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The library's Chinese language services

Multnomah County Library offers services to the community in several languages. One of these is Chinese. The library’s Chinese speaking team offers activities, resources and events specifically for the Chinese community.

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The library’s Vietnamese team

Multnomah County Library offers library services in Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The library’s Vietnamese team helps patrons find materials and library services in Vietnamese.

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Join Tween Council at the library!

Multnomah County Library’s Tween Council provides youth ages 9-12 the opportunity to advise the library on services for tweens. Youth can socialize with peers and earn volunteer credit at the same time!

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Earth Day: Sustainable library spaces and buildings

The library has an active part in supporting a healthy community. One way the library contributes to this effort is by minimizing its impact on the environment. At our libraries, you may notice library operations avoid single-use products or use of unhealthy chemicals, and encourage recycling and minimizing waste.

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A new chapter for Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke

Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County’s longtime Director of Libraries, will retire in June after serving as director for the past 15 years.

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Matriarch Exhibition at Central Library: Open now through March 31

Come to Central Library and explore the Collins Gallery exhibition, "Matriarch," located on the third floor.

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Visit the refreshed Central Library!

Central Library, beloved by the community since 1913, is now open with modern enhancements for you to enjoy. This historic building maintains its charm while offering new updates to better serve you. The refreshed Central Library is now brighter and more open, with new modern features for library users.

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Making Black history now

The library’s Black Cultural Library Advocates (BCLA) are staff members focused on strengthening the connection between the Black community and Multnomah County Library.

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10 ways to celebrate Black history at the library

The theme for Black History Month 2024 is “African Americans and the Arts.” Celebrate this year’s theme with these suggestions.

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A new library Operations Center! Plus the library bookstore you’ve been waiting for

The library’s new Operations Center is complete! The building is the first of the library’s capitol building projects, funded by the 2020 voter-approved bond, to open on time and within budget.

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Lunar New Year 2024 — Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year at Multnomah County Library is a special time to enjoy the rich history and traditions celebrated in cultures all across Asia. At the end of January or early February, a new lunar calendar year begins, with a zodiac animal guiding each lunar year. This year— 2024 — marks the Year of the Dragon. The library will celebrate Lunar New Year with events and programs at a variety of locations in February.

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Kwanzaa with the library

On Saturday, December 16, 2023, the library’s Black Cultural Library Advocates (BCLA) hosted the community in a Kwanzaa pre-celebration at the Soul Restoration Center in northeast Portland.

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Get involved in community art! Featuring Crystal Meneses, mosaic mural artist

Local artists and community-inspired artworks are coming to your new libraries! As part of the voter-approved 2020 library building bond, libraries are receiving upgrades and expansions. Local artists are creating unique installations at many of these sites that represent the community’s history, culture and diversity.

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Slavic New Year at Multnomah County Library

Event Canceled.

Новый Год (Slavic New Year) is celebrated in over fifteen countries on December 31. At Multnomah County Library the word Slavic is added to the beginning of the phrase to acknowledge the distinct traditions of Russian-speaking countries.

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North Portland Library's Kwanzaa painting on display at Portland Art Museum

North Portland Library has been participating in community-wide Kwanzaa celebrations for decades, hosting art exhibits, book displays and events. Incorporating the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa is “Isis,” a piece of art, created in 1992, by local artist Charlotte Lewis and acquired by Multnomah County Library in 2001.

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Welcome to your new Multnomah County Library website

Multnomah County Library has updated its website with new features and content. This website was a collaborative effort with input from library staff, patrons and community members.

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Tech help at the library

In one-on-one appointments, drop-in sessions, and in-person classes, library staff can help you learn to use technology— from computers and setting up email accounts to phones and e-readers. Tech help is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese.

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Building community at the library

To support Chinese as one of its primary service languages, the library offers a robust Chinese language collection and culturally relevant services and resources.

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Russian book club for kids

The library’s Russian-speaking team hosts a monthly children’s book club for ages 6 to 9. The book club began when Russian-speaking staff noticed a gap between the ages children visit the library for storytimes and the programming available for teens.

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Storytime in and out of the library

The library hosts storytimes in multiple languages including Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish and English. Storytimes are family-friendly library programs, typically for young children birth to age six.

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Linda Meanus: Native American Elder and author

The granddaughter of the Chief of Celilo Falls, Linda Meanus is a beloved Native American Elder from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, an author and educator.

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Read top newspapers for free

With databases like EBSCOHost and Pro-Quest, library users have free access to top newspaper publications like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and more.

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Multnomah County Library hosts a successful series of Drag Queen Storytimes

Multnomah County Library branches celebrated pride this year with book displays, in-person activities, outreach events, and the special return of its popular Drag Queen Storytime events.

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Iconic East County Library underway

On June 12, 2023, Multnomah County Library held a groundbreaking ceremony for the highly anticipated approximately 95,000+ square foot East County Library in Gresham.

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Read with PRIDE: LGBTQIA2S+ voices and authors

Stories help us understand ourselves and empathize with others. Explore these lists featuring authors and characters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, Two-spirit and more.

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