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!

Curbside Pickup is Now Available at Library

Library’s First Curbside pickup

FVRLibraries is now offering curbside pickup of holds. When you get the notice that your hold is ready, call us at 360-906-5000 to schedule a pickup time. It’s just that easy to get contactless holds pickup.

Library Gets Ready

One of these days the library will offer curbside pickup of books on hold. Five spaces in the alley have been labeled and that’s where you’ll go to pick up your books.

The date this will happen has not yet been announced.

More good news – on Monday the Library Board voted to put the construction for the new library up for bid. We’re moving along folks!

Update on the Library

The following is an update of what’s happening with the library from Amerlia Shelley, Executive Director.

I have been remiss in writing to you, I know how much you care about our libraries. First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude for your on-going support, and hope you and your family have all been safe and healthy.

The first thing I can share is that our libraries are approved to begin curbside service as part of Phase 2!

The Governor has indicated that libraries will be able to open in Phase 3, but we do not yet have any indication what that might mean in terms of access. We are planning for limited access at first and adding services as we are able based on keeping our staff and our users safe. It’s hard for us to limit anyone’s access to our libraries, but we also understand the risk and reward of our behavior in this crisis. We appreciate your patience and will help you as we can.

COVID-19 has complicated our lives, slowing things down and making it difficult for us to work on anything other than our recovery response. We are moving along on our three library projects. Ridgefield is slated to go to bid in June, the Board will vote on going forward at their meeting on June 15.

Our staff has been busy planning and training for our return, which we hope will be soon. While we are closed, we have a lot of wonderful virtual programs going on, including our Conversation Circles. These are all led by our wonderful and dedicated volunteers who are now conducting their Circles via Zoom. A full list of programs is available on our website.

I don’t know when we will be able to invite volunteers back into our buildings to assist us, but please know that as soon as we can, we will. We depend on our volunteers for so many important activities. Our Foundation may have different needs and we will rely on them to communicate their needs to Sherry who will communicate with you.

We miss all of you and encourage you to reach out to me or your branch librarian with any questions you might have for us. We hope to see you soon – curbside!

Amelia

Update on the Library Building Project

To everyone working hard to help bring a new Ridgefield Community Library to reality, here’s an update on the project from Amelia Shelley, Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

“Let me begin with an apology for the lack of communication about the project. Being in the midst of a pandemic has certainly slowed us down, but not dampened our desire to continue with this project. We believe that the challenges brought about by limitations placed on construction by the state can be overcome while still maintaining a safe workplace. The bigger question remains what the long-term economic impact of the crisis will be on the community and the region, and how a new library fits into Ridgefield’s recovery efforts.

FVRL has been in a holding pattern for several months waiting for additional comments coming from the City of Ridgefield about the project. I learned this week from City Manager Steve Stuart that there are no additional comments on the drawings that were submitted for permitting. We have instructed our architects to go ahead with requested revisions, amend the drawings and prepare to resubmit the drawings and specifications for permitting.

Currently, I intend to take the project before the FVRL Board of Trustees for a go/no go decision at their meeting on May 18, 2020. If approved, we are planning on putting the project out to bid in June, hopefully award a contract in July and start construction in August. We will also move into our temporary location at this time. We had hoped to use a book brigade for moving the library. Because of social distancing, that will now depend on timing and what’s allowed for safety.

FVRL is facing many yet to be fully understood challenges from the coronavirus crisis. We are fortunate that our primary funding source is property taxes but that does not shield us entirely from impacts to revenue. Despite these concerns, we’ve had a recent boost to the project from a $500,000 state capital grant through the City of Ridgefield. We are hopeful that with our capital reserves, grants, donations and legislative support, we will be able to move forward with awarding this project in July.

The most frequent question I receive about the Ridgefield project is if we still have funds to raise. I know there are opportunities for donors to support specific items inside the library such as furnishings, art rail, shelving and other enhancements. Information about remaining items in need of funding is available through the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation.

As always, we appreciate the support of the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library, the City of Ridgefield and our many library patrons. Our hope is that when we reopen, we will have some furnishings and finishes for the community to review and provide feedback on for the new library. Thank you for your continued interest and support!”

Amelia

What’s New at the Library?

Our Vancouver Regional Libraries are still closed due to the pandemic, however Sean and his staff at Ridgefield Branch are thinking up ways to keep you interested and involved.

There are two books displayed in the library windows, and each day a new page is turned. Check it out when you’re downtown. Sorry for all the reflections in this photo – you can see I tried to stay out of the picture!

There’s talk of maybe using social distancing to pass out books on hold, so if you’re running out of reading material, find some books you’d like to read and put them on hold. When this service is offered you’ll be first in line.