Molalla Library is More Than Books
By Diana Hadley, Library Director

Greetings from the Molalla Public Library! The book drops are still open 24/7. Returns are encouraged. Please be aware materials are sequestered for a minimum of 72 hours before checking the items in. This in accordance with the Institute of Museum and Library Services guidelines regarding the safe handling of library materials. There are no fines on materials checked in at this time. Most materials are due on July 31. Items checked out during curbside service may have an August due date. For questions on due dates, please log in to your account at or call the library and have your library card ready.

The Library continues to offer curbside service Tuesday through Saturday. Please call the Library at 503-829-2593 for more information. It’s an easy way to get new library materials. The Library is now getting courier service from other libraries throughout Clackamas County Monday through Friday. Placing a hold is no longer limited to what the Molalla Public Library has available. Please be patient as it will take some time for materials to arrive from other libraries. Also, please review any holds placed in the past few months and delete those no longer of interest.

Summer Reading is in full swing. Grab and go craft kits for all ages will continue until the first part of August. The kits are handed out on Mondays from 10:00-11:30am in the parking lot. Please enter from the east driveway. Any kits left over are available during curbside service hours. Please call and request them in advance.
Have you tried the new streaming service, hoopla, yet? This service has a wide variety of TV shows and movies to stream or download. The Library just added music as well. The variety of shows, movies, and music available provides something for everyone. Each card holder is allowed seven borrows per month. The titles can be downloaded for off-line playback later, when Wi-Fi may be unavailable. Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period. The Library offers Wi-Fi in the parking lot during the day to facilitate checking these titles out and for other internet needs.

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The Molalla Library continues to serve our community through curbside service and grab-and-go kits. The annual Summer Reading Challenge has begun! This year’s theme is Imagine Your Story. All ages are welcome to participate in reading and other activities designed to spark creativity and use your imagination. 

This year, we are introducing a new app/website called Beanstack. The whole family can be registered under one account. It keeps track of minutes read, activities accomplished, and badges earned. Some of the activities include making a recipe from your favorite book, thinking about what wishes you would ask for from a genie in a bottle, share your favorite fairy tale character, and so much more! Not sure you’re ready to venture into yet another app or website? There’s an instructional video on how to sign up on our webpage. There are also paper copies of the Challenge available by request. In August, there will be drawings for some awesome prizes. In addition to the prizes from the drawing, Programs To Go kits will be available on the following Mondays, from 10:00 to 11:30 am: July 13, July 27, August 3, and August 10.

The Molalla Library now has a Pinterest account. There is no sign up needed to see the recommended reads put together by the Library staff. Not sure what to read? Check out the page for award winners, OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) and ORCA (Oregon Reader’s Choice Award) titles, and, in keeping with this year’s Summer Reading theme, fantasy. Explore this new resource and find something fun for the whole family.

Curbside service is now available Tuesday through Saturday and the book drops are open every day. Materials are starting to move throughout the County, so items you want from another library will make their way to you. Please take some time to log into your account and make sure you still want the items you may have placed on hold earlier in the year. If you do, it’s all good and we’ll let you know when the title is here for you. If there are items you don’t want anymore, you can cancel your hold and we won’t contact you about it. Please call the Library at (503) 829-2593 with any questions you have about holds, curbside service, or other Library related matters.

When people think “library,” many also think “books.” The Molalla Library is more than just books. Yes, the library has books for all ages and on all subjects. It even has books in other languages. But the library offers more than just paper tomes waiting to be read.

The collection within the building also holds DVDs, CD audiobooks and music, video games, and even basketballs for the court next door. When the library had to close its doors in March, the electronic collection became even more important. Your library card is your ticket to a vast wealth of resources which are free! If you don’t have a library card, you can sign up for one online at

Because DVDs are the most popular thing the library has in its collection, a streaming video service, hoopla!, was added. In addition to hoopla!, there is a vast collection of electronic books which can be downloaded to listen to or read. For those of you with school-age children participating in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB), all the OBOB books are available through cloudLibrary, a downloadable service for e-books and e-audio. While it is recognized that people do prefer to hold and read a book, these alternatives are ways to access materials for both information and pleasure. Quick and easy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) projects and Willow Reads Storytime videos are available on the Molalla Library Facebook page and YouTube channel.

As the library prepares to reopen, even more things are coming. The library received a grant from the County to start a Library of Things such as simple tools, craft implements, musical instruments, and other items. These items are in the process of being purchased and packaged for use. The summer reading program has gone online with an easy app to use although paper copies of the logs will be available. Activities veer away from screen time and into imagining a story in some form along with reading. Yes, prizes are still part of it. Summer reading will be open to all ages.

Yes, the library is more than just books.

Have a question? Call 503-829-2593 or email, and someone will get back to you soon!