You may have read the recent article (“Multnomah County Libraries to Close on Mondays, Reduce Hours due to Budget Cuts”) detailing the
schedule change for Multnomah County libraries. All (yes, all) libraries will be closed on Mondays due to budget issues. The hours at my closest library branch will be reduced to the following:
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
- Thursday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Sunday: noon–5 p.m.
As someone who often escapes my very small house with two young children in the stroller and a full book bag of picture books to exchange for new stories, I can say that these reduced hours are a shame. Early morning library trips have been a source of great pleasure (and relief) for our family, and I can only imagine that other families feel the same way. Where kids are concerned, the library is an amazing source of support. Librarians reach out and visit local preschools for story time, hold weekly story times for neighborhood kids, provide homework help, run a wonderful summer reading program, give resources to parents, and more.
If the library (and equitable access to free resources, knowledge, and enjoyment) is important to you, mark your calendar with one of the following dates when community members are invited to show their support and voice their concerns. These will be community forums for brainstorming solutions and talking about possibilities for the upcoming November ballot. There will also be a public hearing: Community Conversations series and public hearing
. Here are the dates and times from the library website
Community listening sessions
Central Library, July 2, 6 -7:30 p.m.
801 S.W. 10th Ave.
Gresham, July 10, 6 -7:30 p.m.
385 N.W. Miller Ave.
North Portland, July 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
512 N. Killingsworth St.
Hillsdale, July 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
S.W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, July 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
July 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the Multnomah County board room located at 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97214. Public testimony forms may be filled out ahead of time.
Please come out to support your library and the ways libraries have also fought for and represented equity in education, knowledge, and resources for all people.