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!
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!
Happy new year! Hope that 2015 is shaping up to be shiny & bright for you so far. It was a wonderful year for Street Books, and we want to thank you for your continued support. KOIN 6 television did a nice holiday feature on our program, featuring the inimitable Ben Hodgson, who is now a board member. Check it out if you didn't already see it. The next few months, we'll be busy behind the scenes, sorting books and organizing our library. In February we will partner for our 3rd year with Sisters of the Road, to help celebrate their Validation Day (February 13th, from 11-2). Street Books will provide heart-shaped cookies and blank valentines (the latter made by earnest children, with lots of glitter), so that the diners at Sisters of the Road will be able to write some cards to one another if they like. This is also an opportunity for you to bring books to donate - we'll give them to diners, stock the shelves at Sisters and then keep the rest for our library.
Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months, as we prepare for our 5th (!) summer in operation. We are so grateful for the support we've received from all of you, and wish you well.
Missed the NY Times piece on Street Books this past October? Read it here.
Letter to Street Books: Hi there! I just read an article that the Facebook group, Hikers for the Homeless posted about you and your library. As a formerly homeless person, I want to say thank you for what you're doing and for your insight!
The town where I was while on the streets had a pretty big library system, complete with their own used bookstore. A few days a week, the bookstore would place a couple racks of books out for free and I was so grateful for it. Reading and getting engrossed in a good book gave me a brief and welcome mental break from the reality of life on the streets.
I'd always been an avid reader and I didn't realize how much I missed it until I picked up books from that library's free section. From time to time, another library patron would strike up a conversation about a book I had chosen or ask about an author. Those conversations were a gift- being able to discuss something other than the topic of just trying to survive...Thank you again!
So very grateful to everyone who came out for the Street Books celebration tonight. It didn't rain, and everybody shone their bright selves. Here's Rachel Bracker's short film, if you didn't get to see it.http://vimeo.com/106405517
Wednesday, September 17th, from 6-7:30, (Ecotrust Rooftop Terrace, 712 NW 9th). Free sandwiches and beer/wine, plus very good company. Come join us up above the city to celebrate our street library.
This summer's Street Books shifts have been friendly and busy, serving regulars and meeting new people each week who are grateful to check out a book. Save the date this fall to join us as we celebrate the street library's fourth summer in operation, and hold our first official fundraiser. We'll hear from local author Pete Rock, and longtime library patron Ben Hodgson. Street librarians will give their reports from the street, and we'll have a rousing game of Mystery Book. Light supper, drinks and dessert provided. Come join us! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/781411