Cultural Series Begins

The Friends sponsored series begins in October.  All programs are free and open to the public on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 PM in the Rogers Room at the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue.
October 4
Lost & Gone: Oregon’s Vanished Structures, given by Richard Engeman, historian and archivist.  We often hear about preserving the Northwest’s natural environment.  What about our “built environment” ?
November 1
Prepare! The Cascadia Event and Other Common Disasters presented by the American Red Cross Cascades Region Preparedness Manager
December 6
It Happened on the Oregon Trail.  Holly Robison, professional storyteller recreates the experiences of the Oregon Trial through story and song.

Changes in store for Fall Friends book sale

At the May 11 Friends Board meeting, the following changes were approved for the Friends book sale beginning with the fall sale, October 24-29, 2016:

  1. All day on the Wednesday of the sale, anyone can enter the sale but current Friends members will receive a 50% discount on the items they purchase.
  2. On both Friday and Saturday, everything will be on sale to everyone (regardless of Friends membership) for $5.00 per grocery bag full.

As usual, the sale will align with the Library’s open hours, Monday through Wednesday 10-8, Thursday and Friday 10-5 but on Saturday the sale will close before the Library does.  Sale hours on Saturday, October 29 will be 10-3.

Friends memberships can be purchased or renewed at the door of the sale or at the checkout desk of the Library at any time.

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.


Annual meeting and Strategic Plan report

Friends’ annual meeting will be at 3:00PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.  Light refreshments will be served and everyone is invited.

At the meeting, Mike Smith, the Friends President, will report on the year including progress on the organization’s Strategic Plan.  You can see the plan with progress notes here.

Spring Book Sale, April 18-23

The Friends Spring Book Sale will take place Monday, April 18 through Saturday, April 23 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 18, 10-8, Tuesday, April 19, 10-8, Wednesday, April 20, 10-8 Thursday, April 21, 10-5 Friday, April 22, 10-5 Saturday, April 23, 10-3

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

Membership has its privileges! 

On Saturday, April 23 (10:00-3:00), current members may fill a standard grocery bag with books and pay just $5 for the bag full.  This benefit is similar to the bag full sales of the past BUT current Friends membership is required.

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, 2015) your membership will be valid for this sale in April.  More than 40 people joined Friends at the last sale.

Memberships can be purchased or renewed at the door of the book sale.  Dues were increased, for the first time in decades, in July, 2015. 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.

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 seventy 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 Tuesday, April 12 between 3:00 and 7:00.
  • Volunteers are also needed to put books on shelves and tables before the sale, during the day, April 12-15.
  • Another vital job is taking two-hour shifts cashiering during the days of the sale.
  • A final, big effort is required after 3:00 on Saturday, April 23. The remaining books have to be boxed 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, 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, 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.

Friends cultural programs for 2015-16

The Friends of the Forest Grove Library are happy to present our new season of cultural programs. They will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 PM in the Rogers Room of the City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue.
All the programs are free and open to the public.

October 6          Rudy Tinoco, local professional magician, will not only entertain with coin and card tricks and sleight of hand, but also tell about the history and practice of magic.

November 3         Leah Stenson: Portland poet Leah Stenson will read poems from Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, an anthology she edited with Asao Sarukawa Aroldi; explain how and why she published this book; share observations from her visit to the nuclear exclusion zone around Fukushima and comment on the nuclear disaster, past and present. Her presentation will include time for questions and answers.

December 1         Nathan Palmer: Coffees of the World. Nathan Palmer owns and operates To the Roots Coffee Roasters and is known for being the sole roaster of long-time beloved coffee shop, BJ’s Coffee. Join him as he discusses the history of coffee both culturally and economically. Looking at coffee as an agricultural commodity, Nathan will explain processing, harvesting, and logistics: an understanding from the coffee tree all the way to the cup. He’ll give perspective on contemporary coffee roasting and brewing methods, and take a look at the future of specialty coffee. Come and enjoy an evening exploring the Coffees of the World.

January 5     Friends of Historic Forest Grove: formed in the mid-1980s, their primary mission was the preservation of historical structures and has expanded to include historic neighborhoods, artifacts and visual material culture significant to the region. Housed in the Old Train Station, which is their museum and library, FHFG act as educators of the public. This presentation includes a recap of early achievements, and a detailed discussion of their first cemetery historical tour.

February 2         Remembering Frank Sinatra: A Program of Music and Historical Narration. 2015 marked the Centennial year of Frank Sinatra’s birth. This program will feature a sing-along of some of his greatest hits, and narration of the important events that coincided with the release of each song.

March 1         Russ Dondero, Political Science Professor Emeritus, Pacific University on elections 2016: “The twists and turns of the 2016 campaign – will The Donald trump the GOP, will Hillary hold off Bernie?  What will this mean in a post-Obama America?”

April 5          Mrs Pittock returns: Twice before you have seen glimpses of 170-year-old Georgiana Pittock, founder of the Pittock Mansion, the Portland Rose Society and the Portland Rose Festival. You will hear how the 1854 wagon train, despite cholera, dysentery and death, brought some of the first roses to the city of Portland. Mrs. Pittock looks forward to seeing you again.

May 3         Young at Heart Readers Theatre: this eclectic group of actors, writers and dramatists will prepare and present special performances of comedy, drama, poetry and a few surprises.

Friends Annual Meeting, April 8

All Friends are encouraged to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting which will be held at Noon on Wednesday, April 8, in the Rogers Room of the Library.  The past year will be reviewed and officers elected for the coming year.  Nominated for officers in 2015-16 are: President, Mike Smith, Vice President, Kim Reynolds; Secretary, Katie Allnutt; Treasurer, Ralph Vasey.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.  Light refreshments will also be served.  Hope to see you there!

See an update on Friends activities and elections in the Spring Newsletter (edited by Susan Shubothe and Katie Allnutt)