14th Annual Coastal Encounters Series at Driftwood Closes 5/28 with “Why DIY?”

Driftwood Public Library will be hosting an Oregon Humanities conversation project on self-sufficiency and DIY culture on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m.

Are we as self-sufficient as we can be? As we should be? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself? Join a free community conversation that investigates why we strive to be makers and doers in a world that provides more conveniences than ever before. This is the focus of “Why DIY? Self-Sufficiency and American Life,” a free conversation with Jennifer Burns Bright on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. This program is hosted by Driftwood Public Library as the closing program in its 2019 Coastal Encounters series, and sponsored by Oregon Humanities and D’Sands Condominium Motel.

Jennifer Burns Bright is a food educator and travel writer based in Astoria. She moved to the coast after many years teaching literature at the University of Oregon, where she researched modernism and desire, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies, and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread. She holds a PhD from the University of California at Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification from OSU Extension. When she’s not out gathering seaweed or fermenting fruit, she might be found interviewing young farmers, old pirates, and mad scientists.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Ken Hobson at 541-996-1242 or khobson@lincolncity.org .

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think &Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Bridging Oregon, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Driftwood Public Library is located on the second floor of the Lincoln City City Hall building at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City (on the west side of the highway, adjacent to McKay’s Market, and across the street from Burger King). Any questions regarding the series can be directed to the Circulation Supervisor, Ken Hobson, at 541-996-1242 or via e-mail at khobson@lincolncity.org.




The City of Lincoln City Accepting Nonprofit Grant Requests

The City of Lincoln City is currently accepting applications from local nonprofit agencies. When preparing the City budget each year, the City considers the financial needs of nonprofit organizations that foster community wellness.

To view the full press release 2019

To complete the Nonprofit Grant Application Cover Page Fillable Form

A letter from the City Manager Nonprofit Grant Requests 2019


For questions or concerns email cliberato@lincolncity.org or call 541-996-1202.

Explore Lincoln City Wins Award

Explore Lincoln City’s “Random Acts of Findness” marketing campaign which celebrates the 20th Anniversary of finding hidden glass floats on the beaches of Lincoln City received the Oregon Tourism Digital Marketing Award.  The City’s branding effort started in 2015 and included inter-departmental collaborations, resident and business feedback and focus groups. 

Visit the Explore Lincoln City Website at www.oregoncoast.org.

Hundreds of library accounts restored in Driftwood Public Library fine amnesty

Last fall, Driftwood Public Library and the Lincoln City City Council agreed to eliminate daily overdue fines on library materials, ensuring patrons would no longer be assessed five cents per day per item returned late. On February 11th, the City Council took things one step further, and moved to forgive outstanding overdue fines on patron accounts.

The library has completed an audit of accounts blocked due to overdue fines of $25 or more, and has restored 439 accounts to good standing. This means that more than four hundred people – including 131 children — will once again be able to use the library. In conducting the audit, library staff learned that the most common items that were returned overdue were children’s items.

In January, the American Library Association’s governing council released a resolution identifying monetary library fines as an economic barrier to library use, and encouraging libraries to re-assess the collection of fines. However, the issue has been a topic of interest for Library Director Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney for much longer. “We held a major fine amnesty back in 2016, offering to forgive overdue fines for anyone who came to the library,” she says, “and what we found is that for many people, even the fear of having a library fine was enough to keep them away. We also learned that research doesn’t support the idea that fines encourage people to bring their items back on time.” For patrons such as children, teens, and people with disabilities who rely on others for transportation to the library, the risk of running up large fines is greater, and these same patrons often lack the monetary resources to return their account to good standing. “For someone on a fixed income,” says Brodbeck-Kenney, “accumulating $25 in fines might mean that they have to choose between groceries or using the library. We don’t want folks to have to make that choice.”

Patrons will still be expected to return their items to the library on time. If an item is kept for six weeks past the due date, the patron will receive a bill for the cost of the item. This bill will be automatically removed from the account if the item is returned to the library in good condition.

All residents of Lincoln County are eligible to receive a library card at Driftwood Public Library. All that is required is photo ID showing your Lincoln County address. If you’re new to the area and haven’t changed your ID over yet, bring your current photo ID along with something that shows your name and your physical Lincoln County address (a utility bill or piece of first-class mail are the most common documents we can accept). Visiting? No proof of address? No problem. DPL offers a Provisional Card to those who are in the area temporarily or who cannot provide proof of address. This card allows for two check-outs at a time as well as access to the library’s electronic materials. It is good for 90 days and can be renewed. Library staff encourage anyone who is not sure if they qualify for a card to call or stop by the library!

For more information, please contact Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney at 541-996-1251, or via email at kbrodbeck-kenney@lincolncity.org. Driftwood Public Library is located at 801 SW HWY 101 in Lincoln City on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building, across the street from Burger King and adjacent to McKay’s Market.