Oregon Carnegie Libraries Challenge

With all the library hopping I’ve been doing over the years, I realized I’ve visited quite a number of Carnegie libraries in Oregon. Originally, there were thirty-two but only eleven are still being used as libraries. While others have been demolished, some have been repurposed. I like it when it becomes that town or city’s historical museum.

I decided recently it might be a fun goal to try and visit the eleven Carnegie libraries in Oregon. It’s definitely a challenge since I don’t drive and most of them are far away. Hopefully, I’ll get to them all by the end of the year.

Here are the ones I’ve visited so far.

North Portland (Portland, Multnomah County Library)

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St. Johns (Portland, Multnomah County Library)

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Oregon City

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Albany

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McMinnville

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Newberg

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Woodburn

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(Updated April 27, 2019)

Hood River

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(Updated June 6, 2019)

The rest I have yet to visit are the ones in Ashland, Enterprise, and Union.

Watch this blog to see if I end up completing this challenge!

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Third Street Books

Sometimes I get it into my head to visit libraries and bookstores that are quite far away and, because I don’t drive, it usually involves me taking multiple public transportation systems.

Today’s Bookish Travels took me to McMinnville, Oregon. (I had actually researched a couple of other places but decided at the last minute to go there instead.) I figured it’ll be work the trip since I can cross off both a bookstore and a library while there.

Travel Time: 120 minutes one-way (not including walking and waiting)
70 minutes from Portland to Hillsboro via light rail
50 minutes from Hillsboro to McMinnville via bus

For the commute, I was finishing listening to Click to Start by Denis Markell; and, I brought along Crooked House by Agatha Christie.

I got to visit Third Street Books. It was quite charming. Very open. And quite a few people coming in and supporting an independent bookstore!

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I couldn’t resist purchasing the Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure. I’m still bummed I didn’t buy the older version before they discontinued it.

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I can’t wait to see where my next Bookish Travel will take me!

To read more of my Bookish Travels in McMinnville, click here.

McMinnville Public Library

Sometimes I get it into my head to visit libraries and bookstores that are quite far away and, because I don’t drive, it usually involves me taking multiple public transportation systems.

Today’s Bookish Travels took me to McMinnville, Oregon. (I had actually researched a couple of other places but decided at the last minute to go there instead.) I figured it’ll be work the trip since I can cross off both a bookstore and a library while there.

Travel Time: 120 minutes one-way (not including walking and waiting)
70 minutes from Portland to Hillsboro via light rail
50 minutes from Hillsboro to McMinnville via bus

For the commute, I was finishing listening to Click to Start by Denis Markell; and, I brought along Crooked House by Agatha Christie.

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I admit a part of me thought I wouldn’t be excited to visit libraries anymore and that I just do it out of an obsessive compulsion. But getting to visit McMinnville Public Library was such a thrill for me! (Fun Fact: It’s one of the few remaining Carnegie libraries in Oregon still being used as a public library.) I loved walking around not knowing where I would end up.

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And they have a beautiful outdoor area adjacent to the city park!

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I even saw their Bookmobile parked and, of course, I wished I was able to go inside!

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And, I also stumbled upon a Little Free Library a few blocks away!

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I can’t wait to see where my next Bookish Travel will take me!

To read more of my Bookish Travels in McMinnville, click here.