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Blog Post – April 22, 2017

Living Room Realty Donates Nearly $6,000 to NTLF

Living Room Realty (LRL) chose North Tillamook Library Friends as its first non-profit beneficiary of a program initiated by Sarah McBee at the Portland office of LRL.  Local brokers Darcey Kline, Dave Leach, Tosha Reinmiller and Hans Tonjes selected the library for the honor and have donated $50.00 per transaction for the past year, March 2016 through March 2017, to NTLF for a grand total of nearly $6,000 ($5,950 to be exact).

“It is through donations such as Living Room Realty’s and the support of our local businesses that the North Tillamook Library continues to be an extraordinary resource in the Manzanita/Nehalem/Wheeler community,” said board member Gail Young, who acknowledged the contributions. “Living Room Realty’s generosity fosters connections between important entities in our community, and we are most grateful for their support.”

Tillamook Voters Consider Library Issues in May

A ballot measure that would continue the current levy that supports operations of all Tillamook County libraries, including the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita, will be on the May election ballot. Learn more about the measure at the county library website.

Ballots begin arriving to Tillamook County registered voters soon.

Estate Planning for Dummies and Rocket Scientists, May 18 and 20

Do you feel confused when you hear the words “estate planning?”

Come to the library on May 18 or 20 to get answers to all your questions about leaving a legacy.

Do you think you know everything but want to learn what’s new in estate planning and what changes may be coming?

Then, come to the library on May 18 or 20 to learn things you need to know to be up to date.

Steve Brier will host an informal session on estate planning for Friends of the North Tillamook Library. Duplicate presentations will be on May 18 at 7 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m. Everyone who loves the library and everyone who wants to leave a legacy in the smartest way possible will find Steve’s presentation to be eye opening, easily understandable, and fun.

Steve has been the Director for Gift Planning at the Oregon State University Foundation since 2014. Before that, he was Director for Gift Planning at Willamette University since 2001. From 1987 to 2000, he practiced law primarily with the Stoel Rives  in Portland.

Steve and his wife, Barbara, are part-time Manzanita residents. Steve loves the library and wants other library lovers to appreciate the many rewarding ways to help make the library better forever.

Behind-the-scenes book sorters unsung heroes of annual book sale

“It’s a year-round proposition,” says Friends’ volunteer Michael Maginnis of the book sorting effort that leads up to the library’s annual Memorial Day weekend book sale. Maginnis should know, he’s headed up the effort to transport donated books for the past three or four years, taking over for longtime “Friend” Mark Beach who was involved with the project the better part of 15 years.

Michael Maginnis, Sally Vanebo, and Janice Levesque are among the volunteers who provide critical support for the annual book sale May 26-27, 2017

On any given Wednesday when there are books to be sorted, the vacant house, owned by the city and next to the old Manzanita Fire Station, is a beehive of activity. An army of more than a dozen volunteers takes turns sorting books. Not everyone shows up every week and that’s probably just as well with all the books that are stored in the house. With the book sale over a month away, 250 boxes of books have been sorted and are ready to go. Volunteers, says Maginnis, will be working almost up to the last minute in preparation for this year’s sale scheduled Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27.

The Friday evening sale, from 5 to 7 p.m., is for members of the Library Friends only. The Saturday sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both sites. This day the sales are open to the general public. Fiction, children’s books, and audio and video discs will be available at Pine Grove. Non-fiction books will be at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

In addition to Michael Maginnis, a tip of the hat and many thanks to these unsung book sorters: Sally Vanebo, Janice Levesque, Susan Reinhardt, Kathleen Moore, Terri Zolka, Laurie McCray, Marcia Silver, Gloria Gostnell, Mary Ruhl, Karen Babbitt, Kaleen Wineinger, Tela Skinner, Peggy Christensen and Isabel Beaton.

A “double-header” for writers May 6

If you are an established or aspiring writer, the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita has an exciting day planned for you. On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the library will host the first workshop from 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. It is called “Writing the Personal Essay” and is part of the 2017 Oregon Book Awards Author Tour Event. Martha Grover will be the instructor and will guide participants as they explore writing exercises designed to motivate and inspire new writing techniques. The workshop is free but space is limited. To register, please email or call 503-227-2583, ext 107.

The second event, “How to Tell Your Personal Story”, begins at 1:00 p.m. does not require pre-registration. It is presented by award-winning speaker and trainer Gideon For-mukwai. Gideon calls himself a Story Warrior and will present a touching and inspirational message to inspire participants to tell their own stories and become story warriors themselves.

Both events will be held at the North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda, in Manzanita. For more information, call Bill at 503-842-4792, ext 1709.

Meet the 2017 Library Board

Board members of the NTL Friends

Board members took time to pose for a photo at a meeting of the board in March. Seated, from left: Becky Berg, Madeline Olson, Monica Isbell and Jo Newhouse. Back row, from left: Dave Fisher, Marc Johnson, Gail Young, Trish Johnson, Karen Babbitt, Lee Hiltenbrand, Tony Johnson and John Hanby.

Spring clean up takes place under sunny skies

Friends volunteers enjoyed clear skies the morning of April 9 in a two-hour-long effort to spruce up the library garden and plant a few new shrubs.

In her pitch to recruit volunteers, board member Karen Babbitt urged would-be participants to “come for the exercise, community and treats.” The fair weather was a last minute and very much appreciated added bonus.

Karen Babbitt, Gail Young and Trish Johnson (below) help spiff up the library grounds (Photos by Linda Petersen)

The next garden clean up is scheduled for July 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Come join the fun and get in on the exercise!

Finally…some reading suggestions

April marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I and the centenary has produced a feast of new books. Here is a select list of some of the best titles.

And…looking for inspiring reading this spring? The magazine Psychology Today recently produced a list of seven books that might – just might – change your life. Here is the list.