Blog Post – February 24, 2018

Book Donations

The North Tillamook Library Friends are grateful for all of the donations of gently used books that make our Annual Book Sale a success.  We need to request that when you have donations and the Library is closed, do not drop them into the Library’s Book Return Drop Box.  It makes extra work for the Librarians to sort through all of the books and pull out those that are donated for the sale.  If the Library is closed and you are in a time bind for donating your books, please call Madeline Olson at 503-887-1112.  If possible, she will provide you with an alternative means of donating to our book sale.  Thank you.

Also … mark you calendar for the Friends’ annual book sale over Memorial Day weekend. The Friends’ member pre-sale will take place on May 25 and the sale to the public on May 26. It’s our major fundraiser of the season and provides a wonderful opportunity to restock your library with fiction and non-fiction titles, cookbooks and children’s books.

A Busy Year at Our Library

It’s impressive!

In 2017 there were 42,149 visits to our library. That is an average of 138 per day. Each visit resulted in at least one book or digital media checked out. We know that some probably came in to use the free Wi-Fi or computers. We are happy to have you all. There were 23,301 print media checked out and 18,119 digital media checked out. DVDs are very popular as there were 15,388 checked out during the year. If you have DVDs that you no longer want to keep on your shelf, consider donating them to the library so others can enjoy them. Newer DVDs may be used by the general library for circulation and older ones are a hit at the Friends of the Library annual book sale.

NASA Ambassador Greg Cermak drew a full house for his recent presentation on “Volcanism in the Solar System.”

Upcoming Events

Board meeting: The next Friends Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday March 17 at the Library. The meeting will begin bright and early at 8:00 am.

Magazine Sale: Our next monthly magazine sale is scheduled for March 24 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Library.

Our monthly magazine sales offer great value and wide variety. We happily accept donations and appreciate your purchases.

Story time for children: Every Wednesday at 4:00 pm and Saturday at 11:00 am.

Libraries: Champions of Democracy

We recently came across this engaging article by Elizabeth Ramsey, an assistant professor and librarian with responsibilities in outreach at Boise State University’s Albertsons Library. She writes that America’s libraries and librarians are “champions of democracy.”

“In multiple and meaningful ways libraries continue their dedication to the transformative possibilities inherent in an informed and engaged citizenry. Libraries are promoting their activism through campaigns such as #LibrariesTransform, which aims to alter the image of libraries from “nice to have” to essential to a democracy. No longer the bespectacled shushers of popular media, librarians are outward facing collaborators, creating the means for their community members to engage with each other civilly across gaps in ideology, considering what the “common good” means to them, and how we all might come together to support it.”

Here is a link to her full essay.