Reading Lists:

American noir explores crime — not only whodunit, but morality, identity, and the wages of guilt. The tradition employs terse, powerful language and the nightmare of the everyday. These ten novels serve as a starting place to explore the genre.

Listen to the beat -- and make your own! Here is a list of resources for beat making. Check out the sound files from the Beat Making Labs taught by Jesse Munro Johnson at the Multnomah County Library along with resources for making your own beats!

Trying to think of and prepare for every possible catastrophe that might occur in the Pacific Northwest can be daunting! Thankfully there are many books available to help you and your family plan for any situation.