Summer Reading starts June 1st

The Tualatin Library’s 2019 Summer Reading program starts on Saturday, June 1st. The library will stay open later that day to celebrate, and Grammy-nominated “kindie rock” band Recess Monkey will play from 6 to 7 pm to join in the fun. The whole family can sign up for summer reading and enjoy some catchy, clever, high-energy tunes.

The library will be open until 8 pm for this special day. Kids and teens will receive a free book when they sign up for Summer Reading. Sign up starts at 10 am when the library opens.

The Friends donated funding to the library for books and activities for the Summer Reading Program. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

Spring book sale: May 3-5, 2019

May book sale

It’s that time of year again! The semi-annual Used Book Sale will be on Friday, May 3, from 3-6 pm; Saturday, May 4, from 10-4 pm; and on Sunday, May 5, from 1-4 pm, in the Community Room of the Tualatin Public Library.

The sale will feature a large collection of books for all ages, a nice selection of audio books and music CDs, as well as comic books and graphic novels for teens.

Current members will have first pick of all the sale materials at the “Members Only” Pre-sale on Friday from 2-3 pm.

Most books are priced in the 50 cent to $2 range with exceptions for extra-nice books and DVDs which will be priced individually. Credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted.

The last sale was a great success, and due to all the generous donations of books and media, we hope to do the same at this event. See you all there!

Friends named Volunteer Group of the Year

Exciting news for our hard-working group of volunteers! The Friends of the Tualatin Library has been named the Outstanding Volunteer Group of 2018 for the library and the city! We were honored at the Volunteer Appreciation event at the Juanita Pohl Center on Monday, April 8th. Mayor Frank Bubenik said our group “truly makes a world of difference.”

Our President, Laura Baker, said “We are incredibly fortunate to have the support and recognition we enjoy from the library staff.  I know this isn’t why we do what we do, but it’s nice to be recognized every now and then and certainly nice to be a partner in supporting the library. Thanks again to all of our volunteers for your hard work and dedication.”

In addition to the group award, Kay Kendall was named Outstanding Adult Volunteer for 2018 at the Volunteer Appreciation event. She serves a special role in the Friends of the Tualatin Library organization – researching and repairing books. She has also installed literary displays for the library lobby display case. Congratulations, Kay!

Art display by Molly Burns at the library

This week our very own long-time Friend, Molly Burns, has a display of her digital art and poetry in the display case in the Tualatin Library lobby.

Molly calls her work “digital” art because she creates it with her Samsung tablet and the Samsung SketchBook app. With SketchBook, you can draw with a stylus (or your finger), add color, import images, and add text. Molly is both an artist and a poet, so her work typically includes both images and words. After creating an art piece on the tablet, she takes it to a local print shop for color printing.

Inspiration for Molly’s art and poetry comes from a variety of sources. “Sometimes it comes from little memories that pop into my head,” she says. “Or news that I read or just some little thing that happens. Then I experiment.”

Molly’s art will be on display through Sunday, April 21. We hope you have a chance to stop by and see it!

Book sale volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the Spring book sale, May 3-5, 2019.

We need volunteers to help with the set-up of the sale Friday morning and the take down on Sunday afternoon. During sale hours, we need volunteers to support the cashiers by tallying up sales and also to assist our customers on the sale floor. Set up for the sale will occur on Friday 5/3/19, from 9 am to 1 pm. Shifts through the weekend during the sale are for 2-3 hours at a time.

Sale hours are:

  • Friday, May 3rd, 2 – 6 pm (members only for the first hour)
  • Saturday May 4th, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday May 5th, 1 – 4 pm

Our volunteer sign-ups are automated with Sign-Up Genius, an online volunteer recruitment service. Sign-Up Genius is easy; you don’t need an account with them to use it. Here are the steps:
1. Go to our page on Sign-Up Genius:
2. Scroll down the page to see what time slots are still open
3. Click the “Sign Up” box for any shifts you would like to sign up for. You can sign up for multiple shifts if you’d like
4. Click the “Submit and Sign Up” box at the center-bottom of the page
5. Enter your name and email address
6. You’ll receive a confirming email after submitting your sign-up. And you’ll receive a reminder close to the sale date.

If you prefer to sign up via email, please contact us.