Can't get your baby to sleep? Need a good audio book for a family trip? Wondering just what is going on with your teenager's brain? We can help you!
Multnomah County libraries have:
- space for children and teens with the right library materials for their ages
- a summer reading program, storytimes, book groups, crafts and performances for young people
- computers just for children, with filtered Internet access
- an interactive website where kids can find things to do, chat with a live tutor, discover books to read, and investigate homework resources
- an opportunity for teens to get valuable volunteer experience
- resources for parents, including the latest books, magazines, DVDs, downloadable ebooks and audio
We can help you in person, on the phone, and online. Stop by any Multnomah County library and ask to meet your Youth Librarian. You can also call, email, text or chat. Get all the details at multcolib.org/contact.
How do librarians at MCL work with children?
Our staff is eager to help you locate books and other materials that match your family's interests, tastes and needs. Please ask us! Librarians and library assistants are trained to help you find books that work for your child. We can also guide you to more of the library. We’ll help you order books, look up newspaper articles, and even show you where to get live homework help. We give storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and offer interactive programs that are just right for children in our communities. We visit your schools and help teachers get more books into their classes.
MCL + Your Family = Happy Reading!
The library has thousands of items families want, like and need, but it also has materials that are not selected for children or teens. We serve our whole diverse community, so our books, dvds, and cds reflect that. Parents and guardians are responsible for deciding what's right for their children or teenagers. We encourage parents to help their children and teenagers select library resources in keeping with their family values. MCL supports your right to choose books and other library materials for yourself and your family.
Filters and Internet Access at MCL
Children 12 and under are offered filtered access to the Internet. Teens age 13-17 have a choice of filtered or unfiltered access. You can make a different filtering choice by coming to the library with your child¹s library card or card number and completing an Internet filtering choice form. We encourage you to spend time with your child online to develop a better understanding of what's on the Internet and how your child is using it.
As the person responsible for your child, it's important for you to know that:
- All library materials are available to all library users—no age restrictions
- The library has books and materials that some parents find inappropriate for their children and teens
- Young people mature at different rates, and their tastes, values and philosophies vary. You know your children best and can best decide what library materials are right for them.
- The library respects the privacy of all library users, no matter their age. We cannot give out information about titles of books checked out, number of books overdue or titles of books overdue on an account unless you have the library card or card number.
- A library card allows a library user to access computer resources, including the Internet. We encourage parents to talk with their children and teens about using the Internet. We support your right and responsibility to make Internet filtering choices for your child. To help make an informed decision, visit our web site or stop by for more information.
Check us out
- Come see us as often as possible. Visit online or in person.
- Allow your kids to explore the library.
- Meet your youth librarians. They want to help you!
- Follow your child's reading interest. It's incredible where it will take both of you.
- There is a book for every reader. Explore all kinds of fiction and nonfiction.
- Be a role model for library use. Nothing teaches children better than seeing you use and enjoy the library.
- Tell us what you want. If the library doesn't own it, we may be able to find similar resources, borrow from another library or purchase it.
- Tell us what you think. Share with us how we can best serve your family.