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Crash closes Milwaukie Pond House Bookstore

UPDATE: Event venue will close until further notice -


Milwaukie’s Ledding Library Pond House Bookstore will be closed until further notice after a man who had a diabetic seizure on Thursday afternoon drove straight into the building at 2215 S.E. Harrison St., adjacent to Milwaukie Ledding Library.

“It’s amazing how much damage was done,” said Library Director Katie Newell. “It was pretty shocking to see it unprepared.”

Thankfully, the man was seen talking with first responders and is expected to recover from the crash. No one else was in the building.

“We were very fortunate, because no one was seriously hurt, and there were volunteers in the building this morning,” Newell said.

City staff applied plywood to the door to secure the building. They were taking photos of the damage and will be contacting the man’s insurance company to pay for the repairs.

The nonprofit bookstore benefiting the public library — normally open on Fridays and Saturdays — will be closed for at least a few weeks.

Officials originally thought that other programming, including the upcoming 10th season of the Milwaukie Poetry Series, would not be affected by the incident, because these events take place on the other side of the building. However, on Sept. 7 the library announced it would have to move programs from the Pond House to the main Ledding Library building at 10660 S.E. 21st Ave. The series of readings by established local poets will take place at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month September through June in the Ledding Library. The popular Ledding Library Cultural Forum is also moving. Wafa Ghnaim is presenting Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery & Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, at the Ledding Library. Session 1: The Wheat Harvest Design from 1 to 2 p.m. to Sept. 17; Session 2: Children’s Designs from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 ; Session 3: The Gardens Design from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 19.