Year in Review: Friends of Birch Bay Library


In 2021 Friends of Birch Bay Library (FOBBL) engaged energetically with the Birch Bay community, and we were rewarded time and again with warm receptions. 

This past year FOBBL sponsored, partnered with other groups (e.g., Birch Bay Chamber, Blaine Birch Bay Parks & Rec) or independently organized these activities: Trivia Night, Kite Festival, sand sculpture competition, Rollback Weekend, Discover Days, BBQ at the Berm Grand Opening party, book sales, Stripes the Cat treasure hunt, library capital facility area (LCFA) canvassing, Pirate Daze, poker run, numerous letters to the editor, Hawks Touchdown Club, grant applications, spooky tent, LCFA sign waving, and Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash. We also publish the FOBBL Flyer newsletter quarterly (with special editions as needed). We were busy! 

Through it all, supporters of the library project continued volunteering, showing up, and giving their time and enthusiasm. FOBBL volunteers collectively donated 2,477 hours of their time to plan all the events, and then make them happen. 

The November 2 election carried Proposition 14 (funding of the library) to the voters. We were gratified with the number of people supporting our cause, bringing us to over 59 percent “Yes” votes – just 26 votes shy of the number required to reach 60 percent. Therefore, we will be asking all who voted for us in November to turn up again for the February 8 special election and vote for Proposition 2, and those who didn’t vote before to help us then. 

We believe, as Andrew Carnegie did, that, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.” We look forward to bringing one to Birch Bay. 

Dianne Marrs-Smith, FOBBL president


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