Draper is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards and a New York Times bestselling author
Multnomah County Library now offers easy-to-use translation tools for the library website at The site now features content available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese.
Multnomah County Library has made a new streaming media service available to patrons. Through the Hoopla platform, library cardholders can access 125,000 music albums, movies and television shows.
Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads 2014, the library’s 12th annual community reading project began today with the distribution of thousands of copies of My Beloved World by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to schools and libraries.
Multnomah County Library has won the 2013 Digital Government Achievement Award for its new website, being recognized as best in class for the “government-to-citizen, local government” category.
“Portland’s Crown Jewel” stands for a century as a monument to free access for all.
Last year, Multnomah County Library circulated 24.8 million items — only New York Public Library circulated more.
On Monday, July 1, at 9:45 am, elected officials, library leaders, supporters and patrons will take part in a public celebration at Portland’s Central Library to welcome the return of Monday service and restored hours at all Multnomah County libraries.
Multnomah County Library’s 2013 Summer Reading program begins Friday, June 14, when kids of all ages can sign up at any neighborhood library. The program entices kids to read for pleasure when school is not in session, maintaining the skills developed during the school year and encouraging lifelong library use.
Multnomah County Library has selected United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World” for its 12th annual community reading project, Everybody Reads 2014. The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor has become an American icon. In this autobiography, she details her journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.
Beginning July 1, the library will restore Monday service and restore open hours that were reduced in 2012 at all 19 libraries. In the new schedule, six libraries will be open Sunday mornings and all libraries will be open later in the evenings, Tuesdays through Saturdays. View the new schedule at:
McCurtis among 50 US library professionals recognized in Library Journal’s 2013 awards
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.


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