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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.

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Multnomah County Library

Midland Library will be providing free summer lunch for children and teens 18 years old and younger. Summer lunch will be available from 12-1 pm, Monday-Friday, beginning July 5 until August 5. Meals will be provided in the large meeting room, with activities such as crafts and STEM kits. No registration is needed. 

Summer lunch is sponsored by Wattles Boys & Girls Club, and is part of a federal program, Summer Food Service Program.

Midland Library is located at 805 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, 97223.

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 6/14/22]

Information on Centennial's summer meal program can be found at this link. You can also see this flyer in English/español/русский

Food 4 Families will have food distribution on the second and fourth Wednesdays of June, July and August at Centennial High School, 3505 SE 182nd Ave, Gresham, 97030. 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Click here for distribution dates.

David Douglas [updated 6/21/22] 

There are food pantries located at the following David Douglas school buildings. These are for families to pick up free groceries, not grab-and-go meals. Check the link for a calendar that shows times and any closures.

  • Floyd Light Middle School: 10800 SE Washington St. Mondays, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Cherry Park Elementary: 1930 SE 104th Ave. Mondays, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Earl Boyles Elementary: 10822 SE Bush St. Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. BEGINNING JULY 12
  • Mill Park Elementary: 1900 SE 117th Ave. Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Gilbert Park Elementary: 13132 SE Ramona St. Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • David Douglas High South Building: 1500 SE 130th Ave. Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Gilbert Heights Elementary: 12839 SE Holgate Blvd. Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

Gresham-Barlow [updated 6/21/22]

Summer Meals are offered at no charge to participants 1-18 years of age.  We do have some important changes to share for this summer’s service:

  • Parent(s)/ Guardians will no longer be able to pick up meals on behalf of their children.
  • Students/participants must be present to receive a meal and remain on-site when consuming their meal (food items are not allowed off-site).
  • Multiple meals will not be served at one meal service.  Meals will be served daily, Monday through Friday.

Meals will be served at the following locations, June 27th through August 12th:

  • Springwater Trail High School, 1440 SE Fleming Avenue, Gresham. Monday-Thursday, Breakfast:  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Lunch:  11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Gresham Arts Plaza (Splash Pad), 401 NE 2nd Street, Gresham. Monday-Friday, Lunch only: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Gresham Main City Park, 219 S. Main Avenue, Gresham. Monday-Friday, Lunch only: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Red Sunset Park, 2403 NE Red Sunset Drive, Gresham. Monday-Friday, Lunch only: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Nadaka Park, 17615 NE Glisan Street, Portland. Monday-Friday, Lunch only: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

Parkrose [updated 6/29/22]

Summer meals will be served at the following sites and dates for children and teens aged 18 and younger. Meals must be consumed on-site. More information here:

  • Gateway Discovery Park: 10520 NE Halsey St. June 27th through August 26th (closed July 4th), 11 a.m. to noon
  • Luuwit View Park: NE 127th Ave. and NE Fremont. June 27th through August 26th (closed July 4th). 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Parkrose High School: 12003 NE Shaver St. June 27th through July 28th (Monday through Thursday). Breakfast 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., lunch noon - 12:45 p.m.
  • Parkrose Middle School: 11800 NE Shaver St. July 5th through July 28th (Monday through Thursday). Breakfast 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., lunch noon - 12:45 p.m.

 

Portland [updated 6/14/22]

From the PPS website: In partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, daily free lunch and activities will be offered throughout the city in the 16 parks from June 21 through August 19. Lunches are free for all children in the community ages 1-18. Please note, all lunches must be eaten within the designated eating area at the park.  Grab and go meals are no longer available per USDA regulations and all children must be present to receive a lunch.  No food may be taken home.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding with this transition in rules from last year's services. Sites and times are listed below:

  • Alberta Park, 1905 NE Killingsworth St. Noon - 1pm
  • Columbia Park, 4503 N Lombard St. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Cully Park, 5810 NE 72nd Ave. Noon - 1pm
  • Essex Park, 7730 SE Center St. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Harrison Park, 1931 SE 84th Ave. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Holly Farm Park, 10819 SW Capitol Hwy. Noon - 1pm
  • Irving Park, 875 NE Fremont St. Noon -1pm
  • Kenton Park, 8417 N Brandon Ave. Noon - 1:30pm
  • K'hunamokwst Park, 5200 NE Alberta St. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Lents Park, 4677 N Trenton St. Noon - 1:30pm
  • Montavilla Park, NE 82nd Ave and NE Glisan St. Noon -1:00pm
  • Mt. Scott Park, SE 72nd Ave and SE Ramona St. Noon - 1:30pm
  • Peninsula Park, 700 N Rosa Parks Way. Noon - 1:30pm
  • St. Johns Park, 8427 N Central St. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Stephens Creek Crossing, 6715-6861 SW 26th Ave. 12:30pm - 1:30pm

 

Reynolds [updated 6/21/22]

    Click here for summer meals information. Meals will be served Monday through Friday, June 27th to August 5th, at the following schools.
    • Alder Elementary School: 17200 SE Alder St. 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Davis Elementary School: 19501 NE Davis St. 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Fairview Elementary School: 225 Main St., Fairview. 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Glenfair Elementary School: 15300 NE Glisan St. 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    • H.B. Lee Middle School: 1121 NE 172nd Ave. 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Reynolds Middle School: 1200 NE 201st Ave., Fairview. 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Walt Morey Middle School: 2801 SW Lucas Rd., Troutdale. 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Wilkes Elementary School: 17020 NE Wilkes Rd. 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Woodland Elementary School: 21607 NE Glisan St., Fairview. 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Other community locations serving meals can be found here.
     

    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.

    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
    • Kenton Church, 2115 N Lombard St. Every 4th Tuesday from 10am 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.
     
    Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): 11020 NE Halsey St., Portland. Offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am, plus every 3rd Thursday per month from 5pm to 7pm. 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.
     
     
     

    Mom and child reading at a library

    For families looking for a welcoming space for children on the autism spectrum or those that would like a more adaptive storytime experience, Sensory Storytime is an inclusive and interactive program. 

    Sensory Storytime is a weekly online event supporting neurodiverse families. Children get a chance to have fun with the library while staying at home in a safe and predictable place. 

    “My kids are on the autism spectrum, and the pandemic meant they were completely out of their regular therapies for a long time. The Sensory Storytime was a lifeline during those times, and continues to be. They practice turn-taking, and the activities are super fun and engaging!” says Carmem, a Storytime parent. 

    Children with sensory processing differences may have a tough time coming to the library due to sounds, lighting or other stimuli. The way that each child reacts to new spaces and interactions can be completely different, and there is not a one size fits all approach. 

    “We have really valued all of the virtual options for learning that allow my child to be in her own space, but also be exposed to other children… activities as simple as finger drawing in salt in a tray help me (as a parent) think of simple, creative, engaging activities to keep us all busy,” says Taylor, another Storytime parent. 

    Prior to the pandemic, Sensory Storytime was offered in person, and attendance was relatively low. In 2020, all events and programs switched to online. More families began to join in this storytime. 

    “When Covid pushed storytimes online, we had the pleasant surprise that our reach to this community grew. Rather than the handful of families coming to in-person storytime, our Zoom storytimes often have as many as 50 families that register in a given session, and some families have been with us since the pandemic started,” says Kri Schlafer, bilingual library assistant. 

    During each session of Sensory Storytime the instructors, Kri and Karen, show the children a visual schedule. They refer to the schedule throughout the storytime to help participants track what's happening in storytime, and what they will be doing next. As part of the schedule, they take time to say hello, sing, stretch and move, and read a couple of stories together. The storytime ends with a sensory activity, a rhyme, and saying goodbye. 

    The library provides all program supplies not commonly found at home. Families can pick activity kits up at their local library branch or request that kits be mailed directly to their homes.

    “Every week is full of songs, stories and an activity based on that week’s theme. It is all age group appropriate, but also manages to be inclusive for children with different needs and abilities. Finding activities that my son (with expressive language disorder) can participate in has been daunting, but this has been the perfect fit for us,” says Grace, a Storytime parent.

    Sensory Storytime is one of several resources assisting with accessibility needs. Every library is equipped with a Sensory Accommodation Kit. These kits provide tools to help with background noises and other distractions. Kits can include a wiggle cushion, fidgets, and other items. In addition, patrons can request a free set of headphones at any library location.

    For a sensory learning experience, families can find interactive learning and play structures in the children’s section of several libraries. 

    With the upcoming Library Capital Bond project, there will be more changes to spaces to better accommodate neurodiverse people— like the sensory room that will be added to the updated Midland library. 

    Through the bond work, library spaces will be updated to better reflect the needs of the community. Long gone is the idea that the library has to be a quiet space, but rather it is meant to be a community space for all to feel welcome.

    Registration is now open for the Sensory Storytime summer session (July 12-August 23). And, if you want to enjoy storytime, but can’t make it live, take a look at the library’s Sensory Storytime videos. Welcome to the library!

    The Summer Reading program is about more than reading. It is about building a love for learning with fun things to do for all ages.

    A young child pointing out words in a picture book. An older kid cooking and baking. A teen studying for their driver license. These are just a few of the ways to join in Summer Reading.

    Child holding books and library card

    Early childhood: ages 0-4

    Summer Reading before you can read? Yes! Reading to babies and toddlers to help them develop a reading habit. They can also count letters, scribble, sing, and play games. Babies born during the summer months can start playing Summer Reading right away! Explore fun stories and songs by joining a storytime online or outdoors this summer

    Five kids running on grass

    Kindergarten - grade 5

    Children can participate by listening to an audiobook, playing games and even creating games! Going outside, gardening, looking at bugs and exploring the world around them can make kids curious to learn more. Playing sports or team games helps to build skills for cooperating and planning with others. 

    "It's important to think outside the books so that Summer Reading is relevant and accessible to people of all cultures, abilities, interests, and learning styles," says Keli Yeats, youth librarian.

    Cooking and baking is also an opportunity for children of all ages, teens and adults to participate in Summer Reading. When cooking and baking, kids can read recipes and practice math and science. Check out an e-cookbook! Make recipes based on a book or story: Arab Fairy Tale Feasts, The Manga Cookbook, The Pokémon Cookbook. You can listen to local music through the Library Music Project while you work together to make a delicious meal. 

    “Other things that you can do to participate that promote learning outside of reading include: writing your own story, writing a poem, or creating your own game, making art or exploring a new language . . .  All of those are different activities that we encourage youth to do throughout the summer months to participate in this game and promote learning,” says Bryan Fearn, community learning manager.

    Two teens in front of 3-D printer at Rockwood Makerspace

    Middle school and high school

    Teens may think reading is the only option for participating in Summer Reading. Not so! If toddlers can participate through play, why shouldn’t teens and adults?

    Try tabletop or video role playing games. Teens can learn history and practice storytelling. There can be a lot of reading and math in character development and game rules. Teamwork in these games builds the same skills as physical sports.

    Other ways teens can stay involved in Summer Reading is by learning to be good digital citizens online and through social media. Everyday rules in our day to day lives don't always translate to those in the digital space, so learning how to seek good online spaces, research information for accuracy, and checking community guidelines can make a big difference. 

    “This gets to the point of Summer Reading. It’s not just about reading books. It’s about preparing youth and teens to go out and navigate the world as adults,” says Keli Yeats, youth librarian.

    At the Rockwood Makerspace, teens can learn how to use new technology or create independent art projects. It’s a great way to build digital skills and confidence.

    Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to enhancing our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support.

    Adults

    Adults can play a Summer Reading game too with the Read 4 Life game. Through Hoopla, adults can browse a collection of digital comics, play music, or even check out movies. See the library’s events page for classes for job seekers, computer help, and more. 

    Read 4 Life is sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

    What is Dyslexia?

    Dyslexia is a neurological difference often characterized by difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. It may run in the families and cannot be “cured.” Individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies.

    Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. With the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read.  A multi-sensory, phonics based approach is often the best way to help kids learn to read. The Orton-Gillingham, Barton System and/or Lindamood-Bell programs are well known programs that work.

    This great Ted-Ed talk provides an overview of dyslexia.

    What should I look for?

    Decoding Dyslexia offers these early signs of dyslexia:

    • Late speech (3 years or later)
    • Mixing up sounds in multi-syllable words (e.g. bisghetti, aminal, mazageen)
    • Inability to rhyme by age 4
    • Difficulty with substitutions, omissions and deletions
    • Unusual pencil grip
    • Difficulty remembering rote facts (months of the year, days of the week)
    • Confusion of left vs. right  

    One of the biggest challenges of dyslexia is counteracting shame caused by teasing and misunderstanding. Children are often teased because they can’t read as well as others. Teachers may say things like “she’s a slow reader” in front of the child or parents. Kids know what “slow” means and they often grow up believing they are “stupid” and/or “lazy.”

    Headstrong Nation’s Learn the Facts wants you to know the facts, help your child recognize her/his strengths and weaknesses, learn how to talk about it with trusted friends and family and eventually, be comfortable sharing one’s real self with the world.

    Dyslexia Assessment in Multnomah County

    Oregon Senate Bills 612 and 1003 require school districts to universally screen for risk factors of dyslexia in kindergarten. The Oregon Department of Education provides guidance and training for districts and educators. If you or your child aren't in school or you feel the school is missing something, here are a few of the many assessment and intervention providers in the County.

    The Blosser Center - Accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, the Blosser Center provides assessment, tutoring and teacher training.

    Language Skills Therapy - Provides assessment and tutoring

    New Leaves Clinic - Provides assessment and treatment in Hillsboro, Oregon

    PDX Reading Specialist, LLC​ - Provides assessment, tutoring, advocacy and professional development

    How the library can help

    There are three valid types of reading: with your eyes (print & video), with your ears (audiobooks), and with your fingers (Braille).  

    Audiobooks

    Typically easier for someone with dyslexia, the library has thousands of audiobooks on CD and in downloadable formats for people who read with their ears. Library information staff can help you find and use audiobooks.

    DVD/Blu-ray and streaming

    The library has thousands of DVDs, Blu-ray and downloadable films for people who read with eyes and ears. Library information staff can help you find and use these media.

    E-books

    E-books are available to borrow through OverDrive to read on your desktop or with the Libby app. Accessibility options include using screen readers, changing text size, turning on dyslexic font, reading in sepia or night mode, and more. When searching for a subject, you can also look for the format "OverDrive Read-along" which provides narration that plays along while you read. The OverDrive help page explains how to find these read-along books and library staff can help as well.

    Additional resources

    Bookshare e-books have functions for people with print disabilities, including low vision, dyslexia and the inability to hold a physical book. Adults with a library card can get free access through the library. Students can get access through their school.

    The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library is free for any Oregonian with a print-disability including dyslexia or dysphasia.

    This Pride Month, the library is recognizing the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) communities. Through the sharing of their own experiences, talents and advocacy, they’ve become influential voices for our time.

    1) Darcelle XV (he/him) also known as Walter W. Cole, is a drag queen performer, entertainer, and cabaret owner in Portland. His memoir Just Call Me Darcelle shares stories from his past and present as Oregon’s most celebrated female impersonator. 

    Darcelle XV

    2) Charlie Amáyá Scott (they/she) is a writer, academic/ PhD candidate, social media influencer and activist from the central part of the Navajo Nation. Through their blog, Diné Aesthetic(s), Charlie develops educational resources on Indigenous Feminism.

    3) Ocean Vuong (he/him) is an award-winning poet, essay and novel writer. His 2019 debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is a letter from a son to a mother covering topics of race, class, and masculinity.

    Ocean Vuong

    4) Carmen Maria Machado (she/her) is a short story author, essayist, and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, In the Dream House, dives into history of abuse in relationships and specifically between lesbian partners. 

    Carmen Maria Machado

    5) Lil Nas X (he/him) is the first openly gay Black music artist to win a Country Music Association award and Grammy Award. In 2021 he was awarded the Trevor Project’s Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award for his commitment to supporting young LGBTQ+ people struggling with thoughts of suicide. 

    Little Nas X

    6) Traci Carr (they/she) is an activist based in Los Angeles, focusing on Black activism and intersectionality for being Queer and Black. Traci organizes direct action protests for causes such as Black Women Periodt, Free Eman, and Trans Joy Day. She is also the creator and host of the upcoming series Superpower to the People, in development for streaming.

    7) Jazz Jennings (she/her) is an activist, YouTube personality, and the co-founder of TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation. She has written two books (I Am Jazz! and Being Jazz) about acceptance and her life experience.

    Jazz Jennings

    8) Edgar Gomez (he/him) is a femme-queer-Latinx man of Nicaraguan and Puerto Rican descent. His debut memoir High-Risk Homosexual is about his life experience as a gay man in an anti-gay space and machismo culture.

    9) Darcie Little Barger (she/her) is an earth scientist and science fiction, horror, and fantasy author. Her novel Elatsoe features an asexual Lipan Apache teenager and was a YA (Young Adult) bestseller.

    10) Billie Jean King (she/her) is a world-renowned tennis player and champion who won 39 Grand Slam titles. She fought for equal pay and rights for female and male athletes. Beloved in her home city of Long Beach, California, where she was born and raised, the local Long Beach library is named the Billie Jean King Main Library.

    Billie Jean King

    11) Qwo-Li Driskill (they/them) is a poet, scholar, activist, and assistant professor at Oregon State University. Their book, Asegi Stories, provides insight into Cherokee cultural memories of same-sex relationships and nonbinary gender systems. 

    12) Julie Sondra Decker (she/her) is a YouTuber and writer most well known for her work on asexuality through her book The Invisible Orientation.

    13) Geo Socomah Neptune (they/she) is a nonbinary Two-Spirit member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, a master basketmaker, educator, activist, and the first openly transgender elected offical in Maine. Learn the history of the term two-spirit in this video with Geo and Them.

    14) Kosoko Jackson (he/him) is an author of short stories, essays, and novels featuring Black and Queer youth. His newest book, I’m So (not) Over You, is a romantic comedy about a young couple.

    15) Joshua Whitehead (he/him) is an Oji-nêhiyaw Two-Spirit queer otâcimow from Peguis First Nation. An author, professor, and PhD candidate who helped create and uplift Indigiqueer through his writing, including Jonny Appleseed and Full Metal Indigiqueer.

    On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday. This monumental day was made possible by the countless efforts of strong community leaders. Among them is Opal Lee -  coined as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.”

    Opal Lee

    Ms. Opal worked for years to bring awareness to the United States Congress that Juneteenth is a day that needed to be celebrated nationwide. For decades, it’s been observed throughout the United States as a day to rejoice and commemorate June 19, 1865, and the abolition of slavery. 

    This day symbolizes the two and a half years that passed after the Emancipation Proclamation when over 250,000 Black people in Texas were finally free from enslavement. 

    With the goal of gathering support to make Juneteenth a national holiday, Ms. Opal started an online petition that gained over 1.5 million signatures. And in 2016, at the age of 89, Ms. Opal set out to hand deliver this petition to the President in Washington, D.C. 

    Opal Lee waving to crowd on her walk

    In September 2016, she embarked on a 1,400 mile long trek from Fort Worth, Texas, arriving in Washington, D.C. in January 2017. The journey, was divided into 2.5-mile-long walks every day, symbolizing the 2.5 years that it took to abolish slavery in Texas. Every year since, Ms. Opal has been steering a 2.5-mile walk in remembrance of Juneteenth. 

    At the age of 94, Ms. Opal was able to reach her goal of making Juneteenth a federal holiday during her lifetime. In her recently published book Juneteenth: A Children’s Story, Ms. Opal advocates for education as a tool to make social change. She discusses the history of slavery and the importance of freedom.

    Clara Peoples

    In Oregon, Clara Peoples has been an important figure in the observance of Juneteenth, leading the first public celebration at Kaiser Shipyards in 1945. Ms.Clara spoke to her co-workers saying, “Hear ye, hear ye. It’s Juneteenth. We have 15 minutes to celebrate,” and the first celebration was afoot.

    Clara Peoples

    In 1972, Ms.Clara helped make Juneteenth a recognized holiday for the City of Portland, and started the larger celebrations known as Juneteenth Oregon shortly after. The Juneteenth Oregon celebrations include a parade, live music, vendors, educational booths, community resources, and a Miss Juneteenth pageant. 

    The Miss Juneteenth pageant is an event celebrating Juneteenth and offering young Black women a chance to showcase their success, knowledge, and talent. This program also has an educational component to help develop leadership skills, community, and self-empowerment. 

    In 2019, Aceia “Ace” Spade, a teen from Eugene, won the state of Oregon Miss Juneteenth competition. As Miss Juneteenth, Ace was the recipient of a scholarship, and additional educational resources. In 2021, Ace participated in the National Miss Juneteenth Pageant, and won the competition! 

    The Juneteenth celebrations provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and build a sense of community. 

    Juneteenth at the library 

    Since 2001, the library has been celebrating Juneteenth in the form of events, book displays and giveaways, especially at the North Portland Library. 

    Leading these efforts for 20 years was Ms. Patricia Welch, who wanted to celebrate Juneteenth and build stronger relationships with the North Portland community. In the first celebration, titled Juneteenth: Words Along the Way, there were readings of famous Black authors and activists, performances from local theater company PassinArt, and music from Thara Memory’s community orchestra playing symphonic music from Black composers.

    “We have had some excellent Juneteenth celebrations, but this first one was hard to beat,” says Ms. Patricia. “We were reading everything from Frederick Douglass to Malcolm X. We had an ice cream social with red pop, so people could make their own sundae. It was a glorious day for the library to be part of this tradition.”

    Although there have not been Juneteenth celebrations in person in the last few years, the library hopes to be able to bring back these events and engage with the community this way in the coming years. 

    Current North Portland Library Administrator Perry Gardner says that “Juneteenth is a true celebration of freedom.”

    Perry also speaks to the connection between Juneteenth and literacy, saying that “with Juneteenth, people can engage in innovation of their minds… Going from the chains of illiteracy to the freedom of literacy and the opportunity to be educated.”

    To find resources on the history of Juneteenth, take a look at these Juneteenth resources from My Librarian Alicia T.

    Summer Reading

    Students across Multnomah County will receive a Summer Reading gameboard at their school before summer vacation begins. To participate, players keep track of the time they read, are read to, listen to audiobooks, or complete gameboard activities. Players can earn books, coupons, a Summer Reading T-shirt and other prizes. Summer Reading is free, and youth who finish the game will be entered into the grand prize drawing.

    Family wearing Summer Reading shirts, holding books, at library

    Summer Reading gameboards are available in English and Spanish, with instructions for the game available in Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Youth can also play online using Beanstack or by downloading the mobile Beanstack app.

    The Summer Reading program includes an array of fun, free online events for children, teens and families. Enjoy summer time stories, music, crafts, magic and other activities this summer. Plus, it’s possible your student already has access to the library through the Library Connect program! The Library Connect program allows students to have instant access to books, online resources, movies, music, and more. 

    Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to enhancing our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support. Learn more about the Summer Reading program in this fun video.

    Volunteers

    Summer Reading volunteers will be back in person at the library this summer. Volunteers explain the Summer Reading game to youth and their families, help youth select prizes, and more. There are still library locations with volunteer spots available. The volunteer application lists what library locations still have volunteer openings. Apply by June 10.

    Are you a teen who loves Summer Reading, but would rather volunteer from home? Become a Summer Reading Promoter. Share your love of Summer Reading while earning volunteer hours. Do chalk art, create Summer Reading posters, share information about Summer Reading through social media, and more! Learn more and apply

    Person wearing summer reading shirt at library

    Read 4 Life

    Adults can play too! Beginning June 16, pick up a Read 4 Life gameboard at your local library, or sign up to play online with Beanstack.

    Gameboards are available in Spanish, Chinese and English; however, you are welcome to play the game in any language.

    Challenge yourself with activities like starting a daily reading practice, exploring the library's Black Resources Collection or getting a list of recommended reads from the My Librarian team. 

    Once you've completed four of the gameboard activities, you can enter to win prizes such as gift coupons to Third Eye Books, Starbucks and more.

    Read 4 Life is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

    ¡El verano ya está aquí y con él un sinnúmero de actividades por realizar! Nada mejor que planear lo que queremos hacer y que hemos dejado pendiente por tiempo. Mis preferencias durante esta estación del año van desde leer un libro en una tarde soleada o escuchar otro libro cuando estoy limpiando mi casa. Tal vez leer en compañia de la familia o leer un libro ilustrado con su niño pueda ser otra alternativa.

    Otra actividad para disfrutar y divertirse es participar en la Lectura de Verano para adultos que la biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah ofrece año con año. Cocinar ricos platillos y compartir las recetas de los mismos con mis amigos es algo que me encanta hacer también. Qué tal el trabajo en el jardín, plantando flores o vegetales. Y qué decir de los paseos al aire libre o por la playa. ¡Con los días largos llenos de luz natural no hay tiempo que perder! Cualquiera de estas opciones y otras más hacen del verano un tiempo lleno de memorias especiales. ¿Cuál será su historia este verano? 

    "You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." - James Baldwin

    Stories help us understand ourselves and empathize with others. Explore these lists featuring authors and characters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, Two-spirit and more. From romance to manga, history to science fiction, find your next good read here.

    Are you looking for books for kids and teens? Find them here. If you're looking for reading recommendations beyond these lists, try My Librarian.

    La comunicación efectiva es esencial para construir asociaciones entre la escuela y la familia y apoyar el rendimiento de los estudiantes. Esta asociación debe estar unida al aprendizaje, abordar las diferencias culturales y tener un sistema de toma de decisiones compartido.

    He aquí una serie de recursos para tomar en cuenta cuando se comunique con las escuelas.

    Guía de recursos para las familias de habla hispana. Esta guía menciona las expectativas que los padres y tutores pueden tener acerca de las escuelas, sus maestros y su hijo. Además, incluye información acerca de los recursos con los que las escuelas cuentan y las medidas que las familias pueden tomar para ayudar a sus estudiantes a aprender.

    Hable con los maestros para aclarar dudas sobre las tareas escolares. Incluye sugerencias de cómo abordar algunos problemas que los estudiantes enfrentan al realizar sus tareas y cómo comunicarse y trabajar junto con los maestros para poder ayudar a su estudiante con el trabajo en la escuela y en casa.

    Preguntas que hacen los padres sobre las escuelas y sus servicios. ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi estudiante? ¿Qué puedo esperar de los maestros? Como padres, tenemos muchas preguntas acerca del sistema educativo y cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a que tengan éxito en la escuela. Este folleto presenta una serie de preguntas y sus respuestas.  

    Consejos para las reuniones de padres y maestros. Las investigaciones comprueban que la participación de la familia es esencial para el éxito de los estudiantes. Aquí encontrará ideas de cómo prepararse para las reuniones con los maestros y cómo dar seguimiento a los puntos y acuerdos que se mencionen durante la reunión.

    Ideas y recursos para desarrollar y mantener las buenas relaciones entre la escuela y la familia. Las reuniones entre padres y maestros deben ser enfocadas en el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes. Es importante prepararse con preguntas, comentarios y planes para una futura reunión. Esta hoja informativa contiene información para padres, maestros y directores de escuelas. Usted puede ver lo que se puede esperar de cada uno de estos grupos.

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