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Work from home jobs have always been popular, even before the pandemic. But despite exciting promises, many work at home offers can leave job seekers high and dry. Scams and dishonest claims abound on the Internet and it can be hard to tell an honest job offer from a scam.

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

Steps to spotting a scam

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

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

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

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

Tips for finding remote work

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

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

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

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

Contact MCL’s Workplace for more help or information at workplace@multcolib.org.

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

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

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

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

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


 

De acuerdo con la Oficina de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes, el estatus de ciudadanía de los padres no afecta el derecho del estudiante para recibir ayuda federal para asistir a la universidad. Si sus padres no tienen un número de Seguro Social (SSN, por sus siglas en inglés), debe introducir ceros en la parte del formulario FAFSA que pida esa información sobre ellos. NO introduzca un número de identificación de contribuyente en el campo del SSN. Para más información, vea la página Los alumnos dependientes deben declarar información sobre sus padres, como también su propia información, en el formulario Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA®).'


Para mayor información sobre este tema y cómo ayudar a su estudiante con la transición a la universidad, contactenos aprendiendo@multcolib.org

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

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

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

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

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

Cinco estudiantes sonriendo y haciendo el gesto de aprobación

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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五个本地学区的学生可以将学生证用作借书证,便可即时使用图书馆资源。

这包括我们所提供的一切资源,从书籍材料到串流音乐到在线辅导老师。

五个学生微笑竖起大拇指的照片

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

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

这个服务对教育工作者而言是一个巨大福音,因为现在他们的学生都能使用相同的资源了。

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

Library Connect 是由图书馆基金会所赞助。

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

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

Пятеро школьников улыбаются и показывают жест одобрения - большой палец вверх

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

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

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

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

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

Last month we told you about resources for families this summer. And now we’d like to highlight a few of our favorite outdoor activities that we think you may enjoy:

  1. Gateway Discovery Park: Art and cultural activities will be hosted all summer long at this East Portland park.
  2. Gresham Japanese Garden: A beautiful Japanese garden to visit, plus they are holding many events this summer. 
  3. Interactive Fountains and Splash Pads: Portland Parks and Recreation hopes to have it’s fountains and splash pads open this summer and it’s a great way to beat the heat!
  4. Local guidebooks: Check out a guidebook on exploring the area with kids. 
  5. Harper’s Playground: Find inclusive playgrounds for all abilities around Portland and beyond. 
  6. Mike Bennett's A to Zoo: Wonderful outdoor art displays that bring fun and education to the whole family. Currently they can be found in NE Portland.
  7. Mural map: Three maps of Portland’s Street art: a walking map of the Alberta Arts District; a biking map of the Central Eastside Industrial District; and an all-city highlights map. 
  8. U-pick farms: U-Pick farms in Portland and Multnomah County, sorted by county.
  9. Walking with Ramona: Do you love Ramona Quimby? Well you can walk in her shoes with this walking map of Ramona’s neighborhood.
  10. Walks around Portland: Portland Bureau Of Transportation’s has many suggested walks, including one that goes to the North Portland Library. And there are also ones for bikes!

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

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Students in five local school districts can now use their student ID as their library card, giving them instant library access. 

That includes everything we have to offer, from books to streaming music to online tutors.

Five school kids smiling and giving the thumbs up sign

It’s made possible by a program called Library Connect. We began working with school districts on the program last year, and so far we’ve reached about 80,000 students. More than half of those kids didn’t have library cards. 

Currently, Library Connect serves students in Portland Public, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow and Parkrose school districts. We hope to reach even more students in the future.

The program is a huge boon for educators, who can now rely upon their students having access to the same resources. 

Learn more about Library Connect and other ways we support students and educators.

Library Connect is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.

New federal Emergency Broadband Benefit program offers low-income consumers discounts for high speed internet or laptops and other devices. If you live in Multnomah County, you could get:

  • Up to $50 per month for internet service
  • $100 to buy a new laptop, desktop computer or tablet through a participating provider

Find out if you qualify

You qualify if your household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines
 

Qualifying income levels:

Number of people in household Income
1 $17,388
2 $23,517
3 $29,646
4 $35,775
5 $41,904
6 $48,033
7 $54,162
8 $60,291

For each additional person, add $6,129.

You may also qualify if you or a member of your family:

  • Gets free or reduced-price school breakfast/lunch.
  • Lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Received a federal Pell grant for 2021.
  • Meets other criteria.

See if you qualify.

Apply

Apply online, pick up a paper application at any Multnomah County library, or visit or call a participating provider:

  • AT&T: 800-331-0500
  • Comcast Xfinity: 800-934-6489
  • Comcast Internet Essentials: 855-846-8376
  • Human-I-T: 888-391-7249  
  • T-Mobile: 800-866-2453
  • Verizon: 800-922-0204 
  • Ziply Fiber: 866-699-4759 

Get help

If you need help, visit your library or call:

  • Multnomah County Library: 503-988-5123
  • Emergency Broadband Support Center: 833-511-0311
  • Community Information Center: call 211 
  • Portland Customer Service Program: call 311
     

Renee Watson; photo: Shawnte Sims
Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist.  One of  her passions is using the arts to help youth cope with trauma and discuss social issuesRenée grew up in Portland, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

For so many of us, last year stretched us in ways we could not have imagined. There was great loss, turmoil, and so much change. Still, there was much to be grateful for—unexpected phone calls from loved ones, zoom meet ups with friends, time outdoors and the relief of fresh air. 

And books.

I am so grateful to have books to turn to for comfort, distraction, company. Books have always been a kind of friend to me. I spent a lot of time reading and imagining as a child. I loved walking to the North Portland Library in the summertime to roam the aisles. Books took me to faraway lands, made me laugh, taught me important lessons, and made me see myself in familiar and new ways. I especially gravitated to poetry and loved stealing away to read the words of Nikki Giovanni and Eloise Greenfield.   

I remember the first time I discovered "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. I was attending Vernon Elementary School and was chosen to recite the poem at a Black History Month assembly. The speaker in the poem sounded like my mom. I even think my mom had said some of those things before. She was always pushing her children, telling us to never give up no matter how hard life might be. When I first read Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise, I felt powerful and proud of my ancestors. I was buoyed by their resilience. 

And so I fell in love with poetry. 

I loved the rhythm, I loved trying on different ways to say a phrase. I loved the line breaks, how each stanza would take me deeper and deeper into the meaning of the whole poem. I learned that poetry can be about anything. I could write odes to my neighborhood or favorite food, I could honor a loved one who had died, I could protest with my words and write poems that stood up against injustice. 

Over the years, poetry became the way I celebrated, mourned, raged. And so, when the pandemic swept over our nation and living in quarantine became the new normal, I found myself turning to poetry for comfort and peace. And then summer came and with it came a even more police brutality and violence against Black men and women. I was weary. I turned to the poets who raised me, the poets who lived through The Great Depression, Jim Crow, The Civil Rights Movement. They knew something about sorrow, about loss, about protest. They also knew about joy and love and how to hold on to hope. 

It’s a new year and still, we need comfort, we need inspiration. I’m still keeping poetry nearby and I offer these recently published books as a refuge, a guiding light, a healing balm. Some are novels-in-verse, some are traditional poetry collections. All of them are treasures and medicine for the soul.

When families register by June 1, teachers and schools can do more welcoming and communication before school starts, easing the transition for incoming kindergarteners.

Flyer on registering children for Kindergarten in PPS.

If you live in Multnomah County, you can identify your school or district by texting "MYSCHOOL" or "MIESCUELA" to 898211.

Here are some Register for Kindergarten resources at the major school districts in Multnomah County.  Several of them have welcome videos, including in multiple languages. 

The following information is specific to the Portland Public School (PPS) District.

Kindergarten videos: Hear from families and school staff about how to register and get ready for school! Videos are posted on the Kindergarten tab of the Early Learners website and are available in English, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.

Register for School by June 1: There are so many benefits to registering early such as families hearing from school staff about events, summer transition programs, and information about the start to school. Please register online or call the school for a registration packet. 

Early Kindergarten Transition Program Applications: Apply now to be eligible for this inclusive, family-centered bridge program, for children entering Kindergarten or first grade at an EKT school in the Fall. EKT schools include: Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Faubion, Harrison Park, James John, Kelly, Lee, Lent, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vestal, and Woodmere. Applications and flyers are posted on the EKT website or call the school for paper applications. 

Pre-K Applications: PPS is currently accepting Pre-Kindergarten applications for the 2021/22 school year. Online applications are available and paper applications can be requested by emailing prekprograms@pps.net or leaving a message at (971) 501-0111. 

Ramp up to Kindergarten: This fall, every family will receive a relationship-based conversation with their Kindergarten teacher prior to the start of school. In addition, every child will receive a small group “warm-up” orientation to classroom and building routines prior to the official first day of Kindergarten. School staff will be communicating their specific schedules with incoming families. Finally, teachers will delay student assessments so families and school staff can focus on building relationships for a welcoming start to the school year. 

Finally, the PPS Early Learners Website includes an FAQ document that answers parent questions about Kindergarten. FAQs are available in English, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.

And you can find general contact info for all the school districts on the Multnomah Education Service District website.

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

It feels so good to get outside when the weather is nice!

Child using a watering can to water garden.

Children thrive in the natural setting. But exposure to nature is good for all ages! It not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Gardening is a great way to get into nature. And if you don’t have a garden space, you can try square foot or container gardening. Or find a community garden nearby. 

It is said that there are seven wonders of the natural world, but for little ones there are seven million wonders in the world right outside their door! Everything is fresh and new. The young child’s work is to play and to make constant discoveries about their environment. 

Gardening is a perfect way for the smallest child to explore and honor the earth. Of course, children learn by using their whole body — and all their senses. Children are naturally curious little scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds and textures of the outdoors. As your little explorer follows you into the garden, you can talk to them about what they are seeing.

Give them the names of familiar plants. Describe the squelch of mud between their toes. Notice the texture of the leaves and how they dance in the breeze. Point out the variety of seeds in the fruits and vegetables you share. Gradually, you can introduce the planting of seeds.

And for older kids and teens, the benefits of gardening are just as valuable. 

Here are some ideas.

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

Fun Garden Activities for Little Ones

  • Make a special fairy garden or dinosaur garden! Decorate with stones and flowers and twigs. 
  • Water plants. Or toes!
  • Paint stones. Toddlers are happy with a bucket of water and a paintbrush!
  • Make mud pies. It’s okay to get your hands dirty! Learning involves all the senses.

And below you will find a booklist with even more stories, projects and ideas. Happy gardening!

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

MHCC Head Start and Early Head Start have over 900 openings for the 21/22 School Year!

They provide FREE services to pregnant women and families of children ages birth to 5 who reside in East Multnomah County, outside of Portland Public Schools.

MHCC Head Start Logo

Programs include:

Home Based Program:

  • For pregnant parents and children 0-5 years old
  • Provides weekly home visits with a childcare provider
  • Focuses on connecting with little ones and parenting skills

Preschool classes:

  • For Children 2-5 years old
  • Ranges from 3.5 – 7 hours per day, 2-5 days a week
  • Learn-by-playing approach builds social and emotional development

Full-Day Childcare*:

  • For children 6 months - 5 years old
  • Ranges from 8.5 -10 hours per day
  • Offers year-round coverage

Here are flyers in English, Spanish, ArabicSomali and Russian


Families who are eligible:

  • Receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income, or
  • Are homeless, or
  • Have an income below the federal poverty guideline, or
  • Have a child in foster care

*Additional Eligibility Requirements for Full-Day Childcare:

  • Family must be working and receiving childcare subsidy, or
  • Be an MHCC Student taking 9 credits or more

Ready To Apply? Call the main office at: 503-491-6111 or click here.

As a parent of three children with dyslexia, I have faced many of the challenges common to caregivers of a youth with dyslexia. 

One of the biggest challenges I faced was navigating school special education to provide access to a free education appropriate to my students’ learning style. All students have a right to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through Federal Law.  My kids were not learning how to read in the classroom, and the school didn’t seem to be doing anything. Oregon legislation has changed since my kids first started school, and schools are required to do more to address dyslexia. But is it enough? You may have to advocate for the youth in your life. 

Things to consider...

Mental health:

  • Research has shown that individuals with learning disabilities: 
    • may experience increased levels of anxiety.  
    • may be at greater risk for depression.  
    • experience higher levels of loneliness. 
    • may have a lower self-concept (self-esteem).  
    • are at greater risk for substance abuse. 
    • may be at greater risk for juvenile delinquency.
  • 20 percent of children with dyslexia also suffer from depression and another 20 percent suffer from an anxiety disorder.

Incarceration Rates: 

  • Percent of adults in custody with dyslexia: 48% 
  • Percent of adolescents with learning disabilities that will be arrested three to five years out of high school: 31%

These facts are alarming. But there is good news … intervention helps! When modern, research based instruction is put into place in grades K-2, the reading disability rate drops.

Knowing where to go or who to talk to get an assessment for dyslexia can be difficult. Many states have passed legislation to identify dyslexia in children early on.  If you aren’t in school or you feel that your school is missing something, check out our Uncovering Dyslexia blog post, which points to places in Multnomah County who will privately assess for dyslexia. 

Resources for families affected by dyslexia: 

Looking for books to share with your family? Here are some fiction books for kids and teens featuring characters with dyslexia, and here are some nonfiction books on dyslexia written for kids. For more information on dyslexia, including some book recommendations for caregivers, please see our previous post on Uncovering Dyslexia.

- Desiree, Rockwood Branch Library Makerspace Program Specialist
 

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COVID-19 continues to limit our access to public spaces. Many of our everyday activities, like school, work, doctor’s visits and banking are now online. This makes personal information vulnerable to cybercriminals. Learn more about how to protect yourself online.

Protect your passwords!

One of the most common ways scammers can get at your data is by stealing passwords to important accounts. Making good passwords is one of the easiest and most useful ways to keep your data safe and sound.

Update often.

  • Update passwords often to protect from scammers, and make your accounts less open to large data leaks. Experts suggest updating passwords every 3 months.

Use long phrases instead of short words.

  • Try using famous quotes, common sayings, or even song lyrics for your passwords. Long phrases like “we all live in a yellow submarine” are easy to remember, and harder for a computer to guess.
  • Add numbers, capital letters and special characters to your passwords. (For example, P4$$w0rD.) This is an easy way to make your password more secure. Be careful not to make it too hard to remember.

Create unique passwords for each specific account.  

  • Reusing passwords between accounts puts many accounts at risk. If a scammer gets one password, they can open every account connected to that password.
  • Focus on making your most important accounts safe. Start with your banks, social media or health insurance.

Yellow diamond sign that says Scam Alert

Recognize common scams

Internet scams are becoming more and more common. Cybercriminals make up new ways to get your data. Here are some of the most common scams.

Phishing scams

One of the most popular scams is Phishing. Phishing is when scammers pretend to be a reliable source — like a business, a government agency or even a relative, to get at your personal info. They send bogus emails, phone calls and text messages, trying to get a “bite” from victims. The most common phishing scam is an email with hyperlinks to fake websites that can steal passwords, or infect your computer with a virus.

Look for these signs to spot phishing emails:

  • Grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Strange/unfamiliar email addresses
  • Scary language, like threats of legal action, or demands for money
  • Offers too good to be true, like a big cash prize

Gift card scams

One popular scam is when a scammer tells you to buy a gift card to pay a fake bill or fee. There are many types of this scam, such as:

  • A problem with your Social Security account
  • A power company threatening to cut off your service
  • A message that you won a big cash prize, if you buy a card first
  • A grandchild or relative who suddenly asks for money with no warning

Coronavirus scams

With more business moving online because of COVID-19, scammers have created new scams that play on our fears of COVID-19, such as:

  • Unexpected texts/calls asking you to pay for a vaccine 
  • Scary warnings about new COVID cases in your area
  • Offers for fake COVID tests to steal your insurance info
  • Notes that a package you didn’t order is on its way, with a link to its “tracking number”

In short

While the internet can be a scary place, following just a few basic tips can help you stop cybercriminals and enjoy yourself online. Our three most important tips are:

  1. Take care to create strong passwords, and reuse them as little as possible.
  2. NEVER click on any links from an email you did not expect, or a phone number you do not know.
  3. If in doubt, remember that ANY request to pay a bill or fee with a gift card IS A SCAM.

If you see any of the scams listed here, you can call the AARP Fraud-Watch Helpline at 877-908-3360, or contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Find more password protection tips at the AARP fraud watch network.

Check out more info about coronavirus scams at Consumer Reports.

Want to learn more about internet scams?  Check out the Federal Trade Commission's glossary of common scams.
 

The Business Plan

The first step in starting a small business is a business plan. Use Gale Business: Entrepreneurship for full access to the Business Plans Handbook. There you will find general templates as well as examples of plans for hundreds of specific businesses. As you create your business plan, other resources listed below may be helpful. The other sections below will help you build your business plan with library resources.

Industry Research

ABI-INFORM will allow you to research key elements of an industry and find overviews, opportunities and trends to help determine your business strategies. Mergent Intellect and Mergent Online are databases with access to private and public U.S and international business data, facts and figures, and industry profiles. Business Collection is a place to find articles on management, finance and industry information.

Marketing

Use SimplyAnalytics to find out more about your consumers and your competition and create reports and maps to compare data and hone in on target areas. Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda.com) can help you with courses on marketing and other business skills. ReferenceUSA is a resource for creating mailing lists and learning about businesses that already exist in a particular area. 

Facilities and Location

SimplyAnalytics can help you research locations for your business by showing you maps and reports with demographics of your customers and where your competition is.

Administration and Management

Use Business Source Premier and Business Collection to find articles about starting and managing a small business including management, finance and industry information. To learn skills to better manage your business, try Linkedin Learning and explore learning courses on topics like business, software, technology, and more. 

Personnel

Linkedin Learning  has courses to learn about Human Resources (HR) and other aspects of hiring and managing people. 

Financial Planning

Find video courses to learn about finance and accounting for your small business using Linkedin Learning. Research articles about finance in the Business Collection.


You may also find these local community services helpful:
Business Xpress Start up Toolkit and Starting a Business in Oregon - Basic steps and requirements from the State of Oregon.
Portland Small Business Administration - “provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise to entrepreneurs and small business developers”.
Portland SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) - Get connected with an experienced mentor at no cost. SCORE also has free workshops and other resources. 

Resource: 

‘Tis the season of flowers, showers and sun breaks. Spring has sprung.

Yet, Nicole Newsom, a program coordinator in Youth Services Outreach, is already thinking about summer. Her mind, though, is less on cloudless blue skies and warm weather, and more on books — as in how Multnomah County Library’s book distribution program for youth will unfold.

Library staff handing out books to mom and child

“Are the parks going to look like pre-COVID times or are they going to look like last summer?’’ Nicole wonders. “We kind of have to be prepared for both of those options.’’ 

The COVID-19 pandemic dictates as much, as it’s arrival in 2020 largely upended gatherings in parks and other lunch sites— places where the library distributes book bags in the summer to families, and readers and readers-to-be, from newborn to age 18.

“Normally, we would take Summer Reading game boards and books and prizes to those sites and meet kids where they were,’’ Nicole says. 

Library interactions in that way changed dramatically as the state limited large gatherings and introduced physical distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

And though logistically problematic, the situation was not viewed as a long-term inconvenience by Jennifer Studebaker, youth services manager for Multnomah County Library.

“We tried to approach this work from the yes-place,’’ she says. “We worked to find ways to get high-quality and culturally reflective materials into the hands of both partner organizations and youth and families directly.’’

For Nicole, it became the right project at the right time. In her regular work, Nicole routinely manages logistics, from working with volunteers to apply identification stickers on books, to organizing books in bags or boxes. So last summer, Nicole helped Youth Outreach Services redirect the book distribution program to meet the pandemic challenge.

“I was sort of in that position to take on whatever came up next,’’ she says. 

Nicole started her library career in 1991 as a clerk and has been in Youth Services Outreach since 2008. Over the past 10 months, she’s worked with more than 30 library colleagues, all pursuing a common goal and purpose.

Studebaker commends the group’s efforts and work — a combination of pain-staking attention to detail and heavy lifting. “Each item has to be selected, ordered, received, and processed,’’ she says.

“In normal times, the library has a large team of volunteers to help process these materials. During the pandemic, access services library staff have stepped up to the challenge and worked through a mountain of materials to ensure youth in our community have relevant books to take home with them.’’

Since last summer through February 2021, the program has delivered about 44,000 books in Multnomah County Library-branded bags to youth across the county through various summer lunch sites and housing communities. She says roughly 3,000-8,000 books have been distributed monthly since last summer.

The book distribution program accesses youth in housing communities through a Multnomah County Library partnership with Home Forward, a public corporation housing authority that serves Multnomah County, Portland, Gresham, and other communities in the county. Books are provided by publishers through Book Rich Environments, a program of the National Book Foundation.

The Library Foundation funds cultural and language books for non-English speaking communities, including African languages, and African-American Black cultural books. The funding allows the library to provide high-quality, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate books for targeted communities.

“We can give kids books that they can see themselves in,’’ Nicole says. “Without those additional funds, we would not be able to provide books in Arabic, Tigrinya, Oromo, Burmese, and many other languages.’’

book distribution van

Support from The Library Foundation also provides “the newest and best books by and about BIPOC people,’’ she says, referring to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.

In most instances, books delivered to housing communities will be distributed to children and families by a resident coordinator. But on occasion, the team makes deliveries directly to the youth from a Multnomah County Library van.

“We’re standing outside in the hot summer sun, and they sit down on the curb, and they immediately take out the books and start reading one,’’ Nicole says of an outing last summer. 

“I had a couple of kids tell me, ‘I haven’t had new books to read in four months, and I’m so excited to have some new books to read.’ ’’

For Nicole, this is an example of the work at its most rewarding. 

“We’ve seen appreciation and gratitude from people,’’ she says. “It’s been really fabulous.’’

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

Many workplaces are managing this back-and-forth cycle of ups and downs during the year-long (and counting) COVID-19 pandemic.

Martha Lillie knows this all too well as a library assistant for Multnomah County Library’s Child Care Book Delivery Service, a service that brings age-appropriate, high-quality children’s books to child care centers, in-home child care providers and other organizations that work with children daily. 

Hits and misses. Fits and starts. Retreats and rallies.

Child and adult reading book

Through disruption and interruption of opening and closures due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the library’s Child Care Book Delivery Service pushed forward with an expanded, equity-centered focus while simultaneously broadening its overall reach to youth throughout the county.

During the first library closure last March, Martha brought home several crates of books to continue her work: “The first thing I started doing in those beginning months of the pandemic was a diversity audit of our collection,’’ Martha says.

In the months prior to the pandemic, staff had been evaluating the delivery service, with the aim of more directly addressing the library’s service commitment to historically marginalized communities. These include Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as immigrant communities, and those who have lower incomes.

Martha says the diversity audit underscored the importance of including emergency child care providers, those state-approved providers offering childcare during COVID-19 under revised safety guidelines, as part of outreach to historically marginalized communities.

“It’s a complicated process trying to determine which of our sites are previous book delivery sites doing emergency childcare so that we continue to serve them,’’ she says.

“Which sites do we need to pick up the materials they had so we can quarantine them in order to share them with another child care site? In addition, which new emergency child care sites are interested and have the capacity to start something new like this?’’

Annie Lewis, Early Childhood Services Manager for three-plus years through January 2021, saw firsthand the evolution of the book delivery service reset during COVID-19.

"Martha worked closely with the book delivery staff team to analyze every detail to ensure the team could resume book delivery services,’’ Lewis says.

“From safety measures, to new delivery routes, to communicating with child care providers, the team worked hard to provide this critical service to children in care settings to ensure they had access to high-quality children's materials." 

Since resuming services in October 2020, through March 2021, the team has delivered 75,550 books to 206 emergency child care provider sites. The previous fiscal year, the team delivered nearly 40,000 books to 1,132 classrooms and childcare providers

“So far, I think we’ve probably added around 50 new sites,’’ she says, “in addition to the sites that we were serving that were also working as emergency child care providers.”

Given the many pandemic challenges facing library programs and staff, successfully delivering such high volumes of books is a victory of sorts.

“Our big thing has been just getting books into the hands of kids, particularly those who don’t have access and need the books,’’ Martha says. “That’s our passion: kids and books.”

This has been Martha’s mantra since joining the Child Care Book Delivery Service for what is now called the library’s Every Child Initiative in 1999. She began her Multnomah County Library career in 1988, as a page at Central Library, and in 1994 earned library media specialist certification.

In the past year, she says, she’s become more comfortable with Google Maps and other Google forms. And did so, along with many coworkers, while adjusting to teleworking at some point.

“I had to learn a lot of new skills,’’Martha says. “I used Google Maps to lay out all of the Emergency Child Care sites. And then we kind of had to figure out how we were going to make our way through the county with that process’’ to deliver books.

Martha says the restart of the Child Care Book Delivery Service in the COVID-19 era has been accomplished in great part through the efforts of Annie Lewis, and other library staff including, Eric Barker, Tony Hix, Gordon Long, Brendan McGovern, and Lauren Reese. She says Rachel Altmann assists from home with coordination and communication.

Their commitment inspires Stephanie Orellana, who oversees the program as Youth Services Outreach supervisor.

“They have shown up every day ready to get books into the hands of kids,’’ Orellana says. “It has been amazing to witness their dedication. They are all incredibly collaborative and great champions for equity.”

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

Cada primavera, los estudiantes de 3.º a 12.º toman un examen estatal de matemáticas y artes de lenguaje en inglés para medir su aprendizaje y para guiar la enseñanza y ayuda de los maestros.

Si los estudiantes no pasan los exámenes en la primaria y secundaria, no impacta la decisión de promoverlos al siguiente grado; sin embargo, el pasar los exámenes estandarizados de Smarter Balanced es un requisito para graduarse de la escuela preparatoria y para seguir sus estudios universitarios.

Es muy probable que este año las escuelas no ofrezcan los exámenes Smarter Balanced debido al cierre de escuelas y aprendizaje a distancia. Sin embargo, sus estudiantes los pueden practicar en casa y asegurarse que están alcanzando los objetivos del año que cursan.

Otra razón por la que practicar y tomar los exámenes estandarizados es importante, es porque ayudan a preparar a los estudiantes para tomar los exámenes de admisión para la universidad como el SAT y el ACT.

Practiquen los exámenes en línea desde el kínder hasta la preparatoria. Estos son los pasos para practicar los exámenes estandarizados en línea:

  1. Entren a la página de práctica; haga clic aquí
  2. Hagan clic en el recuadro verde de abajo donde dice "Sign in" y siga las instrucciones.
  3. Seleccione el grado en que está el estudiante (kínder al 12). ¡Tendrá 99 oportunidades de práctica!
  4. Hagan clic en "Select", si no hacen cambios.
  5. Que su estudiante grabe su nombre con su voz y cheque que funcione el video. Esto es necesario para poder pasar a la siguiente página.
  6. Hagan clic en "Begin test now"
  7. Cuando complete la pregunta o cumpla el comando, haga clic en la flecha "Next" que aparece en la parte superior izquierda para continuar en la siguiente página.
  8. Completen el examen.
  9. ¡Diviértanse aprendiendo!

 

Si sus estudiantes tienen dudas o no pueden contestar las preguntas de los exámenes del grado que cursan, busquen ayuda de un tutor a través de los servicios de la biblioteca

Ayuda con tareas en vivo

Tutoria virtual 

LearningExpress Library

Otros recursos:

Lo que debe saber sobre los exámenes de práctica: Secundaria y preparatoria

Kínder a tercero

¿Qué es el Smarter Balanced y para qué sirve?

Guía para padres sobre la evaluación en Oregón

Es importante que los niños practiquen los exámenes, consideren NO firmar la forma de exclusión 

Muestra de la boleta de calificaciones. Ayudemos a nuestros estudiantes a que obtengan 3 y 4 de calificación


 

Escrito por Delia P.

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