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As a child, I fell in love with Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, and Generation X comics. They opened the door to fantastical worlds where art married text and stuffed animals could talk! In highschool I happened upon my first graphic novel that didn’t include fantasy elements when I picked up Sophie Campbell’s Wet Moon Vol 1. It changed my life as a reader! 

As a Black female growing up during a time when it was rare to see people who looked like me and shared similar experiences/interests represented within the media, I was delighted to see myself reflected in the multicultural alternative teen characters who were navigating their first year of art school in the fictional goth town of Wet Moon. Not only was I taken by the storyline that depicted the day to day life of an angsty group of friends, I was also exquisitely inspired by the black and white realistic-yet stylized illustrations. 

Flash forward a couple decades and I have had the opportunity to dive deeply into the genre of slice of life graphic novels. Among them, The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillion is my favorite. Worth the read for the breathtaking watercolor illustrations alone, this graphic novel explores the everyday life of Nao-a half Japanese, half white young woman as she struggles with a form of OCD that causes her to have intrusive violent thoughts, searches for love, and dreams of a career in illustration. Themes of addiction, mental health, biracial identity, and healing are beautifully intwined within this phenomenal read. 

The graphic novel Here by Richard McGuire takes on an unusual direction. Scenes of a corner of a room and all the changes that occur within the space over the span of thousands of years are interwoven in this intriguing and beautifully illustrated graphic novel. 

Check out the list below to see more reading recommendations of slice of life graphic novels! 

“By speaking of ourselves in a positive and affirmative fashion and finding ways to eradicate self-hate, by speaking kindly about ourselves and those around us, we can foster a sense of love and compassion powerful enough to restructure our society’s entire perspective of “body love.”

These are the words of Jessamyn Stanley, a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and author who advocates for revising our relationships with our bodies.  Her book Yoke is a collection of thoughtful, deeply honest and often autobiographical essays exploring issues of race, self-love, capitalism, and sex and sexuality.

What would our world be like if each of us had reverence for our own bodies, and by extension, the bodies others are inhabiting? Here's a list of resources to explore that question further.

It's the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Below are some reading suggestions in honor of the occasion. 

To get connected with local disability resources, visit the Aging and Disability Resource Connection. Help is available for free, 24 hours a day. 

This is a long post showing meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). We start with school districts and then move to community orgranizations and restaurants we know of that are helping the community. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Para ver esta información en español, haga clic en Recursos de alimentos para familias. To see this information in Spanish, click Recursos de alimentos para familias.

See information about the library's summer lunch program.

Multnomah County School Districts

Multnomah County school districts continue to provide meal assistance during the summer. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food.

We have done our best to provide current information. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.

Centennial [updated 7/26/21]

Meal distributions at the following schools will run through Monday, August 30th and each week's bag will include 7 breakfast and 7 lunches. Distribution times are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

  • Centennial High: 3505 SE 182nd Ave., Gresham
  • Meadows Elementary: 18009 SE Brooklyn St.
  • Patrick Lynch Elementary: 1546 SE 169th Pl.
  • Powell Butte Elementary: 3615 SE 174th Ave.

During Summer School, which runs from June 28th through July 30, daily bags with one breakfast and one lunch will be available at the following summer school sites between 12 noon and 1 p.m. These sites are open to the public.

  • Centennial High: 3505 SE 182nd Ave., Gresham
  • Butler Creek Elementary: 2789 SW Butler Rd., Gresham
  • Parklane Elementary: 15811 SE Main St.

Food For Families will have distributions on July 28, and August 25 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Centennial High School. An Authorized Representative form is required (en español)

Corbett [updated 6/17/21]

Find summer meals near you through the Summer Food Service Program. The program is available in hundreds of communities throughout Oregon, offering free meals and snacks to ALL kids ages 1-18. Community summer meal programs are open to all families without paperwork, income verification, and regardless of immigration status. To receive a meal, kids can just drop in during a site's designated meal times. Many programs also offer fun activities so kids can stay active and keep learning.

David Douglas [updated 7/1/21] 

Summer meals available June 18-September 3. The free premade meals are for ages 1-18 and contain breakfast and lunch. Meals will be available Mondays through Fridays, 10am to 11am at the following locations:
  • Ventura Park Elementary - 145 SE 117th Ave.
  • Alice Ott Middle School - 12500 SE Ramona St.
  • Ron Russell Middle School - 3955 SE 112th Ave.
  • David Douglas High School, South Campus - 1500 SE 130th Ave.

The David Douglas website has summer pick up information in other languages alone with additional food resources.

There are food pantries located at the following David Douglas school buildings. These are for families to pick up free groceries, not grab-and-go meals. Check the link for further information.

  • Cherry Park Elementary: 1930 SE 104th Ave. Mondays, 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. 
  • David Douglas High South Building: 1500 SE 130th Ave. Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Earl Boyles Elementary: 10822 SE Bush St. Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Floyd Light Middle: 10800 SE Washington St. Mondays, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Gilbert Heights Elementary: 12839 SE Holgate Blvd. Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Gilbert Park Elementary: 13132 SE Ramona St. Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Menlo Park Elementary: 12900 NE Glisan St. Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Mill Park Elementary: 1900 SE 117th Ave. Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 


Gresham-Barlow [updated 6/30/21]

Meals will be provided for anyone 18 and under, Monday through Friday at five sites through the summer. Click here for more information.


  • Nakada Nature Park: 17615 NE Glisan St., Gresham.  Monday through Friday, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
  • Main City Park: 219 S Main St., Gresham.  Monday through Friday, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
  • Red Sunset Park: 2403 NE Red Sunset Dr., Gresham.  Monday through Friday, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
  • Gresham High School: 200 N Main Ave., Gresham.  Monday through Thursday, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
  • Sam Barlow High School: 5105 SE 302nd Ave., Gresham.  Monday through Thursday, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Weekly food box distribution, open to the community at the sites below:
  • East Gresham Elementary: 900 SE 5th St., Gresham. Tuesdays, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Highland Elementary: 295 NE 24th St., Gresham. 2nd Wednesday from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Other community food box information can be found at The Sunshine Division and Snowcap Community Charities. A calendar with food box locations and times is available on the Gresham-Barlow website. Please check the calendar links for complete information for each site.

Parkrose [updated 7/19/21]

Grab & Go Meals are available June, July and August for all children age 18 and under. Schools and parks will have different dates that they are open, click here for a full list of dates and times.

  • Parkrose High School: 12003 NE Shaver St. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Note: Service at this location ends August 5th
  • Parkrose Middle School: 11800 NE Shaver St. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Note: Service at this location ends August 5th
  • Prescott Elementary: 10410 NE Prescott St. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Russell Elementary: 2700 NE 127th Ave. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Sacramento Elementary: 11400 NE Sacramento St. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Note: Service at this location ends August 5th
  • Shaver Elementary: 3701 NE 131st Pl. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Gateway Discovery Park: 10520 NE Halsey St. Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Luuwit View Park: NE 127th Ave and NE Fremont. Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Portland [updated 6/29/21]

From June 21 through August 20, grab-and-go meal sacks, with breakfast and lunch, will be available between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 15 PPS sites for all children in the community ages 1-18 (this includes PPS students as well as children not enrolled at PPS). Also, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, daily free meals and activities will be offered throughout the city in some parks June 21-August 20. For school and park sites providing meals, visit the PPS website.

Schools: Meals available between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary (620 N Fremont St.)
  • Bridger Elementary (7910 SE Market St.)
  • Faubion PK-8 School (2930 NE Dekum St.)
  • Franklin High School (5405 SE Woodward St.)
  • George Middle School (10000 N Burr Ave.)
  • Grant High School (2245 NE 36th Ave.)
  • Grout Elementary (3119 SE Holgate Blvd.) NOTE: Meal service is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Fridays
  • Ida B. Wells High School (1151 SW Vermont St.)
  • Kelly Elementary (9030 SE Cooper St.)
  • Lane Middle School (7200 SE 60th Ave.)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary (4906 NE 6th Ave.)
  • Roosevelt High School (6941 N Central St.)
  • Roseway Heights Middle School (7334 NE Siskiyou St.)
  • Sitton Elementary (9930 N Smith St.)
  • Woodmere Elementary (7900 SE Duke St.)


  • Alberta Park (NE 19th Ave. and NE Jarrett St.): noon-1 p.m.
  • Columbia Park (N Woolsey Ave. and N Winchell St.): 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Cully Park (5810 NE 72nd Ave.): noon-1 p.m.
  • Essex Park (SE 76th Ave. and Center St.): 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Harrison Park (SE 84th Ave. and Harrison St.): 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Holly Farm Park (10819 SW Capitol Hwy.): noon-1 p.m.
  • Irving Park (875 NE Fremont St.): noon-1 p.m.
  • Kenton Park (N Delaware Ave. and N Kilpatrick St.): noon-1 p.m.
  • Khunamokwst Park (5200 NE Alberta St.): 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Lents Park (SE 92nd Ave. and SE Steele St.): noon-1 p.m.
  • McCoy Park (N Newman Ave. and N Newark St.): noon-1 p.m.
  • Montavilla Park (NE 82nd Ave. and NE Glisan St.): noon-1 p.m.
  • Mt. Scott Park (SE 72nd Ave. and SE Ramona St.): noon-1 p.m.
  • Peninsula Park (700 N Rosa Parks Way): noon-1 p.m.
  • Raymond Park (SE 118th Ave. and SE Liebe St.): noon-1 p.m.
  • St. Johns Park (8427 N Central St.): 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Stephens Creek Crossing (6715 SW 26th Ave.): 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Verdell B. Rutherford (1599 SE 167th Ave.): 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wilkes Park (NE Sandy Blvd. and NE 154th Ave.): noon-1 p.m. 


Reynolds [updated 7/26/21]

Summer community meals are available June 30-August 6. The Reynolds website has complete information for sites, days and times.
  • Blue Lake Park: 21224 NE Blue Lake Park, Fairview. Tuesday through Thursday, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Robertson Wood Village Park: 24300 NE Halsey St, Wood Village. Monday through Thursday, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Fairview Arms Apartments: 305 7th Ave., Fairview. Monday through Friday, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Hazelwood Station Apartments: 36 NE 147th Ave. Monday through Friday, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Hewitt Place Townhomes: 846 SW 29th Way, Troutdale. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Rockwood Landing: 19045 SE Yamhill St. Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Rosewood Plaza: 18173 NE Couch St. Tuesday through Thursday, noon - 12:30 p.m.
  • The Nash Apartments: 221 SE 188th Ave. Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - noon
  • The Pines: 140 SE 188th Ave. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Wood Village Baptist Church: 23601 NE Arata Rd, Wood Village. Monday through Thursday, noon - 1 p.m
    Public food pantries are being held at the locations listed below. It is recommended that you arrive early as supplies run out quickly. Masks are required.
    • Glenfair Elementary School: 15300 NE Glisan St. Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
    • Reynolds High School: 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale. Last Tuesday of the month, 2:30 pm
    • Alder Elementary School: 17200 SE Alder St. Wednesdays, 12:30-2:00 pm
    • Reynolds Middle School: 1200 NE 201st Ave., Fairview. Fridays, 4:00-5:30 pm
    • Wilkes Elementary School: 17020 NE Wilkes Rd. First Friday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm
    • Davis Elementary School: 19501 NE Davis St. Second Friday of the month, 3:30-5:00 pm
    Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

    Information may change so please check their websites if a link is provided.

    C3 Pantry (NE): Tuesdays and Saturday, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm.

    Mainspring Food Pantry (NE) continues to operate as an open air, farmers market, self select, walk/roll-in food pantry, Tuesdays thru Thursdays 9:30am-12:ishpm. They make every effort to serve everyone in line. Please bring bags for your food if you have access to them since they have a limited supply. You may access the food pantry once a month. 
    Meals 4 Kids: serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete a request form.
    Northeast Emergency Food Program (NE): open Thursday and Saturday, 12-3 pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.
    Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am. They also provide a mobile food pantry service to some neighborhoods.
    One Hope Food Pantry (NE): Located at 5425 NE 27th Ave., Portland 97211. Open for drive-through and pickup Saturdays, 1-3 pm. Food boxes are available each week and a hot meal is served on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
    Sunshine Division (SE):  free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. They are located at 12436 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233. For hours and more information, please visit or call 503.609.0285.
    William Temple House (NW): offering food boxes, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm.
    Lift Urban Portland (SW):  Located at 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland 97201. Food pantry hours of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A random number lottery takes place 5 minutes before opening to determine your place in line.
    Portland Open Bible food pantry (SE):  Located at 3223 SE 92nd Ave., Portland 97266. Hours of operation are Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    For more information about access to food for families including the Oregon Food Bank, please call 211, or  text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 for Meals locations. or visit
    Self Enhancement Inc also has a list of community food resources that includes sites in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washingon and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Vancouver, WA area schools.

    There are many great local businesses stepping up to make sure students are fed. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, it is those we are aware of. Please check their websites or call to confirm. Meals are available while supplies last and restaurants may also have limited hours.

    2305 SE 50th Ave.
    Registration required. Food pickup is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12-1 pm
    1430 SE Water Street
    Free lunches for children and families in need. Please call 503-234-7085
    The COVID-19 pandemic presents many unique legal challenges. Here are some ways to get the information and support you need during this difficult time. (Check out Law help: legal research assistance and legal aid for more resources.)
    Note: It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law; we may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights.
    If you have questions or need research suggestions, contact us anytime!


    Oregon’s statewide eviction moratorium expired on June 30, 2021 and is no longer active. But help is available -- even if you receive an eviction notice. Two new laws, Senate Bill 282 and Senate Bill 278, provide important protections to help tenants. Renters are protected from nonpayment evictions if they apply for rent assistance and provide documentation of their application to their landlords. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) federal eviction moratorium may also offer protection to renters through July 31, 2021. You have the right to all of these protections regardless of your citizenship status.
    Apply for rental assistance online from the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Allita) if you need help paying either your rent for July or back rent that you’ve accrued between April 2020 and June 2021. If you need assistance with your application, you can call 211info at 2.1.1 or 866.698.6155, or the administrators of Multnomah County Emergency Rental Assistance at 503.988.0466.
    If you or your household receive an eviction notice for nonpayment of your July rent, contact 211info immediately to learn about rapid-payment rent assistance that may help you avoid eviction. Call 2.1.1 or 866.698.6155, text your zip code to 898211, or email
    If you are unsure of your legal rights, you can also contact the Community Alliance of Tenants Renters Rights Hotline at 503.288.0130. They are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1-5 pm, and Tuesdays 6-8 pm.
    The most up-to-date information for renters can be found on 211info’s Multnomah County Rent Relief page.

    Homeowners and landlords

    Applications for the last round of the Landlord Compensation Fund were due June 23. Landlords are encouraged to work with tenants to keep them in place so they can apply for help with back rent. Here is more information for landlords and property managers about the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

    Workers and business owners

    Though most statewide mask and social distancing requirements are no longer in place, Oregon OSHA continues to handle complaints on those requirements that remain (such as for public transportation and correctional facilities). If you need to report hazards at a worksite, or believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of safety and health issues, you can file a complaint online or call 503.229.5910.
    The Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries has information on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers regarding sick leave, quarantine, vaccinations and more. For more information, call 971-673-0761, email, or file a complaint online.
    If you lost income during the pandemic, you may qualify for unemployment benefits. Contact the Oregon Employment Department for assistance by calling 833-410-1004 or filling out their contact form online.  
    If you are an agricultural worker recovering from COVID-19, seeking healthcare, and/or practicing quarantine and isolation, the Quarantine Fund can help. Call 1-888-274-7292 to apply.
    If you are a restaurant worker whose life has been affected by the pandemic, check out this list of resources for restaurant workers compiled by the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation.
    If you own a business  that has struggled during the pandemic, Lewis & Clark Law School's Small Business Legal Clinic has a list of pandemic-related legal resources for small businesses. Greater Portland also has a list of resources for everything from finding grants for small business loans to  using space in the public right-of-way.

    Immigrants and Refugees

    The Oregon Attorney General has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for immigrants and refugees. Protecting Immigrant Families has an overview of some of the federal public programs available to support immigrants and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Call the Oregon Public Benefits Hotline at 800.520.5292 for legal advice and representation in regard to problems with government benefits.

    If you have lost your job but are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance and federal stimulus relief due to your immigration status, the Oregon Worker Relief Fund may be able to help. Call 888.274.7292 to apply for a one-time temporary disaster relief.
    Here is a list of low cost legal resources for immigrants in the Portland Metro area.


    Beware of scams related to COVID-19! Both the Oregon Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have lists of common scams and frauds and how to avoid them. If you have a complaint about an Oregon-based business or charity, file a complaint online or call the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 1.877.877.9392. If you want to report fraud or scam from a business or charity based outside of Oregon (or if you aren’t sure of the location), notify the Federal Trade Commission.

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    В марте 2020 года персонал Библиотеки округа Малтнома даже не предполагал, что решение о кратковременном закрытии библиотек, чтобы приостановить распространение COVID-19, приведет к непредсказуемым изменениям в нашем планировании и радикально изменит работу библиотеки более чем на год.

    Сотрудники библиотеки тесно работали с партнерами из округа Малтнома, чтобы найти способы безопасного использования посетителями наших небольших зданий и предоставляли услуги новыми и инновационными способами. Их творческий подход  и преданность делу открыли новые возможности для библиотечного обслуживания, которые сохранятся еще долго после того, как пандемия утихнет.

    Были приложены все усилия, чтобы предоставлять услуги виртуально. Но теперь мы рады объявить о полноценном открытии и приветствовать вас снова в библиотеках вашего района. Несколько библиотек округа Малтнома уже открыты. Хочу с радостью сообщить, что 75% наших библиотек откроют свои двери к концу июля 2021 года:

    • Библиотека Capitol Hill – открыта 
    • Библиотека  Fairview-Columbia – откроется 20 июля 
    • Библиотека Gregory Heights – открыта 
    • Библиотека Gresham – открыта 
    • Библиотека Hillsdale – открыта 
    • Библиотека Holgate – открыта 
    • Библиотека Hollywood – откроется 27 июля 
    • Библиотека Kenton – открыта 
    • Библиотека Midland – открыта 
    • Библиотека North Portland – откроется 27 июля
    • Библиотека Northwest – откроется 27 июля
    • Библиотека Rockwood – открыта 
    • Библиотека St. Johns – откроется 27 июля
    • Библиотека Troutdale – откроется 20 июля  
    • Библиотека Woodstock – открыта 

    Из-за активных работ по переоборудованию, нижеуказанные библиотеки предлагают только выдачу забронированных материалов. Ожидается, что к концу августа они откроются для полноценного обслуживания внутри зданий:

    • Albina – 24 августа 
    • Belmont – 3 августа
    • Central – 10 августа
    • Sellwood-Moreland – 3 августа 

    Спасибо за вашу поддержку Библиотеки округа Малтнома. Мы скучаем по вас  и с нетерпением ждем возможности в ближайшее время предоставить вам наши услуги.

    Vailey Oehlke
    Директор Библиотеки округа Малтнома 

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    穆鲁玛郡图书馆在 2020 年 3 月为了防止疫情传播而暂时关闭,未料在之后的一年多里,我们的规划经历了多次反复,也彻底改变了图书馆的运作。 

    图书馆团队与穆鲁玛郡的合作伙伴密切合作,研究如何让社区民众安全地在我们狭小的建筑空间内移动和使用图书馆,工作人员并以创新的方式在此期间为民众提供了各式服务。 这些创意和员工奉献的精神将为图书馆未来的服务蓝图创造新的途径,并在疫情消退后继续发挥作用。

    虽然我们一直在努力为民众提供线上虚拟服务,我们也热切期待图书馆全面开放的那一天,欢迎您们重返自己的社区图书馆。穆鲁玛郡目前已有数间图书馆重新开放了,我很高兴向大家公布,在 2021 年 7 月底,75% 的图书馆将重新开放

    • Capitol Hill – 现已开放
    • Fairview-Columbia – 2021/07/20
    • Gregory Heights – 现已开放
    • Gresham – 现已开放
    • Hillsdale – 现已开放
    • Holgate – 现已开放
    • Hollywood – 2021/07/27
    • Kenton – 现已开放
    • Midland – 现已开放
    • North Portland – 2021/07/27
    • Northwest – 2021/07/27
    • Rockwood – 现已开放
    • St. Johns – 2021/07/27
    • Troutdale – 2021/07/20 
    • Woodstock – 现已开放

    以下几间图书馆因正进行设施工程,目前仅提供领取预留物品服务,我们预计这些图书馆将在 8 月底前开放馆内服务:

    • Belmont – 2021/08/03
    • Central – 2021/08/10
    • Sellwood-Moreland – 2021/08/03 


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    En marzo de 2020, en la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah nunca nos imaginamos que lo que creíamos que sería un breve período de cierre para ayudar a detener la propagación del COVID-19, alteraría drásticamente nuestra planificación y el funcionamiento de la biblioteca por más de un año. 

    Los equipos de las bibliotecas trabajaron arduamente con los socios del Condado de Multnomah para ver de qué forma la comunidad podía usar nuestras pequeñas instalaciones de forma segura y cómo el personal de la biblioteca podía brindar los  servicios y programas de una forma nueva e innovadora. Su creatividad y dedicación generaron nuevas maneras de ofrecer los servicios de la biblioteca que perdurarán mucho tiempo después de que desaparezca la pandemia. 

    Hemos trabajado arduamente para servirles de forma virtual y ahora estamos entusiasmados por empezar a abrir de nuevo completamente y volver a darles la bienvenida a las bibliotecas de sus vecindarios. Varias bibliotecas en el Condado de Multnomah ya están abiertas y nos complace compartir que el 75 % de nuestras bibliotecas abrirán sus puertas a fines de julio de 2021:

    • Capitol Hill – Abierta ahora
    • Fairview-Columbia – 20 de julio de 2021
    • Gregory Heights – Abierta ahora
    • Gresham – Abierta ahora
    • Hillsdale – Abierta ahora
    • Holgate – Abierta ahora
    • Hollywood – 27 de julio de 2021
    • Kenton – Abierta ahora
    • Midland – Abierta ahora
    • North Portland – 27 de julio de 2021
    • Northwest – 27 de julio de 2021
    • Rockwood – Abierta ahora
    • St. Johns – 27 de julio de 2021
    • Troutdale – 20 de julio de 2021 
    • Woodstock – Abierta ahora

    Debido a proyectos activos en las instalaciones, estas bibliotecas están ofreciendo únicamente el servicio de recoger artículos reservados. Se espera que abran para brindar servicios dentro de los edificios antes de finales de agosto:

    • Albina – 24 de agosto de 2021
    • Belmont – 03 de agosto de 2021
    • Central – 10 de agosto de 2021
    • Sellwood-Moreland –  03 de agosto de 2021 

    Gracias por su apoyo, entusiasmo y asistencia a la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah. Los extrañamos y esperamos atenderles pronto

    Vailey Oehlke
    Directora de Bibliotecas

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    现在是穆鲁玛郡图书馆的午餐时间!欢迎儿童与青少年们在 Gresham、Midland、Rockwood 图书馆与我们共享一年一度的夏季午餐服务。详情如下:

    • 以“外带午餐”形式提供冷藏午餐。
    • 午餐适用于18岁及以下的儿童与青少年,每位一份。
    • 家长/监护人领取午餐时无需孩子随同在场。


    Gresham 图书馆

    Midland 图书馆

    Rockwood 图书馆

    • 星期一至星期五 中午12:30-下午2:30
    • 6月28日至8月13日
    • 位于入口处门内 
    • Reynolds School District 赞助

    除了以上在图书馆现场赞助的合作伙伴,其他夏季午餐服务合作的伙伴还包括 Multnomah County Department of County Human ServicesPartners for a Hunger Free Oregon

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    В библиотеке округа Малтнома — время обеда! Мы приглашаем детей и подростков воспользоваться нашей ежегодной программой летних обедов в библиотеках Грешам, Мидленд и Роквуд. Следует знать.

    • Обеды предоставляются на вынос в виде холодных ланч-пакетов.
    • Обеды предназначены для детей и подростков в возрасте 18 лет и младше, по одному пакету на ребенка.
    • Присутствие детей не обязательно, их родители или опекуны могут забрать обед.

    Бесплатные летние обеды для детей

    Библиотека Грешам

    • С 12:00 до 13:00 с понедельника по пятницу
    • До 27 августа
    • Место выдачи — вестибюль библиотеки
    • Спонсор программы: Sodexo School Services

    Библиотека Мидленд

    • С 12:30 до 13:30 с понедельника по пятницу
    • С 28 июня по 20 августа
    • Место выдачи — вестибюль библиотеки
    • Спонсор программы: Wattles Boys and Girls Club

    Библиотека Роквуд

    • С 12:30 до 14:30 с понедельника по пятницу
    • С 28 июня по 13 августа
    • Место выдачи — вестибюль библиотеки
    • Спонсор программы: Reynolds School District

    Помимо местных спонсоров библиотек, программа «Бесплатные летние обеды для детей» стала возможной благодаря сотрудничеству с Департаментом социальных служб округа Малтнома (Multnomah County Department of County Human Services) и фондом «Партнерство в борьбе с голодом, штат Орегон» (Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon).

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    Đã đến giờ ăn trưa tại Thư viện Quận Multnomah! Chúng tôi chào đón các em thanh thiếu niên đến với chương trình hàng năm, bữa ăn trưa mùa Hè tại các thư viện Gresham, Midland và Rockwood. Sau đây là những điều quý vị cần biết:

    • Bữa ăn trưa phục vụ dạng lạnh, đóng gói sẵn, đến nhận và đem về.
    • Bữa ăn trưa dành cho các em từ 18 tuổi trở xuống, mỗi em một phần.
    • Phụ huynh hoặc người giám hộ các em có thể nhận thay.

    Staff at a library at a lunch for kids tent at a library

    Thư viện Gresham

    • 12 - 1 giờ trưa, từ thứ Hai đến thứ Sáu
    • Phục vụ đến ngày 27 tháng 8
    • Địa điểm nhận tại sảnh đợi
    • Được tài trợ bởi Sodexo School Services

    Thư viện Midland

    • 12:30 - 1:30 giờ chiều, từ thứ Hai đến thứ Sáu
    • Phục vụ đến ngày 20 tháng 8
    • Địa điểm nhận tại sảnh đợi
    • Được tài trợ bởi Wattles Boys and Girls Club

    Thư viện Rockwood

    • 12:30 - 2:30 giờ chiều, từ thứ Hai đến thứ Sáu
    • Phục vụ đến ngày 13 tháng 8
    • Địa điểm nhận  bên trong lối vào chính 
    • Được tài trợ bởi Reynolds School District

    Ngoài các nhà tài trợ cho các điểm thư viện, chương trình Bữa ăn trưa mùa Hè thực hiện được còn nhờ vào những đối tác của Sở Dịch vụ Nhân sinh quận Multnomah và tổ chức Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon.

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    ¡Es la hora del almuerzo en la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah! Le damos la bienvenida a los niños y jóvenes para que disfruten de nuestro programa de almuerzos de verano anual en las bibliotecas Gresham, Midland y Rockwood. Esto es lo que deben saber.

    • Los almuerzos se sirven "para llevar" como comida fría.
    • Los almuerzos son para menores de 18 años de edad, uno por persona.
    • Los niños no tienen que estar presentes para que los padres o los tutores recojan su almuerzo.

    Almuerzos gratis para niños este verano

    Biblioteca de Gresham

    Biblioteca de Midland

    • 12:30 a 1:30 p.m. de lunes a viernes
    • Del 28 de junio al 20 de agosto
    • Ubicado en el vestíbulo
    • Patrocinado por Wattles Boys and Girls Club

    Biblioteca de Rockwood

    • 12:30 a 2:30 p.m. de lunes a viernes
    • Del 28 de junio al 13 de agosto
    • Ubicado dentro de la entrada principal 
    • Patrocinado por el Distrito Escolar de Reynolds

    Además de los patrocinadores de las bibliotecas, el Programa de Almuerzo de Verano se hace posible gracias a las asociaciones con el Departamento de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Multnomah y Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon.

    Every year, we create a beautiful page of the best books of the year -- the ones our staff and volunteers have loved. Whether you're a fan of picture books that celebrate bravery, suspense stories that keep you guessing, or guides to making the most delicious food, we have you covered.  There are many great picks for Spanish readers, too. 

    Check out all of our favorite books for 2020. 

    Want to see what we've recommended in past years? Explore the links below:

    Best Books 2019

    Best Books 2018

    Best books 2017

    Best Books 2016


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    Vào tháng 3 năm 2020, thư viện Multnomah chưa bao giờ biết rằng việc hy vọng tạm đóng cửa giúp ngăn ngừa lây lan dịch bệnh COVID-19 đã trở nên một làn sóng bắt đầu rồi kết thúc nối tiếp nhau trong những dự định của chúng tôi và thay đổi trầm trọng hoạt động của thư viện hơn một năm nay.

    Đằng sau tầm nhìn của công chúng, có những nhóm nhân viên thư viện và các đối tác của  quận Multnomah đã làm việc để tìm ra phương cách giúp cộng đồng sử dụng an toàn và dẫn dắt những thư viện nhỏ của chúng ta, nhân viên đã cung cấp các dịch vụ theo những phương cách mới và sáng tạo (trang này chỉ hiển thị Anh ngữ).  Sự sáng tạo và cống hiến của họ tạo ra những con đường mới cho dịch vụ thư viện và sẽ tồn tại lâu dài sau khi đại dịch lắng dần.

    Mặc dù chúng tôi đã làm việc chăm chỉ phục vụ quý vị nhờ kỹ thuật mạng. Chúng tôi thật phấn khởi bắt đầu mở cửa toàn bộ và chào đón quý vị trở lại các thư viện địa phương. Một số thư viện quận Multnomah hiện giờ đang mở cửa và tôi vui mừng cho quý vị biết 75 % thư viện của chúng tôi sẽ mở cửa hoạt động lại trước cuối Tháng 7 năm 2021:

    • Capitol Hill – Đã mở lại 
    • Fairview-Columbia – 20 tháng 7, 2021
    • Gregory Heights – Đã mở lại
    • Gresham – Đã mở lại
    • Hillsdale – Đã mở lại
    • Holgate – Đã mở lại
    • Hollywood –27 tháng 7, 2021
    • Kenton –  Đã mở lại
    • Midland – Đã mở lại
    • North Portland – 27 tháng 7, 2021
    • Northwest – 27 tháng 7, 2021
    • Rockwood – Đã mở lại
    • St. Johns – 27 tháng 7, 2021
    • Troutdale – 20 tháng 7, 2021
    • Woodstock – Đã mở lại

    Do có những dự án cơ sở đang tiến hành, những thư viện sau đây chỉ có phục vụ lấy tài liệu đặt. Chúng tôi mong sẽ mở lại các dịch vụ bên trong những thư viện này trước cuối Tháng 8: 

    • Albina –  24 tháng 8, 2021
    • Belmont  – 3 tháng 8, 2021
    • Central  – 10 tháng 8, 2021
    • Sellwood-Moreland – 3 tháng 8, 2021

    Xin cảm ơn sự ủng hộ, sự phấn khởi và sự bảo trợ của quý vị với thư viện Multnomah. Chúng tôi nhớ quý vị và mong đợi phục vụ quý vị sớm.

    Vailey Oehlke
    Giám đốc Thư viện

    Image of man holding a laptop while standing next to racks of cannabis plants
    Oregon has been at the forefront of the legal Cannabis industry and Multnomah County Library has several resources to help entrepreneurs or those considering a career in the Cannabis industry.

    Industry Research

    You can find articles in newspapers and magazines available through the library to do research on the cannabis industry. Gale Business: Entrepreneurship has business plans, directories and articles. The Business Collection and Regional Business News are resources to find articles from a variety of newspapers and magazines. Business Source Premier provides articles as well as company and industry profiles. The library also subscribes to the magazine High Times.

    The library has books that can help you get started too. We’ve created a helpful list of titles that you can access here.

    Licensing and Regulations

    Several state and local agencies will also be important to know about. Multnomah County requires cannabis related businesses to register with them. The City of Portland Cannabis Program oversees licensing in the city. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is the state agency for licensing for cannabis businesses and workers and provides more information in the Business Readiness Guidebook for OLCC Marijuana Operations, while the Oregon Department of Agriculture oversees such things as water safety and pesticides. Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board oversees licensing in Washington.

    Advocacy, Connection and Education

    Many organizations exist to help with advocacy, education and connection to others in the business. Nuleaf Project is a Portland based organization “working to build intergenerational success for Black and Brown people through the legal cannabis industry”. The Oregon Cannabis Association provides networking events and workshops. The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network provides connection and resources to cannibis businesses. Oregon NORML and Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association both provide advocacy for legislative policy change.

    Several national organizations may also be helpful. This is our Dream is a socially inclusive digital cannabis space that centers minorities and includes a comprehensive state-by-state guide on available government supported social equity resources. The NCIA: National Cannabis Industry Association also has many resources as well as a State Policy Map. The library also has many resources for getting a small business started. Read more about them here.

    Image of woman in a hardhat reading building plans on a construction site
    The construction industry is growing and is projected to create many jobs for skilled employees. Have you been considering getting a job in construction or a similar trade? Here are some ways you can get started!

    Check out these facts and projections about the construction and laborers field from the Occupational Outlook Handbook including pay, training requirements and work environment.

    Portland Community College offers Trades and Construction training through their On-Ramps to Trades program and a Pre-Apprenticeship Career Pathway program.

    Oregon Tradeswomen helps women build careers in the trades industry through education and training. They also provide support and advocacy for women in the trades. Contact them online or by phone 503.335.8200

    Constructing Hope provides education and skill building in the construction industry. They primarily service People of Color, people transitioning from incarceration and low-income adults. They also have youth programs. For more information contact them online or by phone 503-281-1234.

    Worksource Portland Metro can help guide you through career planning navigation with resources and coaching. Create an account online to get started and connect to services.

    Para ver esta información en inglés, haga clic en Free summer lunches for kids. To see this information in English, click Free summer lunches for kids.

    ¡Es la hora del almuerzo en la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah! Damos la bienvenida a los jóvenes a disfrutar de nuestro programa anual de almuerzos de verano en las bibliotecas de Gresham, Midland y Rockwood. Esto es lo que necesita saber.

    • Los almuerzos se sirven al estilo "para llevar" como almuerzos en bolsas frías.
    • Los almuerzos son para niños menores de 18 años, uno por niño.
    • Los niños no necesitan estar presentes para que los padres / tutores recojan los almuerzos.

    El personal de la biblioteca reparte almuerzos en bolsas durante el verano de 2020.

    Biblioteca de Gresham

    Biblioteca Midland

    Biblioteca Rockwood

    Además de los patrocinadores del sitio de la biblioteca, el Programa de Almuerzos de Verano es posible gracias a las asociaciones con el Departamento de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Multnomah y Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

    Para ver más opciones de alimentos gratuitos, haga clic en Recursos de alimentos para familias.

    The idea of writing a piece about public libraries has not left me, since I read the children’s book, Tomás and the Library Lady

    Yet, I don't know where to begin. Maybe I should start by writing about my childhood library experience. 

    In a few words, I don’t have much to share about visiting the local library where I grew up in rural South Texas. The library had limited staffing, resources, and hours, and the borrowing policies were onerous. Summers were even worse: My siblings and I were farmworkers, and when we didn’t work, that was on Sundays, the library was closed. 

    Perhaps that explains how much I have come to appreciate public libraries as an adult. Yes! As an adult! Public libraries are magical places, where children and grown-ups, can dream and imagine the impossible. They are spaces where entire families can get lost, not just in stories, but in places and times, and where the next story is only a book away.  

    Public libraries are one of the last democractic institutions where everyone is welcome. Perhaps that’s what I have meant to write all long since I read Tomás and the Library Lady and since this children’s story takes place in the pre-Civil Rights era. The books young Tomás read and the relationship he built with the librarian inspired him to dream beyond what his parents and grandfather could imagine. Tomás Rivera was one of the first Mexican American migrant workers to earn a Ph.D. and the first Chicano to be named Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.  

    I hope readers will get lost the way I have in the children’s books below. 

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    In March 2020, Multnomah County Library could never have known that what we hoped would be a brief closure to help stop the spread of COVID-19 would become a wave of starts and stops in our planning and drastically alter library operations for more than a year. 

    Although we’ve been working hard to serve you virtually, at our holds pickup, and meet you out in the community, I am excited to begin more fully reopening and welcome you back to your neighborhood libraries. Several libraries in Multnomah County are open now and more are on the way! 

    We are encouraged by Multnomah County’s increasing vaccination rates and Governor Brown’s announcement that she will be lifting COVID-19 restrictions statewide as of June 30 or when the state reaches a 70% vaccination rate, whichever comes first. And while we still have some work to do to bring us back to “normal,” I’m pleased to share that 75% of our libraries will open their doors by the end of July 2021:

    • Capitol Hill
    • Fairview-Columbia
    • Gregory Heights
    • Gresham
    • Hillsdale
    • Holgate
    • Kenton
    • Midland
    • North Portland
    • Northwest
    • Rockwood
    • Sellwood-Moreland
    • St. Johns
    • Troutdale
    • Woodstock

    Due to active facilities projects, these libraries are offering holds pickup only. We expect them to open for in-building services by the end of August:

    • Albina
    • Belmont
    • Central
    • Hollywood

    There has been no more difficult way to confirm that our library facilities are undersized than to face a pandemic that requires us to quickly alter spaces for occupancy, physical distancing and materials movement. The much-adored towering stacks of shelves that you can browse for hours, and the fixed computer stations and tables providing our community technology access, became operational challenges. Thanks to voters in Multnomah County, many libraries will see significant expansions and improvements to spaces in the coming years.

    As library teams worked behind the scenes with Multnomah County partners to figure out ways for the community to safely use and navigate our small buildings, library staff provided services in new and innovative ways — from online tech help and tutoring to curbside holds pickup at all 19 locations. Their creativity and dedication has created new pathways for library service that will endure long after the pandemic subsides. 

    While some things in our buildings won’t be the same as before, our exceptional staff are ready to help you with whatever you need. Thank you for your support, excitement and patronage of Multnomah County Library. We miss you, and we look forward to serving you soon

    Vailey Oehlke
    Director of Libraries

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    It's lunch time at Multnomah County Library! We welcome youth to enjoy our annual summer lunch program at Gresham, Midland and Rockwood libraries. Here’s what you need to know.

    • Lunches are served “grab-and-go” style as cold sack lunches.
    • Lunches are for children ages 18 and younger, one per child.
    • Children do not need to be present for parents/guardians to pick up lunches.

    Staff at a library at a lunch for kids tent at a library

    Gresham Library

    Midland Library

    Rockwood Library

    In addition to library site sponsors, the Summer Lunch Program is made possible thanks to partnerships with the Multnomah County Department of County Human Services and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

    Photo: Library staff hand out sack lunches during the summer of 2020.


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