The Golden Age of Islam spanned from the mid 8th to the mid 13th century A. D., although recent scholars have extended it into the 15th and 16th centuries. It encompasses the life of the prophet Mohammad and the beginnings of the Islamic religion. Islamic culture in Europe also influenced Western civilization. The Golden Age of Islamic Culture included many innovations in science, medicine, mathematics, astronomy ,Hindu-Arabic numerals, and words. It was a time of inventions and exploration by land and sea. The Golden Age ended with the siege of Baghdad in 1258 A.D. and with the rise of religious dogma, discussed here by Steven Weinberg and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Listening to anti-war protest songs first sparked my curiosity about the Vietnam War. As a 12 year old eighth grader, I thought I could learn the world’s wisdom from the words of a song. Songs like The Unknown Soldier by the Doors with its realistic gunshot sounds and tragic imagry; Saigon Bride by Joan Baez, Pete Seeger’s Bring Em Home,and I ain’ Marching Anymore by Phil Ochs. Songs about the injustice, insanity and cruelty of the Vietnam War.
I heard adults talking about protecting Democracy by fighting Communism. More and more the strange place word 'Vietnam' was spoken. Then my Uncle Paul was drafted. He went to fight at that place I could hardly find on the map.
When my Uncle came back he was silent and enclosed as if he’d been to visit the moon. Once he told me he’d seen some pretty bad things there but didn’t tell me what they were. I didn’t have to use my imagination much- it was all on the CBS news now- real soldiers, real Vietnamese people, real pain, real death.
When the war ended on April 30, 1975, I was working at the Central Library downtown. Church bells rang and we jumped up and down and cheered. Later though, we were quiet , remembering... still wondering- was Vietnam a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ war?
Like myself, Ken Burns grew up wondering about the Vietnam war. He labored ten long years to make a documentary that might help to make sense of the Vietnam War by bringing us “something extrordinarily powerful..” -the stories, music and experiences of the soldiers and civilians- on both sides of the war.
THE VIETNAM WAR is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Part one airs Sunday September 17 at 9:00 on PBS.
After watching, Ken Burn’s The Vietnam War, come to the Multnomah County Library to learn more about it through special programs, written material, music and more.
Must love books. And dogs.
by Sarah Binns
Over the years writing for the Volunteer Spotlight I’ve met people who volunteer with the library because they are passionate about reading. I’ve met just as many people who volunteer because they are passionate about giving back to their community. This month, Katie Patterson became my first interviewee who is pursuing a degree in librarianship, in part because of her time volunteering at Hillsdale Library.
Katie grew up reading, but she only recently realized librarianship is in her future. After completing her undergraduate degree at Seattle University, Katie and her partner returned to Portland. Her partner then started an online Master of Library Science (MLS) program through Emporia State University. Intrigued, but wanting to explore her options, Katie decided to volunteer in both a first-grade classroom and at Hillsdale Library as their storytime assistant, facilitating their preschool storytime and book babies. “I got hooked on the library right away,” she says.
Every Monday morning Katie picks books to be read at Hillsdale’s storytime and helps the librarian oversee the event. “I love it,” she says. “It’s the highlight of my week.” She enjoys developing a relationship with the little ones and “watching them be excited about reading, it makes me hopeful.” Katie’s eyes light up when talking about Hillsdale and says she hopes to volunteer there as long as she can.
Another thing that makes her eyes light up? Talking about dogs. When not at the library Katie is a manager at Hair of the Dog, a dog grooming shop on Alberta. “I’ve worked with dogs for 12 years,” she says, “It’s my favorite thing.” She currently has too much on her plate for her own dog but hopes that will change.
As for librarianship, Katie started her MLS degree with Emporia a year ago. She’ll graduate with a youth services certificate with an eye to becoming a youth services librarian in Multnomah County. “That’s the dream,” she says with a smile. Here’s to a future full of books, babies, and dogs!
A few facts about Katie
Home library: Albina
Currently reading: She reads two YA novels a week for her YA literature class. “I’m starting Red Planet today.”
Most influential book: “Heart of Darkness changed the way I think about literature. It’s so complex. The more I read, the more interesting it became.”
Favorite book from childhood: Bridge to Terabithia and Harriet the Spy.
Favorite browsing section: Picture books, when she can pick a book for storytime.
Guilty pleasure: Hunger Games.
Book that made her cry: Any book where a dog dies.
Favorite place to read: “On my balcony. The weather doesn’t always cooperate.”
Initially celebrated as Hispanic Heritage week in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, it was expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan. The start date of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. With Mexico, Belize and Chile celebrating their independence September 16.
Here is a small sample of events that are happening at the library during Hispanic Heritage month to celebrate the rich heritage and cultural impact that Latino Americans have had on the nation and society.
- Enjoy the diverse sounds of Latin America through music by Mariachi Viva Mexico, Los Boricuas del Conjunto Alegre, and Grupo Condor.
- Take an interactive trip through Latin American history and its oral tradition in Journey through Latin America.
- Learn about Mexico’s Aztec Eagles, who fought alongside the United States against the axis powers during WWII.
Looking for a personalized reading list? Contact Laura B for a recommended reading list.
Libby is a new way to read and listen to books from Overdrive, and it's available now.
- Go to the app store on your Android or iOS device and search for "Libby, by Overdrive Labs". Or, visit the Libby site and be directed from there;
- Once you've installed the app, sign in with your library card;
- Search, borrow, read and listen, all from within the app.
- Here's a handy how-to guide for Libby.
You can click on "Library" or "Shelf" to move back and forth between the collection and your check outs. Click on a title in the Libby catalog, and you'll be able to read a sample so you can decide if you want to borrow the book.
Libby lets you to connect to OverDrive with one easy login. You can also add a library card from another library or from a family member so you can have your loans and holds all in one place.
Prefer reading on a Kindle?
You can set Libby up to default to Kindle for e-books and you can download with few clicks.
To download books to your device, tap on the cloud icon after you've checked out, and your e-book or downloadable audiobook will be downloaded. When the download is finished, you will see a check. You don't have to figure out which format you should get—the app knows.
Libby has some great features: you can download titles for offline reading or stream them to save space. Libby will bookmark your place, even if you pick up another device to resume reading. You can choose settings for reading at night, and customize your font -- there's even a font to help readers with dyslexia. If you're happy with the OverDrive App, don't worry. You can continue to use it, or you can install both apps on your device and see which works better.
Oregon has an extensive geologic history, which is viewable from roadside videos as well as videos of various landforms in the state, created by geologic actions. Oregon, like other Pacific Northwestern states, has many volcanoes. Mount Hood, in Oregon, and Mount St. Helens, in Washington, are two volcanic peaks close to Portland. The geologic history of the whole Pacific Northwest was influenced by the great Missoula Floods which has left its mark on the geology of the Columbia River gorge. The geology of Eastern Oregon also features the mammal fossil beds at John Day, which include the Painted Hills. The Pacific Northwest also faces the potential of a massive earthquake, due to the Cascadia subduction zone.
Headed to the Oregon Small Business Fair on Saturday, September 16? Don’t forget to stop by the library table and learn about our wonderful resources for small businesses. There is still time to register for this free event. In addition to the resource fair, where we’ll be, there are also classes on topics from tax tips to social media promotion. You won't want to miss it!
Need some more help with your small business? Check out the lists below or ask a librarian.
Did an e-book save you from boredom at the DMV? Were you snowed in last winter and e-books allowed you to curl up with a good read anyway? Forgot your vacation book on the plane, but were able to get an e-book right away on your phone?
Share your love for e-books on Read an eBook Day, a celebration of the wonders of reading anytime, anywhere. Celebrate by checking out an e-book from our OverDrive collection. Might we suggest an old favorite or maybe a great book you may have missed from the past few years?
And then share what you love about e-books on social media on September 18 using the hashtag #ebooklove.
For those of us who love classic literature, Multnomah County Library is a great resource. There are ongoing Classics Pageturners book discussion groups at Hillsdale Library and Hollywood Library, plus a Quarterly Classics group at Capitol Hill Library. Copies of the books will be available two months in advance of the discussions. Please call the branch to confirm. Following that are a series of lists of Western and non-Western literature from every era.
Here are the Classics book group schedules:
Hillsdale Library Classics Pageturners,
Second Saturdays, 3-5 pm
September 9, 2017, Sonnets by William Shakespeare. (This is a different edition than the group will read)
October 14, 2017, The Nice and the Good, by Iris Murdoch
November 11, 2017, It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis
December 9, 2017, Billy Budd and Other Stories, by Herman Melville
January 13, 2018, Canterbury Tales, by GeoffreyChaucer
February 10, 2017, Cousin Bette, by Honore de Balzac
March 10, 2018, The Persians, by Aeschylus
April 14, 2018, The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
May 12, 2018, The Early History of Rome, books I-V, by Livy
June 9, 2018, The Trial, by Franz Kafka
Hollywood Library Classics Pageturners,
Third Sundays, 2-4 pm
September 17, 2017, Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
November 19, 2017, The Vicar of Wakefield, by Oliver Goldsmith
December 17, 2017, The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories, by Alexander Pushkin
January 21, 2018, The Heart of the Matter, by Graham Greene
February 18, 2018, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Matsuo Basho
March 18, 2018, The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
April 15, 2018, The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius
May 20, 2018, The Analects, by Confucius. (This is a different edition and translation than the group will read)
June 17, 2018, The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot. (This is a different edition than the group will read)
Capitol Hill Library Quarterly Classics
Second Wednesdays, 1:30 pm, October 2017, January, April & July 2018
October 11, 2017, One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
January 10, 2018, Razor's Edge, by Somerset Maugham
April 11, 2018, The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
July 11, 2018, Native Son, by Richard Wright