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Library to reopen Saturday with help from a past patron


September 12, 2018

Lou Marzeles

HOME FOR BOOKS ABOUT TO REOPEN: Above, Goldendale Librarian Erin Krake and Tak Kendrick from the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system stand where the new check-out counter at the library will be. The library reopens this Saturday. Right, Shirley Iams' photo from her 1945 Goldendale high school yearbook, when she was still Shirley Branton. Iams left a bequest to the library that helped pay for its extensive renovation.

Goldendale Community Library is preparing to open the doors of the historic Carnegie library building at 131 W. Burgen Street, newly refreshed and renewed, on Saturday, Sept. 15.

As the community celebrates the remodel of this historic building, the library will also celebrate another of the bequests that made it possible-this one from Shirley Ann Iams, who left the Goldendale library a bequest in 2016 that totals approximately $180,000 today.

Iams was born in Goldendale to Otis and Cora Branton. She grew up on a farm outside of Goldendale near Swale Creek with no electricity, on the the homestead of John and Susan Burgen, her great-grandparents and the family for which Burgen Street, wh...

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