Timberland Regional Library 2018 Annual Report


We believe in spreading the joy of reading and strive to provide more opportunities for communities to access books and library information. New life was given to “weeded” books from the general TRL collection, and they are now be available to enjoy at local organizations, businesses, doctor’s offices/waiting rooms, laundromats, schools, pre-schools, daycares, and other community spaces.

Our goal is to spread the word about TRL’s library services, connect with people we have not yet reached, distribute books into the community to enrich reading experiences, and provide additional opportunities for adults and children to interact with books together.


2018 introduced a new partnership project between the Mountain View Timberland Library and the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District and brought literacy to the trails. We encouraged everyone to get out to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and walk the lower loop of Woods Creek Trail #247 while experiencing the story “The Big Woods Orchestra” along with nature facts.

Get out to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Randle in Lewis county and enjoy this interactive adventure all summer long!

Walk the lower loop of Woods Creek Trail #247 while experiencing pages from the book The Big Woods Orchestra by Guido van Genechten.

Take pictures and add your own story to the map! Tag us with #TRLStoryTrail and #ilovemylibrary


We are proud to be an official partner of The Library of Congress Veterans History Project, whose mission is to collect, archive, and provide access to personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Discover over 170 videos of local Veterans stories that you can either watch online or checkout a DVD by visiting our catalog at TRL.org. Videos are archived in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, visit loc.gov/vets


The $1 million project began in October and lasted about six weeks, it include improvements including exterior and interior painting, new windows, new energy efficient lighting, more electrical outlets, new carpet, ADA compliant doors, and heating and ventilation improvements.

The renovation was funded by a Community Development Block Grant by the Department of Commerce, a capital budget appropriation by the State Legislature, along with grants and private donations.


Beginning in October, a new display popped up at your local Timberland library, and who knows...it could just be your Lucky Day!

This collection features a selection of Timberland’s most popular, high demand titles - available on a first-come, first-served basis.

No Waiting.

No Holds.

No Renewals.

You will still have a three week checkout period, but will be limited to two Lucky Day Collection items at a time per library card. So stop by your library and learn more about this new offering!


Online learning resources provide training and certifications in software, technology, creative, and business skills to match your interests. Check out Lynda.com, Universal Class, WorkSource Training programs.

IDEA incorporates English language skills (reading, writing,listening and speaking) along with computer, job, and college skills training.

In partnership with local colleges (Centralia College, Olympic College, Grays Harbor College, and SPSCC), the I-DEA program is being supported at three Timberland libraries in Elma, Chehalis, and North Mason (Belfair). Students interested in enrolling in I-DEA will be registered and assessed by the partner college. All students placing into English Language Acquisition (ELA) Levels 1-4 based on the college’s placement policies are eligible to take this class. Students will receive ten hours of instruction each week (five hours in-person and five online) during the quarter, taking 3-6 quarters to complete.

No computer, no problem! I-DEA students can visit their local Timberland library to check out a Chromebook for the entire quarter.

Whether you have been out of high school for years, or have recently decided to finish getting your high school diploma, this program helps adults:

Complete a high school diploma (not a GED)

Get credit for life and job experience Register for college online programs or in-person classes.

“This grant-funded partnership with our local colleges will allow adult students enrolled in the HS21+ course to check out Chromebooks from their local Timberland library”, explained Trisha Cronin, TRL District Manager of Adult Services. “This program is a way for community members to earn their diploma and become more competitive in today’s job market.”

Learn more about this partnership with these colleges in our area: Grays Harbor HS21+ Centralia College Transitional Education Olympic College Basic Studies also available through SPSCC.

This is a statewide program from the office of the Secretary of State and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Thank you to the Washington State Library for their financial support related to publicity expenses as well as staff time to process Chromebooks for use by students in the HS21+ program.


Baby Boomer Bikes/Chain & Pedal Café

Residents of Hawks Prairie have reason to celebrate. A new Timberland library service kiosk and book drop are now available at the Baby Boomer Bikes/Chain & PedalCafe located in Lacey. Request library materials online (TRL.org) or at a Timberland branch. Make your pick up location the Hawks Prairie kiosk. Once our items arrive, you’ll be notified to come check them out. Return library materials at the book drop outside the café.

Cheryl Heywood, Library Director and Andy Ryder, Mayor of Lacey at the Hawks Prairie Kiosk Open House.


Mobile Escape Room for Teens!

Exciting new teen program for all middle & high school-aged wizards, witches, and muggles. Teams were given 25 minutes to solve the riddles, find the portkey to AzkaVan, and free the wrongly imprisoned librarian!

Read more from The Olympian Molly Gilmore, contributing writer.


Zines (pronounced "zeen," like "bean") are self-published - often via photocopier - magazines with limited print runs. They can be on any topic or many, are usually written by one person or a few individuals, and typically provide an individualistic or alternative point of view. Timberland library collects zines in over 40 subject areas of general interest to the readers in our communities, with an emphasis on local zines.

Zines are the purest form of counterculture expression that exists in printed form, and insightful indicators of current times. They represent the under-represented and give voice to marginalized members of society. Zines are interesting and cheap, and as a public library, it is our job to provide access to all types of information.

Read more about Zines and learn from Agatha Burstein, a librarian at Olympia Timberland Library.


Popular summer teen event, is our Summer Cons. Teens are encouraged to put on their best cosplay and check out their local Library Con, a geeky celebration of all fandoms... or try to make it to all FIVE!

It's Summer-time and your library is a great place for programs, events, books (of course), and other boredom busters! Check out this delightful interview with Mary from the Shelton Timberland Library and discover why #Libraries Rock #ilovemylibrary


The Community Engagement Initiative kicked off in 2018 with the ASK Exercises and Survey taking place in the libraries, out in the communities, and even online. Timberland Regional Library is planning for the future.

Don't miss this video our librarian Chris from Centralia takes time away from doing "serious research" to provide more details.


The redesigned TRL rolled out in August of 2018 with a new Search feature that covers everything on the site at once (catalog, website, events & more). You can bookmark your local library with the ♥My Branch feature and quickly find your location page and event calendar nearest you. There are resources for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and employers under the Employment tab. Free genealogy sites in the Family Historians section under Learn.

Search for “Timberland Regional Library” in the Google Play Store (Android) or Apple App Store (iOS).

Experience a variety of topics and blog authors across our five-county library district on our "Voices of Timberland" Blog - another feature on TRL.org

Meet Chris, one of our favorite foodie librarians in his blog “Six Forty One”. Zach will take you on a Film aficionado’s tour in “A Flicker in the Stacks”, Jared will give you a glance “Behind the Scene” of his adventures in librarianship, and Jamie shares her “Musings of a Romance Novice”.


2018 marked 50 years of service as your Timberland Regional Libraries and we celebrated with you throughout the year.

We were Celebrating Together on social media too. You can search #TRL50 for pictures and posts or watch the short video below for a selection from our fifty-weeks “50 years of” campaign.

Online Art Showcase

May 1 - September 30

From May 1 – September 30, we hosted an Online Art Showcase that gave residents a chance to share their talents based on the theme “Show your Library Love”. We accepted submissions in digital format and shared them via Facebook album.

View the online showcase.

Show your library love on social media with #ilovemylibrary and post a picture at your local Timberland library. Pick up a hashtag # decal while supplies last


Dear Library Supporters, Patrons, and Friends,

In 2018 all 27 of your Timberland libraries celebrated 50 years of service to our diverse five-county region. This milestone was an excellent opportunity to reflect on our history as well as look to the future and the continued importance of providing opportunity to every resident.

From infusing early learners with a love of reading to helping job seekers update their skills; to providing students with resources to perform better in school to providing critical internet service to rural areas of our district, we strive to meet the needs and expectations for library services and improve lives through the power of information.

TRL’s strong impact on the educational, cultural, and economic strength of our communities is made possible thanks to the leadership of our library board of trustees, the dedication of our Friends, the hard work and creativity of our staff, and essential support from our elected officials. We are excited for the opportunities ahead as we do our utmost to expand opportunities and improve access to library resources across the district.

Thank you for your continued support,

Cheryl Heywood, Library Director

View our financials online at 2018 Annual Report.

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