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Blog Post – April 5, 2017

Upcoming Vote:

Five-Year Renewal of Operating Levy for Tillamook County Library

Measure 29-146 will be on ballots arriving in the mailboxes of Tillamook County registered voters the last week of April 2017.  The completed ballots are due to the elections office on May 16, 2017.  If passed, the Measure will continue the current tax rate that supports the operations of all of the libraries in Tillamook County, including the main Library in Tillamook, and branches in Manzanita, Bay City, Garibaldi, Pacific City and Rockaway Beach, as well as bookmobile services.

If the Measure does not pass Tillamook County libraries will close.

The current levy expires June 2017 and provides more than 95% of the funding for the Tillamook County Library system.  The rate of $.65 per $1000 of assessed value remains the same as it was in 2007 and 2012 when the last two levies passed.

These funds purchase books, provide internet access and free Wi-Fi, pay staff salaries, provide assistance to job-seekers, make electronic media available to users, and bring valuable programs to our communities for children, teens, adults and seniors.

The North Tillamook Library (NTL) Friends have a unique and important relationship with the county library system. NTL Friends own the library building and property in Manzanita and shoulder the responsibility for maintenance of the building and grounds, while the Tillamook County library system provides all staff, books, periodicals, Internet access, programs and library services such as interlibrary loan.

Libraries in our rural communities open the door to a wider world of information and knowledge and, as the Oregonian has reported recently, at least three Oregon counties have had to confront library closures due to funding issue.

We invite you to become informed about the library Measure in advance of the upcoming vote.

April 19 Discussion Focuses on Food

Oregon boasts a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy that includes industrial agriculture and small-scale efforts such as community supported agriculture memberships, farmers’ markets, and community gardens. These smaller, community-based efforts are on the rise as means to nurture community and create local and autonomous food systems. Are these choices as consequential as consumers would like them to be? Does “voting with your dollars” significantly shape our agricultural systems?

This is the focus of “Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics, and Personal Choice,” a free conversation with Kristy Athens on Wednesday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library. This program is hosted by the Tillamook County Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities and is free.

Krisity Athens, Oregon Humanities presenter on April 19 at the Library

Athens has an MS in food systems and society from Marylhurst University (2015) and is the author of Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living. Her food systems work includes presenting at conferences at Chatham and Yale universities, a TEDx Talk, and a chapter in the anthology Food Justice in US and Global Contexts. She lives in Wallowa County, where she works at the NE Oregon Economic Development District as outreach specialist and serves on the board of the Wallowa County Farmers’ Market.

For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Bill Landau at 503-842-4792 or

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

A Writers’ Double Header May 6th

Two writing workshops in one day will take place Saturday, May 6, at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita.

A 2017 Oregon Book Awards Author Tour Event, “Writing the Personal Essay” takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Taught by Marsha Grover, this informal creative writing workshop is suitable for adults with all levels of experience.

The second workshop, “How to Tell Your Personal Story,” begins at 1 p.m. and is presented by Story Warrior Gideon For-mukwai, an award-winning speaker and international trainer with experience from 20 countries.

The workshops are free but space is limited. To register, email or call 503-227-2583, ext. 107.

TPUD Grant helps fund library maintenance

The North Tillamook Library Friends has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Tillamook People’s Utility District (TPUD).  The Community Support Grant will be used to help with the upgrade of exterior and bathroom lighting as part of the Library’s 2017 renewal projects.

Spring is coming! The lovely cherry tree on the Library grounds is blooming. (Linda Petersen photo)

Total cost of the library’s project, which also included the recent installation of anew retaining wall, outdoor electrical upgrades, and landscape maintenance is $10,500.

The grant, coupled with budgeted funds of $2,500 and a $5,000 Spirit Mountain grant warded in 2016, will cover the cost of the project, which is part of the library’s five-year (2017-2021) maintenance plan to assure that the library and grounds are kept safe and attractive for the community’s constant use.

Save the Date – Annual Book Sale May 26-27

It’s a sure sign of spring… the annual Memorial Day Weekend. This year’s sale will take place Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.

And, there’s still time to donate books if you’re so inclined and to volunteer for the sale itself. Books, excluding encyclopedias, textbooks and sets, such as Time-Life and Readers’ Digest sets, can be dropped off at the library during regular business hours.

For the sale itself volunteers are needed to unload the books at the two sale sites, and to assist during the sale.

If you would like to help out with the sale, please contact Ann Morgan, 503-368-6595, or

Board meeting minutes now available online

For a look at the minutes of the March 18 meeting of the North Tillamook Library board click here.