YOU CAN HELP THE ALOHA COMMUNITY LIBRARY
JUST BY SHOPPING WITH YOUR
FRED MEYER REWARDS CARD!
Friends, there is so much I love about the Aloha Community Library Association!
This is an association seeking to share with and serve those in our community. The effectiveness of your library’s mission in the coming months depends on your generosity and dedication. Right now and through October 20, your generosity to step up and support the library with your monetary gifts will be matched through an anonymous gift of $10,000. This matching campaign will ensure the hiring of paid staff allowing the library to grow in the ways necessary to become part of the WCCLS. Please help us “Open this gift of $10,000”. As of today, we have raised roughly 1/2 have that amount and have passed the $5,000 mark.
October 2, 2013: The Aloha Community Library Association announced today that their hours of operation are expanding effective today to 37 hours per week from the previous schedule of only 29 hours week. This is a reflection of the expanding interest and community support of the library and its ability to sufficiently staff library hours. Currently, 2-3 trained volunteers are available for each hour of operation. The new hours are posted on the website home page and are included graphically below. We are adding additional hours to each day we have been open previously so that every day we are open from 10am to 8pm except Saturday when we close at 5pm. Storytime continues to be offered each Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30am.
September 21, 2013. The Aloha Community Library Association has been amazingly blessed by the first year of our operations! In the last fiscal year, we raised almost $60,000. Our target for this fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) is to raise $100,000. We have also been blessed by an amazing variety of talented, hardworking professionals who have donated their time to helping achieve our short term objectives and long term mission. As we grow our organization, we will be able to provide additional services to our community and build the infrastructure needed to become a member of the Washington County Cooperative Library Service (WCCLS). Looking ahead, continuing to perform well in the financial management area is essential for our success.
Add a Leaf to the Aloha Community Library Tree of Knowledge
Because the library is not yet part of the Washington County library system, we rely on your support to keep us going. In celebration of our one year anniversary, a group of library volunteers has offered a $10,000 challenge grant to double your donation for the next month. For example, your tax-deductible donation of $50 will be matched with another $50 for a total of $100. That $100 will be used to fund a paid staff position to ensure that the library can stay open consistently during our hours of operation, and to help us meet Washington County Cooperative Library Services qualification requirements. You can read more about our library qualification progress by reading this week’s article about us in the Beaverton Leader (thanks to writer Anna Marum). Read more →
If you havn’t yet found time to stop by and get your very own Aloha Community Library card, now is the time! Even Luol Deng (see: http://luoldeng.com) has found time to get this important community resource (ok, maybe not an Aloha Community Library Card – but one from his own community!). Consider this a wonderful opportunity to introduce your kids to a resource you may not yet be aware of. The Aloha Community Library is a totally grass-roots library opened in the past year by volunteers! Read more →
A group of volunteers have gathered donations of books over the past few months and have picked out the best of the best to offer back to the public at large at a traditional “library book sale” event this coming weekend. The Book Sale event, coinciding with the 2nd Annual Aloha Days event, will feature over 4000 items available for purchase with all proceeds going towards the Aloha Community Library Association. It will be held in the nearby former Blockbuster Video Store (17555 SW Farmington Rd, Aloha, OR) on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17 from 9am to 4pm each day.
Recently, our organization received the following request for help from another non-profit organization:
“My name is Shawna Wise, Regional Director for a non-profit high school exchange organization, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). With your connections to the Aloha community, I am reaching out to you regarding 5 students we have with a desire to attend Aloha HS for the upcoming school year. These international students are looking for host families to welcome them for one or two semesters. Although they don’t arrive until August, we will be securing their placement with families by July 25th. I’d love your help in communicating this opportunity to Aloha families!
The students have their own spending money to cover their expenses – all that is required of a host family is to provide a bed and 3 meals a day and make them part of the family! I would like to give Aloha Boosters $100 for every family at Aloha that hosts one of these kids.
Here are notes about them: