He's also reading The Residue Years by Mitchell Jackson and enjoying it a lot.
Inventory Specialist Ben Hodgson puts labels on books at the Workers' Center.
Huge thanks to Myoptic Optometry, for the donation of readers to the Street Books library. Over the years we've encountered a number of patrons who are very grateful to be offered reading classes with their books and so we are especially grateful to Myoptic for the donation. Thank you!
She said she's not used to reading graphic novels, but found Alison Bechdel's memoir very engaging.
They confess to being rabid Nancy Drew fans.
So very grateful at the news that the Meyer Memorial Trust will support Street Books with a $15k grant. Besides being a solid vote of confidence, this helps ensure that our program will continue to grow steadily, and to provide books to those who live outside or at the margins. Thanks, Meyer! Below you'll see our own Ben Hodgson, rocking the house at the Lit Hop reading last night. Ben's stories of his time as an "outdoorsman" have inspired and enlightened audiences ranging from students at Lewis & Clark College to kids at Southwest Charter.
Don't miss our own Street Books board member, Ben Hodgson, as he reads at Portland's annual literary festival, Lit Hop. He'll be reading at 7:30 at the Mercy Corps Action Center (28 SW 1st Avenue). He'll be in fine company, with writers ranging from Robin Romm and Ben Parzybok to Mohammad Bader and Baher Butti. Complete list of readers here. See you there!
We've had a great launch to Street Books 5th summer in operation. Lots to report, but for now, we'll leave you with a few pictures from the road:
Street Books is ramping up for summer #5 (!), and we have good news to share: We are thrilled to announce that Barb and Joel at Splendid Cycles have donated a shiny, new & fully built-up Bullitt cargo bike to Street Books, to help us expand our reach in the city, and keep our operation going, rain or shine. The talented Jeff Lauten at Badger Bikes will build us a beautiful, water-tight box. Though we dearly love our first bike, (pictured below, with Street Librarian Redd Moon), we recognize the wisdom in having a second bike that is less creaky, and can go farther, faster. We are so thankful for the donation. Street Books launches the summer shifts on June 2. Stay tuned for more details.
In the meantime, tune in to KBOO's Bike Show this Wednesday (May 6), to hear an interview with Street Librarian Diana Rempe & Street Books board member & Inventory Specialist, Ben Hodgson. Ben is bound to work in a few bad puns.
often look like work parties, because they are. We go through the agenda, and then we often work in the library space (which continues to be donated by Ecotrust). Today Beth Chapman, Redd Moon and Ben Hodgson worked together to make thank-you cards for all our donors and supporters.
Thanks again to Sisters of the Road for hosting the 3rd annual Street Books book-giveaway and Valentine's party. Beth Chapman and Kris Soebroto baked 250 heart-shaped cookies in the oven at Sisters of the Road, and Beth frosted each one by hand! Check out Robert, one satisfied customer. Thanks to everyone who came by to contribute books or just say hello.
Don't miss the 3rd annual Validation Day celebration at Sisters of the Road, on Friday, February 13, from 11-2 (133 NW 6th Avenue). As usual, Street Books will provide blank valentines and heart-shaped sugar cookies for diners. Bring your gently used paperbacks to donate (Street Books will help stock the Sisters library, and keep the rest). Hope to see you there!
Ben Hodgson does his best Tennessee Williams impression.