More than Books!

Yesterday’s kick off of the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale was a big success, with people waiting at the door at 6:00.

When you come to the sale today or tomorrow, you’ll find more than books. There are tables of various items: dishes, plants, glassware, etc., for you to buy. There are raffles throughout the day – so come and stay awhile.

Hours today are 11 to 7 and tomorrow 11 to 3. The last hour on Saturday you can buy a bag of books for $5.

Lots of the books look brand new – what a great way to find presents for your favorite people!

Hope to see you there!

Getting ready for the Book Sale

These people worked hard today moving books and getting ready for the Friends of the Ridgefield Library’s Used Book Sale. This is one of our big fund raisers and we’re hoping everyone in town comes to check out the 1,000’s of books and buy a batch.

Sale to members starts Thursday at 6 pm, with a reception and early bird sale, then continues Friday and Saturday, opening at 11 am and closing Friday at 7 pm and Saturday and 3 pm.

Not a member? Join at the sale – the dues are only $15 and are good thru 2019. Already a member? Re-up your membership and pay the current price – cost goes up in January.

Details on Fall Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library’s Fall Used Book Sale is coming up soon!

Here are the details:

Thursday (10/19) from 6 to 8 pm: Members-Only Appreciation Reception and Early Access to the sale. If you want to become a new member or are renewing your membership, fill out the membership form in advance or at the door. Membership prices are going up next year, but if you join or re-join before the end of the year you’ll pay this year’s lower price.

There will be delicious treats for you to savor while you browse the tables and shelves packed with books, two raffles for a free bag of books, and many great door prizes. The Reception is in the small room of the Community Center and the used book sale is in the large room.

Friday (10/20) from 11 am to 7 pm: The sale is open to members and the public. Anyone may still join the Friends! This year, we are having a “Marketplace” in the small room of the Community Center (where you will be paying for your purchases). You will find a variety of A+ gift items for that special “someone” for the holidays (or any day).

Saturday (10/21) from 11 am to 3: pm: Same as Friday, only the hours are shorter. There may be a special sale the last hour. You’ll have to come on down to find out!

As always, we appreciate everyone who comes along and buys “merch” that helps fund our current library and goes towards the building project for our new library.

We also are in need of helping hands to set up before, staff, and clean up after this major event. If you have even an hour or two and feel like making a difference in your community, please contact Jeanne at (360) 887-2579 or jeanne.androvich@mindspring.com

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A good time was had by all at last Sunday’s golf tournament benefiting the Ridgefield Friends of the Library in their efforts to raise enough money to build our new library. Not all the bills are in yet, but it looks like we made about $4000. Thanks go to our sponsors: Davidson Insurance, Riverview Bank, Jeff Stay at American Insurance and Jim Vincent of VCMG LLC.

The weather was threatening, but no rain fell.

The next big event for the Friends is the Fall Book Sale at the Community Center on October 18-20. Thursday night is a Members Appreciation Reception and Members Only Used Book Sale from 6 to 8pm. Members of the Friends get first crack at the books. You can join that night if you want to shop with less competition. Doors open to the general public on Friday and Saturday at 11 am. The good news is that books are only $1.

There will also be a pop-up book sale on First Saturday at Overlook Park.

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A few weeks ago I announced I was looking for nine other people to donate $1000 to the library building fund so we would be eligible for matching funds from the anonymous donor who pledged to match all donations of $10,000 or more. I thought it would be fairly easy, but so far only three people have said they would participate. I will run the offer for another two weeks, and if no one else steps up, I’m afraid my idea is not going to work.

If you’ve been thinking of donating $1000 and becoming a Cornerstone member of the Friends of the Library, please let me know as this is such a great way to make your money go farther. Even better, a $2500 donation brings a Stepping Stone designation, and then we’d only need a 2-4 more people.

My offer still stands – if we can raise $10,000 I’ll cook dinner for everyone. My number is 360-887-2160. As they say in all the high pressure advertisements, CALL TODAY!

Give more 24!

Today is a big day in Clark County. Give more 24 asks us all to open our purse strings and donate to a non-profit organization of our choice. Here in Ridgefield we have the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and indirectly the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation, which supports all the libraries in the area.

We have already benefited from the Foundation because they have committed to allocating $1,100,000 to our Ridgefield library building fund.

If you want to give directly to the Ridgefield Friends of the Library, here’s how.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library of $10,000 or more, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

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The monthly auction sponsored by the Friends of the Library ends tomorrow. This colorful basket of items was chosen to honor the Multicultural Festival during First Saturday. There is a bid sheet in the library – stop by and enter a bid if you’re interested.

The Friends have decided to start bidding on the Tuesday after First Saturday, and close the bidding on the First Saturday of the next month. With that in mind, September’s auction items will have a bird theme in honor of Bird Fest.

The first contains a bird seed feeder, a bevy of song birds, a bird-themed wind chime, embroidered fabric bird cards by Lorna Earl, bird-themed note cards by science illustrator Barbara AW Wright, HumZinger humming bird feeder, ‘Birds’ book, and bird themed cards from the Audubon Society.

This basket contains a squirrel-proof seed feeder filled with black oil sunflower seeds, a metal suet feeder and block of suet, the National Audubon Field Guide to birds, two embroidered fabric note cards by Lorna Earl, framed eagle watercolor print by science illustrator Barbara AW Wright, a stylized wood painted duck, eight bird-themed note cards by Barbara AW Wright, and three small packets of wildflower seeds.

The baskets and bid sheets will be in the library on Tuesday.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library of $10,000 or more, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

 

 

 

 

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This is the last week  you can sign up for the Friends of the Library Golf Tournament and pay the early bird amount of $85. After September 1 the fee goes up to $100, so find a foursome and prepare to have a lot of fun.

The tournament is Sunday, September 30. a 1:00 scramble at the beautiful and green Tri-Mountain Golf Course, 1701 NW 299 in Ridgefield. There will be lots of prizes, raffle items, a delicious spaghetti dinner, and fun for all. Beginning golfers are welcome. To reserve your spot, call Kathy at 360-887-2160 or Tevis at 370-887-3879. We can take credit card numbers over the phone.

Come and have fun and support your library building fund! Call today.

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Thanks to all those who have donated $75 (or more) to our library building fund. A few weeks ago I noted that if everyone in the 98642 area code gave $75 we would have met our goal of raising $1.2 million dollars more for the library, and several people have brought in donations in that amount. We appreciate it.

Reminder – only a couple of week left to get in the golf tournament at the early bird pricing. Cost is $85 until September 1, then it goes up to $100. The tournament, at Tri Mountain Golf Course right here in Ridgefield, is Sunday, September 30, a 1:00 scramble. Call 360-887-2160 or 360-887-3879 to book your foursome.

FORE! The Library Golf Tournament

Have fun golfing while raising money for the Ridgefield Library building fund!

This year’s tournament is Sunday, September 30 at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. It’s a 1:00 scramble, and as usual we’ll have lots of prizes, raffle items, a putting contest, a great dinner and just a whole lot of fun.

We’re taking reservations now. Cost is $85 if you pay before September 1, and $100 after that, so it behooves you to call in your reservation now. Tevis at 360-887-3879 and Kathy at 3600-887-2160 will be happy to take your information.

Don’t miss out on this fun day. You don’t have to be a good golfer – we even have prizes for the BA last team.

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This is the basket of foods and other items that are up for auction at the library this month. The basket is full of fun and delicious items from around the Hispanic World including:

Gorgeous multicolored blanket from Mexico

Rain stick from Peru

Celebracion cookbook with recipes celebrating Latino family life

New World Kitchen by Norman Van Aken

Nuevos Sabores para ensaladas published by William Sonoma

Organic extra virgin olive oil from Portugal

Tempranillo Reserve red wine from Spain

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile

Tia Lupita hot sauce from Mexico

Cholula chipotle hot sauce from Mexico

Belinda’s Jalapeno sauce from Costa Rica

Crema Catalana (crème brulee) mix from Spain

Sangria rose from Spain

Sangria rojo from Spain

Chipolte chili chocolate bar from World Market

Value: $150

There’s a bid sheet in the library, and the auction will close at the end of the month. September is Multicultural Month in Ridgefield, so this fits right in.

 

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Come to Vinnie’s New York Style Pizza Monday night, August 6, for some delicious Italian food. Vince and Elena Coco will donate 10% of your bill to the library’s building fund, and match the money raised. The Coco’s have been supporters of the library for a long time, and we appreciate their contributions. Dine in or take out by calling 260-887-7200.

Have you made a donation to the building fund yet?

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library of $10,000 or more, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

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This is my new mantra – if each person in the 98642 zip code donated $75 to the library’s building fund we’d have enough money to start building. Can you help?

The CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction last Saturday brought in a large amount of contributions. Final results are not in yet, but it is definitely the most we’ve raised at any fund raiser. We had a lot of fun and raised a lot of money. Thanks to all who participated and the hard work our Friends and other volunteers put in to make the evening a success.

On another subject, meetings will be held to determine what the community would like in the library, so start making lists of what’s important to you. One person suggested to me that solar panels should be included, and I totally agree. In this day and age, and with the great sun exposure we’ll have, there’s no reason not to use them. We missed a bet on the new schools – let’s not repeat that mistake.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library of $10,000 or more, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

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DOUBLE OR NOTHING

We are getting close to having enough money to start building a new library, and it’s time to ramp up our efforts.

I know many of you are planning to donate $1,000 to the library building fund so that you can be listed as a Cornerstone Society donor for the new Ridgefield Community Library. Here’s a way to make your money worth twice as much.

I’m looking for nine other people to join me in donating $1,000 to the Ridgefield Library Building Fund.  Our contributions will be tax deductible because they will be made payable to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  All of us will get a donation tax receipt for the money we contribute.

Keep in mind, if you are over 70 ½, like me, you can do even better by making your gift directly from an IRA account so you don’t have to pay tax on the required minimum distribution.

Here’s the best part: as soon as we have enough people to make a contribution of $10,000 or more, our combined contribution will be matched by a challenge grant from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.  The challenge grant will match all gifts of $10,000 or more, up to $1 million.

As a special bonus, as soon as the first nine of you let me know you want to be part of this, we’ll have a dinner party at my house to celebrate and turn in our checks.

And it doesn’t need to end there. If more than nine of you contact me, I’ll host more than one dinner party.  Or, if you want to organize your own fundraising soiree for the new library, just call me or send me an email and I’ll share some of the requirements.

I also know that there may be some folks out there who might want to contribute $10,000 or more directly to the Ridgefield Library Building Fund, because you like the idea of doubling your donation with matching funds.  I say go for it.  You can come to my dinner party if you want, and I’d also be happy to bake you one of my homemade pies.

If this is something you’re interested in, or need more information, please give me a call at 360-887-2160. I look forward to having you over for dinner! I’m a pretty good cook!