Friends of Friends: useful links

Our sister organization, the Forest Grove Library Foundation, is conducting a capital campaign to purchase furniture and equipment for the library.  This is a follow-up to the successful million dollar campaign that remodeled the west half of the library building.  A recent accomplishment of the campaign is the Maggie’s Garden glass art installation at the Library entrance.
Check out the Foundation’s plans and make a secured donation at their website.

People for Libraries is a political action committee whose sole purpose is to advocate for Washington County library levies that provide between one-fifth and one-third of each county library’s funding.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) and its member libraries, including Forest Grove City Library, receive operational funding from a combination of three main sources:
the Washington County General Fund,
the countywide local option levy,
and local city support and fund-raising.

Roughly speaking, about one quarter (22-23%) of the money spent on annual operations at member libraries (books, staff, open hours, programs, computers, utilities, etc.) comes from the current countywide local option levy.

The current five-year levy, passed in November 2010, is due to expire June 30, 2016. Without a renewal or replacement levy, public library funding would drop and services would be reduced significantly. The goal of People for Libraries is to ensure that our libraries continue to provide the services that are so important to our communities.

You can help!  Make a donation (that for most people can be deducted from their state income tax) by going to the PFL website: http://peopleforlibraries.org

Keep up to date with programs and events at your library and learn how to volunteer: Forest Grove City Library.