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Aloha Library Expands Hours of Operation!

January 31, 2013:   The Aloha Community Library Association announced today that their hours of operation are expanding effective Saturday, February 2, 2013 to 29 hours per week from the previous limited amount of only 15 hours week.  This is a reflection of the growing 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 here.  We are adding 2 additional hours to each day we have been open previously plus adding the new day of Monday!

In addition to new hours, a number of new items have been added to the library in the past month, including videos, western novels and other popular  adult fiction and non-fiction titles.

Storytime continues to be offered each Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30am.  Come check it out!

 

What are libraries good for anyway?

Recently, I received a number of interesting links and references to some material I thought would be interesting to our supporters and the community we live in.  I also thought you might like to know that this fledgling organization has a wikipedia page already created!  Be sure and check it out and rate it as you see fit! More hits and positive ratings will ensure it’s long term survival.

WHAT ARE LIBRARIES GOOD FOR?

In late December, the NY Times posted an article titled, “Libraries See Opening as Bookstores Close“.  In that article, the author sites a growing trend among community public libraries, like the Aloha Community Library, that find them acting more and more like book stores.  “Today’s libraries”, writes the author, “are reinventing themselves as vibrant town squares, showcasing the latest best sellers, lending Kindles loaded with e-books, and offering grass-roots technology training centers.”  Sounds a lot like our library doesn’t it?  We are just getting started.  We have not yet acquired e-books, but I have no doubt that they are a possibility in the future.  With your support, anything is possible!

On the same date, you will find a wonderful set of posts labeled, “Do We Still Need Libraries?“.  I encourage you (if you are so inclined) to dive into four representative responses to that question.  They were provided by four industry experts assembled by the NY Times editorial staff.  For example, in Luis Herrera’s (City Librarian of San Francisco) article, titled, “More Relevant Than Ever“,  he states, “Libraries are more relevant than ever. They are a place for personal growth and reinvention, a place for help in navigating the information age, a gathering place for civic and cultural engagement and a trusted place for preserving culture.”   We couldn’t agree more!

You will find all of these and more in our newly updated page, Blogs-n-links.  Enjoy!

If you haven’t yet explored our own “electronic library”, take a peak at our recently updated Resources page.  You will find links to a number of additional on-line sites that are relevant to finding information besides just “google it”.  We have assembled a wonderful list of Library, Community, Writing and Math & Science links that are especially powerful and maybe new to some of you.  Check it out!  Let us know if you know about other links like this that we can pass on to others.  Be sure and like it and pass this info to your friends through our recently added social media connections.

Douglas Hoy
President, Board of Directors
Aloha Community Library Association

Aloha Community Library expecting increased circulation, hours

By Andrea Castillo, The Oregonian
December 27, 2012

Since it opened in late September, the Aloha Community Library has reached nearly 600 cardholders, extended its hours and is circulating about 1,000 books per month.

Doug Hoy, president of the Aloha Community Library Association, said many people have told him how great it is that they no longer have to drive 5 to 7 miles to reach the Beaverton or Hillsboro libraries.

The Aloha library, which is a nonprofit organization, is not affiliated with Washington County Cooperative Library Services. It is in the Bales Thriftway shopping center at 17683 S.W. Farmington Road.

Hoy said he expects circulation to increase soon. Circulation is limited by the number of hours the library is open, which is limited by the number of volunteers available to operate it, he said.

However, he said more volunteers have recently stepped up. Once they are trained after the New Year, Hoy said, the library’s hours, which now are limited to three days a week, will expand.

Additionally, Hoy said many people have asked to use the library after hours as a meeting space for seminars, tutoring and performances. He said he hoped to figure out a way to make that possible.   See Posted Article from the Oregonian Here.

Aloha Community Library Winter 2012-2013 Wish List

If you would like to help us build our collection and increase our circulation, consider purchasing and donating one of the following items.  If you do, please send us a note to: info@alohalibrary.org and bring the item to the library during normal library hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays! 

Everybody readers:

    • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
    • Blackout by John Rocco
    • Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
    • Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
    • Underground by Shane W. Evans
    • Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider
    • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
    • Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack
    • Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby(Recently donated!)
    • Art & Max by David Wiesner(Recently donated!)

 

Juvenile Fiction:

  • Horton Halfpott: Or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Mannor; or, the Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Coreset by Tom Angleberger (just one book, just a long title!!)
  • It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers) by Mac Barnett
  • The Ghostwriter Secret (Brixton Brothers) by Mac Barnett
  • The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (Brixton Brothers) by Mac Barnett
  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt(Recently donated!)
  • Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Zebrafish by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel(Recently donated!)
  • Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Young Adult:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley(Recently donated!)
  • Under the Mesquite by Guadalup Garcia Mccall
  • Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby  (Recently donated by Beaverton Optimists Club!)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugen Yelschin
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Adult Fiction:

  • Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan
  • Seraphina [ By Rachel Hartman
  • Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Among Others by Jo Walton
  • The Last Man: A Novel by Vince Flynn
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels) by Janet Evanovich
  • The Forgotten by David Baldacci

Adult Non Fiction:

  • George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander M.D.

DVDs


  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • The Avengers
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Vampire Hunter
  • Prometheus
  • Men in Black 3
  • Magic Mike
  • Expendables
  • Expendables 2
  • The Amazing Spiderman
  • The Watch

Family DVDs

  • Disney’s Cinderella
  • Disney’s Lion King
  • Disney’s Toy Story
  • Disney’s Toy Story 2
  • Disney’s Toy Story 3
  • Disney’s Rescuers
  • Disney’s Pocahontas
  • Disney’s Cars 2
  • ParaNorman

Volunteers bring Aloha library from concept to concrete

Created on Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Written by Shannon O. Wells, Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers…

In the process of establishing a public library in Aloha, Eric Squires admits he underestimated even that most basic element of library science: identifying and coding books.

“I just thought you slapped a barcode on there and it’s done,” he says. “It’s so opposite of that. Every three books on the shelf represent one hour of volunteer time to process books to make them checkout ready.”

Squires is co-founder of the Aloha Community Library, which opened in late September at 17683 SW Farmington Road, suite E, in the Bales Thriftway shopping plaza. In the past year or two, he’s had a crash course about community libraries and what it takes to build one.

The new, 1,000-square-foot library features five rows of carefully stocked shelves containing about 6,000 books and DVDs. A check-out desk, children’s area, meeting table, four public computer stations and one devoted to referencing provide further amenities. A rotating volunteer staff and one paid employee help keep things running on hours currently limited to Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

<READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE>

 

Hillsboro Friends Donates to ACLA!

Hillsboro Friends of the Public Library makes $2000 donation to the new Aloha Community Library

November 16, 2012.  Hillsboro Friends of the Public Library donated over $2,000 from their recent book sale proceeds to help kick-start the new Aloha Community Library Association. This is in addition to the $2,500 gift that they gave Aloha’s new community resource at the Grand Opening, September 22nd, 2012.

In a time when cuts to school libraries are a painful fact of the library landscape, the spirit of cooperation prevails. Board members from the Aloha Community Library Association were amazed by the generosity and support provided by their brethren in the community of Hillsboro.  Aloha Community Library President Douglas Hoy stated, “This is amazing.  We are truly grateful for their generosity.  The Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library have been wonderful mentors for the Aloha Community Library Association.  In addition to their amazing financial support, they have provided guidance on book sales, given us supplies and lots and lots of  encouragement”, in response to news of the donation.  The Aloha Community Library Association is in the midst of their second fundraising campaign and hopes to raise awareness and financial support from their community during this holiday season.  They are planning several events including being open during the second annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on November 24th and hosting a Santa Claus event on December 13.

Reading Time is Back!

Aloha Community Library offers children’s storytime, and hosts THPRD Nature Mobile Programs

Aloha’s new community library resumes the popular family storytime program designed for kids 6 and younger and their caregivers. This begins November 21st and will be held each Wednesday at 10:30 AM, at 17683 SW Farmington Rd, Suite E Aloha, OR 97007.

Tualatin HIlls Park & Recreation District Nature Mobile will be here on December 5th and 19th for special programs.  See Link for more info about this amazing program.

Busy Beavers with the Nature Mobile at Aloha Community Library

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Wednesday December 5, 2012

Cutting down trees, building dams, and swimming, swimming, swimming – my, beavers are busy! Students will discover how beaver gets all of their chores done and how humans try to copy beaver’s creativity. Led by a naturalist, each program includes a story, real specimens, hands-on learning activities, and ways for students to connect to the nature in their community.

Dazzling Dragonflies with the Nature Mobile at Aloha Community Library

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Wednesday December 19, 2012

From being born in the water to hovering high up in the sky, the dragonfly lives an interesting life. Students will learn about the dragonfly life cycle and some of their amazing adaptations. Led by a naturalist, each program includes a story, real specimens, hands-on learning activities, and ways for students to connect to the nature in their community.

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Our Dream  
 It is our dream to offer our community residents a safe, welcoming place to study, research, work,  relax and conduct meetings.   We have set up our first library facility with high speed internet, inexpensive copying and printing service, free wifi and our own collection of books and media.  Come see us this week! Read more →