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Friends of the Winthrop Library: Cultivating Community, Literacy and Learning. 

"What's Hatching" with Friends of the Winthrop Library

What a beauty of a winter! Here in the Methow Valley we've been skiing, sledding and skating, and, of course, reading (what I'm reading now: Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain.) Your faithful friends' group has been hard at work as well at our mission of supporting community, literacy and learning, believing that the library is-- or can and should be -- the heart of a community:

We've participated as a board in our local Town Council meeting, presented at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, and have a trip on the books to present at the North Central Regional Library System at their board meeting. We are so grateful for all of our many community parters and the incredible support they have shown and continue to show! 

We're grateful for continued news coverage in our own Methow Valley News HERE, and a piece if forthcoming in the Omak Chronicle- wow, word sure travels! (know someone who wants to be informed? Forward this on to them!)

What's hatching with the big project? We are implementing a CRM system and setting up for a late winter/early spring feasibility study, while evaluating sites based on a number of metrics including those supporting our mission of community, literacy and learning: accessibility to public transportation, walkability and visibility, among others. 

As we put together information for grant applications, it's fun to get numbers together: we tracked almost 2000 volunteer hours for our little library last year (thank you!). Did you know we have the highest circulation of any branch in the NCRL system (or in a like sized town in Washington excepting the islands)? Which is all to say, we love our library and our community, and can't wait to see how the library will bring this special community together in the future! Thank you for being a part of it!
What do you want to see in your library?
In addition to surveys and community conversations, we're collecting segments from community members on why we should build a library? Why here? Why now? Each newsletter we'll include a different voice. Stay tuned to Instagram and our Facebook pages to see more!
We our volunteers! Whether they're new to us from Volunteer Methow, or have been coming in for years, our volunteers make our library shine. 
Upcoming Events supporting community, literacy and learning

February Methow Valley Elementary partnership with Methow Arts

March Poetry Slam

LBHS scholarship
What does a library do in the 21st century? More than ever. 
Check out this video and the others on our website (we have a Youtube list of them, too!) and let your imagination soar! (in this video: collaboratories!)
What Sally's hatching

This winter every Friday Sally's been hosting kids from around the valley with STEM Projects after school, and even a young adult book group! 3:15-5 PM. Bring your kids by!
Thank you for contributing to the future of the Winthrop Public Library!
Notable quotes from our needs assessment:

"Healthy aging requires a place to come together and learn. We don't have a place like that in Winthrop."

"There are kids with no safe place to study in our community. An adequate library should provide that."

Thank you for considering Friends of the Winthrop Library in your charitable donations. We are raising money for our feasibility study and working toward a new library for our community.

Do you work for a company that matches donations? Sign us up! We are members of Benevity and qualify as a 501c3 for matching contributions.
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