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Choose Civility Honors MLK Jr Day

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Government | Portland History

Martin Luther King Jr day inspires curiosity in myriad directions.  Dr. King was a prolific writer and thinker and leader, offering many pathways to follow.  In recent years, MLK Jr day has been claimed as a “Day of Service,” inviting us to give our attention to our communities in whatever ways we can.  King’s work for social justice was premised on the ideals of nonviolence, inclusion, and freedom. At times, these values can jostle with each other, can need our attention in different ways as we seek to create and sustain communities which embody the full vision of King and others who led the Civil Rights Movement.

The Choose Civility initiative invites you to consider your most sacred values, your deepest wishes for your community, and your commitment to enact social justice when and where you can.   On Saturday January 24th, we will host our 3rd and final (for this season) “Portland Public Conversation” on the topic Picturing Portland.

We hope that you will make time to join us in this “design-thinking” inspired session which will help us consider how we take our best ideas and bring them to fruition. This will be a highly interactive session!

Although registration is not required, we would love a sense of #s for planning our lunch menu, so please do RSVP if possible, just by sending a quick email to simmons@portlib.org or “join” via facebook.
Here’s a sense of how our time will be spent:
10:00 am Library opens, we will have coffee, treats, and books to peruse
10:30 am Welcome, ice breaker, a bit of information about what we’ve learned from our Choose Civility programs thus far
11:00am The “Head-Heart-Hustle,” facilitated by special guest Sara Shifrin from Gould Academy’s IDEAS center, is designed to help us understand our own commitments, passions and capacity to contribute and to find themes among us that help us consider where we might best “Choose Civility” in 2015
12:00 pm Final thoughts & an invitation to continue participating in Action Groups supported by Lift360
12:30 pm Closing … Lunch will be offered after the formal closing of the program and will allow for more conversation and forming of action groups
We also invite you to browse the Choose Civility collection as well as the wonderful books and films that honor Dr. King’s life, that explore the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s & 60s or that engage us in questions about the status of Civil Rights today.

 

 


Check out Hoopla’s streaming music collection for your New Year’s Eve celebration!

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture

Looking for some tunes to celebrate the New Year? PPL’s got you covered!  Check out these albums from Hoopla and our physical collection, selected by DJ Raminta of InterLibrary Loan.

Southern Funkin’ Soul

 

If you like this try  these suggestions from our physical collection:

James Brown, Foundations of Funk

El Barrio

In Yo’ Face

 I Just Love Jazz Piano

If you like this try:

The Essential Herbie Hancock

The Very Best of Diana Krall

Manhattan Jazz by Dick Hyman

Best of Classic Rock

 

If you like this try:
The Vault Classic Rock

Only Rock n’ Roll

I love the 80s


A Year of Reading.

posted: , by Elizabeth Hartsig
tags: Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture

booksIt’s the end of the year: a time of thinking over what’s gone by, and of all there is to come.

As 2014 comes to a close, we’ve been revisiting the words we loved this year.  Here’s a simple gathering of quotations (whether funny, thoughtful, beautiful, wry, or otherwise) that were enjoyed by a few of our staff members. We hope you’re reading (or listening, audiobook fans!) and loving words too, and that your new year will be as full of wonderful new words and ideas.

 


Fiction


 

atwood

 

“At the outset, Verna had not intended to kill anyone.”

Book: Stone Mattress

Author: Margaret Atwood

-Patti

 

 


 

“I call for help in silence; I make signals with the two arms of my soul, which are softer than algae, not, of course, to some friend firmly planted on the ground, but to a kind of crystallization of the tenderness whose seeming hardness makes me believe in its eternity.”

Book: Our Lady of the Flowers 

Author: Jean Genet  (trans. Bernard Frechtman)

-Hazel


 

bloom

 

“My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.”

Book: Lucky Us

Author: Amy Bloom

-Carrie

 

 


 

“And just as music is the space between notes, just as the stars are beautiful because of the space between them, just as the sun strikes raindrops at a certain angle and throws a prism of color across the sky–so the space where I exist, and want to keep existing, and to be quite frank I hope I die in, is exactly this middle distance: where despair struck pure otherness and created something sublime.”

Book: The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt

-Gail


 

coyote

 

“I want to thank you for coming out of the closet.  Again and again, over and over, for the rest of your life.  At school, at work, at your kid’s daycare, at your brother’s wedding, at the doctor’s office.  Thank you for sideswiping their stereotypes.  I never get the chance to come out of the closet because my closet was always made of glass.”

Book: Missed Her

Author: Ivan E. Coyote

-Emily R


 

jansson

 

“It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It’s as simple as that.”

Book: Fair Play

Author: Tove Jansson

-Brandie

 


 

“Are you really a witch?”

“No,” said the demon. “A witch is just a girl who knows her mind.”

Book: The Bread We Eat in Dreams

Author: Catherynne M. Valente

-Harper

 


 

“For if Jack Buggit could escape from the pickle jar, if a bird with a broken neck could fly away, what else might be possible? Water may be older than light, diamonds crack in hot goat’s blood, mountaintops give off cold fire, forests appear in mid-ocean, it may happen that a crab is caught with the shadow of a hand on its back, and that the wind be imprisoned in a bit of knotted string. And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery.”

Book: The Shipping News

Author: E. Annie Proulx

-Jim

 


 

adichie“If you don’t understand, ask questions.

If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place.

Then listen some more.”

Book: Americanah

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

-Elizabeth

 


 

horvath

 

“We read a lot of books. Children’s books mostly, because they’re always much more truthful than adult books. And much more entertaining,” said Mrs. Bunny.”

Book: Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

Author: Polly Horvath

-Laura

 


Non-Fiction


 

wilson

“We are not predestined to reach any goal, nor are we answerable to any power but our own. Only wisdom based on self-understanding, not piety, will save us.”

Book: The Meaning of Human Existence

Author: E.O. Wilson

-Steve P.

 

 


 

At the age of 19, Patrick Leigh Fermor walked across Europe in 1933-34.  Here he has just entered a barn in Germany where he will spend a snowy winter’s night:

plf“The composite smell of snow, wood, dust, cobwebs, mangolds, beetroots, fodder, cattlecake and cows’ breath was laced with an ammoniac tang from the plip-plop and the splash that sometimes broke the rhythm of the munching and the click of horns.”

Book:  A Time of Gifts

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor

-George

 

 


 

rg

 

“I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all.”

Book: Bad Feminist

Author: Roxanne Gay

-Samantha

 

 

 


 

quiet“That is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why there can never be enough silence around one when one writes, why even night is not night enough.”

Book: Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

Author: Franz Kafka, quoted by Susan Cain

-Cher

 

 


Oh what a pleasant world ‘twould be, 

How easy we’d step thro’ it, 

If all the fools who meant no harm, 

Could manage not to do it!

Author: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917), Irish soldier/poet

-Tom W


 

hall“But now the snowplough’s thunder signals itself, and I watch the revolving yellow light reflect upward into white prodigious air, and hear the great bruising barge roar and rumble past the house as a steel plow swooshes high waves of whiteness up and over the gutter almost to the front of the house, and buries the mailbox.”

Book: Seasons at Eagle Pond

Author: Donald Hall

-Cathy

 


 

becker“This is how a revolution begins.  It begins when someone grows tired of standing idly by, waiting for history’s arc to bend toward justice, and instead decides to give it a swift shove.”

Book: Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality

Author: Jo Becker

-Sage

 

 


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