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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 organizations we know of that are helping the community. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

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Multnomah County School Districts

We have done our best to provide current information. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food.

Centennial [updated 9/7/23]

The food pantry at Parklane Elementary, 15811 SE Main St., Portland, is open Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. Stop by to access 3-5 days’ worth of FREE, fresh, and healthy food for your family. Please bring your own bags. No identification or income verification materials required. Anyone is welcome to shop!

The food pantry at Patrick Lynch Elementary, 1546 SE 169th Pl., is open to the public on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm. to 5:00 pm.

Food 4 Families will have food distribution every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Centennial High School, 3505 SE 182nd Ave, Gresham, 97030. 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Click here for distribution dates.

David Douglas [updated 11/20/23]

There are food pantries at the following David Douglas schools. Click here for a calendar that shows hours of operation and any closures.

  • Cherry Park Elementary: 1930 SE 104th Ave. Mondays, 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Floyd Light Middle: 10800 SE Washington St. Mondays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Earl Boyles Elementary: 10822 SE Bush St. Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. 
  • Mill Park Elementary: 1900 SE 117th Ave. Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Gilbert Park Elementary: 13132 SE Ramona St. Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Menlo Park Elementary: 12900 NE Glisan St. Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 
  • David Douglas High, Old Pool Building: 13030 SE Taylor Ct. Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Gresham-Barlow [updated 9/19/23]

Community food box information can be found at The Sunshine Division and Snowcap Community Charities

Parkrose [updated 9/7/23]

There are food pantries at the following schools (click the link for closures):

 

Portland [updated 11/8/23]

During the teachers' strike, there will be grab-and-go meals available at many Portland Public schools.

 

There are food pantries at the following schools. Please click on the link to check for closure information NOTE: these pantries are closed until the teachers' strike ends and school resumes.

 

Reynolds [updated 3/9/23]

    Food pantries are located at the following schools. Click here for more information.
    • Glenfair Elementary: 15300 NE Glisan St. Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
    • Reynolds High: 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale. Last Tuesday of the month, 1:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.
    • Alder Elementary: 17200 SE Alder St. Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Reynolds Middle: 1200 NE 201st Ave., Fairview. Fridays 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Wilkes Elementary: 17020 NE Wilkes Rd. 1st Friday of the month, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Davis Elementary: 19501 NE Davis St. 2nd Friday of the month, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
    • H.B. Lee Middle: 1121 NE 172nd Ave. Call 503-706-2834 for information on accessing the food pantry
    • Walt Morey Middle: 2801 SW Lucas Ave., Troutdale. Call 503-810-9604 or 503-491-1935 for information on accessing the food pantry
     

    Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

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

    C3 Pantry (NE): 6120 NE 57th Ave., Portland. Tuesdays, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm.

    Crossroads Food Bank (NE): 2505 NE 102nd Ave., Portland. Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon.

    Mainspring Food Pantry (NE):  3500 NE 82nd Ave.  They suggest following them on social media to see mobile food pantry locations.  Their current free food pantries are located at:
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    • Dawson Park, 1 N Stanton St. Every 1st Tuesday from 10 am to noon
    • Community Transitional School, 6601 NE Killingsworth St. Every 2nd Tuesday from 10 am to noon
    • East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. Every 2nd Wednesday from 9 am to 11 am
    • Victory Outreach, 16022 SE Stark St. Every 3rd Tuesday from 10 am to noon
    • Rockwood Village Apartments, 783 SE 185th Ave. Every 4th Tuesday from 10 am to noon
     
    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): 4800 NE 72nd Ave., Portland. Open Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m; Thursday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.
     
    Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): 11020 NE Halsey St., Portland. Offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9 a.m.– 11 a.m. They also provide a mobile food pantry service to some neighborhoods.
     
    One Hope Food Pantry (NE): Located at 5425 NE 27th Ave., Portland 97211. Open for drive-through and pickup Saturdays, 11 a.m. - noon. Food boxes are available each week.
     
    St. Mark's Lutheran Church (SE): 5415 SE Powell Blvd., Portland 97206. Food pantry every Friday, 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
     
    Sunshine Division (SE):  free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. Pickup times are Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are two locations:
    • 12436 SE Stark St.
    • 687 N Thompson St.

    Visit their website to request a food box delivery, or call 503-823-2102

     
    William Temple House (NW): 2023 NW Hoyt St., Portland. Offering a walk-in pantry, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm. A guide to the pantry can be found here.
     
    Lift Urban Portland (SW):  Located at 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland 97201. Food pantry 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. Pick-up food boxes, information can be found here. Pantry times are Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can also place an order online.
     
    St. Johns Food Share (N): 8100 N Lombard St., Portland 97203. Food pantry open Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon.
     
    Urban Gleaners: multiple locations across Multnomah and Washington counties. Click here for a list of locations.
     
     
    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. Click the link and scroll down to food resources.
     
     
     

    Actividades productivas y divertidas para la temporada de frío

    El clima de invierno y las vacaciones pueden ocasionar algo de estrés y cambios en nuestras rutinas, pero también nos brinda oportunidades para concentrarnos en actividades importantes.

    Hay tiempo para conversar en familia. Cuando los niños y jóvenes aprenden y participan activamente en conversaciones de la cultura familiar, es más probable que aumenten su confianza, sean optimistas y refuercen su identidad. 

    Traten de mantener horarios regulares para comer, dormir, jugar y aprender. Los niños y jóvenes con dificultades de procesamiento sensorial se benefician cuando las rutinas siguen siendo las mismas durante las vacaciones escolares y los días festivos.

    Los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria pueden aprovechar este tiempo para realizar las actividades que propone el College Board y ponerse al día sin la presión del tiempo.

    El juego es muy importante; hagan una piñata y creen un libro con fotos y algunas historias de sus tradiciones para revivir los recuerdos en familia.

    He aquí una lista de recursos y actividades que recopilamos para que todos los miembros de su familia se mantengan mental y físicamente activos. 

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    Winter weather and family gatherings can bring some stress with them, and shake up our routines that keep things running smoothly the rest of the year. We’ve gathered some tips on keeping everyone mentally and physically well to help your family survive and thrive into the new year.

    Photo of child washing hands

    Young children - adults, too! - tend to amp up their excitement and anticipation as winter celebrations get underway. There are so many things to focus on and plan for, and routines can fall off in all of the hubbub. Dealing with colds and seasonal illnesses also add extra stress and disrupt a family’s normal schedule.

    Keeping some routines can help everyone in the family stay mentally and physically well: a regular bedtime and mealtime, familiar foods, and cozy reading sessions together at the usual time, for instance. Children with sensory processing difficulties or developmental delays especially benefit when some routines remain the same during school breaks and holidays. 

    There’s lots of advice out there about family gatherings and neurodivergent kids, but it basically boils down to these three tips from a mom and autistic self-advocate: prepare your kid for what to expect, communicate directly with extended family, and know your child’s triggers. This is great advice for neurotypical families, too!

    Find more tips to take the stress out of family gatherings in this Child Mind article

    Reading a book is a wonderful way to help children find peace and quiet during this busy season. Keeping a family reading routine can bring calm with it, along with many more benefits. Does your child love to hear a favorite story over and over again? Re-reading favorite books can bring children comfort and confidence because they know what to expect as the story unfolds. Library branches often highlight books about traditions and celebrations each season, and it might be the perfect time to revisit favorites from the past year. 

    Books can also support and motivate children to practice routines like hand washing, teeth brushing or masking. Here are some of our favorite books for young children about building good hygiene routines and staying healthy. Songs and rhymes can support these habits and help transitions flow more smoothly, too. Try some of these songs out with your family:  

    For children with developmental delays that may need more direct teaching and reminders about hygiene, try visual reminders in key spots or set up reminders on their mobile device if they have one. Here’s a sample social story about handwashing that’s available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Make sure your child enjoys the scent and feel of the soap and hand sanitizer by allowing them to choose their own products, whenever possible.

    Some families celebrate holidays this season, many of them involving gift giving or acknowledging the gifts of the earth and the harvest. Cultivating gratitude can be part of any family tradition. Sing along with Daniel Tiger’s Thank You Song, then have kids think of someone they are thankful for, and share why they feel grateful for that person. 

    Find more ways to help your kids be at their best and have fun in this article about how to take the stress out of family gatherings

    For caregivers, remember to take a deep breath and don’t feel pressure for perfection. Your favorite memories ten years from now will probably not be ones that were painstakingly crafted and choreographed. Your own stress or tension can rub off on your child, too, making it difficult for either of you to enjoy the family fun. Try to focus on one or two things that you want your child to experience, and then let yourself off the hook!

    What is Dyslexia?

    Image of letters including the word dyslexia
    Dyslexia is a neurological difference often characterized by difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. It may run in the families and cannot be “cured.” Individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies.

    Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. With the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read.  A multi-sensory, phonics based approach is often the best way to help kids learn to read. The Orton-Gillingham, Barton System and/or Lindamood-Bell programs are well known programs that work.

    This great Ted-Ed talk provides an overview of dyslexia.

    What should I look for?

    Decoding Dyslexia offers these early signs of dyslexia:

    • Late speech (3 years or later)
    • Mixing up sounds in multi-syllable words (e.g. bisghetti, aminal, mazageen)
    • Inability to rhyme by age 4
    • Difficulty with substitutions, omissions and deletions
    • Unusual pencil grip
    • Difficulty remembering rote facts (months of the year, days of the week)
    • Confusion of left vs. right  

    One of the biggest challenges of dyslexia is counteracting shame caused by teasing and misunderstanding. Children are often teased because they can’t read as well as others. Teachers may say things like “she’s a slow reader” in front of the child or parents. Kids know what “slow” means and they often grow up believing they are “stupid” and/or “lazy.”

    Dyslexia Assessment in Multnomah County

    Oregon Senate Bills 612 and 1003 require school districts to universally screen for risk factors of dyslexia in kindergarten. The Oregon Department of Education provides guidance and training for districts and educators. If you or your child aren't in school or you feel the school is missing something, here are a few of the many assessment and intervention providers in the County.

    The Blosser Center - Accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, the Blosser Center provides assessment, tutoring and teacher training.

    Language Skills Therapy - Provides assessment and tutoring

    New Leaves Clinic - Provides assessment and treatment in Hillsboro, Oregon

    PDX Reading Specialist, LLC​ - Provides assessment, tutoring, advocacy and professional development

    How the library can help

    There are three valid types of reading: with your eyes (print & video), with your ears (audiobooks), and with your fingers (Braille).  

    Audiobooks

    The library has thousands of audiobooks on CD and in downloadable formats for people who read with their ears. Library information staff can help you find and use audiobooks, which are typically easier for someone with dyslexia.

    DVD/Blu-ray and streaming

    The library has thousands of DVDs, Blu-ray and downloadable films for people who read with eyes and ears. Library information staff can help you find and use these media.

    E-books

    E-books are available to borrow through OverDrive to read on your desktop or with the Libby app. Accessibility options include using screen readers, changing text size, turning on dyslexic font, reading in sepia or night mode, and more. When searching for a subject, you can also look for the format "OverDrive Read-along" which provides narration that plays along while you read. The OverDrive help page explains how to find these read-along books, and library staff can help as well.

    Additional resources

    Bookshare e-books have functions for people with print disabilities, including low vision, dyslexia and the inability to hold a physical book. Adults with a library card can get free access through the library. Students can get access through their school.

    Decoding Dyslexia Oregon's parent resource list has many suggestions of books, websites and videos where you can learn more about dyslexia.

    FACT Oregon provides parent training in English and Spanish to help families navigate the special education system.

    The International Dyslexia Association has a list of local support groups for students and adults with dyslexia.

    The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library is free for any Oregonian with a print-disability including dyslexia or dysphasia.

    We’ve been working on a new website for the library coming in December.

    Library priorities emphasize centering equity and creating equal access for communities. The new website reflects these values. This new library website will be easier to use for people of all backgrounds, including those who do not speak English or have limited proficiency. 

    Content on the website will have increased relevance for people of color and communities subjected to marginalization. 

    One of the main goals of this new website is to improve readability in English and the other available languages. The 2021 American Community Survey found that nearly 20% of Multnomah County’s residents five years old and up speak a language other than English at home. 

    To make new changes and updates to the website, the library team held over 40+ staff focus groups. Language teams, Black Cultural Library Advocates and the Indigenous Team were all included. Teen focus groups gave input. Online surveys in all of the library’s service languages were filled out by patrons all over the county.

    This new website will provide new and improved content for job seekers and small businesses, adult literacy learners, immigrants and new citizens. The website will also be more accessible with a navigation menu that links directly to what you are looking for.

    There will be more images reflecting the community’s diversity and icons that can help people with low English literacy. A continuous review will allow the library to keep improving it. 

    The website’s design was deliberate and thoughtful at every step of the design process, prioritizing the needs of the patrons who need the library most. 

    The granddaughter of the Chief of Celilo Falls, Linda Meanus is a beloved Native American Elder from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, an author and educator.

    Linda Meanus as an adult smiling

    Part of her story was first told in 1956 by Martha McKeown in a book titled Linda’s Indian Home. The book called attention to the Columbia River tribes, their ways of living and how the new dams destroyed fishing.

    Fish are sacred to the tribes. So daily fishing activities embodied tradition, culture and a way of life that were deeply impacted by the construction of the Dalles Dam. The water itself is also significant because it represents the connection between people, water and earth.

    When Linda’s Indian Home was published, Ms. Meanus was a little girl, traveling to different schools and libraries, sharing the book and story, and signing her name. In 1956, she is pictured during a visit at Multnomah County Library’s Central Library location.

    Linda Meanus as a child sitting on a woman's lap at Central Library with adults and children around her

    Now, Ms. Meanus has written her own book: My Name is Lamoosh, chronicles her life as she grew up with her grandmother, Flora Thompson, and her grandfather Chief Tommy Thompson. She talks about life before the creation of The Dalles Dam, which flooded Celilo Falls. The book highlights Indigenous ways of the Columbia River and provides a first-hand account of Native American history in the Pacific Northwest. 

    As Ms. Meanus describes in her book, “If you have ever heard Multnomah Falls, it was ten times louder than that. It was an echo that you could feel in your heart.” 

    Celilo Falls was a place where salmon flowed plentifully and tribes from different parts of the Northwest came together. 

    “I was six years old when my grandma came after me to show me what the Corps of Engineers were going to do on March 10, 1957,” says Ms. Meanus. “I thought it was important to write this book and share my story. There are a lot of Native American stories, and since this is from a historical site, I thought it was important to do that. And it makes me feel good that I can contribute to the community a real life story."

    The library is welcoming back Ms. Meanus with an author talk at Mamook Tokatee, NAYA housing complex on November 9. During this visit, she will discuss her new book, My Name is Lamoosh.

    “Ms. Meanus is a revered and respected Elder” says Eva Red Bird, Indigenous outreach program coordinator. “She is a strong advocate for sobriety and helping Natives get clean and sober. She still goes out to powwows and dances and continues to practice tribal traditions. It’s really an honor to have her visit us.”

    Stay up to date on events happening to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, or participate from home by checking out one of the always available books on the Libby app.

    A new temporary library location is open! Multnomah County Library at University of Oregon serves North and Northeast Portland communities. Visit the new temporary location at 2800 NE Liberty St., Portland, Oregon 97211, on the first floor of the UO Library and Learning Center, open Monday to Saturday, 1 to 6 pm.

    A shelf inside the new temporary location with resources

    North and Northeast Regional Manager, Serenity McWilliams says, “We are so excited to open this mini library and provide resources and services to the community in this beautiful space!”

    You can connect with Black Cultural Library Advocates and Spanish Bilingual staff members to find culturally specific and relevant recommendations for you. You will find computers, wi-fi, printing, scanning, faxing, and be able to pick up your holds and return books. Browse a collection that includes books in Spanish for adults and youth, fiction and nonfiction books from the Black Resource Collection, DVDs and the Lucky Day collection.

    “The first two weeks have been busy, and the holds shelves are filling up fast. In fact, I picked up a hold there this week,” says Serenity. “I am very grateful for this creative collaboration.”

    MCL at UO will be a temporary location through summer 2024. Visit and find services and resources for you!

    Support your community by signing up to volunteer at the library.

    Spanish-speaking volunteers are always needed to tutor adults completing their GED program. Helping other adults further their education makes an immediate impact both for individuals and the community as a whole.

    Woman with a computer at a GED class in Kenton Library

    One Spanish-speaking volunteer, David, has been volunteering at the library for two years. His partner, Luz, started volunteering six months ago.

    David said, “We arrived in the United States about three and a half years ago, during Covid quarantine. Luz began receiving help with her English language skills through the library. We wanted to return the assistance and support our community.”

    Luz and David tutor adults who are working to complete their GED in Spanish. The time commitment is one weekly session of about 1.5 – 2 hours. Volunteers must sign on for a minimum of 3 months. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma, GED or the equivalent.

    Luz has a background in science education, and David has an accounting background. “I’ve always loved school. So both of us love the constant learning experience and what better way of learning and remembering knowledge or research if not by helping others,” says David.

    It’s easy to sign up to be a library volunteer. Complete an application form for Rockwood library or a virtual opportunity that offers flexible scheduling. 

    “It’s a great way to feel connected to your community and give help to those who have the curiosity of learning,” says David. 

    Call 503.577.9984 or email Adult Literacy mcl.adult.literacy@multco.us to get started.

    Six stacked books being held by a person

    Book bans are not new to public libraries, but challenges to censor books are rapidly rising across the country and around Oregon. This trend is troubling to public libraries like Multnomah County Library, which are deeply committed to your right to access information from all viewpoints and diverse authors. 

    The American Library Association compiles data on book challenges that comes from reports from libraries or is covered by the media. A disproportionate number of challenged books are written by authors of color or include themes that represent the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality. 

    This month, the library is highlighting both Banned Books Week (October 1-7) and Latinx Heritage Month (through October 15). Join us in recognizing the contributions of Latinx writers by reading these banned books or attending the library’s special Banned Books Week event, “why your voice matters — even, and especially as censorship increases,” on October 5.

    “What I love about the library is our ability to center equity, representation, intersectionality and diversity in our language and culture groups through our work with displays, community outreach, serving patrons throughout the day, connecting them with our resources, and even in simple conversations with families,” says Isabel Villarreal Stewart, a staff member who is part of the Black Cultural Library Advocates team (BCLA).

    Library staff with lived experience from communities of color and culture are creating more space and visibility to recognize and discuss the complexity of intersectional identities, through events, book displays and resources that connect with their communities. 

    “When we hear intersectionality, we think about all the ways our identities can intersect and interact with each other, and how that shapes our experiences. I am a proud member of BCLA, just as I am proud of my queerness and my Latin identity. I hope to represent that intersectionality in all the work I do!” says Isabel. 

    Library staff bring their whole selves to serving the community, providing cultural affinity and alliance. They help patrons find what they need, including their next favorite book. Contact us in person, by phone or online to let us help you explore new perspectives.

    Read these banned books by Latinx authors

    Are you a writer looking for inspiration, support and community? Portland is a writing city, with many organizations focused on the craft. Here's a brief and by no means comprehensive list of some of those organizations. 

    Writing groups, workshops, and classes

    Literary Arts offers an ongoing BIPOC Reading Series, intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. You can come to listen or sign up to share in an open mic. Anyone is welcome to attend, but only those who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color are invited to read.

    The Attic Institute presents workshops, classes, and individual consultation about writing projects.

    The Multnomah Arts Center offers some wonderful literary arts classes.

    Portland State University has a few different academic programs in creative writing.

    VoiceCatcher is a nonprofit connecting and empowering women writers in Portland.

    Write Around Portland offers free creative writing workshops, hosts a bimonthy BIPOC writing circle, and creates publication and reading opportunities for workshop participants.

    For a variety of author readings and all things literary, check out Literary Portland. They maintain lists of author readings, book and discussion groups, writing organizations and more. They are also the people behind Old Pal, a journal devoted to literature and art.

    Check out Meetup for a variety of creative writing groups in and around Portland.

    Membership organizations

    The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) offers resources and workshops related to printing and book-making. They also have certificate programs in creative nonfiction/fiction, poetry, and comics/graphic novels.

    Oregon Poetry Association, Oregon’s oldest and largest literary organization, offers community, contests, and conferences.

    Oregon Writers Colony offers community, conferences and workshops, and the use of a beach house writing retreat!

    Rose City Romance Writers, the Portland, Oregon chapter of Romance Writers of America, educates, supports, and mentors published and unpublished romance writers.

    Willamette Writers hosts regular meetings for the exchange of ideas related to writing and craft.

    Reading series

    Literary Arts’ programs include Portland Arts and Lectures, Writers in the Schools, the Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships, and Delve Readers Seminars.

    There are many different reading series in Portland! You could head out to hear writers read their work at Burnt Tongue, Unchaste Readers, you could catch a reading when the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (FWWA) Pacific Northwest Reading Series has a Portland event...  or you could see one of the many readings at Powell's Books

    Local Publishers

    The Northwest is home to a vibrant publishing world. Here are just a few:

    • IPRC -  provides affordable access to space, tools, and resources for creating independently published media and artwork, and to build community and identity through the creation of written and visual art.
    • Ooligan Press -  is a student-run trade press dedicated to cultivating the next generation of publishing professionals. Ooligan works with the library to publish selections from The Library Writers Project. Visit the Library Writers Project page to learn more about submitting your self-published work to the library's digital collection.
    • Microcosm Publishing - Microcosm specializes in nonfiction DIY (Do-It-Yourself) books, zines, and decks that focus on the reader and teach self-empowerment.
    • Forest Avenue Press - publishes literary fiction on a joyride and the occasional memoir. Our titles are infused with a fresh, complex, sometimes nutty, and often-wondrous approach to storytelling.
    • Sasquatch Books - publishes books by the most gifted writers, artists, chefs, naturalists, and thought leaders in the Pacific Northwest and on the West Coast.

    To connect to more publishers and keep up with Northwest book news, especially indy stores and authors, check out the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

    Other stuff

    Although closures may impact availability, Multnomah County’s Central Library offers the Sterling Room for Writers, where writers can find a quiet work space in close proximity to all the resources the library has to offer. Interested writers must submit an application and be approved to gain access to the room. Please note that Central Library is currently closed for remodelling and will likely reopen in late 2024.

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