Notes from Friends

Greetings from the Lacey Information Desk! Stay tuned monthly for a few new things you may discover in the Lacey Library.

by Kelsey Smith
Adult Services Librarian Senior

We have a new computer management system in all Timberland libraries.  With Pharos, you are now allowed three hours of Internet time per day in all Timberland libraries as opposed to the previous one hour per day. Our new system also allows for a whopping 100 free prints per week from our Internet and catalog computers. Signing up to use the Internet computers is now easier than ever before, and the new print release stations make the whole process very convenient. Our patrons have been happy with the changes. We’re happy to tell you more if you come visit us at the information desk.

In response to repeated requests, we’re trying out a new evening Pageturners group for folks who have other daytime obligations. Our new group will be meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 5 pm.  For the first meeting on Thursday, September 7, we’ll be discussing the Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. If you’re interested in joining, visit the information desk to check out a copy of the book. Please spread the word!

Thank you to the Friends for supporting all of our great programming here in Lacey! Coming up in September, we have Vietnam veteran Donna Lowery presenting  the history of American military women during the Vietnam War. This program is happening on Saturday, September 2 at 1 p.m.

We’re also hosting an Antiquated Technologies series:
Friday, September 15, 6 pm: Retro Video Gaming program
Saturday, September 16,  2 pm:  The Mighty Typewriter
Saturday, September 23, 6 pm: Vintage Sewing Machine Jamboree

As always, visit the Lacey information desk to find out more.

Book Sale Co-Chairpersons Needed

by Rosemary Conor
FoLL President

Do you have experience working in a bookstore or a small business? The Friends are seeking several people willing to serve as Co-Chairpersons for book sales held at the Lacey Library.

The chairpersons will work to ensure the successful coordination of all book sale activities: bimonthly book sales, the lobby cart, the bargain bookshelves and the occasional extra weekend book sale. As a team, you will train and schedule volunteers, manage the inventory and generally oversee the setup and takedown of the Friday/Saturday sales (six for the year).

On a smaller scale but more frequent basis, you will train volunteers to stock and straighten the in-house Bargain Books Sale and Lobby Cart Sale. Shelves are stocked and straightened daily by a group of volunteers, each working one morning per week.

Donations are sorted and priced at the Monday morning book sort with a dedicated team of Friends, who volunteer weekly just to sort. Co-chairs will actively train people for the sort and work together to divide other sales-related tasks according to their individual schedules so that everything works smoothly.

As chairpersons, you will also attend several of the six board meetings per year, divided according to your personal schedules, which occur every other month. As they say, “Many hands make light work!”.

Interested? Leave your contact info at the Lacey Library Circulation Desk and a Friends board member will be in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

Keeping Local History Alive @ Lacey Timberland Library

by Holly Paxson
Library Manager

Lacey’s new Local History collection is beside the Adult Information desk.

Attention local history buffs! If you have an old high school yearbook from Thurston County or any books with specific information about our area, the Lacey Timberland Library would love to accept your donation!

Our staff has started a special local history section with items of interest of Western Washington, Thurston County and Lacey. We are working on acquiring current high school yearbooks from North Thurston Public Schools but would also appreciate donations of any previous yearbooks – writing and dedications included!

The collection is small at the moment but features some gems:

Did you know the Thurston County Fair has been around since 1871? Memories: The History of the Thurston County Fair by Ann Shipley provides not just a description of the fair but offers a fascinating peek into the culture, lifestyles and current events of Olympia from the fair’s first years in the 1870s through 2005 when the book was published.

Do you know the full story of how Washington women got the right to vote?  Women’s Votes Women’s Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington by Shanna Stevenson covers the early suffrage efforts in Washington Territory through the decisive victory in 1910, which reinvigorated the national movement leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The book also reviews related legislation in the modern era, such as the Equal Rights Act, Title IX and Roe vs. Wade, and the legislative efforts of women in Washington State.

In Washington Then & Now by Paul Dorpat & Jean Sherrard, a picture says a thousand words…in this case, comparative pictures of historical and present-day Washington says plenty! Side by side photographs of notable landmarks, businesses, cities and landscapes give the reader a visual history of our state, accompanied by vivid descriptive captions that speak to the changes time has wrought.

So, if you’re intrigued and want to know more or would like to donate your old yearbook or local history book to the collection, stop by the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College Street SE, and check us out!

Volunteers: The Friends need you!

by Rosemary Conor
FoLL President

Do you have experience working in a bookstore or a small  business? The Friends are seeking a Book Sale chairperson for the Bimonthly Book Sales. Train volunteers, manage the inventory and generally oversee the setup and takedown of a sale.

On a smaller scale but more frequent, the in-house Bargain Books and Lobby Cart Sale needs an organizer to train volunteers, stock shelves on the kiosk and lobby carts, and sort donations.

Don’t want to work at a book sale?  There are many different volunteer opportunities with the Friends.

Perhaps you have skills in publicity; we need someone to design flyers and contact local media and book-related websites to publicize book sales and other FoLL events. Good computer skills and time to attend bimonthly board meetings are also useful for the Publicity chairperson job.

If your skills include experience with WordPress, we need a webmaster to do postings and revisions on our website.

If you are interested in any of these areas, or just have questions, please leave your contact info with the Library Circulation staff, (360) 491-3860, and we will phone you.  Or email us at and we will connect with you.  We look forward to hearing from you!  Many hands make light work…

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