Hello & Big News from Street Books

In September, we had the most successful fall fundraiser we’ve ever had, and were glad to see so many patrons attend.

 (L-R) Pati Moran, Laura Moulton, Tracy Rimel, Patrick Crowley, Austin Allstadt, Diana Rempe

(L-R) Pati Moran, Laura Moulton, Tracy Rimel, Patrick Crowley, Austin Allstadt, Diana Rempe

The first annual Street Books summit in Austin was a great success. Five people from the Street Books crew (consisting of Pati Moran, Laura Moulton, Tracy Rimel, Austin Allstadt & Diana Rempe) combined forces with Patrick Crowley at the end of October to convene the summit. Patrick has established our first sister street library, where he runs shifts twice a week in downtown Austin, serving people without a fixed address. We discussed ethics & considerations around operating a street library, including how to best support our library patrons and build a community of support through literature on the streets. Our goal is to generate a short How-to guide that will assist other people and programs around the world who would like to establish their own street libraries.

We also want to let you know that on Tuesday, November 13th, Commissioner Eudaly's office will present Street Books with a Spirit of Portland award. If you're in Portland and can make it, please come raise a glass to celebrate with us. The Evergreen, [618 SE Alder], 6-8 p.m. 11/13/18.

Thanks as always for your support. Our street library is now 8 years old, and we could not have built this community without you. Big love from the whole team.

The Final Stretch: Celebrate with us this week!

Friends, don't miss our celebration this Thursday. The incredible Paul Susi will emcee again, and has this to say about Street Books:

Street Books is an amazingly powerful organization precisely because they're not attacking the vast, exponentially expanding problems of poverty, violence, oppression and addiction directly, with one-size-fits-all solutions or condescending, patriarchy-based policies. They are simply compassionate humans and neighbors, sharing their love of books, with other humans and neighbors, who seek those books. The opportunities for community, healing, and mutual support, all happen incidentally to this very simple and hugely critical mission. Streetbooks makes this city livable, for me.

There’s still time to buy your ticket or buy one for a patron, who will attend our event free of charge.

Thanks for your support and see you Thursday!

Help Street Books Meet the Match!

Street Books has been offered a generous matching grant by the Olive Bridge Fund, (who has donated money for the past 4 years now). They will match donations given to Street Books during the month of September up to $7,500! Please lend your support if you are able to, and spread the word about this great opportunity.

If you haven’t gotten tickets for our fall event, please do join us. All proceeds from tickets go toward the matching grant, so every bit helps.

Thanks for all your support.

The Street Books crew

Fall Celebration & Fundraiser - Come eat tacos with us!

It's the annual Street Books Party. Join us as we celebrate the eighth year of operation and honor the patrons who have checked out books all summer long.

When: Thursday, September 20, 6-8 p.m.

Where: 237 NE Broadway, at the Lagunitas Community Room

Purchase a ticket  |  Facebook Event Page

What will be there?

  • Emceed by the fabulous Paul Susi
  • Taco bar by Los Gorditos *
  • Wine & Beer *
  • Onsite photo booth by artist Julie Keefe
  • The Book Divinator Machine (Back by popular demand! - Put a token into the slot to have a book magically divined for you.)
  • Music by Colectivo de Son Jarocho

There will be a short program featuring librarians and patrons from the season, and time to enjoy wine and beer with friends. We'll see you there!

* Ticket price includes tacos, beer, and wine.

(Can’t make the event, but want to support us? Consider purchasing a ticket on behalf of one of our patrons, who will attend free of charge.)


 Paul Susi emceeing our 2017 Street Books celebration

Paul Susi emceeing our 2017 Street Books celebration

Hello From the Summer

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Ice Cream Social at St. Francis Park Apartments. We were so excited to see how many patrons were able to be there. Next big event for Street Books will be our annual fall celebration & fundraiser, Thursday, September 20, 6-8. Save the date, and we'll get you more details soon. Last big news: Street Books is going to Austin, Texas! Thanks to a grant from RACC , six librarians/staff will attend the Texas Book Festival in October, and attend a first annual street library summit with Patrick Crowley, who operates Street Books: ATX. Check out this recent feature on his project. Summer shifts continue to be bustling, even on Portland's sweltering days. Thanks for your continued support.

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Living in Literature

Pépe & Diana worked the shift this week at Sisters, and our patron Cornell was very glad to get his hands on Eileen Myles' book, Cool For You. Feels pretty perfect that Myles has written: "Living in literature and love is the best thing there is. You’re always home." Thanks for your support this summer, Portland.

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Street Books: Year #8 on the Streets

Happy June, everybody! Street Books had the official ribbon-cutting ceremony today on Burnside, to launch our 8th season on the streets, (thanks to Pépe & Pati for the enormous homemade scissors). Ben & Olive are working their Monday shift in Old Town, and they pushed off shortly after our ceremony to start checking out books to people. Want to help get books to people living outside or at the margins in Portland? Consider donating books, or email us to arrange a visit to a library shift (librarian@streetbooks.org). 

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February News

It's been a great week of book-slinging for Street Books. So many books & reading glasses went to patrons at our Sunday giveaway under the bridges, and then more yesterday at Street Books headquarters in southeast Portland. We finished the week with this very sweet mention from writer Omar El Akkad - (read his book, American War: A Novel). We're grateful to be included in such a stellar line-up of Portland bookstores, and it probably goes without saying that we feel exactly the same way Omar does about Portland's literary treasures.

It's Validation Day!

Friends, you're invited to our annual Validation Day celebration with Sisters of the Road! On Wednesday, February 14th, 11-2, there will be cookies, free books and reading glasses for diners & Street Books patrons. Stop by Sisters (133 NW 6th Avenue) to make a donation (books & glasses are great!) and say hello. Thanks as always to Sisters of the Road for their ongoing support, and thank you to the Lion's Club of Portland for the donation of 300 pairs of reading glasses!

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Street Libraries, Unite!

Wow! We're so excited to tell you about Street Books: Austin, a street library inspired by our project here in Portland, being launched by Patrick Crowley. We met him in New York City last June at the National Book Foundation's conference, and he was already making strides on his own library. Check out his website, and if you're in Texas, show him some love (and books and funds). He's looking for volunteers, too. Long live street libraries, and the people who read books!