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We all had plans. I was going to visit the island in New Jersey where my mother lives, see my family and swim in the ocean. My sister and I were going to meet up in Pittsburgh and canvass together before the presidential election. I was starting to dream about a trip to Colorado to visit a friend, imagining how we’d hike in the Rockies as wildflowers bloomed, how we’d drink wine on her deck. 

Absolutely none of this will be happening this year. Instead, I’m taking walks, circling my neighborhood, staying close to home because I definitely don’t want to use a public bathroom- even if I could find one that was open.

I know that a lot of you are sad about canceled trips, too. I know it’s not the same, but reading can offer vivid settings that are definitely not my neighborhood or, presumably, yours. The books on this list are all downloadable. Consider immersing yourself in another place while we stay home to try to protect the people who live in all the places.

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All Multnomah County libraries are closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Please do not return materials. You will not be charged.

Español

Todas las bibliotecas del Condado de Multnomah están cerradas hasta nuevo aviso debido al COVID-19. Por favor no devuelva los materiales prestados ahora. No se le cobrará ningún recargo.

Tiếng Việt

Tất cả thư viện Quận Multnomah đóng cửa do COVID-19 cho đến khi có thông báo thêm. Không trả lại thư liệu cho thư viện. Bạn sẽ không bị tính phí.

Русский

Все библиотеки округа Малтнома закрыты до дальнейшего уведомления из-за COVID-19. Просьба материалы не возвращать. Штрафы за материалы на данное время отменяются.

汉语

因应新冠状病毒 (COVID-19) 在社区传播的影响,所有穆鲁玛郡的图书馆都已 暂停开放,直到另行通知。请不要归还您借出的书或片子。您不会有任何因 逾期不归还的罚款。

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Looking for a useful distraction? Participate in crowd-sourced science or transcription projects to help researchers across the world!

Try your hand at being a citizen scientist by gathering or reviewing data that researchers need to analyze!

More interested in historical research? There are many opportunities to transcribe archival documents, making their contents available to researchers and members of the public. 

It may be summer, but Multnomah County school districts continue to provide meal assistance. Here is district information followed by community orgranizations and restaurants we know of that are helping the community. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food during COVID-19 closures.

Information is current as of June 25, 2020. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.

Summer Lunch at Multnomah County Library

We welcome youth ages 18 and younger to enjoy our annual summer lunch program at Gresham, Midland, and Rockwood libraries.

Centennial [updated 7/22/20]

Providing grab-and-go meals for all children under 18 through August 31.

Walk up/drive up food services at Powell Butte, Meadows, Parklane/Oliver, and Patrick Lynch Elementary schools as well as Centennial High School – back by the auditorium.  Distribution times will be 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Mondays. A week worth's of breakfast and lunch will be available.

There are also two bus routes with four stops each. Please check their website for food delivery bus routes and times.

Food for Families, nonprofit  food pantry/ mobile market created by Centennial High School  students, has distributions at Centennial High School, 4-6 pm on Wednesdays,  July 8, July 22, August 12 and August 26. You will need to complete an authorization form prior to pick up.

Corbett

For students on free and reduced lunch or your family is in need during these trying times, lunch pick-up will be once a week to decrease the exposure of staff. Pick-up will be on Mondays from 9 am to 1 pm.  If you need lunches delivered, or if these times do not work for you, please email Seth Tucker at stucker@corbett.k12.or.us

David Douglas [updated 7/9/20] 

Grab and Go breakfasts and lunches are avilable at four DDSD sites, Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 11:00 am, through August 28. Families can walk or drive to pick up bags that contain both breakfast and lunch to go at these locations. Extra meals will be provided on Thursdays. See their website for information about food pantries located in DDSD building.

  • David Douglas High School, South Campus - 1500 SE 130th Ave
  • Gilbert Heights Elementary - 12839 SE Holgate Blvd
  • Ron Russell Middle School -3955 SE 112th Ave
  • Ventura Park Elementary School - 145 SE 117th Ave

Gresham-Barlow [updated 6/11/20]

Providing grab-and-go meals for all children under 18 from Grab and Go Meals from school locations. No meals June 12-21.

Summer Meal Sites are scheduled June 22-August 14 (except July 3), 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Grab and go lunches and the next day's breakfast will be handed out at the same time.

Parkrose [updated 8/6/20]

Food for district students until August 28. These will be packaged meals that include food for breakfast and lunch. Please note, students must be present to get a meal. Our sites will be set up for students/families to pick up food only.

  • Russell Elementary, weekdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Parkrose Middle School, weekdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey, weekdays 11 am-12 pm
  • Luuwit View Park, NE 127th and Fremont, weekdays 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Food pantry is open Thursdays, 3:30-6 pm, at Parkrose Middle School with  a simple pick up of prepared boxes at the cafeteria rolling doors turn-around area, no need to leave your car.

Portland [updated 7/30/20]

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday, through August 21. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be provided on Thursdays. Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
  • César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
  • Faubion School - 2930 NE Dekum
  • George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
  • Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
  • Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
  • Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave 
  • Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
  • Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
  • Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St
  • Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
  • Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
  • Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St

Portland Parks and Recreation

PPS is partnering to provide meals at 13 parks, starting June 22.

  • Kenton Park,12-2 pm
  • Peninsula Park, 12-2 pm
  • St. Johns Park, 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Columbia Park, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Alberta Park, 12-2 pm
  • Cully Park, 12-2 pm
  • Irving Park, 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Khunamokwst Park, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Montavilla Park, 12-2 pm
  • Essex Park, 12-1 pm
  • Harrison Park, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Lents Park, 12-2 pm
  • Mt. Scott Park, 12-2 pm

Reynolds [updated 7/9/20]

You can drive up or walk up to receive meals for students and their families, ages 18 and under. They will have social distancing measures in place to protect you, your children, and staff during meal distributions.  

 Monday-Thursday , 11:30am-1:00pm for June - August

  • Alder Elementary School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Glenfair Elementary School
  • HB Lee Middle School
  • Reynolds High School
  • Reynolds Middle School
  • Rockwood Preparatory Academy 
  • Wilkes Elementary School

Food pantries are also open

  • Glenfair Elementary School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Reynolds High School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Alder Elementary School: Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Reynolds Middle School: Fridays, 3:30-5:30 pm

Agencies

Information may change so please check their websites.

C3 Pantry: Tuesdays and Saturday, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm

Free Lunch + Play from Portland Parks and Recreation:  free meals and grab ‘n’ go activities for kids at a number of parks. A few also have free food markets once  a week.

Mainspring Food Pantry: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am to 12 pm. Families may access the pantry once a month.

Meals 4 Kids: serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete a request form.

Northeast Emergency Food Program: June 25-September 26, they will be open Thursday and Saturday, 1-3 pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.

Partners for a Hunger-free Oregon

Portland Adventist Community Services: offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am.

Summer Meals site provides statewide information.

Sunshine Division:  free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. They are located at 12436 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233. For hours and more information, please visit sunshinedivision.org or call  503.609.0285

William Temple House: offering food boxes, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-1 pm

Human Solutions and Central City Concern are picking up meals and delivering them to families in their apartment complexes.


For more information about access to food for families including the Oregon Food Bank, please call 211, or  text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 for Meals locations. or visit oregonfoodfinder.org.

Self Enhancement Inc also has a list of community food resources that includes sites in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washingon and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Vancouver, WA area schools.

Portland Parks & Recreation will be providing Free Lunch + Play programs this summer. 

Restaurants

There are many great local businesses stepping up to make sure students are fed. Please check their websites or call to confirm. Meals are available while supplies last and restaurants may also have limited hours or may close. 

831 SE Salmon St.
Registration required. Food pickup is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12-1 pm
 
Lionheart Coffee (Beaverton)
FREE brown bag lunches available for anyone who needs them at both locations. 
4590 SW Watson Ave.
11421 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
 
Matta (Vietnamese Soul Food Truck)
Free meals for kids and service industry workers. 
1533 NE Alberta St
971-258-2849
 
P’s and Q’s Market
Free meals to anyone in need. Call and ask for a “feed it forward” meal, then pickup meal within 15-30 min (server will tell you how long).
1301 NE Dekum St.
(503) 894-8979
 
Pita Pit in Oregon City

PDX Sliders
Free kids meals, just mention "school is out."
1605 SE Bybee Blvd
(971) 717-5271
3111 SE Division St
(503) 719-5464

1430 SE Water Street
Free lunches for children and families in need. Please call 503-234-7085

Toro Bravo Feed it Forward: sliding scale menus, free kids meals, free food bags at various restaurant locations.

You might be keeping safe at home but enjoy these live online performances from some amazing library children’s performers.

Resources for older adults

Are you looking for resources and activities for older adults? Check out these great ideas from Library Outreach Services:

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Resources for caregivers of older adults

Are you a caregiver for an older adult? Find support and resources from these organizations:

  • Timeslips.org has free stories, images and audio to spark meaningful engagement with family members who have dementia. 
  • Aging and Disability Resource Connection is providing multilingual local support for caregivers and older adults. You can call or email ADRC at 503.988.3646 or adrc@multco.us  for 24-hour information and assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers.
  • The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 help line (800.272.3900) is providing specialists and master’s-level clinicians to give confidential support and information to people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, families and the public.

This is a challenging time, whether it is being physically distanced from our friends and peers, lack of routine, not getting to do our regular activities, or being home with others that don’t understand us. This can be a challenge to our mental health and well being. We have gathered some resources aimed at teens for coping and that help foster mental health.

If you need to talk to someone, the Oregon Youth Line is in service, and is staffed by teens. You can call (877-968-8491), text “teen2teen” to 839863, or use their chat option. This is a great service if you just need to talk to someone outside your home, and/or if you are in crisis.

Available through the library, Teen Health and Wellness is inviting teens to share their stories to help connect with other teens about similar fears and concerns. Also on the site are resources for mind, mood and emotions and more.

Be sure to be taking breaks for self-care. Here are some suggestions:

If you have 2 minutes:

  • Take a few deep breaths or stretch
  • Doodle, daydream, or look at a photo of a loved one
  • Let someone know that you may need some time to talk later
  • Enjoy a peppermint stick of gum
  • Think of three things that you are grateful for
  • Acknowledge an accomplishment
  • Massage your forehead or hands

If  you have 5 minutes:

  • Listen to music and sing out loud
  • Jot down your dreams or goals
  • Run in place, do some jumping jacks, or walk up and down the stairs
  • Have a cleansing cry
  • Note a strength or quality you value in someone else and tell them
  • Send an email or text that had been nagging you
  • Play with your pet
  • Clean a portion of your bedroom
  • Enjoy a snack and/or cozy beverage

If you have 10 minutes:

  • Write in your journal
  • Call a friend you haven’t had a chance to talk to or see in a while
  • Take some quiet time to reflect on what you need from others in your life and how you can ask for help
  • Surf the web for inspiring quotes
  • Take a brisk walk or dance to music you enjoy
  • Find some things to add to your room or desk that will make you smile - photos, inspiring or funny quotes, or a souvenir from a meaningful event
  • Find a quiet place to meditate

If you have 30 minutes:

  • Find a writing prompt online, or pick a book at random, write the first line, and write your own story from there
  • Play a game with someone online or in your house
  • Cook, bake, or craft
  • Exercise or do yoga
  • Take a hot bath
  • Finish a project you started, but never got back to

How can you hold a family book discussion that will work for grandparents, parents and kids alike? Take a look at this list of suggested titles in ebook or downloadable audio. Some, like Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's An Indigenous People's History of the United States come in both adult, and young reader editions. Others, like Kafka's Metamorphosis and Angie Sage's Maximillian Fly share similar themes, so you can talk about the book you've read and pose general questions for everyone to discuss. Are you going to give it a try? Send us a note to tell us how it worked, or make suggestions for titles that have worked for your family.

Unprecedented. Troubled. Or just plain scary. That's how these times are being described. It’s important to keep up with the news, but sometimes you need a break. You need fiction so absorbing that the world will drop away completely. The e-books on this list I made for you are not all entirely happy and feel-good, but what they have in common is they will make the world go away so that you can forget for a while and live in these characters’ reality. Many of these novels will make you laugh, and they all have well-developed characters. There are older titles on this list that might be available immediately, but there are also some new ones you'll have to place a hold on, because who knows how long this might last? Be well, dear readers. Know that the people who work at your local library miss you as much as you miss your library. What with sanitizing things, homeschooling your children, and trying to find stores that stock toilet paper and hand sanitizer, I know you’re busy. Carry on, but find time to read. Your soul needs a lot of things, but one of those things might be a good book.

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Looking to learn new skills while at home? Or wanting to watch a music or dance performance? Local chefs, fitness teachers, musicians and performers are offering online classes and performances. Check out some of these cool offerings:

Gabriel Rucker from restaurants Le Pigeon and Carnard is offering live cooking classes via Instagram. He posts the recipes on his Instagram stories ahead of time. 

While it isn’t live, the New York Times has some 6, 7, and 9 minute full body workouts to get you moving without needing any equipment at home. 

Artslandia, Portland’s performing arts magazine, is hosting a live happy hour, Standing By, with music on Facebook at 5pm each night. 

Not live, but you can watch Lewis and Clark College’s orchestra play music on their Vimeo channel and various music from the University of Oregon on their YouTube as well. 

Live Music Project Seattle is offering a calendar of live music events you can join via your computer. 

New York Times bestselling Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton of Salt Acid Fat Heat is offering drawing classes via her Instagram stories Monday through Friday at 10am. 

Join one of our amazing performers, Micah and Me, for a live ukelele party on Facebook Live Saturdays at 11am and Mondays at 4:30pm. 

Fun for all-ages, join the Oregon Zoo as they Facebook Live with some of their animals everyday at 9:30am. 

OMSI is hosting a virtual science pub about the dynamic Geological History of the Columbia Gorge: Tale of Two Floods with Scott Burns, PhD, Professor of Geology at Portland State University on March 31st from 6:30 to 8:30pm on Facebook Live. 

Is there anything better for hard times than singing? Choir Choir Choir is holding online singalongs on Facebook.

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Update: COVID-19 Tax Relief Options

As of March 18, 2020, the Federal Government is allowing all individual and other non-corporate filers to defer up to $1 million in federal income tax payments until July 15, 2020. As of March 25, 2020, under Governor Brown's direction, the state of Oregon will be following the federal government's extension for state taxes, as well. You can check for more information on the "COVID-19 Tax Relief Options" page of the state government website.

Since library locations are currently closed, we recommend you print state and federal tax forms and instruction booklets online as they become available. We can still help refer you to tax professionals. Some tax preparers are able to work with you online or in another way that doesn't require an in-person visit.

Federal Hard Copy Forms

While libraries are closed, you can download and print federal tax items from the IRS Forms & Publications page. You can also direct questions to the IRS offices in Oregon. Of special note, neither the 1099 and 1096 forms nor any of the W series (W-2, W-4, etc.) are available for download. You can contact the IRS directly to have those mailed to you.

State Hard Copy Forms

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

Other States

You can go to the Federation of Tax Administrators State Tax Forms & Filing Options, which provides links to tax forms for each state.

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Online Filing

Once the tax season officially opens, both the IRS and Oregon Department of Revenue will have listings for online filing services. Remember, with the COVID-19 Tax Relief, most state and federal taxes can be submitted by July 15th without penalty. Take a look at the state of Oregon's page on COVID-19 tax relief for up-to-date details.

You can find tax preparation assistance through the AARP's Tax-Aide Locator, CASH Oregon and the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Some of these programs may be offering virtual help or have rescheduled their appointment availability while others may not have specific information at this time. 

 

Bored? Tired of being home? Try a scavenger hunt to explore the library website and catalog. Discover some new resouces and learn a bit about the library. How many languages does TumbleBooks offer books in? What app can you use to learn a language? When did your neighborhood library open? Try all or some of the questions. Click here for the questions and, when you're ready, here are answers and how to find them.

"Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know." - Alberto Manguel

Talking with people about books is a shortcut to knowing them -- what they think, value and love. Many people are going online with their bookgroups to keep that sense of community alive. If you're participating in a virtual bookclub, the library can help. 

Here's a list of ebooks that have proven popular with book clubs and are available now, as of 3/24/20.

You can find an "Always Available" e-book collection from OverDrive, made up of some 3000 classic titles.

Here are the most popular available e-books - this link updates automatically to available titles. 

And if food is a thing for your bookgroup, check out this list of cookbooks in ebook format -- maybe you can show off your cooking skills via skype. Now if we only had smell-o-vision! 

To your health, everyone! 

 

You can access Multnomah County Library’s electronic resources from home with a new library card today!

Library cards are free to residents of Multnomah County and many nearby areas.

To register for a new Multnomah County Library card online, go to Sign up for a library card on our website and fill out the form with your current information. Read the responsibilities, then click send. 

You will receive an email shortly after with your temporary library card number. This number can be used to instantly access e-books, streaming media, and more.

The library is currently closed due to the COVID-19 virus. When the library reopens, please come into the library to finish your registration and get your permanent library card. Your temporary library card will expire in 6 months.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact us by email or chat. 

Schools are closed, the library’s closed, and playdates are cancelled. How will you keep your children active, engaged and learning? How can you find a way among all the websites and social media ideas? Fortunately, Multnomah County Library has you covered with books, databases, and streaming audio and video available beyond our walls. Youth services staff also found and selected other resources  to help parents and students.

Learning resources

Connect to our learning resources list for links to access e-books, tutoring help, language learning, digital magazines, and educational videos available through Multnomah County Library. 

Activity ideas

Need activity ideas? Overdrive Kids has e-books for kitchen science, learning to knit, folding paper airplanes, Lego creations, and a few joke books to help you from hearing the same joke again and again.

Unlimited movies and shows

Visit Kanopy and click on Kanopy Kids on the right of the top bar for a curated collection of movies and shows for preschoolers to middle schoolers. Kanopy Kids provides unlimited plays so your kids are free to explore educational and entertaining content.

Comics and  graphic novels

For your comics and graphic novel reader, Hoopla has a kids mode with Garfield, Nate the Great, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, and graphic novel adaptions of titles such as Anne of Green Gables and The Graveyard Book. Hoopla also has music and movies for the whole family.

Home learning

For links to homeschooling information, virtual field trips, reading, art and science, check out our Home Learning & Engagement website suggestions. If you’re curious what Multnomah County educators are sharing, we put together a list with school district links

 

The library buildings may be closed, but your library is much more than a building and we are here to help.

The library may be closed and people are staying home, but it doesn't mean parents are alone in trying to keep their children feeling safe and keeping anxiety at bay. There are several resources to help parents navigate talking with their children about the coronavirus, school closures, and no playdates. The Child Mind Institute, a national nonprofit whose focus includes children and families struggling with mental health, has suggestions to help.

  • Don’t avoid talking about the coronavirus since most children will already have heard something about it.
  • Share developmentally appropriate information and take your cue from your child. What does your child know, what questions do they have, how are they feeling.
  • If you're anxious, it's not the right time to talk with your child. What can you do to alleviate your own worries?
  • Be reassuring.
  • Routine is important. 
  • Keep talking.

Visit Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus for more in depth suggestions as well as their Supporting Families during COVID-19 page with other tips such as how to make home feel safe and how to avoid passing anxiety on to your kids. Information is also available in Spanish.

Here are other resources to help you talk with your child.

Coronavirus: A book for children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts, illustrated by Axel Scheffler and with Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling, serving as consultant. The book is aimed at elementary school children.

Talking to Children about the Coronavirus: A Parent Resource. From the National Association of School Psychologists; available in multiple languages

Coronavirus video from BrainPOP. An entertaining, basic explanation of COVID-19 and needed precautions for elementary age children and young teens.

Comic from NPR. Basic information for youth in a graphic format that can be read in the Blog or downloaded and folded into a zine.

COVID-19 Time Capsule. Created by artist Natalie Long to help families with children during this time. Children can record how they're spending this time as well as how they are feeling. 

Oregon YouthLine. Teens helping teens. Resources on their website as well as open daily from 4p-10p via text, chat, or call. 

Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do. Kids Health has information on COVID-19 for children in English and Spanish and available in audio.  Other sections of their website have information for parents.

Coronavirus Social Story. Little Puddins Blog has a nice, English language "Coronavirus Social Story."

Multnomah County Library has digital resources for you and your child. Below are stories about worrying and resources about practicing mindfulness that may help during this time. For more, check out our E-books and more page.

While the doors are closed to our physical buildings, the library is still here for you. We are communicating with publishers and digital platforms to increase your access to online resources and content however we can. 

On March 17, Macmillan Publishers announced it is ending its library e-book embargo. Multnomah County Library (MCL) joins the American Library Association and other libraries in welcoming this decision. Equitable service to our community is critical, especially during these times.

Effective immediately, MCL will resume purchasing Macmillan e-book titles. The library is also purchasing additional copies of other titles to help reduce your wait time for e-books and audiobooks. 

Thank you to everyone who expressed their support of MCL’s previous decision to boycott Macmillan. It is because of your support, and collective action from libraries around the country, that we can continue to provide #ebooksforall. 

Login with your library card and get free access to thousands of digital titles. If you don’t have a library card, you can sign up for OverDrive access with your mobile phone number. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

All Multnomah County libraries are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Do not return library materials. Book returns are closed.
  • You will not be charged for late returns. 
  • Your holds will stay on the shelf.
  • No new holds can be placed on physical items while the library is closed.
  • We encourage patrons to use digital library resources during the closure.
  • We are adding more services as we are able. We are not able to mail books right now.

The library is acting under direction and guidance from the Multnomah County Health Department, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the real threat to the health and safety of our families, friends and neighbors requires swift and dramatic action. Sadly, the action we must take to help stop the spread means that people will lose access to library spaces until public health officials advise that it’s safe for the public and library staff to resume our work." — Vailey Oehlke, director of libraries

Multnomah County Library will continue to monitor the guidance of public health authorities and provide support to those efforts in every way possible. The library will post any updates to this site.

Please check Multnomah County's COVID-19 page for updated information and resources.

by Sarah Binns, MCL volunteer

By the time Title Wave volunteer Diane Hogan and I finish our meeting we’ve talked about everything: From politics to cats, from the #metoo movement to how societal gender roles have changed over the past fifty years. I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of the very interesting life of another one of Multnomah County Library’s fantastic volunteers.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Diane and her family moved to Corvallis when she was a pre-teen. She later attended Oregon State University, graduating “with a degree that no longer exists: secretarial studies.” She also got a bachelor’s degree in graphic design at PSU, but long before computer programs were the design method. “I’m not sure I could do it now,” she laughs.

Diane worked for a time as a civil service secretary with organizations like civil defense and the Worker’s Compensation Board. After marrying, she and her husband moved to Portland’s Alberta Street area in the early 1980s. Adventure arrived when her husband got a six month contract to teach in the Czech Republic. Diane laughed remembering their communal living arrangements there, especially being woken late at night by drunken people wandering the halls. She ended up teaching English to students, too: “Their teenagers are a lot more mature than ours!” she recalls.   

Diane started working at Title Wave in 1998, first organizing books in the back room and then becoming a cashier. She says she most appreciates “the great atmosphere and good coworkers. And you know,” she adds, “most volunteers, when they leave for the day, they take a book home.” Besides her time at Title Wave, Diane also volunteers at the cattery at the Oregon Humane Society three days a week and enjoys going out to eat with friends in her Alberta neighborhood. As we parted ways we exchanged cat photos (naturally) and I realized the next time I need a book I might bypass my library—and head to Title Wave to talk to Diane instead!


A few facts about Diane

Home library: Thanks to the wealth of books at Title Wave, “I haven’t been to the library in years!”

Currently reading: Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane. “It’s all about caves!”  

Most influential book: A twenty-volume encyclopedia set called The Book of Knowledge that originally belonged to her grandfather. “It had everything from French lessons to handwriting lessons…”

Favorite book from childhood: Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat by Morrell Gipson. “A few years ago I bought a brand new edition.” 

Favorite place to read: On the couch or on her exercise bike. 

E-reader or paper: “I don’t read e-books!”

 

When you respond to the 2020 census, our community benefits. 

Respond to the 2020 census here.

Look for mail from the United States Census Bureau delivered to your street address in early to mid-March. This is your invitation to answer the 2020 census. You can respond using a computer, tablet, smartphone, telephone, or via the paper form.

Will you need help answering the census? 

The Census Bureau has prepared Information about the census and how to respond in 60 languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali

This 10-minute video (available in English and Spanish) describes the census and will walk you through the process of responding to the census online.

English: Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online

Why answer the census?

An accurate count of Oregon’s residents will ensure:

  • We will have representation in Congress that reflects our population. 
  • Oregon will receive its fair share of federal funds. These funds support programs that affect nearly all of us (education, health care, housing, infrastructure, small business).

Is it safe to answer?

It is illegal for any government organization to use the answers you provide on the census against you. Census employees take a lifetime oath to protect any personal information you share with them. Your responses are only used to provide statistics. There is more information on privacy and security at the census 2020 website.

If you want to learn more about the census, take a look at the resource list below.

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