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Special News Update

Two nonprofit organizations support the Port Townsend Public Library: Friends of the Port Townsend Library and Port Townsend Public Library Foundation. This summer, Library Director Melody Weaver and Friends President Deb Vanderbilt were approached by the foundation’s board members to determine if there was any interest in merging these two nonprofits.

        Since then, both boards voted to explore the benefits of merging. Each board has formed an information-gathering committee, and numerous meetings have taken place between the committees and with Director Weaver. Much work remains before a decision can be made, but we want to inform the Port Townsend community and all Friends of the potential merger. In December 2022, our presidents submitted a letter to the editor of the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader, and we sent a special email to all current Friends.

        On February 7, 2023, at 3:00 pm, the Friends board of directors will hold an informational meeting via Zoom. Friends unable to participate by Zoom can join the meeting in person at the Library Learning Center (although space is limited). Please RSVP to if you plan to attend and indicate if you will join by Zoom or in person. We will email you a link for the Zoom meeting. If you have any questions or comments, please leave written remarks at the PT library, or send an email to

        The Friends of the Port Townsend Library board is grateful for all of our supporters and volunteers.

        Please watch for further messages on this important matter.

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