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.
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.


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