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.
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.
On September 17, 2013, the Forest Grove Library Foundation and McMenamins will have this year’s Family & Friends Night at the Grand Lodge. 50% of the money spent at the Ironworks Grill between the hours of 5 p.m. and closing will be donated to the foundation to support the creation and installation of Ed Carpenter’s “Light Garden” in the foyer of the library!
Family and Friends Night at the Grand Lodge is one of a number of community events in the Forest Grove Library Foundation’s The Story Unfolds capital campaign.
Join us for great food, company and to benefit a great cause! To receive updates on the progress of our campaign please join our Facebook group “Fans of the Forest Grove City Library” or follow our blog at www.fglf.org.
The New York Times article “Libraries See Opening as Bookstores Close” (December 27, 2012) documents the changing role of public libraries in communities across the United States.
As the foundation works to improve the library, we support our librarians as they create a library that fulfills contemporary and future needs. Much of the current capital campaign focusses on developing outstanding spaces where community members gather. The new furniture, signage and art for the Children’s, Spanish Language, and Fiction areas comprise part of this effort.
The present phase of the campaign seeks to raise $60,000 to purchase materials and fund the installation of the glass art piece whose design and construction has been donated by world-renowned artist Ed Carpenter in memory of his mother, Molly Starbuck, a long-time library volunteer. We expect that the art installation in the library’s foyer will draw visitors from throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area to Forest Grove.
A post by Linda Stiles Taylor:
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.