Oak Run is located in northern California, about 20 plus miles east of Redding. Our small tight-knit community is big on volunteerism. Our Library stays open about 20 hours a week through the tireless efforts of the volunteers. Our Library Thrift shop sells excess books and donated items and those proceeds pay for the electricity, insurance and basic operational needs. The Library is soley supported by the continuing generosity of our community. There is no ‘outside help’, there’s just the Volunteers and the Community.
To help meet the annual financial needs of operating the Library, and to generate funds towards a new library, our volunteers hold two yard sales, one in June and another in October. These two major fundraisers are vital to the continuance of the Library.
THE LIBRARY’S SHORT TERM NEEDS
In the near future, the Library needs someone (or several people) to step forward and donate the use of a barn, a garage, or enclosed outbuildings for the purpose of storing the donations of goods that we accumulate throughout the year for the Library’s thrift store and yard sale fundraisers. The Thrift store area is very small and donations need to be rotated into the space consequently a significant amount of storage is needed annually and we are running out of space. Big items like furniture are usually held for the annual yard sales, and need to be stored.
Additionally, the Library needs a backup location to hold the yard sales, preferably a location that fronts onto a paved county road. Ideally, the yard sale location and storage could be the same place, but additional storage areas are the biggest need. The volunteers are open to all suggestions. Persons who might be willing to offer storage space and/or a yard sale location, or who have ideas about we could meet this need should contact Edna Asher, (Library President) to discuss details. It’s vitally important to keep the yard sale fundraisers going.
THE LIBRARY’S LONG TERM NEEDS : LAND FOR THE LIBRARY
Everyone recognizes that we need to find a permanent location (and a bigger space) for the Oak Run Community Library and Thrift Shoppe. The first step in relocating the library, or building a new library and possibly adding a community meeting facility, is for someone (or a family or a business) to step forward with a donation of land/property. A donation of land would enable the Library (a 501(3)c nonprofit) to search for grant funds to build a new facility. It’s often been discussed that it would be desirable to create a combination facility: a Library that can be used as a community meeting room along with a Thrift Shop area that could provide revenue to pay for facility operations. The first step on fulfilling this community dream would be a donation of land.
Our Community is held together by our willingness to help each other overcome obstacles. The library volunteers are in hopes that members of our community will come forward with Land for the Library. Please contact Edna with your ideas and thoughts on how we might be able to accomplish this.