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.

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.

Fall Book Sale earns over $5,000

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 woodford.parker@comcast.net.