When I was a kid, I loved the library. I went there to get books, study, and stay cool in the summer. As I look back on our work at Multnomah County Library during the last year, I am struck by how much more today’s library offers. It’s not just e-books — it’s digital magazines that don’t expire, streaming independent films and classic TV, instant online comics, audio books, music and movies.
Ten-year-old me would love the library of today even more!
Not only did we bring our community lots of new stuff to read, watch and listen to this year, but we provided gathering places abounding with opportunities to learn and create.
At the Hollywood Library in 2016, we hosted more than 1,500 neighbors at more than 175 adult programs on everything from emergency preparedness to Harry Potter trivia, floral arranging to mushroom foraging.
More than 2,500 teens and tweens turned out for over 70 programs, like squid dissection, anime club, teen council, library card sign-up, and book talks that we brought to their schools.
And we didn’t forget the youngest members of the community, with over 9,000 preschool and elementary school-aged kids participating in story times, a life-sized Candyland, Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday party, a candy science program, LEGO club and over 300 other programs.
As eventful as 2016 was, 2017 is shaping up to be even more so. We’ll be hosting author visits, book groups, and more programs on topics ranging from reptiles to resume-building to robotics. If you’re looking for some exciting events to start your year off right, we’ve got you covered:
January 8, 10:30 a.m. Color Me Happy adult coloring group, which meets the second Sunday of each month.
January 22, 2 p.m. Create Your Own Graphic Novel for kids.
January 25, 4 p.m. Dash and Dot: Coding with Robots for teens.
January 26, 12 p.m. Interviewing Skills, the first in our brand new Learning Circles program for adults to master new skills together in the library for free.
As always, library events are free and open to the public, and you don’t even need a library card to attend. The library might not look like what I remember from my childhood, but I’m delighted to report it is better than ever.