Measure 26-143 was approved today by Multnomah County voters. The measure’s approval creates a permanent library district to fund library services and hours beginning in 2013.
The library’s 11th annual community reading project features two works from the award-winning Native American author: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for young adults and Ten Little Indians, a collection of short stories, for adults.
The 2012 program kicks off June 15 with more than 81,000 kids signed up thanks to partnerships with local schools.
Last month, voters in Multnomah County overwhelmingly approved Measure 26-125, which will continue funding the library for the next three years without raising taxes. Some in the community are wondering how passage of the levy could still result in reduced hours at the branches.
Levy renewal staves off drastic cuts without increasing taxes but does not fund 100 percent of current library services.
A 74-foot, 18-wheeler will be parked at two Multnomah County libraries soon: the tour stops at Gresham Library on April 30 and Central Library on May 1.
For the thousands of Multnomah County residents discovering the world of e-books and e-readers, the library is offering new classes and one-on-one tutorials to help.
Multnomah County Library has selected The Girl Who Fell from the Sky for the tenth annual Everybody Reads program.
Multnomah County Library has received the highest rating possible in the Library Journal 2011 Index of Public Library Service, based on measurements of circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet use on library computers.
The author of Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and I Will Save You will discuss his work with Multnomah County students and then deliver the lecture on Monday, Oct. 17.
Cardholders can now borrow downloadable books to read on their Kindles or any mobile device running the free Kindle app. More than 10,000 titles are available.
The library has added 8,500 new nonfiction e-books on economics, science and technology topics. These titles complement the library’s current general nonfiction e-book offerings with more in-depth material that will be especially helpful for academic and other research.
Now it is possible for cardholders to use the library directly from their Internet-enabled mobile devices. Compatible with nearly all popular mobile platforms, the app is available from the library website, iPhone App Store and Google Play.
According to a report issued by the Public Library Association, Multnomah County Library remains one of the busiest libraries in the U.S., topping its category for ninth year in a row — only New York Public Library circulates more items.
The library is forming a partnership with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN schools), and A.K.A. Science to launch an innovative after-school and family-focused science and literacy educational effort titled LEAP Into Science.
The library will be presented with a 2011 Achievement Award this weekend during the National Association of Counties annual conference.
New technology at all 19 neighborhood libraries reduces theft and streamlines checkout for patrons and staff.
Multnomah County Library recently implemented several initiatives designed to increase staff efficiency, enhance the security of library materials, and, most importantly, make it even easier for patrons to use the library.
Beginning June 17, kids of all ages — from birth through grade 12 — can participate in a number of literacy-building activities and earn books, free passes, restaurant coupons, library fine reduction, and other prizes. Anyone not already signed up through school may do so at any neighborhood library.
The library's e-book offerings are now richer by 23,000 titles covering a range of nonfiction interests — from career development to cookbooks to personal finance. There is nothing to check out or download, no expiration date, and no intermediary software required.


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