Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Taking the Stairs with Laura Foster

Portland’s walking expert Laura Foster has recently released her latest book, "The Portland Stairs Book: Walks, Views, Stories." Join the author as she shares with you the best and most interesting staircases in Portland. Covering 207 staircases (and 10,155 steps), Foster’s journey combines geology, architecture, history and horticulture to tell the amazing stories of twenty outdoor staircases.  The stairs include the Willamette River Bridge Stairs, The Westover Terraces Steps and Rocky Butte’s Grand Staircase.  Presented at Hollywood Library January 23, 2011.
More information about Laura Foster can be found on her website at:

Direct download: 20110123MCL_Writers_LauraFosterHwd.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 11:32am PST

Mediating Conflicts in Your Life with Tsipora Dimant

Discover the roots of conflict and the mediation skills needed to find effective solutions. Learn how to have discussions that are balanced, direct and fair.

Recorded: February 3, 2011

Direct download: 20110203_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 5:07pm PST

Strategies for Embracing Change with Cheryl Hinerman

Change isn't always about completely letting go of the old. The best changes blend your history and core values with a new focus to move forward. Explore strategies to help you plan for change.

Recorded: January 27, 2011

Direct download: 20110127_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 4:26pm PST

Le Cheap, C'est Chic

Budget living without feeling the pinch: Chelsea Baker (Olympia) presents Cheap Cookin': A Beginners Guide to Affordable Cooking and Raleigh Briggs (Seattle) shows how to Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills.

Recorded: September 7, 2010

Direct download: 20100907_MCLZT_LeCheapCestChic.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 9:02am PST

Taking Your Retirement Distributions

Are you ready to start dipping into your retirement funds?  You worked a long time to build that nest egg, so you'll want to minimize the tax impact and know the rules to consider.  A certified public accountant from the Oregon Society of CPAs will walk you through different scenarios for taking distributions from 401k and IRA accounts, and will also touch on social security benefits and pension and annuity income.


Speaker: Selene Peterson, Oregon Society of CPA's


Recorded: January 12, 2011

Direct download: 20110112_MCL_FinancialLiteracyPeterson.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 9:23am PST

Seeking Better Interactions with Sally Rhys

Want the secret to getting along better with people very different from you? Join speaker Sally Rhys for a short survey and short lecture, followed by tips to have more satifying interactions with others.

Recorded at Central Library: January 20, 2011.


Direct download: 20110120_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 2:20pm PST

Shug by Jenny Han (Booktalk)

Shug by Jenny Han

Annemarie Wilcox - known to her family as Shug - knows that being twelve is not so easy, especially when your best friend is acting strange, your parents are fighting and your mother is drinking too much.

Audience: Grades 6-8

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Shug.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:19pm PST

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park (Booktalk)

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

Mick Harte was the coolest brother anyone could ever have, but he's dead now. Dead and gone, and his sister Phoebe still can't believe it really happened.

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Mick_Harte_Was_Here.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:11pm PST

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Booktalk)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is about to learn a lot more about his family history. Boring old family photos? No, action-packed adventure with enough twists and turns to kill a mere mortal. What happens when the gods of Ancient Greece turn up in Manhattan?
This is the first book in the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.


Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Lightning_Thief.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret (Booktalk)

The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret

Author Peg Kehret is known for writing action-packed mysteries set in Oregon and Washington. Elementary and middle school students will want to see what happens when Josh digs up an old grave.

Audience: Elementary and middle school students


Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Ghosts_Grave.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:46pm PST