Media Advisory: Books to Beats brings music, literacy tools to youth in detention

Monday, August 29, 2022

On the first day of school in Portland, join Multnomah County Library leadership, staff, youth, project partner and award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding to learn how beats, poetry and music support literacy at Donald E. Long Detention Center and preview other possible resources and offerings through the library’s space planning and expansion program.

This presentation will center the voices of those involved in work to serve youth from marginalized communities to offer new gateways to literacy. It will also include music and live performance from participating youth. 

Opportunity for 1:1 interviews and comments following the presentation.

Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, Multnomah County Library
Jody Redifer, Black Cultural Library Advocate/Program Specialist, Multnomah County Library
David Shine, Teacher, Multnomah Education Service District
Cherie Hernandez-Archuleta, Community member, former client
Esperanza Spalding, Community member, artist

Tuesday, August 30, 10 am (see event agenda)

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Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001 Access code: 2595 187 4717  

Shawn Cunningham,, 503-781-5410 (cell)