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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 10/5/22]

The SUN 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 9/8/22]

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 5:30 p.m.
  • Gilbert Heights Elementary: 12839 SE Holgate Blvd. Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

 

Gresham-Barlow [updated 9/8/22]

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 10/5/22]

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. 1st and 3rd Mondays, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Harrison Park K-8: 2225 SE 87th Ave. 2nd and 4th Mondays, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Jefferson High: 5210 N Kerby Ave. Tuesdays except the last Tuesday of the month, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Lane Middle: 7200 SE 60th Ave. Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 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. 2nd and 4th 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 11/9/22]

    Food pantries are located at the following schools. Click here for more information.
    • Glenfair Elementary: 15300 NE Glisan St. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    • Reynolds High: 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale. Last Tuesday of the month, 2:30 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 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 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, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • H.B. Lee Middle: 1121 NE 172nd Ave. Call 503-255-5686 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, December 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Mainspring Food Pantry:  They suggest following them on social media to see locations.  Their current free food pantries are located at:
    • Dawson Park, 1 N Stanton St. Every 1st Tuesday from 10am to noon
    • Victory Outreach, 16022 SE Stark St. Every 3rd Tuesday from 10am to noon
    • Mainspring PDX, 3500 NE 82nd Ave. Every 4th Tuesday from 9am to noon
    • East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. Every 2nd Wednesday from 9am to 11am
     
    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.
     
    Parkrose United Methodist Church (NE): 11111 NE Knott St., Portland. Food pantry open 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
     
    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. 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 (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.
     
    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. Click the link and scroll down to food resources.
     
     
     

    Новый Год (Slavic New Year) is celebrated in over fifteen countries. At Multnomah County Library, the word Slavic is added to the beginning of the phrase to acknowledge the distinct traditions of Russian-speaking countries. Each year, the Russian-speaking team brings Slavic New Year celebrations to the library. The team includes people from various countries, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine and more. 

    Slavic New Year occurs on December 31, marking the beginning of the year with promises of a better and happier life. Celebrations center around family dinners, with tables covered with signature dishes. On the table you might find a Slavic potato salad (olivier salad), caviar sandwiches, dressed herring (a dish with sliced pickles, eggs, and vegetables) and jellied meat. 

    Yelena Stone, a clerk at Gresham Library, shares that eating sweets was the highlight of this holiday for her. “In Belarus, we got a lot of New Year candy around that time. We looked through all the candies and chose the prettiest ones to hang on the New Year tree.”

    The New Year tree is a decorated pine tree similar to the Christmas tree. It is put up in homes for the Slavic New Year celebration, and decorated with toys, plastic snowflakes, chocolate figures and garlands.

    Just like Santa Claus is a symbol of Christmas in the United States, Father Frost (also with a white beard and red coat) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (a girl made of snow) are well-known in Slavic New Year celebrations as the gift givers of the season.

    Father Frost next to Snegurochka

    Although there are similarities in the way that Slavic New Year is observed throughout Russian-speaking countries, each country also has its festivities. In Russia, at midnight, people quickly write a wish, burn the piece of paper, let the ashes fall into their champagne glass and drink it, hoping their wish will come true.

    In Armenia, Slavic New Year is a time to visit relatives and friends. Marina Nersesian, library assistant at Gresham Library, says, “We would stop by for at least a few minutes and bring candy and Armenian cognac with us. With numerous relatives, we would visit them from dawn to dusk on January 1 until January 14. Every relative visited would then sit you at the holiday table and let you try various dishes. It was about showing respect to older relatives and neighbors.”

    In the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine bordering Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, winter festivities begin on December 19 (Saint Nicholas's Day). Oleg Karpynets, temporary library administrator at Central Library, shares how the unique geographic location created distinct traditions. 

    “In my hometown in Ukraine, the tradition was for kids to clean their winter boots and place them on the windowsill in the evening of December 18, and the next morning, there were presents in them,” says Oleg. Another common tradition is to sing carols door to door.

    This year, holiday celebrations in Russian-speaking countries differ from those in previous years. The ongoing war has affected access to heat, water and other essential human services. Presents and lavish dinners may not be commonplace everywhere this holiday season, but the Slavic New Year, or Новый Год, theme of hope for the future is something many hold dearly.  

    In Multnomah County, the library is a place where members of the Slavic community can unite to keep their cultural heritage alive through conversation and celebration. To learn more about Slavic New Year, check out the children's Russian-language collections at Holgate, Midland, Rockwood or Gresham libraries. Patrons can also browse the newly added Ukrainian collection available at Central Library.

    Annie Lewis inside library

    Annie Lewis knows libraries inside and out, from singing songs with kids in storytime, to outreach and services all over the county. She believes libraries are about belonging — for everyone, in all walks of life. As the new deputy director of Multnomah County Library, Annie provides leadership for the public services division of the library and oversees: 

    • Location services (19 library locations)
    • Community services (outreach, events and virtual)
    • Books and materials inside the library and the digital collections
    • Library policies and procedures
    • Office of Project Management and Evaluation

    Annie started working at Multnomah County Library in 2014 as a Bilingual Spanish Youth Librarian. Since then, she has been working in various roles including as a Library Supervisor, Early Childhood Services Manager, Interim Neighborhood Libraries Director, and Director of Library Community Services. Before joining the library, Annie worked as an adult services librarian at Beaverton City Library and as a librarian at Tualatin Public Library. She studied History and Spanish at Pacific University and later received a Masters degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Washington. 

    Q: Do you have a favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

    AL: One of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations is The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which is the book, and the movie is The Hedgehog. The book is beautiful and has such rich character development. But the movie narrows in on the personality traits and complexity of the characters. It’s a love story, but it also touches on family dynamics, social isolation and has an ending that left me sobbing.

    Q: What is one of your favorite things that the library offers?

    AL: The library offers so many incredible resources that it’s hard to choose just one, but I’d have to say providing free public computer access for printing, scanning, faxing, and copy machines and staff who are able to assist patrons with access. It's helping a large part of our community meet needs in ways that ensure more equitable access to the services that are only available online or through the use of technology.

    Q: Tell us about a meaningful experience you’ve had in your library career

    AL: Part of my job as a librarian that has brought me the most joy is leading storytimes with young children. I love making connections with children and inspiring them to sing, dance, play, and most importantly, develop the fundamental skills to be able to read. 

    Q: What’s something that people may not know about the library?

    AL: The library does a lot of work outside of library buildings. We have a number of partnerships where we provide books and literacy support for children and adults in a variety of settings throughout the community. I think that's more hidden because we are doing that with our partners such as the Every Child a Reader program which works with Head Start programs, home visiting programs and other early childhood providers across the county. We also partner with the Multnomah County Health Department and the Reach Out and Read program to give books to children in health clinics at their well-child visits. We have a number of specialized programs for adults as well including library services for adults in custody at Inverness Jail & Columbia River Correctional Facility, our adult literacy programs and books by mail for individuals who are homebound. These and more are the less visible services but are incredibly impactful to those receiving them.

    Q: When you think about the future of the library, what do you envision?  

    AL: The key features of our new spaces, in addition to the future of libraries, in general, is about providing space and place for people. So people can not only access resources such as technology, books and other literacy support materials, but also have spaces to gather. Libraries are really that space where you don’t have to have any membership to belong, you don’t have to pay a fee to enter, and everyone in the community is invited and can be in that space. It’s our job as the library to provide spaces that are as inclusive as possible.

    Библиотека пополнила свою коллекцию новыми материалами на украинском языке! Библиотека уже несколько лет обладает коллекцией, насчитывающей более чем 400 экземпляров электронных книг и аудиокниг на украинском языке. Коллекция новых материалов даст возможность посетителям также пользоваться печатными изданиями.

    Новая коллекция на украинском языке представлена более 350 печатными книгами для взрослых и детей в различных жанрах - художественном, научно-популярном и др. Коллекция будет пополняться каждый год.

    Ukrainian selector Angela, holding two Ukrainian books in the library

    «После многих лет работы над созданием этой коллекции в нашей библиотеке я очень рада возможности предложить материалы на украинском языке нашему украинскому сообществу», — говорит Анжела Тверетинова, которая работала над выбором и приобретением материалов на украинском языке.

    Украинская коллекция станет частью “Коллекции на мировых языках” библиотеки. Вы можете найти материалы на украинском языке в Центральной библиотеке во взрослом и в детском отделах. Просмотрите списки книг для взрослых и детей на веб-сайте библиотеки, забронируйте, а затем закажите доставку в ближайшее для вас отделение для получения.

    В сумме коллекция электронных и печатных материалов на украинском языке сейчас насчитывает более 700 наименований. Будем рады предоставить вам эти книги, которые вы можете начать бронировать прямо сейчас!

    Photo of a young woman looking a holiday lights
    Holidays. There are quite a few of them in the fall and winter months, and they’re supposed to be fun, right? Except for many people, they can be stressful. Some facets that can be issues for teens, tweens and pretty much anybody:

    • Your favorite holiday is problematic
    • Your family is a mess
    • You have no $$
    • You are without personal or family traditions
    • You don't believe in _______ (fill in thing that requires belief)
    • You have food allergies
    • You’re struggling with mental health

    Here are some things to read (or watch) about those subjects.

    Surviving and Thriving During the Holidays, Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center

    “It’s Okay to Like Problematic Things”, URGE  

    Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues, National Institute of Mental Health

    Dealing with Grief During the Holidays (Doesn’t Mean Avoiding It), Teen Vogue 

    Why Coming Out to my Family is Not on My Holiday To-Do List, Teen Vogue

    The Agnostic’s Holiday (written by a teen for teens!)

    A Teen’s Perspective on the Holidays with Food Allergies, Food Allergy Research and Education

    Local teens create the All In My Head: Real Teens, Real Talk podcast, and there are two episodes about therapy: Therapy Part 1: The Teens features teens reflecting on their mental health journeys, and Therapy Part 2: The Therapist has an interview with a local mental health professional, plus tips for teens on talking to families about mental health and therapy.

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

    Photo of a family reading a book together
    Did you know the best things you can do to help your child get ready to learn to read also happen to be some of the easiest, cheapest, and most fun things, too? They are! 

    From the time kids are born, their brains are learning all the things they need to know so eventually they can put letters together into words and words into sentences. Singing songs and hearing and talking about books and stories help kids learn vocabulary and the rhythm and sounds of a language. Smooshing play dough, cutting paper with scissors, and digging in sandboxes, dirt, or piles of rice help make fingers and hands strong to hold a crayon, pencil, or pen later on when they are learning to write. Making up rules to their own games or creating their own stories helps them with social skills and learning about beginnings, middles, and ends. 

    Reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing are all things you can do at home without expensive supplies; just sing and dance around to a favorite song or pick up a book, start reading, and ask questions like, “What do you think will happen next?” to get the early literacy learning started!

    If this sounds like the kind of fun learning your family loves, the library has a lot of resources to help!

    • Zoom Bags (not to be confused with the online meetings!) are easy-to-grab, age-based bags in Spanish and English filled with books and simple activity suggestions on kid-friendly topics. You can place those on hold and pick them up at your local library! 
    • Storytime staff have videos of books, songs, flannelboard stories, and activities that you can enjoy and sing-along with on the library YouTube. You can even favorite and make playlists of the ones your family really enjoys! 
    • There are booklists created on a variety of topics to help you find good read-aloud books, including these age-based lists, and you can always get suggestions just for you and your family with a quick email to My Librarian - Tasha, Amy, Kate, Sherita, and Diana all love picture books!

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

    Image of a family at home
    Multnomah County is home to an increasing number of young dual language learners, most of whom will grow up to become bilingual or multilingual members of our community.  Whether they are learning a second language from their families, or as part of a dual language immersion program, the library is here to help.    

    According to research, the language learning process begins before we are born, at around 33 weeks into pregnancy when the auditory system develops.  Also, the younger we are, the faster we can learn a new language.  That means the fastest language learners are babies!  For more about bilingual babies, check out Naja Ferjan Ramirez’ fascinating TED Talk “Creating Bilingual Minds.” 

    Families typically approach raising dual language learners in one of two ways:  

    • Some families prioritize one language at home– usually the parent or caregiver’s first language – while using the other language out in the community.  
    • Other families use two (or more) languages from the start and create opportunities for kids to experience both languages.  Playfully mixing languages is a part of becoming bilingual.  

     

    Families can support their kids’ language skills by finding enjoyable ways for them to interact with both languages via conversations, games, music, media, cultural events, and, of course, books!  For bilingual fun in English and Spanish, check out our new booklist for titles that include words and text both languages (below), or check out our Welcome to Reading and Bienvenidos a la Lectura titles to support beginning readers.     

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

    As a parent of three children with dyslexia, I have faced many of the challenges common to caregivers of a youth with dyslexia. 

    One of the biggest challenges I faced was navigating school special education to provide access to a free education appropriate to my students’ learning style. All students have a right to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through Federal Law.  My kids were not learning how to read in the classroom, and the school didn’t seem to be doing anything. Oregon legislation has changed since my kids first started school, and schools are required to do more to address dyslexia. But is it enough? You may have to advocate for the youth in your life. 

    Things to consider...

    Mental health:

    • Research has shown that individuals with learning disabilities: 
      • may experience increased levels of anxiety.  
      • may be at greater risk for depression.  
      • experience higher levels of loneliness. 
      • may have a lower self-concept (self-esteem).  
      • are at greater risk for substance abuse. 
      • may be at greater risk for juvenile delinquency.
    • 20 percent of children with dyslexia also suffer from depression and another 20 percent suffer from an anxiety disorder.

    Incarceration Rates 

    • Percent of adults in custody with dyslexia: 48% 
    • Percent of adolescents with learning disabilities that will be arrested three to five years out of high school: 31%

    These facts are alarming. But there is good news … intervention helps! When modern, research based instruction is put into place in grades K-2, the reading disability rate drops.

    Knowing where to go or who to talk to get an assessment for dyslexia can be difficult. Many states have passed legislation to identify dyslexia in children early on.  If you aren’t in school or you feel that your school is missing something, check out our Uncovering Dyslexia blog post, which points to places in Multnomah County who will privately assess for dyslexia. 

    Resources for families affected by dyslexia 

    Looking for books to share with your family? Here are some fiction books for kids and teens featuring characters with dyslexia, and here are some nonfiction books on dyslexia written for kids. For more information on dyslexia, including some book recommendations for caregivers, please see our previous post on Uncovering Dyslexia.


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

    a red apple on top of three textbooks on a desk with grey background
    Parent-teacher conferences can make students and their grownups feel anxious, but it helps when you feel prepared. Like all good conversations, parent-teacher conferences are best when everyone involved talks and listens. This meeting is the time for you to find out about your student's progress in school and ask their teacher to show you information about their attendance, grades and test results. And to find out if your student is meeting school expectations and academic standards. This is also time for the teacher to find out how your student is at home. When you tell the teacher about your student's abilities, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help them more. 

    Here are some ideas to help you prepare for your next parent-teacher conference.

    Main points for a successful meeting

    • Keep the emphasis on learning. 
    • Review samples of your student's work.
    • Listen carefully and take notes.
    • Ask questions.
    • Respect the conversation, stay calm.
    • Follow up if an action was decided upon.

    Remember, your student absolutely deserves to receive the attention, commitment and support they need to be successful in school. And the parent-teacher conference is one valuable way you can ensure this is happening.  

    Before the meeting

    • If you cannot attend the meeting on the day and time that it's scheduled, inform the teacher and request to reschedule.
    • Talk to your student about how they feel at school and how they think school is going.
    • Ask your student to share with you what they want to accomplish this school year.
    • If possible, set some learning goals together that you can share with their teacher.
    • Review homework, tests and grades (if you have them).
    • You will likely receive both positive feedback on your student's progress and feedback on areas that need improvement. Be prepared to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your student with some of their challenges.
    • If needed, request an interpreter beforehand; your child should not act as interpreter during the meeting.
    • Make a list of questions based on how your student is doing at school (see below for some sample questions).
    • If possible, send a note to the teacher with your questions ahead of time so they can prepare as well.

    During the meeting

    • Thank the teacher for meeting with you.    
    • Ask about your student's academic development. 
    • Ask for evaluations and samples of your student's work.
    • Ask for ideas on how to help your student at home.
    • Ask for explanations of anything you do not understand.
    • Ask the teacher how they will contribute to your student's success.
    • Respectfully discuss differences of opinion.
    • Pay attention to the teacher’s comments and take notes on what is said and planned.
    • In many cases we do not have the precise words to respond to the teacher’s comments in the moment. It is fine to "sleep on it" or get a second opinion before making decisions/agreements.
    • Focus your comments on academics. If your student engages in behaviors that are affecting their learning or achievement, ask the teacher for a different meeting to discuss.
    • Ask that the school notify you as soon as possible about any inappropriate behaviors. It is important to your student's future that you take action immediately.
    • Likewise, ask the teacher not to wait until the parent-teacher conference to tell you about your student's performance.

    After the meeting

    • Reflect on what topics were reviewed and what topics need a follow-up.
    • Make a plan to follow up on what you and the teacher agreed upon to help your student be successful in class.
    • Set a date to meet with the teacher again and keep in touch with the teacher.
    • Talk with your student.
    • Start working on an action plan or family agreement.
    • Learn more about the education system, the school curriculum, and the tests your student must take (the library can help!).

    Possible questions for parent-teacher conferences
    1. How is my student doing in your class? What are their grades?
    2. Is my student attending a special class, program or group? Why? What is the purpose of having my student there?
    3. Is my student on grade level for reading? What about math, science and writing? Do you have any recommendations for my student to improve their learning? (Note: If tutoring is mentioned, please check out our post on free tutoring resources.)
    4. What do you suggest we do if we are at home and my student gets “stuck” on homework?
    5. What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my student needs to understand by the end of the year? 
    6. How do you measure academic progress?
    7. Has my student failed to return any homework or project?
    8. Does my student participate and express their opinions in class?
    9. Overall, do you have any concerns about my student's academic progress?
    10. What are the best school or district resources that we should consider using as a family to support our student in the classroom?
    11. What can I do to help you and my student?
    12. What is the best way for me to reach you?

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

    Para muchas personas, conocer a bibliotecarios fuera de la biblioteca es su primera experiencia con la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah. La biblioteca brinda servicios creados específicamente para las comunidades que hablan español, ruso, vietnamita y chino. El personal de la biblioteca dedicado a estos idiomas y culturas sale a la comunidad y se reúne con personas de la tercera edad, niños que están a punto de comenzar la escuela y familias en sus hogares.

    El equipo bilingüe de servicios en español colabora con escuelas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro para conectarse con los usuarios dentro y fuera de la biblioteca.

    En eventos comunitarios grandes, el personal bilingüe de la biblioteca pone una mesa con actividades, libros gratis y otros recursos. El personal ofrece juegos y comparte información sobre cómo la biblioteca puede ser un lugar divertido para toda la familia.

    Jeannine González, bibliotecaria juvenil bilingüe, ha coordinado eventos en escuelas, parques y albergues familiares.

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    Jeannine dice que "el trabajo en los albergues familiares ha sido una oportunidad para interactuar y conectarse con familias que se encuentran en un momento de sus vidas en el que no pueden visitar una biblioteca o los servicios de la biblioteca pública son completamente nuevos para ellos como lo es el caso de muchas familias inmigrantes.”

    En cada visita, el personal de la biblioteca trae libros gratis y actividades. "Las actividades brindan una oportunidad para que las familias visiten nuestra mesa y aprendan sobre los servicios de la biblioteca. Cuando la biblioteca regala libros, eso también ayuda a las familias a coleccionar sus propios libros,” dice Jeannine.

    La bibliotecaria juvenil bilingüe Pati Morán disfruta conectarse con niños y sus padres en eventos comunitarios. A través del programa Transición Temprana al Kínder (Early Kindergarten Transition), Pati se conecta con los padres que tienen hijos que van a ingresar al kínder. El programa presenta recursos a los padres sobre cómo apoyar a sus niños mientras aprenden a leer.

    "A veces, en estos programas también conectamos a los padres con recursos para obtener vivienda y comida o con ayuda técnica como de la computadora,” dice Pati.

    Pati también ha conectado a los padres con Alonso Meléndez, el coordinador de inclusión y equidad digital bilingüe de la biblioteca. Alonso desarrolla clases de tecnología para adultos.

    "Las clases de computación que doy para adultos son una gran oportunidad para brindar apoyo de una manera cultural y en su propio idioma lo cual ayuda para que se sientan cómodos,” dice Alonso.

    Los estudiantes en las clases de Alonso aprenden muchas cosas sobre tecnología. Aprenden cómo encender una computadora y usar un teclado, enviar correos electrónicos, navegar por el Internet y usar Zoom.

    En colaboración con El Programa Hispano, la asistente bibliotecaria bilingüe, Laura Bradshaw, trabaja con personas de la tercera edad y se reúne con ellos a través de Zoom.

    "Las personas de la tercera edad son una de las poblaciones más vulnerables que presentan una variedad de necesidades, como el acceso a la atención médica, la seguridad económica y las barreras culturales y de idioma, entre otras. Nuestros ancianos experimentan aislamiento y reunirse como grupo en El Programa Hispano ayuda para que socialicen y se mantengan activos,” dice Laura.

    A través de este programa virtual, Laura ofrece cuentos, conversaciones y recursos para personas mayores.

    "Me encanta escuchar las historias personales de los ancianos, su sentido del humor es maravilloso y siempre están agradecidos,” dice Laura.

    ¡El equipo de español realiza entre diez o más eventos en la comunidad cada mes! Y no son el único grupo bilingüe que organiza este tipo de evento. Los equipos de la biblioteca también están presentes y brindan servicios en eventos de las comunidades china, vietnamita, rusa y más. Para conectarse con servicios bilingües en la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah, llame al 503.988.5123.

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