Democracy in Action

Over 20 people from Ridgefield came to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Trustees’ Meeting last night to talk about their choice of location for the new library. The land north of the Post Office was the big winner – only one person preferred the View Ridge site.

Thank you to all who attended – this is a good example of the community involvement that Ridgefield is so famous for.

Thought for the Week

Today’s the day! Let the library Trustees know where you’d like to see the new Ridgefield library located: the View Ridge site, or the property to the north of the post office.

Come to the monthly Trustees meeting at Three Creeks library today at 4:00 and you’ll get a chance to make your ideas known. If you have two or three reasons for your choice it would add to the strength of your argument.

It’s Time to be Heard!

Now that the school bond has passed, the Trustees of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library are starting to think seriously about where our new library will be located. They are looking at two sites: View Ridge Middle School and the plot north of the Post Office. It’s time people in Ridgefield let the group know their feelings about where the library will be located. Let’s show that Ridgefield wants to be involved in the site selection.

The trustees meet this Monday, MARCH 20 (Note – this date  was incorrect in the first posting) at Three Creeks Library starting at 4:00. There is time for public comments soon after the meeting starts, and I would like as many people as possible to attend the meeting and speak about which location they prefer. It would be good to have several reasons for your choice.  You do not have to stay for the whole meeting – just for the comments portion.

Invite your friends – make it an afternoon of showing what Ridgefield is all about. You could even go out for a drink afterwards.

Three Creeks Library is at 800 NE Tenney Road –  it shares a parking lot with Fred Meyer.

P.S In case you’re wondering, I’m for the Post Office location because of the views out over the Refuge, proximity to the existing Community Center, and a million other reasons. My idea would be to have senior housing on the second floor of the building, with garden spaces on the west side. Can’t you imagine living right downtown and having access to all we have to offer?

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Rhonda Pfeifer (center) of Dick Hanna Dealerships presented checks to Kathy Winters and Tevis Laspa of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library recently. Thevery generous $13,000 donation will be matched by an anonymous donor who has pledged to match all donations over $10,000 up to a million dollars. This money makes a huge boost to our fund raising efforts, and hopefully will encourage other businesses and individuals to make large donations.

Thank you Dick Hannah!

Two sites are being considered for the new library: View Ridge Middle School and the property just north of the Post Office. If you prefer one of these locations over the other you can make your wishes known at the FVRL Trustees meeting on Monday, April 17 in Washougal. The meeting starts at 6:00 at the Washougal Library, and the time for public comments is early on the schedule, so you would not need to stay for the entire meeting.

This would be a good chance to speak up for the site of your choice, as now that the school bond has passed the Trustees will be getting more serious about selecting a site. It makes sense that our community members should let their feelings be known and not leave ithe location entirely up to the Trustees of the Library.

 

Make it 2m

Library Night at Vinnie’s Pizza on Wednesday was a huge success. Vinnie’s bought6 a check for $760 to the library, and another $167 was in the donation jar. I took some photos, but I’m sorry to say they turned out fuzzy – operator error I’m sure. Anyway, there were a lot of happy people eating and drinking. Thanks to all the people who came to help support the library.

Vince and Elena donated four gift baskets that were raffled off at the end of the evening, and that added to the total collected. These folks know how to do things right.

 

Library Night at Pizza

Tonight’s the Night! Have dinner at Vinnie’s Pizza in downtown Ridgefield and a portion of your bill will be donated to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library Building Fund.

You didn’t want to cook dinner tonight, did you? Make it easy – eat at Vinnie’s!

Vince and Elena have also put together some gift baskets to be auctioned off. Take a chance – you might win!

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This month’s silent auction to raise money for the new library is a basket of art supplies, valued at $40-$50.  A sign up sheet is in the library.

March is Youth Arts Month. and that’s the theme of our auction. The Art Association and others are holding classes throughout the month.

You can buy the basket right away for $100 if you want to give it to a child during this special month.

 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. 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 over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now. Donations don’t have to be in money – all sorts of other options are available – land, cars, jewelry, etc. Think outside the box…

 

Auction to close on welcome banner

On February 28 at 8:00 p.m. bidding will close on the beautiful “Welcome” banner (See photo). Stop in Tuesday to add our bid and you might take this banner home on March 1.

March is Ridgefield Youth Arts Month and on March 1st the Friends of the Ridgefield Library will take bids on this basket filled with art supplies. Bid sheet is at the library.

All funds raised support the Friends activities including a new library!

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This month’s book sale benetting the library netted more money than ever before for the Friends of the Library. We had more books than usual, and that may have been part of the reason, but there’s also the fact that Ridgefield citizens are eager to get this new library built, and the money goes to a good cause. Total amount raised is over $3000.

Thanks to everyone who participated – it’s a lot of work to set up and run, but very worthwhile.

 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. 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 over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

Make it 2m

More good news about donations this week – two of $1500 each really set us rolling.

Now that the school bond has passed I expect we will soon hear about a location for the new library. I’ll let you know as soon as I find out.

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. 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 over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

Donations don’t have to be in money – all sorts of other options are available – land, cars, jewelry, etc. Think outside the box…

A Winter Tea

Yesterday’s Winter Tea was a big success. Jean Meyer and Ginger Hancock did all the work of preparing the meal and entertainment, and they had a very able crew helping them serve and clean  up. Thanks go to all these people who worked so hard and did such a great job!

A multigenerational group of people attended the event, which was a benefit for the library building fund. Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library spoke about Ridgefield’s campaign to raise money for the new library. Two sites are being looked at: View Ridge Middle School and the property to the north of the Post Office. The library will definitely be downtown somewhere.

Nehemiah Brown provided the entertainment after the tea, with songs and stories of his childhood growing up in the south.

Thanks goes to the Ridgefield United Methodist Church, which very graciously let us use their facility for the tea.

This tea is just another example of people in the community working together for a common cause. Thanks to all who participated!

 

 

Make it 2m

Lots of good things are happening in our drive to raise money for the new Ridgefield library.

The book sale last weekend brought in over $3,000 – a new record. If you didn’t make it to the sale – don’t worry – there are books for sale in the lobby of the library. They’re great if you’re going on a trip and want something to read on the way that has no due date. And the price is right – check it out.

Another positive thing happened at the book sale – Jeanne Androvich, Membership Chairman, sold memberships to lots of new people. If you haven’t renewed your membership in the Friends of the Ridgefield Library, it’s time to do so. It’ a bargain at $!0. If you want to get involved in some of our fun projects, we welcome helpers. Stop by the library to learn more.

And tonight the City Council voted to buy the property next to the Post Office and remove the two trailers that have been eyesores for years. This is a first step in offering the property to the library for the new building. Keep tuned for further information.

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. 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 over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

Donations don’t have to be in money – all sorts of other options are available – land, cars, jewelry, etc. Think outside the box…

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Thousands of books will be on sale today and tomorrow at the Community Center during the annual Friends of the Ridgefield Library Book Sale. All books are $1 – and there’s a HUGE selection as you can see from the photo.

Community volunteers spent two days boxing up the books from a central location, loading them on a truck, unloading them, and then sorting them and setting them up according to genre. It’s a huge undertaking, but worthwhile because it’s one of the major fund raisers for the library.

Doors open at 10 am, but members of the Friends will be allowed to enter at 9am. Good news – you can join the Friends right at the door. Sale ends both days at 3:00, and on Saturday at 2:30 you can buy a bag of books for $5.

Best of all, there will be coffee, tea, and cocoa available for 50 cents, and assorted baked goods for sale.

Look for my original watercolor, ‘Peony’, which will be raffled off at the Winter Tea on February 11. You could win this painting! Tickets will be available at the sale, and they are $5 each, three for $10 or 10 for $20. It’s another chance to support the library.

 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. 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 over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

Let’s go to 2m

Good news! A donation of $10,000  to the library building fund was made this week! This money will be matched by the anonymous donor who has promised to match any donation to the Ridgefield library over $10,000. The offer is good until 2020, and will be good up to a million dollars!

As you do your taxes this year, look carefully at the amount you pay in taxes. Some of that tax money could have been saved by donating it to the library. Keep that in mind as you think about next year.

Money is not the only thing to donate. Rick Smithrud, head of the Fort Vancouver Library Foundation, says the Foundation has accepted all sorts of items that can be converted into money: real estate, vehicles, insurance policies, etc. Be creative!

Let’s get this library built!

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. 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 over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

Make it a Million (Plus)

This basket of kitchen items is now up for auction at the library. Sign up today! It includes s a covered pot, small wok pan and a grill that can be placed over burners for hamburgers on one side and pancake/eggs on the other.  Also a veggie peeler.

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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. 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 over $10,000. Please consider this option.