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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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North Portland Library breaks ground

On May 19, Multnomah County Library broke ground on one of its most historic building projects, North Portland Library.

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Q&A with Nanea Woods, Prose Before Bros book club founder

Nanea Woods was born and raised in Portland, and is the founder of Prose Before Bros, a book club for and by women of color.

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Delta Park Powwow 50th Anniversary

The Indigenous team at the library focuses on connecting with the community. This is the first year the library is tabling at the Delta Park Powwow. The team will be giving away books, helping people get library cards, and creating a bridge between the Native community and the library.

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Juneteenth at the library: History and ways to celebrate with family

The first Juneteenth in Portland was led by Clara Peoples in 1945.

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New library spaces bring together art and community

Multnomah County Library (MCL) and Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) are teaming up to bring artwork to libraries throughout Multnomah County.

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Library teams bring Native author to local teens & families

Multnomah County Library's Indigenous and teen services teams will welcome acclaimed Native author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Mvskoke) to two high schools.

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Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPI). Multnomah County Library will celebrate this multicultural event with the AANHPI communities.

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