February is Library Lovers’ Month and we’re returning the love to our loyal library users. From Sunday, February 9 – Saturday, February 15, donate food at the Library. For every non-perishable can, box, or other food item, we will delete $2 of fines off your account up to $20. Food for Fines applies only to fines, not lost or damaged items.
What you can donate.
· Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.)
· Canned and boxed meals (chili, soup, macaroni & cheese, etc.)
· Peanut butter
· Pasta, rice, cereal
· Canned fruits
· 100% fruit juices
· Baby food
What you can leave at home…or throw out.
· Food that is past its expiration date
· Homemade, perishable or opened items
· Unlabeled or rusty cans
The Library will donate all food to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry to help those in need. Take a bite out of hunger and your fines at the same time!
Add Some Chat to Your Morning Coffee
The Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter. What really goes on in a restaurant kitchen. A day in the life of a Tigard cop. These are a few of the topics discussed at the library’s Coffee and Conversation events. Not your usual breakfast conversation. But then, the Library probably isn’t the first place you think of for breakfast. On Thursday, February 20, at 9 a.m., join us for free coffee and a light breakfast and get to know library staff and fellow community members.
February marks the third session in the Library’s Coffee and Conversation series. At the January breakfast, the conversation flowed naturally. Someone mentioned the various houses in Harry Potter, and a surprising number of guests knew what house they belonged to. Those who didn’t, learned about a website where they could find out…cuz that’s what librarians do!
A Tigard police officer joined the conversation. Many guests were curious about his job. He said most officers’ interactions involve just talking to people, either to ease fears or gain or provide information. He said that police K-9s were some of the most effective deterrents to those who are trying to escape the police. They may be on the run, but when they see the dog, they give up.
Add some chat to the cream in your coffee and join us for Coffee and Conversation. Who knows who will drop by? You may not know the people sitting next to you when you arrive, but by the time you leave, you’ll know a little more about each other.
The Amazing Women Behind Tigard
They promoted schools, advocated for parks, improved the Tigard Library, excelled in conservation efforts. They were trailblazers, activists and doers who helped make Tigard what it is today. In honor of the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the Tigard Library is featuring these Tigard stalwarts in a display in the Local History Room.
Schools, parks and the Library’s Houghton Reading Room have been named after some of them. Grace Tigard Houghton is near and dear to the Library’s heart. The granddaughter of Tigard founder Wilson Tigard, Grace was a strong advocate for physical education and local libraries. When she died at the age of 97, she left one-third of her estate to the Tigard Library for a reading room.
The other amazing women include Patricia Whiting, a former state legislator who helped pass progressive legislation to enhance the environment and women’s rights related to civil rights, employment, family planning and childcare. She appeared on the Today Show to promote a ban on spray cans, which depleted the ozone.
Two Tigard schools are named for Alberta Rider and Mary Woodward because of their advocacy of education and community contributions. Alberta Rider sold her property to the school district for the school and continued to live in her home while it was being built. Mary Woodward, was an educator, journalist and conservationist. She received national awards for her conservation work and was one of the founders of The Oregon Press Women’s club.
These are just a few of the amazing women who have inspired others to make a difference in Tigard. Learn more about them in the library’s local history room and online where a different woman will be featured each month.
You may have noticed orange cones and red and yellow tape in the parking lot in December. No, it wasn’t some bizarre holiday decoration. It was Progress! The City installed two new Volta super chargers for electric vehicles replacing the previous one.
The best news is they’re free for electric vehicle owners! Volta has partnered with companies who pay for advertising on the space-age chargers. Want to know more? https://voltacharging.com/
From the friendly “Hello” message to the attractive high-tech styling, the chargers are almost as welcoming as the library! If you drive an electric vehicle, you can multi-task while you’re at the Tigard library. Charge your vehicle while you charge your mind!