Power Tools to the People!

We’re Hiring….

The North Portland Tool Library is hiring a Tool Coordinator.

The Tool Coordinator, under the direct supervision of the NPTL Board of Directors, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the tool library.  This is a part-time position that requires excellent communication skills, including written, interpersonal and public presentation. Good record keeping abilities and a high level of organization are also required.  The Tool Coordinator must have a basic knowledge of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping and tool use. Experience or knowledge in the basic maintenance of tools is desired.

Description and application

Due by 5pm on October 26th 2018

Lead Free Project Workshop 

Tuesday November 6th 6-8pm Lead exposure can occur due to the presence of lead in older paint, plumbing, soil, and even household items. Homes built before 1978 may have lead in the old layers of paint. Lead poisoning harms the development of young children
and can impact prenatal development. We can be exposed to lead through paint dust from remodeling, friction from daily activities, household items, hobbies, jobs, and contaminated soil.
We offer two free workshops and a HEPA vacuum lending program to help you protect yourself and your family from lead. With education, awareness, and action, you can prevent lead poisoning! Register here


DIY Weatherization Workshop

Tuesday November 13th from 6-8pm, at the Kenton Firehouse on the main floor. This interactive, hands-on workshop will give you the tools to make your home warmer and more energy-efficient, while lowering your energy bills! Hosted by the Community Energy Project. Register here


In Memory of Gerald Howard

December 27, 1949 – May 25, 2018


NPTL Board President Gerry Howard passed away on May 25th after a long illness. Gerry gave many years of volunteer service to the North Portland community. In addition to serving on the tool library board for more years than anyone can remember, Gerry volunteered with MESO, an organization that grants small-business loans to low-income individuals. A banker by trade, Gerry was also an avid rail buff, and for many years was the board secretary of the SP&S Railway Historical Society. He was also a member of the Mount Hood Model Engineers railroad club. Intelligent and dedicated, Gerry was a true optimist with a huge heart and a generous spirit. He was dearly loved by many and will be missed. 


Thank you to Sam Chase from Metro, Mayra Arreola from PDC, Tom Griffin-Valade from North Portland Neighborhood Services, and Gerry Howard, Franny French & Teri Thomas Petersen from the NPTL Board, for making the Tool Annex a reality. 

And of course thank you to our Sponsors

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The tool library is a project of North Portland Community Works a 501c3,

TAX ID: 93-1156762 Thanks in advance for your generous donation! Your North Portland Tool Library Board



 Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to (non-profit) at fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name, North Portland Tool Library or by our non-profit number 81557.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping (non-profit) earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.


We would like to personally thank each and every volunteer who has spent time with us during our “busy” season.  We also want to thank those who have worked during a fundraiser or event.  It is with your continued support that we are able to offer more to our community and in turn we all grow stronger together.    The volunteer opportunities are going to be fewer going forward, but we will still need folks who can give our tools some love,  this includes cleaning, sharpen and oiling all the garden tools for winter storage, and moving and reorganizing our shelves for a more convenient winter mode  operation.    As always, you can come be tool librarian for a few hours to share the love with our community. Thank you! Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Registration with the Library is free to all residents of North Portland. Please see the membership tab for additional details about registration and requirements.

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