Friday, November 13, 2015

Oregon Blue Book in Bellview library

Oregon Blue Book almanac and fact book for 2015-2016, standing upright in a wire stand on a library counter
New in Reference, for use in Bellview library, the Oregon Blue Book almanac and fact book is a great official source for looking up information about Oregon economy and government.

The Oregon Blue Book has been published regularly for more than 100 years, according to an introduction by Kate Brown, secretary of state at the time of publication (sworn in as Oregon’s governor after the Blue Book went to press).

The 2015-2016 edition was donated to Bellview library compliments of the Oregon Secretary of State. Its web version can be visited at​.

In her letter, Governor Brown highlights a couple of interesting features about this year’s edition of the Blue Book. Its cover art features Lithia Park in Ashland, taken by photographer Ted Demetriades. This is an especially big deal, because Jackson County was previously unrepresented in Oregon Blue Book cover art.

This year’s edition also features winning and honorable-mention essays in a school children’s essay contest in which students were asked to write about why they like living in Oregon.

The Oregon Blue Book is sure to be an authoritative source for a variety of research projects. I hope students and staff share my appreciation and gratitude to the Oregon Secretary of State for generously donating this year’s edition to Bellview library.

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