Attention, educators! Are you tired of using the same old books with your classes every year? Attend one of the library's summer educator workshops to learn about the latest and greatest books to use in the classroom. All workshops will be offered online this year.
Gotta Read This: New Books to Connect with Your Curriculum: This workshop highlights new books you might integrate into your language arts, social studies, math, science and arts curriculum. We have separate workshops for kindergarten to fifth-grade educators and sixth- to 12th-grade educators.
Kindergarten to fifth-grade educators: This is a two-part webinar, with part one on August 4 from 2-3:30 pm, and part two on August 6 from 2-3:30 pm. Register now.
Sixth- to 12th-grade educators: Register now, and we’ll contact you to let you know when the online booklists are available.
Novel-Ties (for fourth- to eighth-grade educators) online workshop: Hot, new fiction to use in book discussion groups and literature circles. Register now, and we’ll contact you to let you know when the workshop is available.
2020 Talking Equity and Social Justice: Free Booktalks for Educators and Parents: Are you looking for some good new books to share with youth on topics like diversity, equity and social responsibility? Multnomah County School Corps Librarian Cathy Camper will share quick booktalks for educators and parents on titles that address these topics. She will also share tips about using books to promote equity. Online lists of the books will be provided. This is a two-part webinar, with part one covering materials for grades K-5 and part two for grades 6-adult. Part one is June 30 from 2-3:30 pm, and part two is July 2 from 2-3:30 pm. Sign up for either or both. Register now.
Contact School Corps with questions.
Bored? Tired of being home? Try a scavenger hunt to explore the library website and catalog. Discover some new resouces and learn a bit about the library. How many languages does TumbleBooks offer books in? What app can you use to learn a language? When did your neighborhood library open? Try all or some of the questions. Click here for the questions and, when you're ready, here are answers and how to find them.
Attention educators! Did you miss our summer educator workshops this year? They are a great place to learn about the latest and greatest materials to use in the classroom. Don't worry; we now have booklists and videos available to share.
Gotta Read This: New Books to Connect with Your Curriculum: This workshop highlights new books you might integrate into your language arts, social studies, math, science and arts curriculum.
For K-5th grade educators: Here's a list of the books we shared at this workshop.
For 6th-12th grade educators: This booklist is broken down by subject, so you can choose the topics most relevant for you.
Novel-Ties (for 4th -8th grade educators): Discover hot, new fiction to use in book discussion groups and literature circles.
Watch the Novel-Ties videos (and feel free to show them to students, too).
Contact School Corps with any questions!
Multnomah County Library has created new Buckets of Books on science topics that align with the Next Generation Science Standards.
These tubs contain up to 30 books on a topic, plus a teacher's guide. To request a bucket, click on a Bucket of Books link below. Then click the Place Hold button and follow the instructions on the screen.
If the buckets are all checked out, you can click on a booklist link below and put books on hold individually. The booklists have similar titles to those in the bucket.
To find a complete list of all the library’s Buckets of Books, visit our Bucket of Books and Booklists website.
These books are made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to enhancing our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support.
Everyone knows I love a good tiger-striped coat (for evidence, note our two tabby cats and one brindle dog), and that I have a soft spot for rescued pets. My family’s first kitten sauntered up to our doorstep, climbed up the screen door, and meowed to high heaven during dinner hour. My siblings and I named her, in the straightforward style of children under five, Tiger.
The author of Maverick and Me chose a more unique name for her pet (I think you can guess what it is), the real-life rescue dog this book is based upon. The story begins on a cold and rainy afternoon, when a woman finds a sick and tiny puppy with a tiger-striped coat by the side of a road. She nurses him back to health, and gets him ready to find a home.
When a young girl named Scarlett meets Maverick at an adoption event, his life takes a turn for the better. Together, they come up with a fun way to tell all of her friends about other puppies that need homes. This heartfelt picture book introduces kids to the concept of pet adoption, and will spark conversations about helping pets in need.
April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. If you're thinking of adding a new furry (or feathered!) member to your family, our local shelters have some great pets to choose from. If you aren’t looking for a pet of your own, here are other ways you can help out pets in need:
- Foster a dog or cat up for adoption at your local animal shelter
- If you’re 12 or older, you can volunteer at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter or the Oregon Humane Society
- Donate supplies. Most shelters are always in need of blankets, toys, and dog/cat food. If you happen to buy some food that your pet doesn't like, why not donate it? The Multnomah County Shelter even has an Amazon wish list to make donations easier.
- Share the idea of pet adoption with family and friends who are looking for a pet. There's nothing like love from a pet who's found its furrever home!
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a neurological difference often characterized by difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. It may run in the families and can not 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
Several organizations offer online self-assessment tools. Take a look at the the Uncovering Dyslexia Topic Guide for suggested websites.
Dyslexia and low self-esteem
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.
How the library can help
There are three valid types of reading: with your eyes (print & video), with your fingers (Braille) and with your ears (audiobooks). For information about Braille books, contact the Talking Book and Braille Library at the Oregon State Library. Multnomah County Library will help you find materials for reading with your eyes and ears.
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.
The library has thousands of DVDs, Blu-ray and downloadable films for people who read with eyes & ears. Library information staff can help you find and use these media.
The topic guide Uncovering Dyslexia is available on the website and My MCL.
Dyslexia Assessment in Multnomah County
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
Are you looking for books for teens or adults who need simpler texts? If you search the catalog using the phrase “readers for new literates,” you’ll get a long list of books at different reading levels. If you’re looking for levels, choose a title. For instance, when I clicked on the title Water for Life, I looked for “Series that include this title” and then I could link to all the books in the Penguin active reading series or just the Penguin active reading level 2.
You can find versions of English and American classics or modern fiction. You can find biographies, true crime, and a book written in both Somali and English. We have horror stories as well as romance.
Back to that romance series. All of the books in the series feature photographs which add a lot of meaning to the stories about long time love and new love. My personal favorite is The Big Goof: Jan loves Bill. Will Bill love Jan? It makes me laugh every time I read it. Everyone I’ve shared it with has noticed different things in the photos which deepened the story.
If you’d like a customized list of books, you can ask us at My Librarian. We’re happy to help you find good reading. Here’s a list I made that features books and poetry for a romance fan. Let’s champion reading together! Thanks.
A teacher from a childcare center recently contacted me for some library resources. She was looking for few board books, a picture book or two, a music CD, and a few rhymes with interesting content for infants and toddlers, all related to the same theme. My immediate thought was Multnomah County Library’s collection of Storytime It’s in the Bags. We have 20 themed bags for toddlers (ages 18 mths—3 yrs) and another 21 bags for preschool-aged children (3—6 years). Each bag centers on a theme and contains five books, a small toy, game, puzzle or music CD related to the theme, and an activity sheet. The sheet has a couple of rhymes or games to play with children to extend the theme, as well as some tips for sharing books with children to effectively help them gain the skills they need to become successful readers. These bags are perfect for busy childcare teachers, family childcare providers and parents who want to share thematic materials with the little ones in their care. The Storytime bags are a popular resource and they are available on the shelves in some MCL locations. The easiest way to get your hands on these bags is to look through the toddler and preschool bag lists and place holds on the ones you would like to share with the kids in your life.
MCL also has bags for infants and their caregivers (0-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 months). Another new set of resources are the Bolsitas de Cuentos, which are themed bags with books in Spanish and bilingual English/Spanish. The Cuentos bags contain books appropriate for children 0-5 years old, and are fun for Spanish-speaking families and families who are working at being bilingual.