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$75

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.

$75

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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It;s at the Ridgefield Community Library, Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

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!

 

CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction

Almost 100 people gathered at the Community Center Saturday night for the CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction benefit for the library.

Small student chairs were auctioned off as well as a bright red fire hydrant, a little library and the table centerpieces. Not all the results are in, but it looks like we made over $11,000! We signed up new Cornerstone members ($1000 donations.)

Herb ‘ Roots provided the food and the Friends of the Ridgefield library made desserts. Sorry I didn’t get a photo of the chairs – I was too busy talking to people!

Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries spoke about the timeline of events that will happen as we get closer to having a new library.

Thank you Ridgefield – this is our biggest fund-raiser yet, and it shows people are ready to donate to build our library.

My new theme is ‘$75 EACH!’ which I’ll explain in a future blog.

Make it 2m

 

July’s auction item is a basket full of items for a barbecue: BBQ book, chef’s apron, veggie grilling pan, wire brush, shish kabob skewers, BBQ towel, chef’s mitt, Micro Brew BBQ Sauce, American flag, hot dog/sausage roasters, reed basket.

It’s on display in the library, and you can bid on the basket through the end of July.

There are still a few seats available for the CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction next Saturday the 14th. Call me, 360-887-2160, kathywinters179@gmail.com, if your’d like to come and enjoy the fun.

Make it 2 M

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we only needed a ‘few thousand more’ dollars to finish the library. Well, those few thousand were 800 to 1200, or $800,000 to $1.2 million and that seems like a huge, unreachable amount, right? But here’s one way to look at it.

There are almost 8000 people in the City of Ridgefield, but in 2010 the census found 15,696 people in the 98642 zip code, and I’m sure there are a good deal more now. If each of these almost 16,000 people contributed $51/$75, we’d easily make the $800,000/$1,200,000. That is doable, don’t you think?

Can you afford one to (not even) two dollars a week to have a brand new library, with more books, more meeting spaces, more everything? You could make it in three easy payments of $25 each. If you have a family of four you could make a payment every month for a year. If everyone in our zip code zip code gave up three cups of coffee a week and donated the money to the Friends of the Library we’d be well on our way to start building. Let’s go Ridgefield.

 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.

Make it 2m

The evening at 3Peaks Saloon and Tap Room was a great success for the library. Lots of people came – in fact it was such a profitable evening that Zach, the owner, is already talking about doing something bigger and more exciting for next year.

Thanks for all who came and especially to the volunteers from the Friends of the Library who were there to talk about the new library.

You’ll notice we have a new banner. Now that we’re so far along in the process of raising money for the new library, we’re thinking ‘invest’ rather than ‘imagine.’ We’ll still be imagining, because there will be many opportunities for the public to make suggestions about what the library should look like and contain, but now we’re thinking about the final push to raise the last bit of money still needed.

For those of you who were told to look for an exciting announcement in this posting, sorry, it’s been tabled until next week. Keep tuned!

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The Ridgefield Community Library is getting closer to a reality. FVRL Executive Director Amelia Shelley shared an update with me. The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is working with the Ridgefield Community Center Association to negotiate the donation of the building and wrapping up some site evaluation work. Both parties intend to make every effort to complete this process this summer. It appears that the building will serve as a match for a portion of the million dollar matching grant offered by an anonymous donor. An appraisal of the building will establish the value of that match. The Community Center Board is in the process of determining how much longer they will manage the property, the terms of the donation to the library and what they will do with the assets that remain.

To date, the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and the Library District have raised and set aside nearly $1.3 million for this project. Those funds, combined with the matching grant, get us close to enough money to cover the estimated construction costs for the expansion and remodel based on preliminary estimates. Amelia said that she believes that another $800,000 to $1 million dollars will be needed for soft costs such as architects, engineers and other consultants, furnishings and fixtures, upgrades and amenities for the new library (such as an early literacy installation in the children’s area or a fireplace) and other facilities costs. The District intends to hire an architecture team this fall that can help establish a final project budget.

We have a Site

The FVRL Board

There were a lot of happy faces last night when the Board of Trustees of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library voted to accept the offer of the Ridgefield Community Center building to house our new library.

The gift of the building qualifies for the Million Dollar Matching Fund, which means we are well on our way to having enough money to design, enlarge and renovate the new library.

Now we have to ramp up our fund-raising activities to raise the last few thousand dollars needed to complete the building. The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are ready to do that – and I know you will help!

Two of our Friends who have worked so hard to raise money – President Jeanne Androvich and Secretary Jan Robinson

Our next fund raiser is at 3Peaks Public House and Taproom. Come and have dinner and a drink on Thursday, June 7, and a  portion of your bill will be donated to the Friends of the Library building fund.

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.

 

Make it 2 M

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Trustees hold their monthly meeting on Monday, May 21, at the La Center Community Center starting at 6:00.

A work session is being held before the regular meeting at 4:45 p.m. and is open to the public. At this meeting Executive Director Amelia Shelley intends to ask the Library Board to consider moving forward on the Community Center as the location for the new Ridgefield Library.  They may also discuss cash reserves.

It would be wonderful if a huge crowd of people from Ridgefield showed up at the 4:45 meeting to show our support and enthusiasm. It’s been a long pull, but there is an end in sight!

The La Center Community Center is on North Highland Street, but I could not find a number.

Please note – this meeting is still tentative. Check the blog Monday morning in case any of the information changes.

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The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are again planning a CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction this summer. It will be Saturday, July 14 at the Community Center from 6 to 9 pm. This benefit for the new Ridgefield library will feature delicious catered food from Herb ‘n Roots, an auction of small chairs painted by local artists, a little library, a bright red fire hydrant, among other auction items. Tevis Laspa is our auctioneer – he always makes things fun.

This tiny bench with a Peter Rabbit theme is one of the items that will be auctioned off.

We are looking for table hosts or hostesses to sponsor tables of eight, and if you’re interested in hosting a table, please contact me at 360-887-2160 or kathywinters179@gmail.com. Cost of the dinner is $25, and hosts and members of the Friends get a bargain entry fee of $20.

 

Ridgefield Library Programs: April 24-28

 

TUESDAY APRIL 24

   6:00 p.m.-Adult Book Discussion: We are discussing Defiancethe Extraordinary Life of Lady Anne Barnard by Stephen Taylor.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 25

   10:00 a.m.-Stitchery

   10:30 a.m.-Preschool Storytime

   4:00 p.m.-Tween Book Discussion: We are discussing Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

   4:00 p.m.-Tween/Teen Gaming

   7:00 p.m.-Meaningful Movies: Movie title is Swim Team, a movie about parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum. Using high expectations and zero pity to train them, what happens next alters the course of the boys’ life. Discussion follows.

THURSDAY APRIL 26

   1:00 p.m.-Mahjong at the Library

   3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

FRIDAY APRIL 27

   10:30 a.m.-Preschool Storytime

SATURDAY APRIL 28

   9:30 a.m.-Friends Fair 2018: This is an opportunity for all the Friends groups in the Fort Vancouver    Regional Library District to get together and share what do. This takes place at the Rose Besserman Room at the 164th Street Transit Center. Please RSVP to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation to attend.

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Every month the Friends of the Ridgefield Library hold a silent auction to raise money for the library building fund, and this month the item is two table lamps. They are in excellent shape, and would provide a lovely accent for your home.

Visit the library to see the lamps and make and offer on them.

I AM SO PUMPED!

Just got back from the meeting at the Community Center with Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Library system, and I am excited. A good sized crowd listened while she gave a history of what sites for the library had been evaluated, and why they were not chosen. She then talked about the environmental and other studies that had been done to see if the current site of the Community Center would be feasible for a library.

The last thing still to be evaluated is the contamination of the soil around the Community Center due to the poisons put there by the wood treatment plant and the former dry cleaners. Those studies will not be complete for awhile – in fact a group will start drilling Monday to monitor what’s happening in the soil. This means the site will not be officially chosen for awhile, so things are still up in the air, but if the report is positive it looks as if we will have a new library soon.

Lots of questions were asked and answered. There was good audience participation. Jane Higgins, Board Member of the Library, complimented us on how well people in Ridgefield have worked together towards this common goal. Jane was a powerhouse in the building of the Battle Ground library.

The thing I liked best about the information given was the fact that the new building will be first class, with new HVAC, lighting, a new facade, etc. An addition to the east will enlarge the size of the building so it’s within range of the required space. Ms. Shelley has already overseen the building of new libraries around the country, and she has a good idea of what’s needed to make it happen.

Thanks to all who participated in the discussion, and remember – there are matching funds available for anyone who donates $10,000 or more to the Ridgefield Community Library Buiding Fund. If the money is a rollover from an IRA you do not need to pay taxes on it.