Make the Impossible Possible

One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary

By Bill Strickland: This inspirational book showcases the lessons learned by Bill Strickland as he worked with disadvantaged children and adults in Pittsburgh, Penn., through the jobs training center and community arts program he founded. “I’m not a... 204 pages. ©2009. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Me on the Map

By Joan Sweeney: Me on the Map does a great job of teaching kids how to use a map, taking the child from the map of their room all the way out to a map of the world and back again. While the book helps children see their own communities as special, it also... 32 pages. ©2018. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Neither

By Airlie Anderson: Neither is a simple, quick read that speaks to the differences in all of us. The fun, quirky characters and the story introduce a serious topic in a playful way that will resonate with kids. Neither works as a picture book for younger... 40 pages. ©2018. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Never Too Late

The Adult Student's Guide to College

By Rebecca Klein-Collins: This book offers practical advice for adult students pursuing a college degree while also juggling work, raising a family, and managing other responsibilities. Infused with charts and checklists, as well as personal stories from adult... 376 pages. ©2018. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Nonprofit Sustainability

Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability

By Jeanne Bell, et. al.: This book makes the case that nonprofits must operate more like businesses and takes you through the essential steps. Includes a wealth of tables and charts. 191 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Not Quite Adults

Why 20-Somethings are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood and Why It’s Good for Everyone

By Richard Settersten and Barbara E. Ray: Eight years of research help paint a portrait of a generation that’s making a slower, more calculated transition into adulthood — with results that benefit all. A review of this book is available. 239 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Of Forests and Fields

Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest

By Mario Jimenez Sifuentez: Ethnic Mexican migration to Oregon has shaped and supported the state's largest economic industries. Tracing the history of Oregon's labor and immigrant rights movements in agriculture and timber, the author recounts the experiences of... 186 pages. ©2016. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Our Kids

The American Dream in Crisis

By Robert D. Putnam: Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students — "our kids" — went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid... 386 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Our Towns

A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

By James Fallows, Deborah Fallows: “Our Towns” chronicles the authors’ five-year journey across the United States in a small plane. The husband-wife team visits dozens of towns to explore the challenges facing the communities — from economic hardships to the scourge of... 417 pages. ©2018. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo: This book targets people of all races who want to engage in more informed conversations about race and racism in the United States. The writing is straightforward, sometimes biting, and very insightful. The author grew up in the Pacific... 272 pages. ©2019. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook