Power Tools to the People!


We’re proud and happy to announce that the North Portland Tool Library has received two very generous capacity building grants—a $49,390 North Portland Enhancement Grant from Metro and a $32,000 Community Livability Grant from the Portland Development Commission.
The grants will be used in part for upgrades to the existing tool library, but mostly for construction of an above-ground tool library annex building, which will house seasonal tools and function as a workspace for volunteers. The annex will be situated in the northwest corner of the backyard of the Historic Kenton Firehouse.
The ultimate goal is to create a structure that serves as a showcase for environmentally conscientious design—with plans to include reclaimed materials in the structure and closely integrate it with the existing native landscape (with rainwater catchment and diversion into existing bio-swales) while providing a photo-backdrop worthy façade to complement the community gatherings and special events held year-round in the garden area. We are very excited to break ground this spring.
We want your input and involvement. As members of the community and patrons of the tool library, you are part of what we do. We value your ideas, and we’d like to share this project with you.
Please join us for an open forum to weigh in on possible designs from local contractors, or just take a look at what we’re doing and get involved as a volunteer on the project.


ANNUAL TOOL SALE – SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015, FROM 10am to 3pm
2015 Tool Sale
Come to our annual tool sale for great deals on surplus tools and support the Tool Library at the same time!


Folks, if you’re thinking of doing a tile project this year, bone up on or learn the basics in our free Ceramic Tile Workshop. Tile veteran Gerry will be covering everything from tiling tools to cutting tile, patterns, adhesives, grouting, sealing and more. Seating is limited for this free workshop, so be sure to get your tickets today at Eventbrite.


The holiday season is over, but remember, you can donate to NPTL anytime! Lots of folks are short on money these days, which is one reason we’re dedicated to providing free tools, but if every NPTL member donated $5–wait for it!–that would add up to a cool collective 25K for your favorite community organization.



 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!

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The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource dedicated to building community and fostering sustainability by providing residents with tools and the power to use them. We loan a wide variety of tools to community members free of charge. The NPTL benefits North Portland residents by reducing the costs of maintaining and improving the places in which we live, work, and play. The NTPL support diverse, livable neighborhoods and fosters community pride.