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Fashion : the definitive history of costume and style / [produced in association with the Smithsonian ; Smithsonian consultant, Susan Brown].

Book cover:  Fashion The Definitive History of Costume and Stylepage from Fashion: A Definitive History

New York, N.Y. : DK Publishing, c2012.
1st American ed.
Central and Neighborhood Libraries     391.009 F248 2012

A stunning new book we just received, entirely in pictorial format with timelines, that shows the history of western fashion through the centuries up to the present time. Examples from past eras before the invention of photography have been reproduced from paintings, such as in this example below: 1450-1624 Practical Clothing, with images from the paintings of Bosch, Holbein, and Breugel.

From the description:
"...this gorgeous collection of costume and dress shows how fashion reflects people and places, and captures the times in which they lived."--P. [4] of cover."

Are you tired of pecking at the keys or do you want to improve your data entry skills for a new job? Here are some free resources to help you out.

Sometimes there is a newsworthy event in your neighborhood that doesn't make it on the local TV news or to the pages of the Oregonian.  Fortunately, there is a wide array of neighborhood and community newspapers that focus specifically on hyperlocal news! 

You might see these newspapers on free newsstands around town.  Some are available to pick up for free in your neighborhood library and local businesses.  And many community newspapers have websites where fresh news is regularly posted.  Here are a few examples:

If you ever want to read back issues (great when you're researching local history!), you can find archives of each of these at Central Library, in the Periodicals Room on the second floor. 

Are there other community or neighborhood newspaper websites you like to use?  Share them in the comments! 

Questions? Ask the Librarian!  We welcome questions on any topic under the sun. 

Whether you are excited about having fresh eggs and milk and honey, or looking for a new pet that will also mow your lawn, backyard animals can be a wonderful addition to your home.

It can be tricky to figure out what is allowed in your neighborhood: How many ducks are too many? Can I have a pygmy goat and a peacock? Do my neighbors need to know about my hive? Is that a llama peering over my fence?

If you live in the city of Portland, the rules and regulations for keeping animals are enforced by Multnomah County Vector Control. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability maintains a site that lets you know which animals you can keep, when you need to apply for a permit, and what the requirements are to keep various animals. If you have questions, you can contact Vector Control at 503-988-3464 or vector.nuisance@co.multnomah.or.us.

If you live in Gresham, the rules for keeping chickens and other livestock are a little different. Questions should be directed to the Code Compliance Division at 503-618-2463 or CodeCompliance@GreshamOregon.gov.

The city of Wood Village has fairly clear rules for keeping chickens; for questions regarding other animals, contact the city at 503-667-6211 or City@ci.Wood-Village.or.us.

Live in Fairview? The municipal codes are somewhat confusing, so it's best to contact the Fairview Department of Planning Services at 503-674-6206 or nesbittl@ci.fairview.or.us.

If you live in Troutdale, the rules vary depending on your zoning district (PDF, 344KB). Your best bet is to contact the Community Development Department at 503-674-7228 or elizabeth.mccallum@troutdaleoregon.gov.

For Maywood Park, call 503-255-9805 or email city government from this page.

The rules for unincorporated Multnomah County are enforced by Multnomah County Vector Control. They can be contacted at 503-988-3464 or vector.nuisance@multco.us.

Once you know the rules and you’re ready to start planning, the library has a lot of resources available for you! Below is a list of ten books and DVDs that can help you prepare for your new additions. You can also search the catalog for “domestic animals,” “urban agriculture,” “bee culture,” or the particular animal you are considering. And you can always contact us for help; librarians are standing by!

P.S. If your chickens seem destined for more than just pecking and laying, perhaps it’s time they learn more advanced skills.

Color Scheme Bible: Inpirational Palettes for Designing Home InteriorsThe Color Scheme Bible, essentially a book of color swatches, goes through the entire spectrum of colors in terms of painting choices for interiors, matched with contrasting and related colors to use as part of the complete color scheme for a room.  The intensity and saturation of the main colors varies from page to page, with the accent colors at times fading into the primary selection, or used as a bold contrast. The pages show the effects of mutability of color based on the background color, adjacent colors, and other effects.

It's likely that these samples of colors for interiors may be quite different from what appeared in books about room colors in other decades, and it would be interesting to make comparisons. It's fascinating, nonetheless, to page through the book and look at the effects of adjacent placement of colors and imagine how these combinations might be used for other types of projects in addition to interiors.

The color scheme bible : inspirational palettes for designing home interiors
Starmer, Anna.
Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books, 2012, c2005.
747.94 S795c 2012


Related book: One of the most significant books on the effects of color is Josef Albers' book The Interaction of Color, originally published with color silk screen paper samples, by Yale University Press in 1963.

From the preface to the 2006 edition:

"This new paperback edition presents a significantly expanded selection of more than thirty color studies alongside Albers's original unabridged text, demonstrating such principles as color relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusions of transparency and reversed grounds."

The color block sample below, from Albers' book, illustrates how colors change based on adjacency: the small center squares appear to be different colors, due to the very different backgrounds. Some of these same effects are described in the book The Color Scheme Bible, for the effects of variations of paint colors based on adjacency from room to room.

Joseph Albers The Interaction of Color

Interaction of Color / Josef Albers ; [foreword by Nicholas Fox Weber].
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2006. Rev. and expanded ed.
Central  Library    752 A33i 2006

Need to verify a fact? Find a statistic? Locate the source for a quote? The Web has lots of information in it, but it can be tricky to figure out which information to trust. In this blog post I provide links to websites that are great sources of reliable, authoritative information that you can use when you're doing quick research.

www.infoplease.com

Infoplease is short for “Information Please” - which traces its history back to the radio quiz show of the same name which ran on NBC from 1938 to 1952. The creators of the show later began publishing an almanac, and the website has been online since 1998. It features an almanac, an online version of the Columbia Encyclopedia (6th edition), a dictionary and thesaurus, and more.

www.bartleby.com

Bartleby is a website that provides access to books (mostly older books and classics) on the Web, free of charge. They have an excellent selection of books of quotations, which make it a great site for trying to find a classic quote. Note: most of their sources are from the late 1800s and early 1900s - so if you need a more recent quote, you’ll have to try a different resource, like quotes.dictionary.com (or, of course, you could ask a librarian for help). Notable books available on Bartleby include: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, the King Jame’s Bible, Oxford Shakespeare, Gray’s Anatomy, and Strunk’s Elements of Style.

quotes.dictionary.com

This website from Dictionary.com provides many quotes, including 20th century ones, from the Columbia World of Quotations (1996).

www.merriam-webster.com

Merriam-Webster Online is a great, authoritative online dictionary, based on the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

quickfacts.census.gov

State & County QuickFacts by the United States Census Bureau contains all sorts of easy-to-access facts about people, business, and geography in the United States. The main census site, www.census.gov, contains even more information and - although kind of tricky to use - is also a very valuable tool for statistical research.

www.oregonencyclopedia.org

The Oregon Encyclopedia is a constantly growing encyclopedia of essays on all things related to Oregon. The entries are written by knowledgeable authors and are authorized by editors and fact-checkers before being published. You can even suggest a topic or write your own article!

www.wikipedia.org

In a previous blog post (“I can’t use Wikipedia for my research paper! Or can I...”), I talked about how Wikipedia, though it is not always 100% reliable itself, can be used  to find sources that you can cite when you’re doing research. When you find an article on a topic of interest, look at the “References” section at the end of the article and follow the links there to see where the article is getting its information.

These are just some of many fantastical information sources online. Do you have one that you like that I didn’t mention? Then add a comment! Also, if you are ever stuck in your search for a fact, quote, or any bit of information, remember that you can always ask a librarian for help.

Happy researching!

Quote from the book and description:
Book Cover: A Visit with Magritte "If I indulge myself and surrender to memory, I can still feel the knot of excitement that gripped me as I turned the corner into Rue Mimosas, looking for the house of Rene Magritte. It was August, 1965. I was thirty three years old and about to meet the man whose profound and witty surrealist paintings had contradicted my assumptions about photography."

This book records Michals' visit with the great Belgian painter of inverse worlds and bizarre hybrid forms. Michals invites the viewer to follow him on the exciting journey to the private sphere of an artist who at the time inspired and intimidated him.

The still lifes taken in Margritte's house and the portraits of the inhabitants, Margritte and his wife, are distant and intimate, private and representative, humorous and calm at the same time. They reflect the high respect the man behind the camera felt for the subjects of his pictures.

A visit with Magritte / Duane Michals.
Göttingen : Steidl, 2011.
Central      779.092 M621v 2011

 

The rain is back and it's another eight months until summer's return... (perhaps I exaggerate). All joking aside, winter is long, dark and damp so I've got some fun and light-weight fantasy to suggest.

I was pleasantly surprised by Shadow Kin: A Novel of the Half-Light City by M.J. Scott.  If one were to judge a book by its cover, this seems like a forgettable paranormal romance where the feisty, independent female lead will find love with a sensitive and likable hero - or a tameable bad boy. I picked it up anyway and found myself falling for the characters and the setting, where four species share a city and an uneasy peace.  I liked the second book, Blood Kin, even better and am hoping for a third.

Faith Hunter's Skinwalker is the first in a series about a female vampire killer/mercenary with a mysterious past. Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can shift into any animal of which she has a claw, tooth or some other small piece. Then she is hired as a vampire hunter, by one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans. While tougher-than-tough female leads are a staple of urban fantasy, I found Jane more believable and fleshed out than most.

I just finished Angel's Ink by Jocelynn Drake. Gage is a tattoo artist and fairly decent guy doing a truly terrible job of hiding out from the evil witches and warlocks of the Ivory Towers that rule his world. He owns his own shop and works with a troll and an elf. The amount of trouble he gets into in one short book is a little over the top, but it was a fun page-turner with a hero so likeable that I was glad that the ending promises a sequel or three.

How to search the new Library Catalog for music:
Top | Authors | Authors with Common NamesTitles | Keywords


Search for words in titles, subjects, or descriptions:

Example: jazz piano chord*
Type an * after any words to include variations: chord* = titles with the word chord or chords
search for keywords or subjects
Link to the search result for jazz piano chord*.

Select a title you would like from the search results.

Example: Jazz chord Hanon
Score title Jazz Chord Hanon Subject headings for Jazz Chord Hanon

 

- Link to similar books from the list of Subject Headings.
 


Ask a Question:
Looking for something specific? Contact us.

How to search the new Library Catalog for music:
Top | Authors | Authors with Common NamesTitles | Keywords


Select a title search. Type the exact title.

Example: the sound of music

Too many results?

Limit the list of results by selecting a format. Expand Music in the Format list, for example, and check the box Music CD for a list of CDs only.
Sountd of Music title search results

 


Ask a Question:
Looking for something specific? Contact us.

How to search the new Library Catalog for music:
Top | Authors | Authors with Common NamesTitles | Keywords


Author search:

Authors with common names may result in too many search results that are unrelated to what you are looking for. Add titles to your search for more focused results.

Example: Robert Johnson, American blues musician and composer

Use the advanced search for authors with commonly used names, to add keywords, specific titles, or a format, such as CD:
search the catalog for Robert Johnson, blues musician
Select "Add Another" for a search box to add words or a title.

Type keywords or a title in the search box just added.
search for Robert Johnson, blues musician by adding keywords to limit to the correct author

Sample result:
search result for Robert Johnson and blues

Choose a format:
choose a format - music CDs or printed music

Variations: author searches:

  • Common Names (Robert Johnson, for example)
  • Two Authors (A composer and a conductor)
  • Prolific Authors (Johann Sebastian Bach) for example: Search by a title of a song or musical work combined with an author (Bach plus Pastorale)

Ask a Question:
Looking for something specific? Contact us.

How to search the new Library Catalog for music:
Top | Authors | Authors with Common NamesTitles | Keywords


Authors with common names:
Authors = composers, conductors, names of music groups, songwriters, book authors or editors. Performers may be searched as authors if they are soloists. For performers in chamber music ensembles, other than soloists, search by the name of the ensemble.

Example: Find music by Johnny Cash.
Select an author search and enter the author's name: Cash, Johnny OR Johnny Cash. The result shows everything in the Library catalog: CDs, DVDs, books, music scores.
Search the catalog for Johnny Cash

Not specific enough? Add titles to the author's name in the advanced search for more focused search results.


Ask a Question:
Looking for something specific? Contact us.

Unlike print graphic design, type design for websites has long been created using images to display text plus a narrow selection of typefaces for content. But within the past several years, systems for using a much wider range of typefaces directly for web text coding have been introduced. The result is that there is more freedom for webpages to display the variety we see in the print world. New e-readers make it possible to read in the typeface of the original print version, bringing the design of the two formats of the book more closely aligned.Mastering Type The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design 2012 book

There is no doubt that the typeface has an effect on the experience of reading, whatever the form happens to be. In the library, books about letterforms and typefaces can be found in three distinct areas: in the 700's art books for calligraphy, the art of hand lettering, in the graphic design section of the 600's, for more of a production or commercial basis to typography, and within books found in the 006 section for digital media content.

>>>Read this book in e-book format with your Multnomah County Library card.

 


Every year, around this time, we compose a poem, which sometimes rhymes,
about ghoulies and ghosties and long legged beasties
who'll come to your door demanding a feastie 

This year is no different, and we think that you'll find,
some blood-curdling tales will focus your mind;

And keep you awake for those folks who'll come calling...
What can we say? Our poem is appalling!

Stories of vampires and unwanted guestscomic book horrorsbrain-eating pests
Of gruesome tales we have no lack, you just provide the pumpkin named Jack. 

Happy Halloween!

Have you ever wanted to be invisible? What if you didn’t want to be invisible and you were? That’s what happens to Clover Hobart. One morning she wakes up and she is invisible.

It doesn’t help that she is 55-plus woman and already invisible in society’s eyes. Even her family is oblivious to the fact that she is invisible. The only one who notices is her best friend, who tries to help Clover in her non-visible adventures.

Calling Invisible Women is a clever and hilarious new book by Jeanne Ray. It’s a thought-provoking look at women of a certain age in our society. It’s also one of my favorite novels of 2012.  

Book cover: Encyclopedia of Life Writing Autobiographical and Biographical Forms Title: Encyclopedia of Life Writing Autobiographical and Biographical Forms
Additional Contributors: Jolly, Margaretta
Publication: London : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
Call Number: Central Literature & History Room Reference R- 920.003 E56Lw 2001
Contents: v. 1. A-K  v. 2. L-Z

 
Description: "The term "life writing" itself, recorded in the 18th century, and gaining wide academic acceptance since the 1980's, has been chosen for the title because of its openness and inclusiveness across genre, and because it encompasses the writing of one's own or another's life. On this basis, it is also appropriate to shelter under life writing's umbrella several entries on life story originating outside of the written form, including testimony, artifacts, reminiscence, personal narrative, visual arts, photography, film, oral history and so forth." - from the Editor's note.

Examples from the many interesting books in the Zine Collection at Central Library.

Title: Ideas in Pictures #5
Alternate Title: Everyday transactions
Additional Contributors: Matthes, Colin
Publication: Milwaukee, Wis. - C Matthes, 2006
Call number: ZINE 741.9 IDEAS 2006

Includes work by Jesse Connor, Erik Ruin, K.F. Sanders, Matt Sesow, Nicolas Lampert, Josh MacPhee, and Brandon Bauer

Quote: "as time passes, the immediacy of warfare grows distant. in the usa warfare becomes a sidenote in the backdrop of our daily routine."



Author: Elizabeth, Maranda
Publication: Guelph, Ontario, Canada - Maranda Elizabeth; Cameron, ON, Canada :Dave Cave, [c. 2007-2012]
Call number: ZINE 616.8584 ELIZABETH 2007

A self-help zine about addiction to the Internet, authentic communication, quitting Facebook, and how to spend less time online.
 



Title: Cat Chance A Collaborative Zine
Author: Morton, Becky

Publisher: [Portland, Or.? - sn
Call number: ZINE 636.800929 MORTON 2011
Statement of responsibility: written by Becky Morton ... [et al.] ; with illustrations by Ben Dewey, Karinate Amabebe, Carly Wright

The story of one litter of kittens.

 

Examples from the Zine Collection at Central Library

Dixon Ticonderoga -The Day You Wrote MeTitle: Dixon Ticonderoga.
Alternate Title: Day you wrote me, I sharpened all my pencils : one of them writes you
Publisher: [Portland, Or.? - Redcat Press], 2010.
Call number: Central Library ZINE DIXON 2010
A literary anthology of short pieces inspired by pencils, in stories, poems, and a song.

Edited, hand lettered, produced and nudged along by Stevan Allred. Portland, OR: !PRC, 2010.


Title: I Am Often Mistaken for Miles Davis
Author: Wahrhaftig, Sarah Louise
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: S Wahrhaftig, 2008.
Call number: Central Library ZINE 741.5973 WAHRHAFTI 2008
A collection of short stories in comics format.

Title: chickeney
Author: Green-eggs, Sam
Publisher: [Portland, OR - S MacKenzie, 2007.
Call number: ZINE 636.5 GREENEGGS 2007
Contents:
salsa
Everybody has chickens
Squash
Damn weeds
A new adventure
Things I love about chickens

 

Library computers are available for writing resumes, filling out job applications, networking and brushing up your computer skills. Library computers have Internet access and Microsoft Office and they are available at each of our locations, along with staff to help you get started.  To sign up for a computer, you just need a library card or you can request a guest pass with you valid picture ID.  

Have your own laptop or mobile device? Multnomah County libraries offer free wi-fi.

Already have your resume typed up and you just need to print? Access your documents from the Internet or your flash drive and print for 10 cents a page, either single or double-sided.  Only black and white printing is available.

Look to these resources to help you find work, and get assistance in the meantime.

Adjusting to Suddenly Reduced Income

This publication guides people through the processes of emotional reactions, spending patterns, rethinking goals and managing conflict for anyone experiencing financial loss.

Unemployment claims

File for Unemployment Benefits online through Oregon.gov.

Oregon Helps

This website estimates if you qualify for various types of assistance and explains where to apply for programs and has some applications to download.

Job seekers 

Listings of local and national jobs, resources for resume writing and networking, and information for those planning a career change.

Computer Labs for Job Seekers

Update your resume, file for unemployment, or apply for jobs.

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