May book sale: May 4-6

Book saleWe hope you’ll stop by the Friends semi-annual used book sale the first weekend in May to snag some great reads at exceptional prices. It will be held in the Library Community Room May 4th through 6th.

The first hour on Friday is the “Members Only” Pre-Sale, where current members of the Friends will have first pick of all sale material.

Here are all the sale dates and times:

  • Friday, May 4 (Member’s Pre-Sale) — 2 pm to 3 pm
  • Friday, May 4 (Open To All) — 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Saturday, May 5 — 10 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday, May 6 — 1 pm to 4 pm

During Sunday sale hours, regularly priced books will be $3 for a bag. Yellow-tagged items will be 50% off.

Most book prices are in the 50 cent to $1 range, except for some especially nice books and DVDs with prices as marked from $2-5. Credit cards are now being accepted for payment, as well as cash and checks.

If you’d like to volunteer to help at the sale, please contact Allison Austin, our book sale volunteer coordinator.

Donald Swygard nominated for volunteer award

Donald SwygardDonald Swygard has been nominated for a lifetime volunteer achievement award for the Library and the city of Tualatin and will be honored with others at a reception before the City Council meeting on Monday evening, April 23rd. This event will be held at the Juanita Pohl Center, 8513 SW Tualatin Road, Tualatin, OR. The reception is scheduled for 6 pm to 7 pm. The award presentation will start promptly at 7 pm.

Donald has served on the Friends Board as Treasurer, as our purchasing agent, and as our Friday shipper of books sold on our Amazon book store. He is retired from a 37 year career as a middle and high school math and science teacher. In addition to his jobs with the Friends, he tutors kids at the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 7 pm.

Used media sale: April 14th

Used media saleThe Friends of Tualatin Library will host a special Used Media ONLY sale on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Tualatin Public Library. An avalanche of recent donations means a great selection of used DVDs (movies, documentaries, foreign language films, and kids); audiobooks; and hundreds of CDs of every musical genre.

Prices are $1-2, or as marked for some special DVDs. Come early for the best selection. Cash, credit cards, and checks will be accepted for payment.

The Library is located at 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave. in Tualatin.

Christmas Past display at the library

Christmas Past exhibitPlease make an extra effort to view the library’s lobby display case December 18 through December 24 to see a special exhibit, Christmas Past, compiled by Friends volunteer Kay Kendall in collaboration with the library staff and other Friends volunteers.

The project began in late 2015 when a copy of Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster was donated to the library.  Inscribed by a father to his daughter for Christmas 1916, the inscription was 100 years old in 2016. To collect one book inscribed at Christmas each year of the century between 1916 and 2016 would be a nifty trick!

Word went out to Friends volunteers to watch for Christmas inscriptions; book by book over the following two years, the inscribed copies were set aside.  The Tualatin Library staff contributed many hours of time, expertise, and encouragement as the project developed. To date, approximately 45 books have found their way to the Christmas inscription collection.

The display features many of the collection’s antiquarian and vintage books, as well as their inscriptions. Pictured here is the book with the oldest inscription, a copy of A Child’s History of England and Christmas Books by Charles Dickens. The inscription is dated 1888.