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Blog Post – April 5, 2017

Upcoming Vote:

Five-Year Renewal of Operating Levy for Tillamook County Library

Measure 29-146 will be on ballots arriving in the mailboxes of Tillamook County registered voters the last week of April 2017.  The completed ballots are due to the elections office on May 16, 2017.  If passed, the Measure will continue the current tax rate that supports the operations of all of the libraries in Tillamook County, including the main Library in Tillamook, and branches in Manzanita, Bay City, Garibaldi, Pacific City and Rockaway Beach, as well as bookmobile services.

If the Measure does not pass Tillamook County libraries will close.

The current levy expires June 2017 and provides more than 95% of the funding for the Tillamook County Library system.  The rate of $.65 per $1000 of assessed value remains the same as it was in 2007 and 2012 when the last two levies passed.

These funds purchase books, provide internet access and free Wi-Fi, pay staff salaries, provide assistance to job-seekers, make electronic media available to users, and bring valuable programs to our communities for children, teens, adults and seniors.

The North Tillamook Library (NTL) Friends have a unique and important relationship with the county library system. NTL Friends own the library building and property in Manzanita and shoulder the responsibility for maintenance of the building and grounds, while the Tillamook County library system provides all staff, books, periodicals, Internet access, programs and library services such as interlibrary loan.

Libraries in our rural communities open the door to a wider world of information and knowledge and, as the Oregonian has reported recently, at least three Oregon counties have had to confront library closures due to funding issue.

We invite you to become informed about the library Measure in advance of the upcoming vote.

April 19 Discussion Focuses on Food

Oregon boasts a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy that includes industrial agriculture and small-scale efforts such as community supported agriculture memberships, farmers’ markets, and community gardens. These smaller, community-based efforts are on the rise as means to nurture community and create local and autonomous food systems. Are these choices as consequential as consumers would like them to be? Does “voting with your dollars” significantly shape our agricultural systems?

This is the focus of “Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics, and Personal Choice,” a free conversation with Kristy Athens on Wednesday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library. This program is hosted by the Tillamook County Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities and is free.

Krisity Athens, Oregon Humanities presenter on April 19 at the Library

Athens has an MS in food systems and society from Marylhurst University (2015) and is the author of Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living. Her food systems work includes presenting at conferences at Chatham and Yale universities, a TEDx Talk, and a chapter in the anthology Food Justice in US and Global Contexts. She lives in Wallowa County, where she works at the NE Oregon Economic Development District as outreach specialist and serves on the board of the Wallowa County Farmers’ Market.

For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Bill Landau at 503-842-4792 or

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

A Writers’ Double Header May 6th

Two writing workshops in one day will take place Saturday, May 6, at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita.

A 2017 Oregon Book Awards Author Tour Event, “Writing the Personal Essay” takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Taught by Marsha Grover, this informal creative writing workshop is suitable for adults with all levels of experience.

The second workshop, “How to Tell Your Personal Story,” begins at 1 p.m. and is presented by Story Warrior Gideon For-mukwai, an award-winning speaker and international trainer with experience from 20 countries.

The workshops are free but space is limited. To register, email or call 503-227-2583, ext. 107.

TPUD Grant helps fund library maintenance

The North Tillamook Library Friends has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Tillamook People’s Utility District (TPUD).  The Community Support Grant will be used to help with the upgrade of exterior and bathroom lighting as part of the Library’s 2017 renewal projects.

Spring is coming! The lovely cherry tree on the Library grounds is blooming. (Linda Petersen photo)

Total cost of the library’s project, which also included the recent installation of anew retaining wall, outdoor electrical upgrades, and landscape maintenance is $10,500.

The grant, coupled with budgeted funds of $2,500 and a $5,000 Spirit Mountain grant warded in 2016, will cover the cost of the project, which is part of the library’s five-year (2017-2021) maintenance plan to assure that the library and grounds are kept safe and attractive for the community’s constant use.

Save the Date – Annual Book Sale May 26-27

It’s a sure sign of spring… the annual Memorial Day Weekend. This year’s sale will take place Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.

And, there’s still time to donate books if you’re so inclined and to volunteer for the sale itself. Books, excluding encyclopedias, textbooks and sets, such as Time-Life and Readers’ Digest sets, can be dropped off at the library during regular business hours.

For the sale itself volunteers are needed to unload the books at the two sale sites, and to assist during the sale.

If you would like to help out with the sale, please contact Ann Morgan, 503-368-6595, or

Board meeting minutes now available online

For a look at the minutes of the March 18 meeting of the North Tillamook Library board click here.


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Blog Post – February 18, 2017

Adult Coloring starts March 2 at NTL

Coloring, geared for adults, starts in March. Pens, colors, colored pencils, markers and intricate coloring sheets will be available for participants. Join the fun on Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita.

Pick your favorite color beginning March 2

New Board Members Join NTL Friends

Five new board members were elected during the Friends’ annual meeting in January.

Becky Berg is a relative newcomer to Manzanita having relocated from Kansas City with her husband Jim. Becky, who has long run her own interior design firm, recently designed the interior space remodel of the North Tillamook Library. She will be vice chair of the board membership committee.

John Hanby returns to the Friends board after previous service. John, an engineer by training, has an extensive background in the forest products industry. He retired from the University of Washington in 2006 and lives with wife Elaine in NeahKahNie. John serves as the board’s assistant treasurer.

Trish Johnson and husband Marc Johnson also join the board after relocating to Manzanita in 2013 from Boise, Idaho. Trish, with a PhD in education, has an extensive background in education and strategic planning. She currently teaches online colleges courses for North Arizona University and the University of Idaho. Marc, a long-time partner with a regional public affairs consulting firm, served as chief of staff to an Idaho governor and chaired the Boise Public Library Board. Trish serves on the nominating and governance committees and Marc co-chairs the communication committee.

Jo Newhouse, a full-time Manzanita resident for three years, has a varied background, including human resources, ergonomic consulting, sports reporting and Mahjong teaching. A native of Portland Jo is the secretary of the board.

Ideas for Good Reads

Looking for a good winter read? Here are a couple of new titles at our Library, one fiction and one non-fiction that have been well reviewed.

fool_coverRichard Russo – Everybody’s Fool. This is the Pulitzer Prize winner’s follow on to Nobody’s Fool. Writing in the New York Times novelist T.C. Boyle said: “The book is droll and affecting, not only in its masterly depiction of the workings of an inbred small-town society, but in its portrait of Sully, the nobody’s fool of the title, ‘a case-study underachiever’ who is ‘divorced from his own wife, carrying on halfheartedly with another man’s, estranged from his son, devoid of self-­knowledge, badly crippled and virtually unemployable — all of which he stubbornly confused with independence.’”

51nrnfbgghl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Richard Evans – The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914. Kirkus Reviews calls this 100-year survey of European history “An immensely readable work that considers incremental continental developments up to the outbreak of war in 1914.”

Evans is a much-acclaimed British historian and the author of among other works a three-volume history of Germany from the 1930s to the end of World War II.

Attention Artists!

Each month for the past several years the North Tillamook County Library has featured a local artist. Eight to ten pieces are hung throughout the library for all to enjoy. However, if it has been awhile since you’ve seen new art displayed, it’s because there are no artists waiting in the wings.

As a result, the Friends would like to invite members to consider showing their work in 2017. Volunteers Peggy Biskar and Barbara Temple Ayres coordinate and hang the exhibits. You may contact them if you are interested or if you have suggestions of other artists who might like to show. Email Peggy Biskar at to discuss your interest.

See you at the Library! 



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Blog Post – February 1, 2017

Friends Annual Meeting

North Tillamook Library Friends held its annual meeting January 21, 2017 and reviewed library highlights for the past year, reviewed the organization’s financials and elected officers and five new board members.

Outgoing Friends’ president Kay Stepp reported on recent highlights, including:

  • Completion of an interior renovation attending to many maintenance requirements while at the same time refreshing the interior design to create a more welcoming facility.  The upgrade included a repurposing of the Hoffman Room to provide programs and offer space for technology training and use.  The renovation cost $103,000 and was paid for through new money donations and foundations grants, leaving our reserve investment fund intact.
  • The organization attracted 334 Friends, a nearly 400% increase from 2012.
  • The library offered 87 different programs during 2016 with nearly 1,200 attendees thanks to our valued partner Tillamook County Library.
  • The Friends exceeded its goal of involve 20% more Friends as volunteers and committee members.
  • Attracted nearly $35,000 in unrestricted donations and pledges, an all-time high, while living within our expense budget.
  • Attracted grants from two new foundations and a corporate sponsor to help pay for critical maintenance costs in 2016 and 2017.
  • Implemented a data base system to improve our ability to manage donor information and communicate with Friends.
  • Introduced a new blog and website to better and more frequently communicate with Friends.
  • Grew the investment fund by 10% which helps ensure necessary operations and maintenance reserves while ensuring financial resources for future facility changes and additions.

Madeline Olson was elected president for 2017 with Monica Isbell as vice president, Tony Johnson as treasurer and new board member Jo Newhouse as secretary.

New board members Becky Berg, Trish Johnson and Marc Johnson were also elected and John Hanby, a former member, was again elected to the board.

Future editions of this blog will profile board members and committee assignments.

A Call for Artists

Each month for the past several years the North Tillamook County Library has featured a local artist. Eight to ten pieces are hung throughout the library for all to enjoy. However, if it has been awhile since you’ve seen new art displayed, it’s because “we’re running out of artists,” says newly-elected Friends’ president Madeline Olson.

As a result, the Friends would like to invite members to consider showing their work in 2017. Volunteers Peggy Biskar and Barbara Temple Ayres coordinate and hang the exhibits. You may contact them if you are interested or if you have suggestions of other artists who might like to show. Email Peggy Biskar at to discuss your interest.

“We’d like to keep this program robust and continue to provide interesting work for our patrons to view,” Olson adds.

Check out the ‘Happenings’ at NTL

  • Adult coloring starting in March. Pens, colors, colored pencils, markers and intricate coloring sheets will be available for participants. Join the fun on Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita.
  • On Wednesday, March 15, at 3 p.m., join us for  a musical performance by Adam Miller and with his autoharp.
  • Thursday Night Musicals get underway March 23. On six Thursdays in a row, beginning in March, classical musicals will be shown at 6 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library. Here’s the schedule:
    • March 23 – Singing’ in the Rain
    • March 30 – Band Wagon
    • April 6 – On the Town
    • April 13 – Easter Parade
    • April 20 – Top Hat
    • April 27 – An American in Paris
  • Finally, Miss Melanie will be having a special spring story time at NTL on Friday, March 31, at 3 p.m.

Magazine sale February 18

This month’s magazine sale will be held Saturday, February 18, from 10:30 to 1:00, but keep in mind a selection of the most current magazines is available at the library for sale every day during regular hours at the same low bargain price of 50 cents each.

NY Post photo 

Still time to renew your 2017 Friends membership

A gentle reminder to Friends who have not yet renewed their 2017 membership, there’s still plenty of time to do so. Drop by the library or simply print out the form that was distributed by email in January and return with your dues. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

The Power of Reading

We came across this great short essay recently on the power of reading focusing on the popular novelist Louis L’Amour who wrote: Often I hear people say they do not have the time to read. That’s absolute nonsense. In one year during which I kept that kind of record, I read twenty-five books while waiting for people. In offices, applying for jobs, waiting to see a dentist, waiting in a restaurant for friends, many such places. I read on buses, trains and planes. If one really wants to learn, one has to decide what is important. Spending an evening on the town? Attending a ball game? Or learning something that can be with you your life long?

Read the full essay by clicking here:

Navigating the Information (Overload) Age

Confused or even frustrated by too much information and too much that is of dubious quality? Librarians can help. Dive into information with this thoughtful piece by an academic librarian on how to make sense of all that comes at us these days. Here’s a link:

See you at the library…


Blog Post – January 4, 2017

NTLF Annual Meeting set January 21

North Tillamook Library Friends are invited to attend the Annual Meeting scheduled Saturday, January 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the North Tillamook Library. This is an important meeting for all Friends as two critical items will be presented for approval – directors and officers for 2017 and the 2017 budget.   Following the business meeting, a reception will be held for Friends to meet the incoming and outgoing directors.Officers and directors who will be presented for approval include:

Empty chairs waiting for Friends to occupy

Madeline Olson, president

Monica Isbell, vice president

Tony Johnson, treasurer

Jo Newhouse, secretary

Karen Babbitt, director at large

Becky Berg, director at large

Dave Fisher, director at large

Lee Hiltenbrand, director at large

Marc Johnson, director at large

Trish Johnson, director at large

John Hanby, director at large/assistant treasurer

Gail Young, director at large

To learn more about the proposed slate of directors and to review the proposed 2017 budget, please follow this link to our website or find information posted on the bulletin board at the Library.



Library Friends magazine sales help pay for important services

Magazines, donated to the Library and sold for 50 cents brought in a total of $817.50 in 2016 – enough to pay for two months of cleaning services for our library!

A selection of the most current magazines is for sale every day during regular library hours.  Once a month, the entire inventory is available at a Saturday morning sale hosted by Library Friends volunteers.

Support your library and shop for magazines at bargain prices.

If you’d like to help at a Saturday sale, contact Gail Young at or 503-830-3759.

Dates of 2017 Saturday sales are:

January 14; February 18; March 25; April 29; May 27; July 1; August 5; September 2; October 7; November 11; December 16.


Check out ‘best of’ lists online

We’ll be back with book reviews from some of our Friends in future editions, but to mark the start of a new year here is a selection of “best of” lists from a variety of sources. Read on…

  • The editors of the New York Times Book Review always select five fiction and five non-fiction “bests” every year. Here’s a link to that list:
  • And, finally, 100 books the late Brit rocker David Bowie – he has been called “a voracious reader” – considered his favorites:



It’s full steam ahead for library maintenance in 2017

Planned library maintenance for the new year includes the replacement of a rotting retaining wall at the north property line. The existing wall was fabricated from railroad ties and will be replaced with pre-cast concrete blocks. The work will occur in the spring and will not affect normal library operations.

Several of the exterior lighting fixtures need replacing and/or upgrades to more energy-efficient products.  Some general electrical maintenance is needed as well due to normal wear and tear.  New bathroom lighting fixtures will also be included in the planned upgrades.  We are in the final stages of a bidding process for the electrical work.  The board will be preparing a grant request to Tillamook PUD to cover a major portion of the electrical work.  This work is scheduled for the spring and should not affect day to day library functions.

You may have noticed new fencing between the east parking lot and the Hoffman garden parking area. This new fence is intended to limit foot traffic to designated pathways and allow new plantings to flourish.


A peek ahead to upcoming events at NTL

Adult coloring will start in March…just to test the waters and see if people are interested in this idea.  Pens, colors, colored pencils, markers and intricate coloring sheets will be available for participants.  Tentatively scheduled Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita.

On Wednesday, March 15, at 3:00 p.m., join us for a musical performance by Adam Miller and with his autoharp.

On Wednesday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m., an Oregon Humanities discussion on “Good Food, Bad Food – Agriculture, Ethics and Personal Choice” is on tap.

Tillamook County Library purchased a movie license for North Tillamook Library.  For six Thursdays in a row, beginning in March, Peg, one of our library staff members, will show classical musicals at 6:00 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library.  The dates will be March 23 and 30, and April 6, 13, 20, and 27.  Titles are currently being selected. Watch for posters and more details on the blog.

Finally, Miss Melanie will be having a special spring story time at North Tillamook Library on Friday, March 31, at 3:00 p.m.


Blog Post December 1, 2016

Friends Annual Meeting Notice

Friends will be getting a formal notice, but here’ a quick reminder that the annual meeting of the North Tillamook Library Friends will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  We hope you will attend to participate in the election of board members and adoption of the 2017 budget for the Library.


North Tillamook Library Friends Receive $5,000 Spirit Mountain Grant

The North Tillamook Library has been awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 for its project Year One (2017) of its four-year major maintenance program. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund grant was awarded at a special check presentation September 14 at Grand Ronde, attended by board members Tony Johnson and Madeline Olson.

“We (North Tillamook Library Board) are pleased to be entering a new partnership with the Spirit Mountain Community Fund as we continue to maintain and improve the quality and safety of our building and support library services into the future,” said Olson of the award.

“The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde thank you for your important work and look forward to working with you. It is our pleasure to partner with your organization to serve our communities…” Kathleen George, Spirit Mountain Community Fund director, stated in the award letter.

The Year One (2017) project will be funded for a twelve-month period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is a charitable foundation of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Through the fund, the Tribes fulfill their native tradition of potlatch, a ceremony at which good fortune is distributed. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values.


Mystery Weekend

Mystery Weekend in Manzanita on November 18 to 20 was a fun and successful series of events for participants and the community.  The Library’s Mystery Book Sale fundraiser enticed mystery book fans to purchase books from the large collection.


Exploring Belonging

On November 3rd, a participatory discussion on the topic of belonging was held at the Library, facilitated by Lori Eberly, a trainer from the Oregon Humanities program.  Eighteen interested people joined in the thought-provoking conversation about what the concept of belonging means to them.



The Blog – How To

To access the blog, go to the Library’s website ( and then click on the Blog icon on the main page.  You will be able to see the current blog post and also page backwards to see previous posts.  Whenever a new blog post is made, the North Tillamook Library Board blog editor will notify Friends by email and announce this on the Library’s Facebook page.  Please “follow” the Library on Facebook so you can see these notifications.


The Power of Books and Why We Read

From an essay by MARIA POPOVA

The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea within us;” Carl Sagan held them as “proof that humans are capable of working magic;” James Baldwin found in them a way to change one’s destiny; for Polish Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska, they stood as our ultimate frontier of freedom.

But one of the finest, most dimensional inquiries into the significance of books and the role of reading in human life comes from Neil Gaiman in a beautiful piece titled “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming.”

Read the full essay at the website Brain Pickings:


Need Access…Visit the Library

Many of us take Internet access for granted. We simply open the computer screen at home and bring up the browser, but for many Americans – and many of our neighbors – easy access to the Internet is often only available at the library.

This recent story in the New York Times caught our attention, while underscoring the role our library – and thousands of libraries – play in providing Internet access.

The article noted what many of us already know: “Access to broadband is necessary to be a productive member of society.” Remember, you can access the Internet 24-7 via our free WiFi service inside the Library and parking lot.

Here is a link to the story:

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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 .

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Board Positions Open, and Other News

Library board expands to 13 directors

At a special meeting of the North Tillamook Library Friends on September 17, the membership approved amending the 2013 bylaws to set the size of the board from 9 up to 13 directors.

With the expansion of board operations and with the addition of six committees, the board has discovered in recent years that committees work most effectively when there is both a chair and vice chair. The practice also provides for a smoother leadership succession. Additional board members will ensure each committee has a chair and vice chair.


September board meeting highlights

With a recent $5,000 grant award from Spirit Mountain Community Foundation, library patrons will continue to see improvements to the building. The award, according to Treasurer Tony Johnson, will cover 2017 exterior maintenance including lighting, a retaining wall and oiling of the exterior trim. The board also approved replacement of the parking lot fence in 2016.

Book Sale coordinator Ann Morgan noted that a majority of volunteers will again serve in 2017 with one notable exception, Terri Zolka, volunteer coordinator for the event. “This is a key position we need to recruit for,” said Morgan.

It was also noted that 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the library building, a reason to celebrate as the anniversary draws nearer.


2016 membership sets new record

Friends Membership for 2016 is 334 – a record breaking membership number for North Tillamook Library Friends.

“Our membership includes 54 business members in Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler and one business member each in Cannon Beach and Washington,” says Gail Young, Membership Committee chair.

Annual dues are $10 for an individual and a business and $15 for a family. Being a member of Friends is different from having a library card. The Friends own and maintain the library building and grounds, a 30-year legacy of ownership since the library’s dedication in July 1987.

“Many members add a donation to their membership dues, a donation that helps with maintenance and renovations. Our building needs a new roof and exterior siding in the next few years,” Young adds.


“It has been proven that reading and talking about stories is the most effective way to develop language skills in young children,” says Polly Stoel, coordinator of North Tillamook Library Friends Storytime.  Friends Storytime is presented each Saturday morning at 11 AM in the library’s children’s room.

Stoel, a reading specialist and former first and second grade teacher, spent 15 years teaching in Portland Public Schools.  Then she and her husband Peter, also a teacher, traveled the world teaching in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  Teaching others to read has been her lifelong passion.

“We are so fortunate to have someone with Polly’s background to coordinate our Storytime,” said Kay Stepp, NTLB president.

North Tillamook Library offers two Storytimes each week.  On Thursday afternoons, Tillamook County Library’s Charlotte Forster offers an after school Storytime.  North Tillamook Library Friends sponsors the Saturday Storytime offered by Friends volunteer readers.  New readers are always welcome and may volunteer by emailing Polly at  Tillamook County Library offers children’s reading kits to get started and Polly is always available for coaching.

“Stories from a variety of readers expose children to different interests and perspectives,” said Polly.  “We welcome first time readers.“

“And we welcome all children,” she added.  “Our library is a community institution open to all which means Storytime is for all children who would like to come.”


Suggestions for your reading pleasure

 Do you want to read a new book available in the Tillamook County Library system?  Just go to and click on New Items – to peruse the newest selections.



North Tillamook Library is pleased to announce it has been selected by Living Room Realty in Manzanita as recipient of its Loving Room Fund. “The Loving Room Fund strives to foster connection, abundance, and joy within our community. The success of Living Room Realty is rooted in our commitment to supporting our local community in every way we can.” Every year the company selects a nonprofit to receive $50 for each unit sold.
Thank you, Living Room Realty Manzanita Branch for supporting our Library.