To strengthen our community and create a brighter future for children by expanding Multnomah County Library’s groundbreaking work. We help librarians reach our community’s most vulnerable children and families with life-changing literacy programs and books that reflect our community’s diversity.
Bottom Line for Portland
Last year, our supporters helped Multnomah County Library reach more than 150,000 children and parents. More than 30,000 books in 17 languages went home weekly with children at risk for low literacy. Our programs reached vulnerable families through Head Start, schools, clinics, jails, immigrant programs and neighborhood libraries.
“Our kids get so excited every week when they exchange their library book bag for a new set of books. Children really relate to books in their own language and culture. The librarians do a great job of curating books to reflect the demographics of our community.” —Portland Public Schools kindergarten teacher