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Last month we told you about resources for families this summer. And now we’d like to highlight a few of our favorite outdoor activities that we think you may enjoy:

  1. Gateway Discovery Park: Art and cultural activities will be hosted all summer long at this East Portland park.
  2. Gresham Japanese Garden: A beautiful Japanese garden to visit, plus they are holding many events this summer. 
  3. Interactive Fountains and Splash Pads: Portland Parks and Recreation hopes to have it’s fountains and splash pads open this summer and it’s a great way to beat the heat!
  4. Local guidebooks: Check out a guidebook on exploring the area with kids. 
  5. Harper’s Playground: Find inclusive playgrounds for all abilities around Portland and beyond. 
  6. Mike Bennett's A to Zoo: Wonderful outdoor art displays that bring fun and education to the whole family. Currently they can be found in NE Portland.
  7. Mural map: Three maps of Portland’s Street art: a walking map of the Alberta Arts District; a biking map of the Central Eastside Industrial District; and an all-city highlights map. 
  8. U-pick farms: U-Pick farms in Portland and Multnomah County, sorted by county.
  9. Walking with Ramona: Do you love Ramona Quimby? Well you can walk in her shoes with this walking map of Ramona’s neighborhood.
  10. Walks around Portland: Portland Bureau Of Transportation’s has many suggested walks, including one that goes to the North Portland Library. And there are also ones for bikes!

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

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The beautiful thing about young people is that they react to the world around them through wonder, imagination, and questions...lots and lots of questions. In June, some of these questions may have something to do with Pride Month and what it means to be LGBTQ+.**

  • “What’s with all the rainbows?”
  • “Why is it called ‘Pride Month?’”  
  • “What do all those letters stand for?” **

Some of us are more familiar with Pride - and more comfortable talking about it - than others, so we put together some helpful tips for having those conversations during June and beyond.  

Read Up 

Dive into the historical significance of the Pride Movement and Stonewall Rebellion in June 1969, and learn about the significance of the Pride flag. For a kid-friendly history to read and talk about together, check out Stonewall: a Building, a History by Rob Sanders, with illustrations by Jamey Christoph. Check out recommended fiction featuring LGBTQ+ characters, or memoirs written by LGBTQ+ writers. Curious about how to use they/them pronouns? There’s a graphic novel guide for you! Browse the reading lists below for more titles that may interest your family.    

Listen to (and Learn from) Queer Voices

There are also excellent resources online to help parents and caregivers explore Pride and LGBTQ+ identity openly and honestly with kids. Our favorite is the Queer Kids Stuff Youtube series from LGBTQ+ activist Lindsay Amer, the self-described “Queer Mr. Rogers.” We love how this series (with four seasons of episodes!) explores topics like gender identity and how to be a good ally.  

Celebrate! 

Portland Pride Parade is happening virtually this year on Sunday, June 20 at 11 am. Register here and watch from your home!   

Drag Queen Storytime with Poison Waters on Thursday, June 24 at 12 pm. Join us for this special storytime featuring the fabulous Poison Waters reading stories about inclusion and diversity. Register via the link above to join via Zoom.  

Support LGBTQ+ Youth

Youth who identify as LGBTQ+ benefit from a supportive network of family, friends, and peers. Check out our recent article We <3 LGBTQ+ Kids and Teens! for some organizations and resources that can help provide that support.

This article is part of our “Talking with kids” series, as featured in our monthly newsletter. Reach out to us at learning@multcolib.org if you need more support or have questions. We’re here for you!



**LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning. The + is meant to include all gender identities and sexual orientations not covered by the other letters. Read What Does LGBTQ+ Mean? for more information.

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Students in five local school districts can now use their student ID as their library card, giving them instant library access. 

That includes everything we have to offer, from books to streaming music to online tutors.

Five school kids smiling and giving the thumbs up sign

It’s made possible by a program called Library Connect. We began working with school districts on the program last year, and so far we’ve reached about 80,000 students. More than half of those kids didn’t have library cards. 

Currently, Library Connect serves students in Portland Public, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow and Parkrose school districts. We hope to reach even more students in the future.

The program is a huge boon for educators, who can now rely upon their students having access to the same resources. 

Learn more about Library Connect and other ways we support students and educators.

Library Connect is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.

New federal Emergency Broadband Benefit program offers low-income consumers discounts for high speed internet or laptops and other devices. If you live in Multnomah County, you could get:

  • Up to $50 per month for internet service
  • $100 to buy a new laptop, desktop computer or tablet through a participating provider

Find out if you qualify

You qualify if your household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines
 

Qualifying income levels:

Number of people in household Income
1 $17,388
2 $23,517
3 $29,646
4 $35,775
5 $41,904
6 $48,033
7 $54,162
8 $60,291

For each additional person, add $6,129.

You may also qualify if you or a member of your family:

  • Gets free or reduced-price school breakfast/lunch.
  • Lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Received a federal Pell grant for 2021.
  • Meets other criteria.

See if you qualify.

Apply

Apply online, pick up a paper application at any Multnomah County library, or visit or call a participating provider:

  • AT&T: 800-331-0500
  • Comcast Xfinity: 800-934-6489
  • Comcast Internet Essentials: 855-846-8376
  • Human-I-T: 888-391-7249  
  • T-Mobile: 800-866-2453
  • Verizon: 800-922-0204 
  • Ziply Fiber: 866-699-4759 

Get help

If you need help, visit your library or call:

  • Multnomah County Library: 503-988-5123
  • Emergency Broadband Support Center: 833-511-0311
  • Community Information Center: call 211 
  • Portland Customer Service Program: call 311
     

Renee Watson; photo: Shawnte Sims
Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist.  One of  her passions is using the arts to help youth cope with trauma and discuss social issuesRenée grew up in Portland, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

For so many of us, last year stretched us in ways we could not have imagined. There was great loss, turmoil, and so much change. Still, there was much to be grateful for—unexpected phone calls from loved ones, zoom meet ups with friends, time outdoors and the relief of fresh air. 

And books.

I am so grateful to have books to turn to for comfort, distraction, company. Books have always been a kind of friend to me. I spent a lot of time reading and imagining as a child. I loved walking to the North Portland Library in the summertime to roam the aisles. Books took me to faraway lands, made me laugh, taught me important lessons, and made me see myself in familiar and new ways. I especially gravitated to poetry and loved stealing away to read the words of Nikki Giovanni and Eloise Greenfield.   

I remember the first time I discovered "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. I was attending Vernon Elementary School and was chosen to recite the poem at a Black History Month assembly. The speaker in the poem sounded like my mom. I even think my mom had said some of those things before. She was always pushing her children, telling us to never give up no matter how hard life might be. When I first read Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise, I felt powerful and proud of my ancestors. I was buoyed by their resilience. 

And so I fell in love with poetry. 

I loved the rhythm, I loved trying on different ways to say a phrase. I loved the line breaks, how each stanza would take me deeper and deeper into the meaning of the whole poem. I learned that poetry can be about anything. I could write odes to my neighborhood or favorite food, I could honor a loved one who had died, I could protest with my words and write poems that stood up against injustice. 

Over the years, poetry became the way I celebrated, mourned, raged. And so, when the pandemic swept over our nation and living in quarantine became the new normal, I found myself turning to poetry for comfort and peace. And then summer came and with it came a even more police brutality and violence against Black men and women. I was weary. I turned to the poets who raised me, the poets who lived through The Great Depression, Jim Crow, The Civil Rights Movement. They knew something about sorrow, about loss, about protest. They also knew about joy and love and how to hold on to hope. 

It’s a new year and still, we need comfort, we need inspiration. I’m still keeping poetry nearby and I offer these recently published books as a refuge, a guiding light, a healing balm. Some are novels-in-verse, some are traditional poetry collections. All of them are treasures and medicine for the soul.

Nuestros hijos y toda la familia aprendieron diversas habilidades durante el año pasado. Se adaptaron a usar la tecnología para comunicarse y hacer las tareas escolares; para hablar sobre la salud mental; para hablar acerca de las razas en los Estados Unidos; y para protegerse a sí mismos y a nuestras familias durante una crisis sanitaria mundial.

Celebramos a nuestras familias por todos los desafíos a los que nos hemos enfrentado y por todo el amor que nos hemos mostrado este año.

Este verano, podemos seguir aprendiendo de diferentes maneras. Vea los recursos y las actividades a continuación.

Lectura de verano 

¡Leer da color a tu mundo! Explora un mundo de actividades científicas y artísticas con el juego de Lectura de Verano. 

Libros

Sigan aprendiendo en el verano: Actividades para probar en casa 

Actividades familiares en casa

Guía Infantil: Vacaciones en casa y con los niños + Actividades en familia para realizar en casa

Algunas oportunidades para niños y jóvenes durante el verano: Programas de voluntariado, campamentos de verano y trabajos

Hemos recopilado algunas oportunidades que están disponibles en el momento. Es posible que se abran más de estas a lo largo del verano dado que el condado de Multnomah sigue las directrices de seguridad para la pandemia de Covid-19.

Programas de voluntariado

Free Geek

Baje la página para ver más información sobre su programa de voluntariado: ¿Desea aprender cómo construir computadoras, proteger el medio ambiente de los residuos tóxicos y transformar la vida de la gente en su comunidad?  Tenemos un lugar para usted en Free Geek.

Oregon Food Bank

Para ver la información de esa página en otro idioma, haga clic en la esquina superior derecha y busque su idioma preferido. Ver también la página de Preguntas más frecuentes.

Otros programas e información

Distrito Escolar de Reynolds

Aprendizaje de verano - Desde el 28 de junio al 6 de agosto de 2021, de lunes a viernes. El programa es GRATIS para las familias de Reynolds. Si está interesado en el programa de aprendizaje de verano para sus hijos, complete el formulario.

*Para ver la información de esa página en otro idioma en la computadora, haga clic en la esquina superior derecha donde dice “Select language” y busque su idioma preferido. Si está usando un dispositivo móvil, toque las tres líneas en la esquina superior izquierda al lado de donde dice Reynolds. En el menú que abre, toque donde dice “Select language” y busque su idioma preferido.

Job Corps

Para jóvenes de 16 a 24 años. Job Corps ofrece capacitación práctica de carrera técnica en industrias de alto crecimiento y también puede ayudarle a obtener un diploma de desarrollo educativo general (GED  por sus siglas en inglés) o de la escuela secundaria, si aún no tiene uno. Más información sobre los centros en Portland y Troutdale.

OSHA: Tus derechos en el trabajo

Tus derechos y responsabilidades como empleado adolescente. 

La información de los sitios que se enumeran a continuación se presenta en inglés.

Programas de voluntariado

City of Portland: Volunteer with Portland Parks & Recreation

City of Portland: Volunteer with No Ivy League

City of Portland: Nature Events Calendar

Campamentos de verano

Portland Parks & Recreation: Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation

Ofrece actividades y servicios recreativos basados en la comunidad y especialmente diseñados para niños, adolescentes y adultos que tienen una discapacidad y/o necesidades especiales. Nuestros servicios están diseñados para ayudar a las personas a desarrollar y utilizar su tiempo libre.

Para solicitar traducción o interpretación, llame al 503-858-9744. Para personas que utilizan teletipo (TTY), llame al 503-823-6868 o a Oregon Relay Service, 711.

Special Olympics Oregon: Become a Special Olympics Athlete

Aunque no te consideres un atleta o no hayas practicado algún deporte, Special Olympics Oregón es una forma estupenda de divertirse, desarrollar nuevas habilidades y aumentar la confianza en ti mismo. Cualquier persona mayor de 8 años de edad a la que un profesional médico le haya detectado una discapacidad cognitiva, puede participar en Special Olympics. No hay límite de edad.

Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp

Varios programas durante todo el verano para campistas con discapacidades a partir de los 12 años

YMCA of Columbia-Willamette: Camp Collins

Becas disponibles a través de Open Door Program

PDX Education Collab: Register for a Learning Pod

Por favor, póngase en contacto con ellos a través del formulario [en la página] si desea conocer el proceso de solicitud de una beca.

Girls Count: Summer Camps 2021

La matrícula escalonada y las becas están disponibles para aquellos que cumplan los requisitos. Solicite ayuda financiera aquí.

Girls Build: Summer Camps

Se hará todo lo posible para que el campamento siga funcionando con seguridad este año; sin embargo, debido a la incertidumbre de la COVID-19, es posible que las ubicaciones de los campamentos aún no estén determinadas o que cambien y que los campamentos se cancelen con un reembolso completo. 

Becas

Ofrecemos programas gratuitos a los niños que participan en el programa de acogida. Mientras están en acogida pero también una vez que vuelven con sus padres biológicos o después de la adopción. Contáctelos para saber cómo asistir a la programación de forma gratuita. 

Portland Parks & Recreation will Restore 2021 Summer Programming - Feb 2021

Incluye una lista de eventos previstos. Ver también la página Portland Parks & Recreation programs.

Portland Parks & Recreation activities search

Búsqueda filtrada de actividades para jóvenes menores de 18 años

Trabajos

Volante con información de trabajo con Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation están contratando personal

City of Portland: Career Center

Información para ayudar a encontrar empleo en la ciudad de Portland o en otras entidades gubernamentales


 

Recopilado por Kimberly S.

Back in December, at the height of the winter surge, a friend shared an article in USA Today about how students are handling virtual/online school in the time of COVID-19. It was loaded with negativity, pessimism and hopelessness. Students are “lagging academically” or “even further behind - with time running out to meet key academic benchmarks.” Throughout, the article quoted a diverse mixture of kids and parents from around the country, all saying the same thing: there’s been learning loss, kids are failing and falling behind.      

We’d like to tell a different story, one that doesn’t dwell on loss, but focuses on how we move forward. We want to celebrate how far we’ve come, and the progress we’ve made this year, despite, well, everything. We’ve seen agility and perseverance from students adapting to unfamiliar, challenging circumstances. We’ve seen the best kind of support systems: parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members going above and beyond. We’ve observed students learning in so many ways that have nothing to do with academic benchmarks, but are just as important. We’re here to support you as this dynamic learning continues into the summer and beyond.   

Speaking of which, soon, we'll begin our annual Summer Reading program, encouraging kids to read whatever interests them, all summer long!  Thanks to the support of The Library Foundation, as well as our amazing staff and volunteers, we’re able to safely continue offering gameboards, prizes, programs, and fun for the whole family. So after this strange school year, we’d like to offer some positive reasons why you and your family should join us for our Summer Reading Program this year:

a Latino boy, 5 or 6 years old, sits on a bed and reads a book.  He is smiling.

  • Explore your interests and learn about the world around you!  Read!
  • Keep your brain engaged and growing!  Read!
  • Your mind thrives the more you...Read!

 

Summer Reading starts June 16. Stay tuned for more information by checking our Summer Reading page and/or following us on social media (see bottom of the page).   Check out our Summer Reading 2021 booklists for recommendations from library staff!

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions

When families register by June 1, teachers and schools can do more welcoming and communication before school starts, easing the transition for incoming kindergarteners.

Flyer on registering children for Kindergarten in PPS.

If you live in Multnomah County, you can identify your school or district by texting "MYSCHOOL" or "MIESCUELA" to 898211.

Here are some Register for Kindergarten resources at the major school districts in Multnomah County.  Several of them have welcome videos, including in multiple languages. 

The following information is specific to the Portland Public School (PPS) District.

Kindergarten videos: Hear from families and school staff about how to register and get ready for school! Videos are posted on the Kindergarten tab of the Early Learners website and are available in English, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.

Register for School by June 1: There are so many benefits to registering early such as families hearing from school staff about events, summer transition programs, and information about the start to school. Please register online or call the school for a registration packet. 

Early Kindergarten Transition Program Applications: Apply now to be eligible for this inclusive, family-centered bridge program, for children entering Kindergarten or first grade at an EKT school in the Fall. EKT schools include: Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Faubion, Harrison Park, James John, Kelly, Lee, Lent, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vestal, and Woodmere. Applications and flyers are posted on the EKT website or call the school for paper applications. 

Pre-K Applications: PPS is currently accepting Pre-Kindergarten applications for the 2021/22 school year. Online applications are available and paper applications can be requested by emailing prekprograms@pps.net or leaving a message at (971) 501-0111. 

Ramp up to Kindergarten: This fall, every family will receive a relationship-based conversation with their Kindergarten teacher prior to the start of school. In addition, every child will receive a small group “warm-up” orientation to classroom and building routines prior to the official first day of Kindergarten. School staff will be communicating their specific schedules with incoming families. Finally, teachers will delay student assessments so families and school staff can focus on building relationships for a welcoming start to the school year. 

Finally, the PPS Early Learners Website includes an FAQ document that answers parent questions about Kindergarten. FAQs are available in English, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.

And you can find general contact info for all the school districts on the Multnomah Education Service District website.

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

Summer is almost here! Wondering what to do this summer? Here are some ideas!

First and foremost, sign up for Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading program! Babies, kids and teens can play the Summer Reading game and win prizes! In addition, the library will have lots of fun interactive virtual performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids and families. It all kicks off June 16. And don’t worry, we have it for adults too

Portland Parks and Recreation has a number of opportunities they are offering this summer:

  • Summer Free for All - Free Lunch + Play - Free lunch in the park, along with crafts, games, and activities.
  • Nature Day Camps - for ages 5–12, Nature Day Camps create ways for children to connect to nature through outdoor play and exploration. Camps take place every June, July, and August in various locations around the city. Nature-based camps offer ways for children to nurture their relationship to nature, peers, and trusted adults.
  • Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation - classes and events for those with disabilities, plus PP&R provides disability accommodations in any class or camp (aides, sign language interpreters, adaptive equipment, etc.).
  • Employment - for teens and adults, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is planning to hire over 1,800 summer staff!
  • No Ivy League - Wednesday and Saturday volunteer opportunities pulling ivy, planting natives, and learning about yourself. For all ages.
  • Teen Force: Outdoor, drop-in programs designed for young adults will be provided in coordination with Free Lunch + Play events.
  • Other volunteer opportunities - for teens and adults. 

Summer camps for kids with disabilities:

  • The Autism Society of Oregon - a directory of resources that includes summer camps - sleepaway camp, day camps, and summer classes.
  • Blue Compass Camps - Adventurous camps for “high functioning autism, Asperger’s and ADHD” multiple programs in Oregon and Washington for ages 10-22.
  • Camp Yakety Yak - four week long camps July 12 to August 6 - Day camp focused on social-emotional education - 25% neurotypical children and 75% children with neurodevelopmental or physical disabilities.  Ages 5-11 camp program and a junior counselor program for ages 12-15.  
  • Hoop Camp - dates TBD -  Basketball skills day camp for people with disabilities.
  • Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp - multiple programs and dates all summer for campers with disabilities ages 12 and up.
  • Portland Parks & Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation - classes and events for those with disabilities.
  • Spectra Gymnastics - half-day camps this summer in their gym for children ages 4-7 and 6-12
  • UP Camp at Evans Creek Retreat - dates TBD - Christian recreational and educational camp experiences for people with special needs 9+.
  • Upward Bound - dates TBD -  Christian recreational and educational sleepaway camp for people with disabilities age 12+.

Other camps offered in the Multnomah area:

  • Girls Build - summer camps for ages 8-11 and 11-15 with generous scholarship possibilities.
  • Girls Count - offering camps for girls 11-14 focused on empowerment, STEAM, and community involvement.
  • PDX Education Collaborative - offering weekly, pod-based programming at a relatively low cost.  
  • PDX Parent Summer Camp listing - A list of camps offered in and around Portland, many are pricey.
  • Rose City Rollers Juniors summer camps - These camps are open to youth skaters, all genders and skill levels welcome. Rental skates and protective gear are included with registration. Limited scholarships are available.
  • Steve and Kate’s Camp - Pricey, but an amazing array of maker activities and tons of kid-led choice.
  • YMCA Camp Collins - classic summer camp experience at Oxbow Regional Park, ages 2-12.

And if you are concerned about overnight camps, the Oregonian published an article stating that Oregon will allow youth overnight camps to resume this summer.

Please email us if you know of other camps we should be listing. We’ll update as we learn more! 

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

It feels so good to get outside when the weather is nice!

Child using a watering can to water garden.

Children thrive in the natural setting. But exposure to nature is good for all ages! It not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Gardening is a great way to get into nature. And if you don’t have a garden space, you can try square foot or container gardening. Or find a community garden nearby. 

It is said that there are seven wonders of the natural world, but for little ones there are seven million wonders in the world right outside their door! Everything is fresh and new. The young child’s work is to play and to make constant discoveries about their environment. 

Gardening is a perfect way for the smallest child to explore and honor the earth. Of course, children learn by using their whole body — and all their senses. Children are naturally curious little scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds and textures of the outdoors. As your little explorer follows you into the garden, you can talk to them about what they are seeing.

Give them the names of familiar plants. Describe the squelch of mud between their toes. Notice the texture of the leaves and how they dance in the breeze. Point out the variety of seeds in the fruits and vegetables you share. Gradually, you can introduce the planting of seeds.

And for older kids and teens, the benefits of gardening are just as valuable. 

Here are some ideas.

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

Fun Garden Activities for Little Ones

  • Make a special fairy garden or dinosaur garden! Decorate with stones and flowers and twigs. 
  • Water plants. Or toes!
  • Paint stones. Toddlers are happy with a bucket of water and a paintbrush!
  • Make mud pies. It’s okay to get your hands dirty! Learning involves all the senses.

And below you will find a booklist with even more stories, projects and ideas. Happy gardening!

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

MHCC Head Start and Early Head Start have over 900 openings for the 21/22 School Year!

They provide FREE services to pregnant women and families of children ages birth to 5 who reside in East Multnomah County, outside of Portland Public Schools.

MHCC Head Start Logo

Programs include:

Home Based Program:

  • For pregnant parents and children 0-5 years old
  • Provides weekly home visits with a childcare provider
  • Focuses on connecting with little ones and parenting skills

Preschool classes:

  • For Children 2-5 years old
  • Ranges from 3.5 – 7 hours per day, 2-5 days a week
  • Learn-by-playing approach builds social and emotional development

Full-Day Childcare*:

  • For children 6 months - 5 years old
  • Ranges from 8.5 -10 hours per day
  • Offers year-round coverage

Here are flyers in English, Spanish, ArabicSomali and Russian


Families who are eligible:

  • Receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income, or
  • Are homeless, or
  • Have an income below the federal poverty guideline, or
  • Have a child in foster care

*Additional Eligibility Requirements for Full-Day Childcare:

  • Family must be working and receiving childcare subsidy, or
  • Be an MHCC Student taking 9 credits or more

Ready To Apply? Call the main office at: 503-491-6111 or click here.

As a parent of three children with dyslexia, I have faced many of the challenges common to caregivers of a youth with dyslexia. 

One of the biggest challenges I faced was navigating school special education to provide access to a free education appropriate to my students’ learning style. All students have a right to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through Federal Law.  My kids were not learning how to read in the classroom, and the school didn’t seem to be doing anything. Oregon legislation has changed since my kids first started school, and schools are required to do more to address dyslexia. But is it enough? You may have to advocate for the youth in your life. 

Things to consider...

Mental health:

  • Research has shown that individuals with learning disabilities: 
    • may experience increased levels of anxiety.  
    • may be at greater risk for depression.  
    • experience higher levels of loneliness. 
    • may have a lower self-concept (self-esteem).  
    • are at greater risk for substance abuse. 
    • may be at greater risk for juvenile delinquency.
  • 20 percent of children with dyslexia also suffer from depression and another 20 percent suffer from an anxiety disorder.

Incarceration Rates: 

  • Percent of adults in custody with dyslexia: 48% 
  • Percent of adolescents with learning disabilities that will be arrested three to five years out of high school: 31%

These facts are alarming. But there is good news … intervention helps! When modern, research based instruction is put into place in grades K-2, the reading disability rate drops.

Knowing where to go or who to talk to get an assessment for dyslexia can be difficult. Many states have passed legislation to identify dyslexia in children early on.  If you aren’t in school or you feel that your school is missing something, check out our Uncovering Dyslexia blog post, which points to places in Multnomah County who will privately assess for dyslexia. 

Resources for families affected by dyslexia: 

Looking for books to share with your family? Here are some fiction books for kids and teens featuring characters with dyslexia, and here are some nonfiction books on dyslexia written for kids. For more information on dyslexia, including some book recommendations for caregivers, please see our previous post on Uncovering Dyslexia.

- Desiree, Rockwood Branch Library Makerspace Program Specialist
 

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COVID-19 continues to limit our access to public spaces. Many of our everyday activities, like school, work, doctor’s visits and banking are now online. This makes personal information vulnerable to cybercriminals. Learn more about how to protect yourself online.

Protect your passwords!

One of the most common ways scammers can get at your data is by stealing passwords to important accounts. Making good passwords is one of the easiest and most useful ways to keep your data safe and sound.

Update often.

  • Update passwords often to protect from scammers, and make your accounts less open to large data leaks. Experts suggest updating passwords every 3 months.

Use long phrases instead of short words.

  • Try using famous quotes, common sayings, or even song lyrics for your passwords. Long phrases like “we all live in a yellow submarine” are easy to remember, and harder for a computer to guess.
  • Add numbers, capital letters and special characters to your passwords. (For example, P4$$w0rD.) This is an easy way to make your password more secure. Be careful not to make it too hard to remember.

Create unique passwords for each specific account.  

  • Reusing passwords between accounts puts many accounts at risk. If a scammer gets one password, they can open every account connected to that password.
  • Focus on making your most important accounts safe. Start with your banks, social media or health insurance.

Yellow diamond sign that says Scam Alert

Recognize common scams

Internet scams are becoming more and more common. Cybercriminals make up new ways to get your data. Here are some of the most common scams.

Phishing scams

One of the most popular scams is Phishing. Phishing is when scammers pretend to be a reliable source — like a business, a government agency or even a relative, to get at your personal info. They send bogus emails, phone calls and text messages, trying to get a “bite” from victims. The most common phishing scam is an email with hyperlinks to fake websites that can steal passwords, or infect your computer with a virus.

Look for these signs to spot phishing emails:

  • Grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Strange/unfamiliar email addresses
  • Scary language, like threats of legal action, or demands for money
  • Offers too good to be true, like a big cash prize

Gift card scams

One popular scam is when a scammer tells you to buy a gift card to pay a fake bill or fee. There are many types of this scam, such as:

  • A problem with your Social Security account
  • A power company threatening to cut off your service
  • A message that you won a big cash prize, if you buy a card first
  • A grandchild or relative who suddenly asks for money with no warning

Coronavirus scams

With more business moving online because of COVID-19, scammers have created new scams that play on our fears of COVID-19, such as:

  • Unexpected texts/calls asking you to pay for a vaccine 
  • Scary warnings about new COVID cases in your area
  • Offers for fake COVID tests to steal your insurance info
  • Notes that a package you didn’t order is on its way, with a link to its “tracking number”

In short

While the internet can be a scary place, following just a few basic tips can help you stop cybercriminals and enjoy yourself online. Our three most important tips are:

  1. Take care to create strong passwords, and reuse them as little as possible.
  2. NEVER click on any links from an email you did not expect, or a phone number you do not know.
  3. If in doubt, remember that ANY request to pay a bill or fee with a gift card IS A SCAM.

If you see any of the scams listed here, you can call the AARP Fraud-Watch Helpline at 877-908-3360, or contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Find more password protection tips at the AARP fraud watch network.

Check out more info about coronavirus scams at Consumer Reports.

Want to learn more about internet scams?  Check out the Federal Trade Commission's glossary of common scams.
 

The Business Plan

The first step in starting a small business is a business plan. Use Gale Business: Entrepreneurship for full access to the Business Plans Handbook. There you will find general templates as well as examples of plans for hundreds of specific businesses. As you create your business plan, other resources listed below may be helpful. The other sections below will help you build your business plan with library resources.

Industry Research 
ABI-INFORM will allow you to research key elements of an industry and find overviews, opportunities and trends to help determine your business strategies. Mergent Intellect and Mergent Online are databases with access to private and public U.S and international business data, facts and figures, and industry profiles. Business Collection is a place to find articles on management, finance and industry information.

Marketing
Use SimplyAnalytics to find out more about your consumers and your competition and create reports and maps to compare data and hone in on target areas. Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda.com) can help you with courses on marketing and other business skills. ReferenceUSA is a resource for creating mailing lists and learning about businesses that already exist in a particular area. 

Facilities and Location
SimplyAnalytics can help you research locations for your business by showing you maps and reports with demographics of your customers and where your competition is.

Administration and Management
Use Business Source Premier and Business Collection to find articles about starting and managing a small business including management, finance and industry information. To learn skills to better manage your business, try Linkedin Learning and explore learning courses on topics like business, software, technology, and more. 

Personnel
Linkedin Learning  has courses to learn about Human Resources (HR) and other aspects of hiring and managing people. 

Financial Planning
Find video courses to learn about finance and accounting for your small business using Linkedin Learning . Research articles about finance in the Business Collection.

You may also find these local community services helpful:
Business Xpress Start up Toolkit and Starting a Business in Oregon - Basic steps and requirements from the State of Oregon.
Portland Small Business Administration - “provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise to entrepreneurs and small business developers”.
Portland SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) - Get connected with an experienced mentor at no cost. SCORE also has free workshops and other resources. 

Resource: 

‘Tis the season of flowers, showers and sun breaks. Spring has sprung.

Yet, Nicole Newsom, a program coordinator in Youth Services Outreach, is already thinking about summer. Her mind, though, is less on cloudless blue skies and warm weather, and more on books — as in how Multnomah County Library’s book distribution program for youth will unfold.

Library staff handing out books to mom and child

“Are the parks going to look like pre-COVID times or are they going to look like last summer?’’ Nicole wonders. “We kind of have to be prepared for both of those options.’’ 

The COVID-19 pandemic dictates as much, as it’s arrival in 2020 largely upended gatherings in parks and other lunch sites— places where the library distributes book bags in the summer to families, and readers and readers-to-be, from newborn to age 18.

“Normally, we would take Summer Reading game boards and books and prizes to those sites and meet kids where they were,’’ Nicole says. 

Library interactions in that way changed dramatically as the state limited large gatherings and introduced physical distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

And though logistically problematic, the situation was not viewed as a long-term inconvenience by Jennifer Studebaker, youth services manager for Multnomah County Library.

“We tried to approach this work from the yes-place,’’ she says. “We worked to find ways to get high-quality and culturally reflective materials into the hands of both partner organizations and youth and families directly.’’

For Nicole, it became the right project at the right time. In her regular work, Nicole routinely manages logistics, from working with volunteers to apply identification stickers on books, to organizing books in bags or boxes. So last summer, Nicole helped Youth Outreach Services redirect the book distribution program to meet the pandemic challenge.

“I was sort of in that position to take on whatever came up next,’’ she says. 

Nicole started her library career in 1991 as a clerk and has been in Youth Services Outreach since 2008. Over the past 10 months, she’s worked with more than 30 library colleagues, all pursuing a common goal and purpose.

Studebaker commends the group’s efforts and work — a combination of pain-staking attention to detail and heavy lifting. “Each item has to be selected, ordered, received, and processed,’’ she says.

“In normal times, the library has a large team of volunteers to help process these materials. During the pandemic, access services library staff have stepped up to the challenge and worked through a mountain of materials to ensure youth in our community have relevant books to take home with them.’’

Since last summer through February 2021, the program has delivered about 44,000 books in Multnomah County Library-branded bags to youth across the county through various summer lunch sites and housing communities. She says roughly 3,000-8,000 books have been distributed monthly since last summer.

The book distribution program accesses youth in housing communities through a Multnomah County Library partnership with Home Forward, a public corporation housing authority that serves Multnomah County, Portland, Gresham, and other communities in the county. Books are provided by publishers through Book Rich Environments, a program of the National Book Foundation.

The Library Foundation funds cultural and language books for non-English speaking communities, including African languages, and African-American Black cultural books. The funding allows the library to provide high-quality, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate books for targeted communities.

“We can give kids books that they can see themselves in,’’ Nicole says. “Without those additional funds, we would not be able to provide books in Arabic, Tigrinya, Oromo, Burmese, and many other languages.’’

book distribution van

Support from The Library Foundation also provides “the newest and best books by and about BIPOC people,’’ she says, referring to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.

In most instances, books delivered to housing communities will be distributed to children and families by a resident coordinator. But on occasion, the team makes deliveries directly to the youth from a Multnomah County Library van.

“We’re standing outside in the hot summer sun, and they sit down on the curb, and they immediately take out the books and start reading one,’’ Nicole says of an outing last summer. 

“I had a couple of kids tell me, ‘I haven’t had new books to read in four months, and I’m so excited to have some new books to read.’ ’’

For Nicole, this is an example of the work at its most rewarding. 

“We’ve seen appreciation and gratitude from people,’’ she says. “It’s been really fabulous.’’

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

May 1 - June 1, 2021

A fish seemingly riding a bicycle - Rainbow Trout by Nathan Monroe-Ramberg, 2020 winner

During May, Multnomah County Library is celebrating National Bike Month with the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

Enter for a chance to have your bike art placed on a Portland street! 

Pick up an entry form at a Multnomah County Library or download the form and create your design. 

Drop off your completed entry at your library or submit online by June 1.

Contest is open to children and teens in grades PreK-12.

Need inspiration? See the 2020 Bike to Books winners.

Other ways to celebrate National Bike Month during May:

#BikeToBooks | biketobooks.com
 

Many workplaces are managing this back-and-forth cycle of ups and downs during the year-long (and counting) COVID-19 pandemic.

Martha Lillie knows this all too well as a library assistant for Multnomah County Library’s Child Care Book Delivery Service, a service that brings age-appropriate, high-quality children’s books to child care centers, in-home child care providers and other organizations that work with children daily. 

Hits and misses. Fits and starts. Retreats and rallies.

Child and adult reading book

Through disruption and interruption of opening and closures due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the library’s Child Care Book Delivery Service pushed forward with an expanded, equity-centered focus while simultaneously broadening its overall reach to youth throughout the county.

During the first library closure last March, Martha brought home several crates of books to continue her work: “The first thing I started doing in those beginning months of the pandemic was a diversity audit of our collection,’’ Martha says.

In the months prior to the pandemic, staff had been evaluating the delivery service, with the aim of more directly addressing the library’s service commitment to historically marginalized communities. These include Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as immigrant communities, and those who have lower incomes.

Martha says the diversity audit underscored the importance of including emergency child care providers, those state-approved providers offering childcare during COVID-19 under revised safety guidelines, as part of outreach to historically marginalized communities.

“It’s a complicated process trying to determine which of our sites are previous book delivery sites doing emergency childcare so that we continue to serve them,’’ she says.

“Which sites do we need to pick up the materials they had so we can quarantine them in order to share them with another child care site? In addition, which new emergency child care sites are interested and have the capacity to start something new like this?’’

Annie Lewis, Early Childhood Services Manager for three-plus years through January 2021, saw firsthand the evolution of the book delivery service reset during COVID-19.

"Martha worked closely with the book delivery staff team to analyze every detail to ensure the team could resume book delivery services,’’ Lewis says.

“From safety measures, to new delivery routes, to communicating with child care providers, the team worked hard to provide this critical service to children in care settings to ensure they had access to high-quality children's materials." 

Since resuming services in October 2020, through March 2021, the team has delivered 75,550 books to 206 emergency child care provider sites. The previous fiscal year, the team delivered nearly 40,000 books to 1,132 classrooms and childcare providers

“So far, I think we’ve probably added around 50 new sites,’’ she says, “in addition to the sites that we were serving that were also working as emergency child care providers.”

Given the many pandemic challenges facing library programs and staff, successfully delivering such high volumes of books is a victory of sorts.

“Our big thing has been just getting books into the hands of kids, particularly those who don’t have access and need the books,’’ Martha says. “That’s our passion: kids and books.”

This has been Martha’s mantra since joining the Child Care Book Delivery Service for what is now called the library’s Every Child Initiative in 1999. She began her Multnomah County Library career in 1988, as a page at Central Library, and in 1994 earned library media specialist certification.

In the past year, she says, she’s become more comfortable with Google Maps and other Google forms. And did so, along with many coworkers, while adjusting to teleworking at some point.

“I had to learn a lot of new skills,’’Martha says. “I used Google Maps to lay out all of the Emergency Child Care sites. And then we kind of had to figure out how we were going to make our way through the county with that process’’ to deliver books.

Martha says the restart of the Child Care Book Delivery Service in the COVID-19 era has been accomplished in great part through the efforts of Annie Lewis, and other library staff including, Eric Barker, Tony Hix, Gordon Long, Brendan McGovern, and Lauren Reese. She says Rachel Altmann assists from home with coordination and communication.

Their commitment inspires Stephanie Orellana, who oversees the program as Youth Services Outreach supervisor.

“They have shown up every day ready to get books into the hands of kids,’’ Orellana says. “It has been amazing to witness their dedication. They are all incredibly collaborative and great champions for equity.”

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

Attention, educators! Are you tired of using the same old books with your classes every year? Attend one of the library's summer educator workshops to learn about the latest and greatest books to use in the classroom. All workshops will be offered online this year.

 

Gotta Read This: New Books to Connect with Your Curriculum: This workshop highlights new books you might integrate into your language arts, social studies, math, science and arts curriculum. We have separate workshops for kindergarten to fifth-grade educators and sixth- to 12th-grade educators.

  • Kindergarten to fifth-grade educators: This is a two-part webinar, with part one (covering language arts and social studies) on August 2 from 2-3:15 pm, and part two (covering science, math, health and the arts) on August 4 from 2-3:15 pm. A list of the featured books will be available, and certificates of attendance will be provided for educator clock hours. Register now
  • Sixth- to 12th-grade educators: Sign up now, and we’ll contact you to let you know when the online booklists are available.  

 

Novel-Ties (for fourth- to eighth-grade educators) self-paced online workshop: Hot, new fiction to use in book discussion groups and literature circles. Register now, and we’ll contact you to let you know when the workshop is available.  

 

Talking Equity and Social Justice: Free Booktalks for Educators and Parents: Are you looking for some new books to share with youth on topics like diversity, equity and social responsibility? School Corps librarians will share quick booktalks for educators and parents on titles that address these topics. Online booklists will be provided, and certificates of attendance are available for educator clock hours. Register now

 

Contact School Corps with questions.

Cada primavera, los estudiantes de 3.º a 12.º toman un examen estatal de matemáticas y artes de lenguaje en inglés para medir su aprendizaje y para guiar la enseñanza y ayuda de los maestros.

Si los estudiantes no pasan los exámenes en la primaria y secundaria, no impacta la decisión de promoverlos al siguiente grado; sin embargo, el pasar los exámenes estandarizados de Smarter Balanced es un requisito para graduarse de la escuela preparatoria y para seguir sus estudios universitarios.

Es muy probable que este año las escuelas no ofrezcan los exámenes Smarter Balanced debido al cierre de escuelas y aprendizaje a distancia. Sin embargo, sus estudiantes los pueden practicar en casa y asegurarse que están alcanzando los objetivos del año que cursan.

Otra razón por la que practicar y tomar los exámenes estandarizados es importante, es porque ayudan a preparar a los estudiantes para tomar los exámenes de admisión para la universidad como el SAT y el ACT.

Practiquen los exámenes en línea desde el kínder hasta la preparatoria. Estos son los pasos para practicar los exámenes estandarizados en línea:

  1. Entren a la página de práctica; haga clic aquí
  2. Hagan clic en el recuadro verde de abajo donde dice "Sign in" y siga las instrucciones.
  3. Seleccione el grado en que está el estudiante (kínder al 12). ¡Tendrá 99 oportunidades de práctica!
  4. Hagan clic en "Select", si no hacen cambios.
  5. Que su estudiante grabe su nombre con su voz y cheque que funcione el video. Esto es necesario para poder pasar a la siguiente página.
  6. Hagan clic en "Begin test now"
  7. Cuando complete la pregunta o cumpla el comando, haga clic en la flecha "Next" que aparece en la parte superior izquierda para continuar en la siguiente página.
  8. Completen el examen.
  9. ¡Diviértanse aprendiendo!

 

Si sus estudiantes tienen dudas o no pueden contestar las preguntas de los exámenes del grado que cursan, busquen ayuda de un tutor a través de los servicios de la biblioteca

Ayuda con tareas en vivo

Tutoria virtual 

LearningExpress Library

Otros recursos:

Lo que debe saber sobre los exámenes de práctica: Secundaria y preparatoria

Kínder a tercero

¿Qué es el Smarter Balanced y para qué sirve?

Guía para padres sobre la evaluación en Oregón

Es importante que los niños practiquen los exámenes, consideren NO firmar la forma de exclusión 

Muestra de la boleta de calificaciones. Ayudemos a nuestros estudiantes a que obtengan 3 y 4 de calificación


 

Escrito por Delia P.

Since 2015, Multnomah County Library has been soliciting submissions of self-published e-books from the community through the Library Writers Project; since then, the library has added over 100 titles to its collection. Unlike physical books, which an author could donate to the library, e-books have to be available in OverDrive, the library’s primary e-book vendor, to be eligible for the collection. The Library Writers Project offers a path for local authors to get their e-books in the library collection.

Library Writers Project 2021

To submit a title for consideration, an author publishes their work on one of the self-publishing platforms that contracts its content with OverDrive; then, they complete the library’s submission form. Each submission is reviewed by two library staff members and rated based on artistic merit, technical readability, and the likelihood of recommending it to patrons. The titles that receive the highest ratings are added to the library’s e-book collection in OverDrive and Libby.

In 2018, the library signed an agreement with Ooligan Press (based out of Portland State University) where Ooligan would publish in print one of the e-books and market and promote it like any of their other titles, and the library would also then carry the print copies. To date, Ooligan has published three Library Writers Project titles: The Gifts We Keep by Katie Grindeland, Iditarod Nights by Cindy Hiday (an Indies Award finalist!), and Finding the Vein by Jennifer Hanlon Wilde (pub. April 20, 2021); previously published as A Heritage of Death).

Authors are invited to submit their titles for the current submission period. The library has broadened the submission categories and is now accepting short stories, essays, novels, memoirs, and, for the first time, any genre in Spanish.

Read more details and submission requirements. The current submission period is open through May 14, 2021. 

Information written and gathered by Kady Ferris, Electronic Content Librarian

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