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Double Your Money (and add a leaf to our newest tree…)

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 →

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

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: 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 →

Aloha Community Library Hosts Book Sale Event!

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.   DSC_2224 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.

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An opportunity to give back – will you help?

Recently, our organization received the following request for help from another  non-profit organization:

CIEEMy 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:

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Westside Quilters Guild of Hillsboro Offers Donation Opportunity

This beautiful quilt was crafted by the WESTSIDE QUILTERS GUILD of Hillsboro; one of three they make on an annual basis for donation to local charities.  Staunch supporters of libraries in the region, the Guild generously donated this beautiful quilt to the Aloha Community Library Association to help raise funds for the Library’s operation.

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Beaverton Optimist Club Donates Bulletin Boards to the Aloha Community Library

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 →

Aloha Library Receives Major Grant from Aloha Garden Club!

April 11, 2013.  Today the Aloha Community Library Association ( received a grant from the Aloha Garden Club ( 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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Libraries, Big Data and Money

This week I have come across a number of really compelling articles, videos and blog posts I’d like to share with the Aloha Community Library community.  The first is about library design and architecture, the second is about using big data in socially constructive ways and and the third one presents some compelling ideas about funding them! Read more →