Friends cultural programs for 2015-16

The Friends of the Forest Grove Library are happy to present our new season of cultural programs. They will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 PM in the Rogers Room of the City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue.
All the programs are free and open to the public.

October 6          Rudy Tinoco, local professional magician, will not only entertain with coin and card tricks and sleight of hand, but also tell about the history and practice of magic.

November 3         Leah Stenson: Portland poet Leah Stenson will read poems from Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, an anthology she edited with Asao Sarukawa Aroldi; explain how and why she published this book; share observations from her visit to the nuclear exclusion zone around Fukushima and comment on the nuclear disaster, past and present. Her presentation will include time for questions and answers.

December 1         Nathan Palmer: Coffees of the World. Nathan Palmer owns and operates To the Roots Coffee Roasters and is known for being the sole roaster of long-time beloved coffee shop, BJ’s Coffee. Join him as he discusses the history of coffee both culturally and economically. Looking at coffee as an agricultural commodity, Nathan will explain processing, harvesting, and logistics: an understanding from the coffee tree all the way to the cup. He’ll give perspective on contemporary coffee roasting and brewing methods, and take a look at the future of specialty coffee. Come and enjoy an evening exploring the Coffees of the World.

January 5         Friends of Historic Forest Grove: formed in the mid-1980s, their primary mission was the preservation of historical structures and has expanded to include historic neighborhoods, artifacts and visual material culture significant to the region. Housed in the Old Train Station, which is their museum and library, FHFG act as educators of the public. This presentation includes early achievements, their place and purpose in the city and how they work with sister organizations to preserve and protect local history.

February 2         Remembering Frank Sinatra: A Program of Music and Historical Narration. 2015 marked the Centennial year of Frank Sinatra’s birth. This program will feature a sing-along of some of his greatest hits, and narration of the important events that coincided with the release of each song.

March 1         Russ Dondero, Political Science Professor Emeritus, Pacific University on elections 2016: “The twists and turns of the 2016 campaign – will The Donald trump the GOP, will Hillary hold off Bernie?  What will this mean in a post-Obama America?”

April 5          Mrs Pittock returns: Twice before you have seen glimpses of 170-year-old Georgiana Pittock, founder of the Pittock Mansion, the Portland Rose Society and the Portland Rose Festival. You will hear how the 1854 wagon train, despite cholera, dysentery and death, brought some of the first roses to the city of Portland. Mrs. Pittock looks forward to seeing you again.

May 3         Young at Heart Readers Theatre: this eclectic group of actors, writers and dramatists will prepare and present special performances of comedy, drama, poetry and a few surprises.

Vote to support your Forest Grove City Library

One of the two measures on your November mail-in ballot is of vital importance to your Forest Grove City Library.

Measure 34-235 renews a serial levy that provides one third of the funding for Washington County Cooperative Library Services. WCCLS is the source for more than two thirds of all library funding in Washington County and fully 70% of the budget for our city library. About one quarter of our library’s operating budget is dependent on replacement of this levy which will expire in June 2016.

The levy will enable continuation of:

  • Library hours of operation.
  • Children’s programs that promote school readiness and keep kids reading through the summer.
  • Purchase of books and other resources.

The current property tax rate for the WCCLS levy is 17 cents per thousand dollars assessed valuation. The proposed levy rate would be 22 cents. Passage of this levy measure will raise your property tax rate 5 cents per $1000 of evaluation. However, Forest Grove’s 1998 Capital bond is being paid off in 2016, and this will lower your tax rate. About 8 cents of that reduction was the part of the bond measure devoted to expanding our library building. In total, we can keep our library healthy with a yes vote and the library part of your property tax rate will still decline by 3 cents.

The proposed levy is the first rate increase requested in 10 years.

A yes vote supports all libraries in Washington County, which we all can use, and it also provides vital support to the library in Forest Grove.

For more information, see the WCCLS website and People for Libraries.

Friends’ Fall Used Book Sale

The Friends Fall Book Sale will take place Monday, October 26 through Saturday, October 31 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.

Sale Hours are coordinated with library open hours: Monday, October 26, 10-8 Tuesday, October 27, 10-8, Wednesday, October 28, 10-8 Thursday, October 29, 10-5 Friday, October 30, 10-5 Saturday, October 31, 10-3

Books, videos, CDs, vinyl records…all priced to sell!  We have more books than ever this year, in all categories.  Especially numerous this year are children’s books, Young Adult books, biographies and craft books. Tables will be restocked every day.

Membership has its privileges! 

On Saturday, October 31 (10:00-3:00), current members may fill a standard grocery bag with books and pay just $5 for the bag full.  This benefit is similar to the bag full sales of the past BUT current Friends membership is required.

Your library card does not make you a member of Friends of the Library.  Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that has been helping the Forest Grove Library since 1973.  You need to sign up for Friends membership and pay for your annual membership.  Your membership year will begin when you pay your dues. If you purchased or renewed your membership at the spring book sale (May, 2015) your membership will be valid at the coming book sale.

Memberships can be purchased or renewed at the door of the book sale.  Dues were increased, for the first time in decades, in July. Individual one-year memberships are now $10, Family memberships $20, Contributing memberships $35 and Sustaining memberships $100.

Dealer Alert:  Friends volunteers have carefully combed through donations and library discards, looking for items that Friends can sell online.  Books and other media that we think we can sell online for $8 or more won’t be on sale at this twice-a-year on-site book sale.

You can help: As always, we have several volunteer opportunities.

  • We need help with set-up and take-down.  Strong backs and willing hearts are needed to move boxes of books from two rooms in the Library to the Rogers Room the evening of Tuesday, October 20 .
  • Volunteers are also needed to put books on shelves and tables before the sale, during the day, October 21-23.
  • Another vital job to be filled is taking two-hour shifts cashiering during the days of the sale.
  • A final, big effort is required after 3:00 on Saturday, October 31. The remaining books have to be boxed and the room cleaned up after the sale.

Those who help with set-up, “mind the store” and take-down get to take two free books for their efforts, and all book sale volunteers are invited to join us for a Dutch treat dinner after clean-up is completed on Saturday.

If you are interested in helping make the book sale a success by helping out, please call Mike Smith 503 530-9353 or email

And of course, we welcome book donations any time!  Please bring books that are in good condition to the Library.

Friends Annual Meeting, April 8

All Friends are encouraged to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting which will be held at Noon on Wednesday, April 8, in the Rogers Room of the Library.  The past year will be reviewed and officers elected for the coming year.  Nominated for officers in 2015-16 are: President, Mike Smith, Vice President, Kim Reynolds; Secretary, Katie Allnutt; Treasurer, Ralph Vasey.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.  Light refreshments will also be served.  Hope to see you there!

See an update on Friends activities and elections in the Spring Newsletter (edited by Susan Shubothe and Katie Allnutt)

Speaker changes for Community Conversations program

Two of the three panelists for the March 3 program have changed.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Amy Baggio will replace Steven Wax.  As reported by the News Times today, “Baggio is an expert on national security and government spying and has defended Guantanamo detainees.  She is currently representing a Portland man who is charged with supporting a terror attack in Mumbai, India.”

Cheryl Heimstra, who is the Oregon Assistant Attorney General, will replace Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General, on the program.

See a description of the program in our post, below, and more in the News Times article on program changes here.

The program, titled “Privacy in the Age of Facebook: Choices, Challenges and Consequences” will be begin 7:00 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library 2114 Pacific Avenue.  Admission is free.  Come early to get a seat!


2015 Forest Grove Conversations Event

The title of this year’s panel discussion/conversation is Privacy In the Age of Facebook: Choices, Challenges and Consequences. It will be held March 3, 2015 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Forest Grove Library, Pacific University’s Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, and Pacific University’s Center for Education Technology and Curricular Innovation.

We expect our internet services to be free. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and a host of others provide us e-mail, web pages, new means of communication, and ways to tailor huge amounts of information to our personal needs. But these companies do this by collecting information that we voluntarily give to them, as well as collecting information about the ways we use these “free” services. Join us for a conversation about how this all works, why these companies use this model, and the implications for us as consumers as we move more and more of our lives online.

Our panel this year will feature three speakers with different ways of viewing this new reality.

Josh Aberant is the Postmaster at Twitter. He has worked for years with companies involved with marketing and social data. His job has been described as “ensuring that users receive the appropriate communications in such a way as not to be annoying.”

Steven Wax was as U.S. federal Public Defender working out of Portland for 31 years. In his work with the Brandon Mayfield case, cases involving Guantánamo detainees, and other cases, Wax has much experience with the ways that online information can be used by governments and other groups. His work showed the limits about what consumers know about how their personal information is shared. Wax is now working with the Oregon Innocence Project.

Ellen Rosenblum is Oregon’s Attorney General. Elected in 2012, she has made a priority of working to protect consumers from the many temptations and abuses that can occur in the online world. In 2014 she held a symposium on Protecting Consumers and Children in the Age of Big Data.

This program is part of the series of cultural programs presented by the Friends of Forest Grove Library.

Support Friends of the Library: buy online through AmazonSmile

Friends of the Forest Grove Library now benefits from the AmazonSmile program.

When Amazon customers log on through the site, .05% of the sales price of most of the items they purchase will be donated by the Amazon Foundation to Friends of the Forest Grove Library.  No cost is incurred by either the purchaser or Friends.  None of the purchaser’s privileges at Amazon (Amazon Prime benefits, for example) are affected when buying through AmazonSmile.

The first time you log on to, you will be asked to name the non-profit organization of your choice.  To do so, there is a search option.  The registered name for Friends is Friends of the Forest Grove Public Library, Inc.

This is an easy way to help your Friends of the Library and your Forest Grove City Library at no cost to you!  Make it a habit to log on to Amazon through