Friends of Lake Oswego Public Library is a non-profit, 501(c)3, established to support our community’s Lake Oswego Public Library. Support comes primarily through sales at Booktique Used Book Store. Funds from Booktique revenues are provided in support of a variety of enriching Lake Oswego Public Library programs. Find out more about Booktique, including store hours.
See our latest newsletter "Watermarks" (click on link) in our newsletter archives.
The four primary goals of the FRIENDS are: to support projects for community use where other funds are not available; to support the mission of the Lake Oswego Public Library and the priorities as described in the library’s goals and objectives; to provide support to initiate programs with long term impact, especially those that may be supported in the future by City/County contributions; and to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the library. We invite you to learn about what we do and to join us in supporting the Lake Oswego Public Library. (Links to information about joining are at the bottom of this page.)
Lake Oswego Reads is not only a true statement, it's the name of the Lake Oswego Public Library program which selects one book each year and distributes hundreds of FREE copies for to local residents (while supplies last). Then there is a month full of supporting events related to the book topic, including the author speaking event! For program information, and a listing of the events and dates from past LO Reads, visit the Lake Oswego Public Library's website LO Reads page.
For a little history on this wonderful community program, watch the 10th Anniversary LO Reads video.
The 2017 LO Reads book was Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt. Rise of the Rocket Girls is the true story of an elite group of young women who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during it's early years, and helped to transform rocket design, to bring about the first American satellites, and to make exploration of the solar system possible. For more information about the most recent LO Reads program, visit the Library Website. Or visit the gallery of photos from the 2017 LO Reads events.
Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library is dedicated to support projects for community use, in particular those involving new technology and/or financial benefit, to actively support levies and other library funding and to provide programming for the community.
Friends does not assume responsibility for programs and projects that would normally be funded through public monies. Friends efforts are an enhancement to, and not a replacement for, governmental support of the library.
Friends also assists the Library during some events, including Rox in Sox, the Storytelling Festival, Music and Author Nights, and Knights of Veritas. Friends is a primary supporter of the LO Reads program.
In the Spring of 1953, a small group of library enthusiasts came together to paint the walls of the Lake Oswego Library. This was not a huge task, as the library at that time consisted of one room in City Hall. From that initial group, a more formal organization was formed “to help publicize the library, to raise funds to augment the budget and to organize a long-range plan for expansion and building,” according to early records.
From their modest beginnings up to 1984, Friends raised $10,000 for the library. One of the early fundraisers was the researching, writing and publication of Mary Goodall’s Oregon Iron Dream, still considered a classic of Lake Oswego history. Profits from that single book added $2,000 to the library building fund. Other fundraising activities in those early years included “movie & popcorn nights” at the library, publishing and selling a cookbook, Book Cooks and Other Important People, and holding annual book sales.
We are always happy to have new members and volunteers to share in "doing good" and supporting the Lake Oswego Library and it's vital programs!
For details about the benefits and various levels of Membership, and to find out how to become a Member of the Friends, please visit the Membership page.
Volunteers are a vital aspect of the success of the Booktique! There are three general categories of volunteers needed: sorters, pricers and cashiers. Learn more about the duties of each and how our volunteers help the Booktique thrive on the Volunteer page.