Local Options for Supporting Winter Wellness

By Monique Gaskins

Cheers to 2021!

We are unquestionably in the middle of winter and experiencing shorter days and chillier weather. When the days get darker, I try to remember to treat myself to something nice. Luckily, there are lots of options to support your winter cheer without having to leave the neighborhood.

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Albina Library Moves Back to Eliot Neighborhood

Multnomah County Library has declined to renew the lease for the current Albina Library location at 3605 NE 15th Ave. On July 1, the library will relocate back to its former location at 216 NE Knott St into a larger, historic Carnegie library building that currently serves as Title Wave Used Bookstore.

Title Wave Bookstore where the Albina library will relocate back to. This was the original location for this library branch.

This is unexpected and due to be a loss to many who have relied on the library in its current location. However, Eliot residents will probably be happy to have the library return to our neighborhood.  Relocating any neighborhood’s library was not a decision that the Multnomah County Library staff took lightly. As Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, stated in her letter to library patrons recently, “A variety of factors contributed to our decision, including this pandemic, which has caused us to make difficult choices and think in new ways about how the library can serve the community.”

Albina Library is the smallest branch in the Multnomah County Library system. Its current location is just 3,500 square feet. It doesn’t even have a public meeting room. The small space would not accommodate  physical distancing which may be a necessary precaution for the foreseeable future. Therefore it would be likely that the space would allow only sidewalk service. However, the new location on Knott Street is about 2,000 square feet larger.

“The library’s lease of Albina Library expires on June 1, 2020. A three-year renewal would cost more than $260,000. As a steward of public resources, the library can’t justify that expenditure, when a suitable and larger option exists nearby that is already owned by the library,” stated Oehlke.

The new library will be 1.1 miles closer and easily accessible to both Eliot residents as well as not to far from the residents that were used to the Fremont and NE 15th Avenue location. The staff is working hard on getting the inventory relocated. If you have an item currently on hold at Albina Library the library will notify you about holds and pickups.

For information about the phased reopening plan, an FAQ and instructions for using the holds pickup service at other locations, please visit multcolib.org/covid19.

Title Wave Used Bookstore

Entrance to Title Wave Bookstore
Title Wave Used Bookstore

A series of posts about places where you can buy, borrow or donate books in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

On Knott Street, in what used to be the Albina Library back in 1912, sits The Title Wave Used Bookstore.  In 1988 Title Wave opened its doors selling discard books from Multnomah County Library’s collection. With an ever-changing inventory, there are 20,000 used books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and magazines to browse through.  With bargain prices that start at $2 for hardback novels and some items only setting you back $.25, anyone can find something that they need to complement their home library or to satisfy that literary fix.  They have great selection of children’s book as well as large print items.  As an added bonus, all educators receive a 25 percent discount every day by just presenting a valid educator ID. If those prices aren’t enough of an enticement, there are special markdowns every Wednesday.  All proceeds go back to the Multnomah County Library.

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The Albina Library

A series of posts about places where you can buy, borrow or donate books in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

The Multnomah County Library has many branches but the closest one to our neighborhood is the Albina Library located on NE 15th Avenue  just north of Fremont next to Whole Foods.  Besides having a large assortment of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and even eBooks to loan, there are many events and classes for all ages. It also has an interesting past.

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