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!

Friends Fall Used Book Sale, October 23-28

Our Fall Book Sale will take place Monday, October 23 through Saturday, October 28 in the Rogers Room of the Library.  Sale hours are coordinated with Library open hours.

Monday, October 23: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday, October 24: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday, October 25: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday, October 26: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday, October 27: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, October 28: 10 am – 5 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, October 25, 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.  We will be calling Friends members and others who have helped with past sales: please answer our call.
On Wednesday October 18, 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 7:00 PM. Help is also needed in fine-tuning the setup October 19-21.  Volunteers are needed to staff the sales desk during the sale, October 23-28.  The big clean-up starts at Noon, Monday, October 30.  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



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