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By Kelly Shipp
For the Sentinel 

Quilters create artwork for Library


Kelly Shipp

QUILT LADIES: Left to right: Inez Freeman, Wendy Griffith, Linda Clemens, Teddy Cole (seated), Nancy Campbell, Phyllis Miles, and Nancy Baron. Behind them is the quilt they created for the celebration of the Goldendale Library’s centennial anniversary.

The Goldendale Chapter of Friends of the Library thanked the Klickitat Valley Quilters (KVQ) at a small reception on Dec. 13 for their contribution to the Goldendale Public Library’s year-long celebration of its centennial. The KVQ created a quilt, inspired by the library’s stain glass windows, that is now on exhibit in the library’s meeting room.

Naomi Fisher, head librarian of the Goldendale library, said to the quilters, “We want to thank you for all the work that went into the quilt. Your creativity is very much appreciated, and your talent really came through.”

Fisher pointed out that the brick patterned border fabric was inspired by the brick construction of the library and the wood patterned background fabric represents the historic oak features throughout the building. “Including that fabric was a mighty fine touch,” she continued. “You all captured the colors of the stained glass windows perfectly.”

The centennial quilt was the brainchild of Inez Freeman, a member of the KVQ. The members of the KVQ who participated in this project are Inez Freeman, Wendy Griffith, Linda Clemens, Nancy Campbell, and Phyllis Miles. Veteran Goldendale librarian Teddy Cole joined the members of the KVQ at the reception.

“I am impressed as all get out with this quilt and the creativity of these women. I appreciate the conceptionalization that went into this quilt,” said Nancy Baron, President of the Friends of the Library.

The Goldendale Public library was founded in 1912 by a group of local women. “The women wanted to uplift the community and create a community of learning,” said Baron. These women started the library service, sought funding, and eventually bought the land on which the library now stands. In 1914, the women received fund from Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist, to build the library. Stained glass windows are a characteristic feature of Carnegie libraries.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that supports the Goldendale Public Library through fundraising, event planning, and collaboration. The Friends of the Library meet at the library the second Monday of every other month.


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