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Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries Podcasts

Listen to teen book discussions, library performances, oral histories from local immigrants and the history of the library from some of its founders. 

  • The Chowder Chat with the Teen Library Council, where they share their views on pop culture, literary news and more! 

  • Founders' Oral History - Travel back in time to the early days of the library's founding. Listen as these community activists share their memories of the grassroots movement that resulted in today's Cedar Mill Community Library.
  • Community Oral History - In 2009, in honor of Oregon's sesquicentennial, we recorded 14 interviews with local immigrants and descendents of immigrants to illustrate the importance of immigration on our community. More interviews were added in 2011. This Oral History Project was done with the help of Matt Hiefield and his history students at Sunset High School. More information...

Dec 29, 2010

A Canadian immigrant of Polish heritage, Chris Gniewosz discusses his family's flight from Poland after World War II and their efforts to settle in Portland, Oregon.  As part of Oregon's sesquicentennial, Cedar Mill Community Library recorded interviews with local immigrants to learn about their experiences coming to...


Dec 29, 2010

Elin Helene Simmons tells of her parents, who immigrated from Sweden and Norway to the US.  She discusses her family and the differences between her parents' home countries and the US.  As part of Oregon's sesquicentennial, Cedar Mill Community Library recorded interviews with local immigrants to learn about their...


Dec 29, 2010

Chann Noun is a local immigrant from Cambodia.  He struggled under the Khmer Rouge regime and for 4 years in a refugee camp before he was able to come to the US.  As part of Oregon's sesquicentennial, Cedar Mill Community Library recorded interviews with local immigrants to learn about their experiences coming to and...


Dec 29, 2010

Julie Dennis tells us the story of her father-in-law, Hank Dennis, who immigrated to the US from Poland as a 12 year old boy.  In February and March of 2009, local immigrants or descendants of local immigrants met with Sunset High School students to discuss what it is like to be an immigrant in Oregon.  We...


Dec 28, 2010

Eva-Marie Muecke left her small village in West Germany at the age of 17 to enter the hotel business, which eventually brought her to California where she started her college career.  She now teaches biology and zoology.  In February and March of 2009, local immigrants or descendants of local immigrants met with...