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.

 

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.
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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 m2zsmith@msn.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.

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.