Praise for Booktique? It's fact, not fiction
Poll finds a lot of love for the Lake Oswego shop, which has helped raise $2 million for the library
Lake Oswegos Booktique is often referred to as a hidden gem, but book lovers throughout the metro area apparently know exactly where to find the little shop on Mercantile Drive.
In a recent survey of Portlanders favorite bookstores, Booktique finished in fourth place ahead of Powells City of Books and other larger and more prestigious bookstores.
This poll shows the uniqueness of our bookstore, says Nancy Niland, president of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library, which runs the shop. (Booktique manager) Margaret Ogren does such a great job with the volunteers sorting, pricing, curating collections and making the Booktique more visually inviting to book buyers.
As a stand-alone bookstore, Niland says, Booktique is stellar. What the people there do to support our library is priceless.
In fact, the sole purpose of Booktique is to support the library and promote its role in the community by enhancing its collections and programs when public funds arent available. Since 1953, the Friends have raised more than $2 million through dues, donations and sales at Booktique, which opened in 1991.
The shop is staffed by more than three dozen volunteers, offering not only books but also puzzles, tapes, records, DVDs and audiobooks. Paperback book prices start at 50 cents, hardbacks at $1.
Twice a year, the nonprofit Friends organization makes cash donations to the library. For the past 10 years, it has been a driving force behind the citys Lake Oswego Reads program, sponsoring the giveaway of free books and visits to Lake Oswego by the authors of each years selection.
With this years Lake Oswego Reads currently underway, Niland says the results of the bookstore poll couldnt have come at a better time. What Im trying to do as the new president is educate the public about the Friends of the Library, Niland says, and shining a light on Booktique certainly helps that effort.
So does an increased presence on Facebook and Instagram. More than 100 new members have joined the Friends in just over a month.
Were getting a lot of young families with young children, Niland says. Were getting a different demographic than we ever had.
Booktique is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesdays. The shop is located at 3975 Mercantile Drive, Suite 225.
For more information about the store, call 503-699-9109 or visit friendslol.org/Booktique.html. For more about Friends of the Library, go http://www.friendslopl.wildapricot.org.