December 2020

Dear Community,

Many of you probably remember around this time two years ago, the Corvallis Library was lucky to be the focus of an Eagle Scout Project entitled “Encouraging Reading through Art.” Vincent Bottaro, not even yet a high school freshman at the time, approached the Library about his idea for a potential Eagle Scout project, went through an extensive approval process and coordinated the project from start to finish. .

The project involved painting the pillars of the library’s underground parking garage to look like the spines of books in fun colors to brighten up the dark space and the printed titles included the original fonts from their respective book covers. The Library Foundation funded the project and Vincent proved himself a true leader. He collaborated with Elements Graphics lead designer Katy Krupp and a group of volunteers to make the project happen.

I am happy to share with you some great news about this completed project. Vincent just won the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. There were only four projects in the western US to receive this award in the past year. Congratulations to Vincent!

As you read our newsletter this month, you will see that we are continuing to make improvements to our services. We hope that you are enjoying the library even when things look a little different from usual. Do not hesitate to send us your suggestions and comments so that we can continue to improve.