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Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

Mark your calendar…    Annual Book Sale – May 25-26, 2018

The annual Memorial Day weekend book sale will take 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 gives Friends of the North Tillamook Library first crack at the latest inventory of used books. (Not a Friend member yet?  Join now !)

Fiction, children’s books, and audio and video discs will be available at The Pine Grove Community House. Non-fiction books will be at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. The Saturday sale – open to the public – will be from 9 am to 4 pm, at both locations.


In preparation for the annual sale the Friends need donations of ‘gently used’ books. Books can be dropped off at the Library during regular business hours. During the sale weekend we need volunteers to unload books at both sites and to assist during the sales.If you have a few good books you can part with please donate them to the sale, which is the major Friends fundraising event of the year.


If you would like to help out with the sale please contact Ann Morgan, 368-6595, or .


Upcoming Library Events

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 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


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Trust grants record $2.6 million to partners, coalitions and organizations


Aug. 12, 2015
Contact: Carrie Kikel, (503) 986-0081

Trust grants record $2.6 million to partners, coalitions and organizations;
Cultural development grants awarded to 85 organizations including
North Tillamook Library

Salem, Ore. – Statewide cultural organizations will receive a record $2.6 million in grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust in fiscal year 2015-16, up a full 30 percent over last year and surpassing $2 million for the first time. The dramatic increase in funding results from a record fundraising year and a new distribution formula approved by the Oregon legislature.

The awards include a total of $644,959 to the Cultural Trust’s five statewide partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office); $644,959 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions (who re-grant the funds through local programs); and $1,260,945 to 84 cultural organizations through competitive Cultural Development Grants, more than double the amount awarded last fiscal year. The Cultural Development Grants include first-time awards to 25 organizations and the largest grants ever awarded – $35,000 – to six of the state’s largest cultural nonprofits. The grants are awarded for projects that address access, capacity, creativity and preservation.

Among the 84 recipients of Cultural Development Grants is North Tillamook Library of Manzanita:

North Tillamook Library Board, Manzanita (Capacity): $21,201 (first time grant)
Creating Community Technology and Education Room: To support repurposing existing library facility to create community technology and education room for adult learning experiences and technology training and use.

“We know these are the needs of our Tillamook County information consumers,” said Kay Stepp, North Tillamook Library Board President.”

“We are extremely grateful to members of the legislature for giving us the flexibility to provide deeper support to the groups who ensure Oregon’s cultural vitality,” said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. “The increased funds will allow them to have an even greater impact on creating the quality of life we Oregonians expect and appreciate.”

The new distribution formula, put in place through the passage of Senate Bill 441, allows the Trust to allocate a larger percentage of the funds it raises to grant making and administration. The Trust raised a record $4.4 million in fiscal year 2014-15, through donor participation in the cultural tax credit, allowing it to allocate $2.6 million to statewide grants.

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North Tillamook Library in Manzanita to Unveil New Sign

Letter to the Editor
By Kay Stepp, President, North Tillamook Library Board
North Tillamook Library in Manzanita to Unveil New Sign
At the community party on July 17, the North Tillamook Library Board unveiled a new sign designed by local artist Susan Walsh to replace the 28 year-old original sign that has deteriorated to the rickety stage. The new sign identifies the facility as the North Tillamook Library and uses the new logo of our partner Tillamook County Library to signify our unique public-private partnership.
I imagine there are questions about why the name of the facility is now North Tillamook Library rather than Manzanita Branch Library, the name on the old sign.
In 2012 the North Tillamook Library Board completed its first strategic plan. An important element of that plan was to reach out to the communities of Nehalem and Wheeler, making our library a “tri-cities” library, not just a Manzanita library. The concept of outreach beyond Manzanita was reaffirmed in the 2015 Tillamook County Library strategic plan when our Library’s “service area” was identified as south of Wheeler to the Clatsop County border on the north and from the ocean on the west to the Washington County border on the east. As it so happens our founders must have shared this vision because North Tillamook Library also is our legal corporate name. We are North Tillamook Library.
The Board wishes to thank Susan Walsh for the beautiful sign, Michael J. Kirkland Construction for removal of the old sign and installation of the new sign, and Karen Babbitt for her landscape design and installation.

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North Tillamook Library Receives $21,000 Grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust

North Tillamook Library Receives $21,000 Grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust
By Kay Stepp, North Tillamook Library Board President
North Tillamook Library in Manzanita is a recipient of a $21,201 award from the Oregon Cultural Trust as one of 85 successful grant applications out of a total of 165 submissions from across Oregon. The money will be used to repurpose a room in the Library to serve as a community learning center in addition to providing major upgrades to the rest of the building.
Library renovation will occur in early 2016, and include leveling the northwest corner of the building, installing new carpeting throughout, upgrading to energy efficient lighting and adding new shelving. This work is in preparation for repurposing the Hoffman Room as an education and technology learning space. Books displayed in the Hoffman Room will be moved to other areas in the library. The redesigned space will include electrical outlets throughout and new furniture that will easily configure for classroom presentations, individual work stations and small to large team meetings.
As part of the project, Tillamook County Library has committed to offering increased adult programming in the new space, including an emphasis on technology training following the renovation. Currently, Tillamook County Library has difficulty in offering adult programming at North Tillamook Library due to space limitations.
“To repurpose this space in the existing structure is to open up a world of possibilities,” said Bill Landau, Tillamook County Library Extension Manager. “In Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler and the surrounding rural community we have a ready, willing and able audience who yearns for the programming we can provide such as group computer classes, open mic events, a photography club, lectures, travelogues and streaming events.” Tillamook County Library has committed to provide a large screen television in the new space to be able to offer streaming content.
The project budget totals $76,400. In addition to the Oregon Cultural Trust Grant of $21,201, the budget includes $15,000 of in-kind contributions from Tillamook County Library; $33,000 from the Linda Anne Easely bequest received in 2014 and set aside for this purpose; and $7,199 from North Tillamook Library Friends, proceeds from the recent raffle. “We do not intend to withdraw funds from our Investment Account to complete this project,” said Kay Stepp, North Tillamook Library Board president. “Through our partnership with Tillamook County Library, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Easely Bequest and the generosity and support of North Tillamook Library Friends we can fund this major project from current resources.”
“This will be the biggest project undertaken by the Friends since building the Library in 1987,” added Stepp. “We learned through the Tillamook County Library Futures Project that library facilities must adapt to the changing needs of information consumers. We now have data on the needs of consumers in our service area and we are excited to be able to provide a library facility that meets those needs. This is our mission.”


Mystery Book Sale November 20-22, Manzanita



Friday November 20 Film at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

Saturday November 21
Bingo at CARTM
Writing Workshop HCA
Children’s Mystery Hour/ Magical Mystery Tour Library
Clue Tournament at NCRD
Art Show and Author Reading HCA

Sunday November 22
Bingo at CARTM
Mystery Book Sale Library

Don’t miss the challenge, intrigue, and fun. For times and details of these activities go to North Tillamook Library Facebook page,, and postings at North Tillamook Library in Manzanita and Manzanita Visitor’s Center.