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'A youth librarian vanishes from the Sellwood Library. Where and why did she go? Find out right here...

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - At right, Brianne Williams, Youth Librarian transferred from Sellwood to the Woodstock Library, is handing Brentwood Darlington resident Mickyla Jackson a personalized bundle of books that Brianne just put together for Jacksons son.When Multnomah County Library Management transferred Brianne Williams from the Sellwood-Moreland Branch to Woodstock this year, she was baffled and heartbroken. She had been Youth Librarian at the Sellwood Branch for fifteen years.

Then she learned that County Library Management had made the decision to eliminate youth librarians in the small branches (Sellwood, Belmont, Fairview, Albina, Northwest).

But Williams is adapting quickly to her new post. In a mid-November e-mail she told THE BEE, "I love the Woodstock library! The staff here are top-notch, and I'm seeing many familiar faces at the door, which is lots of fun. I'm SO looking forward to reopening, but I'm also doing whatever I can to reach out to the community now." 

Regarding when the Multnomah Library System will fully reopen, she adds, "We are actively planning for a phased reopening. We hope to begin reopening the first branches in late January. But it all depends on the course of the epidemic, and county and state guidelines."

Enthusiastic about the Woodstock Library's offerings, she remarks, "So much is going on at the library! We've got lots of virtual programming: Live storytimes, and recorded storytimes in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese. We've got Sensory Storytimes for our friends on the autism spectrum, or with sensory processing issues."

A few of the virtual offerings are learning how to podcast; practicing Tai Chi, on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in ZOOM classes led by popular instructor Mr. Li; practicing the English language; and a discussion series on building bridges through racial justice, as well as a discussion of wellness for the African American community.

 

"For teens, we've got teen councils and classes in 3-D design, and hip hop and wellness."  On Wednesday, November 11th, Williams facilitated the first Tween Social Justice Book Group specifically for middle school students. "Middle school students are so fun to talk to," commented Williams.

Library patrons can arrive at the open front door of the Woodstock Branch all days of the week to pick up materials on hold, or to get personalized bundles for pick up. On the table socially distanced from the front door is a display of fun Grab & Go bundles. Tied together with string are children's picture books organized by subject matter, and bundles of graphic novels or family DVDs, among many other selections. To order a personalized bundle go online – multcolib.org/reading-suggestions

Free wireless printing is also now available to the public – see details at –multcolib.org/mobile-printing And the always-expanding collection of the many popular available e-books and audiobooks can be downloaded or streamed – go to: multcolib.org/e-books-and-more

For full additional library information see: multcolib.org/onlineeventsandclasses  

The Woodstock Library Branch hours are: Monday and Tuesday, noon until 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m.


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