Archive | June, 2013

Summer Reading 2013

11 Jun


Pretty soon the lazy days of summer will be upon you and what better way to spend a sunny Portland day (or perhaps even the occasional rainy one) than by reading a great book? I’ve compiled the various compilations of recommended summer reading & you’re bound to find a book (or five):

Publisher’s Weekly offers up reviews of their top ten summer reads with topics ranging from a New York detective story to lost love in Ireland,  mermaid visions and a re-telling of One Thousand and One Nights.

Goodreads wins the “longest list” category (28,000+) of members’ popular summer read picks.

NPR has an entire section dedicated to summer reading as well as their top five teen reads.

Fiction and non-fiction, old and new – Slate’s summer reading list for 2013 has it all.

The LA Times recommends 165 different titles so there’s sure to be something there for every type of reader.

Beaverton City Library has booklists just for teens & if you liked Percy Jackson or The Hunger Games, they’ve got recommendations for you.

Speaking of libraries, our very own Multnomah County Library turns reading into a game for all to play & hey, prizes!

All in all, this should be a great summer for reading.

What books do you recommend to your fellow Cardinal? Let us know in the comments.

Closing for the Summer

11 Jun

Hey Cardinals,

Today’s the last day for the Writing Center so if you need some last minute writing help, come on in!

I’ll be in the library until 4:30p today.

What’s Your Summer Story?

7 Jun

summer story


We all know that Portland is a city of readers, right? Well, we’ve also got a number of famous writers that make or have made the City of Roses their home.  There’s even a former Lincoln Cardinal on that list!

Want to add your own name to that list? Consider taking one of the many writing programs/workshops that are offered in the summer.

* Lewis & Clark offers the “The Fir Acres Workshop in Writing and Thinking”  from June 30-July 12. “Since the summer of 1989, Fir Acres has been a place where, as E.B. White puts it, the ‘self escapes into the open,’ where all of us follow our written language in order to hear our voices anew.”

* The Attic Institute offers a summer writing camp where “students…will meet eight times to work on personal narrative, fantasy, fiction, essays, poetry, and any other type of writing they wish. Writers will be heavily engaged in peer critiques, feedback, and revision.”  “Writing from the Wilds will give young writers an opportunity to renew their creative energy during mid-summer as they explore craft, narrative voice, story structure…This three-day writing camp takes place in the beautiful Opal Creek Wilderness, and is in collaboration with the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.” Check out both programs here.

* PCC offers a summer teen program – check out their schedule of writing classes.

* “show:tell, the Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists, is a nine-day seminar in which high school students (ages 14 to 18) receive college-level instruction in creative writing and contemporary arts.”

Do you know of any other teen writing programs happening this summer? If so, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

Volunteer this Summer

4 Jun

Hey Cardinals,

Summer is fast approaching! I’m sure you’re already swamped with college prep, IB Extended Essay writing, working, or just plain having fun, but please consider giving back to your community this summer. Not only will you be helping those in your community and adding vital experience to your resume and life, you’ll also feel great about giving back.


Here are some opportunities to flex your education & literacy muscles:


Friends of the Multnomah County Library

We Love Our Libraries!

Do you want to give your time back to your community and love the library? Do you have retail, library, book selling, or customer service experience? If so – The Friends of the Multnomah County Library may be the volunteer team for you.

As a volunteer store clerk your primary duties are customer service, gift, and used book sales. All volunteers help to maintain the store through light housekeeping, merchandising and assisting with special projects as needed. We also expect you to promote memberships and special events organized by the Friends of the Library. We will provide you with the training and support that you need to be successful.

We are recruiting for weekday and weekend shift times as available. We ask for a six month commitment and, because our volunteers are a vital part of our organization, a commitment to give two weeks notice when exiting FOL volunteer service.

For more information visit us at


Oregon Mentors

Do you remember when you knew a job, college or other career training was an option for you? Imagine being the person who introduces a child to more possibilities. That’s what a mentor can do.

If you’re interested volunteering as a mentor, you can find a mentoring program in your community by going to to search our database for a program that matches your interests and availability. There are hundreds of ways to mentor youth throughout the state, so find the place that’s right for you.


Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Help your community, wildlife, and the environment!

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young people (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999.

Here’s how to become an official Apprentice Ecologist:

  1. Conduct your own local environmental stewardship project.
  2. Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
  3. Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
  4. Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.

After uploading your project photo and essay, we will publish your work on our Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists and provide links to download an official Certificate of Achievement and an Apprentice Ecologist heat transfer (for T-shirt). An NWP tote bag (made with organic cotton) will be awarded to the authors of the 10 best essays on an annual basis. School groups, especially those working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, are highly encouraged to participate.

Three scholarships totaling $850 will be awarded annually to the authors of the top Apprentice Ecologist essays.


International Reptile Rescue

Seeking volunteers for all aspects of our Organization.

1. Fundraising and grant writing

2. Office and bookkeeping.

3. Doing outreach Educational Reptile Presentations in the community.

4. Social media, website and blog monitoring and updates.

5. Reptile fostering.

6. Assisting with rescues.


Impact NW

Impact NW is looking for volunteers to coordinate and lead fun group activities for low income children at the Richmond Place housing site. Come in for one afternoon each week to engage with our families, encourage them to learn and have a blast in the process!

Apply online at or call 503-988-6887 x268.


Impact NW

Gain classroom experience teaching elementary school children this summer! Impact NW is recruiting volunteer instructors to teach reading, writing, math, science, and many other subjects to students at Buckman SUN.


  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • 18 years old
  • Able to effectively communicate with students and staff
  • Experience working with students or in a classroom a plus, but not mandatory
  • Enjoy messy art and outdoor projects. We spend some time in hot summer weather with students.

Schedule & Commitment:

Commit to a set day and time between June 17 – August 2, 2013, 9 am – 1 pm OR 12 pm – 4 pm:

  • June 17 – 21 – Do It Yourself Science (assist with science experiments)
  • June 24 – 28 – Fitness, Food & You (be active and work with students in our community garden)
  • July 9 – 19 -Peter Pan Drama Camp (acting, drama, set design experience a huge plus!)
  • July 29 – August 2 – SUN Summer Academy, Moving Mountains (tutor students)

To apply, complete an online application here:

For more information visit or call 503-988-6887 x268.



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