Spreading the news: Stayton Library raises funds for new reader board

January, 2017 Posted in Community, Other

By Mary Owen

A heartfelt challenge is on the table!
Stayton Public Library assistant Stephanie Rubel said February is Love Your Library month. And what better way than to show your love and appreciation for the library as well as the community than to make a donation to the Stayton Friends of the Library to help purchase a reader board.

The Stayton Library needs to raise $17,821for the reader board, which covers the materials, manufacturing and installation of the sign. To date, the Friends of the Library has raised $4,954, and pledges to match any donations in February up to $6,000.

“If we were to get another $6,000 from the community, we would have the fundraising for the entire sign nearly complete,” Rubel said.

Once funds are raised, Rubel said the library plans to retrofit the existing manual reader sign with a new double-sided amber letter electronic message board.

The library’s current sign only allows for one message from an organization every two weeks, but the new sign will allow a message every five to 10 seconds.

Rubel said the electronic reader board will benefit the entire Stayton community.

Contributions welcome
Donations toward acquistion of the new reader board
will be matched in February by the Stayton Friends
of the Library. All donations are tax-deductible.
They can be mailed to Stayton Friends of the Library,
P.O. Box 754, Stayton, OR 97383.
For more information on the project, contact
Stayton Friends of the Library at www.staytonfol.org,
call the Stayton Public Library at 503-769-3313
or e-mail Library Assistant Stephanie Rubel at

For example, local nonprofits and community organizations could post notices about their fundraisers or events. The board can be used to share community news, too.

Many more community organizations will be able to advertise the events that benefit all citizens of the North Santiam Canyon area, addording to supporters of the project. Community-wide events such as Santiam SummerFest, free Movies in the Park, various fundraisers for local schools and the downtown Halloween Walk can be promoted more easily with the new sign.

When the project started, Rubel said the new sign already had the support of the Stayton Friends of the Pool, Stayton Elementary and Intermediate Parent-Teacher Club, SFOL, the city of Stayton, and the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce.

Approved unanimously by the Stayton Planning Commission in July 2015, the new sign will be built and installed by Integrity Signs of Hubbard, Ore.

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