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According to Robert: Oakridge library is one of our most valuable assets

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Georgi Samuelson and her staff of volunteers keep the Oakridge library humming and well stocked with books and other media. Herald photo

By ROBERT WOODSON/ for The Herald  —  In my opinion, the number one asset in our town is the library. First of all, it is housed in our town’s most attractive building. It has not always been the case. Before 2012, the library was located in a walk-in closet sized room in the back of city hall. Then, in November of 2012, a grant was awarded to the city for the construction of a new library next door to city hall.

The land where the library was to be built had previously been the fire station. The engineering firm of Curran-McLeod Incorporated, based in Portland, put together a beautiful combination of cedar, knotty pine and stone with pleasing features, such as a celling full of skylights and large glass doors in the back that open onto a deck.

The people make the library a pleasant experience

Even the entrance was thoughtfully designed with glass enclosed lighted display cabinets on both sides. But it is just a building. What makes our library number one are the people. Georgi Samuelson, Library Coordinator, must be credited for putting together and leading a team of eighteen dedicated volunteers who work at the front desk that greet you and keep the place running smoothly.

If you’re at a loss as to what to read next – just ask. The volunteers are all well trained, friendly, and knowledgeable. In addition to the impressive collection of literature, our library has computer terminals, a seed library, and a large selection of DVD’s and CD’s. If you are looking for a specific book, the staff may be able to secure it from any one of the other libraries in the Lane County system.

A welcome place for children

Georgi is rightfully proud of the warm and welcoming children’s area with the associated reading programs, story time, and a wide array of educational toys. With any luck at all, we will also return to the popular Thursday night programs this coming fall, along with StoryTime for preschoolers.

So before you “pop into the pub for a pint” stop by our fantastic library, located right across the street to check out a good book, DVD or CD.

Library membership is free to Oakridge residents and $10 for nonresidents.

Library Hours of operation:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Phone: 541-782-2258

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Robert Woodson is a retired engineer living in Westfir. He’s well known locally as a superb woodcrafter. Robert is also a writer/contributor to The Herald.

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