Library Group Meets to Plan Opening Festivities

Ridgefield Friends of the Library met last week to start planning for the opening of our new library. Yes folks, it’s actually going to happen – one of these days – hopefully by the end of June. COVID has slowed down some of the suppliers, so it’s taking longer than anticipated.

Here’s the planning committee meeting outdoors, in the cold, fully masked and socially distanced. These are some of the people who have worked so hard to raise money for the library, and we owe them a big ‘thanks’.

Would you like to donate to my ‘10% for 85’ campaign to raise money for a hearing loop for the library?  Go to www.folridgefieldwa.com and click on the donation button. When you fill out the form please note either ‘hearing loop’ or ‘10% for 85’ so the money will be credited correctly.

If you prefer writing a check, please make it out to Friends of the Ridgefield Library and send it to 10% for 85, c/o Kathy Winters, PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Thanks so much!

Update on the Library

You’ll notice some big changes to the exterior of our library this month. The new exterior siding is already up on the back of the building and will be installed on the north-facing side this week. The thin brick façade for the NW corner and along the west side of the library (facing the post office) will be installed later this month. Once all the exterior surfaces are up, the canopies will be installed.

Nearly all of the exterior windows are now in. The main entrance has two special “store front” windows that have yet to be installed. They are now in transit and should be installed by the end of the month.

Just as the outside of the library is undergoing a remarkable transformation, the inside the building is looking more and more finished. The painting is complete. Lights are being installed. Cabinets will be installed later this month. The tile work in the bathrooms is nearly complete. After the tile work, vinyl flooring will be installed. The main floor carpeting will be one of the last items to be installed.

Throughout this project, Union Corner Construction has kept the work site safe, uncluttered, tidy. The floors are clean, raw materials are neatly stacked, and remnant materials are removed to the adjacent storage area. Anyone who has experience with construction projects knows how rare and wonderful a neat work site is. It’s a real pleasure for people coming in to inspect (or report on) the progress. Thanks guys!

~by Tevis Laspa

Would you like to donate to my ‘10% for 85’ campaign to raise money for a hearing loop for the library?  Go to www.folridgefieldwa.com and click on the donation button. When you fill out the form please note either ‘hearing loop’ or ‘10% for 85’ so the money will be credited correctly.

If you prefer writing a check, please make it out to Friends of the Ridgefield Library and send it to 10% for 85, c/o Kathy Winters, PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642.

10% for 85 Rolls On

This logo shows a hearing loop is installed in an area

I’m happy to report the 10% for 85 fund raising campaign to raise money to buy a hearing loop for the library is rolling along nicely. It’s the second week of the program and we already have over $1000 donated! I look forward to going to the Post Office every day to see if there are more checks waiting for me.

Don’t know what a hearing loop is? See my post on January 17 that explains it.

Thank you Ridgefield and also my friends from Seattle who generously donated even though they probably won’t ever use the library. As my one friend said, “It’s a good cause.”

To make it easy you can now donate online. Go to www.folridgefieldwa.com and click on the donation button. When you fill out the form please note either ‘hearing loop’ or ‘10% for 85’ so the money will be credited correctly.

If you prefer writing a check, please make it out to Friends of the Ridgefield Library and send it to 10% for 85, c/o Kathy Winters, PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Keep those checks coming!

Update on the Library

Happy New Year! With mid-May as the estimated completion date for our new, bigger, better library, how can this year be anything but happy for all of us who have helped to make this dream a reality?

There is still a great deal of work left to do both inside and out before the library will be open for business. For example, the interior walls must be finished, final doors and windows must be installed, and the exterior façade must be addressed.

Crews have been busily installing 5/8”-thick sheet rock on the interior of the building. This product, which provides an increased level of fire protection, is thicker than the residential standard of half an inch. A normal “orange peel” texture will be applied to the wall surfaces later this month. Painting of the sheet rock is scheduled for the end of the month. In the large adult area, the natural wood (fir) has received two coats of a clear satin sealer. The fir will naturally age and turn a golden color in about 20 years.

Several hollow-metal doors will be installed next week. The aluminum storefront window assemblies will be installed at the end of the month. If you’re wondering how workers are staying warm on these raw days with just plastic covering large openings where these windows and doors will go, worry not! Although the HVAC system is in and operational, a portable heater is being used until the building is completed to keep construction dust, paint, and other particulates out of the air system.

On the outside of the building, you may have noticed that the dark brown roof is almost completed. Finishing the flashing and installing the gutters will complete that job. The crews are starting the exterior siding and brick work. Concrete backer board for the thin brick has already been mounted.

Before you know it, spring will have sprung and our new library will be done! In the meantime, I’ll be sure to let you know what’s happening.

10% for 85

Today I happily wrote out a check for $53.00, the first installment of my 10% for 85 fund raising campaign to buy a hearing loop for the library. Six people have donated a total of $530.00 and we only started a week ago. I am always amazed at how willing people in Ridgefield are to step up and support local activities.

Haven’t heard of the 10% for 85 campaign? In honor of my 85th birthday, I have pledged to match all donations to Friends of the Ridgefield Library up to a total of $5000. You chip in $85, I match it with $8.50. I’ll keep going until I’ve donated $500 and the Friends have have received $5000.

This logo shows a hearing loop is installed in an area

The money will be used to buy a hearing loop for the library.  A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting.

What’s even better, you can now donate online. Go to www.folridgefieldwa.com and click on the donation button. When you fill out the form please note either ‘hearing loop’ or ‘10% for 85’ so the money will be credited correctly.

If you prefer writing a check, please make it out to Friends of the Ridgefield Library and send it to 10% for 85, c/o Kathy Winters, PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642.

P.S. I only used $85 as an example – any amount big or small is welcome.

10% for 85 – a New Challenge!

Ten years ago I turned 75, and to honor that epic birthday, I asked readers of my blog, FYI98642.com, to donate money in honor of my grandson, Erik Steinbrenner, who had died from cancer. I asked people to consider it to be like a subscription to the blog. The whole community chipped in, and we raised $5700 that was donated to Oncology Youth Connections.

Kathy holding the checks collected for the Erik Project

Five years ago when I turned 79 I asked the Ridgefield community to donate money to enlarge our community library before I turned 80 in January. We called the campaign ’80 for 80’ and the hope was we could raise $80,000 in the next year. People laughed – it seemed impossible for (what was then) a small town to raise that much money. We reached our goal by November and went on to raise over $100,000 before January.

The sash I wore during the 80 for 80 campaign

Here it is five years later. The library is under construction, and now it’s time to buy furnishings. Once again I’m asking the Friends of the Library and the Ridgefield community to donate money – this time to buy a hearing loop for the building. A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting.

This logo shows a hearing loop is installed in a room

The hearing loop consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; an amplifier which processes the signal which is then sent through the final piece; the loop cable, a wire placed around the perimeter of a specific area to act as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid. This is special for me because I wear hearing aids.

The campaign will be called ‘10% for 85’ and it will run for 85 days, from my birthday on January 16 until April18. I will match 10% of all donations up to $5000. With COVID running rampant our goal is more modest this year, so we should have no problem raising $5000. Can you help?

Please send checks made out to Friends of the Ridgefield Library to 10% for 85 Campaign, c/o Kathy Winters, PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642

Update on the Library

If the rainy autumn weather has thwarted any of your outdoor projects, you’ll understand that the swift pace we’ve seen on the library construction project has been dampened. But just a bit!

Rick Samaduoff, the site manager, and Ryan Edwards, Rick’s assistant, (both of Union Corner Construction) kindly provided this update.

Three weeks of rain could have spelled disaster for the adult fiction area. This area has large fir glulam beams topped by vertical-grain fir roof substrate. Luckily, the rain did not penetrate the plastic sheeting used to protect the wood from being water stained. During a weekend break in the weather, crews worked Saturday and Sunday to install a new, super-thin membrane roof. There are now roof drains in the corners that dump the rainwater into the storm drainage system underground.

Protecting this magnificent wooden ceiling from rainwater damage was paramount.

Before any windows can be mounted, a blue waterproofing/vapor barrier paint system must be installed. This product is called DryVit. The seams are sealed with a fabric tape, then two coats of paint are applied. This material replaces the tar paper or plastic Tyvek that is commonly found in residential construction. In the photo on the roof (below), you can see the new windows being installed.

Whether the day is sunny or cloudy, natural light will flood the center of the library

By the end of November, work should have started on installing a metal roof on the steeper roof sections. The rough installation of the fire sprinkler system should be finished, and other ground-level windows should be installed.

Unless, of course, the weather has other plans for our spectacular library’s progress! Keep your fingers crossed!

~ by Tevis Laspa

Make a Wreath at the Library

Need something to do over the Thanksgiving weekend? The Library will have grab ‘n go wreath kits out Wednesday November 25 starting at 10:00 a.m.  Choose your greens, take a pack of floral tape and a spool of floral wire, and cut yourself a hunk of ribbon. We will not provide a wire frame, but you don’t need one to make a wreath: you can wire the greenery together instead! You will need a pruning shear and wire cutter. Pliers and heavy gloves may also be useful. This offer is good while supplies last – so get there early!

Help Decorate the Library Windows

Use a coffee filter to make snowflakes to be hung in the windows of the library in time for Homeown on December 5. You can pick up a kit at the library, or use your own filters. Place the finished snowflakes in a bag and return it to the book drop at the library by November 30th.

They will be displayed through the month of December.

Library Update

I was impressed to see the construction crew working on Sunday, putting on the roof of our new building. It’s fun to see the progress.

Book Sale Today 10-4

Update on the Library

If you haven’t been by the construction site lately, you’ll be surprised to see that the structure looks nothing like the former Ridgefield Community Center. The building now reveals the shape and dimensions of your new library! Most noticeable are the striking roof design and large windows that will make this one-story library feel expansive and open.

This is the architectural rendering of the new library as it faces Mill Street.

And this is what the building looks like as of October 31, 2020.

Union Corner Superintendent, Rick Samaduoff, provided a brief overview of what’s been happening during October. Currently the raised roof structure is being installed over the adult fiction area. This is the area where the roof trusses were completely removed in the old community center to allow the roof to be raised for a lighter, airier feeling. There are new 27-inch glulam beams installed running east to west. On top of that, 2 ½ inch tongue-and-groove decking was installed. Plywood and six inches of rigid insulation will be installed over the decking. Finally, a thick roof membrane will be glued down and screwed in place. That should allow the building to be dried in by November 10.

The existing roof on the Main Avenue side is currently being supported by a temporary wall. There is a 30-inch glulam beam running north and south. This beam will hold up the east and west roof permanently, allowing the temporary wall to be removed. The roughed-in plumbing is complete. Roughed-in electric and HVAC (heat, ventilation and air conditioning) systems are targeted for completion in mid-November. And all those marvelous windows are coming soon.

Here’s another architectural rendering of your library from a Main and Mill vantage point. Isn’t this exciting?

Book Sale Canceled

Just got a notice that the library’s used book sale, scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, has been canceled due to the possibility of inclement weather. Books don’t handle rain very well…

The sale will be rescheduled.

Reminder – Library Used Book Sale is Tomorrow

NOTE – Sale will be canceled if it’s raining

What’s Happening at the New Ridgefield Community Library?

In the last 3 weeks, the former Ridgefield Community Center building has changed in undeniable ways! Perhaps now you can imagine how much bigger and better the new Ridgefield Community Library will be.

The exterior “skin” of the building has been removed including siding, windows, and doors. Approximately 50% of the roof structure has also been removed in anticipation of raising the roof to make the new library open and airy.

Supporting the new roof will be new steel vertical supports that will hold a new large glulam beam in the center of the building running north and south. This beam will support the east and west roof trusses. The west roof trusses will be reused; the east trusses will be new.

The contractor spokesman—Ryan—from Union Corner Construction, explained their next steps. Through the end of October, their focus will be on the plumbing and electrical infrastructure. This means that all the pipes and cables will be run to their end points. The outlets, switches, lights, toilets, sinks, and other bits are not installed until after insulation and sheetrock installation.

The window contractor is also expected to install windows towards the end of the month.

We have all worked a very long time for this new, bigger, and better Ridgefield library. The evidence of our collective vision (and fortitude to see it through) is now incontrovertible. It’s happening, library lovers!