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Community Members Open An Amazon Bookstore for the Aloha Community Library

In January 2013, a small group of Aloha community volunteers began the process of opening a business-within-a-business: an on-line bookstore to provide financial support for the newly opened Aloha Community Library.

This group is led by Maxine Wald, a retired bookkeeper who has found her passion by giving back to the community she lives in.  She has literally created this business without any background in on-line sales or book retail operations.  Maxine coordinates a small, dedicated group of volunteers to help her maintain a fast shipping response time to purchase requests.  The inventory comes completely from donations from the Aloha-Beaverton community, and the proceeds are used to fund the operations of the newly formed library.

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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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Aloha Library Kicks Off April Fundraising Campaign

About two weeks ago, we reported in the March 22nd edition of Oregonian that the Rotary Club donated $500 towards our operations fund and also donated 5 copies of a children’s book titled “Paul Harris Grow Up!”   That post and related items on Facebook went viral for us!  We really appreciate the support the Aloha community has provided to help fulfill our mission!   As many of you know, we are a totally volunteer organized, managed, operated, and supported public library.  Without financial donations provided by individuals and organizations in our community, we would not exist!  Even though the majority of our staff are volunteers, it takes real money to keep the lights on, pay Comcast for their service (internet access and phone service), and lease the copier among other things. Read more →

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 →

Thank-you for your support, girls!

This past week, we received an unexpected windfall from some very nice Aloha Community Library Supporters: 800 books and a promise to purchase even more! Our friends at Cooper Mountain Elementary School and Girl Scout Troop 40410 came by with boxes and boxes of books obtained from an amazing book drive kicked off at the Literacy Night on February 21. Read more →

Getting a Grip on What Library Patrons Want

Did any of you see that great commercial last weekend during the Super Bowl?  You know, the one about being quiet in libraries!  We have included it in this week’s post!  Which one are you? Cream or Cookie? Read more →

Paper trumps tech at national library conference

February 1, 2013, by Frank Catalano of GeekWire

Amazon’s Kindle-free presence at the ALA January,2013 meeting in Seattle

I went looking for the digital future of libraries at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting this week. Conveniently, the conference was held in Seattle, near a couple of very forward-looking library systems that make eBooks, mobile apps and digital downloads expected, almost routine.

But if the exhibit hall represented the near future for libraries, that future is still all about paper. Lots and lots of paper.

The hall consisted of more than 400 booths — visited by nearly 10,000 people including public, school, academic and corporate library staff over the span of the event. I went hunting for the tech. Not the standard stuff of behind-the-scenes library automation, on-screen research databases or free computer and Internet access (the last a tech service prized highly by patrons). But for the digital content and tools that have the potential to transform a library experience.

First stop: the major book publishers. Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, W.W. Norton, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Penguin and Disney had large and colorful booths. But nothing digital to be found among the stacks of fiction and non-fiction. eBooks? Not even a mention.

Wait: there was an Amazon booth. Excited, I rushed over. It turned out to be for Amazon Children’s Publishing. It also only had physical books. When I asked the rep where the Kindles were, I got a shrug and the comment, “A big part of our market is libraries and printed books.” Not a Kindle to be found.

After more searching, I came up with a handful of exceptions among the major book publishers. Britannica Digital Learning was totally pixels, introducing Merriam-Webster Unabridged. Scholastic had its newish digital lines FreedomFlix and TrueFlix tucked away in a corner of its huge book-laden display (this minimal presence, I was told, was because they were based on popular physical lines,Cornerstones of Freedom and True Books). McGraw-Hill Professional was showing engineering and science interactive books.

So where were the eBooks that publishers are offering through Amazon, Nook and libraries? (read rest of post)

Building a Center of Community One Brick at a Time

Recently, a group of 13 volunteers (see picture to the right) from Aloha spent 3 hours of their Saturday afternoon canvassing the community.  Ultimately, they distributed 1,000 flyers about our new library here in Aloha, OR!  They did this on January 19, which coincided with the Nation Day of Service Day.  This is a great way to generate additional visibility about our fledgling library.

In the near future, Girl Scout Troop 40410 (5th graders at Cooper Mt. Elementary School) will be selling cookies and sharing their proceeds with us!  What an amazing story.

Just last week, WCCLS sent out their quarterly newsletter and told all of Washington County about us in a cover article titled, “The Little Library that Could”.  We couldn’t have titled it better!

If you are reading this and you know of people who DON’T KNOW about us, send them a link to this article, “like” this on facebook and, well, call them up and tell them!  Your support will help all of us continue to make this operation grow and prosper, and ultimately benefit the community of Aloha in amazing ways.