Library celebrates decades of outstanding support from friends group

by: CLIFF NEWELL - Terry Huber talks while Bill Baars listens at the 60th anniversary party for the Friends of the Library.When it comes to having friends, the Lake Oswego Public Library may have the best bunch of friends of all.

The Friends of the Library celebrated its 60th anniversary with a party right on the library’s main floor on Oct. 1, and participants had a lot to celebrate. The group has raised $1.7 million since 1953, and it now has 663 members. This is a record that other library support groups in Oregon can only envy. The Friends came through again just last week with a donation of $25,000.

“Their contribution is astounding,” said library Director Bill Baars. “No other friends group has done anything like it. I can see on an everyday basis the influence that the Friends of the Library has on the library and the community. They enhance everything we do.”

“Lake Oswego Reads would not be the exceptional award-winning program it is today without the sponsorship of the Friends of the Library,” said Cyndie Glazer, coordinator of programs and volunteer services.

The festive atmosphere was much aided by sandwiches, candy, nuts, cookies and two cakes. But the night was also a time for looking back at the little project that kept growing during six decades. It all started with just 10 or 12 people wanting to do something good for Lake Oswego.

“We had people here who loved books,” said Terry Huber, current Friends president, in explaining why the group has been so successful. “They felt the library was extremely important to this city.”

Noting that she had joined Friends of the Library in 1998, Huber said, “I’m a relative newcomer.”

Everywhere Huber looked she saw volunteers who had been helping as long as 25 years. She also paid tribute to such outstanding contributors as the late Jack and Jean Radow. Two of the original members, Virginia Campbell and Dorothy Stafford, were not able to be on hand. But the 102-year-old Campbell sent a message of congratulations and said she would soon be getting together with Huber to give an oral history of Friends of the Library.

Before the partygoers left to go home, Huber talked about the one big goal that remains for the Lake Oswego Public Library.

“A new library is definitely needed,” she said. “That’s one thing that keeps us from having a higher rating in the nation. Otherwise we exceed all standards for a library facility. It is amazing what our library does with this fantastic staff.”

For more information about Friends of the Library, go to the website

Cliff Newell can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 105.

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