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Join us for a special preview of Portland Opera's upcoming production of Puccini's La Bohème. The preview is hosted by Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox with musical highlights performed by Portland Opera's Resident Artists.

For more information, visit Portland Opera.

Recorded Live at Central Library: April 30, 2017

Direct download: 20170430_Opera_LaBoheme.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Why are so many diverse books banned? Every year the library celebrates Banned Books Week and the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an opportunity to call attention to the books most frequently targeted for censorship. Increasingly, books by diverse authors or about diverse communities wind up on the list of most challenged titles. Comic book authors Jonathan Hill (Americus), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate), and Tristan Tarwater (The Marauders' Island) will discuss this trend and express a vision for how greater inclusion means a stronger future for intellectual freedom. This panel discussion is presented and moderated by Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Recorded Live at Central Library: September 26, 2016

Direct download: 20160926_MCLBannedBooksWeek.mp3
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A Celebration of National Poetry Month with five remarkable local poets!

Carl Adamshick, author of Saint Friend

Emily Kendal Frey, author of Sorrow Arrow

Endi Bogue Hartigan, author of Pool: 5 Choruses

Jessica Johnson, author of In Absolutes We Seek Each Other

and Dao Strom, author of We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People

Each poet reads from their recent work. Poetry is alive and well!

Recorded Live at Central Library: April 30, 2016


Speakers: Michael Wieber & Tim Cook 

Learn the basics of how to install a seismic retrofit, whether it's something you think you'd like to do yourself, or you just want to understand the basic principles. Topics covered will include the goal of a seismic retrofit, basic load calculations, earthquake insurance, what features to avoid in your next home purchase, permits, assessing foundation quality, tools and hardware.

Recorded Live at Central Library: August 22, 2015

Direct download: Seismic_Retrofitting_20150822.mp3
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Celebrate Women’s History Month with prose writers and poets whose new work fills the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. The featured readers include Cathy Cain, Jennifer Kemnitz, Margie Lee, Gypsy Martin, Elizabeth Moscoso, Meghana Mysore, and Jennifer Pratt-Walter. VoiceCatcher is a nonprofit community that connects, inspires and empowers women writers and artists in greater Portland/Vancouver.

Recorded Live at Central Library: March 28, 2015

Direct download: CEN_Program_VoiceCatcher_20150328.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:18am PST

Not ready to retire? Turn your professional experience or hobby into an encore career, by starting your own business. Join us to learn about free resources and tools to get you started!

Presented by the Small Business Administration's Portland District Office and Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center.

Recorded Live at Central Library: October 21, 2014

Direct download: Program_Encore_Entrepreneurship_20141021.mp3
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Are you looking for financing to start or grow your small business? Local experts give tips and strategies to gain more financing options.

Presented by MercyCorps Northwest, Small Business Administration’s Portland District Office, Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center

Recorded Live at Central Library: October 7, 2014

Direct download: Program_Access_to_Capital_20141007.mp3
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Curious about starting your own business? Learn more about what to consider before taking the leap, as well as some tips for getting started writing your business plan. 

Presented in partnership by SCORE, Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center and Multnomah County Library.

Recorded Live at Central Library: September 23, 2014

Direct download: Program_StartingYourOwnBusiness_20140923.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:41pm PST

Why Jane?

Speaker: William J. Boyd

Hundreds of books and many movies inspired by Jane Austen's six novels have been released over the years. Literary societies devoted to her works exist all over the world. Why is Jane Austen so popular today?

Recorded live at Central Library: June 6, 2014 

Direct download: Program_WhyJane_20140608.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:46am PST

William Stafford Birthday Celebration 2014: Stafford Around the World

Speakers: F.P. Alder; M. Bolsey; J. Donath; A. Hollander; J.McClellan; A. Molotkov; C. Nair; L. Nordstrom; G.B. Olds; C. Reyes & others

 

Central Library and the Friends of William Stafford present Stafford Around the World, a compilation of Stafford poems read in English and in 13 other languages.

 

Recorded Live at Central Library: January 26, 2014

Direct download: Program_StaffordAroundtheWorld_20140126.mp3.mp3
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Celebrating 100 Years of Central Library: Tour of Central Library, hosted by Local Authors

Join local authors for a tour of Central Library.

Speakers: Kerry Cohen, Bart King, Paulann Petersen, and Phil Stanford

Take a historical tour of the Central Library with this podcast. This tour was commissioned as part of Central Library’s 100th birthday celebration in September of 2013, and is designed to be listened to while walking through the building, as Library features and facts are highlighted by a group of local author narrators.

Recorded live at Central Library: Summer of 2013

Direct download: 20130928_Centennial_Central_Library_Tour_Podcast.mp3
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Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 5

Session 5: War and Freedom

Speaker: Dr Richard Etulain

Multnomah County Library presents a free five-part reading and discussion series with project scholar Richard Etulain to discuss the legacy of the Civil War.

 

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Local support provided by The Library Foundation. 

 

Recorded live at Central Library: May 30, 2012

Direct download: LetsTalkMakingSenseoftheCivilWarSession5_May302012.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:16am PST

William Stafford Birthday Celebration 2013

Join us for our 13th annual celebration of the work of Oregon's most famous and beloved poet, William Stafford. Born in 1914, Stafford was a celebrated poet, teacher, mentor, and champion of free speech and thought. He was a professor at Lewis and Clark College, received the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark in 1963, was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (1970-71), and served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 1975.  A conscientious objector during World War II, Stafford died in 1993.

The program is hosted by Joseph A. Soldati, poet, long-time member of Friends of William Stafford and former chair of its board of trustees.  He is the author of four poetry books, including most recently the chapbook, On Account of Darkness. 

Recorded live at Central Library: January 27, 2013

Participants in this year's celebration include:

Greta Blalock is the Port of Portland Art Program Coordinator, working with local and regional visual artists and musicians to create pockets of serenity within the bustling airport environment.

A. Molotkov is a writer, composer, filmmaker and visual artist who emigrated to the U.S in 1990. His award-winning work includes the 2011 Boone’s Dock Press poetry chapbook contest for his True Stories from the Future.

Penelope Scambly Schott is a poet whose verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth received an Oregon Book Award for Poetry. She teaches an annual poetry workshop in Dufur, Oregon, and her new chapbook Lovesong for Dufur is forthcoming from Windfall Press. 

Scot Siegel, a town-planning consultant from Lake Oswego, is a former Friends of William Stafford board member. His most recent book isThousands Flee California Wildflowers.

Laura D. Weeks is an editor, translator, consecutive interpreter, and the founder of Weeks’ Wunderkinder Piano Studio. She is the author of two chapbooks, Deaf Man Talking and The Mad Woman.

Wendy Willis is the Executive Director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national organization devoted to improving democratic governance. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was recently published.

Direct download: Wm_Stafford_Birthday_Celebration_20130127.mp3
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In this special presentation, the Venerable Geshe Tenphel from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery will describe the history and meaning of the sand mandala within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The six monks creating the mandala are on their first visit to the western world, and Geshela will share what they hope to accomplish by creating this ancient and unique piece of artwork. He will speak about how a healthy attitude about everyday living can lead to a contented and happy life. As more people experience love and compassion, we will create peaceful communities, and ultimately a peaceful world. This event is part of the week-long creation of the sand mandala in the Collins Gallery in December 2012.

Recorded at Central Library: December 14, 2012

Most of the Tibetan words spoken by the Venerable Geshe Tenphel have been removed. The English translation remains.

Direct download: 20121214_MCLMandala.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:48pm PST

Cafe Banned: Accessing e-books through your library

Speakers: Vailey Oehlke, Molly Raphael, Greg Williams and Brandon Barnett (moderator)

Electronic books are changing the world in unexpected and disconcerting ways for authors, publishers, libraries and readers.  In the last several years, libraries have experienced significant barriers that make it hard or even impossible to provide e-books to library users -- including barriers that have been purposely erected to shut libraries and library patrons out.  Our panel of experts will explain the barriers to e-book access in libraries that exist today, and tell you what we're doing to make sure that you'll have access to e-books from your library now and in the future.

 

Panelists:  Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Director of Libraries, member of ALA E-Content Working Group; Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President, American Library Association (ALA) and former Multnomah County Library Director; Greg Williams, Librarian, West Linn Public Library and Vice-chair, Oregon Digital Library Consortium (Library 2Go); Bart King, local author of An Architectural Guide to Portland, The Big Book of Boy Stuff and several other non-fiction works.

Recorded live at Central Library: September 30, 2012

 

Direct download: 20120930_CafeBanned2012.mp3
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While public schools cannot require devotional use of the Bible, academic study of the book is allowed. However, political and legal considerations often make discussions of the Bible either impossible or uncomfortable. Dr. Marie Wachlin, nationally recognized for her biblical literacy research, looks at the Bible as a piece of classroom literature.

Recorded at Central library: July 31, 2012

Direct download: 20120831_MCLManifoldGreatness.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:54pm PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 4

Session 4:The Shape of War

Speaker: Dr Richard Etulain

Multnomah County Library presents a free five-part reading and discussion series with project scholar Richard Etulain to discuss the legacy of the Civil War.

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Local support provided by The Library Foundation. 

Recorded live at Central Library: May 19, 2012

Direct download: 20120519_CivilWar4.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:33am PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 3

Session 3:Making Sense of Shiloh

Speaker: Dr Richard Etulain

Multnomah County Library presents a free five-part reading and discussion series with project scholar Richard Etulain to discuss the legacy of the Civil War.

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Local support provided by The Library Foundation. 

Recorded live at Central Library: April 25, 2012

 

Direct download: 20120425_CivilWar3.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:30pm PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War Session 2

Session 2: Choosing Sides

Speaker: Dr Richard Etulain

Multnomah County Library presents a free five-part reading and discussion series with project scholar Richard Etulain to discuss the legacy of the Civil War.

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Local support provided by The Library Foundation. 

Recorded live at Central Library: April 10, 2012

Direct download: 20120410_CivilWar2.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:02pm PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 1

Session 1: Imagining War.

A scholar lecture by Dr. Richard Etulain.

Dr Etulain provides an overview of Civil War history and literature for a discussion of "March," by Geraldine Brooks and part one of the "America's War" anthology. 

Recorded live at Central Library: March 25, 2012

Direct download: 20120325_CivilWar1.mp3
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Science and The Doctor (Who)

Speaker:Dr. John Freeouf

For all you Doctor Who fans out there: how does The Doctor do what he does? Could time travel really work? How can something be bigger on the inside? And who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, "Ooh, this could be a little more sonic"? Join Portland State University physicist Dr. John Freeouf as we explore these questions and more!

Recorded live at Central Library: March 7, 2012.

Direct download: 20120307_MCL_Dr._WhoScience.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 9:25am PST

Central Library presents readings and presentations commemorating Oregon's late poet laureate William Stafford.

Hosted by Joseph A. Soldati.

Featuring: Jane Glazer, David Rutiezer, Kirsten Rian, Mark Thalman, Diane Holland and Bob Balmer.

Recorded live at the Central Library: January 29, 2012

Direct download: 20120129_MCLWilliamStafford.mp3
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Baseball is one of America's central institutions, and it has long reflected the complicated and painful history of race in the United States. Pride and Passion is an exhibition that tells the story of black baseball players over the past century and a half. Dr. Thabiti Lewis, Associate Professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver and author of the book Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America offers an engaging look at the content of this exhibition.

Exhibition open: December 3, 2011 - January 22, 2012

Direct download: 20111203_Pride_and_Passion.mp3
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Leaks, Tweets & Deletes: Intellectual Freedom in a Digital World

Join us for a discussion of the notion of freedom of information in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Panelists will discuss the Wikileaks disclosures, the uprisings in the Arab world spurred by Facebook and Twitter, media censorship and freedom of the press in places like China, Turkey and elsewhere.

Moderator: Tim DuRoche, Director of Programs at the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Panelist: David Wolman, author of Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling.

Panelist: Jeff Golden, political activist, radio personality, politician and author.

Panelist: Peter Laufer, author and the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 1, 2011

Direct download: 20111001_MCLLeaksTweetsDeletes.mp3
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Besides snakes, spiders and heights, a fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias. Join author and presenter Donn Rocklin as he addresses the cause of this human fear and poses creative solutions that apply in all public speaking situations. In this program, participants will learn how to: capture and hold the attention of the audience, prepare for improvisation, and interact with and involve the audience.

Presented at Hollywood Library on September 26.

This program was presented as a workshop and has been edited for listening.

 

Direct download: 20110926_MCLFearlessPublicSpeakingHollywoodDonnRochlin.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 5:32pm PST

Parenting from the Inside Out

Join Deborah Kass-Ray, MS, LCSW, parent educator and psychotherapist in a workshop that 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.

Direct download: 20110130_MCL_KidsFeelSmartDeborahKass-Ray.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 5:56pm PST

Explore life from a different perspective in this series that allows you to hear "what it's like to be..." In this podcast you'll hear Emily Harris speaking with Muna Abshir Mohamud. Muna settled in the west 11 years ago as a refugee of her war-torn homeland of Somalia. Since then, she has worked on refugee rights and resettlement issues; post 9/11 education and advocacy work. A passionate educator, Muna believes that education through honest and respectful dialogue is an effective way to counter prejudicial and intolerant attitudes in our communities.

Recorded: May 7, 2011

Direct download: 20110507_MCLMuslim.mp3
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Baba Wagué Diakité

Baba Wagué Diakité is a well known artist and storyteller from Mali, West Africa. Before Mali was a country, it was a great empire whose deeds are still passed down from generation to generation. Baba will tell the 13th century epic story of the creation of the Mali Empire from Sogolon the Hunchback Woman--the spirit of the Buffalo and Maghan the Handsome—the spirit of the Lion. Their invalid son, the great Sundiata Keita grows up to unite the twelve kingdoms of Mali and create one of the greatest empires of Africa.

Direct download: 20110320_MCLBabaWagueDiakite.mp3
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Central Library hosts readings and presentations commemorating Oregon's late poet laureate.

Host: Joseph Soldati
Featured Speakers: Greg Simon,
Donna Henderson, Elizabeth S. Johnson, Willa Schneberg, Don Colburn

Recorded January 30, 2011

Direct download: 20110130_MCL_WilliamStafford.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:33pm PST

Reference Training: Financial Literacy

Multnomah County is excited to have a two year grant to promote financial literacy among at-risk families and seniors. Over the past six months, we have been busy enhancing our collection, building a web site, and offering workshops. In December, we started distributing promotional materials about the Smart Saving program. This presentation talks about the Smart Saving program and also includes short talks from representatives from non-profit and community organizations that are providing financial services to the public. Given by Joanne Kahn and guest speakers

Direct download: 20110126_MCLFinancial_Literacy.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:22am PST

Presented by Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on February 17, 2011.

Direct download: 20110217LibraryFundingBriefing.mp3
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Taking Your Retirement Distributions

Are you ready to start dipping into your retirement funds?  You worked a long time to build that nest egg, so you'll want to minimize the tax impact and know the rules to consider.  A certified public accountant from the Oregon Society of CPAs will walk you through different scenarios for taking distributions from 401k and IRA accounts, and will also touch on social security benefits and pension and annuity income.

 

Speaker: Selene Peterson, Oregon Society of CPA's

 

Recorded: January 12, 2011

Direct download: 20110112_MCL_FinancialLiteracyPeterson.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 9:23am 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

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

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
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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
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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

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
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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

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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Perspectives on Positive Aging: Living More Authentically As We Age with Guadalupe Guajardo

Aging is an opportunity to reclaim our own unique and eccentric qualities.  Hear Guadalupe Guajardo discuss how aging frees us to move out of our socialized consciousness and conditioning, so that we can reclaim our authentic selves.

Recommended reading: From Age-Ing to Sage-Ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

Guadalupe Guajardo is a senior associate with TACS, an organization that serves and supports nonprofit organizations. She is also a co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a multi-cultural team that addresses problems caused by discrimination and prejudice and helps build culturally competent organizations. She is bilingual and bicultural, has advanced degrees in theology and organizational development and is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names.  

Perspectives on Positive Aging is a monthly series sponsored by Multnomah County Library, partners with Life by Design NW www.lifebydesignnw.org. This program is made possible, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

Direct download: 20091203_MCLPPAGuajardo.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:38am PST

Perspectives on Positive Aging: Creating a Portfolio Life with Jay Bloom

Learn how to create a richer, more fulfilling life, with new meaning and purpose.  Consider preparing a portfolio for your life after 50 and refocus your energies on meaningful pursuits.  Couples can prepare together for what may be 20 or 30 years of healthy living.  Hear Jay Bloom speak about the opportunities and challenges of this new age of life and the need for developing a "Portfolio Life”.

Recommended reading: Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose and Passion After 50 by David Corbett.

Jay Bloom coaches leaders, managers and individuals in the private, philanthropic and government sectors through his consulting business, Bloom Anew. He also does leadership and management consulting for nonprofit and private organizations. He has been an interim President and CEO of United Way of Columbia-Willamette and President and CEO of Morrison Child and Family Services.

Direct download: 20091104_MCLPPABloom.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 12:14pm PST

In this economy, we need all the help we can get to support our healing and maintain our good health. Often referred to as “acupuncture without needles,” Energy Healing is a no-touch healing technique that offers specific, tested, step-by-step procedures for treating ailments and preventing illness.

In this program, you will hear about your energy anatomy and how to treat common first aid issues such as cuts, scrapes and burns. Energy healing is easy to learn, easy to apply, totally portable -- and best of all -- you don’t need any special tools! Presented October 4, 2009 by PNW Pranic.

Direct download: 20091004_MCLIntrotoEnergyHealing.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 11:32am PST

Architecture, Power and Justice in Ragtime-era Portland with Randy Gragg, Jan Dilg, Chet Orloff and Philip Niles

A community discussion moderated by architectural writer/Portland Monthly editor Randy Gragg, featuring historian Jan Dilg and Chet Orloff (director of the Museum of the City) and Philip Niles, author of Beauty of the City: A.E. Doyle, Portland's Architect, exploring the intersections of architecture, wealth and  power and social justice in turn-of-the-last-century Portland.

 

Cosponsored by AIA Center for Architecture, in conjunction with the Portland Architecture and Design Festival and Portland Center Stage.

Direct download: 20091025_MCLArchitectureRagtimePCS.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:54pm PST

Title Raves: Assigned Reading with Vailey Oehlke, Martha Gies, Robert Brock, Craig Johnson and Jayne Freshour

Remember junior high and high school required reading? Did you sleep through The Scarlet Letter? Read the CliffsNotes for The Canterbury Tales? Adults are rediscovering - and enjoying - the classics that bewildered them as students. Listen to Library Director Vailey Oehlke; Martha Gies, writer, teacher and author of Up All Night; Robert Brock, Professor Emeritus, University of Montana, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Craig Johnson, who taught Language Arts and Foreign Languages at the Metropolitan Learning Center, as they talk about the highlights - and lowlights - of those classic novels.

Date recorded: October 6, 2009

Direct download: 20091006_MCLTitleRavesAssignedReading.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:53am PST

Life by Design @yourlibrary: Helping Your Aging Parent: Life-Enriching Activities for People with Alzheimer’s

In a touching and compassionate presentation, part of Multnomah County Library's Helping Your Aging Parent series, Nelson shares his thoughts on working with people with Alzheimer"s. Learn better communication approaches and new ways to engage mind, body and spirit, while compensating for age-related losses.

Chris Nelson is the Life Enrichment Director at Emerson House, an Alzheimer’s residence in Portland. He has worked with the senior population for the last seventeen years.

Direct download: 20091109_MCLHAPNelson.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:29pm PST

Title Raves: Summer Reads with Ellen Heltzel, Joss Antonio Milian, Lloyd Cohn and Sara Ryan

Leading off the discussion was a panel of people known around town for their love of reading and books. Sharing their insights about books, writers and writing are Ellen Heltzel, former book editor and coauthor of Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures; Joss Antonio Milian, independent filmmaker currently promoting a documentary feature about the environment; Lloyd Cohn, owner of Watch This! DVD store in downtown Portland; and Sara Ryan, novelist, comics writer and librarian.

Direct download: 20090505_MCLTitleRaves.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 1:29pm PST

Enjoy some highlights from Woodstock Library's October 6th celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Listen to clips of beautiful Chinese music performed by the Orchids and Bamboo Ensemble as well as lively bilingual songs sung by children who participated in the bilingual sing a long. Learn more about some of the special programs Multnomah County Library offers via interviews of library staff and the special guests invited to participate in the festivities.
Direct download: 20091006_WODMidAutumnFestival.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 12:07pm PST

听赏穆鲁玛郡Woodstock图书馆在10月6日晚间举办中秋节特别庆祝活动的精彩片断。透过图书馆职员与特别来宾的访问更深了解某些图书馆所推动的特别节目与课程,同时享受兰竹中乐团当晚所演奏的优雅曲目以及参加双语歌唱活动儿童可爱又活泼的歌声。

Direct download: 20091006_WOD_Chinese_Language_MidAutumnFestival.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 9:16am PST

Welsh Month @ Central Library: Welsh Poetry with John Good Welsh language poetry with John Good.  John was born in South Wales, into a house where the Welsh language was spoken.  Over the past twenty years, he has given bilingual presentations on Welsh culture, sharing poetry, music and literature.  This program was presented to celebrate Left Coast Eisteddfod, Portland

Direct download: 20090819_MCLWelshPoetry.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:56pm PST

Life by Design @yourlibrary: Perspectives on Positive Aging with Dr. Fritz Fraunfelder

Dr. Frederick T. "Fritz” Fraunfelder, ophthalmologist, founding member of the Casey Eye Institute and author of Retirement Rx discusses the four phases of retirement and eight key traits for aging and retiring well.

Consider taking Dr. Fraunfelder's “Retirement Docs" Quiz,” a self-assessment tool to predict how well you will do in retirement http://www.theretirementdocs.com/Quiz.htm.

Direct download: 20090325_MCLFraunfelder.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 11:42am PST

Multnomah County Library Director Finalists Public Forum - Part 3 of 3
Director candidates:  Vailey Oehlke

Listen to a presentation by Vailey Oehlke, a candidate for the position of Director of Libraries for Multnomah County.    Recorded on April 14, 2009 and moderated by Jana McClellan on behalf of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler, the session includes a short presentation as well as a question and answer session with the audience.
Direct download: 20090414MCLDirectorFinalistsPublicForum_VaileyOehlke.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 11:31am PST

Multnomah County Library Director Finalists Public Forum - Part 2 of 3
Director candidates:  Christian Kruse

Listen to a presentation by Christian Kruse, a candidate for the position of Director of Libraries for Multnomah County.    Recorded on April 14, 2009 and moderated by Jana McClellan on behalf of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler, the session includes a short presentation as well as a question and answer session with the audience.
Direct download: 20090414MCLDirectorFinalistsPublicForum_ChristianKruse.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 11:09am PST

Multnomah County Library Director Finalists Public Forum - Part 1 of 3
Director candidates:  Holly Carroll

Listen to a presentation by Holly Carroll, a candidate for the position of Director of Libraries for Multnomah County.    Recorded on April 14, 2009 and moderated by Jana McClellan on behalf of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler, the session includes a short presentation as well as a question and answer session with the audience.
Direct download: 20090414MCLDirectorFinalistsPublicForum_HollyCarroll.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:08am PST

Helen and Alison read a poem from the book Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
Direct download: 20090411_MCLBook_Lice.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:39am PST

Life by Design @yourlibrary: Move On: Helping Your Aging Parents Manage Their Possessions

 Are you helping your parents downsize or move? The task of sorting through a lifetime's possessions can be physically and emotionally challenging. Explore new options, including senior move management and charitable giving.

Bill Smith created a senior move management company, called Take Care Move Assistance, to serve the needs of the Portland senior community. Lorca Harrison is the owner of DoughNation, a service that helps clients donate and dispose of their possessions in an organized and sensitive way.

Direct download: 20090211_MCLMoveOn.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:01am PST

Life by Design @yourlibrary: You and Your Aging Parents: Practical Tools to Address Their Changing Needs

 Are you finding it difficult to talk to your parents about their care needs? Learn about community resources, websites and checklists that can help you help them. For this presentation, please download or link to Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families, a handbook published by AARP: http://www.aarp.org/makeadifference/gettinghelp/articles/prepare_to_care.html

Loriann McNeill is the Family Caregiver Support Program coordinator for Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, and has extensive personal and professional experience in family caregiving. Questions? Contact Loriann McNeill at 503-988-3646 x26263

Direct download: 20090128_MCLMcNeill.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 7:50am PST

Life by Design @yourlibrary: Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

 Few things are more stressful than what you've taken on as a caregiver. Learn about  the impact that caregiving can have on your health and well-being, and get tools and resources to help.

Kathy Shannon manages Legacy Caregiver Services, an array of programs designed to assist the family caregiver. Leslie Congleton has worked in the field of aging/caregiving since 1985 and is program coordinator/trainer for Legacy Caregiver Services.

Direct download: 20090121_MCLLegacyCare.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:35pm PST

Most traditional library services were designed when information was relatively scarce and library users had to adapt to the ways of the library if they wanted to get their hands on these resources. Now that information is everywhere, libraries need to "futureproof" themselves by updating their services to match changing community expectations. This lively and interactive session focuses on the real world trends that are shaping the future of public libraries.

Access to this podcast is provided by the presenters and by Multnomah County Library as a public service, and its use is limited to noncommercial purposes.

Direct download: 013009-Futureproof-PM-Part2of2-EditedByDC.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:13am PST

Most traditional library services were designed when information was relatively scarce and library users had to adapt to the ways of the library if they wanted to get their hands on these resources. Now that information is everywhere, libraries need to "futureproof" themselves by updating their services to match changing community expectations. This lively and interactive session focuses on the real world trends that are shaping the future of public libraries.

Access to this podcast is provided by the presenters and by Multnomah County Library as a public service, and its use is limited to noncommercial purposes.

Direct download: 013009-Futureproof-PM-Part1of2-EditedByDC.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:00am PST

Life by Design @yourlibrary: Combining Work and Care for an Aging Parent: Effects on Health,

 Learn about the stresses and rewards of combining work and elder care, develop effective coping strategies, and get helpful resources.

Margaret B. Neal, Ph.D., is the director of the Institute on Aging at Portland State University and a well-known scholar in the areas of aging, work and family. She has written several books, most recently Working Couples Caring for Children and Aging Parents with Dr. Leslie Hammer.

Direct download: 20090114_MCLNeal.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 12:30pm PST

DIY Stories: Following the Oregon Tale You moved here from California because you heard about the nice weather. Perhaps you left the east coast to discover the laid-back, west coast lifestyle. Maybe you were born here. Come and share stories about what brought you to Oregon and what keeps you here. DIY (Do It Yourself) Stories was an open storytelling forum.

Host David Vanadia is an interdisciplinary artist who works with narrative in its many forms. He has performed internationally and acts as a consultant for companies of all sizes.

This was a Tapestry of Tale Kick-Off Event.
Direct download: 20081116_MCLDIYStories.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 6:06pm PST

Cringe Down Memory Lane

Listen and cringe as speakers exploit their younger selves for entertainment and share embarrassing memories from their teens and 20s!  Library patrons have dug up their agonizing old love letters, angst-ridden diary entries, school essays, yearbooks and more to read aloud.  Presenters include:  Sharon Eldridge, Janice Campbell, Julia strozyk, Natasha Forrester, Jenna Thompson, Ellen Fader, Joaquin Sampson, Laurie Heilman and Ben Collins.  Be prepared to laugh out loud!

This program is affiliated with the 2008 Tapestry of Tales 9th annual storytelling festival.

Direct download: 20081110_MCLCringe.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:16pm PST

In the book, The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett, the Queen is trying to wrangle her corgis. She follows them out the back of the palace, where she discovers that the bookmobile is making its weekly visit. Afraid of offending the librarian, the Queen determines to borrow a book. Here is an excerpt describing that encounter.  Read more about this on the Embarrassment of Riches blog.
Direct download: uncommonlygood.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:44pm PST

Local filmaker Curt Ellis shares the environmental story left untold in his award-winning feature documentary.  Ellis' new film, The Greening of Southie, tells the story of Boston's first residential "green" building, through the eyes of the steel-toes construction crew that sets out to build it.
Direct download: 20080512_MCLKingCorn.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:43am PST

Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, M.D.: Changing the Face of Medicine in Oregon and Across the World Learn about Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., an 1894 graduate from the University of Oregon Medical School and a key figure in Progressive era Oregon public health and suffrage campaigns. Kimberly Jensen, professor of history at Western Oregon University and author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War, traces Lovejoy's accomplishments, from medical service in World War I to directing and expanding the American Women's Hospitals, an international medical relief service for civilians and refugees. As organizer and first president of the Medical Women's International Association, Lovejoy developed an international vision for cooperation among medical women, which continued throughout her life.
Direct download: 20080722_EstherClaysonPohlLovejoyM.D.Lecture.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:18pm PST

Keynote Lecture: A Brief History of Women in Medicine The mark of the woman physician through history has been one of hardship, distinction and accomplishment. Sima Desai, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, highlights the challenges and successes of both the women and the institutions that made a difference for and in medicine. Historically, women held important positions in medicine, and their wisdom and healing were widely sought. When societal norms changed in the 17th and 18th centuries, however, they were driven out of the profession. Hear how they rose to prominence in preventative medicine during the late 1800s, and about the larger inroads made by women in the profession during the 20th century.
Direct download: 20080621_WomeninMedicineKeynote.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:51am PST

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