“I want to help start conversations. I want everyone to walk into a library and think ‘this is a place for me."— Elleona Budd, Black Cultural Library Advocate library assistant
Black Cultural Library Advocates
This team of library staff advocates for Black communities. They create culturally relevant programs and connect Black patrons with the library.
- Number of advocate positions*: ↑ 383% in five years
- Programs in 2018: 122
- People who attended: 1,624
We Speak Your Language
- Number of cultural expert positions*: ↑ 42% in five years
- Languages: Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese and Somali
- Programs in 2018: 2,727
- Patrons who attended: 45,550
* equivalent to full-time
- More than 10 percent of homes in Multnomah County don't have internet. Often, that is due to cost. In some areas of the county, it's as many as half.
- People of color and women are underrepresented in the tech industry.
- Oregon’s largest provider of free internet: Multnomah County Library
- Computer and wifi sessions per year: 2.5 million