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Oswego Playschool sets library dedication


Oswego Playschool, a parent-run cooperative preschool, is kicking off its 60th year with the installation of a community library, which will be dedicated to John and Betty Gray during a ceremony Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.

Oswego Playschool got its start in 1953 through a donation from the Grays, who shared a passion for early childhood education. Best known as the developer behind Oregon landmarks such as Sunriver Resort and Salishan Lodge, the Grays were charter members of Oswego Playschool and donated the land and materials for the school to be built.

Parents of the 60th class of pupils to attend the school brainstormed ideas to celebrate its diamond anniversary. Someone suggested a community book-sharing program called Little Free Library. A nonprofit organization with more than 2,000 free lending libraries around the world, Little Free Library’s mission is to promote literacy and help build a sense of community.

The idea appealed to the parents who run the play-based cooperative school, and with the carpentry skills of one student’s grandfather, a library was built in the shape of the school. Books are being collected from the families of the school as well as from members of the community.

Oswego Playschool is located at 516 Eighth St. in Lake Oswego.

For more information about Oswego Playschool, call Teri Patapoff at 917-664-0172 or visit oswegoplayschool.org. To learn more about Little Free Library, visit littlefreelibrary.org.