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Save the Date(s)

June 1, 2016

Once again, the generous folks at ¿Por Qué No? will be donating 20% of the day’s proceeds to First Book Portland—that’s both the Hawthorne and Mississippi locations, all day long (11am – 10pm). Yum.

July 20, 2016

Breweries for Books returns to Migration Brewing on July 20th, 4 – 8pm. Expect bookish fun for all ages, including a 50/50 raffle and a trivia round, with 10% of proceeds going to First Book Portland.

October 2, 2016

When Cause + Event Portland race rolls around next fall and sells out early, at least you can’t say we didn’t warn you! In fact, registration is already open. Half of each runner’s entry fee is donated to a charity of their choice, so anyone is welcome to race (or volunteer) on our behalf. Bonus: if you register by August 12, your name will be included on the t-shirts and race bibs.

October 27, 2016

We will be holding our fifth annual Wine-ing for Literacy event—a wine tasting and silent auction—at Olympic Mills Commerce Center (which you may know better as the home of Olympia Provisions Southeast). Feel like donating to the silent auction? Get in touch!

Spend #GivingTuesday with us—register now!

Skip the rest of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and do your holiday shopping with First Book Portland instead.

Latino Network Photo 4Our Wine-ing for Literacy silent auction is set for this coming Tuesday! It is a great way to join the statewide Oregonians Give campaign for #GivingTuesday, because every penny from ticket sales, the auction, and armchair donations will go to providing new books to local children in need. Check out our list of recipient groups to see who you will be supporting.

The event runs from 6–9pm at the offices of Urban Airship (1413 NW Everett Street in Portland). Advance tickets are $25, and you can use our online form to register right now.

Full details are available on our Events page, but we wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of our generous donors, who are providing items for you to bid on during the event.

P.S. We have been tweeting our thanks to all our donors. If you’re on Twitter, please give them a follow or a like, and feel free to let them know you appreciate their support of children’s literacy.

P.P.S. We were featured on the Big Small Brands blog as a way to advocate for Oregon children during this giving season. It’s so nice to be included in the company of other organizations doing good work for our local kids!

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!