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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.
  • FamilyTreeNow.com: 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.

Примечание

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: portlorego259@gmail.com

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 https://multcolib.bibliocommons.com. Or, try the Classic Catalog at http://m.multcolib.org.

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.

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.

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.

 

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. 

Thư viện công cộng phản ảnh được điều tốt nhất trong mẫu mực của quốc gia Mỹ: một nơi tất cả mọi người đều được chào đón và an toàn để học hỏi, sáng tạo, thể hiện và tìm hiểu những phương cách làm cho cuộc sống của họ tươi đẹp hơn.

Hiện tại, một số lượng khá đông người dân và các cộng đồng đang gặp phải những bất ổn, bị phân biệt đối xử và không được xem trọng . Cùng một quốc gia, chúng ta cần phải giải quyết các câu hỏi, các thử thách lớn lao chúng ta đang gặp phải, trong việc xây dựng một liên hợp hoàn hảo hơn.

Thay mặt cho mỗi một nhân viên làm việc tại Thư viện Hạt Multnomah, tôi xin gửi những lời chân thành tâm đắc tới quý vị, những người chúng tôi phục vụ:

Thư viện Hạt Multnomah là một nơi an toàn. Quý vị được chào đón. Quý vị được trân trọng. Dù quý vị vẻ ngoài như thế nào, quý vị đang tin tưởng ở điều gì, quý vị sinh ra nơi nào, quý vị sử dụng ngôn ngữ gì; Dù cho quý vị yêu thương ai, khả năng như thế nào, tình trạng nhà ở ra sao hay bất cứ định dạng nào khác mà quý vị nhận, thư viện chúng tôi ở đây là để phục vụ quý vị.

Thư viện đã luôn luôn và sẽ mãi mãi là nơi mà mọi người được sống tự do, được là chính mình, được suy nghĩ và nói lên lên ý kiến của riêng mình. Hãy cùng chúng tôi đón nhận điều này với lòng nhân ái, sự hòa hợp, sự tôn trọng và lòng dũng cảm, ngay cả khi đối diện với các khác biệt giữa chúng ta.

Vailey Oehlke

Tổng Giám Đốc Thư viện

Ngày 18 tháng 11 năm 2016

Vailey Oehlke

 

公共图书馆体现了美国最美好的理念:一个所有人都受欢迎的场所,

在这里可用各种方法安全地学习,创造,表达和探索去改善人们的生活.

今天,许多群众和社区都正在经历不稳定,歧视和边缘化.

作为一个国家,我们必须解决所面临的巨大问题和挑战以便追求更完美的联盟.

 

我谨代表每位在穆鲁玛郡图书馆工作的人员,向我们服务的群众表达这些衷心的感言:

穆鲁玛郡图书馆是一个安全的场所.您是受欢迎和尊贵的.我们在这里为您服务,

不论您的样貌,信仰,出生地点,所讲的语言,您爱的对象,您的技能,您的居住状况或您其他的特征.

 

图书馆一直都是并永远维持着作为一个供人们可以自由地生活,体验,思考和说出自己真实经历的场所.

即使我们之间存在着差异,但请加入我们一起以仁慈,包容,尊重和勇气来完成这项工作.

 

Vailey Oehlke

图书馆总监

2016年11月18日

Vailey Oehlke

 

Photo of a bench in a park, covered in snow [by Benson Kua, via Wikimedia Commons]Winter is here and the weather is getting cold.  Do you need a safe place to warm up? 

All Multomah County Libraries are heated (even when there's not a cold snap!) and they're great places to visit when you need a break from the cold.  All Multnomah County Libraries are open seven days a week -- and there's a handy map you can use to find the library nearest to you.  Come visit us!

From November to March, local governments and nonprofit organizations offer additional shelter beds for men, women, and families.  In addition, daytime warming centers open up across the metro area whenever there is particularly severe weather. 

211info is the best place to find up-to-date listings for warming centers and overnight shelters during winter's cold weather.  To reach them by phone, dial 2-1-1 (toll-free from most phones). You can also get current shelter listings from 211 by texting "pdxshelter" to 898211. 

Or, pick up a free paper copy of the Rose City Resource at your neighborhood library -- it's a great all-around guide to local public services and public assistance, published by Street Roots newspaper. 

Here are some listings of winter shelters and warming centers by location:

If you are part of a family with children under 18, you can find a place to stay or a place to get warm in Multnomah County's list of shelters for families.

Would you like tips on safely "weathering" a cold snap?  Take a look at the American Red Cross's information on cold weather safety, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's advice about staying safe and healthy in winter.

If you have a pet, you want to take care of them too!  Both the ASPCA and the American Veterinary Medicine Association have some helpful cold weather safety tips for pets.


Questions? Call, text, or email a librarian to get personalized help -- or ask the librarian on duty the next time you're at the library.  We will do our best to find the right resource or service for you!


 

 

Attention middle and high school educators: are you looking for good, new books to use in the classroom? Watch these videos, in which librarians from the Multnomah County Library School Corps introduce recently-published titles to use in the curriculum. We've broken them down by subject for convenience in viewing. Feel free to share the videos with other educators, too! Here’s the complete list of titles from this workshop.

Perhaps you’d prefer to learn about new middle grade fiction to use with book discussion groups or literature circles? Check out our Novel-Ties videos. Each title includes discussion and extension ideas. In addition to use in book groups and classrooms, these titles are great to recommend to individual children and young teen readers. You can also find a list of the featured titles in the library catalog.

The videos are best viewed on desktop or laptop computers.

If you missed our in-person summer Gotta Read This workshop for grades K-5, the reading list is now available in the library catalog.

Happy reading!

"How do you teach people to love each other's differences?"Volunteer Kim Donovan

by Sarah Binns

When Kim Donovan and her husband moved to Portland from the Sacramento area last year, she left the third-grade classroom where she’d been teaching since 2008. Unable to find a teaching job here, Kim didn’t let that deter her passion for education: “I said, ‘I’m going to the library, someone’s going to need my help!’” Kim was right and she is now a committed ambassador for Multnomah County Library’s Let Every Adult Read Now (LEARN) program

LEARN is a one-on-one tutoring program for adults who want to learn to read. Volunteers have partners, learners, with whom they meet weekly. Kim delights in sessions with her partner. “I’ve gained a friend that never would have happened otherwise,” she says with a smile. In the span of their few months together, Kim’s partner has progressed from a 2nd to a 3rd-grade reading level. “It’s fun to watch her grow and see her get excited that she can read and have more confidence in daily life,” Kim says. Many of us take this confidence to participate in day-to-day activities, such as identifying ingredients on food labels, navigating the computer, and reading the mail, for granted. Building this confidence is the mission of the LEARN program. Launched in 2010, LEARN is led by Lisa Regimbal, the adult literacy coordinator, and always needs more tutors. You can apply by signing up through the Multnomah County Library website

The thing about Kim, though, is that LEARN is just the tip of the iceberg. “I volunteer everywhere,” she laughs. “I’m a teacher, I give back.” Kim volunteers with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, the Cub Scouts, and at Philip Foster Farm, a pioneer historical site where twice a week she dresses in period costume and teaches Oregon history. “Sometimes I don’t have time to change so I go to the grocery store in my costume!” she says. It’s easy to be in awe of everything she does. 

Kim also participates in Multnomah County Library’s Talk Time program, in which people meet to practice their English conversation skills. Both LEARN and Talk Time feed into Kim’s ultimate passion to teach and encourage the love of books. “How do you teach love?” she asks. “I learn so much from people’s different stories. How do you teach people to love each other’s differences?” Kim seems to be doing just that through all the work she does for the Multnomah County Library community. 

A Few Facts About Kim

Home library: Gresham Library

Currently reading: Children’s books to read to her grandkids over FaceTime

Most influential book: Scripture such as The Bible and The Book of Mormon
Favorite book from childhood: Roald Dahl: as a teacher, she loved to read The BFG and The Witches to her students.
A book that has made you laugh or cry: The BFG because “The kids laugh, then I laugh, then the kids laugh some more.”
Favorite section of the library: Magazines and children’s section
E-reader or paper books: “I almost prefer e-books because I don’t have to keep them on a shelf. But some books you just have to touch!”
Favorite place to read: A chair at home by the fire, looking out at Mt. Hood.

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

 

The public library reflects the best of the American ideal: a place where all people are welcome and safe to learn, create, express and explore in ways that better their lives.

Today, a great many people and communities are experiencing instability, discrimination and marginalization. As a nation we must address the enormous questions and challenges we face in pursuit of a more perfect union.

On behalf of every person who works at Multnomah County Library, I offer these heartfelt sentiments to the people we serve: Multnomah County Library is a safe place. You are welcome. You are valuable. We are here to serve you, regardless of how you look, what you believe, where you were born, what language you speak, who you love, your ability, your housing status or any other way that you identify.

The library has always been and will forever remain a place where people are free to live, be, think and speak their own truths. Please join us as we embrace this work with kindness, inclusion, respect and courage, even in the face of our differences.

Vailey Oehlke

Director of Libraries

Vailey Oehlke

 

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