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Children line up for a free hot dog at the Umpqua Bank Customer Appreciation Day on August 1.

Umpqua Bank held its annual Customer Appreciation Day on August 1, an activity the bank does in conjunction with the Clatskanie Public Library to support their annual book sale, according to Monica Hastings, Branch Manager and Loan Officer for Umpqua Bank.

“We’ve done it for over 12 years,” Hastings said.

Both events are meant to serve the community, according to Hastings and Elizabeth Kruse, Library Director of Clatskanie Library District.

“I’m sure they help each other out,” Kruse said about the two events. “I think that as far as the two working together or networking, it’s just fun for the community members to go from one place to another, socializing.”

Customer Appreciation Day was something Umpqua Bank started years ago as a way to give back to their customers, Hastings said. For a long time, the event was held on July 3 as a way to celebrate Independence Day, but in recent years, the date was moved to the first day of the library’s book sale, which takes place in August, in order for both the library’s book sale and the bank’s appreciation day to take advantage of each other’s customers, according to Hastings.

“We would have our customer appreciation day and feed the masses hot dogs and encourage everybody to go over and buy a book. So we try to incorporate that good community feel and fun,” Hastings said.

At the bank, the event was a success, Hastings said. The bank gave away 270 hot dogs and had other events as well.

According to Hastings, volunteer firefighters came and gave away free backpacks to children who attended the event.

“They let kids sit in the fire truck, they let me sit in the fire truck, and they helped barbecue,” Hastings said.

The event also gave away other food like chips, juice, cookies and ice cream, and had other entertainment, like sidewalk chalk for children to draw with, an indoor golf course in the bank, and a coloring contest.

Attendees could then walk a block down to the Clatskanie Public Library, located at 11 Lillich Street in Clatskanie, where they could buy a book at the library’s book sale.

Kruse said the book sale is put on by the Friends of the Library and runs during the first weekend of August. This year, the book sale ran from Thursday, August 1 to Saturday, August 3, running all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To encourage even more participation, the book sale offers a deal on Saturday, where customers can have “a box of books for a buck,” or one box of books for one dollar.

Books are donated from community members or are old books the library has chosen to get rid of.

“We only have three boxes of books left out of hundreds and hundreds of titles here,” Kruse said. “They clear out, it’s just amazing how well attended it is.”

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