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William Stafford Birthday Celebration 2013

Join us for our 13th annual celebration of the work of Oregon's most famous and beloved poet, William Stafford. Born in 1914, Stafford was a celebrated poet, teacher, mentor, and champion of free speech and thought. He was a professor at Lewis and Clark College, received the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark in 1963, was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (1970-71), and served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 1975.  A conscientious objector during World War II, Stafford died in 1993.

The program is hosted by Joseph A. Soldati, poet, long-time member of Friends of William Stafford and former chair of its board of trustees.  He is the author of four poetry books, including most recently the chapbook, On Account of Darkness. 

Recorded live at Central Library: January 27, 2013

Participants in this year's celebration include:

Greta Blalock is the Port of Portland Art Program Coordinator, working with local and regional visual artists and musicians to create pockets of serenity within the bustling airport environment.

A. Molotkov is a writer, composer, filmmaker and visual artist who emigrated to the U.S in 1990. His award-winning work includes the 2011 Boone’s Dock Press poetry chapbook contest for his True Stories from the Future.

Penelope Scambly Schott is a poet whose verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth received an Oregon Book Award for Poetry. She teaches an annual poetry workshop in Dufur, Oregon, and her new chapbook Lovesong for Dufur is forthcoming from Windfall Press. 

Scot Siegel, a town-planning consultant from Lake Oswego, is a former Friends of William Stafford board member. His most recent book isThousands Flee California Wildflowers.

Laura D. Weeks is an editor, translator, consecutive interpreter, and the founder of Weeks’ Wunderkinder Piano Studio. She is the author of two chapbooks, Deaf Man Talking and The Mad Woman.

Wendy Willis is the Executive Director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national organization devoted to improving democratic governance. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was recently published.

Direct download: Wm_Stafford_Birthday_Celebration_20130127.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:39pm PDT

In this special presentation, the Venerable Geshe Tenphel from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery will describe the history and meaning of the sand mandala within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The six monks creating the mandala are on their first visit to the western world, and Geshela will share what they hope to accomplish by creating this ancient and unique piece of artwork. He will speak about how a healthy attitude about everyday living can lead to a contented and happy life. As more people experience love and compassion, we will create peaceful communities, and ultimately a peaceful world. This event is part of the week-long creation of the sand mandala in the Collins Gallery in December 2012.

Recorded at Central Library: December 14, 2012

Most of the Tibetan words spoken by the Venerable Geshe Tenphel have been removed. The English translation remains.

Direct download: 20121214_MCLMandala.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:48pm PDT

Go Ahead, Make My Day! Criticize Me! with Philip Mandel

Speaker: Philip Mandel

Go Ahead, Make My Day! Criticize Me! with Philip Mandel. One of the toughest things we deal with is criticism from others. Learn how to easily de-escalate any comment or critical self-talk in order to hear something of value in the criticism.

Cosponsored by Portland Community College, these free programs help you develop and increase your professional skills.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 25, 2012

Direct download: 20121025_BrownBag_Criticize_Me.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 4:15pm PDT

Conflict Ain’t So Bad: A New Way at Looking at Discord with Chris Sheesley

Speaker: Chris Sheesley

Conflict Ain’t So Bad: A New Way at Looking at Discord with Chris Sheesley. Examine any part of your life and you will find conflict. This presentation will help you develop a more constructive outlook on this phenomenon.

Cosponsored by Portland Community College, these free programs help you develop and increase your professional skills.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 18, 2012

Direct download: 20121018_BrownBag_Conflict_Aint_So_Bad.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:35pm PDT

Feeling Stuck in Your Job? with Kirsten Meneghello

Feeling Stuck in Your Job? Learn Three Keys to Freedom with Kirsten Meneghello. Discover what may be blocking you from finding fulfillment in your job or career: not knowing what you want, an identity that is wrapped up in your job, and/or some beliefs that may be holding you back.

Cosponsored by Portland Community College, these free programs help you develop and increase your professional skills.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 11, 2012

Direct download: 20121011_BrownBag_Feeling_Stuck_in_Your_Job.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 10:30am PDT

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? with Jennifer Anderson

Speaker: Jennifer Anderson

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? with Jennifer Anderson. It’s never too late to start again. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or a new purpose, you’ll find tools to help you find the perfect career position for this time of your life.

Cosponsored by Portland Community College, these free programs help you develop and increase your professional skills.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 4, 2012

Direct download: 20121004_BrownBag_When_You_Grow_Up.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 4:43pm PDT

Wordstock at the Library

Join Wordstock and the Multnomah County Library for a festival “sneak-peek” event at the Central Library.  Portland-based festival authors will read climactic scenes from their newest books; featuring Evan P. Schneider, Jerry McGill and Alexis Smith.

Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me by Jerry McGill

A Simple Machine, Like the Lever: A Novel by Evan P. Schneider

Glaciers: A Novel by Alexis Smith

Recorded live at Central Library: October 10, 2012

Direct download: 20121009_Wordstock2012_writers.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:20pm PDT

Cafe Banned: Accessing e-books through your library

Speakers: Vailey Oehlke, Molly Raphael, Greg Williams and Brandon Barnett (moderator)

Electronic books are changing the world in unexpected and disconcerting ways for authors, publishers, libraries and readers.  In the last several years, libraries have experienced significant barriers that make it hard or even impossible to provide e-books to library users -- including barriers that have been purposely erected to shut libraries and library patrons out.  Our panel of experts will explain the barriers to e-book access in libraries that exist today, and tell you what we're doing to make sure that you'll have access to e-books from your library now and in the future.

 

Panelists:  Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Director of Libraries, member of ALA E-Content Working Group; Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President, American Library Association (ALA) and former Multnomah County Library Director; Greg Williams, Librarian, West Linn Public Library and Vice-chair, Oregon Digital Library Consortium (Library 2Go); Bart King, local author of An Architectural Guide to Portland, The Big Book of Boy Stuff and several other non-fiction works.

Recorded live at Central Library: September 30, 2012

 

Direct download: 20120930_CafeBanned2012.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 12:03pm PDT

The Science of Being Happy and Productive, with Scott Crabtree

Speaker: Scott Crabtree

Everyone can act on these steps -- grounded in solid scientific data -- to be happier on the job. Studies show that happier people are healthier and more productive, creative, insightful, engaged and resilient!

Cosponsored by Portland Community College, these free programs help you develop and increase your professional skills.

Recorded live at Central Library: September 27, 2012

Direct download: 20120927_BrownBag__Crabtree.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 4:20pm PDT

We'll Never Have Paris; Zinesters Talking 2012

The Eigth Annual Zinesters TalkingFeatured the release of the print-only, small press literary journal We'll Never Have Paris. Speakers included Gabby Holden (My Time at Fabric Depot), editor Andria Alefhi, Jaime Borschuk, Bob Soper, Seth Kaplan and Martha Grover (One More for the People)

Recorded live at Central Library U.S. Bankroom, September 4, 2012

Audience: Adult Programming

Direct download: 20120904_MCLWellNeverhaveParisCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 1:32pm PDT