Blog Post – October 16, 2017

Older than 70 ½?

Make Your Required IRA Distribution TAX FREE

Charitably inclined people can completely avoid taxation on their IRA required minimum distributions (any amount up to $100,000) simply by having their IRA custodian transfer the funds directly to North Tillamook Library Board or other qualified charitable organizations. Anyone older than 70 ½ can take advantage of this opportunity.

All you need do is instruct your IRA custodian to issue a check payable to North Tillamook Library Board and direct the custodian to mail the check directly to North Tillamook Library Board no later than December 31. For more information, contact Steve Brier at or 503.349.5500. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Library Program Explores African Music

Okaidja Afroso, a singer songwriter from Ghana, West Africa, performed at a library program at the Hoffman Center (Photos by Linda Petersen)

Okaidja Afroso, a singer songwriter from Ghana, West Africa was greeted by an enthusiastic audience on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Mr. Afroso was featured at a well-attended Library sponsored program hosted by the Hoffman Center for the Arts. At least 34 people attended and enjoyed an hour of beautiful guitar music and percussion music on native Ghanaian instruments, including a beautifully carved skin drum, two different gourds and a box-style instrument that doubled as a chair.

Bill Landau, Tillamook County library manager, with an enthusiastic crowd

Mr. Afroso had attendees up dancing, engaged the children in attendance and answered questions from the audience. It was interesting to learn that Ghana is the size of Oregon, is a coastal country with 49 languages and that fishing is an important industry.

Please watch for more Library sponsored programs. Check out the calendar on our website for upcoming events. There are many varied programs being offered throughout the fall.

The next scheduled program – October 21 at 2:00 pm – will feature Oregon writer Adam Sawyer who will discuss his new book “25 Hikes on Oregon’s Tillamook Coast.”

Friends Communication Committee Gains New Members

Our Friends Communication Committee has been enhanced with several new volunteer members. Joining the committee recently were Patty Reksten, a former journalist with the Portland Oregonian who has taught journalism at the college level, Lynne Gross, who has an extensive background in marketing, and Linda Petersen, a skilled photographer whose work has been featured in previous blogs. Thanks to our outstanding volunteers!

The committee, chaired by board member Marc Johnson, also benefits from the help of our official statistician Mary Ruef and Dan Haag who helps out with program promotion.

Speaking of Giving…

Arlene Weismantel, the senior associate librarian at Michigan State University, recently offered a fascinating account of how an American philanthropist remade the nation’s public libraries.

Andrew Carnegie (NY Post)

Weismantel wrote: “[Industrialist Andrew] Carnegie built 2,509 libraries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 1,679 of them across the U.S. in nearly every state. All told, he spent US$55 million of his wealth on libraries. Adjusted for inflation, that would top $1.3 billion today.

Some were grand but about 70 percent of these libraries served towns of less than 10,000 and cost less than $25,000 (at that time) to build.

Read the full account of Carnegie’s amazing public library legacy.

See you at the Library!