LIBRARY NOTES: Teens make a difference at Library

Who says young people don’t read anymore?

They not only read; they care enough to really support our local library. And, my friends, there are rewards in such support.

A very special upcoming reward is the young adult area, a place at the library for teens to gather, hang out, see what’s new, look at their friends’ artwork, play games and, of course, read.

Former Adult Services Librarian Kathleen Joritz and volunteers from the Teen Speak advisory committee worked together to conceptualize a new “teen space” for the Hood River Library.

Teen Speak is a group of teenagers that meets on the first Saturday of every month in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Meeting Room of the library from 2-3 p.m. to share ideas and suggestions about what they’d like to see in the library and plan library events. They also do volunteer work within the library.

The new space, which will be on the south side of the atrium (where the computers are), is to include a fluorescent-green couch, a collaboration table, moving shelving unit, wall shelving, display shelf, gadget station, bean bag chairs and other comfortable chairs. The wall nearest the circulation area will be an art wall. There will be a new books and materials shelf just for young adults.

The new area will also be specially painted and have additional decorations. It will meet ADA standards for accessibility and should be finished by June, according to Library Director Buzzy Nielsen.

Be sure to stop by and check it out this summer — and, of course, if you happen to be a teenager, enjoy it!


On a different subject, as we participate in the events related to Hood River County Reads, this is a good time to remember that the Gorge Community Foundation has a new fund.

Last year, some Friends of the Library members started the Pat Hazlehurst Endowment for the Hood River County Library. These donors are offering a challenge gift of up to $10,000 to match public donations. The long-term goal of the fund is to fill in the gaps left by the lower tax levy.

Grant recommendations will be decided by an advisory committee composed of the Hood River Library director, Friends of the Library president and a Gorge Community Foundation board member.

To learn more about the fund, or about Pat Hazlehurst and her legacy, check out the Foundation’s website at Contributions may be made by going to the website and clicking on “Donate Now,” or by mailing to: Gorge Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1711, Hood River, OR 97031.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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