Foundation Friends and Family Night fundraiser at the Grand Lodge tonight: INDOORS

Tonight, Wednesday, September 12, the Forest Grove Library Foundation will hold their Friends and Family Night fundraiser in the Ironwood Grill at McMenamins’ Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.  The event was to have been held at Pat’s Corner, the outside venue, but was switched inside due to the threatening weather.

Half the proceeds of the Grill, taken between 5:00 PM and closing, will go to the Foundation’s current project: the Dick Ginsburg memorial garden at the Library.

Hope to see you there!

Fall Used Book Sale, October 22 – 27

The Friends Fall Book Sale will take place Monday, October 22 through Saturday, October 27 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.
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Sale Hours are coordinated with Library open hours: Monday — Wednesday, 9:30 AM — 8 PM, Thursday — Saturday, 8:30 AM — 5 PM.
10,000+ Books, videos, CDs, vinyl records…all priced to sell!

Membership has its privileges! On Wednesday, October 24, current Friends of the Library members get a 50% discount on all they purchase.

Memberships can be purchased or renewed at the door of the book sale.  Individual one-year memberships are $10, Family memberships $20, Contributing memberships $35 and Sustaining memberships $100.  A membership form is also available on this website: see the “join’ page.

On Friday and Saturday (8:30 — 5:00), all shoppers may 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 spring sale.

  • 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, October 18 between 3:00 and 7:00.
  • Volunteers are also needed to put books on shelves and tables before the sale, during the day, October 18 and 19.
  • Another vital job is taking two-hour shifts cashiering during the days of the sale.
  • A final, big effort is required on Monday, October 29, 9:30 — 11:00. The remaining books have to be placed in bins and the room cleaned up after the sale.

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

If you are interested in helping make the book sale a success, please call Katie Allnutt at 503-357-0658 or email her at allnutt@frontier.com

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.

Spring used book sale a success

With an all volunteer cast of more than 50, the Friends Spring Used Book Sale concluded April 21.  The sale brought in almost $6,000 that will go to library programs including summer reading programs for children, teens and adults.
The next sale will be October 22-27.
Book donations are vital to these sales.  Friends of the Library sells your donations online through Amazon.com, on the sale cart near the Library entrance and at the twice-a-year sale events in the Library.  Please take your donations to the checkout desk at the Library.

Friends Cultural Program Series

Friends will again sponsor a series of cultural programs.  Starting in September, the programs will be presented in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue.   Programs usually start at 6:30 PM.  Admission for all the programs is free.
Here is a brief list of the programs as now planned.

September 12  Lono Waiwaiole–Noir Fiction: Writing from the Dark Side.
October 3  The Metal Cowboy Joe Kurmaski presents Lightning in a Saddle: The Long, Untamed Life of Evelyn Hamilton, Emancipated Warrior of British Cycling and other stories
October 10  Vallamo: Finnish folk music
November 14  Alton Chung– Storyteller – The Japanese-American Experience of WWII and Okinawan Memories of WWII: Okinawa and Hawaii — The story of the Himeyuri
December 2  Brian Oberlin Holiday mandolin performance
December 5  Nathan Palmer – Coffees of the World
January 30   Bonnie Olin – Owyhee Canyonlands-Owyhee River Journals talk/slide show/book presentation
Spring, date TBD   Dancing with the Dead/Summer of Love Program – Rosie McGee

On-going book sale begins in the Library

Friends are now selling donated books in the Library all the time!  Look for a magenta book truck in the main entrance area.  You’ll find donated books in great condition with new stock on a regular basis.  Prices are marked on green stickers just inside the cover.  Most are going for $3.  Pay at the Circulation (or “checkout”) desk: cash or checks, please.three

As ever, all proceeds go to the Library!

What happens to the books you donate?

Books and other materials donated to the Forest Grove City Library are first reviewed by Library Staff to see if they should be added to the Library’s inventory.

For those that are not selected, and for books de-selected from the Library collection by staff, Friends of the Library volunteers check used book prices online to pick out those that are valued at $8 or more. Most of them will be put on sale at Amazon.com under Friends’ dealership name, “forestgrovelibraryfriends.”  Friends have more than 1,200 books on sale through Amazon and these online sales will net more than $5,000 for the Library during the Friends fiscal year.

Books in good condition that are not selected for online sales are sorted by Friends volunteers for the twice-a-year book sales and for ongoing sales in the library. The twice-a-year sales are Friends’ primary income source.  They have been making about $10,000 a year.  The ongoing in-library sales are a new Friends project.

Books left over from the twice-a-year sales are picked up by a private company, Better World Books. They sell books online and they also send books overseas to private non-profit organizations.  They also  provide us free boxes, free pick-up and give us a portion of their proceeds from sale of our books.

Making money for the Library is Friends’ first strategic priority but this process for library donations and discards has other benefits: (1) Between donations and discards, the library has around 12,000 books to dispose of every six months, (2) turning donations away would be bad for the Library’s public relations, (3) friends efforts make money for library programs and help recirculate these books in our own community.