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This week at Belmont Library, Phoebe was brimming with excitement to tell us a few things:
1. She is 5 years old.
2. She has her VERY OWN library card.
3. When she has friends over, she checks out books to them from a special shelf of books.

"Wow!" we marveled. "You play Librarian at home?" "No," Phoebe corrected. "I AM a librarian." Ladies and gentleman, meet Phoebe: future, er, current librarian! Here she is with a book she recommends to other kids; it's one of her favorites.
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At a recent Capitol Hill Library program, kids learned about 3D printing and CAD modeling, and attendees got to watch Baymax from ‪#‎bighero6‬ get built right before their very eyes! ‪#‎superheroes‬
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"Things I love about my library: My son, Augie, seven, husband, and I, went backpacking in the Wallowa Mountains for five nights a couple weeks ago. My son wore his Read! T-shirt for all five days of the journey. He read a bit too! ... thanks for another great summer of reading for kids." — from "my library stories" multcolib.org/contact/library-stories #summerreading
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From Carolyn at St. Johns Library:

"On a hot summer Sunday, a family met in the air-conditioned St. Johns Library to create a family album. Everyone brought their old photos to sort and share, and in some cases, figure out who-was-who. When I asked about their project, I learned that two of the family members were meeting for the first time in decades, so this was a family reunion of sorts. The goal is a compilation of all their photos into an album, which can be color-copied and shared. The group met for almost the whole time we were open, and they were a joy to visit with!"
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Missed the Portland Zine Symposium? The library has over 1,300 zines. We have zines for kids, zines for teens and zines all about PDX. If zines are new to you, we have a guide on getting started with zines. We also have resources for zinesters with places to get free artwork. Want some help picking out the perfect zine for you? Get in touch with My Librarian Laural and she’ll get you set up: http://bit.ly/1U9u9YJ
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A personal story from Susan, a library assistant at Troutdale Library:

My mom, who is originally from Mexico, is not much of a reader, and by "not much," I mean the last book she read was when she was a teenager. She has a hard time finding the time to read let alone finding a book in Spanish that she thinks she would enjoy. A couple months ago, she asked me to get her a copy of the book “All the Light We Cannot See,” because a coworker told her about it, and it piqued her interest. She wanted the book in her preferred language, Spanish, but the library did not own it. What she didn't know at the time was that she could suggest a purchase for her library! So, that is what I did, and a few weeks later the book was in our catalog and on the hold shelf waiting for her. She was so excited about this that she is actually reading the book and is now looking for more books in Spanish about WWII to read when she is done! The last few times I went to visit her, she proudly showed me the dent she has made with her reading. And that is how the library won my mom’s heart.
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Feed the body, feed the soul. Chef John Gorham of Toro Bravo fame is our guest blogger, sharing the books that have inspired him in cooking, and in life. Check out the list and, oh, you're going to want to have a snack handy.
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Ready to stock up on books for the fall? Come to The Title Wave Used Bookstore Back to School Sale on Saturday, August 22, from 9 am to 4 pm. All used items — books, CDs, DVDs, and more — will be 55 percent off!
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We recently had a program featuring Mexican Roping (Floreo de Soga). It was beautiful, graceful and goosebump inducing. The Mendoza family and their horse Galan treated St. Johns Library patrons to some fancy roping and riding (and sometimes both at the same time!) Galan even took the time to get his picture taken with the attendees!

A woman who just relocated from Chicago had come in to get her son a library card and stayed for the program. She was so thrilled afterwards that she said, "I was having such a hard time with this move, but this program just made it easier. I can't believe that this is something the library would host!"
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On the last day before renovations, Hollywood Library invited patrons to say goodbye to its old carpet ... in writing. Helena O'Connor penned this poem by herself after picking up her #SummerReading prize:

"If there was a place
where pigs flew and dogs talked
it would be the library for here
our feet walked, in this place
called the library"
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Can having a party make a stronger neighborhood? The movement behind National Night Out says it can, and people plan parties across the country in early August. What's happening at your neighborhood's party? multcolib.org/blog/20150728/national-night-out-annual-party-across-multnomah-county
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From Amy at Gresham Library:

Hooray! Two more #SummerReading finishers at Gresham Library! To quote their mom, "you know how when you're pregnant everything makes you emotional? Well, I've never really lost that." Trying to be cool, I didn't admit that being a part of that moment, watching a mom get emotional over her daughters finishing the Summer Reading program, caused me to get emotional myself. I'm proud to be a part of such a positive force in our community.
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The Multnomah County Library system includes the Central Library and 18 Neighborhood Libraries in the city of Portland, OR and beyond.