2023 Tulip Sale
Our beloved Annual Tulip Sale will be held Thursday March 30 through Sunday April 2. Come visit our volunteers in front of the library during regular library hours to purchase beautiful bunches of tulips from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. These gorgeous spots of color will bring a smile to your face and a breath of spring to your home.
Used Book Sale
In conjunction with the Annual Tulip Sale, a Used Book $5 Bag Sale will be running on Saturday April 1. Buy your tulips and then head inside the library to pick up some amazing deals for your entire family. Fill up a grocery bag with gently used books for only $5. We’ll provide the bags!
Library Adds New STEAM/STEM Youth Activities, Furniture Items
With help from the Friends of West Slope Library, one set of wall-mounted STEAM/STEM activity rails and six individual changeable activity boards were recently purchased for the library’s children’s section.
The library also purchased a stand-alone “Loco-Motion” gear panel wall that will potentially be located in a separate location, and new larger tables complete with sturdy blue chairs.
West Slope Library’s Youth Services Librarian, Carrie, extensively researched different products that would best fit the library’s needs, be on budget, and most importantly, be engaging to its young patrons.
The wall-mounted system only supports three STEAM/STEM activities at a time, but purchasing the extra activity boards right now allowed the library to mix and match them, providing variety to the patrons and keeping the space fresh and exciting. Should the library want to purchase additional items the future, this setup will support growth without increasing the footprint of the physical space.
The list of activity boards/panels purchased includes:
- Glitter Rods
- Magnetic Tracks and Wand
- Turning Spirals with Balls
- Acrylic Gears
- Special Effects Turning Discs
- LocoMotion Gear Wall
Look for these fun items in the children’s section!
And There’s More: THANK YOU for Your Generous Support of the Library’s Youth Coding Programs . . .
West Slope Library’s 10-week coding club, sponsored by the national organization Girls Who Code, is well underway and has been meeting at the library each week. Seven members are participating in-person and two are joining virtually to share their projects and coding progress with each other.
Thanks to the new tables and chairs that the Friends recently helped purchase for the library, the club has a great space to be together. They are learning coding terms, basic SCRATCH coding functions, and so much more! The club is open to all genders and is comprised of 3rd – 5th graders. Picture d
SPRING 2023 PROGRAMS
Spring Take & Make Kits
Every month this spring we have a new Take & Make Kit for you to practice crafting something new. Sponsored by the Friends of West Slope Library. Learn more and reserve kits online at https://westslopelibrary.org/take-and-make/. Please limit one kit per person for each craft.
Teen Take & Make Kit
Our Teen Take & Make Kits are marbled clay dishes and will be available starting in May. For more information, go to https://westslopelibrary.org/take-and-make/.
Adult Book Group
Adults meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 2-3:30 pm to discuss a featured book at this member-led book group. Book groups are in person at the library or online via Zoom (in a hybrid meeting format. Visit https://westslopelibrary.org/book-group/ to learn more and register.
Wednesday April 5, 2-3:30 PM – The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
Elle, a happily married mother of three, awakens at the family house she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: Elle and her oldest friend Jonas have cheated on their spouses with each other the night before. Now Elle will have to decide between the life she has and the life she has imagined with Jonas.
Wednesday May 3, 2-3:30 PM – Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger
WHO ARE WE AND HOW DO WE HELP?
Friends of West Slope Library is a 501-C3 non-profit volunteer group formed to increase public interest and participation in West Slope Community Library and to strengthen the library’s collection, activities, and fiscal well-being.
We help pay for books, programs, and other library needs. Our library funding comes from Washington County property tax levies. Since public funding can be subject to change, the Friends can help provide a financial “safety net” in case regular Washington County funding is not sufficient.
Funding comes from memberships, donations, bequests, our in-house book sale, annual tulip sale, and through West Slope Library patrons using the Oregon Bottle Drop, Fred Meyer Community Rewards, and shopping through Amazon Smile on the Friends behalf.
HOW CAN I BECOME A FRIEND AND SUPPORT THE LIBRARY?
You can join the Friends at any time by giving a tax-deductible donation of $15 or more annually. Or become a Friend automatically by volunteering 20 hours annually at the library. Please let our library staff know if you are interested in volunteering. There are also other ways to support the library.