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

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

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

Gresham Library

Midland Library

Rockwood Library

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

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

Image of woman sitting on a couch working on a laptop. A man and child are next to her drawing at a table.
Work from home jobs have always been popular, even before the pandemic. But despite exciting promises, many work at home offers can leave job seekers high and dry. Scams and dishonest claims abound on the Internet and it can be hard to tell an honest job offer from a scam.

Below we list steps you can take when searching for remote work to protect yourself from scams. You'll also find ways to find legitimate work from home opportunities.

Steps to spotting a scam

Trust your instincts. Does the offer seem too good to be true? Are they offering you a six figure salary for minimal skill or effort? Can you find no information about the company or the owners? Then the job offer is likely a scam. Be wary of providing any personal information to these websites or companies as they may be selling your information.

Don’t pay to work. Legitimate employers do not require fees or investments as a condition of employment. If they ask for money up-front, with the promise that you’ll make it back many times over, it may be a scam. According to the Federal Trade Commission, “promises of a big income working from home, especially when the ‘opportunity’ involves an up-front fee or giving your credit card information, should make you very suspicious.”

Take time to learn about the company. If there’s little available information about the company and the people who work there, that’s a red flag that the job offer is not legitimate. You can look up company information on sites like Better Business Bureau or Glassdoor to make sure the company offering the job has a good reputation.

Keep your information private. Websites that require you to give personal information before applying for a job could be selling that information to third parties. Research the website/company before signing up for an account. You can do so by searching for the company name and “review” in a search engine.

Tips for finding remote work

Know where to look. Because more jobs are becoming remote due to the pandemic, large job search sites now have the option to filter jobs by both industry and work from home offers. Try, Google Job Search and Zip Recruiter to find jobs in a large range of fields.

Update your resume. Remote work takes additional skills that you will want to showcase in your resume. This article on LinkedIn will give you a solid foundation of actionable steps you can take to make your resume remote work ready.

Get social. Recruiters and companies are increasingly turning to social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to promote their job openings and look for candidates. Take a look at your social media accounts and consider creating a professional profile separate to your personal account. Follow companies in your industry on social media and share or comment on their posts to add to the conversation. Also make sure to follow local business/industry groups in your field, it’s a great way to network and keep an eye out for job openings.

We’re here to help. The library offers free classes on creating resumes, searching for jobs, using LinkedIn, updating your skills and more. Check out our event calendar for our current classes.

Contact MCL’s Workplace for more help or information at

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

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


Multnomah County School Districts

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

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

Centennial [updated 6/17/21]

Beginning Monday, June 21st, they will be distributing meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, except July 4th, at Meadows and Patrick Lynch Elementary Schools. The week of July 4th, the Meal Distribution will take place on Tuesday, July 5th. 

Meal Distributions will be added at Centennial High School beginning Monday, July 26th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

These meal distributions will run through Monday, August 30th and each week's bag will include 7 breakfast and 7 lunches.

During Summer School, which runs from June 28th through July 30, daily bags with one breakfast and one lunch will be available at the following summer school sites - Centennial High School, Powell Butte, Parklane and Butler Creek Elementary Schools - between 12 noon and 1 p.m. These sites are open to the public. Please check the Centennial website for locations, dates and times.

Food For Families will have distributions on June 23, July 28, and August 25 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Centennial High School. An Authorized Representative form is required (en español)

Corbett [updated 6/17/21]

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

David Douglas [updated 6/17/21] 

Summer meals available June 18-September 3. The free premade meals are for ages 1-18 and contain breakfast and lunch. Meals will be available Mondays through Fridays, 10am to 11am (except for July 5) at the following locations:
  • Ventura Park Elementary - 145 SE 117th Ave.
  • Alice Ott Middle School - 12500 SE Ramona St.
  • Ron Russell Middle School - 3955 SE 112th Ave.
  • David Douglas High School, South Campus - 1500 SE 130th Ave.

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

Gresham-Barlow [updated 6/17/21]

Meals will be provided for anyone 18 and under, Monday through Friday at five sites through the summer (no service July 5th). A bilingual flyer shares locations and times.

Para más información haga clic aquí y vaya a la sección en español.

Weekly food box distribution, open to the community at the sites below:
  • East Gresham Elementary-Tuesdays, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Highland Elementary School-2nd Wednesday from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm

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

Parkrose [updated 6/17/21]

Grab & Go Meals are available June, July and August for all children age 18 and under.  Sites, days and times are available on the Parkrose website.

Para más información haga clic aquí y vaya a la sección en español.

Нажмите здесь для получения информации, ниже выберите русский язык.

Nhấn vào đây để biết thông tin, phần dưới có tiếng Việt.

Portland [updated 6/17/21]

From June 21 through August 20, grab-and-go meal sacks, with breakfast and lunch, will be available between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 15 PPS sites for all children in the community ages 1-18 (this includes PPS students as well as children not enrolled at PPS). Also, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, daily free meals and activities will be offered throughout the city in the following parks June 21-August 20. Please note that meals will not be distributed on Monday, July 5, as the district will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. For school and park sites providing meals, visit the PPS website.

Reynolds [updated 6/17/21]

Summer community meals are available June 28-August 6. The Reynolds website has complete information for sites, days and times.
    Public food pantries are being held at the locations listed below. It is recommended that you arrive early as supplies run out quickly. Masks are required.
    • Glenfair Elementary School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm (closed July 6)
    • Reynolds High School: Last Tuesday of the month, 2:30 pm
    • Alder Elementary School: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm (closed July 7)
    • Reynolds Middle School: Fridays, 4:00-5:30 pm
    • Wilkes Elementary School: First Friday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm
    • Davis Elementary School: Second Friday of the month, 3:30-5:00 pm
    Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

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

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

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

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

    2305 SE 50th Ave.
    Registration required. Food pickup is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12-1 pm
    1430 SE Water Street
    Free lunches for children and families in need. Please call 503-234-7085

    Préstamos federales para estudiantes. El préstamo federal para estudiantes está solo a nombre del estudiante. Estos préstamos tienen límites de endeudamiento, tasas de interés y tarifas de originación generalmente razonables. Para una licenciatura de cuatro años, la cantidad máxima que el estudiante puede pedir prestada es de $27,000. Para calificar para el préstamo federal para estudiantes, todo lo que es estudiante debe hacer es completar la FAFSA.

    El reembolso de estos préstamos comienza seis meses después de la graduación de la universidad.

    Préstamos PLUS para padres. Es un préstamo federal que como el nombre lo dice, está a nombre del padre. Tal vez usted vio en el paquete de ayuda financiera para su estudiante una concesión de préstamo para completar el pago del costo de la universidad. Este dinero puede ser usado para cubrir los gastos que no cubren con la ayuda financiera para el estudiante.

    Es importante ser extremadamente cuidadoso cuando se les ofrece un préstamo PLUS para padres, ya que puede tener un impacto duradero en sus metas financieras personales. Algunas diferencias clave con el préstamo federal para estudiantes, el préstamo PLUS para padres incluye límites de endeudamiento generalmente más altos y tasa de interés y tarifas de originación (procesamiento del préstamo) notablemente más altas. Estos préstamos empiezan a generar interés tan pronto como se distribuyen.

    Los padres deben reembolsar el préstamo PLUS, aun si su hijo no termina la universidad, no encuentra trabajo, o no están satisfechos con la educación que pagó con el préstamo.

    Para mayor información sobre este tema y cómo ayudar a su estudiante con la transición a la universidad, contactenos

    Escrito por Delia P.

    El mes pasado les contamos sobre los recursos para las familias este verano y ahora nos gustaría destacar algunas actividades al aire libre para disfrutar en familia:

    Nota: La mayoría de los enlaces son a páginas con información en inglés, usted puede cambiar el idioma a español en su dispositivo para poder ver la información en su idioma de preferencia. 

    1. Parque Gateway Discovery: Arte y actividades culturales. Se llevarán a cabo durante todo el verano en este parque del este de Portland.
    2. Fuentes interactivas: Lista de fuentes y otras áreas de chapoteo para refrescarse este verano en el área de Portland y Gresham.  
    3. Jardín Japonés de Gresham: Un hermoso jardín japonés para visitar y donde ofrecen eventos durante todo el verano.
    4. Áreas de juego Harper: Encuentra parques en Portland y sus alrededores con áreas de juego inclusivas para todas las habilidades.
    5. Mike Bennett's A to Zoo: Maravillosas exhibiciones de arte al aire libre que brinda diversión y educación a toda la familia. Actualmente se pueden encontrar en el noroeste de Portland.
    6. Mapas de murales: Tres mapas del arte callejero de Portland: un mapa con una caminata en el distrito del arte de Alberta; un mapa de ciclismo del Distrito Industrial del este y un mapa de lo más destacado de toda la ciudad.
    7. Caminatas en Portland: La Oficina de Transporte de Portland sugiere esta lista de caminatas, incluyendo una que va a  la biblioteca del Norte de Portland. También hay otras sugerencias para ir en bicicleta.
    8. Puentes de Portland: Travel Portland ofrece la historia y las características de los 12 puentes del río Willamette de la ciudad.
    9. Granjas U-pick : Granjas U-Pick (cosecha frutas y verduras) en el área de  Portland y el condado de Multnomah. Las granjas están ordenadas por condado.
    10. Caminando con Ramona: ¿Conoces a Ramona Quimby? Bueno, puedes caminar en sus zapatos con este mapa del vecindario de Ramona.
    11. Hoyt Arboretum: ¡Un museo vivo! Hogar de 2,300 especies de árboles y arbustos de seis continentes. Hoyt Arboretum es un lugar de belleza y serenidad sin importar la temporada del año y cuenta con 12 millas de senderos para caminatas.
    12. Almuerzos de verano: Cada verano, Oregon ofrece sitios de comidas de verano para niños de 1 a 18 años de edad. Algunos programas ofrecen actividades de aprendizaje para niños antes y después de las comidas. Hay varias formas de encontrar sitios para comer en su área. Encuentre un sitio cerca de usted.

    Raza from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border wrote these works of short fiction. Some of them wrote their tales in Spanish and others in English, with sprinkles of pachuquismo and pochismo to spice up the reading and elevate conversations. Gente, who never left the barrios, the world where they grew up and that they knew so well as Mexicanos, Tejanos, Hispanos, Chicanos, and, more recently, as Latinx, crafted these literary works. And some, those who left home and reached the highest levels of their profession, have added to our understanding of what it means to be raza outside the barrios. Together, the collections of short stories in the reading lists below are not only stories of successes and failures, but also of who we are. 


    The literal translation of “q-vo” is what’s up. Among raza or gente (people) is much more than what’s up. It is an invitation to a world that is fictional as well as real. 

    El verano está aquí y tenemos muchas formas de celebrarlo con la biblioteca! Aquí están nuestras 5 opciones favoritas: 

    • ¡Participa en el juego de Lectura de Verano! ¡Leer da color a tu mundo! Explora un mundo de actividades científicas y artísticas con el juego de Lectura de Verano. 
    • Disfruta de todos los programas virtuales este verano, desde yoga, piñatas y máscaras de lucha libre, tenemos algo para todos.
    • Encuentra estas listas de libros para preescolares hasta el grado 2, grados 3 a 5 y  para los grados 6 al 8 seleccionados por nuestro personal de la biblioteca, con excelentes lecturas de verano. 
    • Recoge un libro para colorear gratis en tu biblioteca local. Cada año, la biblioteca tiene un concurso de arte para artistas adolescentes, para diseñar el arte de la portada del tablero de lectura de verano. Este año, recibimos muchos diseños excelentes y decidimos hacer un libro para colorear para todas las edades.
    • ¡Ven a visitarnos! Algunas de nuestras bibliotecas ya están abiertas al público.

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    Los estudiantes de los cinco distritos escolares locales ahora pueden usar su identificación de estudiante como su tarjeta de biblioteca, lo que les da acceso inmediato a la biblioteca. 

    Eso incluye todo lo que tenemos para ofrecer, desde libros y música en streaming y tutores en línea.

    Cinco estudiantes sonriendo y haciendo el gesto de aprobación

    Esto es posible a través de un programa llamado Library Connect. Empezamos a trabajar con los distritos escolares desde el año pasado, y hasta ahora hemos llegado a aproximadamente 80 000 estudiantes. Más de la mitad de esos niños no tenían tarjeta de la biblioteca.

    Actualmente, Library Connect trabaja con estudiantes en los distritos escolares públicos de Portland, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow y Parkrose. Esperamos poder llegar a más estudiantes en el futuro.

    Este programa es un excelente beneficio para los educadores, que ahora pueden estar seguros de que sus estudiantes tendrán acceso a los mismos recursos. 

    Conozca más acerca de Library Connect y otras maneras en las que el programa apoya a los estudiantes y educadores.

    Library Connect es posible gracias a las donaciones a la Fundación de la Biblioteca (The Library Foundation).

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    Hiện nay, học sinh ở năm khu học chánh địa phương có thể sử dụng số thẻ ID học sinh tạo nên số thẻ thư viện để truy cập ngay vào mạng thư viện. 

    Quyền truy cập này áp dụng với mọi dịch vụ mà chúng tôi cần cung cấp, từ sách, âm nhạc cho đến trợ giúp học tập trực tuyến.

    Năm học sinh Portland Public School ra dấu nhất trí với chương trình Kết nối Thư viện

    Đó là nhờ vào chương trình được gọi Kết Nối Thư viện (Library Connect). Chúng tôi đã bắt đầu làm việc với các Học khu về chương trình này từ năm ngoái và đến nay chúng tôi đã thực hiện trên khoảng 80.000 học sinh. Hơn một nửa trong số các em này không có thẻ thư viện. 

    Hiện tại, chương trình Kết Nối Thư viện phục vụ học sinh trong các Học khu Portland Public, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow và Parkrose. Chúng tôi hy vọng sẽ áp dụng thêm cho nhiều học sinh nữa trong tương lai.

    Chương trình là một lợi thế lớn lao cho các nhà giáo dục, bởi giờ đây họ có thể tin tưởng rằng học sinh của mình cùng tiếp cận nguồn tài nguyên như nhau.

    Hãy tìm hiểu thêm về Kết Nối Thư việnnhững phương thức khác mà chúng tôi hỗ trợ học sinh và nhà giáo dục.

    Chương trình Kết Nối Thư viện được thực hiện bởi quà tặng gửi đến quỹ The Library Foundation.

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    Library Connect(图书馆连线)的服务使得这一切成为有可能。去年起我们开始与学区合作开展本计划,到目前为止我们已经连结了约80,000名学生,而在这之前这些学生当中有一半以上都没有图书馆借书证。

    目前 Library Connect 服务 Portland Public、Centennial、David Douglas、Gresham-Barlow 和 Parkrose 学区的学生,我们希望将来能扩大服务更多学生。


    了解更多 Library Connect 相关资讯以及我们支援学生和教育工作者的其他方式

    Library Connect 是由图书馆基金会所赞助。

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    Сейчас учащиеся пяти местных школьных округов могут использовать свой школьный пропуск в качестве читательского билета, что позволяет им получить мгновенный доступ к библиотеке. 

    Они имеют доступ ко всем нашим услугам – от книг и музыкальных стримов до онлайн-репетиторов.

    Пятеро школьников улыбаются и показывают жест одобрения - большой палец вверх

    Всё это стало возможным благодаря программе Library Connect. Мы начали работать со школьными округами над внедрением данной программы в прошлом году. На данный момент 80 000 школьников пользуются этой программой. До внедрения программы более чем у половины этих учеников не было читательских билетов. 

    В настоящее время Library Connect пользуются учащиеся школьных округов Portland Public, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow и Parkrose . В будущем мы надеемся привлечь еще больше студентов.

    Программа является настоящей находкой для преподавателей, которые сейчас могут быть уверены в том, что их ученики имеют доступ к одинаковым ресурсам. 

    Узнайте больше о Library Connect и других способах поддержки школьников и преподавателей.

    Работа системы Library Connect ведётся за счёт пожертвований в Библиотечный фонд.

    Summer is here and we have lots of ways to celebrate with the library! Here are our Top 5:

    1. Take part in the Summer Reading Game! More information on the benefits of Summer Reading can be found in this article. And don’t worry, adults can play too!
    2. Enjoy all the virtual programs we have on offer this summer! From Piñatas, to “Pizza Parties” to Pythons! We have something for everyone. 
    3. Check out these librarian-curated book lists - for babies through teens - with great summer reads!
    4. Pick up a free Summer Reading 2021 “Reading Colors Your World” coloring book at your local library!  Featuring designs submitted for our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest, these coloring books provide hours of relaxing, creative fun for all ages!  Share what you color with us #MCLColorYourWorld.  Available while supplies last.
    5. Come visit us! Some of our libraries have opened back up.

    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 with any questions.

    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 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.  


    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 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.

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

    Check out all of our favorite books for 2020. 

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

    Best Books 2019

    Best Books 2018

    Best books 2017

    Best Books 2016


    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 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. 


    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. 


    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


    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 with any questions