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.


First Book Portland
Brianna Barrett, Public Relations/Media Chair

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!