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Summer Reading 2013

Kids can “Dig Into Reading” this Summer with Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Summer Reading program filled with awesome events and cool prizes.

Teens can find a good book “Beneath the Surface” and get in the action, too!

Adults are encouraged to discover “Groundbreaking Reads” and attend an evening with bestselling author Cheryl Strayed!

Registrations start June 1st!


Adults can celebrate Lazinfest (German for “to read”) with Lake Oswego’s Summer Reading Program. Check out other events throughout the Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) by clicking here.

Summer Reading in Multnomah County Library starts June 14th. Consider volunteering and join their team of book-loving people. Deadline is June 15th.

Happy Summer Reading!


I Read, You Read, We All Read Together! 2013 Edition

“There is no doubt in the power of books and libraries to bring people and communities together. In 1998, famous Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl initiated a city-wide reading program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” Its success led to various off shoots throughout the years and across the nation in which readers come together to read the featured title or participate in related events like film screenings, performances, author appearances, and really just about anything that can be thought up!

The wonderful libraries in our surrounding counties are gearing up with their own versions of “One City, One Book”. We’ve compiled a list of these programs. Click on each one to get more information.”

That was from earlier this year. How time flies! You can get a head start with these 2013 titles.

Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads (11 years!)- “The Everybody Reads 2013 author is Sherman Alexie. The 11th annual community reading project will feature two works by one author: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, for young adults, and Ten Little Indians, a collection of short stories, for adults.”

North Plains’ One Book One Community (6th year!)- Mink River by Brian Doyle

Lake Oswego Reads (7th year!)- Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron

Oregon City’s Community Wide Read (5th year!)- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

West Linn Reads– Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

Portland Community College (PCC Reads)- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok- I included this because I thought it was cool they have a similar program. (Plus, they do have libraries!) Previous selections included “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by SHerman Alexie (2010), “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky” by Heidi Durrow (2011), and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (2012).

Did we miss any? What do you think of this year’s selections?

National Friends of the Library Week

It’s National Friends of the Library Week!

I remember being a page for the Las Vegas- Clark County Library District and the awesome, friendly, and dedicated staff and volunteers who ran our branch’s FOL store. It was their kindness that made me seek out Friends of the Multnomah County Library when I moved to Portland. I was a volunteer at their store (and their pop-up store two summers ago) and Used Book Sale before currently being a Board Member. (It was actually during a Friends’ Volunteer Appreciation Party that Carly and I first met!)

Whether writing articles for the newsletter Footnotes, helping organize the storage room for our online store inventory, or doing various other tasks, it’s been a pleasure advocating for our Library especially during this time. But it’s not all hard work and no play.

In fact, Friends’ just threw a 40th Birthday Bash last week! We had great speakers- US Representative Earl Blumenauer, Monica Drake, Pauls Toutonghi, Karen Karbo, and Matthew Dickman- share stories of how libraries have impacted their lives. Plus there were 2 cakes to feast on!

FOL 40th Birthday Bash Cakes

Then, there was this wonderful video of the Friends’ history entitled “Turning the Pages.” Stay through the end and catch me awkwardly greeting the Friends’!

Also worth mentioning, the Multnomah County Commissioners recently proclaimed this week as National Friends of Libraries Week in Multnomah County and they recognized the Friends for 40 years of community involvement!


Stop by the Store for a special sale: Buy 2 books and get a 3rd book for free (offer only applies to books, least expensive book is free).

Here are some other Friends in the Washington and Clackamas counties and the stores they run:
-Book Corner (Friends of the Beaverton City Library)
-The Booktique (Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library)
Friends of the Oregon City Library Used Book Store
-Ledding Library Pound House Used Book Store (Friends of the Ledding Library)
-Twice Sold Tales (Wilsonville Friends of the Library)
Friends of the Hillsboro Library

Celebrate National Friends of the Library Week by visiting your local library and your local Friends’ association!

The Thrills of Visiting New Libraries

It’s so easy to fall in love with libraries. Even though I’ve visited a lot, I still get a thrill stepping inside one, not knowing exactly what I’ll find there.

Yesterday, I traveled to Wilsonville to finally check out its Library. Getting to certain places can be quite tricky when having to rely on public transportation- what with their limited services and somewhat inconvenient times. But the things I’ll do for libraries….

Carly will probably be the first to agree that I get lost quite easily so it’s for a few reasons I’m always happy when I see a sign pointing to the library! Even the exterior of the building, with its arched walkway leading to it, filled me with glee. The lobby led to the Oak and Rose conference rooms, the Twice Sold Tales bookstore (run by the Wilsonville Friends of the Library), and a corner full of free books (of library discards.)

Of course, I just wanted to run my fingers through all the books as I walked up and down the aisles of the Library itself. I thought their Music & Listening Center and impressive Heritage Collection set them apart from other libraries I’ve visited before. Also, I found out Wilsonville is only one of four Oregon cities that was participating in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program- an early childhood literacy initiative that mails out books to preschoolers on a monthly basis.

I took some pictures of the Wilsonville Public Library but they don’t do justice to just how beautiful it is- especially with all the art everywhere there.

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Summer Reading in Clackamas County

While most Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) have started their Summer Reading Programs already, there are some that have yet to begin.

These are the libraries and the start dates.

Molalla- June 11th
Estacada- June 13th
Oregon City- June 14th to August 19th
West Linn- June 15th
Gladstone- Mid-June (June 16th) until Labor Day (September 3rd)
Wilsonville- June 18th
Canby- June 18th to August 10th

Happy Reading!

Note: WCCLS started on June 1st. MCL will begin June 15th!

Sunnyside Library

Sunnyside Library

The new Sunnyside Library recently opened in Happy Valley. (I thought that was an appropriate location considering how libraries make me feel.) This is a move from the smaller, older, and, if I may be frank, boring Clackamas Corner branch that was by Clackamas Town Center. Luckily, for anyone who has to rely on public transportation, there’s a bus that can take you there.

Sunnyside had its Grand Opening activities- including a dedication ceremony and open house- April 19th. Unfortunately, I missed out but went the next day. They were still doing their Passport Adventure- which was a fun way to explore the new building!

Passport to your library- Sunnyside Library

Passport Adventure- Completed

Behind a shopping center but next to a beautiful park and playground, the first thing I saw was the clock tower. Inside was equally visually stunning with murals of mythological characters and a bar code wall. There were so many interesting architectural touches that I recommend everyone to visit this place.

I loved how the children’s section on the second floor overlooks the playground!

There’s even also a small sales space for the Friends of the Library- Clackamas County by the entrance.

Friends Book Sale

Libraries always make me happy and Sunnyside definitely brightened up my day.

Library Book Sales & a Grand Opening

If you’re the type who just can’t resist buying books at bargain prices while supporting libraries at the same time, you’re in luck this April! As Carly mentioned in a previous post, the Friends of the Multnomah County Library is holding their Spring Used Book Sale soon! We’ve listed a couple more happening this month.

Aloha Community Library Association
Fundraiser & Book Sale
April 13 & 14, 9am to 4pm
17683 SW Farmington, Suite #E
Aloha, OR 97007
Donations and purchase proceeds will go towards opening the library in June 2012. The location is actually where the library will be. I can’t wait to visit it this summer!

Friends of the Multnomah County Library
Spring Used Book Sale
Gresham Station Shopping Center
1271 NW Civic Dr.
Gresham, OR 97030
Friday, April 27, 6pm-9pm, Members-Only
Saturday, April 28, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, April 29, 10am – 4pm, 50%-off day
20,000 items will be available to purchase with proceeds benefiting the Multnomah County Library. I will be volunteering Saturday morning so I hope to see you guys there.

Friends of the Hillsboro Library
Spring Book Sale
April 27 – May 6, 10am to 6pm
Hillsboro Main Public Library
2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy
50,000 items will be available to purchase during this 10-day sale. I will be helping out set up. Make sure you check out the Mystery Room!

If we missed out on any or if you would like to share an upcoming book sale, please let us know!

Things are looking a little brighter for Clackamas County residents with the opening of the Sunnyside Library (13793 SE Sieben Park Way Clackamas, OR 97015). This library replaces the much smaller one that was located near the Clackamas Town Center. They are holding plenty of Grand Opening activities– starting it off with a dedication and open house on Thursday, April 19th at 2pm. I’m bummed I’ll miss this event but I can’t wait to visit Sunnyside in the very near future!