Everybody Reads 2019 (Mult Co Libraries)

Multnomah County LibraryEverybody Reads 2019 celebrates the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with the novel Americanah for adults and the essay We Should All Be Feminists for high school students.

A Nigerian-born artist whose influence spans continents and genres, Adichie has received acclaim as an author, poet, playwright and speaker. She was a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and her work has been recognized with the O. Henry Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award (fiction), among many other distinctions.

Her other novels include Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. She also wrote the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author for Everybody Reads 2019short story collection The Thing around Your NeckWe Should All Be Feminists was adapted from a widely viewed talk at TEDxEuston. Her most recent work is Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.

About the books

Americanah

Ifemelu leaves her childhood sweetheart and a troubled Nigeria to attend university in the United States. Despite her success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black in America, and founds a blog born of her unique perspective. Navigating the tensions of culture and race, Ifemelu becomes homesick for Nigeria and her first love, Obinze. Americanah offers a frank assessment of how our societies both strengthen and fail us as we search for meaning.

Discussion guide and further reading for Americanah

We Should All Be Feminists

The author offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often-masked realities of sexual politics, she explores what it means to be a woman.

Discussion guide and further reading for We Should All Be Feminists

How to participate

Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding.

Read.
Extra copies of Americanah will be available in January 2019 at all neighborhood libraries, and e-books will be downloadable from the library catalog, thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation. The library encourages readers to share extra copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

For the first time ever, unlimited copies of the downloadable audiobook are available. No holds or waiting! Get it through the RB Digital app until March 31, 2019.

Discuss.
Beginning in January 2019, share your thoughts at a book discussion at your neighborhood library or bookstore.

Learn.
Enjoy one of the many free programs exploring the themes of Adichie’s work, from a talk on the neuroscience of bias to a musical celebration featuring Nigerian talking drum.

Be inspired.
Adichie will speak on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are available from Literary Arts.
NOTE: The lecture is sold out. There are no tickets available.
Everybody Reads 2019, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by gifts to The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.

Visiting SE PDX Little Free Libraries

Another in an occasional series of Little Free Libraries in Southeast Portland.

IMG_8723.jpgToday’s LFL is one I’ve visited a handful of times now, but only just recently remembered to take pictures of. And of course, the sun was directly behind the LFL, so the photos aren’t great, but dadgumit, I remembered to take photos this time!

LFL #36705 is at 7814 SE Grant St, right behind Portland Community College’s South36705.jpgeast Campus. I was signing up for a non-credit class and it occurred to me to walk over and snap a picture. I also left a couple of books and took a copy of Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth. I also spotted three large hardbacks from the Harry Potter series. I love that the folks who manage the LFL also have a small water bowl at the bottom of the post, for critters who come by. Though even at noon, there was a bit of ice on the surface. Woo, winter weather!

Visiting SE PDX Little Free Libraries

Another Southeast Portland Little Free Library!  Stopped by as 17969.jpgwe were spreading some books around. I got a couple of boxes of donations all at once, and I’m trying to not have them take over my house. I love the colors on this one!  It’s right on the corner of Yamhill and 92nd, and near an elementary school. On this visit, there were a bunch of what looked like college textbooks, along with some nifty novels, some children’s books, and a copy of a really nice guidebook from the Louvre. I only left two books as this library was already pretty full. I pass this one at least weekly while doing errands, but I never remember to stop by. I’m glad the Little Library Locator reminded me it was here!

Being Read To

If you haven’t checked out Kate DiCamillo talking about the importance of shared reading, go watch or read it now.

It’s okay. I’ll wait.  Image result for happy face

Want someone to read you a story, but don’t have anyone handy?  Or maybe you have someone who will read to you, but they’re not available right now for some reason?

That’s okay – we’ve got you covered!

Check out these links

The Toronto Public Library has a Bedtime Story Hotline

David Tenant and John Barrowman reading bedtime stories for the CBeebies channel

China Mieville’s Railsea, read by Johnathan Cowley

Christopher Lee reading Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and various works by Edgar Allan Poe.

Want more read-alouds?

Look for your favorite authors or celebrities on youtube

Try Librivox, a free audiobook program

Check out audiobooks, both CDs and streaming, at your local libary – Multnomah County residents can start here within the Multnomah County Library system

You can also find audiobooks for cheap at garage sales and thrift stores

Look for more, including podcasts, at Read Aloud Revival

What kinds of stories or books or poems do you like hearing? Do you have any favorite readers you like listening to?

As usual, I have no affiliations with any businesses mentioned here. I just really like someone reading stories to me

 

 

 

On the Magic of Reading Aloud

When I was little, both my parents read to me. They even read in a couple of different languages that they were fluent in. I had a couple of children’s books in French, which my mom read to me. My dad read us a couple of children’s books in German and in Russian. When I was in early elementary school, I liked when the teachers read stories because they would show the pictures, they would alter their voices slightly to indicate different characters and moods. Even when my fourth grade teacher read A Wrinkle in Time, with hardly any pictures, she still made it interesting. When I hit sixth grade and my teacher read aloud, I came to hate it. There were no pictures anymore. She read straight off the page – no inflections, no animated intonation, just boring. And I could read for myself much faster than I could listen to her read. Blah.

Skip ahead to me working in various child care settings. I *love* to read stories with little kids. I worked in a variety of child care settings for the better part of 15 years. I now work in a county-based special education preschool program as a speech-language pathologist. I do a ton of stuff with children’s books. The fact that I can write a lot of these books off for work on my taxes helps out enormously, as good-quality picture books are pretty much my crack habit.

Even better, my partner is happy to read these picture books to me sometimes at bedtime. He does voices and everything!  Once in a while, when we’re feeling up to the commitment, we’ll find a grown-up book for him to read over several nights. We rarely do this on consecutive nights due to our schedules, so it can take us a long time to finish a book. But even when it’s a grown-up book, he’ll do inflection and intonation to make it interesting. And we’ve found we’ll talk about the book the next day or two as well, so it makes for some good conversation. It’s one of my favorite forms of “together time” with him.

As we head into the holiday week, here’s a suggestion for when your flight is delayed, or you just can’t possibly watch any more football. Get a book and read out loud.

But don’t just gather the kids and the grandkids.

Tonight, beloved children’s book author Kate DiCamillo shares her humble opinion on the universal and age-defying magic of listening to a shared story.

Check out the video

(you can also read the transcript here)

Event: An Evening with C.S. Lewis

Reminder: I have no affiliation with any businesses mentioned. I thought fans of the Narnia Chronicles might be interested

FEATURED EVENT
An Evening with C.S. Lewis
Bank of America presents
MY LIFE’S JOURNEY: AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS
January 10–13, 2019
Winningstad Theatre

Special Offer: 50% off tickets | Promo code – LION

The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. Seated in his living room, he recalls the people and events that inspired his thoughts and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles, how he came to embrace Christianity and of the American woman who turned his life upside down. David Payne’s AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience, one which has led many thousands to discover, or rediscover, the continuing impact of a man who died over 50 years ago and whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century. Presented by Emery Entertainment.

Watch a video preview of the show!

Get tickets at 50% off the regular price!  
Use promotional code “LION” online and at the Portland’5 Box Office to access this special offer while supplies last. Offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Best seating availability is on Thurs. and Sun. evening performances.