It's Here! Hot off the presses!
Did you ever wonder about the history of Independence's Independence Day celebration? It's in this issue. Also featured is part two of "Independence and its pilots," by Dave Martin.
Fizz Boom Read! The Independence Public Library will offer summer reading games for all ages, babies through adults with lots of fun and prizes! Sign-ups begin June 6th. Reading games will run through the end of August. Check the calendar for a full details of upcoming programs, or download printable .pdfs below.
The Independence Public Library is participating in a three year pilot project to expand your access to Oregon libraries. Your library card is your passport to libraries across Oregon. Do you have a summer home? Visit relatives or work in another county? Now you may be able obtain a library card for that library and use it like your own. Check the web site librariesoforegon.org/passport to see which Oregon libraries are participating.
Popular Magazines: Search for and read articles online from magazines like Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, US News and World Report, Vogue, Fortune, Business Week, National Review, Cosmopolitan, and archived articles from NPR Special Coverage.
Virtual Reference: A collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
InfoTrac Newsstand: Search newspaper articles instantly by title, headline, date, or newspaper section -- one-stop source for the day's news and searchable archives. A collection of more than 1,000 newspapers with more popular titles going back to 1980.
Oregonian: Oregon news from The Oregonian's website. Everything from late-breaking news to articles going back five years -- your primary news source for local news in Oregon.
Oregon Newspapers: Links to local newspapers throughout Oregon, from Albany's Democrat Herald to Woodburn's Independent.
General OneFile: Search general topics with this collection of over 6,500 publications with full-text articles, over 124,000 NPR audio files complete with broadcast transcripts, Fodor’s travel guides, links to over 5,000 video files including shows like the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, NRO TV and Meet the Press and over 3,000 other magazines.
Learning Express Library: Online Testing, Skills-Building, and Career Development Tools for All Ages. Interactive online learning site featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification/licensing exam preparation, college and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation.
Karin Johnson has served as the City Recorder for Independence since May, 2000. Previously, she served as City Recorder/Treasurer for the city of Amity and as an office manager/bookkeeper in the private sector. Ms. Johnson is an active member of the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR), and served as President of the association in 2010-11. In March, 2009, Ms. Johnson earned the Master Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
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I am extremely proud to be able to serve the needs of this historically rich and diverse community since August 2010. I am particularly proud that I was able to be a part of the team that won the All America City Award for this truly deserving City! It was the highlight of my professional career and frankly left me a little wet-eyed during the presentation from our incredible contingent of volunteers.
For more information, click on the following link to see a summary of the City's winning presentation (as well as the other Cities that won) http://www.allamericacityaward.com/2014-all-america-cities-summaries/. One thing that has become very clear to me is that City residents have much to be proud of with an engaged Mayor and City Council, high quality public services and a wonderful Civic Center that welcomes all!
Please explore these web pages on the City's new site. We hope you will find them packed with useful information about our community. Our Facebook site is a dynamic location to learn what is going on, what we are thinking and an opportunity for you to comment on many matters.