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.
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).
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.
Programs will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, January through May, at 7:00 pm. In the Rogers Room at the library, 2114 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove.
January 4 Roots of Rock 50s and 60s Rock and Roll with the band Snax.
February 1 Earthquake and Tsunami Threats in Oregon Presented by Dr. James Roddey, Earth Sciences Information Officer, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
March 1 Images of Forest Grove Presented by Lisa Amato and Mary Jo Morelli Copies of their new book Forest Grove, published by Images in America; book will be on sale following the presentation.
April 5 Massacred for Gold: the Chinese in Hell’s Canyon Author Gregory Nokes will speak about his book that documents this disturbing incident in Oregon history. Copies of the book will be on sale following the presentation.
May 3 Music by GentleRain Jazz Smooth and soothing instrumental and vocal.