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Blog Post – February 1, 2017

Friends Annual Meeting

North Tillamook Library Friends held its annual meeting January 21, 2017 and reviewed library highlights for the past year, reviewed the organization’s financials and elected officers and five new board members.

Outgoing Friends’ president Kay Stepp reported on recent highlights, including:

  • Completion of an interior renovation attending to many maintenance requirements while at the same time refreshing the interior design to create a more welcoming facility.  The upgrade included a repurposing of the Hoffman Room to provide programs and offer space for technology training and use.  The renovation cost $103,000 and was paid for through new money donations and foundations grants, leaving our reserve investment fund intact.
  • The organization attracted 334 Friends, a nearly 400% increase from 2012.
  • The library offered 87 different programs during 2016 with nearly 1,200 attendees thanks to our valued partner Tillamook County Library.
  • The Friends exceeded its goal of involve 20% more Friends as volunteers and committee members.
  • Attracted nearly $35,000 in unrestricted donations and pledges, an all-time high, while living within our expense budget.
  • Attracted grants from two new foundations and a corporate sponsor to help pay for critical maintenance costs in 2016 and 2017.
  • Implemented a data base system to improve our ability to manage donor information and communicate with Friends.
  • Introduced a new blog and website to better and more frequently communicate with Friends.
  • Grew the investment fund by 10% which helps ensure necessary operations and maintenance reserves while ensuring financial resources for future facility changes and additions.

Madeline Olson was elected president for 2017 with Monica Isbell as vice president, Tony Johnson as treasurer and new board member Jo Newhouse as secretary.

New board members Becky Berg, Trish Johnson and Marc Johnson were also elected and John Hanby, a former member, was again elected to the board.

Future editions of this blog will profile board members and committee assignments.

A Call for Artists

Each month for the past several years the North Tillamook County Library has featured a local artist. Eight to ten pieces are hung throughout the library for all to enjoy. However, if it has been awhile since you’ve seen new art displayed, it’s because “we’re running out of artists,” says newly-elected Friends’ president Madeline Olson.

As a result, the Friends would like to invite members to consider showing their work in 2017. Volunteers Peggy Biskar and Barbara Temple Ayres coordinate and hang the exhibits. You may contact them if you are interested or if you have suggestions of other artists who might like to show. Email Peggy Biskar at to discuss your interest.

“We’d like to keep this program robust and continue to provide interesting work for our patrons to view,” Olson adds.

Check out the ‘Happenings’ at NTL

  • Adult coloring starting in March. Pens, colors, colored pencils, markers and intricate coloring sheets will be available for participants. Join the fun on 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 p.m., join us for  a musical performance by Adam Miller and with his autoharp.
  • Thursday Night Musicals get underway March 23. On six Thursdays in a row, beginning in March, classical musicals will be shown at 6 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library. Here’s the schedule:
    • March 23 – Singing’ in the Rain
    • March 30 – Band Wagon
    • April 6 – On the Town
    • April 13 – Easter Parade
    • April 20 – Top Hat
    • April 27 – An American in Paris
  • Finally, Miss Melanie will be having a special spring story time at NTL on Friday, March 31, at 3 p.m.

Magazine sale February 18

This month’s magazine sale will be held Saturday, February 18, from 10:30 to 1:00, but keep in mind a selection of the most current magazines is available at the library for sale every day during regular hours at the same low bargain price of 50 cents each.

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Still time to renew your 2017 Friends membership

A gentle reminder to Friends who have not yet renewed their 2017 membership, there’s still plenty of time to do so. Drop by the library or simply print out the form that was distributed by email in January and return with your dues. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

The Power of Reading

We came across this great short essay recently on the power of reading focusing on the popular novelist Louis L’Amour who wrote: Often I hear people say they do not have the time to read. That’s absolute nonsense. In one year during which I kept that kind of record, I read twenty-five books while waiting for people. In offices, applying for jobs, waiting to see a dentist, waiting in a restaurant for friends, many such places. I read on buses, trains and planes. If one really wants to learn, one has to decide what is important. Spending an evening on the town? Attending a ball game? Or learning something that can be with you your life long?

Read the full essay by clicking here:

Navigating the Information (Overload) Age

Confused or even frustrated by too much information and too much that is of dubious quality? Librarians can help. Dive into information with this thoughtful piece by an academic librarian on how to make sense of all that comes at us these days. Here’s a link:

See you at the library…