I just completed reading a new research report from the Pew Research Center (my fav polling group) with a similar title to today’s blog post. It seemed to be describing what we have observed happening at the Aloha Library! It’s titled, Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading and it describes the results of a recent poll about parents of minor children (under 18 years of age) and their usage patterns of public libraries across the United States. It states the ”ties between parents and libraries start with the importance parents attach to the role of reading in their children’s lives. Half of parents of children under age 12 (50%) read to their child every day and an additional 26% do so a few times a week. Those with children under age 6 are especially keen on daily reading with their child: 58% of these parents read with their child every day and another 26% read multiple times a week with their children.”
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Thursday, April 25, 2013. Aloha, OR. The Beaverton Optimist Club donated four gorgeous custom made bulletin boards to the Aloha Community Library today. Jack Franklin of the local group performed the wood working cutting and assembly while other club members including Marv Doty, Bob Arneson and Susan Nordstrom helped in the labor intensive finish work. Melinda Williamson, another local Aloha resident and volunteer with the Aloha Community Library helped Jack define the product. Read more →
In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we’d like to showcase one of our favorite volunteers! Amelia, a 5th grader at Hazesdale Elementary school, has lived in Aloha her whole life! An avid reader and craftsperson, she loves to knit, sew, crochet, bake, make crafts and design clothes. Reading has always been important to her family. She and her siblings participated in library activities, attended story times, and checked out books to read on those lazy summer days while enjoying a picnic outside on a blanket. As a result she learned to love reading. Could that be the reason she’s been reading and writing stories since age 4?
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In January 2013, a small group of Aloha community volunteers began the process of opening a business-within-a-business: an on-line bookstore to provide financial support for the newly opened Aloha Community Library.
This group is led by Maxine Wald, a retired bookkeeper who has found her passion by giving back to the community she lives in. She has literally created this business without any background in on-line sales or book retail operations. Maxine coordinates a small, dedicated group of volunteers to help her maintain a fast shipping response time to purchase requests. The inventory comes completely from donations from the Aloha-Beaverton community, and the proceeds are used to fund the operations of the newly formed library.
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April 11, 2013. Today the Aloha Community Library Association (http://alohalibrary.org) received a grant from the Aloha Garden Club (http://www.oregongardenclubs.org/aloha) for $1200. President of the Library Association, Douglas Hoy, commented “This is an amazing grant! We really appreciate the generosity this organization has exhibited towards our new library. Because of a recently received matching pledge, this grant is multiplied and will be worth $2,400 today!” Each year the Aloha Garden Club hosts a Plant Sale & Garden Art event. This year’s grant to the Aloha Library resulted from last year’s Annual Plant Sale. Library board member Lynda Hanson said, “we will be able to purchase so many new books and media materials that will be specifically about gardens and plants! This will include both children and adult materials!”
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La Biblioteca de la Comunidad de Aloha los invita a la primera celebración anual de El día del niño!
Sábado 27 de Abril
10:30am – 1:00pm
- Por primera vez en la biblioteca, la lectura de un cuento en español leído por la principal de la escuela Mountain View, Claudia Ruf.
Venga diviértase y celebremos a nuestros niños!
The Aloha Community Library invites you to the first annual El día del niño (kids day) celebration on Saturday April 27th, from 10:30am to 1:00pm. The events planned will include:
- First Spanish Story Time (Read by Mt. View Principal Mrs Claudia Rus)
Come have fun as we celebrate our kids!
Once Upon A Time In Aloha…
Celebrate the heroes of our tale, our volunteers! You are invited to join us as we remember the adventures we’ve had and look forward to where we are going in our next chapters!
Did you help at a book drive or book sale last year? Have you spent time cleaning, processing, or cataloging books? Have you volunteered in the library helping patrons? Are you a current or former storytime reader? Are you one of the Online Sales crew?
Have you served on a commitee, like grant writing or marketing? Have you offered guidance and support in your area of expertise? Are you a Board member trying to steer the organization toward our North Star? Have you helped in any way to get us to this point? Please come! We very much want to say thank you in person!
We hope to see all of you on the 26th!
About two weeks ago, we reported in the March 22nd edition of Oregonian that the Rotary Club donated $500 towards our operations fund and also donated 5 copies of a children’s book titled “Paul Harris Grow Up!” That post and related items on Facebook went viral for us! We really appreciate the support the Aloha community has provided to help fulfill our mission! As many of you know, we are a totally volunteer organized, managed, operated, and supported public library. Without financial donations provided by individuals and organizations in our community, we would not exist! Even though the majority of our staff are volunteers, it takes real money to keep the lights on, pay Comcast for their service (internet access and phone service), and lease the copier among other things. Read more →