It’s Caturday. Here’s an interesting article from the Huffington Post:
You’re not crazy, your cat is. Why kitties do the weird things they do.
For more information on cat behavior, check out these resources at Multnomah County Library.
Pageturners Book Titles for March
Have you been wanting to join a book group? Are you looking for a good book to read? The Friends sponsors Pageturners, a dynamic series of book discussion groups that meet monthly at every library. See information for dates, times and locations at the Pageturners page.
This month’s titles are:
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World By Lucettte Lagnado (Albina)
The Sisters Brothers By Patrick DeWitt (Belmont)
Last Night I Sang to the Monster By Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Capital Hill)
The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration By Isabel Wilkerson (Central)
Before I Go to Sleep A Novel By S. J. Watson (Fairview)
How It All Began By Penelope Lively (Gregory Heights)
Saturday By Ian McEwan (Gresham)
Saturday By Ian McEwan (Hillsdale, Thursdays)
Snow By Orhan Pamuk (Hillsdale, Tuesdays)
Democracy in America (Volume 1) By Alexis de Tocqueville (Hillsdale, Classics)
State of Wonder By Ann Patchett (Holgate)
Five Quarters of the Orange By Joanne Harris (Hollywood, Tuesdays)
Eating Dirt Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-planting Tribe By Charlotte Gill (Hollywood, Nonfiction)
Notes from Underground By Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Hollywood, Classics)
The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration By Isabel Wilkerson (Kenton)
Tallgrass By Sandra Dallas (Midland, Tuesdays)
The Orchardist A Novel By Amanda Coplin (Midland, Wednesdays)
The Tennis Partner By A. Verghese (North Portland)
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned By Walter Mosley (North Portland, Black Voices)
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald (Northwest)
The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl By Timothy Egan (Rockwood)
Turn of Mind By Alice LaPlante (Sellwood)
Flight Behavior A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver (St. Johns, Tuesdays)
The Island at the Center of the World The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America By Russell Shorto (St. Johns, Wednesdays)
The Hare with Amber Eyes A Hidden Inheritance By Edmund De Waal (Troutdale)
Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston (Woodstock)
Spring Used Book Sale!
It’s that time again. The Friends of Multnomah County Spring Used Book Sale will run from Friday April 11th to Sunday April 13th.
Gresham Station Shopping Center
1271 NW Civic Dr.
Gresham, OR 97030
(Near NW Division St and NW Eastman Parkway)
Members Only Pre-Sale
Friday, April 11, 6 - 9 pm Members Only
Join Friends now or at the door and get admission to the Pre-Sale. Individual: $10; Family: $15
Saturday, April 12, 9 am - 6 pm - Collector’s Corner open
Sunday, April 13, 10 am - 4 pm - 50% discount day
More info available on the Friends website.
The Everybody Reads 2014 selection is My Beloved World by United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Extra copies of the books are now available at all neighborhood libraries and additional e-books are available through Overdrive, thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation.
Sotomayor will speak on Tuesday, March 11, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Due to exciting and unprecedented response to this event, tickets to the live lecture are sold out, but you can still attend a live simulcast of the lecture at the Kridel Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets to the simulcast are $5 and are available for purchase online at the Portland Art Museum Box Office
It’s the perfect day (and month) to revisit our coverage of Ezra Jack Keats’ classic The Snowy Day, which celebrated its 50th anniversary a few years ago. The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott winner, was the first mainstream children’s book to feature a non-caricatured African-American protagonist.
In 2012, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation director Deborah Pope told NPR:
"There was a teacher [who] wrote in to Ezra, saying, ‘The kids in my class, for the first time, are using brown crayons to draw themselves.’ These are African-American children. Before this, they drew themselves with pink crayons. But now, they can see themselves."
You can see the rest of that story (and hear the book read, in its entirety, by Reading Rainbow superstar Levar Burton) here.
(OK, I’m tooting my own horn a little here, because I produced this piece, back in my Weekend All Things Considered days, but come on — LEVAR BURTON! Who, by the way, was one of the most pleasant and delightful people I’ve ever dealt with.)
Love quotes from books:
"No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how." – Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
"I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours." – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” - Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember
“You don’t love somebody because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” - Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
"When we love, we always strive to be better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is war; love is growing up.” - James Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket: Collected Non-fiction, 1948-1985
While plenty of couples are celebrating Valentine’s day, we also celebrate International Book Giving Day on the 14th of February!
International Book Giving Day is an international holiday. In 2013, International Book Giving Day was celebrated by people in Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria. — bookgivingday.com
So there is one more reason to celebrate this season of love! <3
Multnomah County Library has lots of wonderful romance novels to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. The books above are just a few examples of timeless love stories available at the library. Laura Kelly, editor at Reader’s Digest, says “If you like a good love story, books are so much more satisfying than movies. Books take you into the minds of all the characters, where their hopes and dreams will really fire up your own imagination.” But if you are in the mood for a romantic movie, MCL has DVDs as well.