Blog Post – July 30, 2017

30 Years and Counting

The North Tillamook Library in Manzanita celebrated it 30th anniversary July 8 under sunny skies and amid the flowerbeds of the Hoffman Gardens next door to the library

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Ocean Bottom Country Blues Band, featuring Carl Wilson and Tillamook County’s library director Sara Charlton, entertain the crowd at the 30th anniversary celebration of the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita on July 8.

Hosted by the Friends of the Library, the celebration featured family music fun with Portland singer and musician Mo Phillips and Ocean Bottom Country Blues with Tillamook County’s library director Sara Charlton.

Following a welcome by Friends president Madeline Olson, longtime Friend Patty Went spoke about the history of the library and the formation of the Friends of the Library. Next up was noted Oregon author and part-time Manzanita resident Lauren Kessler, who, as a special guest, read from her essays on the the importance of libraries and the special role they continue to play in her work.

With a membership of about 400, Olson urged those in attendance who were not Friends of the Library to join. “I think everyone living in north Tillamook County should be a Friend of the Library.”

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Longtime ‘Friend of the Library’ Carol Povey, former Manzanita city councilor Leila Salmon, and Friends president Madeline Olson are all smiles during the celebration.
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Noted author and part-time Manzanita resident Lauren Kessler shared her thoughts on the importance of libraries as she reads from her essays.
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No celebration is complete without cake and there was plenty of it as the North Tillamook Library anniversary celebration ended on a tasty note.

Got books?

It’s not too soon to begin donating your gently-used books for next year’s 2018 library book sale.

Books must be in good condition to sell. Sets of books, e.g. Time-Life series and encyclopedias, do not sell and must be taken to Goodwill. Dictionaries, reference books, text books, diet, health and fitness books are not great sellers either. Best bet is to take those to Goodwill as well and save library volunteers a trip.

For those books that are not sold during the sale they are donated to a local Oregon family that sorts and passes them on to groups that appreciate books and cannot afford to purchase them.

The North Tillamook Library Friends relies on the donation of books for the success of its annual sale. Funds raised help support the maintenance of the library. Many thanks for continuing to support your library by donating gently-used books.

Financial Update from Treasurer Tony Johnson

Revenue for the month of June was $2,341, thanks to a strong response to the Leave a Legacy initiative, which raised $1,885 in immediate donations. Routine donations and dues contributed an additional $455.

Expenses totaled $2,401 and were much higher than anticipated due to a $1,000 unbudgeted retainer paid to the architect preparing the design for the refurbished patio. Consequently, a modest loss of $60 was reported. Routine expenses tracked well to the budget.

Year-to-Date Performance:

Revenue for the first six months came to $29,881 vs. a forecast of $21,127, with all budgeted revenue categories exceeding projections including membership dues and magazine sales. A $10,000 restricted donation from StanCorp Financial in honor of past NTLB president Kay Stepp put us over the top, while unrestricted donations of $5,192 far surpassed the $3,000 amount budgeted. The restricted StanCorp Financial donation is directed to the renovation of the patio.

Expenses of $20,191 were slightly under the $20,316 amount forecast, leading to an excess of revenue over expenses of $9,690 vs. a projected excess of $811.


Something fun here: How many books will you read in your lifetime? Writer Emily Temple has actually calculated the answer to that question. You can estimate for yourself here.

Happy reading.