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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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Thanks for supporting the library

The community really turned out to help support the Forest Grove Library the night of Feb. 5 at the annual Books and Buns benefit dinner.

The dinner was a fundraising event hosted by the Forest Grove Library Foundation. Proceeds from ticket sales, donations and raffle tickets added another $2,100 to the Library Foundation’s goal to fund furniture for the children’s and Spanish language sections, and improvements to the Rogers Room.

Many thanks go to Maggie Pike from Maggie’s Buns, who donated all the food (lasagna, salad, rolls and deserts); and BJ’s Coffee for donating the coffee. The Forest Grove Library Foundation would also like to thank the United Church of Christ for donating use of their space and kitchen; Anya Doll and Rob Foster for kitchen duty; and library director Colleen Winters and the library staff for their every-day support.

Mostly, we’d like to thank community members for coming out to support the library, again proving that Grovers deeply care about their community. The Library Foundation will host a gala dedication this spring for “Mollie’s Garden,” the public art project developed by international artist Ed Carpenter (glass), and local artists Greg Kriebel (wood) and Eric Canon (metal).

‘Books ’n Buns’ event February 5 to benefit library foundation

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

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

Join the Library Foundation board members, patrons, and supporters on Thursday, February 5, 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) and the Chamber of Commerce office (2417 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.

FRIENDS & FAMILY NIGHT AT McMENAMINS GRAND LODGE

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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 ART INSTALLATION BEGUN IN LIBRARY

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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!

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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

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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.

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