Library floats along For Granite Falls Railroad Days
The Granite Falls Library and Friends of the Library joined the Railroad Days parade with their first-ever Library parade float. The day also marked the Granite Falls Library Open House and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Sno-Isle Libraries, as a two-county library system.
The Friends of the Granite Falls Library Parade Float was the brainchild of Todd Winje, member of the Granite Falls Library Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library. With supplies purchased by the Friends of the Library, Winje enlisted friends, Warren Rainville, Mark Waldron, Jean Stratton, Lyman Herston, and Bryan Ingle to make the float a reality. Mark Waldron then gave the parade float its wheels by providing the trailer and pickup truck.
Deputy Library Director, Kendra Trachta, and her family joined the Library Float as they waved back at parade-goers along the route. Afterwards, Sno-Isle Libraries’ Trustees Marti Anamosa and Rico Tessandore joined Deputy Director Kendra Trachta, the Friends of the Library, library staff, and members of the Granite Falls community in the Library’s 50th Anniversary open house and festivities in the library’s children’s area.
A time capsule, provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, was filled with Granite Falls mementos and then sealed. The time capsule will be opened in 2022, which will mark 100 years after the first public library opened in Granite Falls.
The time capsule will be displayed on top of the bookshelves in the library for the next 10 years. Sealed inside the time capsule are lists of the most popular books in 2012, pictures of the Friends of the Library’s float, a history of the Granite Falls Library, and voter information for the November 6, 2012 General Election.