Blog Post – May 6, 2017

Important Reminder – Cast Your Ballot

Voters in Tillamook County are reminded that the May ballot – in the mail now to registered voters – contains a measure impacting all the county’s libraries.

If approved 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.

We encourage you to be informed on the issues by visiting the county library website.

Our Library is a Popular Place

You might be surprised to know that over 3000 people visit our library each month. Thanks to the support of the main library in Tillamook the Manzanita North Tillamook County Branch is able to track several statistics regarding use of our library. In 2017 the actual number of people coming through the door each month is: January, 3328; February, 3326; and, March, 3943. We attribute the peak in March to vacation home owners and Spring Break visitors.

The number of books checked out each month remains quite consistent: January, 2192; February, 1987; and, March, 2039. Digital media is very popular and those counts are: January, 1792; February, 1799; and, March, 1904. According to our statistics there is at least one book or digital media checked out per person. Of course, there are those who come in to use the free Wifi or computers. That offsets those of us who check out multiple books.

Next quarter we will be able to make a few comparisons to 2016. The door counter malfunctioned about the same time the library renovation was taking place in 2016 so there are no statistics available for January through March of that year. In April everything was operational so we can look at whether there is an increase in library use from one year to the next. There has definitely been an increase from 2015 to 2017. January, +270; February, +402; and, March, +640.

Friends Take Note… Annual Book Sale May 26 and 27

The 2017 version of the annual Memorial Day Weekend sale will take place 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. This gives you Friends first crack at the books.

The annual Friends book sale is our largest fundraiser of the year

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. 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.

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

Estate Planning Session set for 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 and learn what’s new in estate planning and what changes may be coming.

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 OSU 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 from 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.

And don’t forget to periodically check our calendar (you can find it under “Events” on our website) to stay informed about upcoming activities at our library.

First Quarter Financials in Brief

These reports are prepared by Friends’ treasurer Tony Johnson.

Condensed March Narrative:

March income was $11,973, including a StanCorp grant ($10,000), unrestricted donations of $1,210 and revenue from dues, magazine sales and an in-kind donation.  Expenses were significant at $5,073, most of which was related to major maintenance. Net operating income came to $6,903.

Condensed First Quarter Narrative:

First quarter revenue was $15,048 thanks to the grant, unrestricted donations ($3,165) and strong contributions from other sources, all of which exceeded budget.  Expenses were also significant at $15,164, of which $9,500 relates to the completion of the retaining wall and electrical upgrades, consequentially a small loss of $115 was reported vs. a budgeted loss of $12,574. Recurring expenses were either at or acceptably close to budget.

Finally…some suggestions for Springtime reading

TIME magazine has suggestions for six books you should read before they become movies, including titles by Stephen King and Agatha Christie. Here is the list.

Oregon and Native American history is at the center of historian Daniel Sharfstein’s new book “Thunder in the Mountains” about the Nez Perce war in the 1870s and the parallel lives of Chief Joseph and General Oliver Otis Howard. In a review The Christian Science Monitor said, “Sharfstein is a wonderful storyteller with a deep knowledge of all the relevant source material from the period. His narrative is rich with fascinating historical details.”

If fiction is more to your taste you might find something in this list of new books out now, including titles by Penelope Lively and Colm Toíbín.

Happy reading!