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Genesis had lived in Portland most her life until she moved to the East Coast to be closer to family. “New York City was okay until one day it was not,” she recalls. That’s when she decided to come back to the familiarity of Portland; however, the city she once knew had changed, making it almost impossible for a single mother with three children to find a place to call home.

From the beginning she knew things would be challenging. “Settling-in is never easy, especially if you have a restricted budget, but who knew finding a modest apartment would become an ordeal that would make me homeless,” she says. “The first month went fast,” she notes. Having to double up with a friend, she managed to make it through the first four weeks, but after her friend’s complex manager found out there were more than the allowed number of renters in the two bedroom apartment, Genesis found she had no place to go. Despite the uncertainty that not finding affordable housing implied, Genesis managed to find work at IRCO as an on-call Spanish interpreter. How did she do it? That’s where her survival skills came in. She knew Multnomah County Library was a safe place for her and her three children. In fact, it became, as she calls it “a personal office,” where she could use the computer, the printer, photocopier, and scanner, tools she depends on to do her job. At first her children were loudly overly-stimulated by the iPads in the children's area. “It was hard,” she confesses.

Although employed, Genesis was still homeless, and had to spend many nights at the Human Solutions shelter on SE Stark and 160th. Each day, she tried very hard to come up with a routine for herself and her children. She would take one of her children to school and the other two to their sitter, just so she could come to the library and wait for the emails that would tell her where to go interpret. Then before going back to spend the night at the shelter, she would return to the library with her children to check email again, grab some books, and let her younger children play on the iPads. After getting in touch with the Department of Human Services, and having a somewhat steady job at IRCO, she applied for an apartment. The wait turned out to be an agony.

In one of her many days at the library, she picked out a copy of Evicted in the Lucky Day section. “As I was reading the book, I felt like it was my history being written,” she now says. I remember one time I saw her looking very distressed. It had been three weeks since she moved from the shelter to a motel, and Genesis did not know if she was going to be able to spend the night at the motel that evening. Her stipend money had run out. “I think I am going to sell my car and go back to New York. I am tired. I don't think I can keep trying.” This was a few days before Christmas.

When I saw her again after the holidays she looked rested and happy. The first thing she told me was how excited she was that she could finally cook, wash dishes, and take real showers. Genesis got her apartment on December 30th, which happens to be her birthday. She says she could not wait to start working and pay her bills. “I can’t believe the school bus is coming to an actual home address to pick up my daughter!” she exclaimed. As we were talking, she found herself staring at the Everybody Reads copies of Evicted. “One thing I would like is for the author to sign my copy of Evicted.” I encouraged her to join the Pageturners book group and participate in whichever other events she can attend that are part of this year’s Everybody Reads Program.


The dial on a rotary telephone.In these days of cell-phones and unlisted phone numbers, it's not as easy as looking in a phone book to find someone! (Although that does still work sometimes...) The first thing to realize about these searches is that they take time: you may have to check multiple sources and try contacting multiple phone numbers or addresses. Here is a list of directories and websites that you can use to search for people; you should search in as many of them as possible and try different spellings of names.

(Note: some websites will try to give you a little bit of free information and then ask you to pay before they show you more. Keep in mind that the additional information might or might not be what you need.)

  • ReferenceUSA: A Multnomah County Library-provided resource. Use the "U.S. Consumers / Lifestyles" section to search a database of U.S. residents.
  • Dex Knows: A phone and address directory for people and businesses. Can look up by name, phone number, or address.
  • Pipl: A website that searches various directories and websites to try to find people. Many of the results will only give a little bit of information for free, but it can still be useful.
  • Although this website advertises itself as a place to "discover your family tree," it can also be useful for finding contact information for people. It does not always provide phone numbers, but it does include possible addresses that you could use to try sending a letter.
  • Facebook: A social networking website where users create profiles. Users can choose whether they want their profiles to be findable via a "People Search" page.
  • LinkedIn: A professional networking website that is great for finding information about people who work in business or office jobs.

People who have lost contact with a family member can request assistance from the Salvation Army Missing Persons program. If your request is accepted, they will do a detailed search to try to put you back in touch.

If you are concerned about your personal information appearing on any of the websites listed in this post, you should check to see whether they contain information about how to opt-out or hide your personal information.

Good luck! And if you get stuck, please contact a librarian and we'll be happy to help!

"Rotarydial" image by Dhscommtech at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

В очередном занятии участвовало 2 человека, обозначим их условными буквами Т и Е. Погода сегодня была не очень хорошая, очень сильный ветер. Поэтому многие участники сообщили, что не смогут прийти.

Вопросы, которые решались:

Е - хотела найти материалы к анкете 400 (экзамен на гражданство). У Е дома свой ноутбук Тошиба и есть свой мобильный телефон айфон.

Т - хотела найти Гугл переводчик, чтобы с его помощью переводить информацию в интернете с английского на русский. Т дома пользуется компьютером внука, мобильного телефона пока нет. На занятиях уже была раньше. Научилась самостоятельно пользоваться домашним компьютером, а также компьютерами в библиотеке, использовать программу Skype, а также научилась находить на сайте YouTube материалы для сдачи экзамена по гражданству, причём не только текстовые, но и видеоматериалы.

Ход занятия:

Как обычно в начале занятия закрепляли навыки включения компьютера (были некоторые сложности с оборудованием, но с помощью сотрудников библиотеки они разрешились).

Затем сформулировали запрос, что именно хотелось бы узнать, изучить.

Это важный вопрос, на который специально обращаем внимание. Очень часто трудности возникают потому, что человек формулирует свой вопрос слишком общо, из-за чего потом непонятно, как ему помочь (вспомните помощников из числа членов семьи - взрослых детей, внуков, которые все куда-то торопятся))

Поиск материалов для сдачи экзамена на получение гражданства

Вначале работали с Е, уточнили, что для поиска в интернете нужно использовать такую программу, которая называется браузер. Они могут быть разные, в основном это Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer и Safari. На данном занятии мы использовали браузер Google Chrome.

Вначале посмотрели как его включать и выключать, затем где в нем находится адресная строка, в которой можно вводить вопрос для поиска.

Причём, в адресной строке можно вводить или точный адрес сайта, на который нужно зайти, или просто написать обычный вопрос, какие мы используем в общении друг с другом. Например, как проехать к библиотеке Роквуд, где найти материалы для сдачи экзамена и т.д.

По ходу Т уже помогала нам из своего опыта. Т.е. она подсказала, что лучше искать материалы по экзамену на гражданство не просто во всем интернете, а на конкретном сайте, т.е. на YouTube (сайт, где размещаются видео-материалы). Соответственно, Е сначала записала себе для памяти адрес (название) сайта.

Войдя на сайт мы нашли такую же адресную строку, где также можно искать необходимую информацию, но уже не во всем интернете, а только на этом сайте.

Затем тренировались в составлении вопроса для поиска. Вначале ввели просто цифру 400 (номер апликейшн), этот поиск дал слишком много результатов и не тех, которые были нужны. Тогда по совету Т ввели английское слово citizenship. Получили уже подходящие результаты, среди которых Т уже подсказала из своего опыта, какие можно использовать. Причём, что характерно, Е планирует использовать материалы именно на английском языке.

Поиск переводчика Google

В свою очередь, запрос Т был такой - найти Гугл переводчик, чтобы можно было переводить информацию из Интернета с английского языка на русский. Мы открыли браузер Google Chrome и ввели в строку поиска слова на английском - Google translate.

И браузер сразу открыл нам переводчик Гугла - программу для перевода.

Мы посмотрели, где вводить слова, где смотреть перевод, где устанавливать языки, например, английский и русский, потому что в программе языков для перевода очень много. Затем посмотрели как можно прослушать звучание иностранного слова и как слово на русском языке можно вводить не на клавиатуре, а просто голосом.

После чего посмотрели дополнительное окно программы перевода, где ко всему сказанному можно ещё смотреть варианты перевода, т.е. слова-синонимы. Само собой, что Т постаралась запомнить как найти сайт переводчика.

Интересно, что раньше Т как и многие начинающие старалась все записывать, а сегодня уже перешла на новый уровень - она старалась запоминать ключевые моменты. Т.е. она уже хорошо запомнила как найти браузер, как его открыть, где ввести слова для поиска и др. И теперь она уже меньше беспокоится, что сделает что-то неправильно, поэтому чувствует себя более свободно и старается запоминать не только отдельные детали, но и общую последовательность действий, т.е. воспринимает ситуацию в более целостном виде.

Более того, на сегодняшнем занятии она в каких-то моментах выступала уже не просто учащейся, а помощником преподавателя, подсказывая Е те или иные подробности.

Это было очень приятно видеть, поскольку первое время Т чувствовала себя не очень уверенно в обращении с компьютерами.

Эту появившуюся уверенность заметили кстати и сотрудники библиотеки. Т теперь практически самостоятельно решает многие не очень сложные вопросы при работе с компьютерами. А также гораздо чаще их использует для решения своих повседневных вопросов.

Таким образом, на сегодняшнем занятии обе задачи наших учащихся были решены.

Outreach Personified

Volunteer Karla Chan

by Donna Childs

One day a woman from the Midland Library knocked on the door of the apartment where Karla Chan lives with her family to tell them about the library’s Spanish language resources and Summer Reading program. Years later, Karla began volunteering with Summer Reading, and now she, too, helps with outreach in the Hispanic community. Furthermore, she was the first volunteer to coordinate library tours for apartment complex residents.

But that’s not all. In addition to two days of Summer Reading, Karla devotes two days a week to Midland’s summer free lunch program, which means set-up, washing dishes, and clean-up, in addition to serving food. Karla also plans and works at library events for Hispanic families, and does outreach at schools. A high school junior, Karla is responsible enough to be an intern this coming summer, a prospect that delights both Karla and library staff.

Although outreach includes the sometimes-daunting task of approaching strangers, Karla believes strongly in community involvement, encouraging children to read, and bringing families to the library. She helps plan, organize, and run the end-of-summer party with food, games, and activities, which has brought as many as 50 patrons to the library, some for the first time. She also organizes festivities for the Dia de los Ninos and the Dia de los Libros celebrations, decorating the library and planning snacks, games, and performances to highlight children and bilingual literacy. 

A lover of both vocal and instrumental music, Karla is a dedicated member of her church’s pop-rock choir. Having played the violin since she was in 5th grade, Karla performs in her high school’s symphony orchestra, which placed second in statewide competition last year. 

Karla hopes to attend college with the goal of becoming a pediatric dental hygienist. Her dream is to participate in mission trips through her church to Spanish-speaking countries, especially Guatemala, her parents’ birthplace, to help children with oral health needs. Karla credits her library volunteer work with shaping and honing her communication skills. She is certainly a mature, poised, and articulate young woman, who is all about educating, serving, and helping others, at Midland and in the larger world.


A Few Facts About Karla
Home library: Midland Library
Currently reading: A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Most influential book: To Kill a Mockingbird
A book that made you laugh or cry: Night by Elie Wiesel
E-reader or paper books: Paper
Favorite place to read: in my room
Thanks for reading the MCL Volunteer Spotlight. Stay tuned for our next edition coming soon! Read last month's Volunteer Spotlight.


As Oregonians, trees are part of who we are. Trees offer shelter, shade, oxygen and a familiar backdrop for the most special places and moments in our lives. 

Felled tree at Central Library 1

As the director of Central Library in downtown Portland, the stately American Elm trees in front of the library have long offered me a calming sense of stability and permanence. But all living things eventually die and, sadly, we must now say goodbye to the two beautiful elm trees on SW 10th Ave. 

After the winter weather earlier this year battered one of the trees, causing damage to the front of Central Library, we learned that both of those trees are dying and dangerous to the public. Because of this, the City of Portland has ordered that they be removed, and soon. On February 26, tree care professionals will remove both trees. This will restrict access to the street, sidewalk and front steps, requiring a public closure of Central Library that day. 

Felled tree at Central 2

Elm trees face particular challenges in an urban setting. Since being planted approximately 125 years ago, these trees have become stressed and unhealthy due to their confinement, root system disruption and exposure to the elements. The library takes a proactive stance toward maintaining trees at each of its 19 public locations, including routine assessment, trimming, inoculation against disease (such as Dutch Elm Disease) and nourishing root systems. Elm trees on the north and south sides of Central Library are in much better shape, thankfully. Additional tree maintenance work will take place on SW Taylor St. Feb. 22 that will affect parking and sidewalk access on that day, but will not require closure of the library. 

The tree trunks will be salvaged and milled for reuse. Arborists will destroy limbs and bark in accordance with special precautions around elm wood disposal to prevent the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. 

These trees do not have Dutch Elm Disease. 

After the trees are gone, the library will coordinate with its facilities staff, architects, arborists and the City of Portland to create a plan for what happens next. City code requires replacement of the trees with approved types.

Goodbye, old friends, and thank you for the memories. 

-- Dave Ratliff, Central LIbrary director

Компьютерный класс в библиотеке RockwoodЭтот блог является интернет-представительством курса занятий под общим названием «Помощь в работе с компьютером» или Russian Computer Help.

Где и как проводятся занятия

Занятия проводятся в библиотеке Роквуд - Rockwood Library (полный адрес см. ниже).

Занятия проводятся бесплатно, на русском языке.

Режим посещения занятий свободный, предварительная запись не требуется. Достаточно прийти на занятие в соответствии с расписанием - см. ниже.

Занятия проводятся в специально оборудованном компьютерном классе на специально закупленном библиотекой для этих целей оборудовании. Каждый участник на время занятия обеспечивается современным ноутбуком.

Участники занятий могут также приносить с собой свои ноутбуки, мобильные телефоны и другие устройства и непосредственно на них учиться решать те или иные задачи.

Кто основные участники наших занятий

Основные участники наших занятий - это люди старшего поколения.

Мы специально не называем их пенсионерами, поскольку считаем, что в наше время даже люди, которым за 50-60 и за 70-80, вполне способны вести активный образ жизни и пользоваться многими её возможностями.

Почему именно эта категория людей наиболее активно участвует в наших занятиях? - Дело в том, что молодёжь успевает научиться работать с компьютерами в детстве или во время обучения. А у людей старшего поколения  свои особенности имеющейся жизненной ситуации.

Например, как часто люди старшего поколения сталкиваются с тем, что их взрослые дети или внуки куда-то торопятся и не могут толком объяснить как пользоваться компьютером, как найти необходимую информацию в интернете и т.д.

И как часто люди старшего поколения не знают какую неоценимую помощь могут оказать им современные компьютеры и телефоны? Как с их помощью можно бесплатно позвонить родным, друзьям, найти необходимый адрес в городе и способ проезда, найти в интернете информацию о лечении, о сдаче экзаменов на гражданство и многое другое.

В то же время у нас нет ограничений и для участников других возрастных групп. Они также приходят к нам, чтобы вместе найти решение для тех или иных повседневных задач. Например, иногда нужно распечатать важный документ, а покупать специально дорогое программное обеспечение не имеет смысла, лучше найти и использовать бесплатные программы.

Основные вопросы, которые рассматриваются на занятиях

В первую очередь мы учимся включать и выключать компьютер. Как и в вождении автомобиля, где наиболее частое действие - это трогание с места и остановка, так и в работе с компьютером необходимо чётко знать как запустить компьютер и подготовить его к работе, и как его выключить, как подключить клавиатуру, мышку, как включить русскую клавиатуру и т.д. Это тем более важно, что если у человека нет своего компьютера и ему приходится использовать разные компьютеры в той же библиотеке или у своих родных в семье.

Следующий блок вопросов - это какие программы можно использовать и для каких целей. Например, с помощью какой программы можно искать информацию в интернете, с помощью какой программы можно бесплатно звонить родным и друзьям через интернет, с помощью какой программы можно делать перевод с английского языка на русский и наоборот и т.д.

Наконец третий блок вопросов - это решение тех задач, которые нужны конкретным пользователям. Например, кто-то начинает с азов и ему полезны упражнения на освоение клавиатуры и мышки, кому-то нужно зарегистрировать адрес электронной почты, который требуется при заполнении различных applications, кто-то хочет научиться включать Skype на домашнем компьютере, когда все на работе, кто-то ищет в сети материалы для сдачи экзамена на гражданство, а кто-то уже более продвинутый хочет научиться загружать свои видеоролики в социальные сети, чтобы поделиться с друзьями.

Формат проведения занятий

Формат проведения наших занятий достаточно свободный, мы все люди взрослые, поэтому понимаем друг друга с полуслова.

Есть часть занятия, которая общая для всех, какая-то общая тема, общая информация. Но основное время занятий проводится в режиме одновременной индивидуальной работы, когда участники формулируют свои задачи и мы вместе работаем над их решением.

Здесь надо отметить, что мы не гонимся за количеством участников, их может быть и 2, и 6, и 8. Поэтому получается достаточно удобно в том плане, что можно достаточно плодотворно поработать с каждым.

Более того, со временем более опытные участники начинают помогать другим, выступая в роли помощников преподавателей. Так что занятия постепенно переходят на новый уровень развития - взаимообучения и общения на интересующие нас компьютерные темы. Что, согласитесь, тоже хорошая вещь для людей старшего поколения.

Блог как следующий шаг развития компьютерных занятий

Создание блога является следующим шагом в развитии наших компьютерных занятий.

Дело в том, что не всегда, в силу тех или иных причин, плохая погода, домашняя занятость, наши участники могут непосредственно прийти на занятие. В таких случаях как раз удобно войти в интернет с домашнего компьютера и задать свои вопросы. И это уже новая форма обучения - обучение онлайн, т.е. через интернет.

Кроме того, каждый участник может предлагать к публикации в блоге и свои сообщения, свои вопросы, свои подсказки другим учащимся и т.д.

Т.е. блог постепенно будет становиться ещё одной площадкой для общения и взаимообучения.

Кто ведёт компьютерные занятия

Занятия компьютерного класса могут вести разные преподаватели. В настоящее время их ведёт Борис Жизневский. Он имеет хороший опыт работы с компьютером, а в прошлом и хороший опыт преподавания.

Кроме того, к ведению занятий могут подключаться и другие участники, профессиональные преподаватели, компьютерные специалисты, волонтёры.

Где проводятся занятия компьютерного класса

Точный адрес библиотеки, где проводятся занятия, следующий:

Rockwood Library

17917 SE Stark St

Portland, OR 97233

Как проехать на общественном транспорте

Проехать к библиотеке Rockwood удобно трамваем по синей линии в сторону Gresham до остановки 181-я улица.

Затем пройти по 181-й улице один квартал на юг до ул. Stark и свернуть направо в обратную сторону движения трамвая. Пройти заправку, кафе и третьим зданием будет библиотека.

Второй вариант проезда - автобус № 20, до остановки 181 улица. Остановка рядом с библиотекой.


Кроме того, доехать до библиотеки поможет программа Гугл Карты, которую мы также изучаем во время занятий.

Расписание ближайших занятий компьютерного класса

Занятия проводятся 1 раз в 2 недели по следующему графику на первую половину 2017-года:

15 февраля

1 марта

15 марта

29 марта

12 апреля

26 апреля

10 мая

24 мая

Время проведения занятий

Занятия проводятся с 2 до 4 часов дня.

Или, в американском варианте - с 2:00 pm до 4:00 pm

Как связаться с библиотекой и преподавателем

Телефон библиотеки: 503-988-5396

E-mail преподавателя:

Телефон преподавателя: 971-325-7339

Update: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

This morning the app developer made some changes that appear to have largely fixed the problem.

If you are still having difficulties with staying logged in, please let me know. Tap the Suggestion box item in the main menu of the mobile app and send me a note.

Thanks to our app users for all your help troubleshooting and for your patience as we worked on a fix.

Last updated: Monday, February 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Over the last ten days, the library mobile app has had trouble remaining logged in, mostly on iPhones and iPads. For example, if you were trying to place a hold on a book you found in the catalog, you would have to login into your account. But then you would be bounced back to the log in at each step in the hold placing process --  selecting the branch to pick up the book, etc. Sometimes you landed in an endless loop. I experienced this myself on my own phone.

We are not certain what is causing this problem, but the developer is investigating.

Many app users contacted us and I thank you for the good information you provided. It was very helpful.

We apologize for the frustration this has caused.

If you are experiencing this issue, while we work on a fix, please try our two catalog and account sites, both of which are optimized for mobile screens. You access these sites through the browser on your phone or tablet. Go to the recently improved mobile version of My MCL at Or, try the Classic Catalog at

Thank you again for your help on this issue and your patience as we work to fix things.

Do you read Facebook or Twitter for news? Subscribe to a newspaper? Peruse websites? In an era of so many choices for information, how do you make a judgement about what's fact, what's slanted and what's just completely untrue? 

Here are some tips for evaluating what you are reading, listening to or viewing.  

  1. Consider the source. You can learn more about a website by clicking on the "About Us" link  that most provide, but don't stop there. Research the organization or author's credentials. If statistics are cited, see if you can find the source, and double-check that they are represented correctly.  
  2. Read beyond attention-getting headlines to check the whole article. If a statement is made, is a source given? Click through to check the sources, and do your own searching on those citations.
  3. Check the date. Sometimes old news stories resurface, and they might be out of date or inaccurate. If currency is important, limit your search to recent results
  4. Watch for bias, including your own. Check different sources to see how each treats a news item. Consider your own beliefs and perspectives and think about how that might change how you perceive what you are seeing. 
  5. Too weird to be true? If something seems implausible, see what fact-checking sites like Snopes, PolitiFact, and FactCheck have to say. 

For more about being a smart information consumer, check out the infographic, "How to Spot Fake News", provided by The International Federation of Library Associations. If you're more of a visual learner, take a look at the CRAAP test video from librarians at California State University. 

And remember, if you're looking for reliable information, get in touch with us. We're always happy to help.


Many members of our community have questions about how President Trump’s first travel ban, his January 27 Executive Order, #13769, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” will affect them and their loved ones. While the library does not offer legal advice, we can refer community members to a wide variety of resources.  Here is the official Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection Questions and Answers about the Executive Order.

This page on local low-cost legal resources for immigrants is a great place to start. Another useful resource for information on this topic is the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which includes up-to-date explanations of policy changes and finding an immigration lawyer. ACLU of Oregon is another good source for legal questions about immigration status and civil rights.  For refugees, the Refugee Center Online offers resources on a variety of legal topics in a wide range of languages, including information on recent executive orders and other policy changes.

Localy, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a key organization in Portland serving recent arrivals. The Muslim Educational Trust is a nonprofit educational organization that addresses issues faced by the Muslim community in the Portland area, including travel and immigration, as well as presenting interfaith events and programs. MultCo Global is a Multnomah County site that seeks to support county staff, as well as nonprofit and government partners, who serve immigrant and refugee communities.

Please seek legal counsel for legal interpretation of these and other court rulings regarding Executive Order 13769.   Here is a brief summary of some of the initial cases:

Immigration is one of many issues that have been in the news lately. We know that it can be hard to keep up with all of the important topics that affect our lives; please think of the library whenever you are looking for more information or trying to find a reputable source. We are here to connect everyone in our community with the information they need. Please contact us.

You face a lot of challenges when you are transitioning back into the community. The library can help you find resources to help you deal with those challenges and get back on your feet. The Change Center teacher shares a poster; link to the Change Center.

You are not alone.

MercyCorps Northwest’s Reentry Transition Center provides a variety of services, including helping with immediate needs like clothing, meals, and access to phones and Internet. The center also helps ex-offenders work towards long term goals of education, employment and driver’s license reinstatement.

The Change Center is the only adult education program in Oregon working exclusively with adults in transition from jail, prison and treatment programs. They offer GED classes, job search assistance, and apprenticeship preparation for construction trades and connections to apprentice training programs. SE Works also has several programs for community members leaving jail or prison who are looking to re-enter the workforce or improve their job skills.

The national organization Fair Shake is dedicated to supporting the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated people into society. Their website includes employment and education support, free web page and email hosting, and other resources and tools for the formerly incarcerated and their families, employers and community.

Pathfinders of Oregon program Parenting Inside Out has been specifically designed to provide support for parents who are on parole and probation.

For other social services, contact by dialing 211 or texting your zip code to 898211 to start a live conversation.

Your library card gives you access to so much.

Take advantage of free computer classes, assistance for job seekers, personal finance information, literacy assistance and resources for parents, not to mention books, ebooks, movies, and audio on any subject you can imagine. And you can always contact a helpful librarian with any question -- even if you don't have a library card, we're glad to help you!


一年一度的年宵会, 將于二月四日星期六 (上午十时至下午五时), 在俄勒岗会展中心举行。(详情可参阅波特兰新闻)

穆鲁玛郡图书馆将于年宵会摆设摊位,提供有关文化, 饮食, 健康等等的资源及书籍,並有华语职员为大家介绍及解答有关图书馆各类活动的资料。欢迎各位到图书馆的摊位与我们見面!

Tết Nguyên Đán Năm Đinh Dậu 2017Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

Chúc quý vị Năm Mới An Khang Thịnh Vượng. Năm nay, thư viện sẽ có quầy hàng ở Hội chợ Tết tại Oregon Convention Center. Chúng tôi sẽ có sách và phim cho mượn, các tài liệu về những chương trình phục vụ của thư viện, và quà tặng miễn phí. Mời quý vị đến tham dự và vui Tết với chúng tôi.

Chi tiết:

Thứ Bảy, Ngày 04 Tháng 2 Năm 2017

Giờ: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Địa điểm: Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall C

Recently I had a heavenly vacation most of which I spent on the couch drinking tea and reading British police procedurals.  I'd been in a mystery rut; I had stalled in some of my favorite series and felt the need for something fresh, so I brought home a stack of newish books and cracked their spines.  Here are a few of the mysteries I read, all of which were written in the past few years and are either stand-alones or series starters.  If you need some fresh blood in your (reading) life of crime, check these out!

She's Leaving Home book jacket1968 London. It might be swinging for some, but for one teenager, it's deadly. DS Breen has just left another policeman alone in a dangerous situation and isn't very popular at the moment.  When a teenage girl is found lying naked and dead close to Abbey Road, Breen and his female (and newly minted) detective constable are on the case.  Can Breen redeem himself?  Can DC Tozer make a go of it in CID, a department completely dominated by men?  I loved experiencing the officers' struggles as they dealt with the challenges of the late 1960s in She's Leaving Home by William Shaw.

Moving into the 21st century, policing (and finding a guy to date) is still not necessarily easy for a woman.  DS Bradshaw is on the cusp of forty and is not particularly satisfied with her circumstances. She gets a chance to take her mind off her crappy life when a young woman goes missing from her home leaving a trail of blood.  It's up to Bradshaw and a team of detectives from Cambridgeshire to figure out what happened in Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner.Coffin Road book jacket

In Coffin Road, a man washes up on an island in the Outer Hebrides with no idea who he is. It's possible he may have killed a man, and he and the police separately try to figure out the mystery of his identity.  This is as much a thiller as a police procedural - we see the mystery mostly from the point of view of the unidentified man.  The setting was fantastic and I got to learn about a real life mystery that took place on the Flannan Islands.

For more British police procedurals written in the 21st century, take a look at this list.

Thank you for your patience as we dig out of the winter storms and their effects. We know you have questions about how that impacted your account and your library items - we'll do our best to answer all of them.

St Johns Library in the snow

First of all, don't worry! If you can't get items back to the library right away after the storms, we can help. We understand the challenges of the last week or so and we're committed to working with you.

  • Late fines won't be charged for the days the library was closed.
  • We also won't charge late fines for the past week or so. We'll do that to give you a chance to return items and give us a chance to get caught up.
  • We are also keeping holds on the shelf for a few extra days.

If you can't get into a library, contact us. We can extend due dates and holds, and fix any problems with late fines. Thanks again for your support of the library.

Volunteer Extraordinaire

by Donna ChildsVolunteer Jean Frazier

Having just celebrated her 90th birthday, Jean Frazier is the oldest volunteer at the Multnomah County Library’s Title Wave Used Bookstore, but that may not be the most interesting thing about her. For example: 
  • At 90, she still volunteers three days a week, one at the Title Wave and two more in the ophthalmology department at Kaiser Permanente
  • A lover of dance, Jean not only took aerobic dance for years, but she is looking for a new Zumba class because the one she was taking wasn’t vigorous enough.
  • She worked the graveyard shift for the railroad switching office, walking the rails to keep track of the cars.
  • Although she taught herself to use the AP wire equipment (receiving, developing, and printing transmissions) at the now defunct Oregon Journal, they couldn’t hire her because she was not yet 18.

Family tradition led Jean to both her railroad and newspaper jobs. Her father and her grandfather had both been railroad men, and her father was a newsman at the Journal. Jean worked for the newspaper during World War II, leaving right before D-Day. After the war, Jean met her husband, a history professor who taught at PSUPacific University, and the University of Washington, among others. His specialty, cultural geography, led him to amass a large collection of maps and slides of cities, buildings, and bridges.

In addition to raising two sons, Jean worked at the PSU bookstore for 21 years and for another six years at the Portland Public Schools. After her sons were grown and she had retired, Jean volunteered at Kaiser Permanente, where her mother had worked. Wanting to do more, she came to the Title Wave in 1998. She sorts, prices, shelves, and manages the store’s paperback fiction, a task she loves because she sees all the books as they arrive. Her favorite parts of the job are “the books and people,” being around books and people who care about them. “I’d be bereft without it.” A World War I and II history buff, she also makes weekly trips to her local Hollywood branch library to see what’s on their shelves. Not bad for a 90-year-old!


A Few Facts About Jean
Home library: Hollywood Library
Currently reading: Anne Tyler
Favorite book from childhood: The Oz books and Heidi
Favorite section of the library: Fiction, history, and biography
E-reader or paper books: Paper books!

Favorite place to read: My chair by the front window or in bed

Thanks for reading the MCL Volunteer Spotlight. Stay tuned for our next edition coming soon! Read last month's Volunteer Spotlight.


IRS 1040 form with penMultnomah County Library is here to help with tax season. All library locations can access state and federal tax forms and instruction booklets online as they become available. Library staff members are happy to help print what you need. Printing costs 10 cents per page; two-sided printing is available.

Thanks to the AARP, the library will offer filing assistance programs at the Central, Midland, Gresham, Woodstock, and North Portland locations. We can also help refer you to tax professionals.

Federal Hard Copy Forms

This year, libraries will have the Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and some acompanying instruction booklets. All locations will have reference copies of the 1040 Instructions and Publication 17: Your Federal Income Tax. We can't promise when forms and booklets will be available, or that we won’t run out, but you can always download and print federal tax items from the IRS Forms & Publications page. You can also direct questions to the IRS offices in Oregon. Of special note, neither the 1099 and 1096 forms nor any of the W series (W-2, W-4, etc.) are available for download. Many office supply stores have the 1099 forms or you can contact the IRS directly to have those mailed to you.

State Hard Copy Forms

Public libraries are no longer a distribution center for state tax forms and booklets. If you need Oregon forms or booklets, you can come into the library to print them or do it yourself from the Oregon Department of Revenue page. If you want forms mailed to you, then you can contact the Oregon Department of Revenue via:

Other States

You can stop by the library for assistance printing out tax forms for other states, or you can go to the Federation of Tax Administrators State Tax Forms & Filing Options, which provides links to tax forms for each state.

Dusty adding machine keysOnline Filing

Once the tax season officially opens, both the IRS and Oregon Department of Revenue will have listings for online filing services. Remember, state and federal taxes are due by April 18th this year.


Tax Help/Filing Assistance

Volunteers with AARP will be offering preparation assistance through Tax Help at five different Multnomah County Library locations beginning in February. Keep your eye on the events listed to the right of the library's Taxes page or search the Events page for "taxes." Requirements to get tax help vary by location:

  • Central: Sundays, 10:00-2:00; all appointments are full for this tax season.
  • Gresham: Wednesdays, 12:00-5:00; all appointments are full for this tax season.
  • Midland: Fridays, 12:00-4:00; Saturdays, 12:00-4:00; all appointments are full for this tax season.
  • North Portland: Thursdays, 12:30-4:30; same day registration, in-person only. Arrive at 10:00 AM opening for best chance to secure an appointment.
  • Woodstock: Saturdays, 12:00-5:00; same day registration, in-person only. Arrive at 10:00 AM opening for best chance to secure an appointment.

If you can't make it to the library for tax help, you can find other locations for tax preparation assistance through the AARP's Tax-Aide Locator, CASH Oregon and the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.




Публичные   библиотеки -  это  безопасное  место  для участия в общественной жизни и воплощение  лучших  черт американского идеала. Это место, где рады всем, где для улучшения качества жизни можно безопасно учиться, творить, выражать себя, проводить исследования .

В настоящее время множество людей и сообществ испытывают нестабильность, дискриминацию и социальную изоляцию. Как нация, мы должны решать серьёзные проблемы и отвечать на вызовы, с которыми мы сталкиваемся в поисках более совершенного единства.

От имени каждого сотрудника Библиотеки округа Малтнома, я адресую эти искренние слова людям, которым мы служим: Библиотека округа Малтнома – это безопасное место. Добро пожаловать! Мы ценим вас. Мы работаем для вас и   помогаем  вам  вне зависимости  от того, как вы выглядите, во что вы верите, где вы родились, на каком языке говорите, кого вы любите, вне зависимости от ваших способностей, жилищных условий или любого другого признака, определяющего вашу личность.

Библиотека всегда была и будет оставаться местом, где  люди могут свободно находиться, думать и выражать своё собственное понимание правды. Пожалуйста, присоединяйтесь к нам, потому как мы, невзирая на все наши различия, работаем  на принципах доброты и уважения.

Вэйли Олк (Vailey Oehlke)

Директор библиотек

18 ноября 2016 г.

Vailey Oehlke


If you're a zinester, you make zines! If you are new to zines and have never made one: zines are usually handmade paper booklets that anyone can create. Want to give it a try? Here are some directions for turning one piece of paper into a basic zine: a version to view online or a version to print. See below for more resources about making zines and books.

Whether zines are a new idea or an old friend for you, the library abounds with inspiration and resources for your creative project! Consider these:

Crap Hound 8 - Superstitions

The Central Library Picture File is an astounding resource: thousands upon thousands of magazine and book clippings, organized by subject. These can be checked out and photocopied or scanned (you can’t cut them up and paste them in your zine, though!). Do you need the perfect picture of a bluebird, or an ancient computer, or children’s clothes from the 1960s? Look no further! Ask about the Picture Files at the Art & Music reference desk on Central Library’s third floor.

Of course clip art can be found online, but clip art books are a pleasure to browse and use. Many of these come with a CD containing image files that you can download to your computer for resizing, editing, etc. A real gem of a clip art resource is found in the series of books called Crap Hound - each volume is created around a theme or cluster of themes (Superstition; Church & State; Hands, Hearts, & Eyes are a few), and the images are laid out in the most appealing, artful way.

Women of Color zine #12The library’s zine collection is full of examples of zines and minicomics made by zinesters and artists from near and far. Zines can be browsed online in the library catalog (use the subject heading Zines or search by author or title, or try our book lists), placed  on hold, and checked out just like other library materials. I recently read the most recent issue of Women of Color: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks , a collective zine made by a group in Portland - the theme of this issue, #12, is zines! It contains comics, diagrams, and short prose pieces, perspectives on making zines and community. It's really great.

How to Make Books by Esther K. SmithFor more technical information about making zines and books, you might enjoy browsing some of our books about bookbinding - I recently stumbled upon How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith, which has instructions and lovely illustrations for a range of homemade books, from instant zines and accordion books to more elaborate stitched books and Coptic binding.

Portland has an amazing zine community. Here are two local resources you must know about:

The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) has a gigantic and wonderful zine library, classes, and tons of equipment that members can use to make zines: typewriters, art and printmaking supplies, computers, scanners, and of course, copy machines. 

The Portland Zine Symposium is a local event, held annually in July, where zinesters gather to show, sell, and trade their publications. There are workshops, panels, and discussions about zines, independent publishing and DIY culture - it's free, and really fun and inspiring. 


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