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.
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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.
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.
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 →
Aloha Community Library Association’s
First Annual Book Drive!
Saturday, February 18 and Saturday February 25.
10am-4pm both days.
Bring your boxes of books, cds, dvd, blu ray disks!
Donated materials will be either used to build the library’s collection or will be resold to raise funds to help the library open in June, 2012.
Bring your materials to the new location at: Bales Thriftway on Farmington Rd. 17683 SW Farmington, Suite #E, Aloha, OR 97007 (map)
See our donations policy for information on what we do with donated items.
By honoring our rich heritage and looking to the future, we aspire to be a visible learning center of activity in Aloha. We will do this by creating opportunities to participate, connect and serve.
It is our dream to offer our community residents a safe, welcoming place to study, research, work, relax and conduct meetings. We intend on setting up our first storefront with high speed internet, free wifi and full access to the WCCLS system.
ACLA is currently looking for community volunteers who can help with many of the tasks involved in starting a library. If you have skills in grant writing, accounting, legal work for non-profit organizations, or setting up and running libraries or small businesses, your help and support is needed!
At this time, ACLA is soliciting monetary contributions. In the near future, donations of items such as books, technology, office supplies, and library furniture will be sought.
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