Before I applied to the position of a library board member, my neighbor had told me that the library could close. I did not want to see that happen, and wondered if I would have something pertinent to bring to the table. As I was the only person in Myrtle Creek to apply for the position, I ended up on the board. Two months later it was announced that the libraries would close by the end of March.
The Friends of the Myrtle Creek Library formed at the end of February, I believe. I believe there were over 30 people who attended that first meeting. I was in awe. Where were all those people been nine months before when the library had asked for another board member?
No one had really been against keeping the library open. The opposition had been to the tax increase - at any amount. People are tired of paying taxes. It was just one more setback in an already tight income. The bill didn't pass.
The friends group had been created to find volunteers who would be willing to staff and train and whatever was needed to keep the library going. We were able to open in July and were given opportunity to endorse the summer reading program. I had volunteered to be on the committee and had recruited Jenna. We both had a lot of fun with it.
I'm afraid I haven't given a lot of time to the library once the program ended. I have worked at the library (which, by the way, isn't even considered a public but rather a third-party library) as a substitute, but haven't been on the schedule since the summer reading program as I don't always know my availability every four weeks - although I can pretty much count on Wednesdays and Saturdays as days I cannot volunteer. Fridays would be my best day, but seems to be an inconvenient day for almost every other person and is not open. Neither is Riddle Library.
Aside from the children's reading program, I have probably spent just as much time going to Riddle Library as Myrtle Creek and have cards for both libraries. I obtained a Riddle library card in June when Myrtle Creek was still closed. Roland had wanted me to check out some audio books to listen to when we had returned to Utah for Jeanie's funeral. Riddle seems to have a bigger turn-out in the way of teen programs also, and so I have taken Jenna to those. Myrtle Creek is open 5 days a week with 4 hours each day; Riddle is open 3 days with 5 hours each day. I haven't been to Canyonville yet. I just learned that Winston has also reopened.
We just recently had a meeting with the board members from before the library closed. It seems weird that we would continue with that as we have biweekly members with all of the group who can/are willing to attend.