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


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


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

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).




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.