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MORE THAN BOOKS AND BUILDINGS

Diverse books

Building a lifelong enthusiasm for reading is rooted in connection. Children search for themselves in books, in the physical and emotional attributes of characters, in the languages and customs that are familiar, and in families that resemble their own. As they pour over the pages of a book, children can also learn about languages and cultures other than their own.

This year, The Library Foundation will help the library purchase nearly 10,000 diverse books. Multnomah County Library's children's literacy specialists are searching worldwide for high quality, culturally appropriate children's books, created by diverse authors and illustrators. Librarians use these books to connect with families, encouraging them to visit the library and take advantage of all that Multnomah County Library has to offer.

RUDINE SIMS BISHOP, PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION

“When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.”