About Michael R. Smith

A volunteer for Friends of the Forest Grove Library (OR)

Spring Used Book Sale, May 11-16

 

The Spring Book Sale will take place Monday, May 11 through Saturday, May 16 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.newsboy

Sale Hours: Monday, May 11, 10-8 Tuesday, May 12, 10-8, Wednesday, May 13, 10-8 Thursday, May 14, 10-5 Friday, May 15, 10-5 Saturday, May 16, 10-3

Books, videos, CDs, vinyl records…all priced to sell!  We have more books than ever this year, in all categories.  Tables will be restocked every day.

Membership has its privileges! 

On Saturday, May 16 (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 a membership at the Fall 2014 book sale, your membership is good until Fall 2015.

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. [Dues may increase July 1, 2015.]

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.

  1. 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 Wednesday, May 6.
  2. Volunteers are also needed to put books on shelves and tables before the sale, during the day, May 7-9.
  3. Another vital job to be filled is taking two-hour shifts cashiering during the days of the sale.
  4. A final, big effort is required after 3:00 on Saturday, May 16. 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 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.

 

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 smile.amazon.com 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 smile.amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com.

 

Books ‘n’ Buns annual dinner/fundraiser February 5

Once again, Maggie Pike, proprietress of Maggie’s Buns, will cook up another dinner to benefit the Forest Grove Library Foundation.  The event will be held at the United Church of Christ, 21st Avenue and College Way in Forest Grove, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on February 5. Maggie one
Tickets can be purchased at the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue; $12 for adults, $6 for children ten years old or younger.   A limited number of tickets will be sold: get yours soon!
The menu, prepared and provided by Maggie, includes lasagna (with a vegetarian option), salad, bread and dessert.  Coffee will be donated by BJ’s Coffee.
The Library Foundation funded the recently completed Mollie’s Garden glass art installation a the Library: watch for a dedication ceremony in early Spring.  Funds raised at this dinner event will go toward completion of the Foundation’s ambitious capital plan.  More furniture and equipment are planned for the children’s area of the Library as well as end panels for the adult collection shelving.

Fall Book Sale earns over $5,000

The Friends Fall Used Book sale in November netted $5,029.95 thanks to a cadre of volunteers headed by Carol Woodford.  That total was a substantial increase over recent sales that have run between four thousand and forty-five hundred dollars.

Carol attributes the increase to three changes made for this sale.  One was stripping the Mylar plastic covers from many of the library discards in the sale.  The second was elimination of the five-dollars-a-bag-full sale on Saturday.  The third was enabling customers to pay by credit card.

The objective of the sale is to raise funds for the Library.  These funds go to teen and children’s programs, including Summer Reading, cultural programs–music, lectures, and even simulated radio dramas–produced by Friends, and furniture and equipment for the Library.  The twice a year used book sales are by far the biggest income source for our Friends of the Library.

A great deal of preparation is needed between sales.  Patron-donated and library-discarded books are reviewed for sale online.  The vast majority are then sorted and boxed for the sale.  Carol noted that library discards without their plastic Mylar jackets sell better.   More volunteers are needed for this additional process and to help with all the other tasks related to Friends’ book sales.  If you’re interested, give Carol a call at 503 357-2606 or email woodford.parker@comcast.net.