Friends of the Hood River County Library

Friends News

Books of Plays

Celebrate the new theatre season by reading a play before you see it.  Once again, Friends of the Library have provided additions to the library’s drama collection from the upcoming productions by CAST, OSF, Portland Center Stage and Artists Repertory Theatre.  New titles include Father of the Bride, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Children of Willesden Lane, The Santaland Diaries, Mothers and Sons, The Skin of Our Teeth and Other Desert Cities.  New theatre history/biographies It Happened on Broadway and Joy Ride are also on the shelves.  Check out our great collection of Shakespeare and other classics, too, in book form or DVD.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Library

Would you like to help the library? Join the Friends of the Hood River County Library and participate. In the fiscal year 2015-2016, there were over 2900 volunteer hours recorded at the library. Contact Nadine Klebba,, 971-803-0959 or Buck Parker,, 541-354-1112.  If you are interested in one of our volunteer spots please visit the page on volunteering.


Volunteer positions available:

  • Book covering and repair. This group meets every Tuesday to prepare new books for the shelves and to repair damaged books.
  • Processing all donated books: for ongoing sales, the annual book sale, and for the “free” carts.
  • Processing all incoming materials for the library: covering, taping books, marking cds.
  • Shelving: all returned books.
  • Book sales: organizing, set up, and staffing for the annual 3-day book sale.
  • Hood River Reads: A massive, annual undertaking with many volunteer opportunities.
  • The Dirty Book Club:  Meets weekly to clean those dirty books.
  • Entrance Display: Creates fresh displays for the library foyer each month.

Friends Business Meetings — Next Meeting is Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at noon.

No meetings in July, August or December. The Friends meet at noon, downstairs in the Gaulke Meeting Room at the Hood River Library, usually on the second Tuesday of the month.


Book Donations

Our libraries always need new material. If you have extra books, DVDs, or CDs, our libraries would love to have them. Many donated materials go directly into the library collection; the rest will be sold on the Friends’ sale shelves in the library or at the Friends’ annual book sale.

You can bring your donation to any of the Hood River County Library branches during open hours, or place the items in any of the book drops when the libraries are closed. If you have a large number of books to donate, please contact

We especially need current popular and literary fiction, non-fiction, and newer DVDs, but all books and media in good condition are welcome. For more information, please contact Betty Lou at 541-386-5031 or e-mail:

This years annual book sale is scheduled for June 1, 2, 3. More information later.
Thank you!

Who Are the Friends?

We are book lovers and library supporters. We formed the Friends of the Hood River Library in 1977. Donations, membership fees, and the sale of books fund our efforts.  Through the years, the Friends have made large and small contributions to the library, from lamps and footstools to computers and children’s programs. We also donated $15,000 toward the Library’s remodel project, $5,000 to the new library district board for start-up costs, $1,300 for the young adult collection, and $2,500 for audio books.

In 1998 the Friends gave $10,000 in seed money to start the Library Foundation, which raised funds for the library renovation and expansion in 2003 and ran an Early Open Campaign in 2011 that allowed the library to reopen six months early.

Friends members also volunteer in the library. We cover and process new books, shelve, and assist the children’s librarian with craft projects. We organize adult programs and co-sponsor the Hood River Reads annual event.

When the library was closed, the Friends remained active with many members working on the grassroots campaigns to re-open it. Hood River County voters passed the November 2010 ballot to establish a tax base for the library. The Friends ongoing projects include the Winter Programs, Hood River Reads, raising funds to support the Children’s Summer Programs, and providing additional Library funding as needed.

We invite you to join or support The Friends of the Hood River County Library. There will be many opportunities to  help our library in the coming years. The Friends meet at noon on the second Tuesday of most months at the Hood River Library.

For more information contact Nadine Klebba at or 971-803-0959 or Buck Parker at or 541-354-1112.

Donations are gratefully accepted and can be mailed to:

Friends of the Library (a 501(c) 3 Charitable Organization)
PO Box 1764
Hood River, OR 97031

The Friends of the Hood River County Library is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.