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Support library projects at Grand Lodge

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - The Forest Grove Library Foundation fundraises for projects like Mollies Garden, a glass art installation highlighted by the skylight. A “friends and family night” is scheduled at McMenamins Grand Lodge Tuesday, Sept. 1, in support of the Forest Grove Library Foundation.

Half of the proceeds from food and drink sales from 5 p.m. until closing at Pat’s Corner, located outdoors on the front lawn, will go to the foundation. The FGLF will use the money to continue to enhance the Forest Grove City Library.

After the library doubled in size with a 1998 bond measure, several community leaders were recruited to organize the Forest Grove Library Foundation in 2000. In early 2006, $1.3 million was raised to renovate the older part of the library building, a project completed in 2007. In late 2010, the foundation embarked on another $250,000 fundraising effort for art, furniture and signage.

The foundation raised $70,000 for “Mollie’s Garden,” a large art piece in the library’s skylight, designed by internationally renowned artist Ed Carpenter with collaboration by metal artist Eric Canon and wood artist Greg Kriebel, both of Forest Grove. The piece was installed and dedicated in April 2015.

Before the “Mollie’s Garden” project, the foundation raised $100,000 through grants and donations for tables and chairs for the expanded Rogers Room, a community meeting and event space, and the children’s section. To complete the library’s facelift, the foundation is now fundraising for the adult fiction section, reference area and study rooms furnishing needs.

Music will be provided by The Coin Club Band, local musicians Kirk Larson and Don Patch

The Grand Lodge is located at 3505 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove.

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