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The Forest Grove Library Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides support to the Forest Grove City Library through the procurement of private funds. Established in 2000, the Foundation helps to provide an atmosphere of excellence for the library by enhancing the facility and adding to the variety and quality of services and programs offered.

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The annual Friends & Family Night at McMenamins is back again, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m. to closing, inside the restaurant. The Forest Grove Library Foundation will receive one-half of the night’s proceeds from food orders. Come and join your friends in supporting the Forest Grove Library.


ed carpenter
Labor Day weekend found Ed Carpenter, internationally renowned artist, beginning the installation of “Mollie’s Garden,” a unique and wonderful light-bending addition to the library. Funded through the Forest Grove Library Foundation, the project began 16 years ago and  we expect it to be finished by year’s end. Check out the OregonLive story and pictures at

Forest Grove Public Arts Commission Raises $11,550 for Mollie’s Garden!

stecchino bistro

Late in the Fall of 2013, the Forest Grove Public Arts Commission (PAC) began a collaborative effort to raise $5,700 for the “Mollie’s Garden” art project. After a community talent show (“Stars in the Grove”), a used car donation and a dinner with the artists, the Public Arts Commission has exceeded their fundraising goal.

54 library art enthusiasts attended the June 1 dinner at Stecchino’s Bistro. Ed Carpenter, Greg Kriebel, and Eric Canon – the three artists involved in the project – presented information about the endeavor as well as sketches and a miniature version.

Stecchino’s owner Randy Reeder donated more than half the proceeds from ticket sales ($60 each), and some of his employees donated their time. Ticket sales and donations garnered about $3,400 for the FG Public Arts Commission. “The dinner was a great success,” said Kathleen Leatham, chairperson of the PAC. “The food was wonderful, and there was a very eclectic mix of people there supporting public art in Forest Grove.”

The PAC also is directing $3,000 of their 2014-15 Community Enhancement Program funds from the city to the “Mollie’s Garden” project, $850 from the sale of a donated vehicle, along with $3,000 from the PAC’s CEP 2013-14 funds and $1,300 from “Stars in Grove.” The total PAC donation to the Library Foundation’s “Mollie’s Garden” project amounts to $11,550!

The cost of the entire “Mollie’s Garden” project is roughly $69,000; $45,000 for materials and installation of the Ed Carpenter glass sculpture; approximately $17,000 for the woodwork by Greg Kriebel and the metal work by Eric Canon; and about $7,000 for upgraded lighting. Installation is expected by Fall 2014.


‘Books ’n Buns’ event Jan. 16


Maggie’s Buns teams up with FG Library Foundation for annual lasagna dinner

Maggie’s Buns, a Forest Grove icon for 16 years, is coming to the aid of the Forest Grove Library again, catering the annual “Books ‘n Buns” event Thursday, Jan. 16, 5-8 p.m., at the United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way. All proceeds benefit the Forest Grove Library Foundation.

The Library Foundation (www.fglf.org) is currently raising $80,000 for the Ed Carpenter Pubic Art Project, which will be a striking addition for the community. Internationally renowned artist Ed Carpenter’s mother was a longtime Forest Grove library patron. In his mother’s memory, Carpenter (www.edcarpenter.net) is designing and donating his work on a special piece for the skylight near the library’s main desk. The Library Foundation needs to raise $80,000 for materials, enhanced lighting and installation. The project also includes woodworking by Greg Kriebel and metalwork by Eric Canon, both Forest Grove artists.

Join the Library Foundation board members, patrons and supporters Thursday, Jan. 16, for good food, fun and fellowship benefiting a great community endeavor. The menu from Maggie’s Buns includes lasagna (vegetarian available also), salad, bread and dessert. Coffee is donated by BJ’s Coffee.

Tickets are $12 adults, $6 for children 12 and under, and available at the library, 2114 Pacific Avenue. Take-out is also available. A limited number of tickets will be sold.

For information, call library Director Colleen Winters at 503-992-3246.

Lauren Sheehan Concert News

Renowned artists were in town the night of Saturday, October 19, but it was old home week for everyone. The concert performed by Lauren Sheehan, with guest performer Mona Warner, was a total success on many levels.  The audience got to hear some wonderful singing and playing by Lauren and Mona, old friends and collaborating musicians from way back.
Ed Carpenter got to share the public art project he is designing and donating to the city library, “Mollie’s Garden.”  Also in attendance were local artisans Greg Kriebel (wood) and Eric Canon (metal) who are adding their talents to the art project.
Mona and Lauren also sold CDs of their music and Ed sold his book. Those proceeds, plus ticket sales, went toward the installation cost of the art project, bringing in about $4,000.
The Forest Grove Library Foundation board wishes to thank everyone who had anything to do with putting on this benefit concert. We also thank those who supported the project by buying tickets and sharing the fun event with us.

Lauren Sheehan Concert October 19


The following is from Lauren’s recent email to her fans:

Sat Oct 19  7;30 pm Benefit Concert guest MonaWarner for Forest Grove Library Public Art Project by Ed CarpenterTaylor-Meade Auditorium, Pacific University, 2014 Cedar St. Forest Grove OR  $20 /door or at Forest Grove Library 503-992-3247

I’m so happy to be heading to this important old stomping ground of mine to play in this beautiful room.  Forest Grove is one of my favorite Oregon towns and many of my old friends, colleagues and former students are still in the area. (You students ranged from pre-school through university ages and you’ve changed a lot – so you may have to remind me of who you are! )

Mona Warner, from our band CASABA in the early ’80s,  will be joining me for a few songs, and there may be other special guests from those good old days, too.   Mona has recorded several CDs since then, and sounds better than ever.  We’ll have a lot of fun reuniting in harmony for you.

This conert is a benefit for a public art project in the Forest Grove Library by Carpenter, in  collaboration with Greg Kriebel and Eric Canon.   The art is  a bit of a memorial to Mollie Starbuck, a dedicated library volunteer and advocate for reading and libraries.

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