Blog Post – June 26, 2018

Library Board Meets

The Board met on June 16 and received reports from the major committees and took action on several items. One significant action was the approval of a revised 2018 Budget. The budget was revised based on actuals through May, review of revenue streams, and the final costs and firm bids for the renovation of the patio. Assistant Treasurer Tony Johnson presented the revised budget. The Friends organization remains in a strong financial position; thank you members and donors.

Membership and Development– Jo Newhouse, Chair reported that donations and memberships are on track to achieve our 2018 goals.  She also reported on the successful sale of book bags adorned with the Library Friends logo during the 2018 Book Sale. Magazine sales are down compared to last year. And action needed to support the Nancy Pear/April Baer fund raiser with the Hoffman Center’s Writer’s Program on October 20, 2018 was taken.

Maintenance Committee– Lee Hiltenbrand and Becky Berg, Co-chairs reported that all maintenance projects are on schedule with the exception of the completion of the patio renovation that we had hoped would be finalized by June, but has been delayed.

Communications Committee– Marc Johnson Chair, introduced Lynne Gross who has agreed to take on the role of Committee Chair. Lynne has done great work creating the easily accessed newsletter and refreshing and improving navigation of the Friends website. We are delighted to welcome Lynne to this role.

Nominating and Governance Committee– Marc Johnson Chair gave a brief report on recruitment for the 2019 Board.  Board members are reaching out to Friends to seek those who may be interested in serving on the Board.  Please contact Marc Johnson, Madeline Olson or another Board member if you are interested in talking about opportunities to be more involved in preserving and improving our Library for the future. 

The Nominating and Governance Committee also completed the biennial Board Self-Assessment. No surprises or major problems were identified. The Board remains committed to engaging more Friends in the work of committees and to successful outreach to Nehalem, Wheeler and the rural areas of north County. The Board will remain committed to our support for Libraries in Tillamook County.

Given that the patio renovation remains incomplete, the Board agreed with Sara Charlton, Director Tillamook County Library System, to postpone the July parking lot party until later in the year.

Sara Charlton and Bill Landau, TCLS gave a brief report on happenings in the county.

Draft Board Minutes for the June Meeting will be posted following Board review for the information of patrons and Friends.

Reptile Man/Bug Chicks Draw Big Crowds

Two recent Tillamook Library sponsored programs – Reptile Man and The Bug Chicks – drew big crowds of enthusiastic youngsters (and adults) to the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Reptile Man and friend at the Hoffman Center

Each event featured trained presenters able to talk authoritatively about the critters. The programs are highly educational in nature providing great information for children about the natural world, but of course also a lot of fun.

An engaged audience learns about the natural world

The programs are part of the on-going collaboration between the Library and the Hoffman Center, which has helped deepen the relationship between the two organizations.

We look forward to many more programs including a June 29thmusical event 3:00 pm at with Okaidja Afroso who was born into a family of singers and songwriters in a small fishing village on the west coast of Ghana and now offers a program of global music and dance.

On July 6 at 3:00 pm another great program for kids – Mad Science – a spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air.

Both programs are free and will take place at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita.

Garden Work Party – July 8.

Our landscape committee chair Becky Berg is issuing a call for gardening help from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on July 8th. Bring a tool for weeding and trimming, a hat & gloves and we’ll provide the refreshments.

The Friends the library building and the property and shoulder the responsible for keeping both in top shape. The garden is looking great, but of course requires a good deal of upkeep and attention. Please help if you can.

Nancy Pearl on Good Summer Reads

We will have more information soon about tickets and a special event related to the October 20thappearance at NCRD by acclaimed Seattle library and author Nancy Pearl, but in the meantime check out some of Nancy’s top summer read. This link will take you to a recent NPR interview with Nancy Pearl – America’s Library. Good listening and good reading.