Time Out for TEDTalks

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Forest Grove City Library Rogers Room A & B

Join us for coffee, baked goods and stimulating TED Talk broadcasts followed by discussions on events of community and global interest in the sciences, technology, education and more. Invest an hour of your time on a Saturday morning and become part of this regular coffee community. Take “time out” for a TED Talk!  February’s topic: “What’s in your Wallet: a billionaire shows how income inequality will destroy us all.”

 

Cultural Programs continue

Friends of the Forest Grove Library have been sponsoring a series of monthly cultural programs at the Library for decades.  The program are now managed by Jim Jatkevicius, an Adult Services Librarian on the library staff.

We hope you will be able to attend one of the remaining cultural programs for Spring 2017.  The programs take place at 6:30 PM in the Rogers Room at the Library.  They are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 21 (rescheduled from January 17)   History, Art, Music, and McMenamins  Join McMenamin’s historian Tim Hills as he discusses how McMenamins reimagined an old, historic Masonic rest home and created McMenamin’s Grand Lodge. Tim will talk about this and other reinventions of historic architecture by the iconic Portland-area company.

Tuesday, April 4   The Art of the Story   Storytelling Event   Join Storyteller Brianna Barrett  for an Art of the Story event– “Can All My Imaginary Friends Come Too?”

 Tuesday, April 25   Oregon Ghost Towns  Join writer and Oregon native Steve Arndt as he shares his fascinating experiences exploring the ghost towns of Oregon. Steve has written prolifically about  the beauty and history of the state in his Roads Less Traveled series. More recently, he has focused on ghost towns with a series of three books. Enjoy a deep exploration of Oregon’s fascinating and forgotten places.

 Tuesday, May 2   “Young at Heart Readers’ Theatre” This eclectic group of writers and dramatists will present “Our Miss Brooks: Madison High is Cold”

Wednesday, May 17 (Bonus Program)  Hungrytown  Enjoy live folk music from the dynamic Vermont-based music duo, Hungrytown. After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson–otherwise known as Hungrytown–have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting.

Friends Spring Used Book Sale, April 17-22

Our Spring Book Sale will take place Monday, April 17 through Saturday, April 22 in the Rogers Room of the Library.  Sale hours are coordinated with Library open hours.  The exception is Saturday when the sale ends at 3:00.

Monday, April 17: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday, April 18: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday, April 19: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday, April 20: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday, April 21: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, April 22: 10 am – 3 pm

Books, videos, CDs, all priced to sell.  We have plenty of quality books due to several generous donations.
Bookseller alert: Friends volunteers go through all donations to find books that are worth $8 or more online.  Friends then list these items for sale on Amazon rather than including them in these twice-a-year sales.
Membership has its privileges:  On Wednesday, April 19, current Friends members get a 50% discount on all they purchase.  New members can join and current members can renew at the door of the sale.  Memberships begin at $10 for individuals and are good for twelve months.
Bag days!  On Friday and Saturday, all shoppers may fill standard grocery bags with books and other materials and pay just $5 per bag.
We need your help!  As usual, it is your help that makes our book sale a success!  More than 70 people helped with our last sale.  We will soon begin scheduling volunteers for our spring sale so please answer our call.
On Wednesday April 12, we will begin setting up the sale.  Strength and perseverance are needed to set up tables and move 300 or so boxes of books into the Rogers Room.  Please lend a hand any time between 3:00 and 7:00PM. Help is also needed in fine-tuning the setup April 13 to 14.   Many volunteers are needed to staff the sales desk during the sale, April 17 to 22.  The big clean-up starts at 3:00 on Saturday, April 22.  Many hands make light work!
Each volunteer will earn 2 books of their choice for each shift they work.  You’ll have fun and your library, community and bookshelf will benefit.  Spread the word and tell your friends that they do not need to be members of Friends to volunteer!
If you prefer to schedule your favorite time, you can call Susan Schubothe at 503 359-4006 or email her at schubots@pacificu.edu

 

 

May notes

  • The Friends’ spring book sale netted over $6,000 for the Library.
  • The last Friends Board meeting of the fiscal year will be held Wednesday, May 11 at 3:00 PM in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.  The budget for the coming fiscal year will be discussed and may be adopted.  Board meetings will be, as usual, suspended until September.
  • Beginning in September, board meetings will continue to be held on the second Wednesday of the month but the starting time will be 6:30 PM.  Meetings are open to the public.

 

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.