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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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Westside Quilters Guild of Hillsboro Offers Donation Opportunity

This beautiful quilt was crafted by the WESTSIDE QUILTERS GUILD of Hillsboro; one of three they make on an annual basis for donation to local charities.  Staunch supporters of libraries in the region, the Guild generously donated this beautiful quilt to the Aloha Community Library Association to help raise funds for the Library’s operation.

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Little Lambs Make a Difference!

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 →

Parents, Libraries and Reading in Aloha Oregon…

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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Beaverton Optimist Club Donates Bulletin Boards to the Aloha Community Library

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 →

Volunteers come in many ages. Meet Amelia…

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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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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