Application for School Participation - Author visit with Kwame Alexander

Educators of 6th-9th grade students: Multnomah County Library invites you to be a part of a visit from Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander. Alexander said in his Newbery acceptance speech: “Books are mirrors to our world and windows to opportunity; but they are also much more: they are actual doors to a life of sustainability and success, to our lives, and each of us has a responsibility to walk through them.”

Thanks to the support of The Library Foundation, copies of Alexander's book REBOUND (forthcoming April 2018) will be made available to select 6th–9th grade students from around Multnomah County. Schools with the greatest educational and financial need will receive first consideration. Each group that is selected will receive a classroom set shortly before the visit with the expectation that students will study Alexander and his work in advance. The Library Foundation will reimburse funds for transportation for those attending the event as a group.

To be considered, you must complete this application by Friday, December 8, 2017.

The author visit is scheduled for:

Friday morning, April 20, 2018
at Jefferson High School
5210 N. Kerby Ave, Portland, OR

Street address, city, state and zip code
Team leaders
School media specialist/aide
Students must be 6th through 9th grade. 10th-12th grade students are welcome and encouraged to attend Kwame Alexander's evening event open to the public, also on April 20, 2018.
Maximum of 70


We understand that if we are chosen to participate in this program, our school agrees to attend the Kwame Alexander Author Visit School Assembly and to study the author and his work prior to the assembly. School selections will be based on some, but not necessarily all, of the following considerations:

  • Be a low socio-economic status school.
  • Have a significant student population not meeting reading benchmarks.
  • Have at least two enthusiastic teachers and/or media specialists who will collaborate together and with the Kwame Alexander Assembly Committee, serve as school leaders, and meet all program commitments.

Commitments include:

Checking the box below affirms the following:

  •  Prepare a group of up to 70 students to attend the assembly.
  •  Schedule time for reading and discussions.
  •  Prepare the other adults at your school who will attend the assembly with students.
  •  Coordinate transportation for your students to the assembly.
  •  Complete the evaluation forms within two weeks following the lecture.

Multnomah County Library agrees to grant participating schools reimbursement to cover costs incurred for transportation. In addition, the Library will provide books for students, discussion guides and author information.

If you have any questions about applying for the Kwame Alexander Author Visit School Assembly program, please contact Jackie Partch at 503.988.6219 or