Spring Book Sale

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The Friends Spring Book Sale took place June 2-4 and netted over $6,000, surpassing expectations. Thanks to all our volunteers and customers!

All proceeds go to the Library including support for online and in-library presentations and the Summer Reading Program.

We anticipate having another sale in the Fall and, following the success of the most recent sale, may well have another three day sale.

Regarding memberships in Friends of the Forest Grove Library: all previous memberships are valid through the end of 2022. At the Fall 2022 book sale, or after, you can renew your membership through the Fall 2023 sale.

Be sure to be informed of the dates of the Fall sale by subscribing to this website.

2022 Annual Meeting

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You are invited to the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Forest Grove Library. Learn what the Friends of the Library organization has been doing over the last two years and what is planned for the coming fiscal year.

The meeting agenda includes election of officers for the coming year. The slate of nominees: President, Martha Robertson, Vice President, Susan Schubothe, Secretary, Katie Allnutt, Treasurer, Mike Smith.

We will meet in the Rogers Room (masks optional) in the Library, Wednesday, April 13, 5:00-6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Please vote yes on ballot measure 34-312 on May 17

In the May 17 Primary Election, the City of Forest Grove is asking it’s voters to approve the renewal of an existing local operating levy with a rate increase from the current $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed value to a new rate of $1.95. The replacement levy would run for five years beginning in fiscal year 2023-24.

Forest Grove’s public services rely on renewal of this local option levy. It is necessary to maintain current services, keep pace with inflation and city growth and to improve emergency services response times, parks maintenance, recreation programs and library outreach services.

While most of the levy will support essential public safety services, quality of life services in the library, parks and pool also need levy funds. All these services help make Forest Grove a great lace to live

What’s close to home is most important.

Board members of both the Forest Grove Library Foundation and the Friends of the Forest Grove Library urge voters to give their support to continuing city programs by voting yes on Measure 34-312..

Book Sale Returns!

We are exited to announce our first in-person book sale in two years: Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4, in the Rogers Room at Forest Grove City Library. Hours will coincide with the Library’s open hours: Thursday 9:30-5:30, Friday and Saturday 9:30-6:30.

As usual, it takes many volunteers to have a successful sale. Set up will be on Wednesday, June 1, when you can get a first look at what will be for sale. Cashiers will be needed June 2-4. Take down will be the morning of Monday, June 6. As usual, all volunteers get two free books as a thank you.

If you are interested in helping with the sale, please contact Katie Allnutt, allnutt@frontier.com, or 503 357-0658. As the date approaches, we will be in touch with former volunteers to fill gaps in the schedule.

Friends of the Library Spring update

The Friends Board wants to briefly inform you about what the organization has been doing during the pandemic and what our plans are for an unusual annual meeting in April.

What we have been doing   The Library was closed to the public in March of 2020.  This suspended our normal work inside the building and forced cancellation of the usual Spring and Fall used book sales.  We did not hold a board meeting in April which would have been our usual annual meeting.  We resumed monthly board meetings via Zoom in May 2020.

Library staff continued to work in the building where they started an impressive array of online and curbside library services.  Friends have been funding many of these programs. The Library remains closed to the public.  We will not have a Spring 2021 used book sale but have some hopes for this fall.

Friends volunteers were granted limited access to the building beginning (essentially one Friends volunteer at a time) in June 2020.   The Library again accepted donations of books and Friends resumed processing donations for online book sales.  We have begun distribution of books to ‘little libraries’ in Forest Grove and have been providing free books for curbside distribution of children and, increasingly, to local non-profit organizations.  Please keep those donations coming. 

Memberships   Our used book sales are our main occasion of contact members of Friends of the Forest Grove Library.  Membership renewals usually coincide with used book sales.  Absent the book sale, the Board has decided to extend all memberships to January 2022.

Annual meeting   Our 2021 annual meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30 pm.  The year’s activities will be reviewed, and officers elected.  If you would like to participate, please email Mike Smith (Friends President) at m2zsmith@msn.com.  A link will be sent to you so you can access the meeting.  Sorry, no refreshments this time.

Friends of the Library during the pandemic

Like so many endeavors, Friends activities have greatly changed to help cope with the pandemic.

The Library closed to the public in March, making the used book sale in April and this month impossible. 

If you picture our typical book sale in the Rogers Room—crowds of people gathered indoors to handle thousands of books, assisted by volunteers, most of whom are over 60—it is obvious that we could not have followed Covid19 protection protocols.   Whether we will be able to hold a sale in the Spring of 2021 remains a question.  We have more than 400 boxes of books, sorted by category for the sale, in storage.

During the closure, library staff continues to work in the Library.  In June, Friends volunteers joined them.  To maintain social distancing, we are allowed one Friends volunteer at a time to work on the mezzanine, in the Friends work area.  

We resumed book sales online in June.  Business has been good.  The June through September sales in 2020 are more than 50% greater than those in the same months of 2019.

The Library started accepting book donations in August.  Along with all materials coming into the Library, donations must be quarantined for 5 days.  After that, library staff looks through the donations for books they want to add to the Library’s collection.  Then Friends checks the books against the Amazon database, listing those valued at over $8 if they are in good enough condition. 

We are also setting aside books in good condition for several purposes:

  1. Distribution to the little libraries in the community,
  2. Grab bags of children’s books that will be labeled by reading level,
  3. Future book cart sales in the Library,
  4. Books to offer teachers for their in-class libraries

To help with online sales and these other objectives, we need donations of books in good condition.  There is a bin for book donations near the southeast entrance to the Library.  If you have more than a couple of bags of donations, please call Mike Smith, 503 530-9353, to schedule your donation.

Friends have funded library outreach efforts during the pandemic.  For the Summer Reading Program, library staff assembled pizza boxes of books for young readers.  Over 1700 were passed out at the back door of the Library and 300+ more were distributed at outreach sites including the free meals programs in the parks.  Twelve hundred “Take and Make” kits were also distributed.  More of these will be sent out, coordinated with the schools.

Library slowly emerging from pandemic lock-down

Here are the latest Frequently Asked Questions how our Library is opening for business during the pandemic.
Mike Smith, President of Friends of the Forest Grove Library

When can I pick up my existing holds and return materials?

You will be notified by email or by phone when your holds are ready for pickup.  Curbside pickup for requested items on the southside of the library is available beginning Monday June 15th from 9:30-5:30 pm Monday-Saturday.  At this time we are also accepting returns during all curbside pickup hours.

When can I begin placing NEW holds for items I want?

We are now answering phones and began accepting requests for new holds beginning Monday June 8th.  You can call us Monday-Saturday from 9:30 am- 5:30 pm at 503 992-3247. Starting Monday June 22nd you will be able to place your own holds in the catalog. 

Be aware, however, that some libraries are not yet lending items so you will want to prioritize items currently available at the Forest Grove Library if you wish to have your request filled quickly.

I have a different question. Can someone help?

Yes!  Call us at 503 992-3247.  You can also contact a Librarian on our website at https://www.forestgrove-or.gov/library/webform/contact-librarian or call the Reference Desk at 503 992-3337.

What about printing?

Send your print jobs through the library’s wireless and they will print up to 10 pages for you, no charge.  Delivery of wireless prints will be available curbside beginning June 22nd. Please call 503-992-3247 when you arrive to have a print to be delivered curbside.

When will I be able to come into the Library?

There is as yet no specific date when the Library will again be fully open to the public.  We are working with staff at WCCLS and carefully following Executive Orders established by the Governor and the guidelines of Washington County Health and Human Services regarding the opening of public facilities with necessary restrictions and safety protocols.

Spring 2020 Used Book Sale put on hold

In response to the Coronavirus threat, to comply with city and state mandates and, most of all, for the safety of everyone, the scheduled Friends used book sale has been postponed until we can reschedule.
When a new date can be set we will post it on this website.
Be well, be safe, hunker down if you can.

On-going book sale in the Library

Friends are 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.