Mar 19, 2012
Mary Packer arrived in the Cedar Mill area in September of 1975, right around the same time that a group of citizens were starting the Cedar Mill Community Library. Mary shares her early experiences volunteering with this group as the library formed and struggled to find funding to operate. Mary documents the growth and expansion of the library and the yearly rummage sale, the MESS, as it became a success and transformed into our ongoing resale store, Second Edition. This interview is part of a larger project funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Cultural Coalition of Washington County to capture the memories of our three decades of service by digitizing and providing online access to historic photographs, articles, documents and oral histories about the library's founding.