- "Handy Man" on JT by James Taylor.
- "By Your Side" on Lovers Rock by Sade.
- "Blue Light" on Silent Alarm and streaming by Bloc Party.
- Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne
Kids aren't born knowing how to use a keyboard. But in today’s keyboard-centric world, kids need to learn to type. Luckily, there are some good free online typing programs aimed at students.
BBC iWonder: Dance Mat Typing.
There is also Sense-lang.org (though not a kid-oriented, it is still kid friendly).
The article Ed Tech Ideas: Keyboarding Sites for Kids lists many links to other free typing games.
Need more help? Contact a librarian.
3 eggs =18 gummi bears =1 glass of milk= 200 calories.This is 200 Calories is a fun video that compares what 200 calories of different foods looks like. It also talks about what a calorie is, and why calories aren’t the only thing to consider in planning a healthy diet.
What Does 200 Calories Look Like? is a poster that compares visually 200 calories of more foods.
Wondering how many calories are in your favorite drink? This look at calories in drinks compares calories in soft drinks, juices and coffee drinks. Don't forget, serving size matters!
The Fast Food Nutrition Calculator lets you calculate the nutrition of meals at fast food restaurants. Select the items you want to eat then see how many total calories, grams of fat, and could it be? - vitamins - are hiding inside your favorite meal.
Need more help? Contact a librarian to be sure you get what you need.
Whenever I have to write something, whether it’s a research paper or an article, the first thing I do is keep track of my sources. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a really good fact, but not being able to remember where you found it!
There’s two good online resources, called citation makers, that I use to help me. The great thing is, you can use them to keep track of your resources while you do your research, but they also help you format the citations, and generate your list of sources, or bibliography.
Many students in Oregon use the OSLIS citation maker to generate citations. It allows you to chose between MLA and APA style guides. Be sure to read through all the instructions before you get started. You can’t save a list of citations here, so you’ll have to create your list all in one shot.
Easybib is a free service that offers you a lot more, and is good for high school and college students. You can save multiple bibliographies here, use their note taking system, generate a bibliography in Word, and generate citations for up to 59 formats of material, in MLA, APA or Chicago/Terabian style manuals. Watch the training video to learn more, and please contact a librarian if you need more help.
Searching for information on Native American tribes and Native nations? These big web sites may be able to help you.
You can search tribes alphabetically to learn about them, and learn about native languages as well as native culture. Try putting the name of the tribe you are looking for in the search box to see what other information they list, or scroll down to find the names of tribes listed alphabetically.
If you would rather search by location using a map, you can find state-by-state information, covering historic and contemporary information, languages, culture and history.
If you still need more help, contact a librarian to be sure you get what you need.
Hollywood movies and TV shows are full of stereotypes. To find the truth, you need to do good research.
When I start my search, I make a list of all the names I know that might be good to search. Many tribes have both their own name and an anglicized name (for example, Diné and Navajo) and it’s good to search under both. For more general searches, search multiple terms such as: Indian, Native American, First People or First Peoples,or try searching ”culture” and “indigenous” with the geographical area, for example American indigenous culture.
When doing online research on Native Americans I check not only what the website says, but who is providing the information. Techniques for Evaluating Native American Websites provides good tips on what to look for. Does the website present a view that the people it describes support? Is the information current? Does the information come from Native Americans themselves? Many new age sites and commercial websites that are trying to sell you something take Indian culture and rewrite it for their own needs. If the website is created by an institution like a museum, or government agency, remember that it might represent that institution’s perspective, but not necessarily the perspective of Native peoples.
When looking at historical issues of newspapers, like The Historical Oregonian I have to consider that many of those stories will include racism and one-sided views that were common at the time.”Historic Newspaper Accounts of Oregonian Native Americans” provides some good insight into the slant of these articles over time, both good and bad.
Need more help? Contact a librarian to be sure you get what you need.
This video explores the integral role horses played in Nez Perce history and how they relate to the tribe’s culture today.
When researching Native Americans of Oregon, the Oregon Blue Book provides a good introduction to Oregon tribes, and has information on current tribal leaders and the economy of the tribe, plus an overview of the tribe’s history and culture.
Native Languages of Americas provides information about the original inhabitants of Oregon and includes a map of where they were located.
The Northwest Portland Area Health Board provides history and geographical information for the nine tribes that make up its membership. Click on the "Members" tab on the upper tool bar.
The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians provides information about Oregon tribes and a list of links to their websites, plus information about natural resources, economic development and tribal government for the Cow Creek Band.
Access Genealogy contains an overview of the history Oregon tribes, and links to many tribes' individual websites.
You can also search the library’s catalog, or do an online search for a tribe’s name. Many tribes have their own websites, which contain current information about tribal affairs, and might also include historical material.
If you still need more help, contact a librarian to be sure you get what you need.
Amanda Morgan is an architect who'd love to design a library someday, and Karen Munro is a librarian who'd love to live in a house made of books. Together, they host Silent Reading Party, a monthly gathering of Portlander
1. I Await the Devil’s Coming by Mary MacLane
The Neversink series from independent publishers Melville House has brought new life to scores of wonderful books. MacLane’s amazingly-titled feminist memoir was written in 1902 when she was just a teenager living in Butte, Montana. The book was a huge bestseller in its time and has been described as riveting, shocking, sensational and deeply heartfelt. If MacLane’s not your cup of tea, check out the full Neversink Library for tons of other great two-hour reads.
2. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Rankine’s book — part personal essay, part poetry, part catalog of visual art — took the literary world by storm when it was published last year. In the context of police violence toward black Americans and growing tension around race relations, Rankine writes about her own experiences as a black woman and the ways in which blackness and black people are represented in the media. A short book to dwell on for a long time.
3. Commencement and other speeches:
Fantastic Mistakes: The Make Good Art Speech by Neil Gaiman
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders
Because commencement speeches must command departing grads’ waning attention spans, they’re usually brief, provocative, and inspirational. Fortunately for us, the best of these speeches — by some of our finest literary lights — have been published in slim volumes that can be easily read in a single sitting; yet they invite multiple readings with their insights on compassion, success, identity and creativity.
4. The 33 ⅓ Series from 333Sound/Bloomsbury
Music nerds love this gorgeously packaged, wonderfully idiosyncratic series of slim but passionate paeans to a far-reaching range of essential albums. Each volume explores, in-depth, a single album, weaving broad cultural contexts with the authors’ personal milieus and obsessions. Some writers you’ll recognize, like Jonathan Lethem, who penned the excellent tribute to Talking Heads’ Fear of Music. Others, like Kembrew McLeod, who brings an academic rigor to his appreciation of Blondie’s Parallel Lines, may be new to general readers, though well-established in the world of cultural criticism. There are currently 115 titles in the series, meaning if you find yourself hooked and decide to read one each month, you’ll be bringing them with you to Silent Reading Parties well into 2018.
5. Glaciers by Alexis Smith
We couldn’t pass up the chance to recommend Portland author Smith’s lyrical novella about a day in the life of a Multnomah County librarian. This lean volume gently seduces the reader into a dreamy reverie about love, loss and longing. The Portland of Glaciers, published in 2012, may well be receding into memory along with the ice formations of the title, so it’s especially poignant to have it preserved in such a lovely work.
6. Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
If you’re looking for something light and comic, try this epistolary novel about a professor of the humanities struggling against what he sees as the encroaching forces of corporatization and commercialization in his university. For such a short book, it’s surprisingly moving — and also so funny that it won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2015.
7. The Face series by Ruth Ozeki, Tash Aw and Chris Abani (Not owned by MCL)
Another great venture from a small independent press — Restless Books recently launched an innovative series of short books titled The Face. Each book is one extended essay by an author considering his or her own face, and then following that topic wherever it leads. Tash Aw, Ruth Ozeki and Chris Abani each offer thought-provoking titles that touch on globalization, identity, assimilation, and more.
8. March by John Lewis
Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement (not in MCL catalog)
Undesigning the Bath (not in MCL catalog)
Leonard Koren is an artist, architect and writer. His books are short, playful, sensual meditations on aesthetics, and his quiet insights are often broadly applicable to other creative pursuits — and even to the pursuit of simply living a beautiful life. If you’ve ever appreciated a perfectly arranged bouquet of wildflowers, or a thoughtfully curated group of objects on a table, or if you’ve had an “earthy, sensual, and paganly reverential” bathing experience, you’d likely find a kindred spirit in Koren.
10. Rabbit by Victoria Dickenson, Bee by Claire Preston, Leech by Robert G.W. Kirk, Elephant by Dan Wylie, etc.
If you like to slip out of the human world in your reading hours, consider this elegant series from small publishing house Reaktion Books. Each title is by a different author and profiles a different animal — wolf, octopus, spider, shark — in a single engaging essay. Pick your favorite beast and spend a couple of hours learning more about its habits and its world.
--by the Hollywood Teen Book Council
We are highly anticipating the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that will be published July 31, and looking forward to the movie release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in November. To celebrate, we created a list of our most recent favorite books, and put them to the Sorting Hat test. Looking at the values of each of the four houses of Hogwarts, this is where we see these main characters most likely getting placed.
Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play.
Head Cheerleader, Hermione, does a lot to keep the team together and enjoys the athleticism of cheerleading. She has a dedication to the craft.
Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer
Liberty cares about the mining that is destroying and polluting the town. She begins her own investigation seeking fairness and justice.
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Keekla Magoon
Growing up, Malcolm Little is constantly frustrated by the lack of fair play. Trying to leave a past behind him, he knows he can’t run forever and his new found freedom is an illusion.
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on, and finds herself to be in a long line of shadowshapers that are currently at war with evil anthropologists and unlikely zombies.
Calvin by Martine Leavitt
Calvin believes that if he can convince Bill Watterson to create one more Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, it will make him better. His dedication to this leads Calvin to go on the journey of the lifetime.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Finn keeps searching for Roza after everyone gives up. He also stands up to the terrible brothers.
Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
After his mother’s death, Matt values hard work and his job at the funeral home.
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
Larger than life Tiny Cooper, has written a play about his life. Through his quest for meaningful relationship, Tiny proves to be the most loyal of friends.
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so she prepares to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Violet is dealing with the loss of her sister, to whom she is extremely loyal. She is dedicated, and follows through on the quest to visit Indiana places.
Ravenclaw values intelligence, knowledge, and wit.
Faith is all about knowledge and solving the mystery of her father’s death through science.
Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
Monty and the other members of the mystery club are trying to figure out how things work.
The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Hannalee values intelligence and wants to be a lawyer. First she needs to search for the truth about her father's death while avoiding trouble from the Ku Klux Klan
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Joan values education and studies on her own after the day’s work cooking and cleaning is done.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Mikey thinks a lot, and is very intelligent. He just wants to graduate and go to prom before someone blows up the high school. Again.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Woodson uses her intelligence to make sense of the Jim Crow South and the Civil Rights Movement.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre is witty and smart, and she doesn’t want to give that away. She is a very good problem solver.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Noah, one half of an intense twin rivalry, wants to see how it all works while his sister Jude manipulates their fates.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Austin uses his knowledge of his own family to write the history of the world - a world that has been overtaken by unstoppable soldiers that come in the form a giant praying mantises.
Jackaby by William Ritter
Abigail has very good attention to detail and is accepting of how things come her way - skills necessary when serving as R.F. Jackaby’s assistant, an investigator who studies the unexplained.
Slytherin house values ambition, cunning and resourcefulness
Mercy wants into the St. Clare’s School for Girls and she uses her cunning to gain admission.
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Lisa is ambitious, resourceful and cunning. She’s also very savvy.
Burn, Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Nora is determined to get out and get on with the next part of her life. She wants to be more than what she is currently seeing that there is.
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Both Wink and Poppy use secrets to have power over Midnight and their other friends.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Charlotte Holmes is quite proud of her heritage and is resourceful enough to solve mysteries.
This Side of Home by Renée Watson
Nikki holds onto her ambition that she and her twin sister Maya have had since they were little - to leave Portland and attend a prestigious college. Gentrification in the traditionally African American neighborhood raises challenges.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
After the planet Kerenza is attacked, Kady’s mother is on another ship and Kady is determined to get to her.
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Ida Mae has ambition and knows where she is going. She wants to be a pilot and in order to do that she must use her cunning and pass as white.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
After she was out as gay and sent to a restrictive church camp, Cameron survives the re-education without being brainwashed.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude is very ambitious and does what it takes to get in a prestigious art school, even if it means selling out her twin brother Noah.
Gryffindor values bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry.
Katie uses her nerve to navigate around her mother’s rules so she can discover the details of her grandmother’s story.
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
While Riley demonstrates bravery by keeping a blog about what it is like to be gender fluid, they also inspire bravery in others.
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
Naomi navigates through 1937 East Texas dodging racist policies and discrimination.
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Quinn values bravery, even if he isn’t feeling up to it at the moment.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Amanda shows her bravery and nerve as she navigates her school as a transgender girl.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacy Lee
It takes guts to cross the country while dressed as boys, as Samantha and Annamae demonstrate again and again.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore is brave in trying to fix his problems himself.
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Henry was very polite to Flora, but he also was steady and persistent in his pursuit of her.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Queenie is loyal to her friendships and displays bravery while standing up to her German captors that are accusing her of being a spy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon
Buffy kills vampires for her job! Is there anything braver? She also cares deeply about her family.
Today, the library started using a new logo. The library used the same logo since becoming part of Multnomah County in 1990. Prior to that, the Library Association of Portland governed library services in Multnomah County, using the same logo since about 1912. In 2014, after Multnomah County residents voted to create a permanent library district to fund library services and hours, the library turned 150 years old. A special logo was created for the occasion.
It is a time of rapid change and evolution for libraries. Our commitment to free and equal access and advocacy for reading will never change, but today’s libraries are so much more. They are places of learning, creation, technology access, civic participation and more. As the library evolves to meet the changing needs of our community, our visual identity is taking a new form as well. Today, the library begins using a new logo.
Multnomah County Library’s updated logo was funded entirely by private dollars from Friends of the Library. The library will continue to use existing materials, like letterhead and so on, until they run out. Modest implementation costs, for things like signage, are covered by existing budgets within the library.
The library’s new logo will help create consistent visual standards for all library services. This simple geometric pattern — an “L,” a book, a portal, a window, a laptop, an arrow — the logo is whatever you want it to be. Anything is possible. Just as it is at your library.
We are proud of the library’s 152-year history of service to this community. As the library re-imagines how it can best meet the community’s changing needs, we will always honor the library’s rich heritage.
Thank you for your ongoing support and passion for your public library.
A message from Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke
The public library is a partner to youth, parents, families and caregivers from birth through high school. Exposing children early to a world rich with words, songs and play helps them become readers and succeed in school and in life. We proudly serve youth of all ages with high-quality books, fun and captivating programs, research resources, homework help, and caring staff who offer personal assistance.
For many, late fines are a real barrier that stops children and families from using and benefiting from the resources the public library offers. With the support of the Multnomah County Library District Board, our library is changing this practice. All existing late fines on youth accounts and materials will be removed as of June 15, 2016.
Patrons of all ages will still be responsible for returning library material for others to use within seven weeks of the due date, or be charged the replacement value of that item.
I wish you all a summer filled with fun and reading. Won’t you please come visit us at the library?
Director of Libraries
It is the 41st millenium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind by the will of the gods, and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies ... Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the dark, grim future there is only war.
Ford: What is Warhammer 40,0000?
Rod: Well, it’s a universe 40,000 (40K) years in the future where humanity has spread throughout the galaxy. The peak of human technological development
Ford: How did you discover this future reality?
Ross: I first discovered Warhammer 40K as a kid through the board game Space Hulk. The game was okay, but mostly I was just fascinated by the enormous scale and dystopia of the setting and the cool looking Space Marines in their power armor. When I got older and discovered all the books set in this world, I was a little intimidated and unsure where to start reading.
Rod: Yes, “intimidated” would describe my own thoughts when faced with the overwhelming number of Warhammer 40K books. After talking with Ross and doing a little research, he and I decided to dive in and create our own list of places to start reading in Warhammer 40K.
Ford: As any traveller of the galaxy knows, a towel is the one necessity that cannot be done without. Its uses are mind-boggling in variety. As you can see, I have this lovely towel from Marks & Spencer, but you two seem to have A LOT of towels in dark, rather drab colors. Why?
Ross: Like the intro to each Warhammer book says, “there is only war” in the year 40,000. If there’s one thing that Warhammer 40K books have in common, it’s carnage. Lots of battles, lots of cool weapons (power armor! chainswords! storm bolters!), and lots of blood. Hence, dark towels.
Rod: When starting your journey into the Warhammer 40K universe, you really need to know what you are getting into. Be prepared for gaping combat wounds, ritual sacrifices, demonic transformations--all manner of violence. Not only will you need a towel for your own injuries, but chances are you’ll be staunching wounds for everyone around you, too,
Ford: Personally, I’d much rather visit Ursa Minor Beta (you remember the ad campaign, “when you are tired of Ursa Minor Beta, you are tired of life”). This Warhammer universe sounds utterly dreadful. What could you possibly find appealing about such a dark, violent place?
Ross: Hmm... there’s something cathartic and freeing about visiting a world (through books, that is) which is so bleak and brutal. And there’s more to these novels than just unceasing violence: I get a strong sense of absurd, very black humor when I read them. They are violent, funny, and so completely over-the-top that you never know what will happen next.
Rod: I didn’t sense much humor in the books I read, but you definitely can’t take them too seriously. These are novels built around action. While individual books don’t always bother much with such niceties as plot and character, the overall universe is remarkably deep. One of the nice things about such a large catalog of books is that there are many different series within the larger universe and many different authors, so if you aren’t a big fan of one, then another might be just the thing for you.
Ford: Well, thank you gentlemen for your insights into the Warhammer 40K universe. I think I already have my entry written. What do you think of “Mostly harmful”?
Long before white settlers arrived on the Oregon Trail, the Portland area was home to the Multnomah people, a band of the Chinook Tribe. One of their leaders was Chief Kiesno (sometimes spelled Cassino). Tragically, many of the native inhabitants of our area died from diseases brought by the Europeans.
John McLoughlin is often called the Father of Oregon. He moved to the area in 1824 and established Fort Vancouver just north of Portland. Later, his general store in Oregon City became the last stop on the Oregon Trail.
Abigail Scott Duniway is famous for fighting for women’s rights, especially the right to vote. After many tries, she finally succeeded in Oregon in 1912. Intriguingly, Abigail’s brother, Harvey Scott, editor of The Oregonian newspaper, was opposed to letting women vote. This blog post will introduce you to other important women in Portland’s history.
McCants Stewart was the first African American lawyer in Portland and started a newspaper, The Advocate. Dr. DeNorval Unthank is well-known for his role in fighting for civil rights for African Americans and was named Doctor of the Year in 1958. A park in North Portland is named for him.
Still have questions? Contact a librarian for help!
In the early years, our city was called The Clearing, but in 1845, landowners Francis Pettygrove and Asa Lovejoy flipped a coin to choose an official name. Pettygove came from Portland, Maine, and Lovejoy was from Boston, Massachusetts. Pettygrove won two out of three tosses, and so our city is Portland. This slide show will show you how Portland grew from 1851-1900.
Because of the many bridges crossing the Willamette River, one of Portland’s nicknames is Bridgetown. Some of the bridges that connect the east side to downtown are more than 100 years old!
You know it rains a lot in Portland, but did you know that our city has often flooded? In the flood of 1894, downtown Portland was flooded and people got around in boats. In 1948, the Vanport flood destroyed a housing area that was home to many African Americans.
Here's a video that shows some of the changes in Portland:
Still have questions? Contact a librarian for help!
The story starts with Mrs. Claire Randall on her second honeymoon in the Highlands of Scotland. It’s 1945 and she's a former combat nurse who has taken up the hobby of botany to fill her free time. She is gathering plants at the stone circle Craigh na Dun when she is transported through time to 1743, and finds herself in the midst the fighting prior to the Jacobite uprising of 1745.
This first novel of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is a passionate romance with depictions of wartime violence, and steamy sex scenes. If you're squeamish about these things this isn't for you. Presented in the context of the times, these details give the story historical resonance. I found comic relief in Claire’s swearing. She doesn’t swear like a sailor but she swears like a healthy woman dealing with brawny men, exciting, brutal times, and frustration. I don’t know about you, but if I was a fish out of water I might swear a lot too. If romance, brawny men in kilts and time travel are among your favorite flavors too, there's more to explore in my list, Scottish highland romances.
by Sarah Binns
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Carla later drove her VW bus all the way to Alaska - and stayed for forty years. When she and her husband moved to Nome in the early '70s, the local library association was little more than a women's social club. “Over a period of a few years we transformed into a working association with an eye toward a true lending library that was funded by the city,” she explains. Through their efforts, library funding was eventually secured, and Nome's Kegoayah Kozga Public Library continues to this day.
Shortly after Carla and her husband moved from Nome to an apartment above the Sellwood Library in 2006, she noticed a sign soliciting volunteers. She started as a paging list volunteer in 2007, pulling items that patrons have put on hold. On her inaugural day, Carla was dismayed to locate only a few of the books on the 100-book list. “It turns out it was the previous day's list!” she laughs. She says the paging list is “the ultimate Easter egg hunt” and intends to go on doing this task.
Carla also volunteers with Words on Wheels, a Library Outreach Services program which delivers books to those unable to go to the library. She's been with some of her patrons for two years now and still enjoys bringing them book suggestions. When it comes to the library and reading, Carla says, “It's like falling into heaven. I never mind waiting in lines because I always have a book with me. As long as I have a book, I'm fine.”
Home library: Sellwood Library
Currently reading: The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
Books that made you laugh or cry: Dave Barry's books make her laugh; “I try to avoid books that make me cry,” she says, "but The Art of Racing in the Rain was one that did."
Most influential book: Probably Lord of the Rings; “I always go back to it, I've read it at least 14 times.”
Guilty pleasure: “All books are guilty pleasures! But probably my science fiction.”
Favorite book from childhood: Little Women, Uncle Tom's Cabin, “and a story about a young girl in the Revolutionary War that I can't remember the title of!”
Favorite section to browse: New books, graphic novels, and staff picks
E-reader or paper books: Paper, though e-books are a nice option when on the go.
Favorite place to read: In bed in the morning with a cup of coffee or a chair in her apartment loft with good light.
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