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About dhelfferich

Ms. Helfferich is the founder of the JTEL and has served in many capacities with the library, among them board president, board vice president, capital grants manager, grant writer, fundraiser, events organizer, director of the Growing Ester's Biodiversity program, website manager, and collections volunteer.

Collections and inventory – March 2017

While March was minimal for new books entered into the online catalog (only 5 titles, bringing the total to 7,687), a great deal was done with regard to the collections. First, the trim work and office space at the Clausen … Continue reading

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2nd Seedy Saturday update

Our second 2017 Seedy Saturday was just as successful as the first, with a new library member, more catalogs, and (again) more seeds! The Cooperative Extension Service brought updated lists of recommended varieties for the Interior, a whole box full … Continue reading

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Collections and inventory – February 2017

This month 80 titles were added to the library’s inventory, bringing our catalog total to 7,682 items. Most of these were oversize, how-to-draw books from the Walter T. Foster art series or books on Alaska, including many volumes from the … Continue reading

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Seedy Saturday notes

As noted in our previous post, the first Seedy Saturday of 2017 was definitely a success, with far more people attending than usually come to the first one each season. We received $42 in donations, almost as much as we … Continue reading

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Community Seed Resources

As part of our Seedy Saturdays this year, we are making use of a great program from Seed Savers Exchange and Seed Matters, who have created a Community Seed Resource Program (CSRP) designed to help communities create or strengthen their seed libraries, … Continue reading

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Collections and inventory – January 2017

This month catalog additions were down, but not because we didn’t have a lot of inventory! Your amateur librarian ran out of card pockets, so the new donations couldn’t be added to the collections. The board ordered 500 new ones … Continue reading

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Collections and inventory – December 2016

This month 119 books were entered to the catalog, most of them having been on our shelves since 2003 and later. Many art and reference books, particularly woodworking and other crafts, were among them. The complete 24-volume Family Creative Workshop … Continue reading

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GivingTuesday: Bibliophilia

For those of you who are on Facebook, there is one thing you can do for the JTEL that could bring us needed funds—like and share the story Bibliophilia, about why I chose to donate a significant amount from my … Continue reading

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Collections and inventory November 2016

This month, we received two donations of books on Alaska, dramatically increasing the size of our Alaskana collection because most of the titles were new to us. From Robert Barr, we received a box of books on Southcentral and Southeast … Continue reading

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GivingTuesday: Please Give and Do Good

Well, the day has arrived: #GivingTuesday is here! All over, people are giving to their favorite charities in the hope of improving their little nook of the world, and the power of these multitudes working together to improve the lot … Continue reading

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