Appreciates support for the Forest Grove library

The community really turned out to help support the Forest Grove Library the night of Jan. 16 at the annual “Books & Buns” benefit dinner.

The dinner was a fundraising event hosted by the Forest Grove Library Foundation. Proceeds from ticket sales added another $1,700 to the Library Foundation’s goal to fund installation of an art project at the library. Library supporters also got to see drawings of “Mollie’s Garden,” the public art project being developed by international artist Ed Carpenter (glass), and local artists Greg Kriebel (wood) and Eric Canon (metal).

Many thanks go to Maggie Pike from Maggie’s Buns, who donated all the food (lasagna, salad, rolls and a wonderful array of desserts); and BJ’s Coffee for donating the coffee. The Forest Grove Library Foundation would also like to thank the United Church of Christ for donating use of their space and kitchen; Rob Foster for dish duty; Sherry Rivas for supplying dinner music; Melissa Jones for her continued assistance; and library director Colleen Winters and the library staff for their support every day.

Mostly, we’d like to thank community members for coming out to support the library, again proving that Grovers deeply care about their community.

Linda D. Saari

Forest Grove Library Foundation

Clarifications on Cornelius library project

Thank you, Mr. Clough, for the issues you bring up about the Cornelius Library and affordable senior housing project (“Voters have already spoken,” Letters, News-Times, Jan. 22 issue). Please allow me to clarify some of the information from your Jan. 22 letter.

“We have an adequately sized library.” This is not true. Oregon Library standards recommend at least 9,500 square feet. We have the lowest space per capita in Washington County. The library has no more space for books and nowhere to hold programs.

“Cultural space and a café would compete with local businesses and taxpayers.” This is not true. The community room in the new library is for events like author talks, poetry readings, musical showcases and many children’s and teens’ programs not currently offered. In addition, Centro Cultural strongly supports the project. The café will be run by a non-profit to train unemployed residents how to operate a small business.

The funding is a bit jumbled in your article and, admittedly, quite complex. Here’s a simple breakdown.

Total project cost is $12.8 million:

n $8 million comes from housing partner, Bienestar

n $2.4 million: private foundation and donor fundraising

n $2.4 million: library bond

Private funding:

n Foundations will match the bond amount only if the bond passes

n $2,180,000 has been identified from local foundations

n If the matching donor funds are not raised, the project will not be built and there will be no bonds sold to build a library

Library operating costs AND revenue are expected to increase in the new building:

n $197,000 expenses

n $235,000 revenue

n Revenue comes from Washington County and the city general fund. (No water account funds.)

n Washington County’s funds rely on a levy (called the “wild card” by Councilor Schamp.) If the county levy failed, all Washington County libraries would cut services.

I hope this answers a few questions and clears up some misinformation. Once you see how little the community has to invest (about $52 a year for homeowners), to receive another $10.4 million, it is much easier to support the project. The financing for this project is well thought out and the benefits to students, job seekers, life-long learners, readers and community members of all ages has more value than can be measured. I encourage you to visit the city and library’s Web pages for much more information.

Karen Hill

Director, Cornelius Public Library

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