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This is a long post showing meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). We start with school districts and then move to community orgranizations and restaurants we know of that are helping the community. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Multnomah County School Districts

Multnomah County school districts continue to provide meal assistance during comprehensive distance education. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food during COVID-19 closures.

We have done our best to provide current information. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.

Centennial [updated 12/17/20]

The Centennial School District will distribute food on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. If there is no school on a Monday due to a holiday, food distribution will be held on Tuesday that week. Check their website for holiday closure information.
Food distributions will continue throughout the time students are in Comprehensive Distance Learning. They will provide five breakfasts and five lunches. The walk up / drive up sites are:
  • Parklane Elementary – 15811 SE Main St. – cafeteria door/parking 
  • Powell Butte Elementary – 3615 SE 174th Ave. – cafeteria door 
  • Meadows Elementary – 18009 SE Brooklyn St. – front door 
  • Patrick Lynch Elementary – 1546 SE 169th Pl. – by kitchen door
  • Centennial High School – 3505 SE 182nd Ave. – auditorium  

In addition, two bus routes with four stops each will be running. Please check the website for locations and times. Information about other food and non-food assistance is also available.

Food for Families, a nonprofit  food pantry / mobile market created by Centennial High School  students, has distributions at Centennial High School, 4-6 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays. You will need to complete an authorization form prior to pick up. Schedule and forms are available on their website.

Corbett [updated 9/15/20]

For students on free and reduced lunch or if your family is in need during these trying times, lunch pick-up will be once a week to decrease the exposure of staff. Pick-up will be on Mondays from 9 am to 1 pm.  Meal bags will have snacks and lunches for a four-day school week for each student in your family. The Food Service Manager will be recording pickup information to comply with requirements of the Free & Reduced Lunch program.

If you need lunches delivered, or if these times do not work for you, please email Seth Tucker at

David Douglas [updated 2/26/21] 

Grab and Go meal bags with breakfast and lunch are available Monday-Friday. Families can walk or drive to pick up bags at schools, 12-1 pm, or bus stops, 11:50 am-12:50 pm. Please check the following links for location information. 

Food pantries in David Douglas buildings are also available. Please check their website for locations and times.

Gresham-Barlow [updated 1/5/21]

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Grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup, Monday - Friday, 11:30 am -1:00 pm.  

Meals will be one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner meal per day.  Parents, guardians, or family members are permitted to pick up meals for students. Meals can be picked up in the front entrance of the schools listed below.
  • Gresham High School - 1200 N Main St - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Clear Creek Middle School - 219 NE 219th Ave - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Gordon Russell Middle School - 3625 SE Powell Valley Rd - Gresham, OR 97080
  • East Gresham Elementary - 900 SE 5th St - Gresham, OR 97080
  • Hall Elementary - 2505 NE 23rd St - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Highland Elementary - 295 NE 24th St - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Hogan Cedars Elementary - 1770 SE Fleming Ave - Gresham, OR 97080
  • Hollydale Elementary - 505 SW Birdsdale Dr - Gresham, OR 97080
  • North Gresham Elementary - 1001 SE 217th Ave - Gresham, OR 97030

In addition to serving meals at the sites above, buses will be dropping off meals in neighborhoods and at various locations in the more rural part of our school district.

Parkrose [updated 12/17/20]

Grab & Go Meal Sites including Mobile Meal Sites will be open on school days, 11:30 am-1 pm. Any child 18 or under may pick up a meal at any one of the following sites:
  • Parkrose Middle School
  • Prescott Elementary
  • Russell Elementary
  • Sacramento Elementary
  • Shaver Elementary

Each meal bag will include breakfast and lunch. Students will be entered in our computer system, to allow for contact tracing. Any parent/guardian picking up meals for their student, will also need to give us their child’s name to be entered.

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Portland [updated 3/3/21]

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School meals are available for pickup. Meal distribution will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Students will receive seven days’ worth of meals each week. On Monday, they will get breakfast and lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday; on Wednesday, they will get meals for Thursday and Friday; on Friday, they will get meals for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Please visit the PPS website for a list of schools as well as a form to fill out if you need home delivery.

Reynolds [updated 1/20/21]

Breakfast and lunch available for children up to age 18 and for curbside pickup (in cars or on foot) or in the parking lot. Monday-Friday, except on holidays (please check the Reynolds website for dates).
Elementary Schools:  (11:30am–12:30pm)
  • Alder Elementary School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Glenfair Elementary School
  • Hartley Elementary School
  • Wilkes Elementary School
  • Rockwood Preparatory Academy
Middle/High Schools:  (11:30am–1:00pm)
  • HB Lee Middle School
  • Reynolds Middle School
  • Reynolds High School
Public food pantries are being held at the locations listed below. It is recommended that you arrive early as supplies run out quickly.  Please check the website for closures during the holidays.
  • Glenfair Elementary School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Reynolds High School: Last Tuesday of the month, 2:30 pm
  • Alder Elementary School: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Reynolds Middle School: Fridays, 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Davis Elementary School: Second Friday of the month, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Wilkes Elementary School: First Friday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm
Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

Information may change so please check their websites if a link is provided.

C3 Pantry (NE): Tuesdays and Saturday, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm.

Mainspring Food Pantry (NE) continues to operate as an open air, farmers market, self select, walk/roll-in food pantry, Tuesdays thru Thursdays 9:30am-12:ishpm. They make every effort to serve everyone in line. Please bring bags for your food if you have access to them since they have a limited supply. You may access the food pantry once a month.

Meals 4 Kids: serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete a request form.

Northeast Emergency Food Program (NE): open Thursday and Saturday, 1-3 pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.

Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am. They also provide a mobile food pantry service to some neighborhoods.

Sunshine Division (SE):  free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. They are located at 12436 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233. For hours and more information, please visit or call 503.609.0285.

William Temple House (NW): offering food boxes, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm.

Lift Urban Portland (SW):  Located at 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland 97201. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A random number lottery takes place 5 minutes before opening to determine your place in line.

Portland Open Bible food pantry (SE):  Located at 3223 SE 92nd Ave., Portland 97266. Hours of operation are Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information about access to food for families including the Oregon Food Bank, please call 211, or  text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 for Meals locations. or visit

Self Enhancement Inc also has a list of community food resources that includes sites in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washingon and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Vancouver, WA area schools.

Partners for a Hunger-free Oregon (SE)

Also see this food access resource guide compiled by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and his team.


There are many great local businesses stepping up to make sure students are fed. Please check their websites or call to confirm. Meals are available while supplies last and restaurants may also have limited hours or may close.

2305 SE 50th Ave.
Registration required. Food pickup is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12-1 pm

Lionheart Coffee (Beaverton)
FREE brown bag lunches available for anyone who needs them at both locations. 
4590 SW Watson Ave.
11421 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Pita Pit in Oregon City
1430 SE Water Street
Free lunches for children and families in need. Please call 503-234-7085

The College to County Mentorship Program provides college students of underrepresented communities with paid internships at Multnomah County, exposing participants from diverse backgrounds to county careers. Interns will have the opportunity to work on a county project for 12 weeks. A goal of the program is to provide participants with an inside look at working for Multnomah County so they will consider future employment opportunities.

Judith and Gracelynn, intern with College to County program

The  online application is now open. 

Gracelynn Enlet below spent last summer working at Multnomah County Library’s Rockwood Makerspace – check out her story, below! And here are more College to County success stories!

Reprinted from a recent Multnomah County article:  

The College to County Mentorship program connects young people with career pathways to public service. Through our program, Multnomah County is working to recruit and develop our workforce in an equitable way. During a pandemic that has isolated so many of us, our program held on to one of our core values: building relationships.

Keep reading to learn more about one example of mentorship, with intern Gracelynn Enlet and mentor Judith Guzman-Montes, as they delivered culturally specific services to Multnomah County Library patrons.

We asked Enlet, a George Fox University graduate, to share her internship experience from this past summer. 

“Getting an internship secured while still in quarantine was nerve-racking. I was not sure how my interview would go if I did not go for an in-person interview. The data was also showing that Pacific Islanders were at a significantly higher risk for contracting COVID-19; hence, I was hesitant to accept a position and, in turn, be putting my family at risk. 

“However, I was grateful to be offered a position with the Rockwood Library Makerspace where I was able to telework. My mentor, Judith, walked me through everything that I needed to know, from getting hired to the challenge of navigating the Makerspace online. I appreciate Judith for pushing me to connect my community involvement to my work by getting involved with a COVID-19 testing event for Native Americans and Pacific Islanders. I also really enjoyed testing out Maker Minikits at home with my nieces and nephews — that process really encouraged collaborative learning. 

“All in all, the College to County Mentorship Program has challenged me to look at things from different perspectives to ensure equitable outcomes. Do patrons have internet access, do they have the technology to make the kits, or do they know how to use that technology are all questions that we have to apply critical thinking to in order to serve the community well.”

We then asked Guzman-Montes, programming specialist in the Multnomah County Library Makerspace, to reflect on her mentorship experience during COVID-19.

“Gracelynn has skill sets that the library desperately needs to connect with our youth and our diverse community, and we were so fortunate to have her. For example, Gracelynn was the tester for our Maker Minikits: self-contained STEAM activities in a baggie. Having a fresh perspective and the help of her young family members informed the kits. We have been getting feedback from teens that the kits are just the right amount of challenging, accessible and fun. 

“Currently, Gracelynn and I are also preparing her to be a presenter with the library. We are brainstorming programs that would be relevant to the Pacific Islander community and be supported by the equipment and tools of the Makerspace. 

“On a personal level, Gracelynn is a lovely human being, and I am more than happy to connect her with professional opportunities. During the pandemic, Gracelynn kept me in line with all the stuff that really matters. She reminded me of the importance of human connection and building relationships. We built rapport by sharing about our backgrounds and families and our professional goals: what she wanted to get out of her internship with the library and future career goals of mine. I am so happy to continue to know her, and I look forward to helping her reach her professional goals.”  

Thank you to all mentors and human resource partners for providing an opportunity — an opportunity for our incoming workforce and staff to grow and build relationships together.

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 Законодательное собрание штата Орегон приняло новый законопроект (HB 4401), который продлевает действие моратория на выселение на уровне штата. Это означает, что до июля 2021 года арендодатели не смогут выселить арендаторов за неуплату или без причины (за исключением некоторых случаев).Чтобы защитить себя от выселения за неуплату, арендаторы должны заполнить, подписать и передать своим арендодателям Декларацию о затруднительном финансовом положении в целях защиты от выселения.

Бланк декларации доступен на английском, испанском, корейском, русском, вьетнамском и китайском языках во всех библиотеках.  Получить бланк можно в любой библиотеке округа Малтнома (запись не требуется) или загрузить и распечатать ее с веб-сайта Судебного департамента штата Орегон

Кроме того, арендаторы могут подать заявку на получение пособия на оплату жилья через ресурсы социальной помощи населению. Дополнительную информацию по снижению арендной платы в связи с пандемией COVID-19 можно найти на веб-сайтах 211info:             информация для округа Малтнома и информация для штата Орегон. Вы также можете связаться с 211info по номеру телефона 2.1.1 или 866.698.6155, отправив текстовое сообщение с вашим почтовым индексом на номер 898211 или отправив электронное сообщение по адресу

Новый мораторий также предусматривает материальную помощь арендодателям, которая служит частичной компенсацией за не полученную арендную плату. Чтобы узнать о том, как подать заявление, арендодатели могут связаться со службой жилищно-коммунального хозяйства штата Орегон.

 Дополнительную информацию для арендаторов и арендодателей, а также ответы на часто задаваемые вопросы, можно найти в данном информационном листе Центра правовой защиты штата Орегон и Службы правовой помощи штата Орегон.

Если вы нуждаетесь в юридической помощи или хотите проконсультироваться с юристом о своих правах, вы можете связаться с региональным отделением Службы юридической помощи города Портленда штата Орегон по телефонам 503.224.4086 или 1.800.228.6958. На веб-сайте OregonLawHelp также доступен справочник ресурсов юридической помощи по всему штату Орегон.

 Если у вас есть другие юридические вопросы, связанные с последствиями пандемии COVID-19, вам поможет  информация на вебсайте библиотеки. Вы также всегда можете обратиться с волнующими вас вопросами к нам! Закон штата запрещает сотрудникам библиотеки проводить правовые исследования или консультировать посетителей относительно их законных прав, но мы можем помочь вам воспользоваться лучшими ресурсами для решения ваших проблем.

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俄勒冈州议会近期通过一项新议案(HB 4401)以延长俄勒冈州免遭驱逐保护令之期限。该项议案规定,至 2021 年 7 月之前,除某些例外情形,屋主不得因房客未支付租金或无故驱逐房客。为免于因未支付租金而遭到驱赶,房客必须填写免于驱逐保护令財務困难声明表格,并於签名后交给屋主。


此外,房客可利用社区资源申请租房补助。欲了解更多详情,请至 211资讯中心 COVID-19 租金减免(穆鲁玛郡网站)以及 COVID-19 租金减免(俄勒冈州)网站查询。您也可以拨打 2.1.1 或 866.698.6155 查询,或以简讯传送您的邮政编码至 898211,或发送电子邮件至 与 211 资讯中心取得联系。



如果您需要法律援助,或者想咨询律师有关自身权益问题,请致电 503.224.4086 或 1.800.228.6958 与俄勒冈州波特兰地区办事处法律援助服务部门联系,或参考俄勒冈州法律援助网站发布的俄勒冈州各法律援助资源通讯录

如果您有其他新冠疫情相关的法律问题, COVID-19(新冠肺炎)法律援助:疫情期间的法律资源可能会对您有所帮助。无论您有什么问题,尽可以联系我们解决!按照俄勒冈州法律,图书馆工作人员不得进行法律研究或就民众之合法权益提供建议,但是我们会根据您的需要,帮助您联系最好的法律资源。

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Cơ Quan Lập Pháp Oregon đã thông qua một dự luật mới (HB 4401) về lệnh cấm trục xuất được gia hạn trên toàn tiểu bang cho đến ngày 30 tháng 6 năm 2021. Điều này có nghĩa là từ nay cho đến tháng 7 năm 2021, ngoại trừ một số trường hợp ngoại lệ nhất định, các chủ nhà không thể đuổi hoặc trục xuất người thuê nhà do không trả tiền thuê hoặc trục xuất mà không có lý do.

Để được bảo vệ khỏi tình trạng trục xuất do không trả tiền thuê, người thuê nhà phải điền đầy đủ và ký tên vào tờ khai Tuyên Bố về Tài Chính Khó Khăn để xin Bảo Vệ Không Bị Trục Xuất và đưa cho chủ nhà của mình.

Quý vị có thể lấy tờ khai bằng tiếng Anh, tiếng Tây Ban Nha, tiếng Hàn, tiếng Nga, tiếng Việt hoặc tiếng Trung quốc tại tất cả các địa điểm thư viện. Không cần phải đặt trước hẹn khi tới lấy tờ khai ở thư viện. Các tờ khai cũng có thể tải về và in ra từ trang web của Sở Tư Pháp Oregon. Lưu ý: Tờ Khai đã được dịch là để sử dụng làm hướng dẫn, giúp bạn hiểu tờ khai bằng tiếng Anh. 

Thêm vào đó, người thuê nhà có thể nộp đơn xin trợ cấp tiền thuê nhà thông qua các nguồn lực cộng đồng. Quý vị có thể tìm thêm thông tin trên các trang web 211info Trợ Cấp Tiền Thuê Nhà trong thời dịch COVID-19 (Quận Multnomah)Trợ Cấp Tiền Thuê Nhà của tiểu bang. Quý vị cũng có thể liên lạc với 211info bằng cách gọi 2.1.1 hoặc 866.698.6155, bằng cách gửi mã zip của quý vị tới số 898211, hoặc bằng cách gửi email tới

Lệnh cấm mới về việc trục xuất cũng bao gồm khoản tiền giúp bù lại cho chủ nhà một phần nào tiền nhà còn nợ. Các chủ nhà có thể liên hệ Dịch vụ Nhà ở và Cộng đồng Oregon để biết thêm thông tin về cách thức nộp đơn xin trợ cấp.

Người thuê nhà và chủ nhà có thể tìm thêm thông tin, cùng với câu trả lời cho những câu hỏi thường gặp tại tờ thông tin này của Trung tâm Pháp luật và Dịch vụ Trợ giúp Pháp lý Oregon.

Nếu quý vị cần giúp đỡ pháp lý hoặc muốn trao đổi với luật sư về các quyền của mình, quý vị có thể liên lạc với Dịch vụ Trợ giúp Pháp lý của Văn phòng Khu vực Portland Oregon theo số 503.224.4086 hoặc 1.800.228.6958. Trang web Giúp đỡ về Pháp luật tại Oregon cũng có một thư mục các nguồn trợ giúp pháp lý trên toàn Oregon.

Nếu quý vị có các câu hỏi pháp lý khác liên quan tới đại dịch COVID-19, hãy truy cập Các nguồn trợ giúp Pháp lý trong thời dịch COVID-19 , có thể sẽ giúp được quý vị. Và quý vị cũng có thể liên lạc với chúng tôi để được giải đáp thắc mắc ! Việc nhân viên thư viện nghiên cứu pháp lý hoặc tư vấn cho khách hàng thân quen về quyền hợp pháp của họ — là vi phạm luật tiểu bang, nên chúng tôi chỉ có thể kết nối quý vị với các nguồn lực tốt nhất theo nhu cầu của quý vị.

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La Legislatura de Oregon aprobó una nueva ley (HB 4401) que extiende la suspensión de los desalojos a nivel estatal. Esto quiere decir que los arrendadores no pueden desalojar a los inquilinos por falta de pago o sin una causa justa (con excepciones limitadas) hasta julio de 2021. Con el fin de obtener protección contra el desalojo por falta de pago, los inquilinos deben completar y firmar un formulario de declaración de dificultades financieras para la protección contra el desalojo y entregarlo a sus arrendadores.

 Puede obtener un formulario en inglés, español, coreano, ruso, vietnamita o chino en cualquier biblioteca. No es necesario hacer una cita para recoger un formulario en la biblioteca. Los formularios también se pueden descargar para imprimir desde el sitio web del Departamento Judicial de Oregon.

 Además, los inquilinos pueden solicitar ayuda para pagar el alquiler a través de los recursos comunitarios. Puede encontrar más información en los sitios web de 211info de Asistencia para el pago de renta por COVID-19 (Condado de Multnomah) y de Asistencia para el pago de renta por COVID-19 (a nivel estatal). También puede comunicarse con 211info llamando al 2.1.1 o al 866.698.6155, enviando su código postal por mensaje de texto al 898211 o enviando un correo electrónico a

 La nueva suspensión también incluye dinero para los arrendadores, para pagarles parte de los alquileres. Los arrendadores pueden ponerse en contacto con los Servicios de Vivienda y Comunidad de Oregon para obtener información sobre cómo solicitar el beneficio.

 Puede encontrar más información para inquilinos y arrendadores, y respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes, en esta hoja de información de Oregon Law Center (Centro Jurídico de Oregon) y Legal Aid Services of Oregon (Servicios de Asistencia Legal de Oregon).

 Si necesita ayuda jurídica o desea hablar con un abogado acerca de sus derechos, puede comunicarse con la Oficina Regional de Portland de Legal Aid Services of Oregon al 503.224.4086 o al 1.800.228.6958. El sitio web de Oregon Law Help (Asistencia Legal de Oregon) también tiene un directorio de recursos de asistencia legal en todo el estado de Oregon.

 Si tiene alguna otra pregunta jurídica relacionada con la pandemia de COVID-19, puede obtener ayuda en Asistencia legal para COVID-19 (enfermedad por coronavirus): recursos jurídicos durante la pandemia. ¡Y siempre puede ponerse en contacto con nosotros si tiene alguna pregunta! Es contra la ley del estado que el personal de la biblioteca lleve a cabo búsquedas jurídicas o aconseje a los usuarios en cuanto a sus derechos legales, pero podemos conectarlo con los mejores recursos según sus necesidades.



Book bundles at Midland
Whether your preschooler needs more picture books, you'd like a stack of DVDs to binge or materials to support your schooling, or you're looking for reading recommendations, we're here to help.

Contact us in the way that works best for you. There are several ways you can ask for a bundle of books or material. 

  • Many libraries also have pre-made bundles at the door, or displayed in the windows. The next time you stop by for a hold pick up appointment, ask library staff what is available at your branch.
  • If you'd like reading recommendations, tell us more about what you like through our reading suggestions form. You can provide your library location and library card if you'd like the suggestions placed on hold for you. You can also check out our My Librarian page if you'd like recommendations from someone who shares your reading interests.
  • Para solicitudes en línea de materiales en español, haga contacto a través del servicio de "Mi Bibliotecaria".
  • Are you a teacher or educator in Multnomah County? You can ask for booklists and materials through School Corps
  • Looking for ideas for your book group or multiple copies of a title? Try Pageturners To Go or use the reading suggestions form to tell us more about what your group needs.
  • You can always contact us by phone or online, and we can direct you to staff who can answer your questions.

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Renee Watson; photo: Shawnte Sims
Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist.  One of  her passions is using the arts to help youth cope with trauma and discuss social issuesRenée grew up in Portland, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

For so many of us, last year stretched us in ways we could not have imagined. There was great loss, turmoil, and so much change. Still, there was much to be grateful for—unexpected phone calls from loved ones, zoom meet ups with friends, time outdoors and the relief of fresh air. 

And books.

I am so grateful to have books to turn to for comfort, distraction, company. Books have always been a kind of friend to me. I spent a lot of time reading and imagining as a child. I loved walking to the North Portland Library in the summertime to roam the aisles. Books took me to faraway lands, made me laugh, taught me important lessons, and made me see myself in familiar and new ways. I especially gravitated to poetry and loved stealing away to read the words of Nikki Giovanni and Eloise Greenfield.   

I remember the first time I discovered "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. I was attending Vernon Elementary School and was chosen to recite the poem at a Black History Month assembly. The speaker in the poem sounded like my mom. I even think my mom had said some of those things before. She was always pushing her children, telling us to never give up no matter how hard life might be. When I first read Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise, I felt powerful and proud of my ancestors. I was buoyed by their resilience. 

And so I fell in love with poetry. 

I loved the rhythm, I loved trying on different ways to say a phrase. I loved the line breaks, how each stanza would take me deeper and deeper into the meaning of the whole poem. I learned that poetry can be about anything. I could write odes to my neighborhood or favorite food, I could honor a loved one who had died, I could protest with my words and write poems that stood up against injustice. 

Over the years, poetry became the way I celebrated, mourned, raged. And so, when the pandemic swept over our nation and living in quarantine became the new normal, I found myself turning to poetry for comfort and peace. And then summer came and with it came a even more police brutality and violence against Black men and women. I was weary. I turned to the poets who raised me, the poets who lived through The Great Depression, Jim Crow, The Civil Rights Movement. They knew something about sorrow, about loss, about protest. They also knew about joy and love and how to hold on to hope. 

It’s a new year and still, we need comfort, we need inspiration. I’m still keeping poetry nearby and I offer these recently published books as a refuge, a guiding light, a healing balm. Some are novels-in-verse, some are traditional poetry collections. All of them are treasures and medicine for the soul.

La fecha límite para presentar declaraciones de impuestos federales y estatales es el 15 de abril de 2021. Aunque la pandemia de COVID-19 ha dificultado la obtención de ayuda en persona, aún puede obtener asistencia y apoyo para la preparación de impuestos de las siguientes maneras.

Copias en papel de formularios o instrucciones de impuestos

Asistencia para la preparación de declaraciones de impuestos

Otra asistencia fiscal

Puede obtener información sobre la desgravación fiscal por coronavirus y verificar el estado de su pago de impacto económico en el sitio web del IRS.

Si necesita ayuda con un problema de impuestos más allá de la preparación regular de impuestos, la Clínica para Contribuyentes de Bajos Ingresos de la Facultad de Derecho de Lewis & Clark podría ayudarlo. Póngase en contacto con ellos llamando al 503.768.6500, enviando un correo electrónico a o llenando un formulario en línea.

Declare sus impuestos en línea gratis

three preschool age kids - two girls and one boy - sit on the carpet.  The boy has the facial characteristics of Downs Syndrome.  One girl has her hand raised.
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. They notice differences in people, because there are differences.  

Visible differences, like how we look, skin color, how we dress, and how we get around.  

And less visible differences, like how we learn, how we interact with one another, and how we experience the world.

Responding to kids’ observations about people with disabilities and visible illnesses can be hard for parents and caregivers who are not sure how, or are afraid they will say something wrong.   

Let’s remember that some of us are different, and experience the world differently, than others. And that’s not a bad thing! In fact, it’s a beautiful thing. Talking about it can be hard, but it’s important!  

My kids' cousin has autism. I tell my kids about how his brain works differently and experiences the world differently than our brains do.  We read books with characters who have autism and talk about them together. Their cousin's mother, my sister-in-law, shared a post on Facebook written by staff at the EDAM Center for Special Education in the Philippines.  This part really stuck with me, and I hope it sticks with you, too.

For all the children who struggle every day to succeed in a world that does not recognize their gifts and talents, and for those who are walking beside them, please let this be a gentle reminder to be kind and accepting of all people.

Recognize that the "playing field" is not always a level surface.

Children who learn differently are not weird. They are merely gifted in ways that our society does not value enough. Yet they want what everyone else wants: To be accepted!!

At the library, we strive to celebrate differences and find common ground in kindness and acceptance.  We want to support you in being comfortable talking to your kids about differences from an early age, and to keep up the conversations as they get older. Below are some resources that may help.  

This post is part of our “Talking with kids” series, as featured in our monthly Family Newsletter.  Reach out to us at if you need more support or have questions. We’re here for you!


Young child with paint on hands, smiling up at camera.
When your child is diagnosed with a disability, you’ll enter an alternate and parallel dimension: the special education system.  

Look out: acronyms ahead! You may need a special education glossary like this one from is a fantastic resource for parents looking to understand the special education system, what you can expect, and how to advocate for your child.

Birth to Kindergarten
If you have a concern about how your child sees, hears, walks, talks, plays, or learns between birth and kindergarten, you can ask for a developmental evaluation. Screen your child’s development using this online tool from the Oregon Screening Project out of the Center for Human Development at the University of Oregon. Call 503-261-5535 to get in touch with the Multnomah Early Childhood Program (MECP).  They will do several observations and interviews to assess your child.

The results of the MECP evaluation may diagnose your child with a disability and qualify them for early intervention special education services. Early intervention could include services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, parent education, or special education preschool. You’ll meet with a team to develop an Individual and Family Support Plan (IFSP) that outlines which services your child and family will receive, how much, when, and where. MECP services are free. They are part of public school.

School Age
Children with disabilities in K-12 school have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or 504 Plans. Both outline what services and accommodations your child needs to be successful at school. Your child will qualify for an IEP if they have one of 13 disabilities defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IEPs have a more formal, standardized format and process for describing a child’s present levels, their annual goals, accommodations and modifications, service levels, and classroom placement. A child qualifies for a 504 Plan if they have any disability that interferes with their ability to learn or navigate their school day. Learn more about the differences between an IEP and 504 Plan here and what you can expect from each.  

If a child has an IFSP, you and your team will write an IEP when they go to kindergarten. Some disabilities don’t become apparent until a child enters school: ADHD or dyslexia for example. Parents or educators who notice a child struggling in school can request an educational evaluation. That evaluation may lead to a diagnosis and an IEP or 504 plan. Getting an evaluation and effective IEP after starting school has been known to take more parent advocacy.  

When an IEP is in place, the child’s entire educational team meets annually to write the IEP for the coming year. As a parent, you are an important part of that team. The IEP includes a section for parent input where you can write about your child’s strengths, interests, and challenges to help the school know your child. Your child is assessed every three years to determine that they still qualify for special education services.

Graduation and beyond
During the IEP meeting of your child’s sophomore year of high school, you’ll begin talking about diploma options and plans for after high school. 

Getting help
You don’t have to navigate this system alone! Families and Communities Together (FACT Oregon) is a statewide group offering broad support for families experiencing disability. They offer help through parent education, connection to community, and a support line connecting you with other parents to help answer questions. The IEP Toolkit and The IEP: What You Need to Know online training are two of their most popular resources.

Special education can be complicated and confusing, and you might feel you need a second education about special education. The many resources and support options help you understand and advocate for your child throughout their school life.

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.


Two children at playground, holding hands, one child is in a mobility device.
Movement, especially during the winter months when we are all stuck inside, can be vital for our physical and mental health. But not all of us move in the same ways. We’ve pulled together some resources for kids of all abilities, to help get our sillies out:
Cosmic Kids Yoga
While not specifically intended to be for youth with disabilities, this YouTube channel is great for kids with ADHD and older youth with learning disabilities. The instructor includes a story with animations that help grab and keep kids attention. She also describes moves in easy to understand ways like, puff up like a ball and roll around singing *jigglypuff* for the Pokemon video
Gympanzees has an excellent online resource hub for exercises and activities that are disability specific, such as sensory processing, Down Syndrome, wheelchair users and more. 

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability
NCHPAD has a ton of content on their YouTube channel. There is a playlist on Adapted Kids Yoga for a number of conditions, and another on Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism through Exercise. The latter specifically addresses the sensory overload of going into a gym or during PE at school. Beyond those two kid-focused playlists they have lots of others that could be of interest to the whole family, such as Home Workouts.

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes:
NWABA has a YouTube playlist with adapted Physical Education lessons for different age groups, and for kids with Multiple Disabilities.

And here's a great article from Chicago Parent with ideas on how to incorporate physical activities for children with developmental disabilities into daily life. 

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.

Students in a classroom taking a standardized test.
The point of the SAT and ACT is to determine a student’s readiness for college and many colleges and universities have required them. So the library is here to help get you ready!

Please note that many colleges and universities are going test-optional for 2021 Admissions. This means ACT/SAT scores are not mandatory for admission. The list includes Eastern Oregon University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University. 

But if you still need (or want) to take these tests, your first question might be, which one should I take? According to a recent article by US News & World Report, the tests “vary in structure and timing as well as the content matter and scoring.” One statement in the article suggested that students with a “strong English background” might do better with the ACT, which puts a stronger emphasis on verbal skills. And for those who are strong in math, well “the SAT may reflect that much better.” They suggest taking the practice tests for each and seeing which suits you best. And that makes sense to us.

But where do you get free practice tests? The library offers free exams for the SAT and ACT through a resource called LearningExpress Library. You just need your library card number and PIN to login. You will need to set up a free account, so you can track everything

LearningExpress Library also gives you access to the most up-to-date prep books, it can help you figure out colleges to apply to, it can locate scholarship information, and help you write your college essay! Just log in and take a look under “College Admissions Test Preparation.” We librarians always wish more people knew about this amazing free resource, so please use the LearningExpress Library and tell a friend!

And if you like to hold books in your hand, rather than read ebooks, you can find test prep books for the SATs and the ACT in our catalog and place them on hold for curbside pickup. If you want more information in general, try our posts on College Help for Teens and Searching for Scholarships

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.

El SAT y el ACT son los dos exámenes estandarizados que la mayoría de las  universidades piden como requisito en la solicitud de admisión. La mayoría de las universidades piden uno u otro y el estudiante puede escoger el  examen que más le guste o tomar los dos para ver en cuál obtiene mejores resultados. La diferencia principal entre los exámenes es el contenido y tipo de preguntas.  


El SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) evalúa más el razonamiento y la aptitud. Está diseñado para determinar qué tanto han aprendido los estudiantes en la preparatoria. El SAT examina lectura de comprensión, escritura y matemáticas. 

El estudiante puede preferir tomar el SAT si: 

  • Trabaja despacio y se toma el tiempo para analizar las preguntas 
  • Lee mucho y tiene un vocabulario amplio  
  • Piensa “fuera de lo convencional”, usa pensamiento analítico 
  • Escribe bien. Aunque la sección del ensayo es opcional, la prueba incluye secciones de lectura y escritura. 



El ACT evalúa más el conocimiento de información en lugar de evaluar sus habilidades. El ACT examina las matemáticas y las ciencias además de lectura de  comprensión y escritura.  

El estudiante puede preferir el ACT si: 

  • Trabaja con rapidez 
  • Se destaca en matemáticas y en ciencias  
  • Prefiere ver las preguntas como las ve en los exámenes de la escuela 
  • Tiene dificultad para escribir ensayos. 



Es importante que el estudiante pregunte a las universidades a las que desea asistir, si los exámenes del SAT y ACT son parte de los requisitos de admisión.

Información y recursos sobre el SAT

Información y recursos sobre el ACT 


Escrito por Delia P.

Are you an artist in grades 6–12?   

Do you know an artist in grades 6-12?

Enter a design for the 2021 Multnomah County Library Teen Summer Reading Art Contest!

The theme this year is “Reading Colors Your World.” A panel of library staff and artists will select a winner from the entries.

● The winning design will appear on the cover of all teen gameboards. The winning artist will be awarded a $100 gift card to an art supply store.

● More entries will be selected to produce a “Reading Colors Your World” coloring book that will be given to Summer Reading participants.  Kids all over the county will be coloring your designs!

● The library will share the winner and all selected designs on social media. 

● Here are the favorite designs from 2020's contest, by Naima (left) and Willa (right):

black and white design showing a girl reading, and magically coming from the book there is a witch, princess, dragon, and objects like a sword, apple, ring, and cauldron
black and white design showing an open book, with dragons, snakes, and a turtle magically coming out of the pages








The box on the flyer is proportional to the final maximum measurement, and you may use it to submit your artwork. You don’t have to use the entire box, but your artwork must fit inside of it. Final artwork will be printed at a maximum of 6” x 4” (measurements may change if art is scaled down).

1. Original artwork only

2. Content should be appropriate for youth all ages

3. Black & white image only

4. If hand drawn, use black ink, marker, pen or hard pencil

5. If digitally drawn, submit as black & white EPS or high resolution (300 dpi) PNG, JPG or TIF


Please include your name, grade, school (if applicable) and a phone number or email address so we can reach you if you win.

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

● Follow art specifications above.

● Show innovative interpretation of the theme, “Reading Colors Your World”. Be creative, try new things, find beauty in diversity.

● Show graphic design/artistic merit.

Entries must be received by Friday, March 5.  Submit your artwork electronically to, bring it to your local library, or send a paper version to:

Summer Reading | Multnomah County Library | Isom Building | 205 NE Russell Street Portland, OR 97212

Summer Reading is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation

  1. Ross Gay has written both poems and essays. What are the different approaches an author might take in considering how to capture their thoughts?  Why might one idea make a better essay than a poem?
  2. View or listen to Ross Gay reading a poem or essay. Consider how the author’s experience as a poet informs his writing of essays; how does hearing the pieces read aloud by the author change your experience of the reading? If you listened to the audiobook, what did you like about Ross Gay’s narration?
  3. Consider how slam poetry, music and hip hop influences might show up in both the written language and Gay’s reading aloud from The Book of Delights. 
  4. In chapter 71,  Gay returns to the subject of sta
    tues armed with guns that he first mentions in chapter 9. Over the summer of 2020, statues in public spaces were the focus of controversy. What do you think of Gay’s assertion that all new statues should have in their hands “flowers, or shovels, or babies, or seedlings…”?
  5. Gay often uses a direct, conversational writing style. Why do you think he employs this style? How does it make you feel when the writer addresses you directly? 
  6. “I’m trying to remember the last day I haven’t been reminded of the inconceivable violence black people have endured in this country.” (p. 16) Discuss Gay’s ability to overlap themes of systemic racism, delight and kindness, loss and sorrow, often in the space of one essay.
  7. Ross Gay often finds delight in the smallest of objects: a flower thriving in a sidewalk crack, or two people sharing the work of carrying a bag. How does attention to these small details add to Gay’s overall themes? 
  8. What role does humor and tragedy play in Ross Gay’s observations. How does he juxtapose the two for greater effect?
  9. One interviewer pointed out that the essays in The Book of Delights often feel like journal entries. As a reader, how did you feel about the personal tone of the writing? Would you have enjoyed the book more or less if the writing adhered to a more traditional essay format?
  10. Gay seems to take pleasure in ritual or routine (one example being the journaling exercise about "delight" which led to the book). What are some rituals that bring joy to your life? 
  11. Even though The Book of Delights isn't poetry, Gay is a poet and the writing is very poetic. Who is another poet (or writer, or speaker, or singer, or rapper) whose words bring you delight?In Chapter 38 Ross mentions an interaction with a flight attendant calling him “Baby.” Have you had delightful interactions with strangers? What made it special?

Assignment: Find something that delights you and share it with a friend or loved one. Bonus points: take a photo of the delight and post it to social media, using the tags #DailyDelight #EverybodyReads #RossGay @MultCoLib (Twitter and Facebook) @multnomahcountylibrary (Instagram) @PDXLibraryLove @LiteraryArts 

The national theme for Black History Month 2021 is The Black Family — Representation, Identity and Diversity. The Black Cultural Library Advocates of Multnomah County Library present the following programs and resources.

Banner for Black History Month

The Black History Month You Thought You Knew — Its origins, past, present, & future
Presented by Ebonee Bell, Black Cultural Library Advocate
Fri., Feb. 5, 6–7 pm

Story Hour with Nikki Brown Clown
Sat., Feb. 6, 10:30–11:15 am
Wed., Feb. 10, 10:30–11:15 am
Wed., Feb. 24, 10:30–11:15 am

The History of African Storytelling
Presented by Javelin Hardy
Sat., Feb. 13, 11 am–12:30 pm

Bring The House Down: A Black, Queer Gospel
Presented by Chanti Darling and Cee Blanco
Wed., Feb. 17, 7–9 pm

Black Queen, You Are Beautiful
Presented by Javelin Hardy
Sat., Feb. 20, 11 am–1 pm
Sat., Feb. 27, 11 am–1 pm

Real Talk with Rashad Taylor 
Mon., Feb. 22, 6–7 pm

Where The Heart Is and Reviving the Black Head Nod Film Screening
Presented by Elijah Hasan
Tue., Feb. 23, 6:30–7:30 pm

Presented by Walidah Imarisha
Thu., Feb. 25, 6–7:30 pm

A Call to Black Men, a Holistic Approach to Living Well
Presented by Dr. John Wolfe, from Horizon Counseling
Fri., Feb. 26, 6–7:30 pm

Film Review, Push Out — The Criminalization of Black Girls in School Film Screening and Panel
Presented by ZaDora Williams
Sat., Feb. 27, 2–4 pm

Renée Watson on books as a refuge, a guiding light, a healing balm
Blog post and reading list

For more information, visit library events or call 503.988.5123.

Mother and father help their daughter to read.
The library has reorganized its entire collection of Spanish leveled readers for students learning to read. There are now four distinct reading levels: Comenzando (Beginning), Desarrollando habilidades (Developing Skills), Leyendo más (Reading More) y Por mi cuenta (On My Own).

Each level is categorized in its own color. Click on the links to see books for each level:

Leveling and labeling our collection of Spanish beginning readers into these four colored categories will empower young patrons and their caregivers. They will be able to find the books they need with ease and become successful readers. Our goal is to improve their experience with the library and with reading. The levels purposefully do not have corresponding numbers, to discourage correlation between reading level and grade level. Look for the corresponding color label on the spine of each book. 


A believer in education, José de la Luz Sáenz became an elementary school teacher and taught Mexican-American children in segregated shacks, known as “Mexican Schools” in Texas. In the evenings, he taught English literacy to adults. At the outbreak of WWI, José de la Luz was called to serve in the US Army. Upon his return, he concluded that dismantling white supremacy culture demanded more than just teaching. He and other Mexican-American civil rights leaders wrote articles and gave public talks throughout Texas to encourage Mexican-Americans to organize. In 1929, they created the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the US. 



José de la Luz’s commitment and that of other Mexican-American activists’ to education and social justice lives on in children's books. Elementary school students can now read and learn about his and other Mexican-American activists’ fight for equality. Likewise, parents who want to learn more about the history of Mexican-American civil rights will discover the courageous activism of Emma Tenayuca and Dolores Huerta, and will be moved by such documentaries as “A Class Apart.”


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