- Cooperate with the library in expanding services to the community
- Promote the development of library programs
- Create and foster an appreciation of library services
- Support and strengthen the library
We accomplish this mission by selling affordable, gently used books and audio-visual materials donated by the public at The Book Corner, The New Friends of the Beaverton City Library’s used book store. Proceeds from these sales, our online store at Amazon, and other fundraising efforts are given to the Main Beaverton City Library and the Murray-Scholls Branch Library each year. We also help fulfill the Beaverton City Library’s “Wish List” twice a year, which has included e-readers, Blu-ray movies, computers and printers, children’s room furniture, a wide variety of books, shelving, staff training, and a directional kiosk. In addition, NFBCL funding supports programs such as The Art of the Story Festival and Everybody Reads.
NFBCL Board of Directors
President: Sharon Van Buren
Secretary: Mary Ann Axelson
Treasurer: Jim Bartos
Ex-Officio Board Member: Abigail Elder, Library Director
Member-at-Large: Ray Grant
Member-at-Large: Kyle Rappleyea
Member-at-Large: Tom Sanson
The Book Corner Bookstore
The Book Corner offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction hardback and paperback title, most of which sell for 75 cents or $1.50. Vintage (copyright dates late 1800’s, early 20th century), classics, “coffee table,” art books, and newer fiction and non-fiction books are priced slightly higher. The Book Corner is staffed by volunteers and a part-time employed manager.
The Book Corner also sells books on Amazon.com at: www.amazon.com/shops/A25871ML859GI
History of the New Friends of the Beaverton City Library
The Friends of the Beaverton City Library reorganized in 1978 as the New Friends of the Beaverton City Library (NFBCL). Tax exempt status was granted in 1983. The mission of the NFBCL has always revolved around community connections and fundraising support for the Library. The NFBCL is served by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at the main Library. The 5:30 pm meetings are open to all members.
In the early years the NFBCL was actively involved in arranging and hosting speakers, workshops, exhibits, discussions and children’s programs at the Library. Book sales became an annual event in 1991, and in 1993 they were combined with the NFBCL’s first Silent Auction. Funds were also raised by membership dues and small fees for some events. The first “book store” shared space with the Beaverton Arts Commission Gallery at what is now Cedar Hills Crossing.
The NFBCL then asked permission from the City of Beaverton to use a house at the west end of the Library parking lot at its SW Allen location for a bookstore. Pam Farris, then president of the NFBCL Board, and her father, Chuck, took on needed remodeling and the house became “The Book Corner” in May 1996. It is one of the few freestanding bookstores in the state operated by library friends.
From its beginnings in 1925 in the Cady Building, the Beaverton City Library was housed in six different locations before today’s library opened in 2000. The 69,000 square foot building, at S.W. Fifth and Hall Blvd., across from City Park, contains more than 345,000 items and has an annual circulation of more than 2,700,000 items.
The following year, 2001, The Book Corner moved to “the little house on the corner,” at S.W. Fifth and Washington, across from the City Park fountain. As the new library neared completion, the Friends contributed funds for furnishings and equipment such as study carrels for the homework center, tables and chairs, furniture for the children’s section, and signage.
In 2010, Beaverton’s first branch library opened in the Murray Scholls Town Center, with an emphasis on serving children and families. Once again, the Friends supported the new library by funding furnishings and equipment. With the Murray Scholls Library’s expansion in 2015, the library more than doubled its space and dedicated a new wing to children’s books and activities. The NFBCL contributed funds for most of the furniture for the children’s room.
Sales of community-donated books, movies and music CDs continue to be the Friends’ primary source of revenue. In 2013, the Friends began selling books and media online through Amazon. Sales grew quickly, and have the added benefit of reaching buyers for textbooks, specialty nonfiction and collectible books, which often do not sell at the bookstore. Library sales provide another outlet and reach a wide audience.
Membership in the New Friends of the Beaverton City Library is open to all who want to join in the support of our community’s libraries, and membership dues are an important source of revenue for the Friends. Volunteering is another way for library supporters to become involved wight he friends and contribute to the community and the library.