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Please note: the library is out of free eclipse glasses. 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The places where the moon will completely cover the sun — creating a total solar eclipse — are on what's called the path of totality. That path includes a swath of Oregon.

The total solar eclipse will touch down between Lincoln City and Newport at 10:15 am, then cross places like Madras, John Day and Baker City before leaving the state at 10:27 am.   

Outside the path of totality, viewers will see a partial solar eclipse. In Portland, for example, 99 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon. 

We've got everything you need to make the most of the eclipse, including the official live stream, path maps, library events and all the best reads. (Below, click "Eclipse 2017" to see everything.)  

 

 

 

Mayor Charlie Hales at National Night Out - City of Portland photo

In early August for the last 30 years, communities and neighborhoods have been getting together to meet, celebrate and have fun at National Night Out celebrations. These events were started to promote safe neighborhoods and crime prevention initiatives by solidifying partnerships between law enforcement and communities. National Night Out events are generally free and family-friendly. 

The official date of National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August, but there are so many parties happening in Multnomah County, they can't all take place on the same day. The City of Portland compiles a list of parties submitted to them for publicizing. In Gresham, call 503.618.2567 to find out where there's a party near you, and in Troutdale call 503.665.6129. Learn more about Fairview's party on its National Night Out page.

Thinking of planning your own party? The Office of Neighborhood Involvement in Portland has a variety of National Night Out party planning resources to help you plan anything from a small potluck picnic with chalk out for the kids to a big bash with a live band that shuts down the street. There is also a brief National Night Out page for Gresham. The message from the experts is to start early — it's not too early to plan for next year! 

A continuing feature of local celebrations is that groups can request to have police officers and firefighters show up at their party. And who knows, your neighborhood could throw a party and maybe even the mayor will show up!

To get you planning your party, meeting your neighbors and thinking about community, we've compiled a list of reading suggestions.

Below are the parties where you can connect with your neighborhood library this summer. We can't hit all the parties (we'd be so tired!), but where you see us, you can guarantee that we'll be talking about great books, services and resources. Come say hi!

 
North Portland Library
Tuesday, August 1, Peninsula Park, 700 N Roda Parks Ave., Portland
 
Hillsdale Library
Tuesday, August 1, Dewitt Park, 1805 SW Dewitt St., Portland
 
Fairview-Columbia Library
Tuesday, August 1, Fairview Community Park, 21600 NE Park Lane, Fairview
Friday, July 21, Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 NE Arata Rd., Wood Village
 
Midland Library
Tuesday August 1, Mill Park, SE 117th St. and Stephens Ave., Portland
 
Holgate Library
Tuesday, August 1, Kern Park, SE 67th Ave. and Center St., Portland
 
Capitol Hill Library
Tuesday, August 1, Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland
 
Kenton Library
Tuesday, August 1, McCoy Park, N Trenton St. & Newman Ave., Portland
 
Central Library
Friday, August 4, Portland State University Park Blocks, between SW Harrison St. and Montgomery St., Portland
 
Gresham Library and Rockwood Library
Friday, August 4, The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St., Portland 
 

 

If you've admired the satisfyingly compact and elegantly designed Field Notes, then you're an Aaron Draplin fan. The author, graphic designer and founder of the Draplin Design Co. has created
Aaron Draplin; photo: Michael Poehlman
 projects for the likes of Timberline Lodge, Woolrich, Patagonia, Nike, and Sasquatch Festival. You can see the range of his work in the eye-candy book, Draplin Design Co.: Pretty much everything.  He is passionate about design and has talked about it on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast. Here's what he has to say about his favorite music for summer:
 
I hide in the summers. I stay out of the sun and avoid the heat as much as I can. Oddly enough, my workload always swells. Each year I say I’m going to take a break in June and July here in Portland. That never happens. And this summer’s been nuts. Like it always is. Up early and down to the shop, watching the sun come up over Mt. Hood. Working late to beat the traffic back up Sandy Blvd to the house. My summer cycle. And there’s always a handful of records that rise to the top of what’s on rotation in the shop. A special category for me: My “Summer Records.” I can look back at each summer and remember the couple records that really got me. And in a lot of ways, helped me get through the warm months. 
 
In my list, I start with “morning records” and work towards "mid-day records” — as things pick up in the shop, the jams get more upbeat. As the day winds down, you get into the darker stuff. Those are the “late night records.”
 
August is still coming up, and I’ll be back home with Mom in Michigan. I’m always adding a couple records a week to my revolving list and am always excited to see what’s coming next to get into the mix. Maybe it’s a gnarly Bob Seger kick, being up in all that Michigan? We’d be down with that!
 
01. Jonathan Wilson, Gentle Spirit
When you look him up, everything talks about some “Laurel Canyon” resurgence. Los Angeles freaks me out, so I’m not tapping too much into any of that. This sounds like something I would’ve heard on the radio in 1979, sitting in the backseat with my little sister, on the way to the beach or something.
 
02. Mark Kozelek, Night Talks EP
As a long-time Red House Painters fan going back to 1993, I have a weird allegiance for Mark Kozelek. Although, he’s a trying artist to keep up with. I just don’t read articles about him, and stick to digging the records.
 
03. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Way Out West
Just country enough to not make you squirm. Dreamy stuff.
 
04. John Moreland, Big Bad Luv
We love John Moreland. Our buddy. He’s come to the shop a for a couple visits and I’ve seen him play 5-6 times. Such a nice guy, with a big, big voice. I love his records so much. Thank you, John. 
 
More songs about drug deals gone bad, leaving cities and coming back to cities. And I love it. I’d like to meet this guy. 
 
06. Thundercat, Drunk
This stuff is weird! In the best ways. And funny. And really fun. Lots of little things to listen for. And laugh with. This is my favorite record cover of the year!
 
07. Son Volt, Notes of Blue
The first song on this one … that classic Son Volt. That one was enough for me. Over and over again. Rolling, warm and soothing.
 
08. Chavez, Cockfighters
Arithmetic! Math! Long division! Calculus! ‘90s math-y, rock-y heavy hitters, still hit as hard as they did in 1995. Turn it up!
 
09. The Afghan Whigs, In Spades
Dark, brooding, sinister and dark again. I used to associate them with Cincinnati. Now it’s New Orleans. I met the band a couple years back at Greg Dulli’s bar in the French Quarter. This record fits the mystery of that place perfectly, in a new way.
 
10. Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked at Me
Tread lightly here. This is a challenging record to listen to. As beautiful as it is, it’s like going to a funeral. Brave, dark, sad … oddly uplifting stuff.

 

He Volunteers Anywhere He Can Find
Volunteer Ruben Arciniega

by Sarah Binns

The first thing that struck me about Ruben Arciniega was a sense of maturity that far exceeds his years. A long-time member of the Troutdale Library Teen Council, the 16-year-old is already enrolled at Mt. Hood Community College through his high school, achieving high school and college credit for his classes. Pair his challenging coursework with an active volunteering schedule and you have a smart, confident, compassionate young man who is destined to go far--both in the Portland community and beyond.

Ruben initially got involved in the Summer Reading program and the teen council to gain volunteer hours for school. But then, he says, “I started doing more volunteering and realized I really liked it. On Troutdale’s teen council one of Ruben’s roles is to “make everyone feel comfortable,” which led him to create a fun icebreaker to put his peers at ease. He helps the council plan monthly youth-centric events that include everything from an annual Batman party to a visiting game truck, which gives kids who don’t have the resources for video games a chance to play to their heart’s content. “We also do a cyber-bullying event to provide awareness and help for people,” he says. “It’s very fun and rewarding to see how many people are positively affected by what we do.”

Ruben also frequently volunteers at Cherry Park Plaza, an elder care facility, and “anywhere else that I can find,” he says. His community is as impressed with Ruben’s service as I am, and in late June he was honored with a 2017 Volunteer Award from Multnomah County for his involvement in the library.

When I ask what Ruben is interested in pursuing as a career he says he’s undecided, but he finds criminal justice “very intriguing.” For the time-being he has his hands full: “It’s a tough schedule,” he says. “School, volunteering, and trying to find a job. When I do find time to myself I just relax. In the summer I have a lot more time to actually be a kid.” As a fantastic “kid” or an adult, I am confident we will see more of Ruben on the Portland community stage in the future.


A few facts about Ruben:

Home library:  Troutdale

Currently reading:  The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. “I was told it would be a good book for me because it’s kind of weird. It’s definitely interesting.”

Most influential book:  “I’ve read a couple of books for my literature class that were interesting and changed my perspective. The Prince by Machiavelli is one. It definitely changed my perspective on leadership.”  

Favorite book from childhood:  The Hungry Little Caterpillar. “It successfully enhanced my creativity as a kid.”

Favorite browsing section:  “Usually if I’m thinking about a certain subject, I’ll just look for that book in the database. I’ll just go in the library and ask where are the books on cooking.”

E-reader or paper:  “Paper, definitely. It feels right.”

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

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

 

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

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

Where can I find current navigational charts?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I also wanted t

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

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

 

Beach reads

The Story of One Summer Reading Volunteer
Volunteer Atticus Wilson

by Donna Childs

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

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

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


A few facts about Atticus:

Home library:  Albina

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

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

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

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

Favorite section of the library:  teen fiction

E-reader or paper:  Paper books are better.

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

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

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

by Sarah Binns

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

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

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

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

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


Home Library: Midland

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

Favorite book from childhood: See above!

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

Guilty pleasure: Manga.

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

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

E-reader or paper: Both.

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

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

 

 

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

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

Cover for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Create stuff

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

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

Movie making at Rockwood Makerspace
Do stuff

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

Explore, try and learn stuff

Read different stuff

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

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

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

Работа с учащимся В2 - Тренируем скорость печати

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

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

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

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

Работа с учащимся В - Изучаем английский по-серьезному

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Время проведения занятий: с 2 до 4 часов дня

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

Телефон библиотеки для справок: 503-988-5123

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

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

Miss You

Volunteer Job to Volunteer Career

by Donna Childs

Volunteers Rod, Celene, Linda, Gloria and Ruth

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

 

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

 

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

Home Library: Woodstock

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

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

 

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

Home Library: Belmont

Favorite Section of the library: fiction, gardening

Favorite Place to Read: in her bed

 

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

Home Library: Central

Favorite Section of the library: craft, mystery, travel

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

 

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

Home Library: North Portland

Favorite Section of the library: fiction, biography

Favorite Place to Read: in her bed

 

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

 

Two final questions on which they were unanimous:

Do you prefer paper or e-books? Paper!

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

 

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

 

When it seems like the rain is never going to stop, don’t despair! Whether your tastes run more towards Portland puppets or Troutdale trains, Multnomah County has no shortage of fascinating and quirky museums that won’t cost you anything. (Check the links for updated hours and contact information.)

Whimsy. Revisit the toys of your (or your grandparents') childhood at Kidd's Toy Museum. And if your pipsqueaks are pleading to ponder a plethora of puppets, perhaps Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum is your pleasure.

Safety. Witness the evolution of fire fighting at the Historic Belmont Firehouse. You also might find the Portland Police Museum rather arresting.

History. We love that the Gresham Historical Society museum is housed in an original Carnegie library! Not to be outdone, the Troutdale Historical Society has three museums: The Barn Exhibit Hall, The Harlow House, and The Rail Depot. And don’t forget, the expansive and amazing Oregon Historical Society is free to all Multnomah County residents; just be sure to bring a proof of residency that includes photo identification.

Miscellany. Check up on medical history with the fascinating exhibits in the Main Library of Oregon Health & Science University or the Dr. Ernest E. Starr Memorial Museum of Dental Anomalies in the OHSU School of Dentistry. If you're interested in "the art and industry of the cast letterform," then the Museum of Metal Typography is definitely your type. Then float on over to the Lincoln Street Kayak and Canoe Museum to learn more about indigenous small watercraft and suck up some cleaning history at the Vacuum Museum at Stark's Vacuums.

Free Museum Day Portland and Portland on the Cheap both have information about when paid admission museums might cut you a break!

P.S. More in the mood for an art gallery ? Check out Rainy Days, Part 1: Free Art.

Помимо вопросов, которые задают наши слушатели непосредственно в ходе занятий, мы начинаем уже получать и вопросы, задаваемые онлайн, т.е. вне занятий.

Из последних упомянем следующие:

У одного из наших коллег стал странно загружаться ноутбук, на экране появлялась не очень понятная техническая запись. Единственное, что мы могли посоветовать в данном случае - это перегрузить компьютер. Увы, это не помогло, надпись снова появилась и компьютер не работал. В этом случае ничего другого не остается как обратиться к специалистам по ремонту. Их можно найти через интернет или в русскоязычных газетах и журналах.

Второй вопрос - одной из наших слушательниц необходимо было съездить по определенному адресу по вопросу, связанному со страхованием. Ей дали подробный маршрут, расписанный на бумаге. Мы же с помощью программы Google Maps, установленной на телефоне, смогли визуально показать как ей ехать. И кстати, по ходу обнаружилось, что есть и другой, более простой маршрут, где не нужно пересаживаться с одного автобуса на другой и можно доехать к месту назначения прямо на трамвае.

Третий вопрос был связан с изучением английского языка, а именно - с установкой и использованием на телефоне новой и очень эффективной программы Rosetta Stone. Она работает пока только с браузером Google Chrome и сам путь подключения довольно длинный. В любом случае приятно, что наши коллеги используют современную технику, изучают английский язык и поддерживают активный образ жизни!))

На этом занятии мы плотно работали с В. Он продолжает настраивать свою страницу в социальной сети Facebook.

Вначале мы повторили прошлую тему - как развернуть сообщения от других пользователей фейсбука на весь экран.

Следующий вопрос - как удалять ненужные сообщения. Вначале, как обычно в таких случаях, мы уточняли что это за сообщения, т.е. В должен был показать, какие это конкретно сообщения. Оказалось, что это не так уж и просто. Одно дело увидеть что-то на экране, а другое запомнить, чтобы потом воспроизвести.

Тем не менее совместными усилиями нам удалось найти эти сообщения. Оказалось, что это не личные сообщения, а сообщения о том, что кто-то лайкнул твой пост, или кто-то репостнул твою заметку о том, что кто-то изменил уровень открытости группы, в которой состоит пользователь.

Такие сообщения мы не можем запретить, поскольку они от наших друзей и смысл дружбы в социальной сети как раз и состоит в том, чтобы видеть, что делают твои друзья.

Но в настройках фейсбука мы нашли так называемые всплывающие маркеры, с помощью которых можно редактировать видимость таких сообщений. Одна из опций этого редактирования - три вертикальные точки - позволяет их скрывать, чем В и планирует воспользоваться в будущем.

Следующий вопрос - изучение английского языка. В видел рекламу преподавателя Елены Гирич, которая работает как раз в Портленде. С помощью гугла мы нашли ее сайт, затем страницу в фейсбуке, а также канал на YouTube. В итоге, после длительных поисков, выяснили, что Елена ведет передачи на радио Slavik Family, но это не уроки как таковые, а скорее презентация уроков. Часть самих же уроков уже выложена на авторском канале на YouTube, а скоро новые уроки автор обещает выложить и на своем сайте, и на странице Slavik Family в Фейсбуке.

Затем рассмотрели еще один очень хороший ресурс для изучения английского языка, а именно сайт - Puzzle-English. Он посвящен развитию навыков восприятия английского языка на слух, там очень много аудио и видео материалов самых различных уровней сложностей. Причем, что важно, там собраны материалы не просто учебного характера, а много отрывков из кинофильмов, много детских мультфильмов, диалоги, чтение книг вслух известными актерами и т.д. Все это сопровождается учебными тренировками, где можно видеть или не смотреть переводы, складывать упражнения из слов, проверять свою лексику, сравнивать разные произношения и т.д.

Сайт очень активно развивается и все время выкладывает новые материалы. Например, на нем уже есть отрывки из отличного фильма "Ла-да-лэнд", который получил очень много номинаций на Оскар в нынешнем 2017-м году.

Здесь же на Puzzle-English можно увидеть и совсем свежий ролик про интервью профессора Роберта E. Келли для канала BBC, когда в комнату за спиной профессора вбежали дети, и потом мама в спешном порядке эвакуировала их с экрана.))

Кстати сказать, этот ролик просмотрели более 12 миллионов человек и он стал самым популярным видео-материалом за всю историю BBC!

И конечно, не стоит забывать, что очень много материалов по изучению английского языка, и для взрослых, и для детей, есть в нашей локальной библиотеке Роквуд.

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