Friends 45th Annual Meeting, April 11

All Friends members are encouraged to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Forest Grove Library.  It will be held at 5:30 PM, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in the Rogers Room of the Library.
The past year will be reviewed and officers will be elected for the coming year.  Nominations for officers for 2018-19 are:  President – Mike Smith; Vice President – Susan Schubothe; Treasurer – Ralph Vasey; Secretary – Katie Allnutt.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.
Light refreshments will be served and we hope to see you there.
There are vacancies on the Board.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Mike Smith at 503 530-9353 or at

Friends Cultural Series, Spring events

We hope you will be able to attend one of the remaining cultural programs for Spring 2018.  The programs take place at 6:30 PM in the Rogers Room at the Library.  Friends of the Library sponsors these programs.   They are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 13 Bossa Nova and Samba guitar with Ronnie Robins  Join guitar master Ronnie Robins for an evening of soulful, Brazilian-style music.  Soak up the sounds with us.
Tuesday, April 3  Grant’s Getaways: Oregon Adventures with Kids  Join local resident Grant McOmie as he talks about kid-friendly adventures around the state.  Well-known from his TV show, books, and his KGW Newschannel 8 segments, Grant is an engaging speaker who shares his enthusiasm for the great outdoors of Oregon.
Tuesday, May 15 Shipwreck Archaeology  Join Chris Dewey of the Maritime Archaeological Society as he shares recent investigations and discoveries into lost ships of the Oregon Coast.


Spring Book Sale, April 16-21

The Friends Spring Book Sale will take place Monday, April 16 through Saturday, April 21 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, April 16, 9:30-8, Tuesday, April 17, 9:30-8, Wednesday, April 18, 9:30-8 Thursday, April 19, 9:30-5:30 Friday, April 20, 9:30-5:30 Saturday, April 21,9:30-5:30

Books, videos, CDs, vinyl records…all priced to sell!  Tables will be restocked every day.  Credit cards are welcome.

Membership has its privileges! On Wednesday, April 18, current members of Friends get a 50% discount for all they purchase.  You can get a new membership or renew your membership at the door.   Individual one-year memberships are now $10, Family memberships $20, Contributing memberships $35 and Sustaining memberships $100.  A membership form is also available on this website: see the “join’ page.

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 fee.  Your membership year will begin when you pay your dues. If you purchased or renewed your membership at the fall book sale (October, 2017) your membership will be valid for this sale in April.

Bag days are back!  Friday and Saturday, all shoppers can fill standard grocery bags with books and other media and pay just $5 per bag.

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.  More than fifty peopled helped with the sale in October.

  • 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 on Thursday, April 12 between 3:00 and 5:30.
  • Volunteers are also needed to put books on shelves and tables before the sale, during the day, April 13-14, 9:30 – 5:30.
  • Another vital job is taking two-hour shifts cashiering during the days of the sale.

Those who help with set-up and “minding the store”  get  two free books for their efforts.

If you are interested in helping make the book sale a success, please call Mike Smith 503 530-9353 or email

And of course, we welcome book donations any time!  Please bring books that are in good condition to the Library.  Library staff tells us that Wednesday evenings are the best time to bring books to the Library.

October book sale

More than 50 volunteers made the Friends fall used book sale a success.  Sales of books and other media and membership fees totaled over $5,300.
All proceeds from the sale go to the Forest Grove City Library for programs like Summer Reading, Friends Cultural Series and Ted Talks.
The next sale will be April 16-21, 2018.
Thank you, volunteers and customers!

Don’t miss the Books & Buns dinner on Thursday, October 26

After shopping for books at the Friends sale Thursday, there’s nothing like a great Maggie Pike lasagna dinner!

The Library Foundation of Forest Grove will hold their vaunted Books & Buns dinner on Thursday, October 26, 5:30 to 8pm at the United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way in FG.

Menu: Lasagna (meat/vegetarian choices), salad, bread and dessert.

Prices: $12 adults, $6 children (12 and under); take-out available with pre-purchased tickets.   Famous Maggie’s buns sold on site: $1

Tickets available at: Forest Grove City Library and Maggie’s Buns.  Please purchase by Tuesday, October 24.  Limited number sold

Bonus at the dinner!  $10 raffle for a dinner for 8 catered by Maggie Pike.

All proceeds to the Library Foundation of Forest Grove to continue furniture and equipment development at your Library.