The Clearwater Memorial Public Library in Orofino, Idaho, has been chosen by Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association as the recipient of this year’s Michael Pritiken Rural Library Program donation.
The award consists of thousands of dollars worth of books and materials given by publishers at the end of the fall show. Book Publishers Northwest has long supported this important program by donating all the books in our display to the selected library.
The Clearwater Memorial Public Library serves Peck, Craigmont, Pierce, Greer, and Headquarters, among others. The yearly average attendance at the library is 51,000 patrons.
The library only has a budget of $20,000 per year (which may be cut further this year) and yet serves the area with the highest unemployment rate in the state of Idaho, currently about 15%.
PNBA’s Rural Library coordinator, Colin Rea, Director of the Fern Ridge Library District in Veneta, OR, will work with a group of volunteers from the Clearwater Memorial Public Library at the show to supply donating publishers with a receipt for their donations, to inventory and box the donated materials, and to transport those donations to the Clearwater Library after the show.
The PNBA Board of Directors has named the rural library program for its longtime Coordinator, Michael Pritiken, who died in July.
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show takes place in Portland in September. Members of Book Publishers Northwest will have their titles on display at the BPNW table for the two days of the exhibition.