MAY 13, 2010

Library Friends embark on fund raising campaign

   A group of patrons of the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, formed as the CMPL Friends, has been meeting regularly since mid-2007, with the intent of helping Orofinoís library in its long list of needs and maintenance. 

   To push forward this effort, the organization is planning its first annual event, that of a Mystery Dinner Theater, to be held the weekend of June 11-13.  A limited number of tickets will be pre-sold for each of three evenings (40 tickets per evening) for this exciting event, which includes a full dinner and entertaining mystery play at the High Country Inn.

    Sponsors of tables are also being solicited, with a sponsorship of $100 plus the price of tickets for either a four or eight person table.  Tickets per person will be $40 or $75 per couple.  Guests will have a choice of entrees, including Chicken Breast Divan, Stuffed Pork Loin, or a vegetarian and gluten-free dish, Red Stuffed Pepper.

    An outside no-host bar will be held on the innís deck preceding the event, and a group of special raffle items will be on display, which will be awarded following the weekend event. Purchasers of raffle tickets

   For information on either sponsoring a table or to buy single or couple tickets, please contact board members Jo Moore at 475-7570, or Lane Mayer at 475-3593.

Library has shown steady growth

   Many different organizations since the late 1930ís and 1940ís have made valiant efforts to establish and maintain a library here in Orofino, with the American Legion Auxiliary, the Orofino chapter of AAUW, the Orofino Jaycees, and the Orofino Rotary making major contributions of money and labor.

    Over the years the location of the library was moved several times, but it was in 1965, over 50 years ago, that the present location was donated, and later deeded by Dr. H.D. Britan following his death. Much renovation and expansion was done to the building through grants, the formation of a library district, and private donations and volunteer help from 1969 to 1983.

   From its beginning in 1949 with a total of 600 donated books, to 1985 when the new wing opened, book collection had increased to 24,637.  That same year the library was brought into the computer age, and the last twenty-five years have shown a dramatic increase in resources through the internet and the VALnet regional circulation system.  

   The 90ís saw an adult literacy project started, which has now developed into a separate entity.  Also, a grant-funded study resulted in a plan to link the three school libraries, our library, and the school and public libraries in Pierce and Weippe.

   Funds have been generated for the library through the book sales held each year, and the Friends have worked hard under Bernadette Dellalo to beautify the grounds around the library. But greater needs for maintenance, repairs, and more beautification prompted the idea for a bigger event which will be the Mystery Dinner Theater.

   The group hopes to raise at least $3,000 with this project in order to pay for a new window, trim, and woodwork.  There will be many other needs in the near future to bring the library building up to date by replacing old heating plumbing, air conditioning, etc.

Accompanying raffle to be held

   In addition to the Mystery Dinner Theater, the CMPL Friends will be selling raffle tickets for some very nice prizes, which will be awarded following the final evening of the dinner and play.

   Prizes include a beautiful Dooney and Bourke handbag and accessories, with $50 inside; a set of hand-thrown pottery with large salad bowl and eight bowls, graduated in size, all made by Bernadette Delallo; a Romantic Getaway   at the High Country Inn, which will include dinner, overnight and full breakfast; and the final prize is an insulated cooler on wheels stuffed with tasty gourmet picnic items. 

   Tickets will sell for $5 each, or 6 for $25.  The Friends group will be on hand at the library the next four Fridays to sell tickets.  Purchasers may choose which of the prizes they wish to buy tickets for.  Each prize ranges in value from $150-$250.

More about the play

   As far as anyone can tell, a mystery dinner theater has not been held in Orofino for many years. Guests at the library event will be treated to a fun-filled play performed by some of the cityís most well-known citizens, including Jeff Jones, Mayor Ryan Smathers, Carla Laws, Bobby Samuels, Phil Shriver, Will Weise and Pat Larson, Amanda and Dave Tucker, Ted Leach, and Cherish Hinton. 

   The play is directed by Diane Hairston, who with her husband, Andy, recently moved to Peck to be near Andyís family.  Diane is an accomplished director, with a lot of civic theater experience in other locations.  The CMPL Friends are very pleased that Diane is volunteering her time and talent to this great project.

Table sponsors needed

   If you would like to sponsor a table for $100 plus cost of tickets for either a four or eight-person table, please contact Jo Moore at 476-7570.

    Most of the tickets available are for Friday evening, June 11, but a few remain for Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13.  Times for the events will be 6 pm social hour on Friday and Saturday, followed by play and dinner at 7 pm; and 5 pm on Sunday for social hour, with dinner and play at 6 pm.

    Sponsors will be publicly recognized and the sponsorship of $100 is tax-deductible.