The Stayton Public Library Foundation was organized in 1992 with the mission to raise funds to improve the Stayton Public Library facilities, provide an endowment to support library operations, and to support special library programs and services.
In July 2007, the SPLF completed a 2.9 million capital campaign to build a 7,500 sq. ft. addition onto the Stayton Public Library. Donors contributed $2.4 million for construction, plus $490,000 in estate pledges which will be placed in an endowment to support future library operations.
Immediately after the expansion was completed the Library addition was dedicated and turned over to the City of Stayton.
The library expansion project was a collaborative effort of the Stayton Public Library Foundation, the City of Stayton, the Stayton Library Board, and the Friends of Stayton Library. We thank over 500 individuals, businesses, community organizations and 26 Northwest area foundations who generously contributed to the capital campaign. The Stayton Public Library is a vibrant center of learning and civic activities. Since the July 6, 2007 dedication, the library has been filled as patrons take advantage of this superb facility.
The Stayton Public Library serves approximately 24,000 citizens in Marion and Linn Counties, including the communties of Stayton, Sublimity, Lyons, and Mehama.
The number of people using the Library has increased so much it has truly exceeded our greatest expectations. Since the opening of the Library addition in 2007, annual patron visits have increased from 46,050 to 102,249. Circulation has gone from 108,964 to 148,419, children’s program attendance has increased from 2,309 to 8,529, and internet usage has gone from 9,826 to 20,355. Gifts by many individuals made our community’s vision a reality, and clearly the investment has paid dividends several times over for all Stayton Public Library users.
Service area population: 24,000
Children and youth: 3-18: 3,400
Library card holders: 11,100
Library Visits: 100,000+
Children’s program participants: 8,500+
Circulation: 145,000+ items
The Outreach Storyteller Program is initiated.
Library addition dedicated and turned over to the City of Stayton.
Library addition complete.
Expansion construction begins.
The library is full.
New 5,000 sq. ft. library is built on First Avenue.
Oregon State Library recommends 7,500 to 10,000 sq. ft. building to last 15 years.
City of Stayton accepts the responsibility for the public library.
Women’s Club hires the first paid librarian.
Stayton Women’s Club building on Second Avenue becomes the first library.
A glass-fronted case of books at the drug store/post office at Third and Water becomes the first lending collection.
Students form a literary society, elect a librarian, and buy Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary.
The Board of Directors meet monthly to review financial information and make key Stayton Public Library Foundation decisions.
Deana Freres, President
Tyler Lulay, Vice President
Jane Kuenzi, Secretary
Robin Nichols, Treasurer
Judy Brown & Josh Hardage
Brenda Moore, Development Director
David Kinney, Community Development Consultant