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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
10:27 am
Spam is bad for you!
Spam is bad for you!

Sorry it took me a while to deal with that.

I am also sorry this community isn't really active...but I guess it is kind of a niche interest.

Maybe if I mention SNOW, it will get more traffic. Did you know that BOOKS are a great way to deal with SNOW?
Monday, June 1st, 2009
12:27 pm
Good news!
The Title Wave is open for business!
After remodelling, they are open again normally...but still have lots of books left to reshelve.
Monday, July 7th, 2008
9:54 pm
I created a new library related community!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
9:26 pm
library website changes
Did anyone notice?

In your account details- They changed the font and/or size of the text of your items checked out.

Does anyone else go there just about everyday and notice little things like this? I am a library dork.
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
10:20 pm
91-year-old blind, African American author comes to Central Library
My name is Eva Fields and I'm sending this to tell you that my grandma Eva Rutland www.evarutland.com will be signing books in Portland. Mrs. Rutland wrote a memoir entitled "When We Were Colored, a Mother's Story" that tells her story of being a young black mother raising four children in California during the early days of integration of the 1950s and 1960s. Upbeat and funny, she states in her introduction "I was born in the
olden days, when pot was a cooking utensil, webs were for spiders and civil rights were for white folks." She tells stories all mothers can relate to. Stories like taking her four children all under the age of eight to the 5-and-10 (the five and dime) three days before Christmas and 5-year-old Ginger having a break down in the store because she spent all her money and forgot to buy her daddy a present. She peppers her stories with reminders of the special problems that blacks faced. She ends the Christmas story with a lament about having to walk past Woolworths during the Civil Rights era when the store was being picketed for because they would not serve blacks at their lunch counters in the South. She states "but pass it up I did. This was bigger than my pockets. These young people were bigger than me---and I couldn't let them down."

Eva Rutland is now 91-years-old and blind but she continues to write. She has published over 20 novels and is currently working on her sequel to "When We Were Colored," tentatively entitled "Grandma Troubles." She will be signing books and talking about her life on:
Saturday March 15th, 1:00 PM
Central Library - Multnomah County
801 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
9:00 am
Back in November, there was a question about how Library2Go was working for folks. No one commented back then, but now that I've played with it for audio books a little, I thought I'd offer my first impressions.

  1. You have to download their rights-management software.
  2. You can't use it on a Mac.
  3. You can check out/put on hold up to 6 titles at a time. These do not count toward your limit of fifteen holds at MultCoLib. (The Library2Go check-out/hold system is wholly separate from MultCoLib.)
  4. Held materials are held for three or four days. (I forget which, but SHORT.)
  5. Materials checked out to you expire after 10 days, no renewals. (If you want it for another 10 days, you have to re-check it out, and re-download it.)
  6. Some titles are "always available" (no need to wait in a hold line) but checkouts still automatically expire after 10 days.
  7. You can (supposedly) transfer a downloaded book to CDs and DRM-enabled MP3 players.
  8. I don't yet know if the ten-day checkout-duration is somehow enabled on the MP3 players, or if you can store it there for longer.
  9. When you transfer to MP3 player, it transfers in 70-minute files---if you have to stop listening part way through that 70 minutes, you're on your own for picking up where you left off.
  10. If you listen via their rights-management software, you DO get bookmarks within the 70-minute chunks, but they tend to be no more frequent than chapter breaks.

I've had some trouble with porting books to my MP3 player. So far, my player will play the always-available copy of Count of Monte Cristo, but not play the book I had to put on hold and wait for. Quite a lot of the 10-day check-out period has ticked away while I've been screwing around with the MP3 player. (Downloading, reformatting, downloading, re-reformatting, downloading. At one point, tech support's instructions made my MP3 player forget that it was an MP3 player. Joy.)

So far, I'm not particularly impressed. The idea of downloadable media was nice, but it's not implemented in a way that is of much use to me. I don't have the time to listen to an entire book in 10 days; I'm not interested in buying a stock of one-use CDs so that I can burn the books, listen to them at my leisure, and then throw the CDs away; I can't get the books to reliably transfer to my MP3 player.

Frankly, this isn't an improvement over checking out audio CDs and ripping them to my hard drive.

Anyone else had any experience with Library2Go? Did it work out better for you?
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
6:30 pm
Biggest library system?
I have read several places that the Multnomah County Library is the largest library system in the country, by whatever criteria. Is this a true fact, or is this just an urban legend?
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
8:10 am
Has anyone here tried out the Library2Go feature? Did it work well? Do you have any audiobooks on there that you would recommend? Thanks!
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
9:49 pm
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
2:27 pm
Choosing a new branch...
Okay, so, I'm moving this Friday to a new house in NE (near Kennedy School McMenamins). This puts me further from my usual homebase, Central Library. I've checked out what seem to be the closest libraries and have narrowed it down to Albina and North Portland branches. The N Portland branch is 1.7 miles from the new house and Albina is 1.6 miles from it. I have yet to visit either, but wanted to get some perspectives on both from others that have used these branches.

So, what do you think: Albina vs. North Portland?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, July 27th, 2007
5:38 pm
90-year-old blind black female writer is having a booksigning this weekend
My grandma, Eva Rutland www.evarutland.com, just republished her memoir "When We Were Colored, a
Mother's Story." Originally published in 1964, it tells the story of a middle class black woman who grew up in Atlanta, GA before the Second World War, moved West after the war and raised her children in Sacramento, CA in the 1950s and 1960s. It is not the story of lynchings and sit-ins, it's the story of being the first black man in a prominent position previously all-white work place, the first black woman in the PTA, the first black child in the classroom. Grandma wrote the book while her kids were in school and she was worried about her children entering a newly integrated world that was a little scared of black children. In her book, Grandma tried to tell white mothers that her children were no different than their children, just as precious and just a vulnerable and to be nice to them. Eva Rutland is now 90-years-old and blind but she continues to write and has published over 20 novels.

She will be signing books in Portland on:

Saturday July 28th 4:00 PM
Talking Drum Bookstore
446 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-4070

Sunday July 29th 6:30 PM
the Old Oregon Book Store
Located inside the Fine Arts Building
1017 SW Morrison, Ste 414
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 997-1980

Please come. It should be GREAT my grandmother is AMAZING!!!!
7:58 am
Web site problem, Part 2
There is definitely a Web access issue; here's what I got from an expert geek when I made inquiries elsewhere about what I was trying on my end:

Both of the authoritative DNS servers for that domain are down, which means anyone newly trying to lookup the domain multcolib.org will likely fail. Anyone whose own DNS server already has the address for the web server http://www.multcolib.org cached will continue to get through (until their cache expires).

The authoritative servers are:


They need to fix this or they will slowly disappear entirely off the net.

Thursday, July 26th, 2007
4:31 pm
Is it just me....
....or has the library Web site been down hard for most of the afternoon?

[I may have to actually go into the branch to renew stuff tomorrow....]

Current Mood: curious
Monday, July 16th, 2007
3:37 pm
Oh, the irony of it all
If I had renewed my books last night, I could go on renewing them!
But, since I have gotten up to the evil 20 dollar mark, I can no longer do that, and the fines will continue to accumulate.
How did I ever get this many fines, anyway? I guess they add up over the years.
Saturday, April 21st, 2007
3:05 pm
While looking for the book that caused "many sleepless nights" in one Arkansas home, I was amused to find that Multnomah County has a very appropriate number of resources on the subject!

Monday, April 9th, 2007
6:44 pm
If you are the person who stole my wallet...
If you are the person who stole my wallet at Central Library at about 5:45 this afternoon, please read this.
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
2:26 pm
"In Transit" means...
If I put a book on hold, and it is listed as "In Transit", what exactly does that mean?
How long before an "In Transit" book is moved to the holding shelf? Should I go down to the library anyway, and look at it the place where my book should be with big puppy dog eyes until it ready to be picked up?
Monday, February 26th, 2007
4:47 pm
March is usually sale month...
March is usually Sales Month at the Title Wave.

Is everyone prepared?
Friday, February 16th, 2007
2:16 pm
Longest you have been in the library?
How is the longest amount of time you have spent in the library?

Bonus points if you didn't mean to be there, but just wandered in!

And, which library was it?
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
12:48 pm
how early do they order known-to-be-wanted books for the library?
Probably a stupid question, but....
Anyone know how long from time where title of a book and it's release date is known before they put a record in for a book so we can start placing holds?

They announced the release date for the next Harry Potter book today. (July 21)
I'm not finding the title in the lookup, but last time I was able to get in early enough to get to read the library copy at the same time as all my geeky friends that stood in line to get their copies on release night.

And yes, I do realize this doesn't make me less of a nerd, but at least my copy was free ;)
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