Friends’ 2014-15 Cultural Programs

The Friends of the Forest Grove Library are happy to present our new season of cultural programs. They will be held on the first Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 PM in the Rogers Room of the City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue–exceptions noted below.
All the programs are free and open to the public.
October 7 Two Jazz Guitars
October 28 A bonus program, begins at 6:30 PM  “Early Humans in Southeastern Oregon”  Dr. Dennis Jenkins, Chief Archeologist, University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, focuses on his cave excavations in Oregon’s high desert.
November 4  “2014 Prelude to 2016 — Do Elections Make a Difference?”  Political discussion with Professor Emeritus Russ Dondero.  Held in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium due to book sale set-up at the Library.
December 2  “From Bach to Rock — A History of Modern Music”  Musician and teacher Paul Anthony Rademacher speaks about the evolution of Western music and plays selections.
January 6  “History of Theatre in Oregon”  Darrell Jabin presents a history of the dramatic arts in our state.
February 3  Harmony Masters Barbershop will entertain with history and sampling of small group vocalists who specialize in four-part harmony.
March 3  Forest Grove Conversations “Privacy: Choices, Challenges and Consequences”  What is the standpoint of privacy in the modern world?
April 7  Pacific University Musicians — A variety of student musicians will perform.
May 19  Young at Heart Readers’ Theatre will feature plans and skits especially developed for readers’ theatre.  Sure to be fun and entertaining (not the first Tuesday in order to avoid conflict with Friends spring used book sale).

 

 

 

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Friends’ Spring Book Sale!

The Spring Book Sale will take place Monday, May 12 through Saturday, May 17 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove. 

Sale Hours:
Monday, May 12, 10-8
Tuesday, May 13, 10-8
Wednesday, May 14, 10-8
Thursday, May 15, 10-5
Friday, May 16, 10-5
Saturday, May 17, 10-3

Member perc: Current members of the Friends of Forest Grove Library get 10% off their purchase all day Monday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Memberships can be purchased at the door of the book sale.  Individual one-year memberships are $5, Family memberships $10, Contributing memberships $25 and Sustaining memberships $100.

Books, videos, CDs, vinyl records…all priced to sell. On Saturday ONLY, $5 for a grocery bag full of books; please bring your own bag.  All proceeds of the sale benefit Forest Grove City Library!

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 make it to 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.  This mainly involves putting books on shelves and tables before the sale, and taking books off shelves and tables and putting them in boxes when the sale is over.

Another vital job to be filled is taking two-hour shifts cashiering during the days of the sale.  Those who help with set-up 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 Carol Woodford, 503 357-2606 or email woodford.parker@comcast.net.

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

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Friends Spring Newsletter

Annual round-up from Friends’ President, Kim Reynoldsnewsboy
Forest Grove Conversations Town Hall
Spring Book Sale
Cultural Programs
Friends’ annual meeting
Library Director’s message from Colleen Winters

Read all about it in the Friends Spring Newsletter!
which is edited by Susan Schubothe, Friends’ Secretary
and mailed to 220 Friends members.

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Friends Annual Meeting, April 10

meeting imageFriends’ annual meeting will be held April 10 at Noon in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library 2114 Pacific Avenue.  Friends’ members are urged to attend to hear a summary of Friends activities, vote on by-laws changes and share a light lunch.

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Forest Grove Conversations Series

The 2013 Town Hall event is titled “The Future is Now: Citizens and Community in the Digital Age.”
The program will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (please note the new date) in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The panel topics and panel members are:

  • Social interaction — Nigel Jaquiss, Pulitzer Prize winner at Willamette Week
  • Civic Instutions — Mark Bailey, Pacific University Professor of Education
  • Digital Divide — Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State

The Town Hall event is co-soposored by the Forest Grove City Library, the Friends of the Forest Grove Library, and the Pacific University McCall Center for Policy Innovation.
A student essay competition will be included.  Details are available at the Library.  Adelante Mujeres to provide the refreshments.
The organizing committee members are Jim Moore, Colleen Winters, Al Weiss and Dick Ginsburg.

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Why Libraries?

People who sit in front of their computers all day pontificating are asking why, with all this information technology, do we still need bricks-and-mortar libraries?

The library is a community center where people go to get good information and entertainment free of direct charge: 

  • It is a place where everyone is welcome 
  • Where they can find a quiet place to sit. 
  • As in other (increasingly rare) ‘third places,’ people visiting the library run into people they know: that helps build community
  • The library has meeting rooms that provide neutral territory for public discussion of public issues. 
  • It enhances life in its community and is a point of public pride.
  • It increases property values in its community
  • It is an inheritance for future generations
  • It is a place to go to help find needed information without being charged and without pressure to buy something. 
  • It is a place where a torrent of information is turned into useful knowledge.
  • The public library building is like a public park for the mind and it is open 12 months a year.  People use it in any weather and the play equipment is amazing!
  • For the have-nots, whose numbers are increasing, public library buildings provide:
  • broadband access,
  • free computers,
  • advice from trained professionals,
  • access to the arts,
  • access to the best of our country’s culture,
  • help learning English,
  • help raising literate children,
  • help finding a job,
  • and access to an economic system that demands they communicate via the Internet.

 More people are going to bricks-and-mortar libraries than ever.  [Put down those Oreos, turn off your computer, see the light of day and visit a real public library, oh geek.]  No other public institution exists for the purpose of providing free information to anyone.

 More background/perspective:

From Dan Duray, “Rescuing the Stacks”, New York Observer, 6/6/2010:

http://www.observer.com/2010/culture/rescuing-stacks

“The public library is the most powerful and cost-effective wealth-transfer mechanism ever invented. Instead of simply ameliorating problems, libraries create opportunity. As generations have learned, the aisle between the shelves is a corridor out of poverty, a bypass around inadequate schools, an expressway that adds momentum to even a first-rate education.”

Will Sherman, “33 Reasons why Libraries and Librarians Are Still Extremely Important”

http://www.collegeonline.org/library/adult-continued-education/librarians-needed

 Among the reasons:

  • ·         Not everything is available on the internet
  • ·         Internet complements libraries but does not replace them
  • ·         School libraries and librarians improve student test scores
  • ·         Digitization is going to take a while; a long while
  • ·         Libraries aren’t just books
  • ·         The [ebook] hype might really just be hype
  • ·         Google Book Search “don’t work”
  • ·         Physical libraries can adapt to cultural change
  • ·         Physical libraries are adapting to cultural change
  • ·         The internet isn’t DIY
  • ·         The internet is a mess
  • ·         The internet is subject to manipulation
  • ·         Libraries can preserve the book experience
  • ·         Libraries are stable while the web is transient
  • ·         Not everyone has access to the internet
  • ·         Not everyone can afford books
  • ·         Libraries are a stopgap to anti-intellectualism:

“It’s not that the internet is anti-intellectual; its academic roots and the immense quantity of scholarly sites certainly attest to it being a smart medium…

[but] Access to books and theories from hundreds of years of cultural history is essential to progress. Without this, technology could become the ironic tool of the sensational and retrograde cultural tendencies. Preserving libraries to store knowledge and teach the limitations of technology can help prevent the hubris and narcissism of technological novelty.”

More on ‘why the public library?’

http://www.alternet.org/story/150819/why_is_one_us_city_stripping_the_word_%27public%27_from_public_library 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jul/13/internet-age-still-need-libraries

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/06/opinion/la-oe-johnson-libraries-20100706

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Where Friends’ Money Goes

As you can see, below, Friends of the Forest Grove Library has many activities to raise funds.  The Forest Grove Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign is one obvious recipient.  On what else does Friends’ spend their hard earned money?

Cultural programs
Friends have scheduled and sponsored a series of cultural programs, which include lectures and music, each winter and spring, for decades.  They have made Forest Grove’s contribution to the countywide Hearing Voices program and they fund the Adult Summer Reading Program.   

Forest Grove Conversations
Friends have financed and organized this annual topical program featuring panelists and a town hall discussion.

Teen programs including the Teen Summer Reading Program

Children’s programs
Since Friends started in 1973, they have been the major contributor to the Library’s children’s programs.  These include the annual B.E.A.R. Month, Dia de los Ninos and Summer Reading Program.

Volunteer recognition events, Wassail Party and equipment for the Library.

Capital campaigns
Friends of the Forest Grove Library was a major contributor to the Forest Grove Library Foundation’s million dollar capital campaign that remodeled the west end of the Library and will be an important contributor to the Foundation’s current $500,000 campaign for library furniture and equipment.

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