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 a recap of early achievements, and a detailed discussion of their first cemetery historical tour.

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.

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 m2zsmith@msn.com

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)

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.

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.

 

Friends’ Fall Book Sale!

The Fall Book Sale will take place Monday, November 10 through Saturday, November 15 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.

booksellerSale Hours:
Monday, Nov. 10, 10-8
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10-8 (even though the Library will be closed)
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10-8
Thursday, Nov. 13, 10-5
Friday, Nov. 14, 10-5
Saturday, Nov. 15, 10-3

Enhanced member perc: Current members of the Friends of Forest Grove Library get 25% off their purchase all day Monday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.  (The discount in sales past had been 10%.)  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 there will be no reduction in prices.  This is a permanent change in our book sale policies.  Here are reasons for this change:
1. Standard sale prices are low.
2. No other Friends group in the area has reduced prices on any day of their book sales.
3. In the past, we took most of the books left over from the Hillsboro Friends sale and had an overwhelming number of books left over after our sale.  That is no longer the case.
4. The book sale is the major fundraiser for Friends.  All proceeds of the sale benefit Forest Grove City Library!
5. Proceeds go toward adult cultural programs, children’s summer reading program, teen programs and other library needs not met in the Library’s budget.

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.  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 on Saturday.

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.

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).