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Construction underway! Why multiple libraries closed at the same time

Multnomah County Library locations are undergoing construction or renovations. Thanks to a 2020 library bond measure, your libraries are getting exciting updates.

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10 things you can get at the library for free (besides books)

Libraries are now thriving community spaces where you can meet with peers, get computer help and enjoy art programs. But did you know there are many more free things that you can do through the library?

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Celebrate music and culture during the month-long festivities of Día

Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros (Children’s Day and Books Day), often referred to as Día, is an annual library celebration of children, literacy, culture, family and multilingualism.

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Spring is here! Library staff share how they connect to nature

April is a month full of nature! It’s Native Plant Appreciation month, Plant Appreciation Day is on April 13 and Earth Day is April 22. This month, we asked our staff of color and culture how they connect with nature, plants, gardening and books.

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March Mathness

This March, kids can learn how math can be fun by participating in March Mathness!

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6 women who tell our stories

The 2023 Women’s History Month theme is “Celebrate Women Who Tell Our Stories.” We are highlighting women storytellers who work in print, radio, TV, podcasts and other media.

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Top 5 books about Black Resistance for kids and teens

The 2023 national theme for Black History Month is “Black Resistance,” in recognition of the historic and ongoing oppression that Black and African American people have resisted.

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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. 

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The library’s Black Cultural Library Advocates

The Black Cultural Library Advocates (BCLA) are library team members who focus on strengthening the connection between the Black community and Multnomah County Library. BCLA members connect people to services they need — whether through the county or with outside organizations.

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History of Kwanzaa at North Portland Library

The North Portland Library has been participating in community-wide Kwanzaa celebrations since 2000. Educator and community leader Joyce Harris has been a staple for Kwanzaa in Portland since the early years of celebrations, dating back to the early 1970s in someone’s home.

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Lunar New Year of the Cat and Rabbit

All across Asia, Lunar New Year is a time of appreciation, reflection and celebration with family and friends. At Multnomah County Library, Lunar New Year is a special time for fun and engaging library programs that share the history and traditions of this celebration with the local community.

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The Spanish library team meets people where they are

The Spanish language team collaborates with schools, community partners and nonprofits to connect with patrons in and out of the library.

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The Indigenous team of Multnomah County Library

In 2021 the library formed an Indigenous team to provide better representation of Indigenous people in the library. The Indigenous team strives to offer multi-generational programs and better access to resources. They also create displays that value elders, youth, storytelling, tradition and activism.

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Your Lucky Day is today!

Lucky Day books are highly anticipated books, often new releases or bestsellers, that you usually have to wait for because they are so popular. So if you’ve been waiting for a particular book, today might be your lucky day!

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New Ukrainian library collection

The library is adding a new selection of Ukrainian materials to its collection!

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The White Allies Handbook with Lecia Michelle

Lecia Michelle is the author of The White Allies Handbook: 4 Weeks to Join the Racial Justice Fight for Black Women. She is a librarian by trade with experience at universities and public libraries.

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From Books to Beats

How the library promotes literacy through music

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Be part of the Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated holidays in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which is sometime in mid-September, when the moon is at its fullest.

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Teen siblings volunteering at the library

Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading program encourages kids, teens, and families to read throughout the summer. With hundreds of kids signed up each year to participate, Summer Reading relies on youth volunteers to keep everything running smoothly.

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Patron spotlight: Frances Spann

When Frances Spann would come into the library for technology help, she was determined to finish writing, editing and publishing her life story.

With the help of Lynnea Amend, staff technology trainer, and Andrew Nilsen, bilingual Spanish tech help coordinator, Frances Spann learned new technology skills and made two new friends.

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Sneak a peek at the new Mobile Library!

The Mobile Library is a custom RV that is the size of a band’s tour bus! It will bring library services to neighborhoods around Multnomah County. Along with space for storytimes and programs, the Mobile Library features bookshelves to browse, computer stations, wifi access, printers with scanning and faxing abilities, AC and heat.

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Sensory Storytime - supporting our neurodiverse community

For families looking for a welcoming space for children on the autism spectrum or those that would like a more adaptive storytime experience, Sensory Storytime is an inclusive and interactive program.

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Participate in Summer Reading - in more ways than you thought possible

The Summer Reading program is about more than reading. It is about building a love for learning with fun things to do for all ages.

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Honoring the Juneteenth legacy of Opal Lee and Clara Peoples

On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday. This monumental day was made possible by the countless efforts of strong community leaders. Among them is Opal Lee - coined as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.”

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15 influential LGBTQ+ people of our time

This Pride Month, the library is recognizing the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) communities. Through the sharing of their own experiences, talents and advocacy, they’ve become influential voices for our time.

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