Columbia City Library

From lef, Kit Gardes, Laura Feller, Kerri Nelson, Alyssa Elting McGuire, Ginny Soresen, and Wendy Wells

With a goal of expanding services, the Columbia City Community Library has completed a three-month engagement with the Community Consulting Program (CCP), an outreach program sponsored by the Organization Development Network of Oregon (ODN-OR).

Led by team coordinator Kerri Nelson, CCP partnered with key members of the library’s board of directors to prioritize several initiatives. Aided by what Nelson dubbed a “facilitative” approach, the team helped draw up a plan to solve the critical need for additional volunteers.

Friends of the Library presidentWendy Wells praised the CCP team for their help in addressing this key issue impacting the success of the library.

“We have exciting plans for the library to better serve our community and to do this we need more volunteers,” Wells said.

Library Director Cathy Lundberg said the library has expanded its role as a vital part of the community.

“We want to continue to grow our school programs, increase our open hours, and provide a spot for local clubs to meet,” Lundberg said.

Located on the grounds of the Columbia City Elementary School, the library is an all-volunteer, self-funded organization providing free services to anyone living in Columbia County.

The major fund-raiser is the Columbia City Celebration which this year is Saturday, September 14. It hosts the “Show and Shine” car show, a strawberry pancake breakfast, a “Kid’s Zone”, and of course a huge book sale.

“This is an excellent opportunity for folks to get involved,” Wells said.

To learn about the Columbia City Community Library visit their web site For information about volunteer opportunities, email


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