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The Skanner staff
Published: 20 April 2019

PORTLAND, ;Ore. Multnomah County Library and local partner Ooligan Press have brought a Portland author’s novel to the printed page in a first for the library.

The Gifts We Keep by Katie Grindeland was first added to the library’s collection as an e-book as part of the Library Writers Project in 2016.

The Gifts We Keep is the story of a family struggling with its past. It quickly became one of the most popular titles offered through the Library Writers Project and is available for loan through Multnomah County Library. It is also now for sale at select bookstores.

The Library Writers Project began in 2015 as a way to showcase and support local writers and bolster the library’s collection of e-book titles. 

Since the effort began, the library has received more than 300 submissions and included 88 new e-books in its collection, which have been checked out more than 15,000 times. To date, those authors’ exposure has been limited to e-book readers.

"Without this program through Multnomah County Library, my book would still be sitting at home in a binder somewhere," said author Katie Grindeland.

"I think there are probably a number of writers who, for whatever reason, haven't been able to get their work into the
world, and this program helps bridge the gap between enthusiastic writers and willing readers.

"The reception to my work has been extremely validating, and I'm exceptionally grateful for this opportunity."

Now in its fourth year, the Library Writers Project has been recognized by the Urban Libraries Council for its innovative approach to enhancing the library’s collection.

Ooligan Press Publisher Abbey Gaterud said:

“This partnership is a great example of what local partnerships can bring the literary community—local author, local library, local publisher,” said .

“It's hard for first-time authors to break through to a wider audience, so we're proud to be a springboard for Multnomah County authors to find more fans and to engage with readers beyond the library's reach."

The library will accept new submissions to the Library Writers Project next fall through three electronic self-publishing platforms:
Smashwords, Kobo Writing Life and Draft2Digital .

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