Back-to-school resources for fall 2021

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Dear families, as we embark on our third school year filled with uncertainty, we want you to know that we are here to help. We know that you and the children you care for are tired and frustrated, so we have pulled together some resources to assist you, and encourage you to contact us at for any further support:

Educational Support

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Students & Families page: Find resources on everything from school busing to graduation requirements

Parent/teacher conferences: Prepare ahead of time for parent/teacher conferences to feel more comfortable and confident. 

Schools and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the ODE.

Tutoring: We have listed a variety of free tutoring opportunities on our blog, including the library’s K-12 Virtual Tutoring service, providing 30-minute sessions with adult tutors once a week on Tuesdays.


Meal resources for families: We try to keep this post up-to-date on meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). 


Mental Health Moment: Back-to-school anxiety: Going back to school has always made kids - and their caregivers! - anxious. We share some ideas to help smooth the transition. 

Multnomah County Student Health Centers: Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. They offer comprehensive primary and mental health care services to all Multnomah County youth ages 5-18. There are no out-of-pocket costs. 

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Mental Health and Well-being Page: The ODE is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Oregon students and their families. 

Talking with teens about mental health: As caregivers, we must listen to our teenagers and reach out if we see concerning signs. Here are some resources to help.

What we can do to prevent bullying: Library staff offer resources, information and book recommendations about bullying and bullying prevention. 


Emergency Broadband Benefit: Provided by the FCC, this program allows eligible households to enroll through an approved provider or by visiting

Library computers and internet access: The library offers free access to computers, chromebooks, printers and scanners within our library buildings. We also offer technology assistance in other ways. Please contact our Tech Help for more information or call us at 503.988.5123.

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.

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