Happy Birthday, Oregon!

Today is the 160th anniversary of Oregon becoming a US state. Happy birthday, Oregon!

Read about the events leading up to the formation of Oregon’s statehood

Books for reading more about Oregon’s history and books of all genres by Oregon authors and a list of some of the fiction set in Oregon

Visit awesome bookstores throughout Oregon. Or even just all of the Powell’s City of Books locations

The Oregon Territorial Library was the first public library established in Oregon, in 1848 – eleven years before Oregon was granted US statehood

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Here are some fun facts about Oregon. Oh, by the way, it’s not illegal to use corn for fishing – it’s actually a popular bait for some fish. It is illegal, however, to “chum” with corn. Plus, ew, gross. Oregon is also the only US state to have different images on the front & back of the flag

Also, the Oregon Trail! And of course, Oregon Trail, the game

Every state’s got ’em – check out some of the crazy laws still on the books in Oregon.

 

Snowpocalypse 2019

We’re making our way through this Snowstorm-To-End-All-Snowstormssnowy LFL.jpg today.  Other parts of town haven’t gotten so much as a single flake, but out here in southeast PDX, it’s madness, MADNESS I TELL YOU. A whole 1.5″ of snow last night!  It of course hasn’t snowed since 8am or so, but it might!

And so goes the usual manic overhype of the weather this time of year. Still, you never know what’s going to happen with the weather until it actually happens. Please, do what you need to do to stay safe – icy roads are no joke. If you have the option, stay home and do home things. Feed the birds. Order some socks and mittens to be sent to your local shelters. Make stew or hot chocolate. Read a book – for yourself, out loud to your kid or your sweetie or your pet. Listen to an audiobook while relaxing or doing dishes.  Go outside on the porch or sidewalk and enjoy the winter day. Take a walk and see what’s at the Little Free Library near you.

bird tracks.jpgI braved the chill Arctic winds to put some books out in the Division92 LFL. On my way out, I noticed we’d had visitors last night or early this morning.

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Also bunnies, I think. A couple of them. Looks like they were busy.mixed tracks.jpg

We are almost out of bird food, so we don’t have many visitors right now of any species. Hopefully the bird food will show up in the post today. Need to get on to making some hummingbird food too – those little guys will really need it!

Meanwhile, maybe I can make a dent in my To Be Read pile this weekend!

2019 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

from the Multnomah County Library website:

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HEY TEENS: Want to win $100 to spend at collage: curated art and craft supplies? Want thousands of people to see your artwork?

Are you an artist in grades 6–12? Would you like a chance to win one of two $100 gift certificates to collage: curated art and craft supplies? Enter cover art for the 2019 Multnomah County Library Summer Reading teen gameboards! The theme is “Space: A Universe of Stories.” We will select a middle school and high school winner from the entries. If your artwork is selected, people across Multnomah County will see your artwork all summer long. The library will also share winners and honorable mentions on the library’s social media channels.

PRINTABLE FLIER with entry size and all these details (or you can pick one up at your library).

ART SPECIFICATIONS 1) Black & white image only. 2) If hand drawn, use black ink, marker, pen or hard pencil. 3) If computer drawn, submit as black & white EPS or high resolution (300 dpi) PNG, JPG or TIF. NOTE: Final artwork will be printed at a maximum of 7” x 4.75” [measurements may change if art is scaled down].

SUBMISSION DETAILS Please include your name, grade, school (if applicable) and a phone number or email address so we can reach you if you win. Submit your artwork electronically to summerreading@multcolib.org, bring it to your local library, or send a paper version to:

Summer Reading | Multnomah County Library Isom Building, 205 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212

Entries must be received by FRIDAY, MARCH 1.

Summer Reading is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.

Short Stories/Short Edition

I ran across a piece a few months ago about short story dispensers, made and distributed by the French company, Short Édition. Yes, short stories dispensed by a machine – for free. You can choose between stories that take about 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes to read.

After tucking away the bookmark to that article somewhere safe, I promptly forgot about it till today.

I looked up the company’s website. You don’t even have to find a dispensing machine to read the short stories – you can read them on the website if you want, or even have them emailed to you!

I’d love to find a dispensing machine in person. Unfortunately, there’s none near me. I checked the map pretty carefully. And what little travel I’ve got planned so far doesn’t take me near any machines either.

If anyone is interested in a short story machine, they’re looking for hosts- looks like it could possibly be a good bit of advertising for a business or organization as well. They can help customize the collection of stories to fit your purpose too – feature local-ish authors, have a hotel dispense bedtime stories, a school or youth-oriented business/organization could feature children’s stories, and so on. You’ll have to go to the Public Library Association’s website for specifics.

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It also looks like Short Édition is working on how to have English-speaking authors be able to submit their work for consideration – watch the website for more information.

 

disclaimer – I have no affiliation with Short Édition or any of it’s machine hosts. I just think this is an awesome idea, and I hope more organizations will choose to host these or something similar. 

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