Friends group approves $25,000 in library grants
Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library has approved $25,000 in grants for a variety of programs at the library, including funding to provide 800 free books for Lake Oswego Reads participants and to buy a collection of author Brian Doyle's works for a new contemplative garden and reading area.
Each year, the Friends group approves $50,000 in grants for library programs, with half disbursed in September and the rest in March. V'Anne Didzun, chairwoman of the organization's wish-list committee, says the round of grants announced last week will support a wide range of musical, educational and cultural programs for library patrons of all ages.
The largest grants will fund key parts of Lake Oswego Reads, the community-wide book club-of-sorts that turns the library into a cultural hub and brings hundreds of residents together through the common bond of reading. The selection for 2018 is "Good Morning, Midnight," a post-apocalyptic novel by author Lily Brooks-Dalton.
The Friends have allocated $4,000 to pay for a presentation by Brooks-Dalton, who will discuss her book in the Lake Oswego High School auditorium on Feb. 13, 2018; because of the grant, tickets to the event will be free. And the group has provided $8,000 to purchase 800 copies of "Good Morning, Midnight," which will be distributed for free to library cardholders at a special LO Reads kickoff event in January.
By comparison, the grant to purchase a collection of Doyle's works is tiny — just $300. But the emotional impact will be huge, given the beloved Lake Oswego author's death earlier this year from brain cancer at the age of 60. To honor his memory, the library is creating a contemplative garden and quiet reading area; the Friends grant will pay for a collection of books to be kept there.
In addition, the grants include:
• $3,500 for special programs next spring and summer, including summer reading, music for babies, movement for toddlers and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) events for elementary and middle-school students;
• $3,300 to bring classical, jazz Latin and folk musicians to the library for its First Tuesday series;
• $3,300 to make sure the library's performing arts series can continue during daytime hours;
• $2,000 for educational and cultural programs; and
• $600 for the Third Tuesday series, which features presentations from local authors.
— The Review