24 Hours of Giving

Today is the annual Give More 24! event where donations to non-profits are raised. If you want your money to go directly to help furnish the Ridgefield Library, see the information below.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Send checks to Friends of the Ridgefield Library, PO Box 534, Ridgefield 98642. Donations of $1000 or more will get recognition in the new library. Credit cards are also accepted. Call Cathy at 360-931-0343 to donate by credit card. Naming opportunities are available. What a nice gift this would be to a friend or family member who you want to recognize.

Have you peeked in the windows of the new library? Things are progressing nicely.

Report to the Community: Ridgefield Library Building Project.

Walls are down to the studs!

A little over ten percent of the renovation project is complete. You may not have seen much happening on the outside, but the demolition company, the Wrecking Crew, has been very busy on the inside of the building. The interior has been reduced to the studs. The north hip roof will come off soon to extend the west roof line up to the sidewalk. The east roof will be removed in its entirety to raise the inside space approximately two feet.

Getting ready for plumbing

In addition to the demolition work, the same company is preparing the site for the plumbers. They have cut the floor to allow for new plumbing in the areas that need underground drain lines. You may have noticed that Main Street was closed for a day or two just a while ago. A new two-inch water line was brought into the property. Plumbers were on site the day after Labor Day starting to put the new pipes in the ground.

With every building project—especially a remodel of an existing building— unexpected or confounding issues will arise. One concern from the beginning was the contaminated ground water from Park Dry Cleaners. This contaminated water exists but is down eight feet. Since there are no excavations over four feet, there is no worry of coming into contact with this area.

To date, all other issues arising from the remodel have been small and easily resolved. Delivering this project within the 270-day timeframe is something everyone is taking seriously. Activity was happening in the building during the Labor Day weekend and Labor Day. Library staff, Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library, and everyone who has helped this dream become a reality should be quite pleased with this remarkable progress!

Thanks to Tevis Laspa for this update.

Money is still needed to complete the library. It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Send checks to Friends of the Ridgefield Library, PO Box 534, Ridgefield 98642. Donations of $1000 or more will get recognition in the new library. Credit cards are also accepted. Call Cathy at 360-931-0343 to donate by credit card. Naming opportunities are available. What a nice gift this would be to a friend or family member who you want to recognize.

Library Sampler

Are you missing browsing in the stacks to find a good book to read? Tired of trying to come up with titles of books to put on hold?

Let the librarians find you some good books by using the Library Sampler! Answer a few questions about the type of literature you like to read, and leave the rest up to them. You will be notified when the books are in, and you can use curbside pick up to check them out.

Money is still needed to complete the library. It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Send checks to Friends of the Ridgefield Library, PO Box 534, Ridgefield 98642. Donations of $1000 or more will get recognition in the new library. Credit cards are also accepted. Call Cathy at 360-931-0343 to donate by credit card. Naming opportunities are available. What a nice gift this would be to a friend or family member who you want to recognize.

Library Work Begins

FVRL Facilities Director David Josephson and Union Corner Construction supervisor Rick Samadroff discuss the next step.

What’s happening to the Ridgefield Community Library?

The former Ridgefield Community Center/Library building is undergoing a major rebuild. A local design firm, Battleground architects Johansson-Wing completed the drawings a while ago. In addition to typical delays for permits and approvals, the 2020 pandemic deferred this project until now.

The demolition permit was issued by the City of Ridgefield to begin this renovation. Asbestos testing was completed and a security fence was installed Tuesday, August 16. An additional security fence was installed around the old Public Works building across the street. This building will be used as construction headquarters, equipment and raw material storage.

The demolition contractor, “The Wrecking Crew,” began their work Wednesday, August 19.

Demolition should take about two weeks to complete. During this process, the power and water are shut off to the building.

The Ridgefield Library’s temporary location is the former Umpqua bank building on the corner of 3rd and Simmons.

Five years of planning, fundraising, and community support have led us to this point. Remember all those fun fundraisers when we gathered and laughed together? In this unprecedented time of isolation, let’s look forward together with enthusiasm to this community treasure!

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Send checks to FVRL, PO Box 534, Ridgefield 98642. Donations of $1000 or more will get recognition in the new library. Credit cards are also accepted. Call Cathy at 360-931-0343 to donate by credit card. Naming opportunities are available. What a nice gift this would be to a friend or family member who you want to recognize.

 

 

Shelving in Children’s Area

This is a picture of the shelving that the district is considering using in the children’s area in our temporary library.

The Friends of the Library are still accepting donations of money to buy furnishings for the new library.

 

Views of Library

The old library room is gutted, (above) and the new building is in the process of being updated. Below is a photo of the circulation desk.

Curbside pickup is now at the new temporary library.

We’re still taking donations! Help fill up the space…

Step Up to Finish Up

The Friends’ first “virtual” fundraiser, Step Up to Finish Up!  A Fundraising Walk for the Ridgefield Community Library kicks off on Saturday, August 1 and runs all month long.  It’s easy to participate…all you do is WALK!  Walk in your home, in your neighborhood, around town, or on your favorite trail.  Walk for your health…and walk for your library!  Every “step up” brings us closer to “finishing up” the library!  Registration fees:  $25 individual or $35 family (in the same household).  Individuals and families who register will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a great door prize!  The drawing will take place at noon on September 5 in front of the temporary library at 228 Simons Street, Ridgefield.  You do not need to be present to win.  Keep track of your “walking” time and/or mileage in August, then bring your log sheets to the “temporary” library on Saturday, September 5 between 10 am and noon, and the first 50 people who turn in their log sheets will receive a participation gift!  All proceeds from this event will benefit the Ridgefield Community Library Building Fund.  For more information and to register please visit the following link on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/step-up-to-finish-up-friends-of-ridgefield-community-library-fundraiser-tickets-109368807046?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing

Please note:  The log sheet mentioned on Eventbrite is not ready yet to be downloaded, and a log sheet will NOT be available for pick-up at the library.  There is another link to this event that is shorter, and works for some people, but not for me, so that’s why I’m giving you the link that works for me.

Feel free to contact Jeanne Androvich, 808-276-7088, if you have any questions.  If you’d rather NOT register online, you may mail a check made payable to Friends of Ridgefield Community Library to Friends of Ridgefield Community Library, Attn:  Jeanne, PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642.

Please include the following registration information with your check:

Name – Mailing Address (for receipt) – Email Address (for contact purposes) – Individual or Family Registration $ Amount – Donation Only $ Amount (any donation amount will be appreciated).

Bricks at Community Center to be Removed

Tevis Laspa has been charged with the task of removing the bricks from the walls of the Community Center.

If anyone has a brick on the walls of the RCC and would like the brick as a keepsake, please contact Tevis by August 5. He makes no guarantees that the bricks will come out in one piece, as some are mortared in place and may not come willingly, but he will do his best.

Library Makes its Move!

With construction beginning soon on your BIGGER, BETTER Ridgefield Community Library, we’re moving to a temporary location! Here’s what you need to know:

Last day at the Main Street location: July 30

Temporary location: 228 Simons St, Ridgefield (the former Umpqua Bank Building)

Curbside pickup resumes at new location: August 5

For library services July 31 – August 4, visit https://www.fvrl.org/ or call 360-906-5000.

Naming Opportunities

Now that the contract to build the library has been awarded, it’s time to think about the furnishings for the building.

A Naming Opportunity presents a unique chance for individuals, families and businesses to write a chapter in the history of the Ridgefield Community Library. Through a Naming Opportunity-level gift, you become a part of the library’s legacy for generations to come.

Gift levels range from $100,000 to $100. Email me (kathywinters179@gmail.com) and I’ll send you a complete list.

Lots of Smiles in Ridgefield Today

I’m happy to report that the Executive Board of the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries voted last night to award the contract to construct our new library to Union Corner Construction. This means we can start remodeling the existing building and former Community Center into a bigger, better library.  HURRAH!

It’s been a long hard pull for the Friends of the Library, and thanks are owed to all the members who have worked so hard to raise money for the project.

Seven bids were received and the bid came under estimates, at $2,484,000. Adding in sales tax and a 20% contingency, gives an estimated budget of $3,250,000,leaving about $350,000 for remaining soft costs and FF&E.

Union Corner Construction is a forty year old company that specializes in commercial construction. They built the Cascade Park Library as well as the west room of our Community Center.

The first step will be in moving the contents of the present library into the former bank building across the alley. The plans originally were to use a human chain to pass the books, but with COVID-19 that’s probably not going to happen. I’ll keep you posed….

 

 

 

 

Kits for Kids

Kathleen at the Ridgefield Library has been putting together creativity kits for kids. She has three and is working on a fourth.

The paper beads kit is for kids 10 and older and includes paper strips, toothpicks and string.

The mini banjo is for kids seven and older and includes all the items needed to make a mini banjo.

The jack-in-the-box is for children four and older and include a template, stick and glue dots.

You can pick up a kit at the curbside pickup. Phone the number on the post when you get there and someone will bring a kit to you. The hours are 10 – noon and 2 – 5pm Monday through Saturday.

That Kathleen – she’s a wonder!

Contractor for Library

Good News!

On Monday evening the Board of the Vancouver Library will announce the name of the contractor who will remodel the library building, and I’ll post the name as soon as I know it. Watch  this space!

Parking Lot Sale

Friends of the Library are selling off the remaining items from the Community Center today in the parking lot of the former Umpqua Bank, which will be the new temporary home of the library. I understand it’s mostly kitchen items, but come and check it out – you might find just the item you need.

The sale will be from 9am to 3pm.

Masks and face coverings along with social/physical distancing will be required!

Library Parking Lot Sale

Next Friday, July 10, from 9 am to 3 pm the Friends of the Ridgefield Library are having a “parking lot” sale of the remaining items (mainly kitchen items) leftover from the former Ridgefield Community Center. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the Ridgefield Community Library Building Fund.

The sale is taking place in the parking lot of the future temporary home of the library in the former bank building at 228 Simon Street. Masks and face coverings along with social/physical distancing will be required!