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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La Biblioteca de la Comunidad de Aloha los invita a la primera celebración anual de El día del niño!
Sábado 27 de Abril
10:30am – 1:00pm
- Por primera vez en la biblioteca, la lectura de un cuento en español leído por la principal de la escuela Mountain View, Claudia Ruf.
Venga diviértase y celebremos a nuestros niños!
The Aloha Community Library invites you to the first annual El día del niño (kids day) celebration on Saturday April 27th, from 10:30am to 1:00pm. The events planned will include:
- First Spanish Story Time (Read by Mt. View Principal Mrs Claudia Rus)
Come have fun as we celebrate our kids!
Once Upon A Time In Aloha…
Celebrate the heroes of our tale, our volunteers! You are invited to join us as we remember the adventures we’ve had and look forward to where we are going in our next chapters!
Did you help at a book drive or book sale last year? Have you spent time cleaning, processing, or cataloging books? Have you volunteered in the library helping patrons? Are you a current or former storytime reader? Are you one of the Online Sales crew?
Have you served on a commitee, like grant writing or marketing? Have you offered guidance and support in your area of expertise? Are you a Board member trying to steer the organization toward our North Star? Have you helped in any way to get us to this point? Please come! We very much want to say thank you in person!
We hope to see all of you on the 26th!
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 →
On March 2 (just 10 days ago), we hosted a wonderful community event with Sheriff Pat Garrett, and 5 volunteers from our own local Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue office in a special Saturday morning “storytime” event in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Read more →
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 →