Dinner to benefit Forest Grove Library fund Oct. 27

The Forest Grove City Library has been a gathering place for more than a century and Maggie's Buns, a locally owned and operated café, has been a community fixture for 16 years.

Now, Maggie Pike, owner of the bun house, is bringing the resources of her restaurant to work for the betterment of the library, cooking up a dinner where everyone benefits.

'Books and Buns' will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way. At $10 for adults, $5 for children, patrons will receive a dinner of Maggie's famous lasagna, salad, bread and dessert (and, yes, there is a vegetarian option). All proceeds go to the Forest Grove Library Foundation, which is now beginning its second decade.

Begun in 2000 by a group of local library supporters, the foundation ( was created to raise funds for the library, supplementing city and county funding for operation of the library. The first fundraising campaign ended in 2006 with the accumulation of $1.3 million in donations for the renovation of the older part of the library.

'The first campaign was a great validation that this community supports the library,' said Mike Moore, local lawyer, foundation treasurer and one of two original foundation members still on the board.

The foundation is now starting on its second fundraising campaign, setting the goal at $250,000 for furniture, artwork and signage in the adult fiction, children's and Spanish language sections. As in the first campaign, the foundation is seeking grants, business and individual donations. Several fundraising events are being planned, such as the 'Books and Buns' dinner.

When asked whether she'd help with a fundraising dinner, Pike didn't hesitate. 'Absolutely,' she replied. 'I've always been a 'pay it forward' type of person. I think it's genetic, since both my mom and daughter are the same way. I try to do something nice for somebody every day.

'And I love the library. I'm in there probably three times a week. Everyone should support the Forest Grove library. It's an incredible tool for our community.'

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Maggie's Buns is donating a lasagna dinner for a fundraiser for the Forest Grove Library Foundation. Funds will be used for furniture, art and signage for the children's, Spanish language, and adult fiction areas of the library as part of 'The Story Unfolds' capital campaign.


The dinner will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 13.

Tickets are available at the Forest Grove Library, Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce, and Forest Grove branch of U.S. Bank.

- Linda Saari, former editor and publisher of the News-Times, was president of the Forest Grove Library Foundation during its first fundraising campaign and is now vice president.

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