June Newsletter

June 24, 2014

Volunteer with NEPTL

We always need volunteers to staff the library. You can sign up by emailing  volunteer@neptl.org
Thank you! 

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NE Portland Tool Library
5431 NE 20th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
(503) 539-1756

Saturdays, 9am – 2pm

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm

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June 2014 Newsletter

Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer

Did your stomach sink a little when you got the message that the Tool Library wouldn’t be open unless there were people to run the computers? Did you feel slightly angry? “What the what? It can’t close! I need to check out / return / see if they have…”Fortunately, people stepped up and we were open. BUT… summer is our busy season and it would be stress reducing if everyone who uses the library on a regular basis signed up for a shift.

The shifts are short — two and a half hours!
The work is fun and… you get to see what’s new in stock since the last time you really had a chance to look around.

Commit to JUST ONE SHIFT this summer and send an email to our volunteer coordinator:  volunteer@neptl.org

We’ll give you a NEPTL sticker as a thank you!

Tool Library Garage Sale: June 27 and 28
Friday: 12 – 5 & Saturday: 9 – 2

Tool Sale Boxes Tool Sale Wrenched Tool Sale Shovel and Stand.The best garage sale for tools is BACK! Tools that have been retired from circulation, donations, and miscellaneous odds and ends are coming out of storage and are ready for new owners.

We have a wood chipper, several miter saws, lots of tools for the garden, corded and cordless power tools, some beautiful “almost antique” handtools, vintage keys and boxes, lots of thingamagigs and hard to find doohickeys.

Classified Ads in the Newsletter?

Many of the NE neighborhood papers and newsletters have a classified section that goes out to the community. We thought this could be a nice feature for our members and also be a fundraiser for the library.Our newsletter goes out to 3,000 members once a month. The ad format would be basic — we’d allow a limited amount of text and up to two photographs. Pricing would be under $20 for a one time ad.

If you have something that you would advertise — construction materials, services, or events, please send an email to:


I’d like to get an idea of the amount of interest there is in this newsletter feature and also what sort of things our members would advertise to determine if this is feasible!

Thank you for your continued support!

The Northeast Portland Tool Library Board
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May 2014: New Library Day Added!

NEPTL is pleased to extend our open hours to Tuesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm starting May 2014.

If we can maintain a consistent level of volunteer help on Tuesdays this will become a permanent addition to our open days. So come on in Tuesday and please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to help keep your tool library running smoothly!

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Black Tie Optional: NEPTL Annual Tool Ball!

Black Tie Optional: NEPTL Annual Tool Ball!

This year’s Tool Ball will be hosted at Widmer Brother’s Pub (955 N Russell St.) on Thursday, Dec. 12th @ 6pm. Join us for an evening of laughter and dance as we celebrate our five year anniversary in a full on Tool Pentathlon, live musical performances, hors d’ourves, beer and a silent auction. Winners of the pentathon will receive NEPTL late fee script!

While we like to keep things classy in our tool belts, this is also a black-tie optional/encouraged event. So come on out dressed to impress and enjoy the opportunity to document such noble efforts with tools and hard hats in our custom photo booth.

Entry fee is $5 that will give you access to beer, beer, and MORE BEER. Your entry fee will also earn you one raffle tick towards some awesome prizes including Timbers tickets, Common Ground Wellness gift cards, Asula Wellness giftcards, Townshend’s Tea gift cards, and other fun packages to bid on. Feel free to purchase more raffle tickets after entry.

$5 for 1 ticket
$10 for 7 tickets

We can’t wait to see all of you at our favorite annual event. Our members have been hard at work putting together raffle and silent auction prizes in addition to an evening of what’s guaranteed to be unforgettable.

See you December 12th at Widmer Brother’s Pub.

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