Fabric Sale to Benefit Library

If you’re into sewing, quilting, or making: costumes, set designs, small home décor projects, totes, handbags, or crafty projects, don’t miss this fundraiser! Community members have donated piles of all kinds of fabric, some with multiple yardages. Lots are one yard or less. VERY reasonable prices!

When? Saturday, March 23, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Members of the Friends of Ridgefield Library are invited to the special Preview Sale from 9:00 to 10:00 am prior to the public event that Saturday.) 

Questions? Email or call Donna (360-887-2700).

 This fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library. All proceeds go to support current and future programs and to help build our new library.

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Sunday the Friends of the Library honored the Board members of the Community Center because they donated the building and land to the library for our new library.

The Community Center Board Membes

Tevis Laspa spoke about his experience with moving to Ridgefield and learning about the library. I thought many of you would be interested in hearing his story as it tells how the library came to be. Here’s what he said:

“ I moved to Ridgefield in 1983. My first experience with the Ridgefield Community Club Association was when I was looking for a loce location to recycle cans, bottles, newspapers, etc. I found a group that recycled out of an old wooden structure off of Main Street. They were using the money from recycling as a way to buy this property and building. Their dream was to create a new community center for our town of 1400 people. Vida Piquets agreed to sell the property for use as a community center for $60,000. It took seven long years to raise that money. The tools they used were pancake breakfasts, community dinners, rummage sales, and a buy-a-brick campaign.

In 1998 the RCCA receive a community development block grant to remodel/reconstruct the building. The building had structural problems, so the decision was made to demolish and rebuild the building. Partnering with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library helped generate more funds to construct Phase 1, which included the bathrooms, library and small meeting room.

The building was completed in 1994 at a cost of $258,000.

Move forward to 1996 when Lockett Construction built Phase 2, charging only for the cost of materials. The Ridgefield Lions donated the big kitchen equipment and metal roof and the Community Center as we know it today was complete.

The work did not stop there. The revenue from operations was not enough to pay the annual insurance, property taxes and maintenance cost. Queen Allene (Wodaege) created an annual or semiannual dinner event including auctions that brought in the funds necessary to operate the Community Center.

The RCCA Board has been working together for over 34 years.”

And now for more good news: the Library has leased the former Umpqua Bank building as their temporary home while the new library is being constructed. The building is being remodeled to make good use of the space. It’s about the same size as the existing library.

Tomorrow Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library will be at the Community Center passing out plans of the current library and the new space we will spread into. We hope everyone will take one and sketch out the things you would like to see in the new library. This will be the first of several community meetings where you will have a chance to make your wishes known. If you can’t pick one up at the library there will be copies at the library.

 

Teen Gamers Wanted

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Ridgefield Library Offers Tween/Teen Dungeons & Dragons Program

This program takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 pm at the library. We play a variety of game systems from Dungeons & Dragons to Pathfinder to Call of Cthulu to GURPS. This is an established, enthusiastic, fun group. New players are welcome!

Plus, the Ridgefield Library has a collection of 3.5 edition Dungeons & Dragon rule books and Pathfinder rule books in the reference collection. You’re invited to grab some friends and run your own games!

The Ridgefield Community Library is at 210 N. Main Avenue.

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Also, Sunday is the Thank You Reception for the Board of the Community Center, honoring the people who donated the building to the Fort Vancouver Regional library so the Ridgefield Library could expand. It’s from 3 to 5 pm in the Community Room. Hope to see you there!

Reception for Board of the Community Center

You are invited to a reception honoring the Ridgefield Community Center Association (RCCA) Board for their recent donation of the building and land to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s (FVRL) planned expansion of the Ridgefield library. The Recognition Reception is Sunday, February 24, from 3 to 5 pm in the small room at the Ridgefield Community Center.

The RCCA teamed up with the Ridgefield library in 1994 when the library wanted to expand from the Priscilla Club building to their current location. The FVRL District worked hand in hand with the RCCA to plan and apply for grants to facilitate that building project. After operating the Community Center (the heart of Ridgefield) for 25 years, the RCCA Board felt it was time to allow the library to grow once again, especially since Ridgefield’s population has grown remarkably, and there are now many venues available for groups of many sizes.

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library feel that the RCCA Board deserves recognition for their efforts in creating community and library space. Without them, the heart of Ridgefield would not beat so strongly.

Please join us in celebrating a group that worked tirelessly to benefit our community.

Jeanne Androvich, President of the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library

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Friends of the Library group needs donations of gently used nature and children’s books for the little libraries around town. Bring them to the library during open hours.

Also – come to the Plain and Fancy Fabric Sale on Saturday at the Community Center. If you’re a crafter you’ll probably come home with lots of great materials and ideas.

 

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Friends of the Ridgefield Library will have a pop-up book sale tomorrow at the Community Center. Come and buy a book anytime from 10am to 2pm – there will be a variety of genres.

Have you donated to the library’s building fund yet? Any amount is appreciated.

 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.

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Every month the Friends of the Library put together a basket of items to auction off as a fund raiser for the new library. This month’s basket includes the following:

Pink and Green Elephant Kit, Happy Sunflower Bookmark Kit, Magic Fix Tool, Knitting Clips, Crochet Stitch Markers, Shawl Pin, Sweet Treat, Mini Charm Hooks, Powered Scissors, Darcy Dog Key Ring Kit, Sock Darning Egg, Measuring Tape, Gourmet Microwave Popcorn, Raccoon Key Ring Kit, and an idea book from Rosie O’Donnell.

* Why $75? I took the amount of money still needed to build the new library, divided by the number of people in the 98642 area code, and it came out to an even $75.

 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.

 

North County Rotary club introduces “Rotary Book Nook” program

With a mission to promote literacy in neighborhoods around the west side of North Clark County, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks has installed its very first Rotary Book Nook.

In partnership with Friends of the Ridgefield Library, club president Nelson Holmberg worked with Friends member Tevis Laspa to install a Book Nook at Lark Park at the corner of Lark Drive and Heron Drive in Ridgefield.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity we’ve had to put this program together,” Holmberg said. “The Rotary Club of Three Creeks purchased two of these small libraries at fundraising events to benefit the Ridgefield library and to place the first one in Ridgefield is absolutely appropriate.”

Books have been purchased by the club to stock the Book Nook and, going forward, speakers at regular meetings of the club will sign books to be placed in the small neighborhood libraries with inspirational messages for readers.

“It’s really about providing access and visibility to the value of literacy and accessibility to reading,” Holmberg said. “Basic education and literacy is an official area of focus as designated by Rotary International, and this is just one small way our club can make a difference while honoring that area of focus.”

The new Lark Park library has birds hand painted on it, which makes it a good fit in the city that not only honors the presence of birds at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, but also plays nicely with the location at Lark & Heron Drives.

Titles in these Book Nooks are free and Rotary Club of Three Creeks hopes that visitors will “take a book and leave a book”. While the club sponsors and maintains the Book Nooks – including stocking the inventory – it is known that sharing of books by the users means the club doesn’t have to keep purchasing books to share.

“We believe this is a great service to the communities we love so much,” Holmberg said.

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF THREE CREEKS

The Rotary Club of Three Creeks recently celebrated its second anniversary and serves the Hazel Dell, Felida, Salmon Creek and Ridgefield areas of North Clark County. Since chartering in October 2016, the club of 32 members has completed more than two dozen service projects. More information about the club can be found on its website (www.rotaryofthreecreeks.com), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/rotaryofthreecreeks).

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Save the date! February 9 from 10 am to 2 pm Friends of the Ridgefield Library will hold a fabric sale at the Community Center. There will be lots of upholstery fabric, some in small pieces that could be used for pillows, purses, tote bags, – you name it.

Come and see what your imagination can come up with!

 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.

A New Little Library

The little library on 4th

There’s another little library in town – this one in the 300 block of 4th Avenue North. That makes seven or eight scattered around town.

The books are free, and the hope is that you’ll take one and leave one. The Friends of the Library sponsor this program, and they help with providing books, but it’s been shown that once people start using the libraries there’s very often no need to re-stock as people bring books to share.

If you’d like to provide space in your yard for a little library, contact the Friends at folridgefieldwa.com.

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Have you checked out the thermostat posted outside the library? You’ll note there are now three different bands of color. The bottom red one shows the money raised by the Friends of the Library, donations by members of the community and the Vancouver Regional Library – all the money collected through December.

The black and white checkered band shows the value of the Community Center Building, donated by the Community Center Board of Trustees.

The top red bank is the matching money that was pledged by an anonymous donor for any donation over $10,000.

With this much money pledged, and the title to the former Community Center building and land, the next step is to pick an architectural firm to work on conceptual drawings. After that contract is awarded, there will be community meetings to get input on what our citizens would like to see included in the library building.

Stay turned for the time and location of these meetings – and in the mean time I suggest you start writing down your ideas of what the library should include. Think big – then it will be a matter of choosing the best ideas. and what we can afford.

There’s still lots of money to be raised – we will have a better idea of costs after the conceptual drawings are complete.

 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’re over 70 1/2, ask your CPA about how to save paying tax on IRA money that’s donated directly to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. It’s a way to help you and your community at the same time.

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.

RING THE BELLS!!!

RING THE BELLS! BEAT THE DRUMS! IT’S AN EPIC DAY IN RIDGEFIELD!

The Memorandum of Understanding among the Ridgefield Community Center, the FVRL Foundation and the Trustees of the FVRLibrary was signed this afternoon, which allows the planning for the new Ridgefield Library to proceed. The Friends of the Library have been waiting anxiously for this to happen, and it means we can get serious about building the library because we have a site.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. Now the fun part begins – we start talking about what we want in the library.

Have you noticed the large thermometer outside the Community Center? The bright red line shows how much money has been raised for the new library by people like you.

Check the space in a few days – you’ll see a dramatic jump as the donated cost of the Community Center building is added to the total.

Not included in the total is the amount set aside by FVRLibrary to help pay for the library.

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There’s a new auction item at the library – a BASKET OF ITALIAN FOOD. It’s jammed full with the following items:

D’Napoli Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs,

Cora Bella Tortellini Tricolor Four Cheeses,

Demi Tasse – Espresso Cup – Medaglia D’Oro Espresso Instant Coffee,

Da Vinci – Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Palermol – Stuffed Olives – Jalapeno

Galufetti Grated Parmesan Style Cheese,

Da Vinci – Tortellini,

DeLallo Sundried Tomato Basil Cheese Pesto,

Matilde Vicenzi Millefoglie D’Italiano,

Bella Sun Luci Sundried Julienne Cut Loacke Tomatoes with Herbs,

Quadratini Dark Chocolate Wafer Cookies,

Pomi Finely Chopped Tomatoes,

Napa Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil,

Casa Milo Fogille D’Autunno Pasta

Olive Tray

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library group is actively raising money to help fund a new library in Ridgefield by holding a silent auction of useful items.

Every month a new item is listed, and the sale ends on First Saturday of the next month. The winner will be notified by phone and the items can be picked up from the library immediately after the close of the auction.

If you are the highest bidder you can help fund the new library and host a special Italian dinner at the same time.

 

Christmas Card Workshop

Once again I’ll hold a Christmas Card Workshop as a fund raiser for Friends of the Library, where folks can come and create their own watercolor Christmas cards.

This year I’m offering two sessions: Saturday, November 17 and Monday, December 3. Cost is $45 or $40 for Friends members. Come to both classes for $80, or $75 for Friends members.

All materials are supplied, and this year we’ll have glitter available to make the cards even more stunning.

Class size is limited, so call now to reserve your spot. 360-887-2160 or kathywinters179@gmail.com.