Spring Newsletter

Thanks to the efforts of Friends’ heroine, Susan Schubothe, our spring newsletter is here.
Get updates on Friends programs, volunteers and fundraising, an introduction to a new LIbrary staff member and an invitation to our Annual Meeting, April 10 at 5:30 in the Library.
Thanks, again, Susan!

Spring Used Book Sale, April 15-20

The Friends Spring Book Sale will take place Monday, April 15 through Saturday, April 20 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 — Wednesday, 9:30 AM — 8 PM, Thursday — Saturday, 9:30 AM — 5 PM.
10,000+ Books, videos, CDs, vinyl records…all priced to sell!  This sale also features K-12 Curriculum materials.

Membership has its privileges! On Wednesday, April 17, current Friends of the Library members get a 50% discount on all they purchase.

Memberships can be purchased or renewed at the door of the book sale.  Individual one-year memberships are $10, Family memberships $20, Contributing memberships $35 and Sustaining memberships $100.  A membership form is also available on this website: see the “join’ page.

On Friday and Saturday (9:30 — 5:00), all shoppers may 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 fall sale.

  • 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 11 between 10:00 and 8:00.
  • Volunteers are also needed to put books on shelves and tables before the sale, during the day, April 12 and 13, during the library’s open hours..
  • Another vital job is taking two-hour shifts cashiering during the days of the sale.
  • A final, big effort is required on Monday, April 22, 9:30 — 11:00. The remaining books have to be placed in bins 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.

If you are interested in helping make the book sale a success, please call Mike Smith at 503-530-9353 or email him at 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.

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.

Where Friends’ Money Goes

As you can see, below, Friends of the Forest Grove Library has many activities to raise funds.  The Forest Grove Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign is one obvious recipient.  On what else does Friends’ spend their hard earned money?

Cultural programs
Friends have scheduled and sponsored a series of cultural programs, which include lectures and music, each winter and spring, for decades.  They have made Forest Grove’s contribution to the countywide Hearing Voices program and they fund the Adult Summer Reading Program.   

Forest Grove Conversations
Friends have financed and organized this annual topical program featuring panelists and a town hall discussion.

Teen programs including the Teen Summer Reading Program

Children’s programs
Since Friends started in 1973, they have been the major contributor to the Library’s children’s programs.  These include the annual B.E.A.R. Month, Dia de los Ninos and Summer Reading Program.

Volunteer recognition events, Wassail Party and equipment for the Library.

Capital campaigns
Friends of the Forest Grove Library was a major contributor to the Forest Grove Library Foundation’s million dollar capital campaign that remodeled the west end of the Library and will be an important contributor to the Foundation’s current $500,000 campaign for library furniture and equipment.

Friends used book sale goes online

In addition to Friends’ twice yearly book sales at the Library, we have begun selling donated books online.  Friends has become one of the many organizations selling through Amazon.  We list books in Amazon’s huge database and have the advantage of participating in that gigantic marketplace.  So far 80 books have been listed and 11 sold at an average sales price of over $24.  
If you would like to see all the books we have for sale online, go to Amazon, choose the book catagory for your search and enter forestgrovelibraryfriends in the search box.
We need more books!  The books you donate to the Forest Grove City Library are (1) considered for addition to the Library, (2) checked for prices online–those with low prices over $10 are usually added to our Amazon listings–or, (3) the books are sold at our twice a year sale.
Please give us your unwanted books!  Just drop them off at the Library or call the Library 503-992-3247  to arrange to have them picked up by Friends volunteers.
Every cent Friends makes goes toward your Forest Grove community library!

2011 Great American Speeches

The working title for the next Great American Speeches event is “Women: Opportunity & Challenge from the ERA to the 21st Century.”  It will be held on March 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm.  The venue will depend on the anticipated crowd and will be either the Forest Grove City Library or The Forest Grove Auditorium.
The format will be a presentation by four panelists followed by a town-hall discussion.  Essay competitions for Forest Grove area students will be featured.  Three panelists have been invited and have accepted: Susan Sokol Blosser, vineyard owner, Barbara Roberts, former Oregon Governor,  and Dr. Karen Steingart, Physician Consultant, Curry International Tuberculosis Center, University of California, former Health Officer for Clark County, Washington, and former physician at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.  A fourth panel member has been invited.  Pacific University Professor Jim Moore will lead the town hall discussion.
The Forest Grove News Times has expressed an interest in interviewing local women on their experiences before the event.  Please send suggestions by commenting on this posting (see below) or call Colleen Winters at the library.
The Friends membership is invited to make suggestions for the event title and for a new name for the event series.  Suggestions to change the series name from ‘Great American Speeches’ to ‘Forest Grove Conversations,’ ‘Great American Issues’ or ‘Great American Discussions.’  We welcome your ideas.  Add your comments to this posting or contact Colleen Winters at 503 992 3246.