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Photo Credit: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Dave Bugni is the president of the Friends of the Estacada Public Library. The group is planning a fall book sale fundraiser and a lecture series.The Friends of the Estacada Public Library has been in existence for less than a year, but President Dave Bugni can already list several of the group’s accomplishments.

Bugni said that in the early stages of forming the Friends group, members decided they needed to know where to focus their efforts.

In that vein, Bugni and a group of citizens, Library Board Trustees, library staff, members of the Estacada Area Literary Foundation, and members Friends of the Estacada Public Library developed a 10-year master plan for the library.

While the library already had a strategic plan, Bugni said the master plan gets more specific about the actual items, costs and timelines for the future of the library.

The master plan for the library was completed in May along with a three-year technology plan. Copies of both are available at the library.

In developing the master plan, Bugni he looked extensively at census data, demographics and funding.

“That really told us a lot about where the library should be focusing,” Bugni said.

While, of course, the library will already be directing resources toward these areas, Bugni said, the Friends of the Library will be able to come and “backfill needs that the library can’t fund.”

For example, Bugni said the research revealed that while about 6 percent of the library service population is Hispanic, a far smaller percentage of the library's material is in Spanish.

This revelation prompted the formulation of the goal for library representatives to meet with the Hispanic community to see how the library can better serve their needs, Bugni said.

In addition, Bugni said the data indicated that the Estacada area community is aging.

The Friends have since made recommendations to address the needs of this demographic group, including suggesting the library offer more computer tutorials.

Bugni also noted that it’s difficult for lots of Estacada area residents to make it out to Portland for cultural events.

He would eventually like to have the resources to bring “world-class speakers” to the Estacada Public Library for free discussions.

The Friends of the Library have already organized readings from local authors in the Flora Room such as Steve Woods, Judy Beaudoin and a historical presentation on Vortex I.

A lecture series is planned for this fall with several speakers already lined up.

Betsy Kauffman of the Energy Trust of Oregon will speak on “Renewable Power and Energy Efficiency: How to Get More From Your Energy” on Oct. 8; Bugni, who is a structural engineer, will give a presentation titled “A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Will be Going On- Earthquakes, Oregon & Preparedness” and Grier Cundill, a member of the Friends of the Estacada Public Library Board, will give “A Demonstration of a Very Simple Tool to Diminish Everyday Stress and Anxiety and their Accompanying Negative Emotions” on Jan. 30.

However, Bugni emphasized that for the library to offer expanded and new services, the group will have to raise money and amass volunteer effort.

Toward that end, Bugni said the Friends of the Estacada Public Library plan to hold an annual fall book sale to raise funds for the library.

This year’s sale is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17-19 in the cafeteria/gym of the River Mill Elementary School building.

Bugni said around 7,000 titles have already been donated for this year’s sale, and he expects to have around 10,000 available at the time of the sale.

For more information visit www.friendsoftheestacadalibrary.org or call the library at 503-630-8273.

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