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)
The Friends Fall Used Book sale in November netted $5,029.95 thanks to a cadre of volunteers headed by Carol Woodford. That total was a substantial increase over recent sales that have run between four thousand and forty-five hundred dollars.
Carol attributes the increase to three changes made for this sale. One was stripping the Mylar plastic covers from many of the library discards in the sale. The second was elimination of the five-dollars-a-bag-full sale on Saturday. The third was enabling customers to pay by credit card.
The objective of the sale is to raise funds for the Library. These funds go to teen and children’s programs, including Summer Reading, cultural programs–music, lectures, and even simulated radio dramas–produced by Friends, and furniture and equipment for the Library. The twice a year used book sales are by far the biggest income source for our Friends of the Library.
A great deal of preparation is needed between sales. Patron-donated and library-discarded books are reviewed for sale online. The vast majority are then sorted and boxed for the sale. Carol noted that library discards without their plastic Mylar jackets sell better. More volunteers are needed for this additional process and to help with all the other tasks related to Friends’ book sales. If you’re interested, give Carol a call at 503 357-2606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of the Forest Grove Library are happy to present our new season of cultural programs. They will be held on the first Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 PM in the Rogers Room of the City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue–exceptions noted below.
All the programs are free and open to the public.
October 7 Two Jazz Guitars
October 28 A bonus program, begins at 6:30 PM “Early Humans in Southeastern Oregon” Dr. Dennis Jenkins, Chief Archeologist, University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, focuses on his cave excavations in Oregon’s high desert.
November 4 “2014 Prelude to 2016 — Do Elections Make a Difference?” Political discussion with Professor Emeritus Russ Dondero. Held in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium due to book sale set-up at the Library.
December 2 “From Bach to Rock — A History of Modern Music” Musician and teacher Paul Anthony Rademacher speaks about the evolution of Western music and plays selections.
January 6 “History of Theatre in Oregon” Darrell Jabin presents a history of the dramatic arts in our state.
February 3 Harmony Masters Barbershop will entertain with history and sampling of small group vocalists who specialize in four-part harmony.
March 3 Forest Grove Conversations — “Privacy: Choices, Challenges and Consequences” What is the standpoint of privacy in the modern world?
April 7 Pacific University Musicians — A variety of student musicians will perform.
May 19 Young at Heart Readers’ Theatre will feature plans and skits especially developed for readers’ theatre. Sure to be fun and entertaining (not the first Tuesday in order to avoid conflict with Friends spring used book sale).
Annual round-up from Friends’ President, Kim Reynolds
Forest Grove Conversations Town Hall
Spring Book Sale
Friends’ annual meeting
Library Director’s message from Colleen Winters
Read all about it in the Friends Spring Newsletter!
which is edited by Susan Schubothe, Friends’ Secretary
and mailed to 220 Friends members.
Friends’ annual meeting will be held April 10 at Noon in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library 2114 Pacific Avenue. Friends’ members are urged to attend to hear a summary of Friends activities, vote on by-laws changes and share a light lunch.
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?
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
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.
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.
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!