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PORTLAND, OR – In its second annual assessment, the national library publication Library Journal has again awarded Multnomah County Library a five star rating — the highest ranking possible.

PORTLAND, OR – Multnomah County Library has been named one of 10 recipients of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries. The annual award, made by the Institute of Museum and Library Services since 1994, recognizes institutions for outstanding social, educational, environmental or economic contributions to their communities. Multnomah County Library will receive the National Medal at a ceremony held later in Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award in recognition of its extraordinary contributions.

PORTLAND, OR – Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler announced today that Vailey Oehlke, currently deputy director of Multnomah County Library, has been selected as the agency's next director of libraries.

The public is invited to a forum April 14 to meet candidates and ask questions

PORTLAND, OR – The Office of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler has named three finalist candidates for the position of Multnomah County library director. In alphabetical order, the finalists are:

Holly Carroll, currently deputy director, Cleveland Public Library, Ohio
Christian Kruse, currently director, Live Oak Public Libraries, Savannah, Georgia
Vailey Oehlke, currently deputy director, Multnomah County Library

PORTLAND, OR – Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel announced her recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for the site of the new Troutdale Library: the Cherry Park Market site (242nd St. and S.W. Cherry Park Rd.). The siting decision will be made by the Board at the regular Board meeting on April 2.

PORTLAND, OR – Recently, the national library publication Library Journal unveiled the results of a new assessment tool for public libraries — and Multnomah County Library was the only library in the Pacific Northwest (and one of only a handful of U.S. libraries of its size) to receive five stars — the highest ranking possible.

PORTLAND, OR – Commissioner Lonnie Roberts announced that the Board of County Commissioners voted today to direct County staff to begin lease negotiations with four developers/property owners of potential sites for the new Troutdale Library. They are:

PORTLAND, OR – Commissioner Lonnie Roberts announces a public meeting for soliciting input on potential sites for the new Troutdale Library. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 24, at 7 p.m., at the Troutdale City Conference Center, 223 S. Buxton.

Multnomah County Library is in the process of siting a new library in the Troutdale area. Currently, seven sites are under preliminary consideration, including several that had been under consideration during the previous siting process.

Five Multnomah County libraries will host new series of book discussions

PORTLAND, OR – Ever wished you could get to all those literary masterpieces you never read in school — but still want to explore? This fall, Multnomah County Library invites you to participate in a new series of free book discussion groups called Read the Classics.

Multnomah County Library hosts Summer Teen Writing Contest

PORTLAND, OR – Beginning June 13, all Multnomah County teens aged 12–18 are invited to participate in a writing contest made possible by The Library Foundation, with gift cards from Powell's Books as prizes.

PORTLAND, OR – Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen and Director of Libraries Molly Raphael will host a community meeting on Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Kenton Masonic Temple (8130 N. Denver Avenue) to discuss two sites under consideration for the planned new library in the Kenton neighborhood.

The two sites are at 8226 N. Denver St. and 2133 N. Argyle St. (the TriMet site). Both sites:

Multnomah County Library director lauded for increasing diversity

PORTLAND, OR – Molly Raphael, the Director of Libraries for Multnomah County, has been awarded the Arthur Flemming Civil Rights Award for her efforts to increase diversity in library employment, collections and programming. This award is given by the Managers of Color affinity group of Multnomah County.

PORTLAND, OR – Steve Roskoski, a library assistant at Central Library, was recently named Library Journal's 2008 Paraprofessional of the Year.

This national award includes a $1,500 cash prize, a cover story in the library profession's equivalent of Time or Newsweek, and a reception in the winner's honor at the American Library Association's annual conference in June.

Multnomah County Library's annual lecture lets kids and others hear first-hand from noted writers

PORTLAND, OR – Though her writing has encompassed topics as diverse as the Holocaust and the Triangle Fire, dystopian societies, Maine in the 1970s and second grade classrooms, author Lois Lowry's books have consistently dealt with a central theme: the importance of human connections.

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