The New Friends of the Beaverton City Library (NFBCL) have received a generous grant from the Reser Family Foundation that will fund technology and equipment upgrades for the Book Corner and the online book sales program. Computers and scanners will enable volunteers to sort book donations more efficiently and accurately, said NFBCL President Margaret Kelleher.
“The equipment is essential for our work, and this outside support is especially appreciated now that we have two very busy libraries serving our community,” she said. Friends’ contributions fund programs and services such as Books for Babies, the Passport to Adventure cultural arts pass, and equipment such as tables and chairs for the main library and the Murray-Scholls branch that are beyond the libraries’ regular budget.
“We’re grateful that the Reser family Foundation recognized the need and supported out work, which benefits our two libraries and the broad community,” she said. “This new equipment, along with networking and volunteer training, mean that we can move forward without cutting back on our regular commitment of library support.”
Besides computers and ISBN (book barcode) scanners, upgrades will include ergonomic-height sorting tables, book carts, and storage crates. Approximately 35 volunteers work in the Book Corner and the online sales program, processing thousands of volumes of donated books, music, and movies.
Last year the friends contributed approximately $30,000 to Beaverton’s libraries, all of it through sales of books donated by the community. Revenue comes from Book Corner sales, online sales of rare and collectible books on Amazon, and book sales held at the library.