2019 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

from the Multnomah County Library website:


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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Featured in the library this MONTH: Book/Movie tie-ins

While going through the stash of donations, I noticed there were a number of books that had been turned into movies. Cold, blustery nights seem like a great time to curl up with warm drinks, warm blankets, good books, and good movies.

Whether you read the book first or watch the movie first – that is a good question. None of the books in this collection are new – they’ve all been out as both books and movies for a while. But maybe you haven’t seen the movie yet. Woo! You still have a chance to read the book first! Maybe you have already seen the movie. You can still read the book, then watch the movie again!

Here are some of the book/movie tie-ins featured this month in the Division92 Little Free Library:

Great Expectations, Kite Runner, Sense & Sensibility, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Girl on the Train, Under the Tuscan Sun, Up in the Air

Which books have you already read? Which movies have you already seen?


6 Reasons the Book is Almost Always Better Than the Movie

Listen to the podcast Book Vs Movie

Especially relevant to writers – 5 Important Ways Storytelling is Different in Books vs Movies

A blog breaking down individual book/movie pairs – Book vs Movie

What book/movie pairs did you love both of? What pairs did you like or love one but not the other?  I really like the movie Bladerunner, and I wasn’t nearly so crazy about the story. I also saw the movie first, so that may have something to do with it. I loved Wizard of Oz as a book, and while I liked the movie, I’ve never really re-watched it. I enjoyed reading Romeo and Juliet in a high school English class – I really liked the class, so that made it even easier to enjoy reading the play. I watched the movie, with Olivia Hussey in class at the end of the R&J unit, with the requisite class discussion afterward, so I was predisposed to enjoy that whole activity as well.

Are you more of a read-the-book-before-watching-the-movie sort of person or more of a doesn’t-matter-whichever-opportunity-comes-up-first sort of person? Let us know in the comments!


February Author Birthdays

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Happy Birthday!

February 1
Langston Hughes
Jerry Spinelli
Meg Cabot

February 2
James Joyce
Ayn Rand
Judith Viorst
Ina Garten

February 3
Gertrude Stein
James A. Michener
Paul Auster

February 4
MacKinlay Kantor
Betty Friedan
Stewart O’Nan
Russell Hoban

February 5
William S. Burroughs
David Weisner

February 7
Charles Dickens
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sinclair Lewis

February 8
Jules Verne
Kate Chopin
Elizabeth Bishop
John Grisham
Barbara Joose
Donna Jo Napoli

February 9
J. M. Coetzee
Alice Walker

February 10
Boris Pasternak
Lucy Cousins
E.L. Konigsburg
Mark Teague

February 11
Jane Yolen

February 12
Judy Blume
David Small
Jacqueline Woodson

February 13
Elaine Pagels
Janet Taylor Lisle
Simms Taback

February 14
Phyllis Root
Paul O. Zelinsky
Frederick Douglass

February 15
Matt Groening
Norman Bridwell
Jan Spivey Gilchrist

February 16
Richard Ford

February 18
Wallace Stegner
Toni Morrison
Audre Lorde

February 19
Amy Tan

February 20
Richard Matheson

February 21
Anaïs Nin
Ha Jin
Chuck Palahniuk

February 22
Hugo Ball
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sean O’Faolain
Morley Callaghan
Edward Gorey

February 23
John Sandford
Walter Wick

February 24
Etel Adnan
Wilhelm Carl Grimm

February 25
Anthony Burgess
Cynthia Voigt

February 26
Christopher Marlowe
Victor Hugo

February 27
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
John Steinbeck
N. Scott Momaday
Uri Shulevitz

February 28
Walter Tevis
Megan McDonald
John Tenniel

Follow-up on a Recent Read

A couple of months ago, I posted a Recent Reads about “Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking”, by Bonnie Frumkin Morales with Deena Prichep. At the time, I’d only heard of the restaurant. I’ve now been!  My sweetie won two tickets for a fancy tasting menu at Kachka, seven courses each paired with an alcoholic beverage. It was pretty amazing. While not a formal restaurant we decided to dress up a little bit anyway. I bought a copy of the book shortly before we went and took it with us.

Image may contain: people sittingFirst course – housemade pickles, including the green tomato pickles in the cookbook. The ones that the whole family makes, once a year. Served with a horseradish vodka. The best part of the whole dinner? The little story that went with each dish and with each drink – where it’s from, what inspired it, why it’s important enough to Chef Bonnie and her husband Israel to have included it in their menu. kachka signed.jpg

We got to meet both Bonnie and Israel. AND! They both signed my cookbook! I suspect, based on their surprise at my request, that no one outside their friends-&-family circle has asked them to do this before. Some people get novels and non-fiction signed by authors. I get my cookbooks signed when I can!