Blog Post – June 12, 2017

Volunteers, community combine to make annual book sale a success

Thanks to the work of book sale coordinator, Ann Morgan; book sorting room coordinator and co-manager of Hoffman Center site, Tela Skinner; book moving man, Michael Maginnis; volunteer ‘wrangler’ extraordinaire Judi Hanson; Victoria Holt, Pine Grove site manager (stepping in for Peggy Biskar) and more than 100 volunteers, the North Tillamook Library Friends had the most successful book sale in at least three years.

Book browsers scan the thousands of books offered at the recent Friends sale. (Photos by Linda Petersen)

The sale raised $8,443.78 to support the maintenance of the building and grounds of our Library. As many of you know the library building and grounds are owned and maintained by the nonprofit Friends. The book sale is its major fund raiser each year.

The book sale’s Friday evening “Members only” pre-sale netted $2,745.25.

“Book sale results this year are heartening for several reasons: we exceeded our budget goal of $7,000, and three years of declining revenue from the event was ended,” treasurer Tony Johnson reported. In addition, a grand total of 40 people became new members.

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Friends largest annual fundraiser

“I would like to thank the community for once again supporting our library,” said Friends president Madeline Olson. “This sale would not occur nor have been successful this year without the work of more than 100 volunteers. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS. YOU ARE WONDERFUL IN YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY. I also appreciate the flexible collaboration of our nonprofit partners, the Hoffman Center for the Arts and Pine Grove Community Center. I would also like to thank Jody Swanson proprietor of Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita for the loan of display equipment for our children’s book sale.”

Creativity Boosting Session for Adults slated July 6

Reinvigorate your creative life. Whether you are a painter, writer, photographer, or an artist of any kind, the Creative Boosting Session will give you the tools and inspiration to give your artistic side a boost!

The workshop will be held Thursday, July 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita. Mark your calendar.

Summer Programs at the Library Kickoff June 23

A series of fun and educational events for children (and adults too) get underway with a visit to the library by the ever-popular Reptile Man on Friday, June 23, at 3 p.m.

On Friday, June 30, ventriloquist Vicki Gasko Green will be on hand at the library. The program gets underway at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, July 8, at 12 noon, it’s Music with Mo Phillips for singing and dancing.

Penny’s Puppets visits Friday, July 14, at 3 p.m., followed by Juggling with Curtis Carlyle a week later, July 21, also at 3:00.

Summertime program come to a close Friday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. with The Bug Chicks.

Anniversary Celebration July 8

Now that the book sale is behind us and we’re into the month of June, we’re shifting focus to the July 8 special event – our Library’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.

North Tillamook Library in Manzanita will celebrate its 30th anniversary in July

A reminder of the schedule:

11 a.m. – noon:  Story Time in the Library

Noon – 1:00 pm:  Family fun with Portland singer/musician Mo Phillips

1:00 – 2:00 pm:  Music by The Ocean Bottom Country Blues Band featuring Tillamook County head librarian Sara Charlton.

2:00 – 3:00 pm:

  • Welcome by Friends President Madeline Olson
  • Friends and library history presentation by Patty Went
  • “Tribute to Libraries” by Oregon author Lauren Kessler

3:00 – 4:00 pm:  Music, socializing – and cake!

Please plan to attend the celebration and invite others to consider becoming a Friend of the Library. Board member Gail Young is coordinating the anniversary celebration. She can be reached at

Other Library Activities

A reminder to check the Friends website for other events scheduled at the North Tillamook Library, including upcoming Saturday Magazine Sales on July 1, August and September 2. Magazine sales take place from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Library.

And finally…

If you are reading this it is probably a safe bet you are a regular reader of books and a frequent visitor to libraries, but not all Americans are readers. The Pew Research Center has some interesting insights into who doesn’t read books. Here is a link to a summary of the Center’s research.