In response to the Coronavirus threat, to comply with city and state mandates and, most of all, for the safety of everyone, the scheduled Friends used book sale has been postponed until we can reschedule.
When a new date can be set we will post it on this website.
Be well, be safe, hunker down if you can.
Friends are selling donated books in the Library all the time! Look for a magenta book truck in the main entrance area. You’ll find donated books in great condition with new stock on a regular basis. Prices are marked on green stickers just inside the cover. Most are going for $3. Pay at the Circulation (or “checkout”) desk: cash or checks, please.
As ever, all proceeds go to the Library!
Books and other materials donated to the Forest Grove City Library are first reviewed by Library Staff to see if they should be added to the Library’s inventory.
For those that are not selected, and for books de-selected from the Library collection by staff, Friends of the Library volunteers check used book prices online to pick out those that are valued at $8 or more. Most of them will be put on sale at Amazon.com under Friends’ dealership name, “forestgrovelibraryfriends.” Friends have more than 1,200 books on sale through Amazon and these online sales will net more than $5,000 for the Library during the Friends fiscal year.
Books in good condition that are not selected for online sales are sorted by Friends volunteers for the twice-a-year book sales and for ongoing sales in the library. The twice-a-year sales are Friends’ primary income source. They have been making about $10,000 a year. The ongoing in-library sales are a new Friends project.
Books left over from the twice-a-year sales are picked up by a private company, Better World Books. They sell books online and they also send books overseas to private non-profit organizations. They also provide us free boxes, free pick-up and give us a portion of their proceeds from sale of our books.
Making money for the Library is Friends’ first strategic priority but this process for library donations and discards has other benefits: (1) Between donations and discards, the library has around 12,000 books to dispose of every six months, (2) turning donations away would be bad for the Library’s public relations, (3) friends efforts make money for library programs and help recirculate these books in our own community.
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.