BooktiqueThe Booktique is the used bookstore operated by The Friends of The Lake Oswego Public Library. It is located in Building B on the lower level of the Mercantile Medical Plaza at 3975 Mercantile Drive in Lake Oswego, OR. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Wednesday when the store is open until 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to call for information or answers to questions at 503-699-9109.
This bookstore is the primary fundraising operation of The Friends in their support of the Lake Oswego Library. This bookstore contains thousands of books which have been donated by local citizens or withdrawn from the shelves of the LO Library. Other items for sale in the store include puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s, VHS tapes, talking books, and records.
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HISTORY – The Booktique traces its history to 1991, when after “months of publicizing, collecting, sorting and pricing”, the store opened on November 1st. Prior to the establishment of the bookstore, fundraising was primarily by annual book sales. Because of the large number of books that were being donated, it was felt that opening a used bookstore would benefit the community and help The Friends raise funds for the LO Library.
Work on the startup of the bookstore was done primarily by two men considered to be the “fathers of the Booktique”, Jack Radow and Herb Baumgarner. Jack negotiated the space in Mercantile Plaza while furnishings and supplies were donated by residents of Lake Oswego and others. One of the early benefactors was the Portland Marriott, whose manager donated used carpet from the hotel – and had it cut and laid at NO charge. This was negotiated by Herb, and that carpet is still in use 23 years later!
Carolyn Peake, on loan from the Lake Oswego Library, was the first manager of The Booktique. Since that time managers include Joyce Baskin, Phyllis Price, Laurel Boone, Leroy Swanner and the current manager, Margaret Ogren with assistant manager Kathleen Guilford. (?)
New volunteers are always needed as people retire, move or are not able to continue volunteering. You will meet interesting poeple, share your love/knowledge of books, learn new things, and find out about sales, specials, and special events before the general public. It's a wonderful way to spend a few hours once or more each week. If this sounds interesting, contact the store manager, Margaret Ogren at 503-699-9109. We'd love to have you involved at Booktique!