Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Shug by Jenny Han (Booktalk)

Shug by Jenny Han

Annemarie Wilcox - known to her family as Shug - knows that being twelve is not so easy, especially when your best friend is acting strange, your parents are fighting and your mother is drinking too much.

Audience: Grades 6-8

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Shug.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:19pm PST

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park (Booktalk)

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

Mick Harte was the coolest brother anyone could ever have, but he's dead now. Dead and gone, and his sister Phoebe still can't believe it really happened.

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Mick_Harte_Was_Here.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:11pm PST

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Booktalk)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is about to learn a lot more about his family history. Boring old family photos? No, action-packed adventure with enough twists and turns to kill a mere mortal. What happens when the gods of Ancient Greece turn up in Manhattan?
This is the first book in the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

 

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Lightning_Thief.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret (Booktalk)

The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret

Author Peg Kehret is known for writing action-packed mysteries set in Oregon and Washington. Elementary and middle school students will want to see what happens when Josh digs up an old grave.

Audience: Elementary and middle school students

 

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Ghosts_Grave.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:46pm PST

The Amazing Life of Birds by Gary Paulsen (Booktalk)

The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leach by Gary Paulsen

Duane is twelve years old. He has a zit right in the middle of his forehead. And he's not sure he'll survive puberty.

Audience: Grades 6-8

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Amazing_Life_of_Birds.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:54pm PST

Join Deborah Kass-Ray, MS, LCSW, parent educator and psychotherapist as she explores building self-esteem in children. Learn about your child’s unique temperament, strengths and challenges, and how to promote a strong parent-child relationship. Explore your own temperament and identify specific parenting strategies to help your child better manage the daily ups and downs.

Recorded October 2010.

 

Direct download: 20101026_MCLKidsFeelSmartHWD.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 5:21pm PST

Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School and other Scary Things (Booktalk)

Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School and other Scary Things  by Lenore Look

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Alvin_Ho_Allergic_to_Girls_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:41pm PST

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Booktalk)

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel

If you're going to give Bad Kitty a bath, you better have a suit of armor, an ambulance, and lots and lots of bandages around. Why? Bad Kitty HATES to take a bath! Read this graphic novel to find out who succeeds in getting this bad cat into the bath!

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Bad_Kitty_Gets_a_Bath_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:31pm PST

Puppy Power (Booktalk)

Puppy Power by Judy Cox

Boisterous third-grader Fran has trouble controlling herself, but learning how to train her gigantic Newfoundland puppy helps her gain enough self-control to win the part of princess in the class play. Includes instructions on puppy training.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Puppy_Power_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:23pm PST

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Whether you are looking for a new challenge or a new purpose, it's not too late to start again. Speaker Jennifer Anderson will identify tools to help you find the perfect career for this time of your life.

Recorded at the Central Library: October 28, 2010

Direct download: 20101028_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 9:03am PST

Vailey Oehlke on Exceptional Women NW

Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke was recently profiled on Exceptional Women NW, a program that explores the achievement of local women leaders. Learn more about Vailey, the challenges facing public libraries, her takes on lifelong learning, the evolution of technology and libraries, the importance of reading for children and her vision for Multnomah County Library.

Direct download: Vailey_Oehlke_Interview_-_EWNW.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 12:05pm PST

Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop's photographs show all different kinds of frogs, big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and one frog you can see inside of.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Nic_Bishop_Frogs_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:13pm PST

The Home-Run King (booktalk)

The Home-Run King by Patricia McKissack

During the Depression in Nashville, Tennessee, two baseball-loving brothers host Josh Gibson, a star of the Negro Leagues, in their home, and are motivated to get their own team started as well.

Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Home_Run_King_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:04pm PST

Bed Bats and Beyond

Bed Bats and Beyond by Joan Holub

It's dawn and time for bats to go to bed, but Fang's brother Fink can't sleep. Soon the whole family tries different bedtime stories to lull Fink to sleep.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Beds_Bats_and_Beyond_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:55pm PST

With passage of the new health care reform laws, you might be confused about what it can mean for your family.   Rachael Oh, Jeremy Van der Hey, and Jerry Cohen discuss how the bill impacts us here in Oregon.  The program includes a special section for people 50 and over.

 

Speakers: Rachel Oh, Consumer Liaison-Oregon Insurance Division

Jeremy Van der Hey, Community Engagement Coordinator-Oregon Health Authority

Jerry Cohen, State Director- AARP

 

Recorded: October 12, 2010

Direct download: 20101012_MCLHealthCareandYouCentral2.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:33pm PST

Examining Portland's Forgotten History Through Zines.

The Dill Pickle Club, a civic organization that organizes educational projects on local history, culture and civics, talks about Oregon History comics, Lone Fir Cemetery, with author and Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk. Board members of the Club present a slide lecture on their "Forgotten Histories" programs, while Sarah discusses the process of researching, writing and working with 10 artists in illustrating under-acknowledged facts of Oregon history.

Recorded October 12, 2010 at Central Library

Direct download: 20101012_MCLZT_KnowYourCity.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 9:53am PST

Beloved novelist Tamora Pierce discusses where her ideas come from, where she gets names for her characters, and what books are in store for her readers.

Recorded October 18, 2010

Direct download: 20101018_MCL_TAMORAPIERCE.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:49pm PST

Extreme Time Management for a 26/7 World with Brenda Buratti

Are you overwhelmed with job and family demands? Speaker Brenda Buratti will help you to identify your priorities and your time-wasters. Walk away with strategies to make the most of your valuable time.

Recorded October 14, 2010

Direct download: 20101014_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:05pm PST

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Audience: Kids and Teens

 

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_All_the_Lovely_Bad_Ones.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:39am PST

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

Moxy Maxwell thinks of a better, faster way to complete her Christmas thank-you notes.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Moxy_Maxwell_Does_Not_Love_Writing.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:21am PST

Math Rashes and Other Classroom Tales by Douglas Evans

Math Rashes and Other Classroom Tales by Douglas Evans

Nine short stories that present episodes of education gone crazy.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Math_Rashes_and_Other.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:09am PST

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

This is a story in which a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping. After being squished, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Flat_Stanley.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 8:57am PST

Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston


Any Small Goodness: a Novel of the Barrio
 by Tony Johnston

Arturo and his family and friends share all kinds of experiences living in the barrio of East Los Angeles--reclaiming their names, playing basketball, championing the school librarian and even starting their own gang.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Any_Small_Goodness.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 8:44am PST

Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Julian joins a secret society devoted to the love of science and the creation of super-cool, technologically advanced inventions.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Secret_Science_Alliance.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 8:29am PST

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell

Sahara doesn't do any homework or any classwork after her father leaves and consequently, she must repeat the fifth grade.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Sahara_Special.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 8:21am PST

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka

Lunch Lady serves up French fries and justice.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Lunch_Lady__the_Cyborg_Substitute.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:15pm PST

Portland author Jesse Harrington reads from his Brains series about zombies passing as humans and the punks who recognize and resist them.

Local artist Daniel Duford discusses his comics and public art installations exploring the urban legend of the The Green Man of Portland.

Recorded at North Portland Library on October 5, 2010.

Direct download: 20100105_Zinesters_Talking_P-town_Paranormal.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 3:11pm PST

Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? by Louis Sachar

Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? by Louis Sachar

If you really could kiss your elbow, would your gender change?

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Marvin_Redpost_Is_He_a_Girl.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:06pm PST

Workin' It with Gabby Holden and PRWA

Zinesters talk about earning a living.  

Gabby Holden shares insights and lowlights from My Time at Fabric Depot.

Portland Restaurant Workers Association volunteers urge food service employees to Know Your Rights! a Restaurant Worker's Survival Guide

Recorded at Hollywood Library September 28, 2010

Direct download: 20100928_MCLZTWorkinIt2.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 11:49am PST

Join Wordstock founder Larry Colton and friends for new nonfiction readings by Portland's finest writers of the craft.

Larry Colton, No Ordinary Joes: The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life (Crown, 2010)

Wendy Burden, Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir (Gotham, 2010)

Kevin Sampsell, A Common Pornography: A Memoir (Harper Perennial, 2010)

Recorded October 6, 2010

Direct download: 20101006_MCLAuthor_Talks.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 10:43am PST

Interview with Tonya Jones - Women of Color Zines and Workshops

Tonya Jones has been instrumental in introducing women of color in Portland to zines and zine culture through her workshops, her zine writings and her talks. In this interview with librarian Cathy Camper, she talks about how she discovered zines, how zines can impower women of color and how women can participate in her workshops. 

 Tonya was the speaker for the Zinesters Talking Women of Color at North Portland Library September 14, 2010. The podcast of that meeting didn't record, so we're posting this instead. 

Connect with Tonya Jones on Facebook at: WOC Zine Workshops (Club) 

Zines discussed in the podcast:  Shotgun Seamstress #2 by Osa Atoe  Cocoa Puss #1 by Lamesha Melton

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20101004_MCLTonyaJonesWOCcc.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 12:45pm PST

Zinesters Talking - Zines Go To School

Educators Bobi Blue of Fir Ridge High School, Julie Hoffer of Open Meadow High School, and Leanne Grabel of the Rosemont school share tips about how they integrate zines into their classrooms. Learn how making, reading and sharing zines can change students lives!

For information about booking a zine workshop with Multnomah County Library School Corps for your classroom, click here.

Recorded live at Belmont Library, September 21, 2010

Target Audience: Adults

 

Direct download: 20100920_MCLZTZines_Schools_CC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 3:30pm PST

How to Follow Your Passion with Suzanne Jauchius

How to follow your passion when everyone tells you to get a Real Job. Author Suzanne Jauchius tells how she overcame a lifetime of criticism and skepticism from those closest to her. She describes her journey to success in a profession far from the norm.

Recorded September 30, 2010

Direct download: 20100930_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 8:34am PST

Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace with Shane Sasnow

Explore how creativity and innovation interact with the people, processes and products in business and organizational development. Discuss examples from history and find practical applications.

Recorded September 23, 2010

Direct download: 20100923_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 8:56am PST

Creative Problem Solving with Tasha Harmon

Creativity is always most important when you are searching for an answer. Learn to tap into your creative self when tackling any problem.

Recorded September 16, 2010

Direct download: 20100916_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 8:46am PST

Denied Detained Deported; Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration

Denied Detained Deported; Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration by Ann Bausum

An award-winning author examines the history of American immigration--a critical topic in 21st century America--particularly those lesser-known stories of immigrants who were denied entrance into the States or detained for security reasons.

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Denied_Detained_Deported_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:16pm PST

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Learn how four friends invented the sit-in; a form of non-violent protest that helped end segregation in the American South.

Audience: Kids and Teens

 

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Sit_In_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Survivors Club; The Secrets and Science that could Save your Life

Survivors Club; The Secrets and Science that could Save your Life by Ben Sherwood

From award-winning journalist Sherwood comes a fascinating exploration of survival that can help prepare you for life's inevitable struggles, from cancer and crime to car accidents and airplane crashes.

Audience: Teen and Adult

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Survivors_Club_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 3:40pm PST

Leviathan (booktalk)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Leviathan_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:33pm PST

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain; an Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain; an Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia by Sy Montgomery

A pale, spotted, almost cloud-like coat makes the snow leopard uncannily invisible in its rocky mountain habitat. Author Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop accompany conservationist Tom McCarthy and his team as they travel to Mongolia's Altai Mountains to gather data about snow leopard populations in an attempt to save this endangered species.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Saving_the_Ghost_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:27pm PST

Cosmic (Booktalk)

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

 12-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult is not good.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCLCosmicLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:17pm PST

Trickster's Choice

Teen Librarian, Sara Ryan, gives an enticing preview of the popular book, Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce.

Direct download: 20100901_MCLTricksters_Choice.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 11:48am PST

Before Columbus; The Americas of 1491

Before Columbus; The Americas of 1491 by Charles C. Mann

Did you know a pyramid larger than the ones in Egypt was built in the Americas...near St. Louis?
And one of the world's greatest genetic feats of engineering was done by Native Americans...the invention of corn!

Relearn American history, and find out how the civilizations of the Americas were as sophisticated as those in Western Europe.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Before_Columbus_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Tumtum and Nutmeg; Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall

Tum Tum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn

Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Tumtum_and_Nutmeg_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:51pm PST

Tapestry of Tales Tellabration Finale 2009

 

Communities around the world gather on the same day to listen and share stories in Tellabration. This podcast of Multnomah County Library’s 10th Tapestry of Tales Festival Tellebration and Finale celebrates a world of stories with Antonio Sacre, Eth-No-Tec, and Donald Davis. Storytellers introduced by Oregon storyteller Will Hornyak.

 

Recorded November 21, 2009

 

Direct download: 20090921_MCLTapestryTellabrationFinale_.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:05pm PST

Every day in the Peace Corps brings a new experience, adventure or lesson. Come listen to journal entries directly from the Peace Corps volunteers who wrote them and pick up your free copy of “A Life Inspired,” a collection of stories written by volunteers (while supplies last). A Peace Corps volunteer who served in Bulgaria will also share her personal experience, answer your questions, and provide tips to guide you through the application process.

About the Panel:
Jenny Ferro
Lesotho, Africa 2002-2006
Primary Education Resource Teacher
Reading: "Peace, Rain, Prosperity"

Vicki Crumpacker
Turkmenistan, Central Asia 2000-2001
Business Advising

Erik Vidstrand
Mauritania, West Africa 1982-1984
Health Extension

http://www.peacecorps.gov

Direct download: 20090714_MCLPeaceCorps.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 1:32pm PST

Central Library hosts readings and presentations commemorating Oregon's late poet .

Featured Participants:


  • Joel Nightingale Berning presents William Stafford as a Minister. Mr. Berning is a third-year Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
  • Kate Gray published her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive, in 2007, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
  • Carlos Reyes is a noted poet, writer and translator whose latest book of poetry, The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems, was published in 2009.
  • Penelope Scambly Schott has published several books, including A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth, which won the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry.
  • Joseph A. Soldati, host for the program, has published poems and essays. Recent among his published books is Apocalypse Clam.
Direct download: 20100131_MCLWilliamStafford.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 5:42pm PST

What is your Oregon story? Whether you are new here or your family has lived here for generations, come and share stories about your Oregon experience. Five-minute maximum, no reading or performing (think “beginning, middle, end”). Featuring the Portland Storytellers Guild with Penny Walter, Sarah Hauser, Ken Iverson, Lori King, Pearl Steinberg, Anne Rutherford, Julie Strozyk.

Direct download: 20091108_MCLThisoregonLifePSG.mp3
Category:Oregon Stories -- posted at: 4:29pm PST

For most of us, our homes are the single largest investment we'll ever make. Because the tax code heavily favors homeowners, this class will help attendees understand the importance of home ownership, and provide a step-by-step map of how the purchase process works. Because complex home-financing terms can be easily misunderstood, we will also uncover common myths associated with buying a home. Harlan Mayer and Julie Dalton present the information

Direct download: 20090927_MCLHomeOwnershipandFinancing02.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 5:07pm PST

TransitionPDX is a diverse group of Portland area residents working to build sustainable communities equipped to meet a reduced carbon future. In this presentation with Meg Bowman, TransitionPDX will examine peak oil and climate change and their predicted impact on an already strained economy. The audience will learn practical steps for easing the strain of rising food and utilities costs with Harriet Fasenfest from Preserve and Lani from the Community Energy Project. And they’ll hear how Portland neighborhoods are gearing up for transition to a resilient future.

Direct download: 20090521_MCLStayingWarmandWellFed.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 2:04pm PST

Raves about reading Faves @your library. Title Raves: The Great Northwest was an event where people could celebrate their love of reading and local writers. Listen in here for a discussion about who favorite Northwest authors are, what book(s) were read lately and why people liked it.

Leading off the discussion will be a panel of people known around town for their love of reading and books. Sharing their insights about books, writers and writing are:


  • Lono Waiwaiole, whose Wiley crime noir series takes place in Portland
  • Dennis Stovall and Karen Brattain, publishers at PSU’s student-run Ooligan Press
  • Jeff Baker, book editor, The Oregonian


Shared faves with the group -- and the world. Title Raves recommendations are posted on the library’s website.

Direct download: 20090407_MCLTitleRavesGreatNorthwest0.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 5:25pm PST

Sisters of the Road lead a discussion and information exchange concerning homelessness in Portland and the resources available to help those who are homeless, as well as how others can assist the homeless.

Direct download: 20090225_MCLHomelessInPortland.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:18pm PST

VoiceCatcher presents prose and poetry from its fourth women writers anthology. The work of six contributing authors will be highlighted. VoiceCatcher's mission is to publish an anthology of Portland-area women's writing reflecting a diversity of voice and genre. They offer a local publishing opportunity that respects, nurtures and promotes local artists.

Web site: http://voicecatcher.org/

Direct download: 20100327_MCLVoiceCatcherAuthorsReading.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:48pm PST

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s energy and biting wit make her work both brutal and laugh out-loud funny. All is weird, immediate and raw in Campbell’s stories and poems. Bonnie Jo Campbell’s new story collection, American Salvage, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. She is also the author of the novel Q Road, and the story collection Women & Other Animals. She has won the AWP award for short fiction, the 2008 Eudora Welty fiction prize, and a Pushcart prize, and she was named a Barnes & Noble Great New Writer. The New York Times has called her stories "Bitter but sweetened by humor," and Publisher’s Weekly said Campbell details, "domestic worlds where Martha Stewart would fear to tread."

Presented in partnership with Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Direct download: 20100217_MCLWritersTalkingBonnieJoCampbell.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 5:04pm PST

Children of the Sea Volume 1

Children of the Sea Volume 1 by Daisuke Igarashi

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea that she does.

Audience: Teens

 

Direct download: 20100716_MCLChildren_of_the_Sea_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Biblioburro

Biblioburro by Jeanette Winter

What if your library came to you on the back of a burro?

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Biblioburro_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

Countdown

Countdown by Debora Wiles

 

Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall. It's 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear...

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716__MCL_Countdown_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:18pm PST

Whether you are in your 30s, 40s, or 50s, this class uses a variety of tools (personality inventories, success factor self analysis, etc.) to help you discover the perfect career position for this time of your life. This class was offered in Partnership with PCC Community Education.

Direct download: 20100307_MCLPCCWhatDoYouWantToBeWhenYouGrowUp.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:47pm PST

Gift People: Living on Purpose - June Fleming

“I like to live my life purposefully,” says June Fleming, who at 74 is a poster child for healthy and engaged living and who nonchalantly describes her rigorous snowcamping and hiking trips. For 15 years she has been reading weekly to residents at two local care facilities, as a volunteer for the library’s Visiting Voices program. She has always loved libraries, calling them “the great equalizers” and she has a gift for reading aloud, noting that her husband and children always loved to hear her read. June has spent a lifetime cultivating relationships with elders through conversation, letters and visits and her work with Visiting Voices has deepened her respect for the wisdom of elders. June describes wisdom as the ability to adapt to change and not be diminished by loss, illness and death.  Hear a short recording of one of her reading sessions.

June is an author, too: check out copies of June’s books, The Well-fed Backpacker and Staying Found: The Complete Map and Compass Handbook.

Gift People is a program of  recorded conversations with civically engaged older adults, sponsored by Library Outreach Services, Life by Design NW and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

Direct download: 20100331_MCLGiftPeopleFleming.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:29pm PST

Gift People: Living on Purpose - June Fleming Reads

Volunteers with the library’s Visiting Voices program recognize that the joy of reading never diminishes with age. Armed with a stimulating variety of reading material from poems to novels, volunteers read to a group of elders at Portland area assisted care facilities. Reading sessions are weekly and typically range from 30-45 minutes. Hear a short passage from a reading session conducted by June Fleming, a 15-year veteran volunteer.

Gift People is a program of  recorded conversations with civically engaged older adults, sponsored by Library Outreach Services, Life by Design NW and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

Direct download: 20100420_MCLFlemingReading.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:22pm PST

Yellowstone Moran; Painting the American West

Yellowstone Moran;painting the American West  By Lita Judge

Tom Moran had never ridden a horse or slept under the stars before, but the paintings he created on his journey from city boy to seasoned explorer would lead to the founding of America's first national park.

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716_MCLYellwstone_Moran_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:07pm PST

Trickster; Native American Tales A Graphic Collection

Trickster Native American tales a Graphic Collection Compiled and Edited by Matt Dembicki

 

Meet the trickster, a crafty creature or being who disrupts the order of things, often humiliating others and sometimes himself in the process. Whether a coyote or rabbit, raccoon or raven, tricksters use cunning to get food, steal precious possessions, or simply cause mischief.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100716_MCLTrickster_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:52pm PST

Nothing

Nothing by Janne Teller 

When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life. If you had to sacrifice something meaningful to you to prove life had meaning, what would you give up? Your pet? Your little finger? What might your friends make you sacrifice?

Like The Lord of the Flies or The Lottery, this book questions what happens when control goes out of control.  

Target Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Nothing_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 4:11pm PST

Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. marshall

Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vanda Micheaux Nelson

This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma.

Target audience: Children

Direct download: 20100716_MCLBad_News_for_Outlaws_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor

In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of Popeye's summer is learning vocabulary words with his grandmother until a motor home gets stuck nearby and Elvis, the oldest boy living inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of strange boats floating down the creek.

Target Audience: Children

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Small_Adv_of_Popeye_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:53pm PST

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Target Audience: Children

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_OneCrazy_Summer_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:43pm PST

John Adams Unbound Exhibit: Opening Remarks

Steph Miller, Central librarian and coordinator of the John Adams Unbound exhibit, and William C. Stack, educator and historian, share opening remarks about John Adams and the exhibit.

More information about the exhibit and additional resources can be found at www.multcolib.org/events/collins/adams.html.

Direct download: 20100627_MCLJohnAdamsOpeningRemarks.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:49pm PST

Every student knows that Americans fought with the British in the War of Independence in 1776 and again in 1812. What few realize is that the United States almost went to war with Britain over Oregon. Oregon was a hot topic during the nineteenth century because of its seemingly endless riches, vastness, beauty, and potential for exploitation. In this program, Robert Hamm will share primary sources - newspapers, woodcuts, accurate and inaccurate maps, and early photographs - from the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Lewis and Clark Exposition. In the U.S. Bank Room

Direct download: 20090426_MCLBecomingOregon.mp3
Category:Oregon Stories -- posted at: 10:53am PST

The Cup is Always Half Full with Tonya Booker

Change a challenging work environment to one that is more positive. Speaker Tonya Booker shows you how!

Recorded May 13, 2010

Direct download: 20100513_MCLBrownBagmp3.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 4:28pm PST

Managing Conflict: Tips, Tricks, Traps, Tools with Sam Imperati

Investigate how to disagree without being disagreeable and fix problems without fixing blame. Discover techniques to reach resolution, not just settlement.

Recorded May 6, 2010

Direct download: 20100506_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:53pm PST

Zinesters Talking Dino Night

In celebration of Stumptown Comics Fest 2010, and of dinosaurs in general, speakers Rio Safari and James Williams show-and-tell their awesomest dinosaur minicomics, plus some sweet online cartoons.

Check out Rio's and Jame's  comics in our collection too.  

Audience: Adult

Recorded: April 20, 2010 Central Library's U.S. Bank Room

Direct download: 20100420_MCLZT_DinoNiteCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 11:22am PST

Three Ways to Enhance Brain Health with Dr. Greg Nigh

Learn how your lifestyle can enhance your neurological performance, reduce stress and prevent Alzheimer's and other degenerative conditions.

Recorded April 29, 2010

Direct download: 20100429_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 2:45pm PST

Building Self-Esteem with Kathy Edwards

Even the most confident have doubts from time to time, and for many these doubts lead to an inability to move forward. Learn how to break the cycle to achieve your dreams.

Recorded April 22, 2010

Direct download: 20100422_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:08pm PST

Taming Your Inner Critic with Tasha Harmon

Self-judgment can paralyze you and keep you from stepping into who you want to be. Befriend your inner critic so that you can move through fear into action.

Recorded April 15, 2010

Email: Tasha@LifeWorkChanges.Com

Direct download: 20100415_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 2:56pm PST

Using Humor in the Workplace with Gabriel Boehmer

Humor brightens any workplace when used appropriately. Gabriel Boehmer will demonstrate how to add joy to your day while keeping the fun professional.

Recorded April 8, 2010

Direct download: 20100408_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:42pm PST

Gift People: Volunteering as Self-discovery

Jim Wygant planned ahead to be useful in retirement. So, five years before retiring, he started volunteering for the Title Wave Used Bookstore. Thirteen years later and now retired, he thinks that volunteering at Title Wave is “close enough” to his dream of owning a bookstore. His passion for books, reading and libraries dates back to his grade school days when he volunteered at his school library. With over 3,000 hours given to Multnomah County Library, Jim’s service includes seven years teaching basic computer skills to older adults in the Cyber Seniors program. Cyber Seniors suits him well because it combines his love for teaching and his knack for reducing complex concepts to fundamentals. Asked what he gets from volunteering, Jim mentioned self-discovery and the opportunity to present himself in a fresh role, different from the familiar one that he played in his paid work career.

 

Gift People is a program of  recorded conversations with civically engaged older adults, sponsored by Library Outreach Services, Life by Design NW and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

Direct download: 20100304_MCLGiftPeopleWygant.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 5:43am PST

Thanks to the advocacy of journalists, lawyers and politicos, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger recently announced changes aimed at improving government openness. What does this mean for concerned citizens? Join the Society of Professional Journalists as we discuss the meaning of open, transparent government.

Direct download: 20100320_MCLsunshine.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 1:28pm PST

Best and Most Bizarre Dinosaurs

Love dinosaurs? Listen in as zinester Rio Safari and librarian Cathy Camper discuss some of the best and most bizarre dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are related to birds, but were they colored like parakeets? What's the deal with T. rex's teeny tiny arms? And what dinos had more spikes than a punk's leather jacket? Listen in and explore the books below, for more info:

Bizarre Dinosaurs;Some Very Strange Creatures and Why We Think they Got that Way by Christopher Sloan

Chased By Sea Monsters; Prehistoric Predators of the Deep  Nigel Marven and Jasper James

Extreme Dinosaurs Steve Parker and Leslie Mertz

A Field Guide to Dinosaurs; The Essential Handbook for Travelers in the Mesozoic  by Henry Gee and Luis V. Rey

Rio Safari and James Williams speak about dinosaur mini-comics at Zinesters Talking Dino Night, Tuesday April 20, 2010, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in Central Library's U.S. Bank Room.

Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20100305_MCLDinobooksCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 1:31pm PST

Making a Difference with Philip Mandel

Philip Mandel will show you how to make a difference in your life by setting and achieving your goals.

Direct download: 20100218_MCLBrownBagl.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:31pm PST

Gift People: Embarking on a Second Career

At 62, Bill Brandt-Gasuen has a rich history of volunteering in Portland including 16 years with Multnomah County Library, 15 with Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers and 10 with Race for the Cure. When he retired in 2002, the issues that concern him deeply—literacy, homelessness and poverty—motivated him to pursue a second career as a full-time volunteer for these organizations. Having recently reached 14,000 hours of service to the  library, Bill credits his civic engagement to his upbringing, an innate desire to serve and, in the words of President Obama,”... a mandate to assist others”.

 

Gift People are recorded conversations with civically engaged older adults, sponsored by Library Outreach Services, Life by Design NW and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library

Direct download: 20100128_MCLVolProBrandt.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:29am PST

How to Tell Your Story with Nancy McDonald

Start with improv, add a dash of pathos, a pinch of standup, a bit of character and you have the path to shaping and communicating your story. Actor nancy McDonald provides the tools in this fun and informative lecture.

Recorded February 11, 2010

Direct download: 20100211_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:31pm PST

How to Get What You Mean, Not What You Say with Steven Fulmer

Building a life is like building a house and the right tools make all the difference. Discover tools to achieve craftsmanship-quality success and happiness in your life.

Recorded February 4, 2010

Direct download: 20100204_MCLFulmer.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 9:03am PST

Interview with children's author Matt Holm

Calling All Babymouse Fans!

Do you love Babymouse as much as I do? Then listen to this interview with Matt Holm, who, with his sister Jenni, creates the Babymouse graphic novels! Learn all about how Matt became an artist, and how you can become an artist too. Tune in to find out: Does Matt like pink? What's his favorite animal? And what's the next adventure for Babymouse? Then, head on over to the Multnomah County Library and check out the latest Babymouse graphic novel, Babymouse Burns Rubber.

Direct download: 20100122_MCLBabymouseRF.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:31am PST

Conversation and Conflict with Tsipora Dimant

Discover the roots of conflict and the mediation skills needed to find effective solutions. Learn how to have discussions that are balanced, direct and fair.

Recorded January 28, 2010

Direct download: 20100128_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 4:18pm PST

Life by Design @yourlibrary: Perspectives on Positive Aging with David Rozell

Hear David Rozell facilitate a discussion on the importance of community as we age. What are the qualities of a community that will allow us to age positively?

 

David Rozell is a certified retirement workshop facilitator leading life planning workshops and classes in California and Oregon since 2004. He is an adjunct instructor in gerontology at Marylhurst University where he teaches Creative Aging classes and he also teaches courses through Life by Design NW at PCC.

 

Recommended reading for this presentation is Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose by Richard Leider and David Shapiro.

 

Perspectives on Positive Aging is a monthly speaker series at Central Library and is made possible through the library’s partnership with Life by Design NW and, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

Direct download: 20090730_MCLPPARozell.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

Whether you are in yours 30s, 40s or 50s, this presentation uses a variety of tools (personality inventories, success factor self analysis, etc.) to help you discover the perfect career position ofr this time of your life. This class is offered in partnership with PCC ommunity Education.

Recorded January 17, 2010

Direct download: 20100117_MCL_HwdPCCJenniferAnderson.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 12:16pm PST

Creating Beloved Community

Dr. Martin Luther King had the dream of creating beloved community, one that is grounded in love and that encourages people to care for one another. Explore in this session how we can create beloved community in our personal lives and in our community.

 

Roslyn Farrington currently serves as faculty member in Portland State University’s Women’s Studies Department. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and served as the Executive Director of the Oregon Commission for Women from 2000-2005. 

 

 

Recommended reading: Search for the Beloved Community: The Thinking of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kenneth L. Smith

 

This program was part of a series entitled, Creating Connection and Community, that was sponsored by Multnomah County Library, partners with Life by Design NW, and offered in May 2009.

Direct download: 20090512_MCLFarrington.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 9:47am PST

Global Concerns, Grassroots Solutions with Toby Dittrich and Richard Brenne The creators of the groundbreaking Global Climate Change online PCC course will share stories from the trenches.
Direct download: 20100121_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 9:10am PST

Dream It, Plan It, Do It! with Frank Mungeam

Learn where to get the courage to dream, how to take that first step and what achievers do to overcome obstacles that stop others.

Recorded January 14, 2010

Direct download: 20100114_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 5:14pm PST

Stinky: A Toon Book (Booktalk)

 

Stinky: A Toon Book by Eleanor Davis

Stinky, a monster who lives in a swamp, gets upset when a boy named Nick starts hanging around his swamp, and so he tries to scare Nick away. A 2009 Geisel Award honor book.

Direct download: 20091228_MCLStinkyBT_JP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:09pm PST

Chicken Said, "Cluck!" (Booktalk

 

Chicken Said, "Cluck!" by Judyann Grant

Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.

Direct download: 20091228_MCLChickenBT_JP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:41pm PST

Being Teddy Roosevelt (Booktalk)

 

Being Teddy Roosevelt by Claudia Mills

When he is assigned Teddy Roosevelt as his biography project in school, fourth-grader Riley finds himself inspired by Roosevelt's tenacity and perseverance and resolves to find a way to get what he most wants--a saxophone and music lessons. A 2010 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award nominee.

Direct download: 20091228_MCLTeddyRooseveltBT_JP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:57pm PST

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