Adult Programs

How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Available eBook and audiobook from Library2go
or place a hold from the Sage Library System

Anti-Racism Book Club
Friday, July 24, 2020, 12 PM
Join Zoom Meeting

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Adult Summer Reading

Adults can participate in summer reading weekly by reading or listening to a book and then filling out this form to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to a local business.


Book Club [Zoom]Thursday, July 9, 4:30 p.m.
This month we will be discussing The Road by Cormac Mccarthy. Always Available eBook from Library2go

Anti-Racism Book Club and Discussion Group [Zoom]
Friday, July 24, 12 p.m. and Friday, August 21, 12 p.m.
Each month, the group will read and discuss a book to learn about anti-racism. The book for July is How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and the book for August is Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

Letters to Local Seniors in Partnership with Hearts of Hospice
Many seniors living in assisted living and care facilities are in isolation without their usual visits from friends, family and community service workers. Patrons can support local seniors by writing letters. Patrons can contact for details.

People have been addressing correspondence to “A friend I haven’t met yet” or “Dear Community Member”. A simple message about your day, description of the flowers you see outside your window, or a hopeful word are all that is needed. Children’s drawings or writing are most appreciated. Rheva Wren, who created the program, said, “It’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. The cards and letters from the community members are so welcome at the care facilities. it’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. The cards and letters from community members are so welcome at care facilities!

Senior Letter Instruction:

  1. Write an email to providing
    1. Your name
    2. Quantity of cards you would like
    3. When you would like to pick up cards from the library
    4. Pick them up using our curbside service 
  2. Write the cards and return them in the library’s book drop (can be rubber banded together or placed in larger envelope).
    1. People have been addressing correspondence to “A friend I haven’t met yet” or “Dear Community Member”. A simple message about your day, description of the flowers you see outside your window, or a hopeful word are all that is needed. Children’s drawings are most appreciated.  
    2.  ~Don’t lick the envelope 
    3. ~Please wait to write if you are currently feeling ill 
  3. If you prefer to type a letter, email the letter to and she will print out and deliver.
  4. Letters will be delivered to the Senior Centers by Rheva Wren from Hearts of Hospice.
  5. Please share with anyone else who might be interested, so far they have only been able to be delivered to those having a bad day and the hope is to get letters to all the people at the Senior centers.

Bilingual Conversation Series: Wednesdays in June at 12 p.m.

Join us via Zoom for our Bilingual Conversations series! All skill levels are welcomed to join.

Acompañanos a través de Zoom para nuestra serie de Conversaciones Bilingüe! Todos los niveles de habilidad son bienvenidos.

Hood River County Library District Resources

 All of these sites may be accessed for free via the links below.

eBooks and Audiobooks…

Library2Go Oregon Digital Library Consortium

Your Hood River County Library District card gives you free access to thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks for all ages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit ebooks and audiobook page for detailed instructions.

When logging in, select from the library drop down menu:  LEO Listens – Libraries of Eastern Oregon

Audiobooks for all ages

AudioBookCloud: Your Online Audio Library – is an online audio book library collection. Enjoy unlimited streaming access to the entire collection. No downloads. No software. No holds. No waiting periods. Unlimited access to all the books, all the time. Just click and listen.



Enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and more for free! Don’t have a card? Sign up for your online card here. (10 per month; Kids Kanopy – fun for all ages – has unlimited viewings)

Learning Resources…

Learning Express Library

Find video courses, tests, eBooks and more to earn your GED, prepare for college admission tests, achieve your career goals, learn computer skills and many others.


Want a fun and free way to learn any of 163 languages with personalized courses, movies, music, and more? Pronunciator also includes a new COVID-19 language course in 101 languages!

Web Resources

 Genealogy Resources

A collection of online resources for people researching relatives in Hood River County.

Historic Hood River

Photoblog of digitized photographs from the History Museum of Hood River County

Historic Oregon Newspapers

Digitized newspapers from the University of Oregon’s Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Includes The Dalles Chronicle up through 1922, several Portland-area newspapers, and soon several Hood River County newspapers.

How to spot fake news – Coronavirus edition

There is a lot of information about the current situation being shared. Some of it’s right, some of it’s changed and some is just fake. Learn ways to identify what is good information and what shouldn’t be trusted.

Mental Health in the Time of Social Distancing

Partners in Health has worked in epidemics and outbreaks around the world and has put together lessons learned about how to take care of yourself during times of isolation and worry.