In response to the Eagle Creek Fire, Multnomah County Library is staffing the children's room and computer lab at the fire shelter at Mt. Hood Community College. As we mourn the devastation in our beloved Columbia River Gorge, we’re doing our best to help those affected and displaced by the fire. We're working with other helpers to provide a safe place where everyone is welcome. We have computers, books and activities for children, and the shelter offers medical and emergency services, food, emotional support, a place to sleep and space for animals.
We've compiled a comprehensive list of information and resources about the Eagle Creek Fire to help. If you have any additional suggestions to be included, please let us know in the comments section below.  
Library outreach staff helping out at the fire shelter.

The following information is a resource for immigrants and refugees on individual rights and immigration enforcement. This list is a start; if you require further information please contact the library.

The library has helpful booklists that discuss the immigrant experience for all ages and reading levels.

The following list will be updated frequently; please check back for the most current information.

Know Your Rights Resources

Non-citizens who are in the United States — no matter what their immigration status — generally have the same constitutional rights as citizens when law enforcement officers stop, question, arrest, or search them or their homes. ACLU

ACLU Information Pamphlets:

Know Your Rights Information Card:
EnglishSomaliVietnameseChineseSpanishRussianArabic, Hmong

Know Your Rights- Anti-Muslim Discrimination Information:

Mobile Apps:
Mobile Justice: ACLU app with Know Your Rights Information card, ability to report incidents to the ACLU in real time with video capability.
MiConsular MEX: App created by the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE) that allows Mexican nationals to locate their nearest consulate and either text or call them in an emergency.
Cell 411: App that allows the user to issue and respond to emergencies from family, friends and neighbors in real time.

Immigration Enforcement:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Find a detainee or detention center, and general contact information.

Witnesses to ICE activity can report it to the ACLU of Oregon's immigration hotline via text or call 971-412-ACLU (971-412-2258).

For actions around Portland, you may contact the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition (PIRC) hotline at
Information: EnglishSpanish

Family Preparedness Plan: 
English and Spanish

Low-cost legal resources for immigrants provides a list of nonprofit organizations that can assist people with immigration issues.

Multnomah County Cultural Services Directory provides a list of nonprofits, faith groups and government programs that serve immigrants and refugees in the Portland Metro area.

DACA/Dreamers Information

End of DACA (FAQ's): English

DACA Renewal Infographic: English, Spanish

DACA Community Forums: English, Spanish

UPDATED Information 9/5/17: SpanishEnglish

DACA Tools and Resource Guide: SpanishEnglish

Updated community information sheet for DACA recipients: SpanishEnglish  

What do you need to know if the DACA program ends? Spanish, English

Local Organizations

Lutheran Community Resources Northwest 
605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) 
7931 NE Halsey St. #314
Portland, OR 97213

Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
1704 NE 43rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97213

Catholic Charities 
2740 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

700 Marion St NE
Salem, OR 97301

El Programa Hispano
138 NE 3rd St #140
Gresham, OR 97030

Latino Network
410 NE 18th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232

Coalition of Communities of Color
221 NW 2nd Ave #303
Portland, OR 97209

2788 SE 82nd Ave #203
Portland, OR 97266

10301 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97220

Russian Oregon Social Services
4033 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

Northwest China Council
221 NW 2nd Ave. Suite 210-J
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 973-5451

AILA Oregon
888 SW 5th Ave #1600
Portland, OR 97204

ACLU Oregon
506 SW 6th Ave #700
Portland, OR 97204

Consular Offices

Mexican Consulate of Portland
1305 SW 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

Consulate of El Salvador in Seattle
615 2nd Ave. #50
Seattle, WA 98104

Guatemalan Honorary Consulate
7304 N Campbell Ave.
Portland OR, 97217

Consular Office of Japan in Portland
Wells Fargo Center, Suite 2700
1300 S.W. 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

Pageturners book groups will welcome several authors during the 2017-18 season. You don’t have to sign up — just read the book, then join us to discuss with the author.


Mario DePriest

The Power of a Rose: Man-To-Man About Women, Romance and Communication

North Portland Library

Tuesday, September 12, 6:15-7:45 pm


Linda L. GrahamLinda Graham

Indiana Summer: From Cornfields and Lightning Bugs

Hillsdale Library

Thursday, September 21, 1-2:30 pm


Pamela Royes

Temperance Creek: A Memoir

North Portland Library

Monday, October 9, 6:15-7:45 pm

Sellwood-Moreland Library

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8 pm


Alexis M. SmithAlexis Smith

Marrow Island

St. Johns Library

Monday, October 9, 6:30-8 pm

Tuesday, October 10, 1-2:30 pm


Ruth WarinerRuth Wariner

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

Capitol Hill Library

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-7:45 pm

Hollywood Library

Thursday, November 16, 6:30-7:45 pm

Hillsdale Library

Tuesday, January 9, 6:30-7:30 pm

Holgate Library

Saturday, January 20, 10:30 am-12 pm


Joyce Cherry CreswellJoyce Cherry Creswell

A Great Length of Time

Midland Library

Wednesday, October 18, 1-2:15 pm


Jenny ForresterJenny Forrester

Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir

Belmont Library

Wednesday, November 8, 6:30-7:30 pm


Molly GlossMolly Gloss

The Jump-Off Creek

Rockwood Library

Friday, February 16, 10-11:30 am

Brian K. Friesen

At the Waterline

Hollywood Library

Thursday, April 19, 6:30-7:45 pm

Patricia KullbergPatricia Kullberg

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine

Woodstock Library

Tuesday, May 15, 6:30-7:45 pm


Check at your library to see whether a book group copy of the book is available during the month before each meeting.

Pageturners is supported by a generous grant from the Friends of the Library.


As summer starts coming to a close, let the library take some of the work out of your Labor Day weekend.


Taking a road trip?


Spending a few quiet nights in?



  • Explore the city with one of these local guide books, maybe by bike?

  • Come on down to the library. We’re closed on Labor Day, but have events going on other days.

  • Check out the beginnings of the annual visit from Vaux’s Swifts.


No matter how or where you spend Labor Day, you can always contact us.



It sometimes  seems to me that an inordinante  amount of books have been  written about the Russian Revolution: its causes, its personalities, its historical importance.

But at  the heart of these discussions are three main figures: Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin.

Stalin, the paranoid psycho-bully smiling while he stabs his friends in the back, Trotsky the crazy intellegent organizer, everywhere at once, his enthusiasm and energy inexhaustible.

But for me Lenin is a mystery figure.  Who was he and why did he decide to take on the whole Russian infrastructure?  Why did he twice leave Russia just at a crucial moment in the revolution? Didn't he realize how easily it could have slipped through his fingers?

Author Phillip Pomper thinks he might have the answer.

In his book Lenin’s Brother: the origins of the October Revolution, Pomper explores the life of Lenin’s oldest brother, Alexsandr, who played a part in an earlier plot to assasinate the Tsar. He failed and was hung despite his mother’s desperate pleas for a repreve.  Alexsandr was the favorite son, the studious, quiet son, the hope of his family.  Lenin was intelligent but a lazy student.  with none of the focus and zeal of his older brother.  But that changed when Alexandr was executed. Suddenly Lenin's personality seemed to change;  he had to fill his brother’s shoes, had to finish what Alexandr began.

Lenin became mysterious and withdrawn.  He began to read revolutionary literature. He set about making his brother’s purpose HIS purpose.

I knew Lenin had a brother who was executed for revolutionary activities, but Pomper’s book made me think and wonder about Lenin’s motivation. Brothers compete with each other- even revolutionary-minded ones.

It also made me wonder what would have happened if Alixsandr’s repreve had come through from the Tsar-

Would Alexander and Lenin have  banded together to overthrow the government or maybe Lenin would have left Russia and never come back at all?


I've been overwhelmed and saddened by recent news. It's hard enough talking through it with other adults. I can't imagine having to explain to young children. How do you talk with kids and teens about violence and hatred? Children, even young children, are likely to be aware but not fully understand what has happened. Adults may not be comfortable, but “when it comes to talking to children, experts say diversity and discrimination are subjects that shouldn’t be ignored.” [The American Psychological Association]

Here are a few outside resources that may be helpful for parents and caregivers, along with two booklists.

From the American Psychological Association, Talking to kids about discrimination and Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror.

From the Anti-Defamation League, Empowering young people in the aftermath of hate

From Common Sense Media, Explaining the news to our kids

From Fred Rogers Company, Tragic events

Archivist, Librarian, Editor, Writer, VolunteerVolunteer Kris Ashley

by Donna Childs

One of the first things Kris Ashley did upon moving to Portland was get a library card.  A booklover at heart, she has an MLS (masters degree in library science), as well as experience working in bookstores and in publishing.  While looking for a full-time library position, Kris has taken on two volunteer jobs at Multnomah County Library: on Wednesdays, she is responsible for sorting, pricing, shelving, and organizing the large-print materials at Title Wave Used Bookstore, and on Thursdays, she is one of three volunteers who scan and index items from the library’s Special Collections for The Gallery.

More than 100 years ago, civic leader, merchant, and philanthropist John Wilson bequeathed his collection of more than 8000 books to what would later become the John Wilson Special Collections at the Multnomah County Library.  Although books form the majority of the collection, “Special Collections are more than books,” according to Kris.  Among the items they have scanned are photos, letters, papers, art and craft items, Lewis and Clark Centennial memorabilia, and WPA creations (many of which are at Timberline Lodge). Kris and her fellow volunteers then turn the scans into PDF files to be put on the web.

Kris is well-qualified to do this work: her MLS studies included courses in archival preservation (which she loved), and while living in San Francisco, she created and organized an archive for the Mechanics Institute’s library.  Since moving to Portland, in addition to volunteering at the library, Kris has done editing and photo research for writers, and some freelance grant writing. Fascinated by archives, Kris says her dream job would combine archival and library work with photo research, finding the most appropriate photos for writers to accompany their texts. Although the library may lose an especially knowledgeable, talented, and responsible volunteer when she finds that full-time job, someone will be getting a great employee.

A few facts about Kris

Home library:  Gregory Heights

Currently reading:  War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and The Sin-Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Favorite book from childhood:  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

A book that made you laugh or cry:  The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston

Favorite section of the library:  641 - Cookbooks!

E-reader or paper book:  "Paper, definitely. I want the feel and smell of a book."

Favorite place to read:  "In an armchair, with my cat on my lap."

Thanks for reading the MCL Volunteer Spotlight. Stay tuned for our next edition coming soon! Read last month's Volunteer Spotlight.

Retail outlets selling newly legal marijuana are enjoying brisk business.  Anyone over 21 can buy and use marijuana for recreational purposes, a loosening of the previous Oregon law that allowed marijuana as a treatment for certain medical conditions.  Of course, federally marijuana remains a schedule 1 controlled substance, the same class as heroin, meth, and cocaine, with potentially the same penalties for growing, possessing, and selling.  So consuming your sticky icky could still be tricky.  But as more states pass laws legalizing pot the federal laws may change.

Kitschy image of man with a marijuana joint captioned "Marijuana!  At least it's not crack!" by  Juha Ristolainen on flickr

So if adults can, does that mean they should? The next challenge is examining the health effects of marijuana and communicating that to the public in a convincing way.  In September, 2015, on the eve of full retail sales, the Multnomah County Health Department released a report on public health and marijuana.  The ten-page report offers data on how many and what age people use marijuana right now, confirmed and potential effects of marijuana on adults and youth, and recommendations for further research and policy directions.   The extensive reference section will also offer you plenty of sources to consult for your debate or persuasive argument paper.

T ake a look at some of  the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. Also look at Librarian Joanna’s June, 2015 post on deciphering the nitty gritty of Measure 91.

Gun rights and gun control are topics that come up often these days. It can be hard to find good resources that present multiple viewpoints on issues like this, and provide quotable sources.

An excellent electronic resource is Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center in Context. It provides links to articles, videos and audio files from multiple viewpoints (you will need a library card # and PIN in order to access this electronic resource from outside of the library).

 LawBrain covers the legal history of gun control back to the U.S. Constitution. Another good listing is Infoplease’s Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation  which covers laws up until 2013.

L.A.R.G.O. Lawful and Responsible Gun Owners and the N.R.A. National Rifle Association both support gun ownership in America. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and The Violence Policy Center both work to reduce gun violence. The Violence Policy Center is also a good resource if you’re looking for statistics related to gun violence (including drive by shootings and suicide).

This Guardian article compares gun crime in individual states and lists Oregon Gun Rights. FactCheck looks at statistics in the media after the Newton shootings, and reports on Gun Rhetoric vs. Gun Facts.  Looking towards changes in the law, gun control is supported by more women than men, and that may have an effect on future legislation.  But right now,  despite repeated pleas for change after every mass shooting, nothing seems to change. 

Need some specific gun facts or laws we haven’t covered? Contact a librarian and we’ll be glad to help

Logo for the Intellectual Freedom Issues in Oregon database

Curious about censorship or banned books in Oregon?  Need to know what's been published in the local news?  The Intellectual Freedom Issues in Oregon: A News Database, may have what you need.  The database is the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse's news clipping files, and is updated twice a year. The database includes news articles and editorials about intellectual freedom issues printed in Oregon newspapers over the past 65 years. The database can be searched by article title, newspaper name, date, city/location, name of challenged book or material, and organizations or individuals involved. After you have found what you want to read, contact the coordinator of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse, Katie Anderson, 503-378-2528 to request a complete text of the articles or editorials.  And if you have any trouble, don't forget to Ask a Librarian!


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