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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Since the March installation, the community has very enthusiastically embraced the new furniture in the children’s area. Children have quickly found their favorite spots to read and play, and keep coming back for more! It has been fun and satisfying to see the new furniture in action, and see how children respond to it.
Wooden wedges by local woodcrafter, Greg Kriebel, and wooden end panels have made the children’s area safer. Good-bye and good riddance to sharp edges and corners!
New furniture for both children and adults in our Spanish area has created a more inviting and comfortable family space. Pictured here are the new sand table and children’s bench.
Friday, May 3rd heralded our biggest annual community event, Children’s Day/ Book Day, and record numbers of children and families came to celebrate. The new furniture made the library more welcoming and easier to rearrange. Some 330 children and their parents participated in a wide variety of crafts and activities in the west end of the library.
With the help of volunteers, we shifted nearly every piece of furniture to accommodate the event, and it worked beautifully! We are so grateful to the Library Foundation for their continuing efforts to create child-friendly, safe and welcoming areas in the library. Stay tuned for the next round of purchases which will be for our early childhood area!
Now that the projects to improve the Children’s and Spanish Language areas are nearly fully funded, the Forest Grove Library Foundation Board of Directors will turn its energies toward raising the funds necessary to install the beautiful glass artwork that world-renowned Portland artist Ed Carpenter has donated to the library in honor of his mother, Molly Starbuck, a long-time library volunteer.
As reported by the Forest Grove Leader on December 26, 2012, Mr. Carpenter donated his design approximately 13 years ago. He will work with local craftsmen — metalworker Eric Canon and woodworker Greg Kriebel – to install the artwork in the foyer of the library, a space designed and built to house the glass sculpture.
The materials and labor to build and install the piece will amount to $50,000. At the completion of the project, the Forest Grove City Library will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular work of art crafted in honor of a wonderful library volunteer.
Thanks to Maggie Pike and Forest Grove Library supporters, we raised more than $1800 at the Oct. 25 Books ‘n Buns event at the UCC Church. We fed more than 100 people and raffled off some great prizes. All the food and the raffle items were donated by Maggie’s Buns, with coffee donated by BJ’s Coffee. Thanks for the support.
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, Oct. 25, 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, Oct. 25, 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.
World Series fans (game two will be aired that night) can also enjoy the dinner and support the library. A family size pan of uncooked lasagna, salad, bread and dessert can be pre-ordered by Tuesday, Oct. 23, for $40, available for pickup at the Oct. 25 event.
For information, call library Director Colleen Winters at 503-992-3246.
Friends and Family of the Forest Grove City Library turned out in droves at McMenamins Grand Lodge on Tuesday, September 18, to support The Story Unfolds capital campaign. McMenamins donated 50% of gross receipts for the night to the Library Foundation, which amounted to $2,400 toward the campaign goal. Thanks to McMenamins and to all the library supporters at the Grand Lodge on Tuesday!
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, the Forest Grove Library Foundation will collaborate with McMenamins Grand Lodge to hold a Friends & Family Night. From 5 p.m. to closing, 50% of the sales of food and drink from the Ironworks Grill (inside the main Lodge) will be donated to the Library Foundation.
The Forest Grove Library Foundation’s newest capital campaign, entitled The Story Unfolds, is raising funds to purchase art, furniture and signage for the newly renovated wing of the library.
The remodel of the original section of the library provided a better space and building for library patrons, but lacked some final touches that would make it feel complete. With the completion of this new campaign, the Foundation will replace dated furniture from the original 1978 building; update the children’s section, making it welcoming and stimulating to promote early childhood love of reading and learning; update the Spanish language section and add art, including a unique piece by internationally renowned glass artist Ed Carpenter.
Join us for good food, friendly company and to benefit a great cause! We’ll be developing more community events to benefit the library over the next several months and would love to see throngs of library supporters at all of them.