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ABOUT US

Our organization was incorporated in Oregon in 1983. In 1998 we received nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) 3.The mission of the Friends of the Ashland Public Library is to support our library to achieve any and all of it's goals. Ensuring free access to information is part of Ashland's community life, to which the Friends are firmly dedicated.

Board members are elected at our annual meeting, held in the first quarter of the calendar year.  The officers are selected from this group. Current board members are:

Amanda Casserly, President
Hans Rocke, Treasurer
Reve Rocke, Member-at-large
Becky Allen, Co-Treasurer/Volunteer Coordinator
Teresa Montgomery, Recorder
Christine Norton Cotts, Co-Recorder
Ann Magill, Membership Chair/Presidents' Forum Representative
Amy Blossom, Library Manager/Liason
Terry Skibby, Historian/Webmaster
Dolores Marx Member-at-large
Donna Wright Member-at-large

 

 

 

 

 



 




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The Closing of the Library

One by one they fall silent
Hamlet in mid-question: To be, or
Molly Bloom before she says Yes
And the author, met by chance, who would have
Spoken the missing words, and changed a child's life

One by one they drop into the dark
The drawings of Michelangelo
Ansel Adam's pages of captured light
Albums of the most antique rockets
And the most modern dinosaurs, gone

This is a choice we make today, uncompelled
To spend our money on something else
Instead of books, or the public good
We choose the private thing
The silent, and the dark

Then words return, and I remember:
"Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light"
Books have a loud and soundless speech
And light that comes from their light alone

So as each book is a written-out hope
For remembrance and mercy and understanding
And each library is a promise to the child and to the town
So I must believe that no book is forever closed
And that every library will, tomorrow, open

Pepper Trail

written in the Ashland Public Library
March 23, 2007


All contributions are tax deductible (Federal ID #31-1576133, Oregon registration #15327.)  Please make your check payable to: Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


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