Now Hiring Store Assistant

The Friends of the MCL is looking to fill the store assistant position. If you are interested in applying, please read the job description, then send your cover letter and resume to by Tuesday 09/02/14.

Woodstock Pageturner Book Review

Last year, the Woodstock Pageturner group read The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. Read the review written by Judy Irwin, a Pageturner member for over 10 years!

Read 4 Life

A summer reading program that is for adults and sponsored by the Multnomah County Library. 

A Bevy of Book Reviews, Part 3

Searching for your next novel? Check out these book reviews written by Friends volunteers and board members. 

Belmont Pageturners Book Group

Have you been wanting to join a book group? Here are some great reasons why the Pageturners are the best book group in town! 

The Hillsdale Classics Pageturner Group

Recently, the Hillsdale Classics Pageturner group read and discussed The Oresteia, by Aeschylus. Here is a summery of the novel provided by the group. 

Page Turners Book Titles for June 2014

Pagetuners is sponsored by the Friends and happens to be the best book group in town! Check out the titles for June and consider joining a group at your local library. 

Store News

Stop by the Friend of the Multnomah County's store to take advantage of these awesome sales!

2014 Spring Used Book Sale Recap

We had one great, doozy of a Spring Used Book Sale, and so many of you helped to make it an event to remember!

A Bevy of Book Reviews, Part 2

Our board members and store volunteers are a wide-read bunch of book lovers. Here are some reviews of titles they’re passionate about and have found in the store.

Pageturners Book Titles for May

Pagetuners is sponsored by the Friends and happens to be the best book group in town! Check out the titles for May and consider joining a group at your local library. 

A Bevy of Book Reviews, Part 1

Our store volunteers are a wide-read bunch of book lovers! Here are some reviews of titles they’re passionate about!

Featured Artist of the Month: Ursula Barton

Did you know the Friends Store is not just books? We have an assortment of literary-themed gift items, card, totes, and art!

Tales from the Online Book Store, Part 1

The Friends Online Book Store is a trove of “tantalizing and beautiful titles from first edition signed copies to out-of-print treasures.” Sometimes the books we get in have their own stories to tell- aside from the ones printed on its pages!

Inside Wildwood: Fantasy Series Set in Portland

Portland, Rock-n-Roll and literature? Inside Wildwood is on view at Central’s Library Collins Gallery

Pageturners Book Titles for March

Pagetuners is sponsored by the Friends and happens to be the best book group in town! Check out the titles for March and consider joining a group. 

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who....

Take a minute or two to read this riveting book review about Allan Karlsson, who was unable to conform to the rules of an Old Folks' Home, written by the Friends very own, Sandy Barker. 

A New Year, a new look at the world

It is Chinese New Year, at least. Here's a book to inspire you to be your best self for 2014.

Friends Book Sorting Room

Many fun, and sometimes unexpected, items are found mixed in with book donations. The latest find is sure to have you double checking your donation boxes! 

Everybody Reads 2014

January means it’s time for another Everybody Reads!

2013 Year in Review

Hello Friends, it’s been quite a year! Click here to read more about 2013 written by Friends board member, Earl Dizon

From the President

Check out Kirsten's latest words of inspiration.

Know your Friends

Meet our two new hires! Both are sure to be excellent additions to the Friends store and our volunteers.

Friends Fall Frenzy

We at the Friends have been busy with all kinds of events these past few months. We wanted to share our thoughts about Staff Day and Wordstock, but we also want to send a thank you to everyone who made them great successes by joining the Friends or volunteering!

Hello and Goodbye to Some of Our Friends

The past couple months have seen a few staff changes. We would like to take a moment to acknowledge those coming or going, who are dedicated in carrying on the Friends’ mission.

Review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Falling Up at the Friends Annual Book Sale

The annual Fall Used Book Sale was a great success with over $83,000 raised and 247 new member sign ups.

Thanks To Our Media Partners: Oregon Public Broadcasting and Wells Fargo History Museum

We would like to thank our media partners for supporting our Used Book Sale! Take a moment to get to know them!

New this Year - Buy a Chinook Book from the Friends!

Not only do you get the benefit of using or gifting Chinook Book, proceeds from your purchase benefit Friends of the Library and help us support our treasured Multnomah County Library. 

Central’s Centennial Celebrations

Central Library is turning 100 on September and there have been lots of celebratory events leading up to it!

Words of Appreciation

It is with great pleasure that I return, for a second term, as the President of the board of directors for the Friends of the Multnomah County Library. I promise that we will bring you even more events, improved book and store sales, and better support our Multnomah County Library!

Craig Cedros

Book Reviews As the Page Turns »

Something for Everybody

Five great book reviews. Find something for everybody!

MCL Offers Great Audiobooks

About a year ago I had an epiphany: I spend a significant amount of time alone in the car, commuting to and from work, and out and about for activities and errands. I’ve always had trouble reading fast enough to keep up with my interests, and I finally figured out that I could be making my drive time work for me by listening to audiobooks.  Eureka!

Authors Who Touch a Life

Everyone has favorite authors, and favorite books that impact them forever.  You can find some of the books that have impacted my life in our new online book store at

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