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We're in good company: Anne Patchett also loves recommending books.

"They’ll walk right up to me and say, “I’m looking for a book.” I wait for a minute, thinking surely there’s going to be more to that sentence — “I’m looking for a book I heard about on the radio” or “I’m looking for a book like ‘The Goldfinch’” — but often there is nothing else. They just smile up at me, trusting and curious, waiting to follow my instructions. It makes my heart soar."
The author and independent bookseller on why we love recommending our favorite books.
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Happy Earth Day! Have you wondered why, lately, the hold slips and receipts in your library materials don’t look quite the same as they used to? It’s because they’re now made with vitamin C. We are proud to be the first major library system in the country to sustainably source this paper.
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Congratulations to Chloe, winner of the Teen Summer Reading Art Contest! A seventh grader and a Summer Reading volunteer at Hillsdale Library, Chloe’s winning artwork will be featured on the cover of the 2015 teen gameboards.

See her winning submission and all of the incredible honorable mentions (the theme was superheroes): http://bit.ly/1bbjpbE

Summer Reading is made possible by The Library Foundation.
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Congratulations, let reading develop you, not envelop you. ☺
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Patrons are scooping up these bookmarks, available in honor of #NationalLibraryWeek. One patron said, “I DO love library workers — they make the world go round!" That made us feel all warm and fuzzy. Why do you love the library workers in your neighborhood?
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Get great books at great prices at the Friends of the Multnomah County Library's Spring Used Book Sale, April 17-19 in Gresham. See you there!
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The sound of English over the centuries.
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+Elle Kelsheimer , this is the video you wanted to hear; the Beowulf reading is especially powerful!
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Better than a pot of gold are the treasures in St. Johns Library. (Photo taken April 14, 2015)
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Is privacy an option? Is it an expectation or an exception? Mark Alfino, philosophy professor at Gonzaga University, will help us unpack issues around privacy, transparency and why our choices matter. Saturday, May 2, 2 pm, at Central Library. https://multcolib.org/events/privacy-option/43326
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Give your child a good start in kindergarten. When you register your 5-year-old by June 1, you have time to get to know your school and your teacher, and he or she has time to prepare the classroom for your child. To identify your school or get help with other needs, call 211 or email children@211info.org.
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Happy National Bookmobile Day! The perfect day to remember Multnomah County Library’s historical bookmobile with photos dating back to the early 1900s: https://www.flickr.com/photos/multnomahcountylibrary/tags/bookmobile/ #NBD2015
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“That is the key to changing this country, not changing every non-English speaking person, but nurturing diversity. The whole point is to build bridges between people from different cultures.”
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To ensure that children are surrounded by great books, we loan buckets of picture books to childcare and education centers. Every two months, we deliver a fresh set of 25-50 books. One daycare shared this sweet thank you.
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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.