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Volunteers bring Aloha library from concept to concrete

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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