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We Stand for Equity and Justice

posted: , by Heather Wasklewicz
tags: Adults | Teens | Discover Portland | Seniors


The Portland Public Library stands in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and those who are working to build systemic change to address racial inequities that demand our attention — as a country, society, and city.

We condemn the recent racist acts against Black people and ongoing racism against all people of color. Hate and violence do not represent our core values and have no place in our community. PPL has taken actions to build equity and understanding in their place by:

  • Creating a dynamic space where all in the community are welcome to pursue their interests and growth
  • Fostering civic-mindedness and engagement through programming, exhibits, and voter initiatives
  • Promoting stories and resources about systemic racism and social equity barriers to build understanding
  • Ensuring access to diverse collections for all ages to help families talk about race, respect, and self-respect

Libraries are unique spaces where we can come together and work to level the playing field so that we are safe and welcoming for all and to ensure respect, to build understanding, and to help create solutions for our community’s greatest needs. At the same time, we at PPL know that we still have work to do to ensure that our own policies, practices, and systems ensure equity. We encourage others who want to learn and grow with us in efforts to eliminate institutional and social racism at all levels.

Today, I am sharing again the commitment PPL made in September 2017, in association with a group of 163 leading urban public libraries:

As leaders of North America’s public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. Our libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic, and transformative library-community partnership. Our library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:

  • Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies, and practices
  • Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion, and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role
  • Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice
  • Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges
  • Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities
  • Libraries are trusted, venerable and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity.

We are proud today to stand with our neighbors, the American Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and the Urban Libraries Council in once again condemning social injustice and racism in all its forms and building better solutions.


Sarah Campbell                 Peter Richardson
Executive Director              President, Board of Trustees




We Are Grateful

posted: , by Heather Wasklewicz
tags: Adults | Parents & Teachers | Discover Portland

Sarah Campbell, Executive Director
Portland Public Library

As your Library, we are grateful for our patrons and our partners with whom we can create conversation, illumination, and togetherness year-round!

How about one of these for your new year’s resolution? Use the Library in a way you’ve never tried!

Want to speak a new language, perhaps with a new neighbor? Try Mango Languages online!

Have you tried e-books and e-audiobooks for adults or Tumble Books for kids?

Check outscience backpack or a telescope for a self-guided adventure!

Learn a new tech tool with our free public computing Technology Tutoring.

Build the community’s environmental resilience by participating in our Sustainability Series (now in its 3rd year)!

Get started on your winning idea in one of our Business Workshops.

Make your next book group easier by checking out a book discussion set (multiple copies of one title in various formats).

All of this is amazing… and free…because of the generous support of our patrons, our neighbors, and our community. We are proud to be your Library where, every day, we share the whole truth … and some fiction!

Meet Jenna: PPL Associate Director

posted: , by Heather Wasklewicz
tags: Adults | Discover Portland
“Portland Public Library has closed the books on another amazing year! With your generous support and donations, we’ve been able to add a variety of titles to our print and digital collections, and our staff and partners have organized countless free events for everyone to enjoy: author talks, concerts, gallery exhibits, film series, and of course story-times, teen activities, business workshops for entrepreneurs, and technology help for all levels. When I glanced back over last year’s event calendars and librarian-curated booklists, I realized I couldn’t pick my own favorites to highlight here – there’s just so much, something for every age and for every interest. Maybe you only drop by at lunch and read the newspaper in the sunny Atrium, take advantage of our fast and upgraded WiFi, or download an audiobook from home for your next road trip. As our new tote bags say No One Beats Our Prices!
We often ask ourselves, ‘who are our patrons, who are we trying to reach?’ And inevitably, our answer is everyone. Because no matter which branch you visit, we’re all part of the same community, and our diversity of people, of materials, and of the experiences we share together, it’s what makes Portland so special. Thank you for ensuring that PPL remains the social, cultural, and civic heart of Portland. Together, we speak volumes! (puns always intended).”
-Jenna Mayotte,
Portland Public Library Associate Director
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