President’s Note

Dear Friends,

What an honor to take up the chairmanship of this terrific organization! Many thanks to past President Don Churnside for his leadership, and for his continued support as a Foundation board member.

Summer’s bounty isn’t limited to the farms surrounding our beautiful city. The library offers a variety of summer activities for just about everyone, from reading lists, and foreign language lessons to teddy bear picnics and family music time. Thanks to your support, the library is the coolest place in town to study, gather, learn and, of course, read.

Guess which generation is most likely to take advantage of libraries? Families with young children? Over 50 crowd? Nope. Millennials. Click here to find out more.

Teen services at the library are very popular — so popular they’ve outgrown their space. The Foundation’s fall event, Booked for the Evening, will focus on helping expand the teen facilities and programs. Check out this newsletter’s staff profile of Traci Glass, Teen Services Librarian, to learn more about what’s going on in the teen section of the library. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s Booked for the Evening party on September 22, 2017.

Kudos to all who participated in the 2017 Big Read. This year the library held or sponsored more than 60 events and activities, including speakers Julie Rivett (Dashiell Hammett’s granddaughter and literary executor); Richard Layman (Hammett’s primary biographer); Sara Shepard (popular teen mystery author whose Pretty Little Liars series became a T.V. show); and Cheyney Ryan. Radio Redux did three sold out performances of The Maltese Falcon. Oregon Contemporary Theater’s run of The 39 Steps was one of their most successful offerings ever; a month-long noir film festival at Bijou Art Cinemas, including discussions with Dr. Steven Spence from U of O. Eugene Police Department’s forensic scientist Lisa Pope discussed forensic detective work. We partnered with Springfield Public Library and Eugene and Springfield schools, held book discussions at all branches, provided materials to 25 private book groups, gave away 3000 books and rounded off with a swing dance. This wildly popular celebration is made possible by a grant from the NEA and support from you.

Thank you for helping make our library an outstanding resource!

Stay cool,

Julie Whitmore
Board President

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