California is currently in the thick of one of the most severe droughts on record. Much of Oregon is also dealing with moderate to extreme drought conditions. There are currently 1.5 million Oregonians directly affected by drought. Learn more about drought, water rights and politics, and the future of this vital world resource with these materials from the Multnomah County Library. - Catherine M.
1984 was a year of massive contradiction. On the surface, Orwell's bleak nightmare was nowhere to be seen. But Reaganomics, the growing AIDS epidemic, CIA manipulation of arms and drug circulation, and the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation provided a superstructure of monstrous proportions. At the same time, pop music was exploding everywhere and the recording industry was experiencing unprecedented profits. Here's a snapshot of some of the more crucial records of the spectacle that was/is 1984.
While you can't know what the weather forecast holds for us in Spring, you should know we are always looking for something to read here at the Troutdale Branch. Check out our picks this month - hopefully you find a new book too.
For a long time, I read nonfiction almost exclusively. Much of it was academic so occasionally I needed to find something light and fun to mentally recharge myself. The problem was if I read fiction...