Kwanzaa, new libraries, and Lunar New Year
Kwanzaa, new libraries, and Lunar New Year
January 2023
Author Ruth Ozeki and the book A Tale for the Time Being, link to Everybody Reads
Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being is the Everybody Reads 2023 title. Get your free copy at a neighborhood library, or as an e-book or downloadable audio. Read, reflect and learn together, and join this year’s series of events! Everybody Reads 2023, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.
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Table for Kwanzaa with candles, photos and wooden items, link to article about the history of Kwanzaa at the library
The North Portland Library has been participating in community-wide Kwanzaa celebrations since the early 2000s. Educator Joyce Harris and former North Portland Library Administrator Patricia Welch planned celebrations and developed programming that created a sense of belonging and community.
Over 20 years of celebrations at the library
Drawing of what the new Albina Library will look like with a link to more information about the renovations
Albina Library and North Portland Library are getting exciting upgrades and major expansions beginning Spring 2023. Albina Library will be renovated and expanded. The resulting 30,000 square feet of space will make it one of the largest libraries in the county! North Portland Library will be expanded to house a new Black Culture Center where people can gather. Thanks to community input, the new and updated libraries will have dedicated spaces for children and teens, outdoor seating and flexible program space.
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Child with glasses touching a red lion figure for Lunar New Year, link to article about the year of the Cat and Rabbit
All across Asia, Lunar New Year is a time of appreciation, reflection and celebration with family and friends. At Multnomah County Library, Lunar New Year is a special time for fun and engaging library programs that share the history and traditions of this celebration with the local community.
The year of the Cat and Rabbit

Events & resources

Best Books 2022
Library staff share their favorites

Construction closures
Holgate and Midland

Празднование Нового года
Традиции в русскоязычных странах

Understanding Zen in A Tale for the Time Being
Jan. 14, Dharma Rain Zen Center

Surviving Japanese American Incarceration
Jan. 21, Japanese American Museum of Oregon

All events & classes
Current schedule