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Author Mindy Hardwick Muses about Writing

Library Writer’s Project

on August 10, 2021

Every year, Multnomah County Library (Portland, Oregon area) places a call for local writers who would like to see their books added to the library’s collection.

This year, Some Stories Are Not Seen, was selected to be part of the collection.

Some Stories Are Not Seen can be checked out as an ebook from Multnomah County Library’s Overdrive Platform.

My local branch is the Sellwood Branch which is walking distance for me. It’s a pleasant walk. The library is located on 13th Ave and there is a great food cart pod, a couple coffee places, and other small shops on tree lined sidewalks. The neighborhood is filled with craftsman homes, often with gardens in place of the grassy medians, and a sharing corner with a little free library, street mural, and a make-believe play house for kids. The dog and I enjoy many walks and it fills me with creative ideas.

These are some pictures I took this spring on one of the walks with everything in full bloom.

The Sellwood Library has some great history starting with:

In December 1904, twenty-two residents, led by the Rev. D.A. Thompson, met at the Sellwood Presbyterian Church on Spokane St, and organized a Reading Room Association. Accustomed to tithing in church, each pledged $1.00 per month to fund the library.

The library opened on February 10, 1905.

In 1910, library service expanded into the community with a small deposit collection of books placed at a firehouse and another on a ferryboat. Late that summer, a box of 100 discarded books was sent to the Sellwood playground. Another set of 84 books was placed in a street railway company clubhouse.

The Depression strained all of the library collections as people turned to these free resources for both entertainment and information. Circulation at the Sellwood branch shot from 56,763 in 1930 to 70,701 in 1931, with people looking for nonfiction titles. Books on raising poultry, rabbits, bullfrogs and mushrooms on small plots of land were especially popular.

You can read more about the history of the Sellwood Library here.

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