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Library Director Diana Hadley recalls successes and spreads awareness about all the library has to offer

The Molalla Public Library welcomed more than 160,000 people through their doors from July 2017 of last year to June 2018. Their goal however is to increase that number. They have made many inclusive programs and social media platforms to spread the word about how learning is beneficial to the entire community.

COURTESY PHOTO - Molalla Public Library holds Loteria, or Mexican Bingo.

To Library Director Diana Hadley, the library highlight of the year has been the opportunity to offer so many successful programs to the community. One of those activities is Loteria, a type of Mexican bingo that anyone in the community can participate in.

According to Hadley, "It's a really fun family time. You don't have to speak Spanish. It involves mostly pictures. Everybody wins a prize. It's just kind of a fun way to spend the hour."

COURTESY PHOTO - The Molalla Public Library offers drop-in Lego time.Other programs they have include home school huddle, drop-in craft time, and drop-in Lego time. They are also starting a new program called "fostering readers."

"That's a program to encourage grade school kids, for k-3, it's encouraging them to become lifelong readers," Hadley said.

The "fostering readers" program starts Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m.

In addition to in-person events and checkouts, the library also has much to offer online and beyond the library doors.

At lincc.org, the library offers e-books and learning databases.

COURTESY PHOTO - Molalla Public Library celebrates Dia De Los Muertos.

They also offer cultural passes to different locations such as End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, The Japanese Garden, and The Oregon Garden.

"People really enjoy especially the Gilbert house, which is down in Salem," Hadley said. "This time of year, they really love the Pittock Mansion. Those are two of the ones that people really enjoy. World of Speed, which is a fairly new place in Wilsonville, that's another really popular pass."

The Molalla Library is creating an e-pass system, allowing the public to easily log on with their library card and check out a cultural pass to visit all the wonderful venues Clackamas County libraries have to offer.

Stay in touch and keep up with all the library has to offer by following them on Facebook at Molalla Library, on Instagram at @molallapubliclibrary and by subscribing to their newsletter at cityofmolalla.com/library.

Elsa Anderson, the writer of this story, is a sophomore at Canby High School who is interested in becoming a journalist. She visited the Canby Herald/Molalla Pioneer office for a job shadow, during which we answered her wonderful questions and put her to work. The best way to learn is by doing! In just more than an hour and with little guidance, Elsa conducted a phone interview, took careful notes and drafted this story. Congratulations and good luck to you, Elsa.

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