North Plains Public Library

Debbie Brodie, Director
31334 NW Commercial St.
North Plains, OR 97133
(503) 647-5051
Mon–Wed 11 AM–7:30 PM, Thu–Sat 11 AM–5:30 PM

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On April 15, 2002, the City of North Plains established a North Plains Public Library Board to create Library policies and job descriptions and to work with the Friends on the City's behalf to open the Library. The Friends began pulling together donations and making purchases to make the 590-sq.-ft converted janitor's closet of the Jessie Mays Community Hall into a library in February, 2003.

In April, 2004, Mr. Wayne Holm, CEO of Oregon-Canadian Forest Products, Inc., proposed to the North Plains City Council constructing a new 2,500-square-foot building to house the North Plains Public Library if other funds could be found for the land, interior furnishings and off-site improvements (street improvements, parking and landscaping). The Friends of the North Plains Public Library raised the funds necessary for the furnishings and off-site improvements. The Groundbreaking Ceremony was on April 28, 2005.

Mrs. Jeanie Holm organized an art project with the North Plains Elementary School and Evergreen Junior High School in the Fall of 2004. She worked with local artist Michael Orwick to prepare canvases with drawings depicting the history of the local area and with Jeff Upton from Glencoe High School who was the sole artist for the banner over the circulation desk. Mrs. Holm also coordinated the donation of artwork from Robert Weller, Michael Orwick and Debra Ramsey.

No public funds were used to construct the building. The City of North Plains has leased the land to the Friends of the North Plains Public Library for a nominal fee and the City will participate in the future operation costs. The Grand Opening of the new building was April 29, 2006. On July 1, 2007, North Plains Public Library became a full member of Washington County Cooperative Library Services.


11:30 AM to 12:00 PM - North Plains Public Library: The North Plains Public helps support Early Literacy by providing age-appropriate storytimes for children from birth to age six.Storytime with Miss Marion: April Showers


6:00 PM - Jessie Mays Community Hall: Join us for a FREE movie showing of the 2014 version of Annie, a PG-rated comedy-drama about a young orphan girl who is rescued by a wealthy businessman. Refreshments will be served. All ages welcome!


11:30 AM to 12:00 PM - North Plains Public Library: The North Plains Public helps support Early Literacy by providing age-appropriate storytimes for children from birth to age six. Storytime with Teacher Barbara: Weather


11:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Jessie Mays Community Hall: Use your imagination to make fantastic LEGO creations. Kids, teens and adults are welcome. We provide the LEGOs (for ages 6 and up) and DUPLOs (for ages 3 and up), so please leave yours at home and ours at Jessie Mays.


1:00 PM - Jessie Mays Community Hall: Members of the Portland Ballet Youth Company will come to North Plains to perform in the fourth annual preview of excerpts from the upcoming Spring Concert. This free program will include excerpts from both traditional and modern pieces. All ages are welcome.


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Tualatin Heritage Center: Art of the Story Festival Presents Chetter GallowayDate/Time: Sun, 04/12/2015 - 2:00pmFree at the Tualatin Heritage Center A Tale of a Few Tricksters: Chetter GallowayOne sneaky, one clever, one greedy, one wise, these characters are like birds of a feather whose stories flock together.Chetter Galloway is a storyteller whose focus is on African and African-American tales. Originally from Suffolk, Virginia, he now calls Portland, Oregon home. Chetter is an accomplished interpreter of living history and has also worked as a museum curator and educator, developing educational outreach programs for schools.Chetter began his storytelling career at Carters Groves Historic Site in Colonial Williamsburg, where he told the stories of the lives of free and enslaved Africans in the 18th century. He continued this work Historic Brattonsville in Rock Hill, South Carolina and the Atlanta History Center, and has gone on to engage audiences at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival; Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site; The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival; The National Black Arts Festival; The National Storytelling Conference; The Smithsonian; and on CNN.In 2003, Chetter entered East Tennessee State University’s Masters of Storytelling Program. While at ETSU, Chetter honed his craft and developed a one man piece, “Free at Last, Not let me Fly,” that he adapted into an educational school assembly program.Since 2014, Chetter has quickly become involved in the local storytelling scene. He is an active member of the Portland Storytellers Guild, has performed with the Portland Story Theater Urban Tellers, and at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.This event is free and for adults and children ages 6+.This year, Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts its 11th Annual Storytelling Festival — Art of the Story April 11-18. The week-long storytelling extravaganza features seventeen storytelling performances throughout Washington County.Performers in this year's festival include both local and national storytellers - Judith Black, Sam Payne, Kuniko Yamamoto, Chetter Galloway, and performers from Portland's Brody Theater company.All events are free. Please call 503-846-3222 no less than 3 business days prior to an event to schedule assistive listening devices or sign language interpreters.This program is supported in part by the Friends of the Tualatin Library. Thank you Friends!Location8700 SW Sweek DriveTualatin, OR 97062United StatesSee map: Google Maps