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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.

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

You are not alone.

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

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

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

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

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

Your library card gives you access to so much.

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

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

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

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

Chi tiết:

Thứ Bảy, Ngày 04 Tháng 2 Năm 2017

Giờ: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Địa điểm: Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall C

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Johns Library in the snow

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

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

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

Volunteer Extraordinaire

by Donna ChildsVolunteer Jean Frazier

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

 

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

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

Federal Hard Copy Forms

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

State Hard Copy Forms

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

Other States

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

Dusty adding machine keysOnline Filing

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

 

Tax Help/Filing Assistance

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Zahir Janmohmaed, Soleil Ho and Alan Montecillo are the brains behind the podcast The Racist Sandwich. Together, they examine the politics of food and the ways we consume, create and interpret it. From discussions about racism in food photography to interviews with chefs of color, they hash out a diverse range of topics with humor, grace and very little pretension.
 
Zahir's picks:
 
1. Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
This is one of the sharpest memoirs I have ever read. Shteyngart writes about immigrating to the U.S. as a Russian Jew and his struggle to adjust to life in America. 
The book is so incredibly funny that it is easy to forget that underneath the humor is a profound exploration about identity, immigration, anti-Semitism and the former Soviet Union. I can't recommend it enough. 
 
2.  The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 
There are very few books that have made me sob. This is one of them. Ishiguro's masterpiece, published in 1989, won the Booker prize that year and deservedly so. The novel centers around a butler, Mr. Stevens, and his conflicted feelings towards his former colleague, Miss Kenton. Skip the movie, which turns this incredibly complex novel into a love story alone. It is that too, but it is also an examination of complacency, bigotry and blind allegiance to tradition. 
 
3. Orientalism by Edward Said
Admittedly this might not be the best book to take to the beach but no other book has had a greater influence on me than Said's. This book was published in 1978 and remains a seminal text in understanding post-colonialism. Said's essential argument is that Orientalism is the exaggeration of difference, the presumption of Western superiority, and the application of clichéd analytical models for perceiving the "Oriental" world. When we started our podcast, Soleil Ho and I spoke at length about this book and how our podcast was an attempt to take Said's theory of Orientalism and apply it to the world of food. 
 
Soleil's Picks:
Nguyen blasts open the banh mi paradigm with this book, and every recipe in it is stellar.
 
I love Bryant Terry’s mission to place the plant-based diet within the context of African diasporic cooking, and I especially love his suggested musical tracks to bob your head to while you’re working though his recipes.
 
3. Koreatown: A Cookbook by Deuki Hong
Oh, the banchan! The language in this book is so light and familiar, and it’s lovely to read various notables' fond memories of Korean food. 
 
Alan's Picks:
1. Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
I think Americans should read more Chinese literature. Here’s one place to start. This is a sprawling, visceral, multi-generational tale of a sorghum winemaking family in China. It takes you through pivotal moments in modern Chinese history, from the Japanese invasion in the 1930s all the way through the Cultural Revolution. Mo Yan’s writing has been compared to the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I don’t know enough about Marquez to judge whether that’s accurate, but I will tell you that I first read this six years ago and its images and descriptions have stuck with me.
 
Dr. Gawande shows us how the medical system is ill-equipped to deal with the reality of modern aging. But more fundamentally, this book will change the way you see old age, medicine and dying itself. 
 
Even if geopolitics isn’t really your thing, I recommend this book. And if you’re a generally curious, politically-minded person who wants to read something that will challenge your view of the world, you should absolutely read this book. The South China Sea is an abstract news headline to many Americans, but for millions of Asian-Americans and the hundreds of millions of people who live in Southeast Asia, it’s one of the most important issues of our time. Kaplan’s hard-nosed realism can be tough to swallow — and I don’t know if I necessarily agree with all of his conclusions — but it’s a sober and sharp reminder of how complex the world is.

 

 

 

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
 
 

 

Hasn’t 2016 been a doozy of a year? A friend of mine told me he wants to get some lighter fluid to incinerate his calendar. I told him I thought I might need explosives for mine.

Lately I have been trying put in some effort every day to make the world a little better. I go to demonstrations, give donations to worthy causes, subscribe to two good newspapers, and email my representatives in state and federal government. But once bedtime comes along, I need to leave this world behind and get lost in a novel. It's not a time for books that are esoteric, demanding, or very dark. My ideal escape read sucks me right into the story and gets me involved with its characters. If I especially like some of those characters, all the better.

The Bookshop on the Corner fit the bill perfectly. It tells the story of a laid-off librarian who buys a van, turns it into a portable bookshop, and moves to Scotland. The author's vision of Scotland is charming and cozy, full of perfect nooks for reading, gorgeous landscapes, cheap and lovely flats, handsome Scottish lads, exceptionally delicious toast, and, of course, many opportunities for reader's advisory. I loved it and have spent the last month forcing it on my librarian pals, who also love it.

In case you need some escape reads, too, I made you this list. And if you know of any excellent books that will whisk me away and guarantee me a good night’s sleep, please let me know. I think I’ll be needing these for a while to come.
 

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

 

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