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.

Help Friends Help Your Library

Have your income taxes done at H&R Block, and take this form to your Block Tax Professional.  If you are a new Block customer, the company will give $20 to Friends of the Forest Grove Library.

Another way to easily donate to Friends is through the AmazonSmile program.  When Amazon customers log on through the smile.amazon.com site, 0.5% of the sales price of most of the items they purchase will be donated by the Amazon Foundation to Friends of the Forest Grove Library.  No cost is incurred by either the purchaser or Friends.  None of the purchaser’s privileges at Amazon (Amazon Prime benefits, for example) are affected when buying through AmazonSmile.

The first time you log on to smile.amazon.com, you will be asked to name the non-profit organization of your choice.  To do so, there is a search option.  The registered name for Friends is Friends of the Forest Grove Public Library, Inc.

This is an easy way to help your Friends of the Library and your Forest Grove City Library at no cost to you!  Make it a habit to log on to Amazon through smile.amazon.com.

 Or write a check!  We don’t have a ‘donate button’ on this website yet but don’t let that stop you from donating to Friends! Send your check, with a note that it’s a donation, to: Friends of the Forest Grove Library 2114 Pacific Ave. Forest Grove, OR 97116

Friends’ federal tax ID: 93-6089869

Support Friends of the Library: buy online through AmazonSmile

Friends of the Forest Grove Library now benefits from the AmazonSmile program.

When Amazon customers log on through the smile.amazon.com site, .05% of the sales price of most of the items they purchase will be donated by the Amazon Foundation to Friends of the Forest Grove Library.  No cost is incurred by either the purchaser or Friends.  None of the purchaser’s privileges at Amazon (Amazon Prime benefits, for example) are affected when buying through AmazonSmile.

The first time you log on to smile.amazon.com, you will be asked to name the non-profit organization of your choice.  To do so, there is a search option.  The registered name for Friends is Friends of the Forest Grove Public Library, Inc.

This is an easy way to help your Friends of the Library and your Forest Grove City Library at no cost to you!  Make it a habit to log on to Amazon through smile.amazon.com.

 

Why Libraries?

People who sit in front of their computers all day pontificating are asking why, with all this information technology, do we still need bricks-and-mortar libraries?

The library is a community center where people go to get good information and entertainment free of direct charge: 

  • It is a place where everyone is welcome 
  • Where they can find a quiet place to sit. 
  • As in other (increasingly rare) ‘third places,’ people visiting the library run into people they know: that helps build community
  • The library has meeting rooms that provide neutral territory for public discussion of public issues. 
  • It enhances life in its community and is a point of public pride.
  • It increases property values in its community
  • It is an inheritance for future generations
  • It is a place to go to help find needed information without being charged and without pressure to buy something. 
  • It is a place where a torrent of information is turned into useful knowledge.
  • The public library building is like a public park for the mind and it is open 12 months a year.  People use it in any weather and the play equipment is amazing!
  • For the have-nots, whose numbers are increasing, public library buildings provide:
  • broadband access,
  • free computers,
  • advice from trained professionals,
  • access to the arts,
  • access to the best of our country’s culture,
  • help learning English,
  • help raising literate children,
  • help finding a job,
  • and access to an economic system that demands they communicate via the Internet.

 More people are going to bricks-and-mortar libraries than ever.  [Put down those Oreos, turn off your computer, see the light of day and visit a real public library, oh geek.]  No other public institution exists for the purpose of providing free information to anyone.

 More background/perspective:

From Dan Duray, “Rescuing the Stacks”, New York Observer, 6/6/2010:

http://www.observer.com/2010/culture/rescuing-stacks

“The public library is the most powerful and cost-effective wealth-transfer mechanism ever invented. Instead of simply ameliorating problems, libraries create opportunity. As generations have learned, the aisle between the shelves is a corridor out of poverty, a bypass around inadequate schools, an expressway that adds momentum to even a first-rate education.”

Will Sherman, “33 Reasons why Libraries and Librarians Are Still Extremely Important”
http://www.collegeonline.org/library/adult-continued-education/librarians-needed

 Among the reasons:

  • ·         Not everything is available on the internet
  • ·         Internet complements libraries but does not replace them
  • ·         School libraries and librarians improve student test scores
  • ·         Digitization is going to take a while; a long while
  • ·         Libraries aren’t just books
  • ·         The [ebook] hype might really just be hype
  • ·         Google Book Search “don’t work”
  • ·         Physical libraries can adapt to cultural change
  • ·         Physical libraries are adapting to cultural change
  • ·         The internet isn’t DIY
  • ·         The internet is a mess
  • ·         The internet is subject to manipulation
  • ·         Libraries can preserve the book experience
  • ·         Libraries are stable while the web is transient
  • ·         Not everyone has access to the internet
  • ·         Not everyone can afford books
  • ·         Libraries are a stopgap to anti-intellectualism:

“It’s not that the internet is anti-intellectual; its academic roots and the immense quantity of scholarly sites certainly attest to it being a smart medium…

[but] Access to books and theories from hundreds of years of cultural history is essential to progress. Without this, technology could become the ironic tool of the sensational and retrograde cultural tendencies. Preserving libraries to store knowledge and teach the limitations of technology can help prevent the hubris and narcissism of technological novelty.”

More on ‘why the public library?’

http://www.alternet.org/story/150819/why_is_one_us_city_stripping_the_word_%27public%27_from_public_library 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jul/13/internet-age-still-need-libraries

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/06/opinion/la-oe-johnson-libraries-20100706

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.