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Indigenous musicians and performers, come join the Library Music Project!

The Library Music Project is a free online music platform that showcases and shares current local music. As part of a special cycle, we are accepting entries from Indigenous musicians, drummers and singers now through September 1. Enter your music to the Library Music Project.

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Northwest Library breaks ground

A new library is coming to Northwest Portland! The library is moving to a different location, going from a leased space at 2300 NW Thurman to 2030 NW Pettygrove Street. The new location will be around 11,000 square feet, more than twice the size of the current building at 4,700 square feet. The current Northwest Library will stay open during construction to keep serving the community.

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Top 5 teen activities for summer

School is out, and it’s time to soak up the summer at Multnomah County Library. Whether you already have plans this season or not, you’re sure to find something you can participate in at your library.

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Your new Holgate Library is open!

The grand opening of the brand new Holgate Library is July 13! Holgate is the first new, permanent library to open in Multnomah County in more than a decade. It is also the most energy efficient library ever built in Multnomah County.

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Meet Interim Director of Libraries, Annie Lewis!

Multnomah County Library Deputy Director Annie Lewis is temporarily serving as Multnomah County Library Interim Director of Libraries, following the retirement of longtime Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke.

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Multnomah County Library’s strong foundation

Letter from Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, on her retirement

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Powwow etiquette

Powwows are cultural, family events where all are welcome. Powwows are not spectacles, rather they are community events rooted in Indigenous culture and identity. Indigenous library staff recommend the following ways to respectfully participate in this important tradition.

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Welcome to Rainbow Family Storytime!

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and we are here to help you see yours reflected in books and library services.

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Suggest a purchase for the Black Resources Collection

Multnomah County Library is community built; it’s your library. What do you want to see in the collection? You can make recommendations of materials the library can purchase to include in the Black Resources Collection and the Black Pacific Northwest Collection.

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A tribute to library champion Mary Frances Isom (1865-1920)

Multnomah County Library would not be what it is today without the leadership and influence of Mary Frances Isom, a champion for local public libraries in the Portland community, Multnomah County, and for school libraries.

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Discover Black history through newspapers

Black-owned newspapers date back to before the Civil War. Even after Black people began publishing newspapers, there were areas of the country where people still communicated in secret to avoid violence and suspicion. In much of the country, Black people, especially enslaved Black people, lived under governments that made it illegal for them to read or write. When Black people wrote, read and published their own newspapers, it was an act of vital resistance against oppression.

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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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