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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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