Community library gets new director

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s been a boom time for the Keizer Community Library. A year ago, when the library was still crammed into a basement corner of the Keizer Heritage Center, monthly visitors topped out around 680 people, For the first three months of 2012, after an expansion and open house that saw the library add about 60 members, the numbers rose to 1,100 people a month. All of it presents a variety of exciting, and sometimes challenging, changes for the organization’s new director, Laura Bindley. “The challenge is bringing everything up to a new level that we haven’t experienced before,” Bindley said. Bindley, a volunteer with a background in marketing for the Oregon State Fair, is hoping to develop a new array of offerings and sponsorship opportunities that permit the library to keep pace with its increased size and audience. She helped arrange the library’s financial paperwork for the past seven years and, when it came time for former director Art Burr to step aside, she stepped up to the plate. In the short term, she’s seeking ways to shore up the library’s funding so that it can continue indefinitely. When the city ended its subsidy of the library, the rent at the Keizer Heritage Center shot up threefold. The annual $5 membership fee, collected from about 750 members, only covers about six months...

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