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.
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Parents, kids come to the Library, every Saturday in November and December, from 10 – 11 am to learn how to play Crazy Machines.
The Aloha Community Library IT Department will present a workshop on the computer game Crazy Machines. The game that teaches how to build machines using: steam engines, gears, pulleys, electric motors and electrical circuits. There are hundreds of experiments. Each one is a puzzle that requires placing the machine parts in just right location to make the completed machine accomplish the task. Aloha Library’s own “Mad Scientist” and IT Leader Gene Allison will be on hand to do a demonstration and be the coach for new participants in this wonderful computer program designed to instill curiosity and science learning in young people (as well as those who are young at heart!). Read more →
The MissionStay2 event happened last week and the Aloha Community Library was a recipient of care and attention by a wonderful group of volunteers from a church in Aloha.
The church is called Cooper Mountain Presbyterian Fellowship and their youth leader, Rick Terletzky is the son of ACLA board member Donna Terletzky! In additional to moving 20+ tables and 100+ boxes of books, 13 youth aged 13-19 helped setup the tables and attached a new banner to the former Blockbuster Video store (17555 SW Farmington Rd, Aloha, OR) in the Bales Thriftway Mall shopping center. These items were moved from the library Annex, managed by our own Maxine Wald who has also stepped up to manage the book sale this coming weekend (August 16-17, 9am-4pm). At the Annex, the Aloha Community Library sells donated books using an on-line account at Amazon. Learn about this by going directly to our online store. 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.
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Zachary selling popcorn just outside the library to help raise funds for the Aloha Community Library
Zachary Jarvis is 10 years old. Zachary will be entering 5th grade in the fall time. He has been studying at Barnes Elementary’s Two-Way Spanish Immersion Program.
During his free time, he enjoys reading, soccer, kickball, collecting Pokeman cards and Karate. He has a green belt in Karate and is currently a Webelo 2 in Cub Scout Pack 598. Zachary has helped the library raise over $300 in the past two years. His first fundraiser for the Aloha Community Library was a lemonade and homemade doggie biscuits in the summer of 2012. In the spring 2013, he sold microwave popcorn to the community to raise money for the Aloha Community Library.
Zachary also has distinguished himself by being the first person to checkout a book from the Aloha Community Library during our “Sneak Peek” event back in December 2011. You can read about that event here.
His mom and dad, Becky and Terrell, have also donated countless hours volunteering on behalf of the library. Volunteering is a part of this family’s fabric!
If you have been paying attention to our organization, you may be wondering about the title of this blog posting today. Actually, it’s been about 8 months since we opened on an amazing day (September 22, 2012), but 20 months since the month of August, 2011 when we incorporated as an organization. You can view a slide show of historical pictures of the past 20 months to see what we have accomplished! Wow! It’s been quite a ride these past 2 years!
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A few weeks ago, a wonderful preschool named Little Lambs Too, led by Aloha resident Kristin Ratten visited the library during one of our Wednesday morning Storytimes. They were such well behaved little people! That day, we had over 34 children in attendance! The preschool children each had participated in a jog-a-thon the week before to raise money for the Aloha Community Library Association! Kristen explained, “we try and encourage our kids to be involved in physical activity when they are with us. We also like to raise money each year for different non-profits in our community. So we offered the kids one dollar for every lap they ran round a nearby park. They worked hard for the library and ran and ran and ran!” Read more →
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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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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