Drag Queen Story Time @ Green Bean Books

Green Bean BooksDrag Queen Story Time at Green Bean Books! Local drag queen Clare Apparently will host a story time at Green Bean Books (1600 NE Alberta Street) on Sunday, August 19, Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeup11:00-11:30 am.

Check out their ongoing events, such as their variety of Story Times (including Baby Story Time and Spanish Story Time), drop-in craft events, and Read to a Dog events, here.


As usual, I have no affiliations with either the business or the performer – I just really like bookstores and story times

Free Braille and Talking Book Resources


If you have a family member, neighbor, friend, or work with someone with impaired vision, impaired visual processing, or a physical disability, this might be a useful resource. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: That All May Read

From their website –

NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio, mailed to your door for free or instantly downloadable.

NLS works to ensure that all may read by providing eligible patrons access to reading material regardless of age, economic circumstances, or technical expertise. Share the gift of reading, and spread the word about NLS so that all may read.

Please note – the disability does not have to be permanent. Also, this service is FREE.

Who can use this service?

Any resident of the United States or American citizen living abroad who is unable to read or use normal print materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations may receive service through NLS. This includes those who are blind, have a visual disability that prevents them from reading normal print, or have a physical disability that keeps them from being able to hold a book.

What services do they offer?

  • Talking books and magazines — Audiobooks and audio magazines on digital cartridges are mailed to your door. You return them the same way, through postage-free mail. Digital talking-book players are also provided free to patrons.

  • Braille — Braille books and magazines are delivered directly to your door at no cost.

  • Music — NLS provides music appreciation materials, music scores, and music instruction in braille, audio, and large print.  Learn more about NLS Music Services and Materials External.

  • Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) — BARD is a Web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music materials. The same materials that are offered on digital cartridges are also available for download in compressed audio or braille formats.

  • BARD Mobile — With the BARD Mobile app, you can download and play audio materials on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Many of the materials available on digital cartridges or in hard-copy braille are also available for download in compressed audio or braille formats.

Also, depending on the format the you prefer, you may not even need any special devices or technology

NLS has a long history of using the latest technology to provide accessible reading materials to patrons. Audiobooks and audio magazines are available on digital cartridges or via online download through BARD. And now, the free BARD Mobile app is available for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch so you don’t need special equipment to read.

As of this post, I have not yet used their services myself nor do I know anyone who has. If you are interested and eligible, and you try their services out, will you let me know what you think?

New Arrivals!

We went to the book sale at Title Wave, Multnomah County Library system’s dedicated bookstore. We came home with two large grocery totes *filled to the top*. It all came to under $20 total almost 50 books. While we’ll read some of them ourselves, everything will go to our Little Free Library over the next couple of months. I was bummed I couldn’t find more Vietnamese kid books or anything in Arabic or Somali. Maybe next time.  We brought home:

-Vietnamese adult & kid books
-Chinese kid books
-Chinese adult books
-Spanish kid books
-Spanish teen books
-English kid books
-English biographies
-English novels
-English non-fiction and poetry
-Plus Tucker and Jax checking out the haul. They approve – two paws up!


Literary Tattoos

I find tattoos fascinating. I’m always interested in what designs people choose to put on their bodies – I want to know the stories Image result for literary tattoo clipartbehind them. You can only imagine what I think of literary tattoos.  Lucky for me, I live in Portland, OR, one of the most tattooed cities in the US. What books, what authors, what quotes and images stick with you? What sticks with you and becomes important enough to put on your body permanently?  What are favorite tattoos you’ve seen?

Check out these links to tattoos of books & literary tattoos:

tattoos of generic books

quotes and images from books on Popsugar – who would have thought to combine Nancy Drew with Hamlet?

tattoos along with the books that inspired them

Not quite ready for permanent ink?  Maybe these temporary tattoos or maybe these 

Also, some kid books about tattoos:

How Come I’m Not Colored?

Tell Me a Tattoo Story

Why Does Mommy Have a Tattoo?


***I have no connection to any businesses or websites linked in this post. I just think the tattoos and books are awesome. I make no money nor do I receive anything of any sort from these businesses when you click through the links. 

It’s Official: We’re an Official BookCrossing Zone!

It’s official!  Division92 Little Free Library is now an official BookCrossing Zone!

When you release a book at our LFL through BookCrossing, or when you find a book in our LFL registered through Bookcrossing, you can find us in the list of bookcrossing zones under “Portland, OR” as “Division92LFL”.

While you’re there, I’d really appreciate it if you’d make a journal entry for this book so I know that it’s it’s been found – or left. You may choose to remain anonymous or to join (it’s free).  If you do decide to become a BookCrosser please consider using me, Div92LFL_OBCZ , as the member who referred you. If you are already familiar with BookCrossing, thanks for picking up the book, I hope it’s one you’ll like!