It's Funday Monday!

Anthony Doerr, author of All The Light We Cannot See and Idaho writer, recently shared his experience with libraries: "On the map of my life, with its dark spots and blank spots and smudged spots, few spots glow more brightly than the libraries, those luminous repositories of stories and lives, little holy lands that have taught me, all my life, about the mysterious, dangerous, profound and addictive magic of our shared language."

We agree. Libraries are that-- and so much more. At Friends of the Winthrop Library, we are building a library, and building a legacy to cultivate community, literacy and learning. Know anyone else who should join us as well? Send this mail along!

Dear friends,

You DID IT! It's the last Monday of GiveMethow, and we are fully funded! Thank you for believing in the future of our community! And thank you to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington for making this all possible. 

Your commitment and excitement is why so many of us are involved in this important project to build a library and build a legacy in our community. It is not possible to adequately express our thanks in your belief in this keystone project for our community. 

I recently spoke with someone about how libraries are more critical than ever these days. I'm a sucker for the books-- the exploration, the discovery, the opportunity for learning and literacy for ALL of our community. But libraries are so much more than the books on the shelves. 

Today, libraries are where communities come together, across social groups and demographics. Today libraries are where people come to access information through the free high-speed internet, when they don't have access at home, and students have safe and nurturing places to study. Today, libraries are where people come to get online and look for jobs, do on-line training, and even receive training in technology and literacy. Libraries are where people come to find what they need to build a business, or find social services.

Today libraries are the foundation of our communities, what makes us who we are. They are inclusive and welcoming and inspiring spaces to dream, to work, and to come together.

Please join us for conversations around libraries and economic development this Friday at 6 PM at Trails End with Ed Marquand, and December 7, same time and place with Ray Johnston to talk about Libraries and Community. And definitely plan to attend YOUR Hopes and Dreams conversation on December 9, 2-4 PM at the Red Barn!  

Thank you, thank you for your ongoing support. 

In literacy,

Shannon Huffman Polson
Board Chair

Note the updated Hopes and Dreams below-- Hope to see you this fall!

November 2: Libraries and Rural Economic Development, Ed Marquand from Mighty Tieton. Trails End Books, 6 PM. Don't miss this important conversation about the role of libraries in communities and economic development with an expert in both.

November 9, Poetry Slam, Taphouse at 6 PM (get those poems ready to read!)
November 10,
Book and Bake Sale Red Barn, 9 AM (can you contribute? Head over to, and thank you!)

December 7: The Vital Role of Libraries in Community in the 21st Century, Ray Johnston. Trails End Books, 6 PM. Architect Ray Johnston and his wife Mary were behind the incredible effort for Seattle Public libraries called Libraries for All. Come to hear and discuss the ways libraries fill critical roles in building community in today's world.

December 9, 2-4 PM at the Red Barn: Final Community Conversation completing the library needs assessment: contributing YOUR Hopes and Dreams. Put it on the calendar, and bring your friends!

Find more details at our website HERE. 

Why we need libraries

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

–Ray Bradbury


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