The Beaverton Library Foundation
Beaverton Library Foundation: Supporting the Mission of Beaverton City Library
Beaverton is a great place to call home, in part because of our amazing libraries. More than 2500 people visit the Main and Murray Scholls Libraries each day to connect with fellow readers, be inspired by new ideas, and to pursue their educational, professional, and personal goals.
The Beaverton Library Foundation supports the activities and services of Beaverton City Library, including serving as the primary sponsor of the annual Summer Reading Program. We solicit and manage contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations to ensure the long-term success of our library system.
2015 BLF Scholarship Winner
The Beaverton Library Foundation recently awarded its first scholarship to Kelsey Martin. She was selected from an impressive group of recent high school graduates who had all volunteered at the library for at least 50 hours.
Kelsey is a graduate of Beaverton High School and will be studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles this fall to major in cognitive science/psychology. She is the daughter of Craig and Sheila Martin. In addition to her volunteer work at the library, Kelsey was president of her high school French Club, the treasurer of the Key Club, and a National Honor Society scholar. She recently received an award from the American Psychological Association for her original research on stereotypes.
Kelsey says that volunteering at the library taught her the importance of time management, as she worked on several library tasks including shelving items on hold, helping with summer reading, and preparing materials for children’s programs.
A lifelong Beaverton resident, Kelsey is grateful for the library: "The Beaverton City Library enriched my life in countless ways. During my childhood, it ignited endless curiosity. Throughout my adolescence, it provided me with an escape from the whirling world around me. Now, the library means more to me than ever before. It equipped me with the skills I will need to take on college and whatever comes after that. It fostered valuable experiences and reminded me of important life lessons."
With generous donations received from the community, the Foundation is happy to support our city and branch libraries.
Summer Reading Program: $11,885 in 2015-16 ($9,853 in 2014-15)
Scholarships: $2,000 in 2015-16 ($1,000 in 2014-15)
Student contest prizes: $325 in 2015-16 ($200 in 2014-15)
Library PAL: $1,000 (to help get the Bond approved)
The Foundation has also hosted the Beaverton Chamber each year keeping the Library’s programs and needs visible to the business community.