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The nonprofit Friends of the Woodburn Public Library raises funds that fortify options and services for patrons

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Friends of the Woodburn Public Library members Debbi Kapp, left, and Judy Spence have a seat at the picnic tables in front of the building -- tables provided by Friends efforts.A public library is the cornerstone of any healthy community, and the health of the library lies in large part to community members.

During a year, Woodburn Public Library has offered or hosted everything from summer reading and youth activities to informational courses on Medicare. It's a place where patrons can access wireless services, a tool for job hunters, a gathering place available to groups and the grounds for Music in the Park during the summer.

The list of services that circulate through the library is long, but it would be a shorter one without the Friends of the Woodburn Public Library, who donate time and energy to see to various enhancements.

FWPL is one of several local nonprofits that the Woodburn Independent is highlighting in its "Give Local" series.

"The Friends offer a valuable service to the library and the community by helping to pay for programs that the library could not otherwise afford," said Woodburn Public Library Manager John Hunter. "In 2019, the Friends purchased a $1,000 sponsorship for Music in the Park, the library's summer concert series in Library Square. That was a significant source of support, and the Friends have already committed to return as a sponsor in 2020."

Support for programs such as Music in the Park is part of the FWPL contribution. There is also a significant hands-on element.

"The Friends help the library by processing the many donations of books that it receives every year. A lot of folks have deep emotional attachments to books, and they like to donate them to the library with the hope that those books will continue to be read and loved by others," Hunter said.

"If not for the Friends, the library would struggle to keep up with the many donations the library gratefully receives from members of the community."

Those donations are the lifeblood of FWPL. Friends members Judy Spence and Debbi Kapp, both retired English teachers, keep busy sorting and shelving books for sale in the library's bookshop.

"Our primary source of income is derived from the generous donations of books of the various genres as listed by Debbi and shelved in our book store adjacent to the circulation desk," Spence said. "We also benefit from cash donations from patrons who appreciate having access to the facility. Additionally, we receive memorial donations."

Spence said FWPL's nonprofit status means that donations are tax-deductible, and they provide the necessary paperwork to donors on request.

The library bookshop sells small paperbacks for 50 cents, larger paperbacks for $1, and hardcover books for $1.50.

"Judy and I sort the donations of the best quality into categories in the store: mystery, paperback fiction (including a shelf of classic literature) hardcover fiction, science fiction/fantasy, romance, and non-fiction," Kapp noted. "All books for children and teens, DVDs/CDs, and foreign language books such as those in Spanish and Russian are placed on the Free shelves in the first-floor hallway.

"We occasionally receive a check to the Friends for a non-profit tax deduction, sometimes in honor of a loved one."

FWPL also welcomes new members; membership dues are $20 per year.

"We volunteer to support the public library, a critical institution for educated citizens of a democracy," Kapp said.

Woodburn Public Library

Address: 280 Garfield St.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. M-H; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. F; 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Phone: Renewals, 503-982-5262; adult help desk, 503-982-5252; youth help desk, 503-982-5260


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