Finding the Good News

Big thanks to these Portland citizens: Andrea, Phyllis & Warren, Kathy, Ginny & Gordon and Julie - each of them recently wrote to offer books to Street Books, and then made the trek to the EcoTrust building today, to drop them off.

Kathy's son is a police officer, and she told us that a few weeks back, she hit a low point. The headlines were full of news about recent deaths of black men during police stops, and several different fatal attacks against police. She decided to enter the phrase "Good News" in a search engine, and that's how she found out about the Street Books project! We are grateful for the books Kathy brought us, and very glad to have met her today. Julie lives in Seattle, but she learned about Street Books while visiting Portland, and emailed to let us know about a collection she recently published of writing by women who have experienced life on the streets, Original Voices: Homeless & Formerly Homeless Women's WritingToday, her nephew delivered a copy for us, on Julie's behalf. Gordon and Ginny gave us like-new books, and said she couldn't imagine being without a good book to read. Andrea is a retired educator who looks for opportunities to give her time and energy to help make the world a better place. Phyllis offered a donation, and her husband Warren delivered. All of these fine people are part of the fabric that makes up the Street Books community, and we are better for knowing them. Thanks again, everybody.

Street Books: Update

Big thanks to Emily Smith at the Oregonian, for the nice article she wrote, detailing the growth of Street Books. Veteran street librarian Diana Rempe and new hire Katy Stevens visit Hazelnut Grove and St. Francis every Thursday. If you'd like to visit a library shift in action, or donate paperback books, email: 

Want to fund a library shift, or sponsor a book for a patron? You can do that here.

Thanks everybody, and happy summer.

February Events for Street Books

There are two good things on the calendar for Street Books this month. First off, don't miss our annual book drive and celebration on Friday, February 12, from 11-2, (NW 6th & Davis). This will be our 4th annual collaboration with Sisters of the Road, and we're very happy to be providing blank valentine cards and journals for the diners. We'll also be handing out books, and stocking the shelves at Sisters. If you have some paperback books you'd like to contribute, please stop by.

We're also very pleased to announce that our own street librarian Diana Rempe will be performing at this year's Live the Revolution, bicycle-themed storytelling event. That happens on Friday, February 12 at the Alberta Abbey (126 NE Alberta Street). Doors open at 6:30. We'll see you there!

Support Street Books

Happy holidays, from the team at Street Books!

 Evelyn rocks her shades, & looks forward to practicing her Spanish.

Evelyn rocks her shades, & looks forward to practicing her Spanish.

This is just a quick reminder that Street Books is a 501c3 non-profit, so your end-of-year donations are tax-deductible. Add us to your list of worthy causes, and donate to Street Books this year, to support all the work we do.

Your donations go toward:

  • Purchasing books for the library
  • Bike maintenance on our two bikes
  • Community outreach and other initiatives
  • Staffing librarian shifts

Thank you!

Support Street Books

Street Books Celebration!

Announcing the Street Books annual celebration and fundraiser!

Buy your ticket now

Part fundraiser, part celebration, this is a chance to hear about the street library’s 5th summer on the streets, serving books to people who live outside. Our short program includes author Rene Denfeld and a round of the Mystery Book Parlor game. Buy a ticket and let us do the rest.

Here are a few photos from last year:

New Bike from Splendid Cycles!

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. Much as we love our original bike library (pictured with street librarian Redd Moon in bottom photo), it has grown creakier over the years, and doesn't exactly turn on a dime. The talented Jeff Lauten at Badger Bikes has built a beautiful, water-tight box to go on the Bullitt. The Street Books team is so thankful for the donation.

The crew at Splendid Cycles with street librarian Diane Rempe