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Blog Post – May 16, 2018

A Bittersweet Thank You

Charlotte Forster, one of the talented librarians who has long greeted visitors and provided cheery helpfulness to patrons of the North Tillamook Library, is retiring. Charlotte’s last day is May 18 and her service to the community will be celebrated with an open house at the library from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

Please stop in to thank Charlotte and wish her well in retirement.

Book Sale Nears

The annual Memorial Day weekend book sale takes place Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26. The Friday evening sale, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is a members-only sale for Friends of the Library. This offers Friends of the North Tillamook Library first crack at all of books in the sale. (Not a Friend member yet?  Join now or join on-site at one of the sale locations.)

Book sale coordinator Ann Morgan is getting ready – again – for the Friends’ largest annual fundraising event

We have many gently used books and new opportunities to find classic fiction and staff picks. The sale is a fun albeit labor-intensive effort. Thanks to our book sale coordinator Ann Morgan for her superb organization – again – of this important event and thanks as well to all who volunteer to make the sale a big annual success.

While it is too late to donate books for this year’s sale, if you would like to volunteer and haven’t been contacted, please contact Linda Petersen –   or Mark Kuestner –

We have a real need for people to help move books and materials either Thursday morning, May 24 or Friday morning, May 25th.  As an added bonus, volunteers have the opportunity to buy up to 5 books before the sale.  It is also a lot of fun.

The sale takes place at two locations – the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Pine Grove Community House.

The sale is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Friends and supports the maintenance and operations of our lovely North Tillamook County Library

New to the sale this year are Manzanita Library tote bags for just $20. The stylish bags, large, canvas and with adjustable straps, water bottle pocket and room for books or beach supplies, will be available at both sale locations.

Free Writing Workshop, May 19

“Writing About Place: A Journey into Travel Writing,”a free writing workshop at the library featuring award-winning author Midge Raymond, will take place from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on May 19.

The workshop is for readers, writers and travelers and offers a journey into reading and writing about place.

Midge Raymond
Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is the author of the novel “My Last Continent” and the award-winning short-story collection Forgetting English. Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, the Chicago Tribune and Poets & Writers.

Raymond has worked in publishing in New York and taught at Boston University. She has also published two books for writers, Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing and is co-founder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press.

Participants are encouraged to bring a pen, notebook or laptop.

Speaking of Travel Writing…

 Acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux is out with a new collection of essays, Figures in a Landscape: People & Places, and he recently talked about some of the books that have been important to him. Not surprisingly they are all travel adventures. Here’s a link to the list.