The Power of a Patron

Whenever I come across a Street Books library pocket card with more than one name on it, it's proof that our patrons have checked out and returned books more than once.  I remember the naysayers early on in the project, who said I would never see the books again, that people would disappear with them, or sell them at Powells Bookstore. In fact many patrons have returned books, or sought me out to explain why they couldn't return their books (water damage from rain, theft of backpack, etc.) I spoke about this at Marylhurst University in February, when I gave a talk there for Street Books. Marylhurst has just published a piece about Street Books on their website, and I am looking forward to teaching a writing course that connects students with the Street Books project, beginning in July. 20130515-123207.jpg