Blogs

Manoush Zamorodi explores "essential quandaries for anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age."  Highlights include an examination of the hidden data embedded in that selfie you posted, and how to cope with information overload by spring-cleaning your brain.
 
This podcast gives a fascinating look into the culture and power dynamics around food and restaurants - lots of 'food for thought' (sorry!). They provide a unique local perspective, being based in an air-stream recording trailer here in Portland, and in fact, they've even blogged for us at the library. I learn something new every time I listen.
 
Politically Reactive  with Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu
This podcast takes the listener deep into political and philosophical conversations happening outside the mainstream media, with the understanding that we're not all as 'woke' as the next person -- in fact, they have a segment called "wait a minute" where they break from the conversation to explain allusions and concepts, so you can re-enter the discussion with some context. Oh, and humor, of course.
 
Portland comedy export Ian Karmel and friends 'fantasy draft' anything and everything, including condiments, Taco Bell menu Items, or presidential administrations.  
 
Who better than to settle your disagreements about whether to stay the night on a possibly haunted ship than the hilariously wry John Hodgman and Baliff Jesse Thorn?
 
 
 
Let's Know Things with Colin Wright 
Colin Wright has a smooth voice, a curious mind, and he explores a range of topics. He gives a balanced argument, is a careful connoisseur of sources, and generally just seems like a nice guy. And did I mention I'm a little bit in love with him? I'm a little bit in love with him. 
 
Vanessa Zoltan and Caspar ter Kuile host this podcast with the premise: What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? And so they're on a quest to go through each Harry Potter book chapter by chapter to see what more it has offer us and how we can take this practice into our other reading.
 
 
 
Slate puts out a ton of podcasts, ranging from Dear Prudence's advice column to Lexicon Valley where all things language-related are discussed, but the podcasts that I most try to keep up with are the political ones. Trumpcast, with Jacob Weisberg was created during the election to report on Trump's run for president and it should have ended on election night. Unfortunately, we now have an even greater need to explore and explain all things Trumpian and Trumpcast is still there for us.
 
When I need a break from politics, I listen to 2 Dope Queens. It's a comedy-filled show with Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson telling honest, personal, and completely hilarious stories; interviewing other funny folks; and hosting a wide range of comedians. It's like eavesdropping on two good friends who pretty much have no boundaries on what they'll say to each other. 
 
I am loving Pod Save America, in which former Obama staffers and good friends talk about the politics of the day. They're funny, irreverent and appropriately outraged, and they also bring a lot of knowledge and experience about the way things normally work in Washington. 
 
Things are very, very busy at the New York Times these days. I have a friend who works there, and he says that the news reporters are in "a constant state of barely controlled chaos". The new podcast, The Daily, offers a window into that world, with host Michael Barbaro discussing the news of the day, usually with reporters.
 
I am a longtime fan of Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast, a sex advice show. Callers describe their concerns about love and sex, and Dan addresses these, sometimes with the aid very interesting guests. 
 
 
 
If you like 2 Dope Queens you should also check out Sooo Many White Guys. Comedian and author Phoebe Robinson (of 2 Dope Queen fame) will make you laugh until your sides hurt as she chats with authors, musicians, actors and performers who are for the most part not white guys. In her hilarious and insightful interviews, Phoebe celebrates the work of people of color, women and folks from the LGBTQ+ community. 
 
If you are or were ever a fan of Reading Rainbow, you will love LeVar Burton’s brand new podcast series LeVar Burton Reads. It’s basically Reading Rainbow for adults! With each episode fans have the pleasure of listening to LeVar read one of his favorite short stories for adults. 
 
 

 

A 1975 chart of Yaquina Head to Columbia RiverWhat is a nautical chart?

To someone who has not been at the helm of a vessel, a nautical chart might look like nothing more than an oddly detailed water map.  To a boater, a nautical chart is much more than a “road map” of the water.  Instead of roads it details water areas, ports, and coast lines; it also includes information about depth of the sea floor, obstructions, restricted areas, recommended routes, and aids to navigation such as lights and buoys. The main purpose of a nautical chart is to give boaters up-to-date information to avoid grounding or traveling in restricted waters, and to navigate safely for themselves and the vessels around them. 

Where can I find current navigational charts?

The United States Office of Coast Survey (USCS) has been producing nautical charts for more than 200 years, ever since President Thomas Jefferson asked for a survey of the coast in 1807. The USCS has made and maintains over 1,000 charts at varying levels of detail that cover all of the U.S. and U.S. territory coastal waters and the Great Lakes. These charts are conveniently available online for viewing and downloading. They are free of charge and regularly updated.

To find a particular nautical chart, start at the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Charts for U.S. Waters Online Chart Viewer. From the Online Chart Viewer you can select a region to view or navigate using the Graphical Catalog. Also available are BookletCharts for printing to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water.

The Graphical Catalog shows the outlines of charts that are available on a basic geographical map. As you click on a chart, information to the right of the map show you the coordinates for the selected point as well as the Chart number, panel number, and scale of the chart selected. When you zoom in on an area, more detailed charts with larger scales become available to select. The name of each nautical chart is listed below the map as a Panel Title, as well as the date of the most current edition. Each nautical chart is available to be viewed online, downloaded as an RNC (Raster Navigational Chart), or ordered as a paper chart. In addition to finding nautical charts by browsing the map, you can also find nautical charts by entering the coordinates of the location you are seeking.

In addition to these current nautical charts you can also find nautical charts to view at the library by searching for cruising atlas in the online catalog.

Chapman Nautical Chart No. 1 by the U.S. Coast GuardDid you know that nautical charts may have more than one compass rose printed on them?

A compass rose shows both the true North in the outer circle and the magnetic North in the inner circle, and the difference between the two is called the magnetic variation.  It is important to always use the compass rose nearest the area for which you are plotting directions. For detailed guidance on how to read a nautical chart, check out How to Read a Nautical Chart by Nigel Calder or Chapman Nautical Chart No. 1 from the U.S. Coast Guard.

What did nautical charts and maritime maps look like in the past?

In addition to modern nautical charts, the USCS also has beautiful and detailed historical maps and charts available on their website. Other recommended historical resources are The Charting of the Oceans by Peter Whitfield (an overview of Europe’s charting history) and Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor by Hali Felt (in the 1950s, Marie Tharp turned her husband’s records of sonar pings measuring the ocean’s depth into illuminating maps of the ocean floor that proved for the first time the theory of continental drift).   

Finding these charts can be complicated! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian.

The NOAA website includes this note: Use the official, full scale NOAA nautical chart for real navigation whenever possible. These are available from authorized NOAA nautical chart sales agents. Screen captures of the on-line viewable charts available here [on NOAA's online chart viewer] do NOT fulfill chart carriage requirements for regulated commercial vessels under Titles 33 and 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. 

Little girl smiling next to her lunch

Many local kids have limited access to healthy meals when school is out. So in addition to offering a summer reading game and fun events all summer, the library also offers healthy lunches.

Weekdays through the end of the summer, kids 18 and under can get these free meals at GreshamMidland, and Rockwood libraries during the following times:

Midland: 12 pm–1 pm (ends August 25th)
Rockwood: 12 pm–1 pm (ends September 1st)
Gresham: 12:30–1:30 pm (ends August 18th)

 A library card is not required.

This federally funded program is run in partnership with Volunteers of America, the Gresham-Barlow School District and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

Find more free lunch sites in our community.

 

photo of Hill Top FarmThis spring I checked off one of my bucket list travel destinations:  Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's farm in the English Lake District.  Before I left, I reread many of Potter's tales and was (pleasantly) surprised by their edginess!  They weren't all sweetness and light and the stories were full of drama.  Of course I had remembered that Peter Rabbit's father had ended up in a pie, but along with parental death, there is also kidnapping, or rather, bunnynapping (Mr. Tod & The Flopsy Bunnies), sassing (Squirrel Nutkin), punishment (Tom Kitten), thievery (Benjamin Bunny), wanton destruction (Two Bad Mice) and general youthful mayhem (take your pick). What's a kid not to like?

I also wanted tbook jacket for Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of A Borrowed Guinea Pig o better understand Potter's life and artistry before I visited the Beatrix Potter Gallery, and so I checked out several biographies including Over the Hills and Far Away and Beatrix Potter:  Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman. I also came across The Art of Beatrix Potter which contains many full color and sometimes full-page plates of her gorgeous paintings.

Because 2016 was the 150th anniversary of her birth, a number of books about her were published that year including Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig, a fun and mostly true story for children of an incident in Potter's life. If you haven't checked out Beatrix Potter since your youth, consider revisiting her in some of these books for youth and adults.

 

The Story of One Summer Reading VolunteerVolunteer Atticus Wilson

by Donna Childs

Atticus Wilson is an intelligent, thoughtful, and sincere young man who knows himself and is willing to make the most of his opportunities. A freshman at Jefferson High School, he volunteers with the Albina Library’s Summer Reading program and has since he was old enough to qualify, the summer before he started sixth grade. When asked how he knew about the Summer Reading program, he said a librarian from the Albina Library had visited his classroom to encourage young readers - his kindergarten classroom! She had so inspired Atticus that he signed up to volunteer five years later.

He took her words about reading to heart as well, often reading several books at one time: he is currently in the midst of five books! In addition to Summer Reading, Atticus attends a Dungeons and Dragons camp every summer, and that is only the tip of his D&D iceberg. Despite being a new freshman, he founded a D&D club at Jefferson, and he is creating his own D&D campaign (adventure).  When finished, he plans to test it and then send it to the company that makes the game.  

Atticus chose to attend Jefferson, despite its being three miles away, because the closest school to him, Grant High School, is slated to be remodeled, sending its students even farther away. Furthermore, Jefferson has several appealing programs. For example, he is one of fifty students chosen, in a rigorous process, for a biotech program, through which he will be eligible for internships, other learning experiences, and jobs at OHSU after his sophomore year.  And, thanks to Jefferson, he will also be able to take classes at nearby Portland Community College, for free. This year at Jefferson, Atticus also took a television production class, with both field and studio components. He conducted and produced a three-minute interview with one of his teachers, and the class as a whole produced a student-run Jeopardy-type program. (Some previous student productions are available on YouTube at Jefferson Demos.JTV.)  Although his favorite subject is math, and he is interested in technology, Atticus also likes studying history and literature. He is a well-rounded young man, thanks to all that reading, perhaps?


A few facts about Atticus:

Home library:  Albina

Currently reading: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus; Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli; Reality Boy by A.S. King; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

Most influential book:  Unknown; they all influence me in different ways.

Favorite book from childhood:  Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

A book that made you laugh or cry:  Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Favorite section of the library:  teen fiction

E-reader or paper:  Paper books are better.

Favorite place to read:  locked in my room, holding my dog

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

Are you heading to the NW Pride Festival this weekend? If so, make sure to stop by the Library table at the Multnomah County Booth. We'll be signing people up for library cards, checking out some of our favorite LGBT+ books and giving out prizes! Can't make it to the festival? Celebrate Pride from anywhere by reading a great LGBT+ book! Check out the lists below for inspiration or ask a librarian for a personalized pick.

The My Librarian team loves to spend time searching for the perfect book for you, dear readers; but when summer comes, we like to indulge ourselves with books that hit our sweet spot. Here are the titles we're excited about.

Alicia

I can't wait to sip some iced coffee, dig my feet in warm sand and dig into the new romantic-comedy, When Dimple Met Rishi. Dimple and Rishi are two gifted teens who meet at a Stanford summer program. Before the two teens met, their parents had arranged for them to be husband and wife. Rishi knows this, but Dimple does not.
 
If you're like me and are a huge fan of the 80s classic The Breakfast Club, you will also be ready to devour One of Us is Lying. Five high school students walk into detention on a Monday, but only four walk out alive. 

Alison

I love a good 'long walk' book, so when Cheryl Strayed recommended Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London, I immediately put it on my 'to be read' list.

 

 

Darcee

My eight-year-old and I are having a blast with Andy Griffiths's outrageously silly series starting with The 13-story Treehouse. It's inspired us to build our own treehouse this summer. We plan to skip the shark tank, but are still hatching plans to simulate Andy and Terry's ice-cream serving robot- Edward Scooperhands

 

 

Diana

If you love Jane Austen, are intrigued by the idea of time travel, and find yourself looking for something on the lighter side, let yourself get swept away to Regency England by Kathleen A. Flynn's The Jane Austen Project. Be warned, dear reader: it's a very difficult book to set down.

 

Eric

As someone who is deeply interested in Communism, and a massive fan of China Miéville's fiction, I'm stoked to read October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, his take on the early months of the Russian Revolution.

 

 

Heather

I was taken by this unusual debut by Paula Cocozza, How to be Human. Set during the summertime in London, this is a whole new look at obsessive love.

 

 

 

Karen

Summer is the perfect time to be entertained by David Sedaris. I can't wait to read his innermost thoughts in Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

 

 

 

I am loving The Witches of New York1880's New York is only one of the intriguing characters in this novel due out in July about three young witches running at tea shop called "Tea and Sympathy." Sinister and whimsical at the same time, this book will take you away.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Somewhere in a park this summer, you'll find me(ow) reading Mustache Shenanigans by Jay Chandrasekhar. He's part of Broken Lizard, the group that created one of my favorite films, Super Troopers. It's a behind the scenes look into his life and comedy that'll be pair well with sun and a patch of grass. 
 
 
 
 
Summer is the perfect time to create stuff and Whoosh! is the perfect book to inspire kids who have lots of time on their hands!  I love this fun and whimsically illustrated book about Lonnie Johnson, the inventor of the Super Soaker, because it shows how he used everyday objects to come up with some pretty neat creations.
 
 
 
 
 

In Martha's Vineyard, Island of Dreams, Susan Branch uses her uniquely decorated diaries to illustrate one year spent in a one-room cabin on Martha's Vineyard. A perfect book to read during the long warm days of summer- especially if you need some inspiration.

Also, I just listened to The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell  The park was perfectly safe, better than a back yard, right? But when thirteen year old Grace turns up missing, it looks like a repeat of a similar crime ten years earlier. Tense and stagnant, the action of this title takes place during the hot summer. The narrator, Colleen Prendergrast uses an accent that makes me think I am in the middle of a British TV series.

Attention educators! Are you tired of using the same old books with your students every year? Attend one of our summer educator workshops to learn about the latest and greatest materials to use in the classroom.

 

Gotta Read This: New Books to Connect with Your Curriculum

Come to this workshop to learn about new books you might integrate into your language arts, social studies, math, science and arts curriculum.

For K-5th grade educators:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2-4:30 pm, Central Library U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Ave. Register by August 4.

For 6th-12th grade educators: Gotta Read This! online booklists

  • Select the subjects of greatest interest to you. Register by August 4, and we’ll notify you when the online booklists are available.

 

Novel-Ties (for 4th -8th grade educators)

  • Discover hot, new fiction to use in book discussion groups and literature circles. Register by August 4, and we’ll notify you when this online workshop is available.

 

Contact School Corps with any questions!

“I feel like I'm a better person when I'm at the library.”Volunteer Heather Reed

by Sarah Binns

Like most of our Spotlight volunteers, Heather Reed is many things: full time worker, full time student, and full time dog mom to her dachshund, Artemis. But unlike other featured volunteers who fit the library around their careers, Heather hopes the library will be her career. She is currently working toward a computer science degree at PCC, but afterward she'll apply to graduate school programs for a Master's in Library and Information Science (MLIS). “I'm hoping to go into archival work,” she says.

Heather has always been a reader. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, she was taken to the library by her parents read for hours. . “That was the place I felt most at home,” she says. Heather translated her love for reading into a job, working for two years as a page clerk in Arizona before moving to Portland last year. “A hundred and ten degrees was just too hot for me!” she says about the move from the Southwest.

Heather “does a little bit of everything” as a branch assistant at Midland Library. She processes holds, shelves books, and works on the paging list. Best of all is the occasional interaction with patrons: “I like when I'm able to help people find things. I'm not able to help them a lot, but when I do it's really rewarding.” She can only fit in one shift a week between school and work, but wants to do more. “When you enjoy something that much, it doesn't feel like work. I feel like I'm a better person when I'm there.”

When I ask about her hobbies, she laughs like it's a foreign concept, given her busy schedule. She does collect antique teacups, though, and has about thirty, ranging in origin from Imperial Japan to England. “I like hand-painted ones,” she says with a smile, “those are the most unique.”

Getting her MLIS is Heather's goal, all inspired by her childhood at the library. “I feel like the library is the best place on earth. You should go in there and get the resources you need. If I can bring that to other people—what else can I ask for?”


Home Library: Midland

Most influential book: The Vampire Hound by Jim Hunt. “It's the book that got me into reading and it sparked my love for fantasy books.”

Favorite book from childhood: See above!

Currently reading: The Wheel of Time series' second book, The Great Hunt. “I hear everyone talk about Game of Thrones and I'm sure it's good, but I say 'Have you read this?! It came first!'”

Guilty pleasure: Manga.

Book that made her laugh or cry: “Probably the Harry Potter series is one of the most emotional” for her.

Favorite library browsing section: True crime. With her other favorite, fantasy, “Everything is pretty and interesting, but with true crime you find out about something you never knew happened.”

E-reader or paper: Both.

Favorite place to read: Outside. “Sometimes the wind will blow and it will match up to something in a book and it's hard to get that experience inside.”

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

 

 

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High schoolers, you can just read for an hour to mark off each spot on your Summer Reading challenge cards. But there are a lot of cool other things you can do, too! Optional challenges are below. If you choose any of the creation challenges from the first list below, share your stuff for a chance to win $100 collage gift certificate! You can email a file to Summer Reading Coordinator Seana Lane or post on Twitter or Instagram and tag with #MultCoLibTeen (if your profile is set to public — if it’s not, just send via email).

Need challenge cards? Stop by any library between June 16 and August 31 to get yours! Just keep track of the hours you read and challenges you complete until you get your cards, then transfer them to the first challenge card.

Cover for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Create stuff

Share your creation for a chance to win $100 collage certificate (see above)

  • Create an alternative book cover for the last book you read.
  • Write and perform a rap inspired by one of your favorite books.
  • Write fanfiction and share it — think about a book you wish hadn't ended, and create the next chapter.
  • Make a zine or blog post listing resources for at-risk teens in your community facing challenges: homelessness, LGBTQ+, bullying, abusive relationships, eating disorders, immigration, scholarship needs.  
  • Instagram a video book review and share with your friends (and enter in the contest above).
  • Create art inspired by a book — a comic strip or graphic novel version, draw a character as you see them, or paint a landscape described.
  • Find a recipe from a different culture than yours, and make it for your family or friends. Take a picture of your feast. 

Movie making at Rockwood MakerspaceDo stuff

  • Volunteer in your community (maybe even at your library!) Or try VolunteerMatch or Hands On Greater Portland for opportunities.
  • Send a letter or an email to an elected representative about an issue you are passionate about.
  • Spend time with kids younger than you — read to them, play with them, talk with them.
  • Teach a new technology to an adult -- Twitter, Instagram, streaming music 
  • Attend a teen maker program at your library or at Rockwood Makerspace.
  • Use the chat feature on the library's website to ask something you can't find out from Google. 
  • Make a booklist. Create a theme (strong female characters, alternative reality, vampire fiction) and post to GoodReads or the library’s site.
  • Write a book review on the library’s (or any other) site.
  • Take our quick survey.

Explore, try and learn stuff

Read different stuff

Stella Brings the FamilyWhen my kids were younger, I was always on the lookout for children’s books that stood up against stereotypes of all kinds. In King and King, a prince falls in love with another prince, not a princess. In bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, a little girl celebrates the beauty of her natural African-American hair. My Princess Boy tells the story of a little boy who loves to dress in pink, sparkly clothes. These titles are all classics of the anti-bias genre, and they still deserve to be read.

New ShoesBut a couple of weeks ago, a library patron asked me to suggest some anti-bias books that have been published more recently, and I discovered some real gems that I wish had existed when my kids were still the right age for picture books. It might not be too late for your kids, though, so check out this list! And let me know if you have more titles that should be included on it.

На занятии участвовали наш постоянный участник В, а также новый участник, тоже В. Поэтому мы его условно обозначим как В2.

Работа с учащимся В2 - Тренируем скорость печати

Предварительно, как обычно делается с новыми учащимися, мы побеседовали о том, какие навыки в работе с компьютером уже есть, есть ли свой компьютер или телефон и зачем нужно обучение работе на компьютере.

Выяснилось, что B2 хочет повысить свою квалификацию и перейти на новую должность, которая требует умения пользоваться компьютером. Причем, он уже работал на компьютере, помогал своим коллегам просматривать заявки, заполнять их, отмечать выполненные и т.д. Но ему не хватает скорости печати, ему трудно запомнить расположение клавиш на клавиатуре, чтобы быстро печатать. Надо сказать, что в целях подготовки к новой должности действует он довольно решительно.

Он принес с собой личный ноутбук. Это достаточно интересная модель GateWay, китайского производства, как и многие ноутбуки сейчас. Выглядит довольно свежо и очень неплохо работает. Мобильным телефоном В2 не пользуется. Таким образом, исходный уровень В2 был определен, задача конкретизирована. Осталось только найти в интернете сайты с компьютерными тренажерами, на которых можно тренировать скорость печати. Причем В2 хочет научиться печатать именно "слепым методом", 10-ю пальцами, чтобы не смотреть на клавиатуру, поскольку в его будущей работе это важно.

В течение занятия он выполнил несколько упражнений, показал хороший результат по скорости, более 80%, но ошибки еще нужно устранять. Дома он уже самостоятельно продолжит эту работу.

Работа с учащимся В - Изучаем английский по-серьезному

Второй участник данного занятия, которого мы условно называем В, в этот раз попросил помочь решить такую задачу - оплатить абонемент на пользование сервисами сайта puzzle-english.com. Это очень хороший сайт для изучения английского языка, на котором собрано большое количество аудио-материалов.

Не секрет, что одной из самых сложных проблем для изучающих английский язык является понимание английской речи на слух. Это одна из важнейших составных частей изучения любого иностранного языка, наряду с чтением, письмом и говорением.

Надо сказать, что задача оказалась сложнее, чем мы изначально предполагали. И на ее решение ушли все 2 часа занятия, но она так и не была закончена. Вначале мы планировали зарегистрироваться в сервисе AppStore, в котором продается приложение для данного сайта. Это, казалось бы, несложное действие, тем не менее заняло довольно много времени. Потребовалось создать профиль пользователя, придумать юзернейм, пароль, указать е-майл, составить секретные вопросы и т.д. По ходу, как это иногда бывает, произошел сбой то ли на сайте, то ли в компьютере и регистрация прервалась. При повторной попытке было получено сообщение, что такой пользователь уже зарегистрирован. Но последующая попытка войти в магазин приложений не увенчалась успехом, система все время выдавала сообщение, что имя пользователя и пароль неверны. В итоге, путем каких-то уже трудновспоминаемых действий мы обнаружили, что такой пользователь уже действительно был зарегистрирован ранее. Это сделал когда-то сын нашего учащегося, о чем он естественно по ходу сразу и не вспомнил.

Мы отнеслись к этой ситуации с юмором, поскольку да, такое бывает, люди забывают о том, что они где-то регистрировались, кто-то им помогает, что-то теряется, забывается. Это компьютеры, интернет, здесь очень много разной информации и не всегда получается ее контролировать от и до. Как говорил Лев Толстой, не страшно если упадешь, главное потом подняться. Так и в этом случае, ничего страшного если что-то забыл, главное разобраться, когда это будет нужно.

С этой ситуацией мы разобрались, но сюрпризы продолжились. Оказалось, что регистрация в данном магазине и не нужна, поскольку это магазин для приложений мобильного телефона, а у нас используется ноутбук. Тогда мы, как настоящие герои)), пошли в обход. Т.е. зашли на сам сайт и посмотрели как именно можно оплатить абонемент прямо с сайта. Надо сказать, что сделать это не так уж сложно, нужно только зарегистрироваться и указать данные карты.

Еще один сюрприз состоял в том, что и на этом сайте пользователь В тоже был зарегистрирован ранее. Хорошо, что мы это обнаружили сразу, подсказал браузер, в котором сохраняются порою реквизиты входа на те или иные сайты. Поэтому нам осталось только обновить регистрационные данные профиля на этом сайте и указать платежные реквизиты.

По поводу указания платежных реквизитов карты довольно часто, особенно у людей старшего возраста, после новостей о разного рода хакерах, возникают сомнения, стоит ли их указывать, не случится ли с картой потом каких-то неприятностей? Это действительно важный вопрос и всегда встречая предложение указать данные карты нужно вначале внимательно проверить кто и почему это предлагает. И если сайт сомнительный, то конечно отказываться. Но в данном случае мы уже знали, что это хороший сайт, у некоторых из нас уже был опыт работы с этим сайтом, опыт оплаты покупок на этом сайте, поэтому мы были уверены, что здесь нет подводных камней.

Более того, свою помощь в обеспечении безопасности оказал нам и банк пользователя. Т.е. он не пропустил сразу эту оплату, о чем нам сообщил сайт - ваша оплата не подтверждена вашим банком. Вначале мы подумали, что это связано с тем, что использовалась не кредитная карта, а дебетовая, поэтому оплата и не была произведена. Но вечером, уже после занятия, пользователь В получил по электронной почте письмо от своего банка, в котором сообщалось, что запрос на оплату проверен и теперь можно эту оплату выполнить. Так что здесь безопасность обеспечивается на двухуровневой основе - вначале мы сами проверяем получателя оплаты, затем банк делает проверку со своей стороны.

Таким образом, наша эпопея временно была завершена, но еще не закончена. Осталось довести дело до логического конца - сделать оплату и получить абонемент.

Как видим, сами по себе такие вопросы с технической стороны не очень сложные, но с точки зрения организационной требуют к себе определенного внимания и времени. И конечно, людям, особенно старшего поколения, которые раньше с такими вопросами не сталкивались, бывает довольно трудно самостоятельно во всем разобраться. Именно в таких случаях и приходит на помощь наш компьютерный класс.

Напоминаем, что следующие занятия нашего компьютерного класса для русскоговорящих пользователей старшего возраста состоятся в библиотеке Роквуд 10 мая и 24 мая.

Время проведения занятий: с 2 до 4 часов дня

Адрес библиотеки: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97233

Телефон библиотеки для справок: 503-988-5123

E-mail преподавателя (можно задавать вопросы): portlorego259@gmail.com

President Trump recently ordered that federal funds be withheld from cities and counties that don't help immigration officers. An April 25 court ruling temporarily stops that from happening.

The court ruling blocks enforcement of Section 9(a) of the president's executive order.

This means that, for now, the federal government can't stop funds going to Oregon, where a law keeps Oregon police from helping federal immigration officers.

The ruling also helps Portland and Multnomah County, which are sanctuaries. See the county and the city sanctuary resolutions (for the city, click the download button).

See also:

Court challenges to the second travel ban

Resources for immigrants, refugees and travelers affected by President Trump's first travel ban.

Omar El Akkad is an award-winning journalist who has reported on stories as varied as the NATO-led war in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. His debut novel, American War, has been described by book reviewer Michiko Kakutani as "an unlikely mash-up of unsparing war reporting and plot elements familiar to readers of the recent young-adult dystopian series The Hunger Games and Divergent.”
 
My taste in art leans heavily in the direction of misery. I’m a sucker for bleak books, dispiriting movies and, above all else, sad songs. In that spirit, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite downbeat albums. Some of these records cater in loneliness, others 
in self-loathing, others in general existential gloom. But all are fairly likely to ruin your day.
 
Suede – Dog Man Star
Certain albums should never find their way into the hands of a lovesick teenage boy, and this hour-long piece of gothic outsider Britpop is one of them. A meandering mass of dirges and not-quite- ballads that’s unlike anything this band, or any other, has ever done. I discovered this album at the age of 13 and I’m not sure I listened to anything else for the next year.
 
Jeff Buckley – Grace
The entirety of Buckley’s only studio album – he died far too young, drowned while swimming in an offshoot of the Mississippi river – is excellent. But the absolute high point comes about two-thirds of the way through, when the listener reaches Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah," followed by "Lover, You Should Come Over" – a combined 13 minutes of utter perfection.
 
Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N2 It
Almost every song on this album sounds like a funereal hymn in which the subject of the funeral has been allowed to posthumously participate. Mike Hadreas sings in an amalgam of sighs and whispers, at once immediate and very far away. The whole album is sad and beautiful but it’s the second track, "Normal Song," that gets me every time.
 
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
There’s a song on this album called Jim Wise. It’s about a man who killed his terminally ill wife and then tried to kill himself, but the gun jammed on the second shot. Jim Wise isn’t even the most depressing song on this record. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
 
The Be Good Tanyas – Chinatown
Whether you like sad songs or not, Chinatown is a terrific record, one of the best pieces of folk Americana of the last 15 years (ironically, the work of a Canadian trio). But if you do like sad songs, there are a couple of world-class numbers here – "The Junkie Song" and the ethereal rendition of "I Wish My Baby Was Born" are both gorgeous.
 
The Antlers – Hospice
Even if the thought of a concept album about a terminally ill cancer patient and her hospice worker strikes you as a terrible idea, you should give the Antlers’ best album a listen. It’s a truly great record, anchored by the standout track, "Kettering." Will the lyrics make you miserable? Of course they will.
 
Holly Williams – The Highway
Like a lot of my favorite country albums, this one is populated with all manner of mean drunks, dying towns and folks so down on their luck they couldn’t possibly get any downer. But The Highway’s crown jewel is its closing track, "Waiting on June." It tells the story of Williams’ grandparents, who were together for 56 years and died shortly before this album came out. It’s a life story told in a single song, and a hell of a song at that.
 
The opening lyrics of the opening song on this album go like this: “When they found your body / Giant Xs on your eyes.” What follows is an hour of sad, melodic music that, given the depths of misery the band plummets to on songs such as "Embrace," is still incredibly controlled, incredibly… pretty. This is road trip music, assuming you’re driving exclusively at night through the backroads of North Dakota in the dead of winter.
 
Ruby Amanfu – Standing Still
Ruby Amanfu’s stripped-down version of Cathedrals, originally recorded by the band Jump Little Children, is one of the most stunning covers I’ve heard in years. It anchors an album full of reimagined takes on other artists’ songs, from Bob Dylan to Kanye West. The only constant is Amanfu’s perfect, crystalline voice. This isn’t a particularly sad or depressing album, just perfectly, wonderfully bittersweet.
 
London Grammar – If You Wait
There are only two reasons this album is on the list. 1) I love Hannah Reid’s voice; 2) when I was writing the final scenes of American War, the song that never left my head was from this album, a track called Interlude. I think of my protagonist’s final moments and this song begins to play, every single time.

Logo for Bike to BooksCelebrate National Bike Month!

Ride your bike to the library during May and get a free bike light!

Multnomah County Library is partnering with the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Metro to give free bike lights to patrons who ride their bikes to any Multnomah County library during the month of May. (One bike light per person, while supplies last.)

Other fun reasons to ride your bike during May:

#BiketoBooks


 

Volunteer Job to Volunteer Career

by Donna ChildsVolunteers Rod, Celene, Linda, Gloria and Ruth

Since April is National Volunteer Month, rather than spotlighting one person, we are featuring the five volunteers who have been at The Title Wave Used Bookstore since it opened in March 1988. They discovered the new bookstore in different ways: living in the next block, knowing the woman who would become the first manager, seeing a flyer or a newspaper article about the venture. But they have remained for similar reasons:  their fondness for books, reading, and libraries, and the friendships they have made with fellow volunteers and customers. For all of them, it is a haven; they look forward to spending time there.

 

Who are these five dedicated volunteers? Below is a brief description of what they do at Title Wave and their responses to some questions we often ask of Volunteer Spotlight honorees.

 

Celene and Rod Bell are cashiers on the first Saturday of every month. They chose Saturday originally because they worked during the week. By the time they retired, however, they’d formed friendships with weekend customers, and Title Wave Saturdays had become such a feature of their lives that they planned vacations around them.

Home Library: Woodstock

Favorite Section of the library: fiction, craft, biography (Celene); a broad range, but mainly detective stories (Rod)

Favorite Place to Read: the family room (Celene); outside on a lounge chair in the summer (Rod)

 

Gloria Carmody is a cashier one Thursday a month and a materials processor every Tuesday, sorting, organizing, and pricing a vast array of magazines. According to Gloria, the Post Office used to bring its undeliverable magazines to the Title Wave, but now magazine donations come from individuals. In addition to the Title Wave, Gloria volunteers at the Oregon Fuchsia Society

Home Library: Belmont

Favorite Section of the library: fiction, gardening

Favorite Place to Read: in her bed

 

Ruth Frank cashiers on third Saturdays, despite working full-time the rest of the week. A lifelong fan of libraries, she was previously employed in the Periodicals department at Central.

Home Library: Central

Favorite Section of the library: craft, mystery, travel

Favorite Place to Read: While possibly not a ‘favorite,’ the buses Ruth rides on her hour-long daily commutes are where she does much of her reading.

 

Linda Paulson cashiers on Mondays. In addition to Title Wave, she has volunteered at the Contemporary Craft Museum and at Northwest Pilot Project, a social service agency her husband founded.

Home Library: North Portland

Favorite Section of the library: fiction, biography

Favorite Place to Read: in her bed

 

Given their long perspective on the Title Wave, changes over twenty-nine years became a hot topic. For example, early on, non-fiction books were organized by Title Wave’s own categories rather than the Dewey Decimal system. There are more books to process now, not to mention CD’s, audio books, DVD’s, and procedures changed with the advent of computers. Volunteer jobs are more delineated. Originally everyone did everything. Interestingly, Title Wave once had a coffee bar with lattes, long before the national trend! One constant, however, in addition to congenial colleagues, has been managers they like and respect, and the stability of having only two of them in twenty-nine years.  

 

Two final questions on which they were unanimous:

Do you prefer paper or e-books? Paper!

If possible, would you sign on for another 29 years? YES!

 

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

 

There are so many court challenges to President Trump's second travel ban that it is hard to keep it all straight.  Which court action did what?  And is the media interpreting each action clearly, without bias? Here are links to the official court dockets and documents, so you can form your own intrepretation.  The dockets list every document submitted regarding a court case, with links to some, but not all of the documents.  We have pulled out key orders, complaints and injunctions.

 

Primary cases

 

State of Hawaii v. Trump. On March 15, US District Judge Derrick Watson issued an Order Granting Motion for Temporary Restraining Order that blocked President Trump’s second travel ban, which was scheduled to take effect March 16.  It blocked Section 2 that that suspended for 90 days the entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and YemenIt and also restrained Section 6 that would have suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days.  It was challenged March 8 in a Second Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief.  The United States Courts Archive is often late in filing documents.  Here is a source that is more up to date: Documents in State of Hawaii et al v. Trump—A Challenge to President Trump's March 6, 2017 Travel Ban.  On March 29, 2017 Judge Watson issued the  ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO CONVERT TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER TO A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION. On April 4 the United States Court of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit scheduled the oral arguments for the appeal for May 15, 2017.

 

International Refugee Assistance Project, et al., v. Donald J. Trump, et al. Judge Theodore D. Chuang of The United States District Court, District of Maryland on March 15 issued a Preliminary Injuction against Section 2(c) only of President Trump's second travel ban. That is the section that suspended for 90 days the entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  President Trump appealed the Maryland decision to the United States Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit on March 17, 2017.  Order expediting appeal and scheduling oral argument for May 8, 2017, filed March 23, 2017.

 

Litigation Documents & Resources Related to Trump Executive Order on Immigration is a web site by Lawfare that provides timely links to court documents.

 

Other ongoing cases

 

On March 13, State of Washington, et al v. Donald J. Trump, et al challenged the second travel ban in an Emergency Motion to Enforce Preliminary Injunction. Washington was joined by Minnesota, Oregon and Massachusetts in its lawsuit. The Los Angeles Times reported on March 13 that Maryland and New York planned to join.  On March 15, The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an Order “failed” to vote for en banc reconsideration of their order which previously denied a motion of the government for a stay of a Western District of Washington restraining order on “President Trump’s first Executive Order – the ban on immigrants and visitors from seven Muslim countries.”  On March 16 the Ninth Circuit issued an Order Denying Washington’s Emergency Motion To Enforce The Preliminary Injunction against the first Executive Order, saying that there are substantial differences between the first and second orders.  Further action on this case was suspended pending the outcome of the Hawaii case.

Doe, John v. Trump, Donald et al granted a temporary restraining order on March 10 regarding one individual Syrian family.

Arab American Civil Rights League et al v. Donald Trump et al

International Refugee Assistance Project et al v. Trump et al

Al-Mowafak et al v. Trump et al. Filed by the ACLU of Northern California.

Sarsour et al v. Trump et alAziz et al v. Trump et al

 

Multnomah County Library’s earlier blog posts

President Trump's second travel ban   

Resources for immigrants, refugees and travelers affected by President Trump's first travel ban     

Exploring the refugee experience

 

Related actions:

Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, 1/25/17.

Department of Homeland Security Implementation of the Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

 

          

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