slate of directors and to review the proposed 2017 budget, please follow this link to our website or find information posted on the bulletin board at the Library.



Library Friends magazine sales help pay for important services

Magazines, donated to the Library and sold for 50 cents brought in a total of $817.50 in 2016 – enough to pay for two months of cleaning services for our library!

A selection of the most current magazines is for sale every day during regular library hours.  Once a month, the entire inventory is available at a Saturday morning sale hosted by Library Friends volunteers.

Support your library and shop for magazines at bargain prices.

If you’d like to help at a Saturday sale, contact Gail Young at or 503-830-3759.

Dates of 2017 Saturday sales are:

January 14; February 18; March 25; April 29; May 27; July 1; August 5; September 2; October 7; November 11; December 16.


Check out ‘best of’ lists online

We’ll be back with book reviews from some of our Friends in future editions, but to mark the start of a new year here is a selection of “best of” lists from a variety of sources. Read on…

  • The editors of the New York Times Book Review always select five fiction and five non-fiction “bests” every year. Here’s a link to that list:
  • And, finally, 100 books the late Brit rocker David Bowie – he has been called “a voracious reader” – considered his favorites:



It’s full steam ahead for library maintenance in 2017

Planned library maintenance for the new year includes the replacement of a rotting retaining wall at the north property line. The existing wall was fabricated from railroad ties and will be replaced with pre-cast concrete blocks. The work will occur in the spring and will not affect normal library operations.

Several of the exterior lighting fixtures need replacing and/or upgrades to more energy-efficient products.  Some general electrical maintenance is needed as well due to normal wear and tear.  New bathroom lighting fixtures will also be included in the planned upgrades.  We are in the final stages of a bidding process for the electrical work.  The board will be preparing a grant request to Tillamook PUD to cover a major portion of the electrical work.  This work is scheduled for the spring and should not affect day to day library functions.

You may have noticed new fencing between the east parking lot and the Hoffman garden parking area. This new fence is intended to limit foot traffic to designated pathways and allow new plantings to flourish.


A peek ahead to upcoming events at NTL

Adult coloring will start in March…just to test the waters and see if people are interested in this idea.  Pens, colors, colored pencils, markers and intricate coloring sheets will be available for participants.  Tentatively scheduled Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita.

On Wednesday, March 15, at 3:00 p.m., join us for a musical performance by Adam Miller and with his autoharp.

On Wednesday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m., an Oregon Humanities discussion on “Good Food, Bad Food – Agriculture, Ethics and Personal Choice” is on tap.

Tillamook County Library purchased a movie license for North Tillamook Library.  For six Thursdays in a row, beginning in March, Peg, one of our library staff members, will show classical musicals at 6:00 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library.  The dates will be March 23 and 30, and April 6, 13, 20, and 27.  Titles are currently being selected. Watch for posters and more details on the blog.

Finally, Miss Melanie will be having a special spring story time at North Tillamook Library on Friday, March 31, at 3:00 p.m.