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Max out on your library card and be a part of the move
by: Barbara Adams,

Now's your chance to be a part of Estacada's biggest book transfer in history.

Stop by the Estacada Library at City Hall and check out up to 50 items-books, videos, music recordings-per person in your household up until Wednesday, July 26. Hang onto them until the new library location, at 825 Southwest Wade, opens Saturday, Aug. 5.

Every book that is checked out at the old library and returned after August 5 to the new library will save in moving expenses, which will allow for the library staff to purchase needed furnishings.

Ninety-six percent of the original funding goal has been met for the construction of the new library, said Estacada Public Library Foundation Chair David Bugni.

'We are trying to economize where we can to be able to purchase as much of the furnishings as possible,' Bugni said.

The library will close for the move Thursday, July 27, and will reopen Saturday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. with coffee and cookies.

'It's going to be a joyous occasion,' said Beth McKinnon, library director. Patrons are encouraged to return their checked out books after Aug. 7.

Approximately 40,000 items are currently available at the old library. At least 13,000 more have been in storage at the Estacada Public Works yard in two big containers the library owns.

Those books, movies and music CDs are now sitting on the floor along the walls in the new library waiting to be scanned into the database and shelved.

With the help of other library staff and volunteers, McKinnon has been spending these last few weeks preparing for the move. 'There's people that have come in hear and have started crying,' she said. 'They're so impressed that Estacada built this.

'The community did it-they're the ones who passed the bond and had the faith that we could do it. They need to know they can do things like this and that this town can be an amazing place.'

If you are interested in volunteering for the Estacada Library move or for shelf reading after the move, call 503-630-8273.