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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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 →
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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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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April 11, 2013. Today the Aloha Community Library Association (http://alohalibrary.org) received a grant from the Aloha Garden Club (http://www.oregongardenclubs.org/aloha) 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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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 →
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 →