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.

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


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.

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.

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

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.

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

An Evening with C.S. Lewis
Bank of America presents
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.

Library Writers Project (Multnomah County)

Are you an author? Do you have an e-book? Want to see it gain readership in the county library?

From the webpage:


Multnomah County Library wants to read your book

From October 17 to December 17, the library will be accepting submissions from local authors who would like to see their work added to the library’s collection. Here’s how it works:

  1. Publish your e-book on one of the following self-publishing sites * :
    1. Smashwords
    2. Draft2Digital
    3. Kobo Writing Life
  2. Fill out a submission form telling us about your work.
  3. The library will purchase a review copy of each submission and library staff members will review them.
  4. After library staff review submissions, they will add the best ones to the library’s e-book collection on the OverDrive platform, visited by over 5000 MCL patrons every single day.

For this round of submissions, the library will accept memoirs as well as works of fiction, for adults, teens and children. Due to the agreement between OverDrive and the self-publishing sites, the library will not consider submissions of erotica.

Work submitted after the December deadline will not be reviewed during this round of submissions. The library may consider additional local e-books in the future.

Your work will be reviewed by library staff with a wide range of reading interests. Each work will be reviewed independently by two staff members.

Multnomah County Library has no direct relationship with Smashwords, Draft2Digital, or Kobo Writing Life. The library is not party to any agreement between the author and these web sites. The library will buy the selected titles that are published on these sites through its e-book vendor, OverDrive.

Read the best of the Library Writers Project on OverDrive


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Drag Queen Story Hour!

It’s coming time once again for Drag Queen Story Hour!  The Hillsdale Library will Sisters Olive and Donnaproudly host Portland’s own Sister Olive and Sister Donna, presenting an hour of kid-friendly drag! Sister Olive and Sister Donna will read stories with children 2-6 years old, followed by a craft or maybe a dance party!

Oct 23, 2018  5:00-6:00 at the Hillsdale Library (1525 SW Sunset Boulevard)

Hope to see you there!

Drag Queen Story Hour!

It’s coming time once again for Drag Queen Story Hour!  The Hollywood Library will Carla Rossiproudly host Portland’s own Ms Carla Rossi presenting an hour of kid-friendly drag! Carla Rossi will read stories with children 2-6 years old, followed by a craft or maybe a dance party!  This particular event will have a Halloween theme. Also, free tickets will be available 15 minutes in advance.

Oct 20, 2018  1:00-2:00 at the Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook Street)



Hope to see you there!


Used Book Sale: Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale on October 26-29 at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Inn (1000 NE Multnomah St). While it’s a “Used Book Sale”, there will be books, CDs, DVDs, sheet music, audiobooks, maps, and much more.

Here’s the schedule:

Members only pre-sale

Friday, October 26, 6pm-9pm  (Become a member ahead of time online or at the door for discounts and early entry to book sales events and for discounts at the Friends of the Library store, as well as online sales!)

General Sale

Saturday, Oct 27, 9am-9pm  – Literary Trivia and Bar 6pm-9pm
Sunday, Oct 28, 11am-5pm – 50% off with Educator ID
Monday, Oct 29, 9am-3pm – 50% EVERYTHING

The Lloyd Center Doubletree is easy to get to by MAX and bus.

Teen Read Week

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It’s Teen Read Week!

I read a lot of “books for teens” when I was in middle and junior high school. I had lots of questions about being a teenager and about the world around me. I didn’t know many older kids, certainly not well enough to ask difficult questions, and there was no way I was taking my questions to any adults – too embarrassing! I read books like “To Take a Dare” (Paul Zindel) and “Go Ask Alice” (Beatrice Sparks) and almost everything by Paula Danziger and Judy Blume (but not the ‘teen romances’ – I never could get into them), trying to figure out this Being a Teenager thing. I don’t know how much those books helped me figure out how to be a teenager, but I do know I read about a lot of things that I decided I didn’t need to live through firsthand. Reading about them was plenty enough.


I read almost everything by Madeline L’Engle and CS Lewis, and several books by John Christopher. I don’t read much SciFi these days though. I read some rather heavy stuff, too, like “My Side of the Mountain” (Jean Craighead George), “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” (Jean Kerr) and “The Endless Steppe” (Esther Hautzig). Sometime during my early teen years, my mom found an abridged copy of The Arabian Nights, which we read both as a family and each of us on our own. I was also re-reading the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series, and had started reading more adult works, like Ken Follett and James Clavell, and a lot of ‘true crime’ books.


As an adult, I’ve read a number of YA books like “The Golden Compass” (Philip Pullman), “Mockingbird” (Kathryn Erskine) and “Time Stops for No Mouse” (Michael Hoeye). I can’t say that I’ve read any Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books – I just can’t bring myself to fall in line when something is *that* ridiculously popular – though I have seen some of the Harry Potter movies and two Percy Jackson movies, mostly because I watched them with someone who was a big fan of the books. I finally made it through the rest of the Philip Pullman “Compass” series and am re-reading a Nancy Drew book.


Reading YA books is definitely not taking a break from reading adult works. “Young Adult” does not equal “fluff”. Some YA is fluff, sure, but then so is a great deal of adult writing. The themes are definitely as heavy or light as adult works. Well-written YA works are well-written literature, just as well-written adult works are.


I was a middle schooler and high schooler as YA saw a rise in “teen issues” as themes. The generation that followed me saw more manga and graphic novels – including classical literature in graphic novel form. The generation that followed them, they’re the group that came up with the first electronic books, reading them on desktops and on the early hand-held devices. For more about the history of YA literature, you might check out this Wikipedia entry.

What did you read in middle and high school? How did it affect who you are now?


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Wordstock is coming!  Portland’s Festival of Words, November 10, 2018, is a day full of workshops, author presentations, book fairs, entertainment, vendors, and more. Since 2005, Portland has been celebrating the joy of words spoken, written or sung. There is a workshop track for K-12 teachers, a poetry slam, a literary ball, open-mic nights, author presentations and panels all over town, publishers and distributors looking for the next literary sensation, a short story contest, an area with activities and storytime just for kids, tables of books for sale, and tables of books for free.

The Festival will take place on the South Park Blocks in and around the Portland Art Museum, with additional stages at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, The Old ChurchOregon Historical Society, and Portland’5: the Brunish Theatre, the Winningstad Theatre, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.