The Hollywood Star, January, 2010
The Northeast Portland Tool Library (NEPTL) has expanded to better support its rapidly growing membership and tool collection. The sixteen-month-old, all-volunteer-driven tool library moved its operations from a small garage on the property of its long-time host, Redeemer Lutheran Church, to a larger space in the church’s basement.
The move more than quadruples the square footage available to NEPTL for storing and repairing tools and lending them out members, from 150 square feet to 684. Since opening its doors in August of 2008, NEPTL has acquired more than 1,100 hand and power tools—more than 95 percent of which were donated—and signed up almost 800 Northeast Portlanders as members.
“We’re ecstatic about the move,” says Robert Bowles, NEPTL’s treasurer. “We were bursting at the seams, and our volunteers had to work outside in bad weather. The new space gives us a warm and secure place to store our tools, work with members and hold workshops.”
Redeemer Lutheran Church is located at 5431 N.E. 20th Ave. For more information, contact Tom Thompson, NEPTL vice-chair and toolmaster, at (503) 539-1756 or moc.o1503277177ohay@150327717715toc1503277177smot1503277177 or visit neptl.org.