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.
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 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.
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.
Whether it’s a research question, a question about library services, or a question related to your library account, the answer is now only as far away as your mobile phone with Multnomah County Library’s new text-a-librarian service.
Multnomah County Library now offers Freegal Music, a downloadable music service, through the library’s website. Library cardholders need no special software to use the service, and there are no digital rights management restrictions. Downloading of songs is completely free and legal, and all downloads may be kept permanently.
For the ninth annual installment of Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads project, the book selected to prompt meaningful questions and discussions is The Other Wes Moore. This book tells the story of two boys with similar backgrounds but very different destinies. It is an especially powerful story about hope, the influence of family and community, opportunity, and the cultural and societal barriers to success. It is a story that transcends race and will resonate with anyone who is, or has ever been, at a crossroads.