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Food and drink lubricate local libraries' fundraising

The Forest Grove City Library is on a roll.

Last Tuesday, Sept. 13, library-supporting families and friends flocked to McMenamins Grand Lodge to enjoy brews and burgers — while buying furniture for the library.

At its "friends and family" fundraising nights, the Grand Lodge donates half the evening's proceeds to a local nonprofit organization. This year the event brought in $1,638, which will go to help buy furnishings for the west end of the library, said Library Director Colleen Winters.

The amount is less than the $2,200 the library has averaged each year over 11 years of participating in this fundraiser, said Winters, but the camaraderie, live music and warm summer evening still made it a great event.

Earlier this month, the library's trivia team, "Dewey Know it!?," won the first trivia contest against two trivia teams from the Cornelius Library.

Named in honor of the Dewey Decimal System, Forest Grove's team trekked to Tabb's Sports Bar & Grill in Cornelius Sept. 1 to field questions on everything from geography to pop culture to sports to books.

The team includes Dave Pauli of Friends of the Forest Grove Library, Elizabeth Beechwood of the city's library commission, Tom Beck of the city's planning commission and library staff members Ashley McDonald and Jennie Chamberlin.

They beat out the competition, answering questions such as "What Great Lake does not border Canada?" (Lake Michigan) and "What is the name of a river in both Texas and Vietnam?" (the Red River).

The Cornelius teams have been invited to Forest Grove for a rematch.

All proceeds from the trivia night benefit the Cornelius library.