Person in front of tree reading a book

April is a month full of nature! It’s Native Plant Appreciation month, Plant Appreciation Day is on April 13 and Earth Day is April 22.

This month, we asked our staff of color and culture how they connect with nature, plants, gardening and books:

"I connect with plants and nature by growing some of our family's favorite fruits and vegetables in my garden. Along with growing our favorites, we plant to attract pollinators and engage wildlife. Gardening runs deep in my family roots; my grandparents relied on gardening in the former Soviet Union to sustain the food supply after World War II. They carried on their passion for growing edible and medicinal plants even as they established their lives here in the US." 

— Angela Tveretinova, Russian and Ukrainian materials selector

"My father was a migrant worker; later, he worked in forestry. He grew up moving around following the crops and learned about edible wild plants from his godparents; they used these plants e.g., verdolaga and quelites, to supplement their diet…Books are great to learn about topics such as gardening and plant identification and I have used them for that purpose.”

— Enrique Rivera, bilingual Spanish library outreach specialist

“I started to plant all the medicinal herbs that were familiar to me, especially herbs with non-caffeine teas. It warms my heart to know that I have a small herbal garden that provides for my cooking, hot or cold drinks, light pains and even homesickness. Herbs bring a lot of color, wonderful smells, memories, bees and hummingbirds to my home.” 

— Sandi Plesha, bilingual Spanish clerk

"I look to the land, nature and plants to restore my equilibrium and to counteract being overly stimulated. I learned from watching my parents, as a child, who restored themselves in nature. My mom would commune with the ocean by standing at the water's edge and opening her arms. My pops would drive out to the beach and take long, solitary walks that I'd sometimes get to come along with. I moved to Oregon because of the land here, and to Portland because of its proximity to nature."

— Isa Dean, Black Cultural Library Advocate and technology program specialist

"I am in awe of and so thankful for our communities of color in the Pacific Northwest who are doing work to steward, cultivate, protect and restore the proliferation of native plants and agriculture! I spend every chance I can learning about creating thriving habitats for birds, pollinators, and healthy waterways. Spring-time walks exploring garden-scape designs, quiet days on damp hikes, poking around fallen trees, resting in neighborhood parks, and simply listening to the rainfall are my favorite things to do. I feel safest, most at rest and full of joy when I'm anywhere outside."

— Brittany Gadbury Wade, Black Cultural Library Assistant

Spend time outdoors this April—grab your favorite book from our list of recommendations and celebrate nature!

Two adult women smiling with two children in front of them

Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros (Children’s Day and Books Day), often referred to as Día, is an annual library celebration of children, literacy, culture, family and multilingualism. 

This year, the Multnomah County Library is celebrating Día with the theme of music and culture (música y cultura). 

Music is an essential part of the Latin community and culture. Genres include Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Banda and more. Each Día, this music is shared widely with joy as children are celebrated. 

In Mexico, there might be parades with mariachi playing. In Colombia, children might receive lots of candies while Cumbia music plays. Traditional kinds of music heard in the Dominican Republic that day might be merengue or bachata, and in Venezuela, joropo. Each type of music tells a different story about each country. 

“As a universal language for all ages, music is essential to sharing our diverse identities and traditions. This year the library chose to highlight music and culture to honor and celebrate our cultural differences and similarities,” says Pati Morán, Spanish community engagement coordinator.

Throughout many countries in Latin America and in the world, Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros (Children’s Day and Books Day) are observed on two different dates. 

Combining these was the inspiration of author Pat Mora. Libraries and literacy advocates in the United States quickly embraced the idea. Library Día celebrations were first held in a few cities in 1997. Now they are held nationwide at public libraries, schools, parks and more. 

This year, six in-person library celebrations will occur from mid-April to mid-May. During the events patrons can also pick up a free Día activity kit to take home (while supplies last).

The activity kit will include materials and instructions for painting and decorating your alebrije. An alebrije is a figure made of paper-mache, wood or clay. They are painted with vivid colors and represent an imaginary animal.

Join the celebrations for Día. Visit a library, pick up an activity kit, or check out some of our favorite books for Día

Children’s Day and Books Day is made possible in part by gifts to The Library Foundation.

With databases like EBSCOHost and Pro-Quest, library users have free access to top newspaper publications like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and more. In Pro-Quest,  U.S. Major Dailies, you’ll find U.S. national and regional newspapers. With Pro-Quest’s Ethnic NewsWatch, read current and historical coverage of various communities of language and culture. 

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To access newspapers, follow the steps below, or contact us and a library staff member can help. 


  1. Go to the Oregonian Collection with Historical Archives on the library website and sign in. 
  2. Once logged in, scroll down to find the text that says: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) 2017 - Current USA - OR - Portland Newspaper Image English. 
  3. Through this link, you can view recent issues or browse issues by date. To choose an issue by date, scroll down and pick a year and date on the calendar.

Another option is to view Oregonian, The: Web Edition Articles (Portland, OR) 2012 - Current USA - OR - Portland Web-Only Source Text English.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and more

  1. Choose New York Times (1980-present) and click on Begin using this resource. The library also offers articles as far back as 1851 in New York Times Historical.
  2. The link directs you to U.S. Major Dailies where you can access The New York Times and four other top newspapers. The content is available by 8am each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1980.
  3. In the “Enter search terms…” insert information you are looking for in the New York Times. 
  • Pro-tip: type the date you are looking for. This will show all articles for that date. 
  • If looking for a specific article, use keywords.

To view other newspapers, follow similar steps as for the Times.

For complex articles or research, please reach out to our knowledgeable librarians.

This is a long post showing meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). We start with school districts and then move to community organizations we know of that are helping the community. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Para ver esta información en español, haga clic en Recursos de alimentos para familias. To see this information in Spanish, click Recursos de alimentos para familias.

Multnomah County School Districts

Multnomah County school districts continue to provide meal assistance during the summer. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food.

We have done our best to provide current information. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.

Centennial [updated 3/9/23]

The food pantry at Parklane Elementary, 15811 SE Main St., Portland, is open Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. Stop by to access 3-5 days’ worth of FREE, fresh, and healthy food for your family. Please bring your own bags. No identification or income verification materials required. Anyone is welcomed to shop!

The food pantry at Patrick Lynch Elementary, 1546 SE 169th Pl., is open to the public on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Food 4 Families will have food distribution on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month (except March 2023), during the school year, at Centennial High School, 3505 SE 182nd Ave, Gresham, 97030. 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Click here for distribution dates.

David Douglas [updated 1/11/23]

There are food pantries at the following David Douglas schools. Click here for a calendar that shows hours of operation and any closures.

  • Floyd Light Middle: 10800 SE Washington St. Mondays, 3:30 P.M to 4:30 p.m.
  • Cherry Park Elementary: 1930 SE 104th Ave. Mondays, 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Earl Boyles Elementary: 10822 SE Bush St. Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Mill Park Elementary: 1900 SE 117th Ave. Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Gilbert Park Elementary: 13132 SE Ramona St. Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Menlo Park Elementary: 12900 NE Glisan St. Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • David Douglas High, South Campus: 1500 SE 130th Ave. Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Gilbert Heights Elementary: 12839 SE Holgate Blvd. Fridays, 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 


Gresham-Barlow [updated 1/11/23]

Click this link for meal resource information. There are food pantries at the following schools:

Other community food box information can be found at The Sunshine Division and Snowcap Community Charities

Parkrose [updated 10/5/22]

There are food pantries at the following schools (click the link for closures):


Portland [updated 3/20/23]

There are food pantries at the following schools. Please click on the link to check for closure information.

  • Lent K-8: 5105 SE 97th Ave. Mondays, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Harrison Park K-8: 2225 SE 87th Ave. 2nd and 4th Mondays, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Lane Middle: 7200 SE 60th Ave. Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Kelly Elementary: 9015 SE Rural St. Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Woodlawn K-5: 7200 NE 11th Ave. Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Rigler Elementary: 5401 NE Prescott St. 3rd Wednesday of the month, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • McDaniel High: 2735 NE 82nd Ave. Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sitton Elementary: 9930 N Smith St. 1st Friday of month, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Roosevelt High: 6941 N Central St. 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Bridger K-5: 7910 SE Market St. 3rd Friday of the month, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Reynolds [updated 3/9/23]

    Food pantries are located at the following schools. Click here for more information.
    • Glenfair Elementary: 15300 NE Glisan St. Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
    • Reynolds High: 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale. Last Tuesday of the month, 1:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.
    • Alder Elementary: 17200 SE Alder St. Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Reynolds Middle: 1200 NE 201st Ave., Fairview. Fridays 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Wilkes Elementary: 17020 NE Wilkes Rd. 1st Friday of the month, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Davis Elementary: 19501 NE Davis St. 2nd Friday of the month, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
    • H.B. Lee Middle: 1121 NE 172nd Ave. Call 503-706-2834 for information on accessing the food pantry
    • Walt Morey Middle: 2801 SW Lucas Ave., Troutdale. Call 503-810-9604 for information on accessing the food pantry

    Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

    Information may change so please check their websites if a link is provided.

    C3 Pantry (NE): 6120 NE 57th Ave., Portland. Tuesdays, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm.

    Crossroads Food Bank (NE): 2505 NE 102nd Ave., Portland. Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon.

    Faithful Savior Lutheran Church (NE): 11100 NE Skidmore St., Portland. Food pantry Saturday, April 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Mainspring Food Pantry (NE):  3500 NE 82nd Ave. Food pantry Monday through Thursday from 9am to 11am.
    They suggest following them on social media to see mobile food pantry locations.  Their current free food pantries are located at:
    • Dawson Park, 1 N Stanton St. Every 1st Tuesday from 10am to noon
    • Community Transitional School, 6601 NE Killingsworth St. Every 2nd Tuesday from 10am to noon
    • East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. Every 2nd Wednesday from 9am to 11am
    • Victory Outreach, 16022 SE Stark St. Every 3rd Tuesday from 10am to noon
    • Rockwood Village Apartments, 783 SE 185th Ave. Every 4th Tuesday from 10am to noon
    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 (NE): 4800 NE 72nd Ave., Portland. Open Thursday and Saturday, 10:30am to 1:30pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.
    Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): 11020 NE Halsey St., Portland. Offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am. They also provide a mobile food pantry service to some neighborhoods.
    One Hope Food Pantry (NE): Located at 5425 NE 27th Ave., Portland 97211. Open for drive-through and pickup Saturdays, 11 am - 1 pm. Food boxes are available each week and a hot meal is served on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
    Sunshine Division (SE):  free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. There are two locations:
    • 12436 SE Stark St. Food assistance Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am to 11 am and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • 687 N Thompson St. Food assistance Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 11 am and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Visit their website to request a food box delivery, or call 503-823-2102

    William Temple House (NW): 2023 NW Hoyt St., Portland. Offering a walk-in pantry, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm. A guide to the pantry can be found here.
    Lift Urban Portland (SW):  Located at 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland 97201. Food pantry hours of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A random number lottery takes place 5 minutes before opening to determine your place in line.
    Portland Open Bible food pantry (SE):  Located at 3223 SE 92nd Ave., Portland 97266. Pick-up food boxes, information can be found here. Pantry times are Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can also place an order online.
    St. Johns Food Share (N): 8100 N Lombard St., Portland 97203. Food pantry open Mondays and Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm.
    Urban Gleaners: multiple locations across Multnomah and Washington counties. Click here for a list of locations.
    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
    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. Click the link and scroll down to food resources.

    This March, kids can learn how math can be fun by participating in March Mathness!

    Older woman with child reading a book.

    March Mathness is a national initiative that promotes math at the same time as the basketball tournament March Madness. This program has become especially important in recent years when national test scores for math and literacy have declined. 

    Math has many day-to-day applications, and the connections between literacy and math are massive. Early math skills are linked with higher reading and test scores.

    “As part of early literacy, one of the first things kids do is recognize shapes before recognizing letters. They recognize a circle and can then recognize a specific letter like an A or a P. Once they are at reading age, they connect patterns and recognize the patterns of what letters sound like,” says Natasha Forrester Campbell, early childhood services librarian.

    Children notice word patterns through rhyming, music and poetry as they learn to read and write. But there are many ways for math to be interactive.

    Take a walk and notice the trees or flowers. How many do you see? Painting by numbers or counting toys are simple activities that can be engaging. Baking is also an easy way for kids to enjoy math. Children can practice measuring, counting, and making something they can enjoy as a sweet treat! 

    "Kids in the upper elementary grades can double or halve a recipe, calculate the profits from a lemonade stand, or create their own secret code," says Jackie Partch, youth & family services librarian. “This can help them see how math skills are relevant to daily life.”

    Celebrate this March Mathness by visiting your local library and interacting with science, math and literacy. You can do an activity at your branch, check out a book or participate in one of the March Mathness events

    Préstamos federales para estudiantes. Los Préstamos Directos con Subsidio y los Préstamos Directos sin Subsidio son préstamos para estudiantes ofrecidos por el Departamento de Educación para ayudar a los estudiantes a cubrir los gastos de su educación superior. La escuela decide el tipo de préstamo al que cada estudiante puede ser elegible. Estos préstamos tienen cantidades anuales limitadas para estudiar la licenciatura y un límite de préstamo agregado para estudiar la maestría. Las cantidades dependen del año escolar en que se encuentre el estudiante y de si es un estudiante dependiente o independiente. Por lo regular, el estudiante debe empezar a pagar los préstamos seis meses después de la graduación de la universidad.

    Préstamos Directos Subsidiados. Aunque el estudiante es responsable de pagar la cantidad del préstamo, el Departamento de Educación paga los intereses de los Préstamos Directos Subsidiados:

    • Cuando el estudiante asiste a la escuela por lo menos medio tiempo
    • Por los primeros 6 meses después de que el estudiante deja la escuela 
    • Durante un período de aplazamiento de pago bajo ciertas condiciones 

    La escuela determina la cantidad que el estudiante puede pedir prestada; esta cantidad no excede la necesidad financiera del estudiante. Esos préstamos están disponibles solamente para los estudiantes de licenciatura que presentan necesidad financiera. 

    Préstamos Directos No Subsidiados. El estudiante es responsable de pagar los intereses de los Préstamos No Subsidiados además de la cantidad del préstamo. Si el estudiante decide no pagar intereses mientras está en la escuela, los intereses se acumularán y agregarán a la cantidad principal del préstamo.

    La escuela determina el tipo de préstamo y la cantidad. Esos préstamos están disponibles para los estudiantes de licenciatura, maestría u otros estudios superiores; y no es necesario que presenten necesidad económica para recibirlos. Para calificar para los Préstamos Federales, el estudiante debe completar la FAFSA (Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes) que está disponible a partir del 1.º de octubre de cada año. 

    Se debe tomar en cuenta que el estatus de ciudadanía de los padres no afecta la capacidad del estudiante para completar el formulario FAFSA ni el derecho de recibir ayuda federal para estudiantes. Según la Oficina de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes, si los padres del estudiante no tienen SSN (Número de Seguro Social), deben ingresar 000-00-0000 cuando el formulario FAFSA solicite sus SSN. 

    Si los padres del estudiante no tienen SSN, no podrán crear una FSA ID (Identificación y contraseña en el sitio web para la Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes) y por lo tanto, no podrán firmar el formulario FAFSA electrónicamente. El estudiante o sus padres tendrán que imprimir la página de firma del formulario FAFSA en línea para que los padres puedan firmarlo y enviarlo por correo a la dirección indicada. Es importante que NO escriban un número de identificación del contribuyente en el campo del SSN. Para más información consulte la página: Los alumnos dependientes deben declarar información sobre sus padres, como también su propia información, en el formulario Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA®)

    Préstamos PLUS para padres. Es un préstamo federal que como el nombre lo dice, está a nombre del padre. Revisen el paquete de ayuda financiera, que ofrecen las universidades una vez que aceptan al estudiante, en donde se incluye una concesión de préstamo para completar el pago del costo de la universidad. Este dinero puede ser usado para cubrir los gastos que no se cubren con la ayuda financiera para el estudiante o con becas.

    Es importante ser extremadamente cuidadoso cuando se les ofrece un préstamo PLUS para padres, ya que puede tener un impacto duradero en sus metas financieras personales. 

    Algunas diferencias clave con el préstamo federal para estudiantes, y el préstamo PLUS para padres incluye límites de endeudamiento generalmente más altos y tasa de interés y tarifas de originación (procesamiento del préstamo) notablemente más altas. Estos préstamos empiezan a generar interés tan pronto como se distribuyen.

    Los padres deben reembolsar el préstamo PLUS, aun cuando su hijo no termine la universidad, no encuentre trabajo, o no estén satisfechos con la educación que pagó con el préstamo.

    Otros Recursos

    FAFSA vs CSS Profile. Este video contiene información importante sobre ambos formularios y quiénes los requieren.

    Cómo Llenar el Formulario FAFSA

    Visiten las páginas de para conocer la cantidad actual que el estudiante puede pedir prestada, las tasa de interés y los cargos por préstamos estudiantiles.

    Información Sobre Becas y Otros Recursos Financieros

    Para mayor información sobre este tema y cómo ayudar a su estudiante con la transición a la universidad, contactenos

    Oregon Va al Colegio Información básica sobre la universidad: Información para las familias con estudiantes en la preparatoria y los pasos a tomar rumbo a la universidad.

    Solicitud de Ayuda Estatal de Oregón (ORSAA). Los estudiantes elegibles indocumentados o bajo el programa de DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia) en Oregón, pueden completar esta solicitud para recibir ayuda estatal incluyendo la Beca de Oportunidad de Oregón (Oregon Opportunity Grant) y la beca Promesa de Oregón (Oregon Promise). Esta beca también está disponible desde el 1.º de octubre. 

    Becas y Ayudas Que No Tienen Qué Reembolsar (Inglés). El gobierno federal y los gobiernos estatales otorgan becas por varias razones, desde la necesidad financiera hasta el desempeño académico o deportivo. Con una sola solicitud, los estudiantes pueden postularse para la mayoría de estos programas de ayuda.

    Ayuda Financiera de Oregón (Inglés). Un portal para varias solicitudes de ayuda financiera y becas. Los estudiantes pueden ver la descripción de cada una de ellas. 

    Becas Federales Pell. Estas subvenciones no son préstamos por lo que no es necesario pagarlas. Los estudiantes pueden recibir una Beca Federal Pell por 12 semestres o menos tiempo, pero no más.

    Becas para Estudiantes Hispanos o Latinos (Bajo Recursos Adicionales). No existen leyes federales ni estatales que prohíban a estudiantes indocumentados presentar solicitudes, inscribirse y graduarse de instituciones de enseñanza superior públicas o privadas. Sin embargo; al ser clasificados como extranjeros, los estudiantes indocumentados pierden la capacidad de ser elegibles para recibir asistencia financiera federal y tarifas de matrícula reducidas para residentes estatales. Este sitio tiene información sobre becas para estudiantes extranjeros.

    Becas para estudiantes mexicanos que viven en los Estados Unidos. El Gobierno de México, a través del Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME) y los Consulados de México en Estados Unidos de América, entrega recursos a las organizaciones e instituciones educativas que participan en la convocatoria y se comprometen a aportar fondos complementarios que al menos dupliquen los recibidos por parte del Gobierno de México. Los estudiantes tienen que pasar por el proceso de selección que tenga cada institución educativa para el otorgamiento de las becas.

    Para mayor información sobre este tema y cómo ayudar a su estudiante con la transición a la universidad, contactenos

    Oregon Va al Colegio Información básica sobre la universidad: Información para las familias con estudiantes en la preparatoria y los pasos a tomar rumbo a la universidad.

    Solicitud de Ayuda Estatal de Oregón (ORSAA). Los estudiantes elegibles indocumentados o bajo el programa de DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia) en Oregón, pueden completar esta solicitud para recibir ayuda estatal incluyendo la Beca de Oportunidad de Oregón (Oregon Opportunity Grant) y la beca Promesa de Oregón (Oregon Promise). Esta beca también está disponible desde el 1.º de octubre. 

    Becas y Ayudas Que No Tienen Qué Reembolsar (Inglés). El gobierno federal y los gobiernos estatales otorgan becas por varias razones, desde la necesidad financiera hasta el desempeño académico o deportivo. Con una sola solicitud, los estudiantes pueden postularse para la mayoría de estos programas de ayuda.

    Ayuda Financiera de Oregón (Inglés). Un portal para varias solicitudes de ayuda financiera y becas. Los estudiantes pueden ver la descripción de cada una de ellas. 

    Becas Federales Pell. Estas subvenciones no son préstamos por lo que no es necesario pagarlas. Los estudiantes pueden recibir una Beca Federal Pell por 12 semestres o menos tiempo, pero no más.

    Becas para Estudiantes Hispanos o Latinos (Bajo Recursos Adicionales). No existen leyes federales ni estatales que prohíban a estudiantes indocumentados presentar solicitudes, inscribirse y graduarse de instituciones de enseñanza superior públicas o privadas. Sin embargo; al ser clasificados como extranjeros, los estudiantes indocumentados pierden la capacidad de ser elegibles para recibir asistencia financiera federal y tarifas de matrícula reducidas para residentes estatales. Este sitio tiene información sobre becas para estudiantes extranjeros.

    Becas para estudiantes mexicanos que viven en los Estados Unidos. El Gobierno de México, a través del Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME) y los Consulados de México en Estados Unidos de América, entrega recursos a las organizaciones e instituciones educativas que participan en la convocatoria y se comprometen a aportar fondos complementarios que al menos dupliquen los recibidos por parte del Gobierno de México. Los estudiantes tienen que pasar por el proceso de selección que tenga cada institución educativa para el otorgamiento de las becas.

    Para mayor información sobre este tema y cómo ayudar a su estudiante con la transición a la universidad, contactenos

    Photo of college students studying
    For folks who choose to go to college, university or trade school, we know it can be stressful and expensive. Here are some resources to help you with planning and paying for college. 

    Oregon Goes to College
    Here you'll find information for families with high school students about the steps to take to prepare for college, including how to pay for university studies, links to more than 100 colleges, universities and trade schools in the state of Oregon and resources for undocumented students. This site has a portal for various financial aid and scholarship applications. You can see the description of each and also directly apply.

    Oregon Student Aid
    This website helps Oregon students plan and pay for college. Be sure to check out the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon's largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students, as well as Oregon Promise, a state grant that helps to cover tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED recipients. Complete multiple applications to get money for college here. 

    Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans. ORSAA is an alternative to the FAFSA for Oregon residents who are undocumented, including students who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Both the FAFSA and the ORSAA open on October 1 each year. If you are not sure where to start, use this filter tool to find out which one is appropriate for you.

    The Ford Family Foundation 
    This foundation helps high-need individuals in Oregon better their lives and the lives of their families through education beyond high school. They have scholarships available, including the Ford Scholars, to assist students who otherwise would find it impossible, or at least very difficult, to obtain a college degree. 

    CollegeBoard CSS Profile
    Some colleges also require students to fill out the CSS Profile to receive financial aid. In Oregon, Reed College requires it. Check with out-of-state schools to see their requirements.

    More information from the library:

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and email us at with any questions.

    Image of child playing with number toys
    It’s good to know that we, as caregivers, don’t need to have a background in statistics, geometry or calculus in order to give our kids a head start in math skills. But you may be asking yourself, does math even matter in the early childhood years?

    Yes, it does! A child’s math knowledge at the start of kindergarten predicts later academic achievement, but that doesn’t mean kids should come to kindergarten knowing addition, subtraction, or multiplication. School-aged kids will learn to recite numbers early on, and that is important, but math is so much more than counting and numbers!

    For young children, math knowledge includes:

    • Noticing how things have different sizes, shapes and colors. 
    • Understanding that there is a difference between moving fast and slow or up and down.
    • Recognizing when someone has more or fewer goldfish crackers on the plate than they have.

    You’re already teaching them this math knowledge without even realizing it, and there are many, many ways to explore math with young children in your everyday routines.

    Here are some examples of early math with young children:

    • Lining up stuffed animals against a wall from shortest to tallest (measurement)
    • Scribbling, drawing, and making art (noticing and creating patterns). Math coloring sheets are another way to introduce concepts to your preschooler, and you can print them for free at your local library!  
    • Putting a collection of leaves they gathered during a walk into groups of the same colors (classification)
    • Placing pretend plates and spoons on the table for a make-believe picnic (representation)
    • Playing with building blocks (spatial sense, geometry, and problem-solving)
    • Experimenting with what will float or sink in the bath tub or pool (weight and density)
    • Using the vocabulary of math and science during their play or when cooking with the family (such as estimate, organize, and predict)

    Have babies or toddlers? Check out Math in the Bath. (Added bonus, they’ll be squeaky clean at the end of the lesson!)

    And in honor of March MATHness, the library is celebrating math with lots of fun booklists:

    No matter how you add it together, having fun with math is as easy as 1-2-3!

    This article was written for our Family newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.


    Central Library opened to the public for the first time in 1913. Since then, Central has undergone several updates, with the most significant to date from 1994 - 1997. Beginning March 11, 2023, the library will temporarily close again to start modern renovations.

    When Central reopens, patrons will find new comfortable seating, a designated teen space, additional meeting space, updated restrooms, a completed outdoor terrace, new bookshelves, and more. Learn about library construction closures and renovations.

    The refreshed Central Library will also have fewer shelves in public areas and reduced shelf heights. The shelf updates will make it easier for patrons to reach items and will visibly open up spaces. 

    Although smaller shelves mean fewer materials on the floor, Central Library will still have thousands of materials to browse, and access to Central’s extensive print reference collection and other materials upon request.

    Library staff are currently packing around 350,000 items from Central’s collection that will be moved to safe storage during the closure. Most items will be inaccessible for library holds until Central reopens. Some items will be sorted out of the collection, following the library’s regular process of removing items that aren’t circulated or are unusable. In all cases, the library recycles, donates, and partners with local organizations to gift books.

    “Very little goes to a landfill,” says Rod Madison, library materials movement manager. As library staff pack materials, the collection is updated. “Collection maintenance work includes taking out materials that are no longer relevant or usable by patrons. This is an everyday  part of a library’s work, and we go to extra lengths to ensure we do this responsibly,” shares Rod.

    “The updated Central library will be focused on providing a good browsing experience for patrons. We will keep high-priority relevant items as accessible as possible,” says Ellie Avis, collection manager. These items include those in the We Speak Your Language and World Language collections.

    “Multnomah County Library’s overall collection size is not changing, but the amount of materials patrons will see on Central’s shelves is getting smaller” says Ellie. “For years, Central Library has stored items for the entire library system because of a lack of space. With the bond-funded construction projects, we can move about a quarter of Central's collections to the new Operations Center and have space for all the improvements coming to Central.”

    The library’s new operations center, which is currently under construction, will fill holds for patrons more efficiently and patrons will be able to access these items at their preferred library location. The operations center will also be home to a retail space similar to the library’s former Title Wave bookstore, where retired library books will be sold to the public and online. Learn more about the new Operations Center

    “We’re doing this for the future— that is the focus,” says Ellie. “We will have beautiful buildings with more space for people to spend time at the library when we are done.” 

    Central has changed a lot over the last 110 years. See how by viewing photos of Central Library throughout the past 100 years.

    The 2023 Women’s History Month theme is “Celebrate Women Who Tell Our Stories.” We are highlighting women storytellers who work in print, radio, TV, podcasts and other media.

    Meet six women who have told our stories to the world. 

    1. Nikole Hannah-Jones (1976–present) is an investigative reporter covering racial injustice and civil rights for The New York Times. She is the creator of The 1619 Project and the picture book The 1619 Project, Born on the Water. She has won numerous awards and co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. See Jones in the Hoopla documentary East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story.
    2. Jenny Zhang (1983–present) is a writer, poet and essayist. Her books explore different perspectives on current and sensitive topics including identity, extreme poverty, sexual assault and the immigrant experience. In her 2017 short story collection, Sour Heart, Zhang writes about the complex relationships within Chinese-American families. Find books by Jenny Zhang.
    3. Wilma Mankiller (1945–2010) was an activist and the first woman elected chief of a major Native American tribe. She also founded the Community Development Department for the Cherokee Nation. Her activism was informed by a belief in collective community action for the common good. Watch The Cherokee Word for Water series on Kanopy featuring Wilma Makiller and read books by and about Wilma Mankiller.
    4. Gabby Rivera (1982–present) is an LGBTQ+ youth advocate and the first Latin woman to write for Marvel Comics. Rivera’s series America features America Chavez as the first Latina lesbian teen superhero in the Marvel universe. Rivera focuses on centering joy in the narratives about LGBTQ+ and people of color. Find books by Gabby Rivera.
    5. Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray (1910–1985) was a civil rights activist, lawyer, author, gender equality advocate and priest. She was the first woman to receive a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School. She worked to change laws about segregation and women’s rights. Murray published two autobiographies and a poetry collection. Read books by and about Pauli Murray.
    6. Joy Harjo (1951–present) has written poetry books, plays, memoirs and children’s books. An American Sunrise is a collection of poems about the Mvskoke people. She is the first Native American to serve as Poet Laureate for the United States and served three terms. Find books by Joy Harjo.

    Discover more women who are telling our stories with these My Librarian book recommendations.

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    Hằng năm vào mùa khai thuế, thư viện chuẩn bị sẵn sàng để hỗ trợ — hoặc là sách, buổi hướng dẫn, giới thiệu dịch vụ trợ giúp khai thuế, hay in ra các biểu mẫu khi quý vị cần. Chúng tôi ở đây là vì quý vị! Hãy tìm kiếm những hoạt động trợ giúp sắp diễn ra, chương trình, và bài Blog đăng trên trang mạng của chúng tôi để có những thông tin mới nhất.

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    Каждый год во время сезона подачи налоговых деклараций библиотека готова помочь с предоставлением необходимой литературы, семинаров, распечаткой необходимых вам форм и информации об организациях, где можно получить индивидуальную помощь. Мы всегда готовы вам помочь! 

    Чтобы получить самую свежую информацию следите за сообщениями в блогах, новостями о предстоящих событиях и программах на нашем сайте.

    Крайний срок подачи федеральных и государственных налоговых деклараций — вторник, 18 апреля 2023 г. Вы можете получить поддержку в подготовке налоговых деклараций следующими способами:

    Бумажные копии налоговых форм или инструкций

    • Загрузите и распечатайте формы и инструкции для федеральных налогов с страницы Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms & Instructions, а для штата Орегон с страницы Oregon Department of Revenue Forms and Publications. Если у вас нет возможности распечатать формы и инструкции дома, то вы можете их отправить на принтеры библиотеки практически с любого устройства или из любого места, где есть подключение к Интернету.
    • Получите формы по почте. Чтобы получить федеральные налоговые формы по почте, следуйте инструкциям на веб-сайте IRS  или позвоните по телефону 800.829.3676. Чтобы получить налоговые формы штата Орегон по почте, заполните форму онлайн-заказа или позвоните по телефону 503.378.4988 или 800.356.4222 (бесплатно).
    • Обратитесь в библиотеку. Ограниченное количество федеральных налоговых форм доступно в библиотеках. Чтобы узнать, что конкретно имеется в ближайшей к вам библиотеке, позвоните по телефону 503.988.5123 или свяжитесь с нами, отправив электронное сообщение.
    • Налоговое управление штата Орегон больше не отправляет налоговые формы и инструкции в библиотеки, поэтому у нас не будет в наличии никаких бумажных форм штата Орегон. Однако мы можем распечатать многие из необходимых вам форм. Свяжитесь с нами или спросите сотрудников в любом отделении библиотеки.

    Помощь в оформлении налоговой декларации

    • Волонтеры, прошедшие сертификацию IRS, будут оказывать очную и виртуальную помощь в заполнении налоговых деклараций начиная с 28 января. Необходима предварительная запись. Позвоните по телефону (503) 243-7765, чтобы узнать, соответствуете ли вы требованиям, и записаться на прием. Доступны услуги переводчика. Вы можете найти дополнительную информацию и получить пакеты документов онлайн с веб-сайта организации Metropolitan Family Service и CASH Oregon в рамках программы IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
    • Другие общественные группы организуют очные и виртуальные программы налоговой помощи IRS (VITA)  для налогоплательщиков, отвечающим определенным требованиям; проверьте сайт бесплатной подготовки налоговой декларации IRS Free tax return preparation для партнеров, предоставляющих эту услугу в вашем регионе.
    • CASH Oregon теперь предлагает варианты виртуальной и очной помощи с налоговой декларацией в различных районах портленда. 
    • CASH Oregon также может помочь с заявкой на получение индивидуального идентификационного номера налогоплательщика (ITIN) и продлением его срока действия. Звоните 844-972-1467 для получения дополнительной информации.
    • Служба налоговой помощи фонда AARP предлагает налоговую помощь онлайн. Есть обширный раздел самопомощи. Вы также можете отправить им по электронной почте свои вопросы о федеральном подоходном налоге. Чтобы получить индивидуальную налоговую помощь от организации AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, используйте их сайт, чтобы найти ближайшее к вам местонахождение.
    • Если вы являетесь самозанятым водителем, то Roadmap to Rideshare Taxes может помочь вам сориентироваться в том, как работают налоги на самозанятость, как подсчитывать свой доход от вождения, как отслеживать налоговые вычеты и как платить ориентировочно-предполагаемые налоги.
    • Получите помощь от IRS онлайн или по телефону 800.829.1040.
    • Получите помощь в Налоговом управлении штата Орегон онлайн отправив электронное письмо по адресу или позвоните по телефонам 503-378-4988 или 800-356-4222. Рабочие часы - с 7:30 до 17:00 с понедельника по пятницу. Телефонные линии закрыты с 9:00 до 11:00 по четвергам и в праздничные дни.
    • Дополнительную информацию о подоходном налоге на Portland Arts Education и Access Income Tax можно получить на веб-сайте Portland Revenue Online или по телефону 503-865-4278.

    Другая налоговая помощь

    • Если вам нужна помощь с налоговым вопросом, выходящим за рамки обычной налоговой декларации, возможно вам сможет помочь Low Income Taxpayer Clinic юридической школы Lewis & Clark. Они обеспечивают бесплатное юридическое представительство по вопросам федерального налогообложения, специализируясь на спорах клиентов с IRS. Свяжитесь с ними по электронной почте или заполните онлайн-форму.
    • У вас есть вопросы об административных постановлениях и позициях IRS? Хотите прочитать анализ последнего налогового законодательства или информационный бюллетень налоговых брифингов CCH Tax Briefings? VitalLaw (ранее CCH Cheetah) - это ресурс, предназначенный главным образом для налоговых юристов и профессиональных налоговых специалистов, который может помочь в нестандартных налоговых ситуациях. Он доступен в любом из 17 наших библиотек (без удаленного доступа).

    Подайте налоговую декларацию онлайн бесплатно

    • CASH Oregon имеет список бесплатных вариантов онлайн-подачи налоговых деклараций, если вы соответствуете определенным требованиям.
    • IRS Free File позволяет вам подготовить и подать федеральный подоходный налог онлайн бесплатно.
    • У Департамента доходов штата Орегон (The Oregon Department of Revenue) есть одобренные программные обеспечения для бесплатной подготовки налоговых деклараций, если вы соответствуете требованиям. Узнайте больше об электронной подаче налоговых деклараций для штата Орегон.
    • Используйте бесплатные заполняемые формы для федеральных налогов IRS free fillable forms с последних чисел января. В штате Орегон больше нет бесплатных заполняемых форм.
    • MyFreeTaxes от United Way помогает правомочным налогоплательщикам бесплатно подготовить и подать в электронном виде свои федеральные налоговые декларации и налоговые декларации штата, а также предлагает различные способы получения поддержки. Регулярная работа организации возобновится в конце января 2023 года.

    Остались вопросы?

    Позвоните в библиотеку по телефону 503.988.5123 или отправьте нам электронное письмо. Персонал библиотеки не может подготавливать декларации, консультировать по налоговым вопросам или толковать налоговое законодательство.

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    • 下载, 打印报税表和说明书, 您可以通过 IRS (美国国家税务局), 和Oregon Department of Revenue (俄勒冈州税务局) 的网页获取报税表和说明书。如果您无法在家打印表格,您可以从任何接有互联网的设备或地点将文件发送到图书馆的打印机
    • 邮寄报税表给您。如果您想通过邮件接收联邦报税表,请按照IRS 网站的说明进行操作,或致电 800.829.3676。如果您想通过邮件接收俄勒冈州的报税表,请在网上填写订购表或致电 503.378.4988 或 800.356.4222 (免费电话)。
    • 在图书馆领取某些联邦报税表。图书馆提供数量有限的联邦报税表; 查找您附近的图书馆是否提供联邦报税表,请致电 503.988.5123 或 发送电子邮件 给我们。
    • 俄勒冈州税务局不再向图书馆提供州府报税表和说明书,因此我们没有任何俄勒冈州的报税表; 但是我们可以帮助打印您需要的报税表, 请与我们联系或询问任何一间图书馆。



    • 如果您需要在常规报税准备之外的其他帮助,请联系 Lewis & Clark Law School 的低收入纳税人服务处,或许他们能帮助您。低收入纳税人服务处提供民众基本需求的免费联邦税务法律协助,专门处理纳税人与 IRS 的争议。请发送电邮至litc@lclark.edu在网上填写表格与其联系。
    • 您是否有关于 IRS 的行政裁决与立场方面的问题? 或是想阅读近期税法分析或 CCH 税务简报(时事通讯)?VitalLaw (前身为 CCH Cheetah) 主要是为税务律师与专业报税员提供或许有助于处理某些特殊税务情况的资料库,在我们所有的17个图书馆都备有VitalLaw资料库,(无法远端使用)。


    • CASH Oregon 列出了免费上网报税的选项,如果您符合条件便可免费使用。
    • IRS Free File 网站有免费的网上准备和提交联邦所得税服务供您使用。
    • Oregon Department of Revenue 列出了免费的认证报税软件,如果您符合资格便可免费使用。了解更多有关俄勒冈州税电子申报信息。
    • 1月下旬开始,使用 IRS free fillable forms 网上免费可填写表格,俄勒冈州不再提供免费可填写表格。
    • MyFreeTaxes (United Way) 免费协助符合条件的纳税人准备以及电子提交联邦与州税申报表,协助并包括其他数种支援方式。常规运营将于 2023 年 1 月下旬重新开始。


    请致电 503.988.5123 或发电邮与我们连络。图书馆工作人员无法为您准备报税表、就税务问题提供建议、或解释税法。

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    Todos los años, durante la temporada de declaración de impuestos, la biblioteca está lista para ayudar, ya sea con libros, talleres, referencias para ayuda con los impuestos o para imprimir los formularios que necesita, ¡estamos aquí para ayudarle! Busque los próximos eventos, programas y publicaciones de blog en nuestro sitio web para obtener la información más actualizada.

    La fecha límite para presentar declaraciones de impuestos federales y estatales es el martes, 18 de abril de 2023. Usted puede obtener asistencia y apoyo para la preparación de impuestos de las siguientes maneras:

    Copias en papel de formularios o instrucciones de impuestos

    Asistencia para la preparación de las declaraciones de impuestos

    Otra asistencia fiscal

    • Si necesita ayuda con un problema de impuestos más allá de la preparación regular de impuestos, la Clínica para Contribuyentes de Bajos Ingresos de la Facultad de Derecho de Lewis & Clark podría ayudarle. Ofrecen representación legal gratuita basada en la necesidad en asuntos de impuestos federales, y se especializan en controversias de clientes con el IRS. Comuníquese con ellos enviando un correo electrónico a o completando un formulario en línea.
    • ¿Tiene preguntas sobre las resoluciones  y posturas administrativas del IRS? ¿Quiere leer el análisis de la legislación fiscal reciente o el boletín informativo de CCH Tax Briefings? VitalLaw (anteriormente llamado CCH Cheetah) es un recurso principalmente para abogados fiscales y preparadores de impuestos profesionales que pueden ayudar con situaciones fiscales inusuales. Está disponible en cualquiera de nuestras 17 bibliotecas (sin acceso remoto).

    Declare sus impuestos en línea gratis

    • CASH Oregón tiene una lista de opciones de declaración de impuestos en línea que son gratuitas si cumple con ciertos requisitos.
    • Free File del IRS le permite preparar y presentar sus impuestos federales en línea de forma gratuita.
    • El Departamento de Ingresos de Oregón tiene una lista de productos de software para preparación de impuestos aprobados que son gratuitos si califica. Obtenga más información sobre la declaración de impuestos electrónica para Oregón.
    • Utilice los formularios rellenables gratuitos del IRS comenzando a finales de enero. Oregón ya no tiene formularios rellenables gratuitos.
    • MyFreeTaxes de United Way ayuda a los contribuyentes que califican a preparar y presentar electrónicamente sus propias declaraciones federales y estatales de forma gratuita, e incluye varias formas de obtener apoyo. Las operaciones regulares comenzarán de nuevo a finales de enero de 2023.

    ¿Todavía tienes preguntas?

    Llame a la biblioteca al 503.988.5123, envíenos un correo electrónico o chatee con nosotros. El personal de la biblioteca no puede preparar declaraciones de impuestos, asesorar sobre asuntos fiscales o interpretar la ley fiscal.

    ¿Eres artista en los grados 6.º a 12.º? 

    ¿Quieres que miles de personas vean tu arte? 

    Presenta tu diseño para el concurso de arte de Lectura de Verano para jóvenes de la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah. El tema es “Encuentra tu voz” (“Find your Voice”). Un jurado compuesto por personal de la biblioteca, artistas y adolescentes seleccionará un ganador entre las obras de arte presentadas. 

    El diseño ganador aparecerá en la portada de todos los tableros de juego para jóvenes. El creador del diseño ganador ganará una tarjeta de regalo prepagada de $100. 

    Se seleccionarán más obras de arte para elaborar un libro para colorear titulado “Encuentra tu voz” que se entregará a los participantes del programa de Lectura de Verano. La biblioteca compartirá los diseños seleccionados y el ganador en las redes sociales.


    1. Obras de arte originales únicamente. 
    2. El contenido debe ser apropiado para todas las edades.
    3. Solo se aceptan imágenes en blanco y negro.
    4. Si dibujas a mano, usa tinta negra, marcador, bolígrafo o lápiz duro.
    5. Si está dibujado digitalmente, envíalo como EPS en blanco y negro o PNG, JPG o TIF de alta resolución (300 ppp).

    NOTA: Las ilustraciones finales se imprimirán a un tamaño máximo de 6" x 4". Puedes utilizar la caja anterior para enviar tu obra de arte. No es necesario que utilices toda la caja, pero tu obra de arte debe caber dentro de ella.


    Incluye tu nombre, grado, escuela (si es el caso) y un número de teléfono o una dirección de correo electrónico para que podamos contactarte si ganas. Los ganadores serán seleccionados según los siguientes criterios:

    • Sigue las especificaciones técnicas anteriores.
    • Dibuja algo relacionado con el tema: Encuentra tu voz. Nuestras voces no solo incluyen los sonidos que emitimos, sino también las palabras que escribimos, el arte que creamos, los movimientos que realizamos y las acciones que llevamos a cabo cada día para influir en nuestro mundo.
    • Demuestra mérito artístico o de diseño gráfico
    • Los ganadores deben vivir en el área de servicio de la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah. 

    Envía tu obra electrónicamente a, llévala a la biblioteca del vecindario o envía una versión en papel a: 

    Summer Reading / Multnomah County Library Isom Building 

    205 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212 

    — Las obras de arte deben recibirse antes de las 11:59 pm del martes, 28 de febrero de 2023 — 

    La Lectura de Verano es posible gracias a los regalos que recibe La Fundación de la Biblioteca (The Library Foundation), una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada al liderazgo, la innovación y el alcance de nuestra biblioteca a través del apoyo privado.

    Photo of family enjoying time outside

    “I routinely prescribe nature to children and families.  Nature has the power to heal."  

    -Dr. Nooshin Razani, pediatrician, presenter of the TED Talk "Presribing Nature for Health"

    Research suggests that taking a walk, visiting a park, or getting out in nature can relieve stress, encourage family bonding, and support physical activity.  Less stress means less depression, anxiety, and isolation...not just for kids, but for adults, too!  





    There’s so much to see and do out there, so take Dr. Razani’s prescription and get outside!   Even just a little bit can do wonders for your health - mental, physical, emotional, and overall!

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.

    The 2023 national theme for Black History Month is “Black Resistance,” in recognition of the historic and ongoing oppression that Black and African American people have resisted.

    Books in the background, black box with white letters saying Black History Month Booklist, Black Resistance for young readers

    Here are the top 5 books about Black Resistance that librarian Alicia T. recommends for kids and teens.

    1. The first recommendation starts with two books! Stamped (for Kids) by Sonja Cherry-Paul and Stamped by Jason Reynolds. Stamped (for Kids) is a National Book Award-winning chapter book on racism and anti-racism. Kids can discover people who fought racism with antiracism and learn how to identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives. Stamped takes teens on a journey showing how racist ideas started and spread, and how to discredit them. Both books are available in Spanish with Stamped (para niños) and Stamped.
    2. Hold Them Close by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a celebration of Black children that showcases their past, embracing the present, and reaching for a bright future. 
    3. Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids by Rann Miller gives children an opportunity to learn about little-known facts and figureheads from Black history while fully encapsulating the experiences of the Black and African diaspora. Learn about African enslavement, the Civil Rights Movement, and more historic events.
    4. Victory. Stand! by Tommie Smith is a graphic memoir about Olympic gold medal winner Tommie Smith’s athletic career and his fight for civil rights. This memoir takes you through Tommie's life as a child in Texas, up to his Olympic victory and protest of racial injustice inflicted upon African Americans. 
    5. Revolution in Our Time by Kekla Magoon is a compelling book that shares the history of the Black Panther party as a revolutionary movement. The Black Panther party became a target of one of the most sustained repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens. Magoon’s work invites a new generation of readers to learn from the Panther’s history and courage. 

    Bonus book: Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransom is a story about a girl named Ruth Anne and her family’s journey as part of the Great Migration from North Carolina to New York City.