Mark was a faithful patron during summer 2011, and it was a pleasure to cross paths with him today. He checked out Tolkien and then watched the video (on my phone) of himself he'd never seen, in a feature the Oregonian did of Street Books. Mark talks about his favorite race horse - check it out here.
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.
His health is poor, and he is living on hospice in a nursing home, but he was able to visit the R2D2 rest area on its one-year anniversary. There was a festive celebration, and lots of patrons used the opportunity to check out or return books.
I had the opportunity to deliver a couple of westerns to long-time patron Eric, who is now receiving hospice care in a nursing home. He hails from Wyoming, and when he was living on the streets, he could often be seen wearing cowboy boots and a bolo tie. We have connected him with Louis L'Amour books since June, 2011, when we met him for the first time at Skidmore Fountain. He's been a great supporter of the project, and we are glad he's got a bed to sleep in now. One of this week's titles is The Long Ride Home. It ends this way: "Come, Amigo," Cabrizo said softly. "It is better we go. It is a long ride to Wyoming, no?"
"A long ride," Tensleep Mooney agreed, "an I'll be glad to get home."
He's an incredible reader, and a great writer as well. In addition to checking out and returning library books with Street Books this summer, Mark has arranged for new comic books to be donated from Floating World Comics. We thank Mark for his stellar patronage this summer. Also: don't miss his reading from his favorite Ray Bradbury story at the Street Books reception on Thursday, September 13. Location: Bud Clark Commons (665 NW Hoyt)
We'll see you there!
Jeremy was first in line to greet me when I rolled up to Right to Dream Too. I was just stocking some books that were donated by Diane and Dean who work for Portland's Tidal Wave bookstore. Jeremy selected a James Patterson title.