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How to put Library2Go titles onto your e-reader device

Do you have an Kindle, Nook, iPad or one of the many other e-reader devices? Would you like to learn how to put FREE library e-books onto your device?

First, check out Library2Go.

Do you need help navigating around the Library2Go website? Check out this brief tour of Library2Go.

Library2Go carries thousands of titles in many formats. Do you need to know what format works best for your device? Find your device on this page and below it you’ll see the formats that can downloaded onto it.

Not sure how to put e-books onto your device? Check out this Help page for step by step instructions.

The Multnomah County Library website has an E-books page that is full of helpful FAQ’s and video tutorials. Prefer to work one-on-one with an expert? Book an appointment with a librarian or attend a program.

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Banned Books Week: Some Reviews of Banned/Callenged Books We’ve Read- Carly’s Picks

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

The story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Poignant, amusing and well-written — The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian chronicles the adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson tells us about his youth. He includes stories about sibling rivalry, meeting his first love, and figuring out his own spiritual path. Beautiful artwork.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

In Where the Wild Things Are, mischievous Max is sent to bed without supper. Using his vivid imagination, Max sails to the land of Wild Things and becomes the king of a group of terrible, wild beasts. After dancing with the monsters in a “wild rumpus” for a while, he soon grows homesick and returns to his bedroom where he finds a hot supper waiting for him. Beautiful illustrations.

International Literacy Day

September 8 was proclaimed as International Literacy Day by UNESCO in the fall of 1965. It was first celebrated on September 8, 1966. The aim of this day has always been to bring attention to the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies worldwide.

The US Bank Room at the Multnomah County Central Library was buzzing with excitement from 1 to 4pm for this year’s International Literacy Day. Representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Portland Literacy Council, Londer Learning Center, Multnomah County Library Outreach Services and more were on hand to help people learn about local GED classes, citizenship classes, literacy tutoring, and much more. The room was alive with people chatting, colorful poster board displays, and piles of pamphlets. Earl was recognized for recently obtaining his US citizenship and had his photo taken several times!

After visiting several tables in the US Bank Room, Earl and I headed up International Literacy Day-themed Pop-Up Museum in the Collins Gallery. The public had been invited to share an object in a show and tell style (the object needed to be related to literacy). I brought a small book called I Am Not a Pest by Marjorie and Mitchell Sharmat. This book was one of the first books I read on my own when I was a child. I had scrawled my name on the cover when I was just starting to learn to write. Earl brought a piece of his former Friends of the Library messenger bag (a cut out of a large Multnomah County library card). He told us how he had filled this bag with so many library books that it eventually gave out over time. Michelle DelCarlo, the creator of the Pop-Up Museum, describes Pop-Up Museums as “a space where these conversations lead to deeper, meaningful dialogue and connections between people.” Earl and I enjoyed chatting with others and looking at the objects that were meaningful to them. Other objects on display were a large dictionary that had been a family heirloom for decades and photo of the one-room schoolhouse in which an attendee had learned to read in as a child.

After visiting the International Literacy Day events, we decided to check out the John Wilson Rare Book Room. This room was recently reopened to the public after a 1.5 year renovation. A library staff member brought us up to the room via a private staircase located in the southeast corner of the second floor periodicals room. Earl and I perused the collection carefully– all of which is organized neatly behind locked glass doors. We talked in excited whispers when we located the first editions of Little Women, L. Frank Baum’s Oz books and other great titles. It was such a treat to look through and learn about this collection.

While looking around the US Bank Room, reflecting on the conversations I had with people at the Pop-Up Museum gathering, and visiting the John Wilson Rare Book Room, I came up with a short list of things people can do to promote literacy in Portland:

  1. Donate books to the Friends of the Multnomah County Library, the Children’s Book Bank, and the Portland Books to Prisoners program.
  2. Start or join a reading club. Use to meet others with similar reading interests. The Multnomah County Library has this great page on their website to help you get started.
  3. Volunteer with a literacy organization. Check out the Portland Literacy Council, SMART Oregon, the Children’s Book Bank, the Londer Learning Center.

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The 3rd Annual Library Hop Adventures of Marley and Pearl: LFL Edition, Part II

There are many things we love about hopping from Little Free Library to Little Free Library, but I think the thrill of never knowing what we are going to find excites us the most.  We often crane our necks to look down a street or around a street corner— will the LFL be obvious from a distance? Painted red or located directly on the street?  Or will it be painted brown and hidden between some bushes?  What books will be inside it?  You just never know!

The personal touches to each LFL often reflect the interests of the builder(s).  During our LFL Hop Adventures Part I, we came across an LFL with a nautical theme which had a small oar for the door handle.  Did the builder(s) just think this was a fun idea? Or did they stay up late at night reading books by Patrick O’Brian?  We came across an LFL that had an owl for the handle during today’s library hop.  Owls and libraries and books just go together, right?

I was especially impressed by the first LFL we saw today (the one on N. Shaver Street).  I loved the way it was inconspicuously placed between a thick holly bush and a tall pine tree.  A small stone wall ran beneath it and tall trees in the area kept the hot sun out.  It was clear that the builder(s) had put a lot of thought into creating a welcoming Little Free Library.

Today had all the ingredients of a great day: spending time with a great friend, visiting libraries, and looking through great books!

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RIP: Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, died yesterday.  He was 91 years old.

I have been a fan of Bradbury since reading Fahrenheit 451 as a 14 year old.  This dystopian novel introduced me to Bradbury’s wonderful storytelling.  A few years ago, I picked up Bradbury stories: 100 of his most celebrated tales and was again impressed with Bradbury’s ability to create memorable settings full of amazing metaphors.

Ray Bradbury was not just a writer— he was a husband, father, and an advocate for libraries.  Bradbury spoke about how important libraries were to him in this interview with the Paris Review:

I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school.

Haven’t read much sci-fi or fantasy?  Check out Multnomah County Library’s Science Fiction 101 Booklist and their Fantastical Fiction — Anthony to Zelazny Booklist!

Upcoming YA events at the Beaverton City Library!

The Beaverton City Library has some really cool events* going on in the next month:

Wii & XBox Gaming Saturday, June 9th from 2:30-4:30 pm.


Anime Club Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30-8:00 pm.


Would you like to learn more about anime and manga?  This webpage can get you started.

Star Wars Party for Tweens Saturday, June 16, 2:30-4:00 pm.  For grades 4-7.

Registration required, call 503-350-3600 to register.


The “I Love Dystopias” Book Chat (bring your favorite dystopian novel!) Tuesday, June 19, 3:00-4:00 pm.


*All events are for grades 6-12 unless otherwise noted

Check out the genealogy databases!

Fact: My paternal great-grandparents came through Ellis Island on April 25, 1921 (91 years ago today). This is a snippet from the ship manifest– the first line is my great-grandfather, the second is my great-grandmother, and the last line is my grandmother (she is about a year old). It describes their height, skin color, hair color, eye color, marks of identification [no scars/tattoos on these folks], and their place of birth.

I’ve been on a genealogy kick for the past two days. I discovered that I have some deep western New York roots on my maternal side– I’ve traced family back to 1798– and I’m not even done!  How am I doing this?  I’m using the genealogy databases that come free with your library card!

Start exploring your roots by visiting the genealogy page (don’t forget to sign in first!) on the Multnomah County Library website !