Inspiring people within our diverse
community to acquire knowledge

Have a Passion for Books and Numbers?

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.

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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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Community Members Help Setup Aloha Library Booksale in Blockbuster Video Store

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.  IMG_1340

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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Volunteers come in all ages. Meet Zachary…


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!

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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Reflections on Our First 20 Months….

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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