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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!

My Week of Library Hopping

This past week has been a great week for my library (and bookstore) hopping obsession.

On Tuesday, not only did I visit two bookstores, I ended up going to the Tuality Health Resource Center and Oregon College of Art & Craft Library, both of which are part of WCCLS. THRC was a small room of medical and general health books and the only library I’ve seen with a skeleton. I was able to replace my library card, which I had lost, and noticed its new design with all the locations. OCAC was a wonderful campus that just screamed creativity. Its library not only held books in, of course, arts and craft but also exhibition guides and artists’ books.

Friday had me checking out the Portland Campus Library of Linfield College before going to a couple more bookstores. The college focuses on nursing so the library was similar to the THRC.

Finally, Saturday gave me two more libraries to add to my list. First up was the Grand Opening Celebration of the Aloha Community Library. To me, they were like “the little engine that could” of libraries. It took them 18 months but with the help of its residents, businesses, other libraries, and dedicated volunteers, they did it.

On hand for the festivities were some very important people, like Oregon State Representative Jeff Barker, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, and Oregon State Librarian Mary Kay Dahlgreen. It definitely got crowded in the space but there was such excitement and a sense of accomplishment in the air! I was bummed that only Aloha residents can get a card. I would have liked to have added another library card to my collection. Hopefully, though, this library will be incorporated sooner rather than later into WCCLS.

My next stop was another academic library- this time, Concordia University’s FWJ Sylvester Library. I was impressed by its Special Collections- Northwest Center for Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature, and Volga German Studies. My favorite part, though, was getting to see the Berta and Elmer Hader Collection Exhibit. (You can read a write up of the exhibit on my other blog, The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer.)

So, including the public libraries in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Fort Vancouver counties, academic libraries, and libraries found in non-traditional locations like museums and non-profits, I’ve visited about 61 libraries. If I were to include Little Free Libraries and other neighborhood book boxes, that total would be 75. [You can view my lists of libraries (Parts I and II) and bookstores I’ve visited on yet another of my blog, A Semi-Blogged Life.]

I guess you can say I love libraries!

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Upcoming Library Events in September

Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945 (Opening Reception)
Central Library Collins Gallery
Wednesday, September 5 (6pm-7:30pm)

This new exhibit runs until October 28, 2012.

International Literacy Day: The Gift of Literacy
Central Library U.S. Bank Room
Saturday, September 8 (1pm-4pm)

Check out various non-profits and community-based organizations and learn how they are helping adults learn English, prepare for a GED test or even get their citizenship.

International Literacy Day: The Gift of Literacy Pop-Up Museum
Central Library Collins Gallery
Saturday, September 8 (1:30pm-3:30pm)

There’ll be a temporary space set up where people can bring an object that represents a gift of literacy to them.

Library Lovers Unite Rally for the Multnomah County Library District
The Old Church (1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201)
Wednesday, September 19 (6pm-8pm)

The Friends of the Multnomah County Library will be hosting an old-fashioned Campaign Rally for the Library District! The event is free and open to the public. Authors Ursula K. Le Guin, Willy Vlautin and radio personality Carl Wolfson will host an evening of fun and talk. Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen will join them, and FOL will provide an update on our campaign to win a Library District vote this November.

Aloha Community Library Grand Opening Celebration
Aloha Community Library
Saturday, September 22

A new library is always cause for celebration! Check back with us or their site for more details like exact times and details.

Meet the Author: Naseem Rahka
Various dates and locations

Join a Pageturners group as they meet up with author Naseem Rahka and discuss her book “The Crying Tree. For more information on Pageturners, click HERE.

Summer Book Sales

There’s no arguing that one of the cheapest ways to go on vacation is through reading! It’s the perfect time to find a cool shade outdoors and discover new places- real or imagined- in the pages of a good book. And, with two upcoming book sales, your travel destinations are limitless!

Image courtesy of Aloha Community Library Association

The Aloha Community Library Association is having a Book Sale and Community Event July 13th & 14th at their Library Annex location on 17800 SW Kinnaman Rd. The hours for both days are 9am to 4pm. This coincides with Aloha Summer Days– where local organizations will have various activities and food samples for its community members!

It looks like the grand opening for the Aloha Library is planned for September! But they are currently having weekly storytimes on Wednesdays and Saturdays (10:30am -11:30am) at their future location- 17683 SW Farmington Rd, Suite E- until August 29th. What’s even cooler about this is for “children who attend at least four storytime sessions can earn a free prize book and Summer Reading Program certificate!”

The following weekend, July 20th & 21st, Friends of the Tualatin Public Library will have their summer book sale in the Library Community Room. It’ll run during the library’s open hours from 10am to 6pm.

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

The Times They Are A-Changin’ for Libraries

Even with the passing of the levy measure this past May, Multnomah County Library still needed to cut its hours, services and staff. These changes went into effect July 1st.

(We suggest checking out the new hours to avoid confusion and frustration. You may know that all libraries will now be closed on Mondays. But did you know, on other days, they’ll be closing an hour earlier than you’re used to)

On May 29th, the County Commissioners and County Chair Cogen approved to explore the possibility of a Library District for a more stable source of funding. But, they want to know what the community thinks about this.

The public is invited to attend any of the community listening sessions held at various library locations throughout the month. All events start at 6pm and run approximately through 7:30pm.

Central; Monday, July 2
Gresham; Tuesday, July 10
N. Portland; Thursday, July 12
Hillsdale; Tuesday, July 17
Hollywood; Thursday, July 19

There then will be a public hearing at the Multnomah County board room on July 31, 10am, regarding this matter.

Will you be attending any of these community listening sessions to get your voice heard? (If you can’t make it, have your say by emailing There will also be an online survey sent out in July.

Please be part of these conversations and show your support!

[Also, on our Twitter, we posted that starting July 5th, Tigard Library will now be closed on Thursdays. No items will be due on Thursdays.]