Blog Post – January 24, 2018

Save the Date…for Nancy Pearl!

The North Tillamook Library Friends is pleased to announce that they will be teaming up with the Hoffman Center to present an evening with Nancy Pearl on October 20, 2018.

Nancy Pearl, America’s librarian

Nancy Pearl is a librarian-extraordinaire from Seattle. In the 1990’s she started a citywide book club called “If All Seattle Read The Same Book.” She has also written several books, but is most known for Book Lust, a compilation of her favorite reads. The book is divided by categories such as Fathers and Daughters, First Novels, Shrinks and Shrinkees, Hanky Reads, Chick Lit, and Aging.

Nancy Pearl is a regular NPR contributor, and is known for her keen sense of humor. We hope you’ll join us! More details coming closer to the October event.

The African Queen – Library Movie Time – February 8

The great New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael called John Huston’s 1951 film “one of the most charming and entertaining movies ever made.” And The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn is coming to the North Tillamook Library on February 8, 2018.

The screening will take place at 6:00 pm and is free and open to the public. You’ll have to bring your own popcorn!

Filmed on location in the Congo and Uganda – a rarity for the time – the story is set in 1914 in east Africa. The movie features Bogart – he won an Oscar as best actor for his role as an frequently drunk, slovenly boat captain – and Hepburn is a prime and proper British missionary. Their relationship, let’s say, evolves during the delightful film.

Fun facts:

  • The movie is based on a C.M. Forester novel and James Agee wrote the screenplay.
  • Huston’s famous daughter Angelica was born during the filming.
  • Conditions were so primitive in the jungle that many in the cast and crew became ill drinking less than pristine water. Huston claimed neither he nor Bogart had any problems since, as he said, “we always drank scotch with our water.”

Plan to attend. We’re also eager to hear about films you would like to see. We can screen movies now available on DVD, so if you have a suggestion or two please let us know. Email suggestion to: ntlf198 or mention a title to one of our great librarians the next time you are in the Library.

  • Be sure and check our calendar for more upcoming programs at the Library, including a writing event and a presentation from one of NASA’s official ambassadors.
  • And don’t forget our monthly magazine sale on February 17 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Annual Meeting Elects Officers/Board

The Annual Meeting of the North Tillamook Library Friends opened at 3:00 pm on January 20, 2018. It was attended by more than 20 Friends not including board members. This was the largest turnout since 2014. The group included a number of new Friends and former officers of NTLB. There was much lively discussion.

The Friends elected the 2018 board.

Madeline Olson, President; Marc Johnson, Vice President; John Hanby, Treasurer; Trish Johnson, Secretary;

Directors at Large: Tony Johnson, Assistant Treasurer; Jo Newhouse, Chair Membership Development Committee; Stephen Brier, Co-chair Membership Development; Lee Hiltenbrand, Chair, Maintenance Committee; Becky Berg, Co-Chair, Maintenance Committee with a focus on landscaping.

Madeline Olson recognized and thanked outgoing Board Members:

Gail Young, Chair of Membership Development for the past six years. Membership, under Gail’s energetic and relentless leadership grew from fewer than 100 to 350 for 2017. She and her committee organized many successful events culminating in the 2017 30th Anniversary Celebration. Gail and Richard Young will continue managing the daily and monthly magazines sales. Thank you Gail.

Karen Babbitt was also a six-year member of the board and utilized her extensive knowledge of gardening to take the Library grounds to a new level. Karen was a key member of the group who worked on the 2016 Library Renovation and on the design of the patio renovation that is currently underway.

David Fisher, Co-Chair of the Library Friends Communications Committee. Dave wrote and edited blog postings, press releases for Library events, and helped in the development of the Communications Plan. Dave left the Board midyear when he moved from Tillamook County.

Monica Isbell served most recently as vice president and chaired key administrative committees including Internal Financial Review and the Nominating and Governance Committee. Previously Monica chaired the Communications Committee. She left the Board in November 2017 when she moved to Seattle.

As the second major piece of business the Friends voted to approve a 2018 budget for the North Tillamook Library Friends.

Board President Olson provided an overview of 2017 activities and facilitated a lively discussion based on comments and questions from several new Friends. The Friends also heard about the organization’s communication plans, received a preview of a major future event (see article on Nancy Pearl elsewhere) and heard a report from Sara Charlton, Director of Tillamook County Library System.

Following the annual meeting participants enjoyed some social time with beverages and treats.

Does the Stock Market Have You Scared?

 We offer a modest proposal

 If you invest in the stock market, you have benefitted greatly from the run up in stock prices since the Great Recession ended. Will the market continue to go up or are we headed for a crash? Don’t expect a prediction from us!

Instead of a market prediction, we offer a smart strategy to reduce your exposure to the stock market and cut your tax bill significantly in the process. And you will make an important contribution to the North Tillamook Library and the communities served by the Library. Our suggested strategy is simple — ask your broker to transfer some of your shares of appreciated stock (or mutual fund shares) to the firm that manages Library Friends’ reserve fund. By doing that, you will receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full value of the stock today,[1] and you will completely avoid capital gains tax that you would have to pay if you were to sell the stock. You also will avoid brokerage commissions. Depending on your tax situation, transferring your stock to the Library might reduce your tax bill by 50% (or more) of the value of the stock you transfer.

After receiving your stock, the Library can sell your stock without paying any tax. For example, if you contribute $1,000 worth of stock, Library Friends will have $1,000 to use to improve the Library, while you will receive a $1,000 tax deduction and avoid paying capital gains tax on the stock’s appreciation. This really is a win-win for you and for the Library. It’s easy for you to make this type of gift happen. All you do is sign a short form that your broker (or mutual fund company) will provide.

If you would like more information, please contact Steve Brier, Co-Chair of the Library Friends Membership and Development Committee, at 503.349.5500 or   All inquiries are strictly confidential.

[1] If you have owned your shares for one year or less, your deduction may be reduced.