Our Mission

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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‘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.

Family and Friends Night 2013

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 library’s evolving role in the community

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.

It Just Keeps Getting Better

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!

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