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Cause + Event Race Day Coming Up!

Thanks to all the fabulous folks who have signed up for Cause + Event Portland on October 18th, the run is sold out!

If you didn’t get registered in time…

If you’d still like to support this great organization—and, by extension, help the participants who are running and walking for First Book Portland—you might consider registering as a volunteer for Race Day.

If you’re already registered…

Don’t forget the special activities that Cause + Event has organized just for you: Shopping Night at Foot Traffic West on Sunday, October 11th, 3–5pm, and (Lunch and) Dinner Night Out at Bethany Public House on Tuesday, October 13th, 11:30am–9pm. Details about how to participate and RSVP on available on the race homepage. See you at Bethany Village!

If you’re a spectator…

Spectators can watch the race at just about any point along the course, which passes by many wonderful parks and playgrounds to park at and cheer on the runners and walkers. This year’s course winds through the Pirate Park, and the 10K will pass John Marty Park twice.  Make sure to stop by the sign table at the race expo if you don’t bring your own.

We Rocked the Block (Well, Nudged It)

Although we weren’t able to staff a booth this time around, we were so pleased to be able to donate 100 brand new books to this year’s Pathfinders of Oregon Rock the Block festival. (Perhaps with a few more volunteers on our team, we will be able to attend next year.) Congratulations to Pathfinders for a wonderful event!

Rock the Block is an engaging, family-oriented community celebration in Rockwood taking place over two days on May 29th and 30th, 2015. Rock the Block enables neighborhood residents to enjoy safe family fun, eat nutritious food, access and enroll in needed services, and change their environment for the better—all in one space. Rock the Block 2015’s overarching theme is an emphasis on literacy, and our goal is to send kids into summer with a renewed interest in reading and writing. Each child attending will receive books, miscellaneous swag, and access to positive activities.

Read coverage and see photos from the Portland Tribune/Gresham Outlook.

Image courtesy of the Pathfinders of Oregon blog.

Yet Another Reason to Love Mo Willems

“My family and I have been proud supporters of First Book for many years…Now we’re asking you to join us to get as many books in as many hands as possible by matching your donations, dollar for dollar, up to 50,000 smackers. The importance of books in the home cannot be overstated. A book is more than a gateway to a brighter future—it is a friend right now.” — Mo Willems

Image courtesy of First Book Blog.

 

Read Across America Day with Pi Beta Phi

Big thanks to the Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women for a wonderful Read Across America Day party, as well as a generous donation to First Book!

Our joint event at the West Women’s & Children’s Shelter was a great success and received coverage in the Lake Oswego Review.

 

Press Release: $8,600 in Books Awarded

First Book Portland Awards More than $8,600 in Books to Local Literacy Programs Serving Children in Need

For Immediate Release

First_Book_logo_BW(Portland, Oregon)—April 2014—First Book Portland will award more than $8,600 worth of books to eight (8) literacy programs that serve children in need in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. Through the purchasing power of the First Book Marketplace, the programs will be able to select 3,440 new books for local at-risk children.

The 2014 grant recipients are:

Children in these programs will receive new books over the course of the year, which will enable the children to start their own home libraries that they can share with their siblings and families. The children will also receive a bookplate on which to place their names, celebrating the importance of book ownership.

First Book Portland is part of First Book’s national network of volunteer-led teams that provide new books to children in need in communities across the country. These book grants were made possible through local fundraising efforts by First Book Portland and through the support of local businesses and individuals.

About First Book Portland

First Book Portland has been distributing books to programs serving children in need since 1998. Our all-volunteer team draws it members from area nonprofits, agencies, businesses, and the community. Since our inception, we have given away over 50,000 books to children in the Tri-County Area. For more information or to get involved with First Book Portland, contact us via our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Contact

First Book Portland
firstbookportland@gmail.com
Brianna Barrett, Public Relations/Media Chair
brianna@bribarrett.com

Let’s Roll Over Low Literacy!

RCR logo-JPEGFirst Book Portland was delighted to be chosen by the Rose City Rollers as their Community Partner for the first quarter of 2014!

Rose City Rollers presented First Book with a check for a whopping $1,000 during the Season Opener at the Memorial Coliseum on January 18th. We also collected 138 books from fans and league members on behalf of the Children’s Book Bank.

green-bean-booksTo conclude the partnership, on March 29th we hosted the Rose City Rollers skaters for a story time at Green Bean Books. The shop generously donated 10% of all books sold during the event to help share the joy of books with children in low-income families. And as you can see, a good time was had by all!

Press Release: New Children’s Book Champions Self Esteem, Access to Books

Ogilvy, the Pig Who Whistled Top-Rated Pig Tale & First Book Supporter

For Immediate Release

First_Book_logo_BW(Portland, Oregon)—March 2013—A new children’s book, Ogilvy, the Pig Who Whistled, is a pig tale with something more than a stack of great reviews: a dual mission of boosting children’s self esteem and supporting the work of the Portland, Oregon, chapter of First Book, a national non-profit providing new books to children in need.

The book, released by Whistling Pig Publishing for four-to-eight year old children, shares the lesson of “why there’s nothing better than being you” through the adventures Ogilvy the Pig and his barnyard friends.  It is charmingly illustrated by internationally-acclaimed artist Stefano Trainito, and makes the perfect bedtime read.

Ogilvy, the Pig Who Whistled encourages children to read, and helps them feel good about themselves,” said author and Whistling Pig Publishing founder Pam Abrahamsson.  “This is our publishing mission, which is why we are happy to support First Book Portland and its mission of getting books in the hands of needy children by donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of the book.”

“As part of a committed team of children’s literacy advocates, we highly encourage support and involvement from the Portland community,” said Nicole Sligh, Co-Chair, First Book Portland.  “The need for books for our local children is so great, we welcome creative giving partnerships such as Whistling Pig Publishing’s donation program, and we invite the community to get involved in ways which work well for them.”

The five-star-review-winning book is available in print and eBook formats through Amazon. (Prices are $1.99 for Kindle and introductory pricing of $5.62 for the soft back version.) Readers can also follow Ogilvy’s adventures on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

About Whistling Pig Publishing

Whistling Pig Publishing is an independent children’s book publishing house founded in 2013 in Portland, Oregon. Its mission is simple: to encourage the young, and young of heart, to be the best they can be through story telling.  Whistling Pig Publishing is launching a line of books which share—through the eyes and story of Ogilvy the Pig and a colorful cast of barnyard characters—the special joys of being yourself. For more information, contact:  info@whistlingpigpublishing.com.

About First Book Portland

First Book Portland has been distributing books to programs serving children in need since 1998. Our all-volunteer team draws it members from area nonprofits, agencies, businesses, and the community. Since our inception, we have given away over 50,000 books to children in the Tri-County Area. For more information or to get involved with First Book Portland, contact us via our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Contact

First Book Portland
firstbookportland@gmail.com
Brianna Barrett, Public Relations/Media Chair
brianna@bribarrett.com