Sunday, December 08, 2013
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September 24, 2013
FALLS CITY -- The Wagner Community Library in Falls City has raised enough money to remain open through November and is working on several fundraisers for operations through the remainder of the year.
"We're trying various means to keep the library open for an extended period of time, so we aren't going month-to-month," said Wagner interim director Mary Hake.
Operations were formerly supported by the Falls City School District, but recent budget cuts have forced the district to stop library funding. However, the district and library have an agreement in place to keep Wagner open so long as the library raises enough money to cover operations each month.
Hake is serving as temporary director at a reduced cost and the district continues to maintain the building, insurance, janitorial services and office supplies. The city of Falls City provides assistance on utility costs.
Wagner Community Library has received donations through several fundraisers, including the crowd funding website www.gofundme.com, and individual donations, including one from Falls City Administrator Amber Mathiesen, who donated half of her 2 percent merit raise to the effort.
"That was very generous," Hake said. "She has really done a lot to help us come up with ideas."
Several events and fundraisers to support the library are continuing or in the works. Hake, a freelance writer and editor, is hosting a writing workshop on Oct. 5, a raffle for 14 gift baskets continues through September, and the city is selling commemorative Falls City centennial coins on its website, www.fallscityoregon.gov, to support the library. A grant application for operating funds has also been submitted, Hake said.
The hope is to raise enough money to keep the library open while the formation of a multicounty library district is explored.
"Everybody is working together," Hake added. "We are hopeful; it's very encouraging. Earlier in the summer I was wondering if it was going to happen."
In the meantime, Wagner's regular programs, including children's storytime and a teen reading program, are going forward as planned.
You Can Help
* To Donate -- Donations to keep Wagner Community Library open are being accepted at the library, 111 N. Main St., Falls City; at www.gofundme.com; or on Falls City's website, www.fallscityoregon.gov.
* Gift basket raffle -- The cost is $2 per ticket or three of $5.
* Writer's Workshop -- Interim library director and freelance writer and editor Mary Hake is hosting a one-day workshop "Working with Words" on Oct. 5 at the Falls City Community Center, 320 N. Main St., Falls City. The workshop focuses on the basics of getting published.
The workshop is divided into five 50-minute sessions; people can attend individually for $10 each or all for $30. The sessions begin with 10 a.m. Scheduled topics include: submission basis, writing proposals, getting ideas and finding resources, editing, and a group manuscript critique.
Register at Wagner Community Library, 111 N. Main St. For more information: Mary Hake, 503-787-3521, ext. 319; email email@example.com.