It’s lunch time at Multnomah County Library! We welcome youth to enjoy our annual summer lunch program at Gresham, Midland, and Rockwood libraries. Here’s what you need to know.
- Lunches are served “grab-and-go” style as cold sack lunches.
- Lunches are served outside of physical library spaces.
- Lunches are for children ages 18 and younger, one per child.
- Children do not need to be present for parents/guardians to pick up lunches.
- 11:30 am -12:30 pm Monday-Friday
- Through August 14 (no lunch on Friday, July 3)
- Located on sidewalk area west of book return
- Sponsored by Gresham-Barlow School District
Midland Library (begins Monday, July 13)
- 12-1 pm Monday-Friday
- Through August 28
- Located on sidewalk area in front of the south side of library building
- Sponsored by Wattles Boys and Girls Club
Rockwood Library (begins Monday, June 29)
- 12:30-1:30 pm Monday-Thursday
- Families can pick up two sack lunches on Thursday to have one for Friday
- Through August 13
- Located on paved area near the south entrance to library, facing Southeast Stark Street
- Sponsored by Reynolds School District
In addition to library site sponsors, the Summer Lunch Program is made possible thanks to partnerships with the Multnomah County Department of County Human Services and Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon.
As Carla Davis knows well, library storytime is a playful and magical experience— a time full of singing, dancing, playing, and yes— also reading stories. Storytime programs enable Carla to introduce babies and toddlers to the library, while also connecting with parents about ways to continue to support their child’s literacy and learning.
“The library is about exploration, and I love that I get to bring that to children,” said Carla.
Carla, or even “Ms. Carla” as some of her young storytime attendees often like to call her, is a Youth Librarian at Midland Library, and she organizes several storytimes each week, in addition to serving as a storytime mentor teaching other library staff how to build age appropriate storytime curriculum and connect with young patrons. Carla is also part of Multnomah County Library’s Black Cultural Library Advocates (BCLA) team which focuses on bringing culturally relevant materials, programs and services to the Black community.
Since the closure of Multnomah County libraries in mid-March due to COVID-19, librarians like Carla have continued to support the community through this crisis. Carla has been working with a team of other Youth Librarians and BCLA staff to bring their storytimes online (find Carla’s virtual Black storytimes on the MCL Youtube It’s Black Storytime playlist). In addition, she is working with the Black Cultural Library Advocates Team to provide valuable resource information online for the Black community— everything from food and health to educational resources. Carla also volunteered to support Multnomah County’s emergency shelters, working shifts at the Oregon Convention Center shelters.
“It was a valuable opportunity for my teammates and I to serve in the shelters. It’s always rewarding to not only help, but to meet and get to know great people who reside there,” said Carla
Carla started her career with Multnomah County Library as a Clerk. She later went on to earn her Masters in Library Science from Pratt University in New York. She’s worked with various libraries such as Atlanta Fulton Public, and Shearman and Sterling Law Library as an intern. Like many library professionals, she was drawn to a career in the library from a love of books.
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Carla was working with a team of library staff from across the county on a community engagement project with the Coalition of Communities of Color aimed at helping prepare Black children ages 0-6, and their families, for kindergarten.
The project is supported by the Equitable Education Grant from Meyer Memorial Trust and The Library Foundation. Recently, she initiated a survey at the largest national Martin Luther King (MLK) program in Portland. It included parents of Black children ages 0-6, and their awareness of library storytimes and services.
“It is my hope that as our Education Equity team learns more about the needs of parents and educators, that Multnomah County Library will be a major conduit through which educational gaps will be filled in even more creative ways as a result of these and other kinds of assessments.”
Carla’s dedication and service to children and families was recently nationally recognized by the American Library Association, and awarded the 2020 Random House Penguin Young Readers Group Award and stipend for her comprehensive programming efforts at Midland Library. Beyond organizing and delivering numerous weekly storytimes, Carla hosted a teen-led Teen Talent Showcase and organized a Black History Gospel Timeline that shows how gospel music developed from the 18th century to the present day.
“Being in a library is the best kind of ‘work,” she said. “I love to be in an environment where I can “theoretically” read— even though in reality I’m usually busy preparing for programs, working with community organizations, and helping youth and families navigate the library.”
After more than 20 years in library service, Carla sees the library evolving as a hub for the community, especially as people look to the library for services beyond books and traditional programs.
“As we shift in the way we serve due to the crisis, thankfully the library has always been a viable source of online information and resources, and we will continue to expand the ways we deliver to our users.”
Layla F. Saad's book Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their
Find copies of Me and White Supremacy in the catalog. If you are able, consider supporting the author by purchasing a copy. White Supremacy and Me is designed as a 28-day workbook, so you may need to renew or place another hold if you are using the hardcopy.
Website: The National Museum of African American History & Culture breaks out history, bias, whiteness, antiracism and more. Includes videos and questions for self-reflection and discussion.
For parents talking to children about racism
Podcast: Talking Race with Young Children, from NPR and Sesame Street
This 20 minute podcast shares ideas for talking about race with children, starting when they are very young. Additional resources are included at the end.
A great place to start for webinars and more, EmbraceRace was founded by two parents (one Black, one multiracial) seeking to nurture resilience in children of color; nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all stripes; and raise kids who think critically about racial inequity.
Start with the short action guide and then dive into their many book lists, highlighting diverse titles for a wide variety of ages.
Book: Not My Idea, by Anastasia Higginbotham (for elementary school-aged children)
Not My Idea follows a young white girl who is unsatisfied when her family won’t answer her questions about the shooting of an unarmed Black person by a police officer. Higginbotham has a track record of tackling challenging topics (from divorce to death) in a way that respects young readers and gives them the honesty they deserve. Includes activities on how to stand up against injustice and highlights how white people can disrupt white supremacy.
Next steps: If you want to engage more deeply in the work of antiracism
Website: Take a look at the offerings from Layla F. Saad's Good Ancestor Academy. A series of classes are offered, including "Allyship in the Workplace" and "Parenting and White Supremacy."
Video: How to be a Good Ally--Identity, Privilege, Resistance, by Ahsante the Artist
Thinking about starting a discussion group around Me and White Supremacy? Here are some tips on facilitating conversations that challenge participants or cause discomfort.
Video: "What if white people led the charge to end racism?", Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, TedXMileHigh, Jan. 30, 2020.
Multnomah County Library stands in solidarity and in support of our Black community, not just in this moment of crisis but as we look forward to working collectively to end inequity and systemic racism in our community and across the country. To combat the systemic racism that has perpetuated violence and inequities in our communities of color, we must act, not just feel. Multnomah County Library is taking action and we will expand those actions.
As Director, I will:
- Affirm and validate the harm that hundreds of years of racism and oppression causes and has caused Black, Indigenous, People of Color and other marginalized communities
- Lead the library’s efforts with race at the fore
- Center Black, Indigenous, People of Color and other marginalized communities in our service
- Rethink the library’s exclusionary history and redefine the library’s legacy through action
- Check my own biases and assumptions alongside those of the institution I lead
Finally and importantly, I want to honor library staff—and one member, in particular, Elle Budd, a Library Assistant on the Black Cultural Library Advocates team—who started something incredible in the past few days. Elle took the brave step of emailing hundreds of their colleagues to share perspective and resources around the history of violent protest in America in an effort “. . . to cultivate a very different culture here at the library where we talk about anti blackness, whiteness, white supremacy, racism, and how we as an institution are working to uphold it.” It was the perfect step in that moment.
Others engaged, expressing support, gratitude, solidarity, acknowledgement, willingness to hear and learn and offered even more resources. I will list some of those below but—to me—this was especially resonant, Sam Cooke's incredible and inspiring A Change is Gonna Come.
Here’s a portion of what library staff have shared with their peers:
- @ericabuddington: a history of racial violence and oppression
- @clairewillett: on Fred Hampton and COINTELPRO
- Georgakas, Dan: Detroit, I Do Mind Dying
- Hughes, Langston: Dream Variations
- NPR: Meet The Last Surviving Witness To The Tulsa Race Riot Of 1921
- NPR: 'This Little Light Of Mine' Shines On, A Timeless Tool Of Resistance
- Paper: How to Support Protesters in Every City
- Refinery29: Black People Need Stronger White Allies — Here’s How You Can Be One
- Refinery29: Why Are The Protestors Being Framed As The Problem? White Supremacy
- The Week: 'A riot is the language of the unheard,' Martin Luther King Jr. explained 53 years ago
And here are some additional resources from the library’s website:
- Multnomah County Library: What Does It Mean to be White? How Can I Be an Ally?
- Multnomah County Library: Talking with children and teens about race and racism
This library will be part of the change that’s gonna come.
Difficult conversations are happening in our country, states, cities and homes about race, racism, and anti-racism. These are not topics only for adults though. Talking with teens, tweens and younger children is important. Research has shown that children as young as six months notice race [Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race by Erin N. Winkler, Ph.D. University of Wisconsi-Milwaukee, PACE Vol. 3-No. 3, 2009 HighReach Learning Inc].
If you are unsure how to start and continue talking with your children as they grow, there are books to share and websites with resources to help. Several of these also discuss how you can be a model since actions often talk louder than words.
Teaching Young Children About Race is a guide for parents and teachers from Teaching for Change
EmbraceRace.org has articles, webinars and action guides about how kids learn about race, seeing and talking about differences, using picture books to have meaningful conversations, and more.
Talking about Race from the National Museum of African American History & Culture shares reflection questions, videos, and links to other resources.
Teaching Tolerance was created for educators, but parents may also find it useful to discuss race and ethnicity, and rights and activiism among other topics. The home page currently features articles about Black Lives Matter and Teaching about Race, Racism and Police Violence.
Talking to Children about Racial Bias from the American Academy of Pediatrics includes how parents can confront their own racial bias and a doctor's story of his encounter with racism as a 7-year-old.
Explaining the News to Our Kids from Common Sense Media offers tips by age.
This decision will feel like an unexpected and difficult loss for many Albina Library patrons who have shaped their lives around neighborhood amenities like the library. Relocating any neighborhood’s library is not a decision we take lightly. A variety of factors contributed to our decision, including this pandemic, which has caused us to make hard choices and think in new ways about how the library can serve the community.
The current location is the smallest branch in the Multnomah County Library system at just 3,500 square feet. It is so small that it doesn't have a public meeting room. Because of the operational constraints around physical distancing for the foreseeable future, it is unlikely that the building would be feasible for much more than sidewalk service. The Knott St. building is about 2,000 square feet larger.
The library’s lease of Albina Library expires on June 1, 2020, with an option for a three-year renewal at a cost of more than $260,000. As a steward of public resources, the library is unable to justify that expenditure, when a suitable and larger option exists nearby. The building where Albina Library is moving to currently serves as The Title Wave Used Bookstore, but it was the home of Albina Library from 1912 to 1960.
The distance between the two locations is 1.1 miles, a 23-minute walk, a seven-minute bike ride, a five-minute drive or about 15 minutes by bus. The Knott St. location complements the nearby Matt Dishman Community Center, Urban League of Portland and other community-facing services and affordable housing. We are working hard to get the new location ready. We will notify Albina Library patrons about holds pickup and when sidewalk service will begin.
The sale of retired library materials to the public will continue, with specific details also to be determined.
For information about our phased reopening plan, an FAQ and instructions for using the holds pickup service at other locations, please visit multcolib.org/covid19.
We look forward to serving you soon at the new Albina Library location.
If you're not sure which elementary school is your home school, each district has a school locator to check. If you need help identifying your district, find schools near you using your address or ZIP code, or call 2-1-1.
Centennial has registration packets available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Somali and Chinese. Student bus information is also available.
David Douglas has online registration available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese.
Gresham-Barlow asks that you register your child by June 1st. Select languages other than English at the top of the screen for Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Arabic. Language assistance is available to help non-English speaking families with the enrollment process and other services.
Parkrose offers online registration for the first time this year. Information is on their website in English and Spanish.
Portland Public Schools' online registration process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option. Paper registration packets are available at meal sites, May 28 through June 10. Packets will be located at the curriculum tables and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for easy mailing..
- You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program.
- If a child has an approved transfer and the parent registers online, the parent must do so using their neighborhood school based on the home address. The Enrollment and Transfer Center will change the school location to the transfer school at a later date.
- Families with children who have IEPs will need to register using a paper form.
Reynolds information is available in English and Spanish. Staff will contact you to confirm your child's enrollment after you submit the registration. Families will be invited in August to a virtual or in-person Kindergarten Orientation (depending on state guidance).
Riverdale asks parents of new students to submit a New Resident Introduction Form as soon as possible. An enrollment packet will then be shared.
- Bienvenidos al Kindergarten
- DISTRITO ESCOLAR DE CENTENNIAL FORMULARIO DE REGISTRO DEL ESTUDIANTE
- Preguntas que nos sirve para apoyar la enseñanza de lectura
- Distrito Escolar Centennial – Departamento de Transporte Información de Transporte para Estudiantes Elegibles para los Servicios de Transporte
- TRANSPORTE DE KINDERGARTEN
Cualquier niño que tenga cinco (5) años de edad el 1 de septiembre o antes es elegible para inscribirse en el Kindergarten en la escuela de su hogar designada.
La inscripción en línea está disponible para la nueva inscripción de estudiantes de Kindergarten para 2020-21. Después de que se haya enviado la solicitud en línea, debe comunicarse con la escuela límite de su hijo para completar los formularios específicos de la escuela, la asignación de clase, los horarios y otra información para que la transición de su hijo sea fácil. Si se registra en línea, también puede cargar el certificado de inmunización de su hijo, el certificado de nacimiento y el comprobante de domicilio, o traerlos a la escuela.
línea está disponible para la inscripción de nuevos estudiantes. Una vez que se haya aceptado la solicitud en línea, la escuela se comunicará con usted para un seguimiento adicional y puede programar una reunión antes del primer día de su hijo. Esto es importante ya que puede recibir formularios específicos de la escuela para completar, tareas de clase, horarios y otra información para hacer que la transición de su hijo sea fácil. Si tiene preguntas, puede comunicarse con la escuela de su vecindario. Use la aplicación Localizador de escuelas para determinar en qué límite de la escuela vive.
Para la inscripción en el jardín de infantes en la primavera de 2020, Parkrose utilizará nuestro sistema de inscripción en línea. Padres / tutores, tenga lo siguiente listo para completar el proceso de registro: comprobante de edad, registro de vacunas, comprobante de domicilio, y nombres y números de teléfono de contactos de emergencia. Para comenzar, visite http://www.parkrose.k12.or.us/registration. Preguntas? Por favor llame al: 503-408-2100
Si su hijo tiene 5 años de edad antes del 1º de septiembre, por favor inscríbalo en el kínder. Para inscribirse haga click en este enlace: https://www.pps.net/kinderenroll. El proceso toma de 20 a 30 minutos y el personal de la escuela se comunicará con usted a finales del verano. Mientras las escuelas permanecen cerradas, inscribirse en línea es la opción más fácil, pero los papeles de inscripción estarán disponibles muy pronto también. No es necesario inscribir a su hijo si actualmente asiste al programa escolar de PPS Head Start o Pre-kínder.
Si su estudiante es nuevo en el Distrito Escolar de Reynolds, regístrese para la inscripción.
The library may be closed and people are staying home, but it doesn't mean parents and caregivers are alone in trying to help young children learn and develop. This collection of resources includes articles, videos, webinars, and activities to help parents and caregivers support their children's healthy development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Support Children (and Yourself) During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The Center on the Developing Child offers three main activities that can help parents promote their young child’s healthy development and manage their own stress during the pandemic. PDFs are provided in both English and Spanish.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
From PBS Kids for Parents website. A parent shares how she talked with her children about the coronavirus. Includes “four ways we can help young kids build germ-busting habits.” The article is also available in Spanish.
A support guide for parents raising babies and toddlers through the coronavirus crisis
This article from Quartz offers reassurance to parents who are concerned that their child is missing out on opportunities for growth and development during these times of uncertainty and isolation. Included are resources to help keep young children engaged and learning, ideas for parental self-care, and links to sources of information about child development.
For childcare providers:
Trauma and Resilience: The Role of Child Care Providers
A webinar focused on the effect of trauma on children’s learning.It addresses the role of teachers and providers using resilience building strategies to support children across the age continuum.
For anyone interested in children’s development and well-being:
Being Black Is Not A Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child
This report from the National Black Child Development Institute includes articles such as “ The Black Family: Re-Imagining Family Support and Engagement” and highlights successful programs like Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc.
How to Teach Children to Stay 6 Feet Apart
Tips on how to teach social distancing to children from No Time for Flashcards.
Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Guidance, recommendations, and resources provided by child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts.
A short video and an article about how children build resilience from the Center on the Developing Child.
What Is COVID-19? And How Does It Relate to Child Development?
From the Center on the Developing Child: “An infographic that explains the basics of what COVID-19 is, and what it can mean for stress levels in both children and adults… it explains how all of us can work to ensure the wellbeing of the community now and in the future”. PDFs are available in English and Spanish.
2 Ways COVID-19 is Creating Even Greater Inequities in Early Childhood Education
A brief article from The Education Trust, a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.
The Brain Architects Podcast: COVID-19 Special Edition: Creating Communities of Opportunity
Dr. David Williams discusses ways in which the coronavirus pandemic is particularly affecting people of color in the U.S., and what that can mean for early childhood development.
Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science-Informed, Early Childhood Lens
An article from the Center for the Developing Child.