Drag Queen Story Hour!

It’s coming time once again for Drag Queen Story Hour!  The Sellwood-Moreland Library will proudly host Portland’s own *diva* Ms Poison Waters presenting an hour of kid-friendly drag! Poison Waters will read stories with children 2-6 years old, followed by a craft or maybe a dance party!Poison Waters

Sept 29, 2018  11:00-12:00 at the Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Avenue)

Hope to see you there!

Drag Queen Story Hour!

It’s coming time once again for Drag Queen Story Hour!  The Fairview-Columbia Library will proudly host Portland’s own *diva* Ms Poison Waters presenting an hour of kid-friendly drag! Poison Waters will read stories with children 2-6 years old, followed by a Poison Waterscraft or maybe a dance party!

Sept 24, 2018  6:30-7:30 at the Fairview-Columbia Library (1520 NE Village Street)

Hope to see you there!

Wordstock? Portland Book Festival!

The internationally-famous Wordstock has had a makeover, and has become the Portland Book Festival!

The 2018 Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America will feature 100+ authors presenting on 9 stagespop-up readings throughout the Portland Art Museum galleries, and 13 writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 80+ vendorslocal food trucks, and partner events all weekend long.

The festival will also feature LitCrawl Portland.  Check out the schedule as it gets updated on Facebook or Twitter.

Get your tickets ahead of time – this event often sells out!

Lit Crawl Portland

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Wanna get Lit? Head out for Lit Crawl Portland on November 9, 6-9pm!  Free! Free! Free!

“It has since moved the literary shenanigans to downtown Portland, while maintaining the same free-spirited, independent PDX spirit. Given Portland’s reputation as a longtime literary hub—and the home of coffee roasters and corner breweries, free-range backyard chickens, and quirky independent book shops—Lit Crawl Portland events occur anywhere from hops grow rooms, to  local makerspaces, to vegan convenience stores. Hosts include such Portland-based literary fixtures as Tin House, Bad Blood Reading Series, and Future Tense Books, as well as presses and authors who’ve traveled from across the country for Literary Arts’ annual book festival, Wordstock, Portland.”

Poster & Story Contest: Oregon Humane Society

Don’t just read stories, write them too! Poster & Story contest for students throughout Oregon, and in Clark County, Washington. See the link at the bottom for last year’s winners.

Each year students throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington are invited to create a poster or write a short story portraying part of the Oregon Humane Society’s mission.

70th Annual Be Kind to Animals Poster & Story Contest


Contest is open to all residents of Oregon and Clark County, Washington, entering grades 1st-12th in the fall of 2018.


Step 1: Review the theme for your grade level and entry instructions 2018 OHS Poster and Story Contest Instructions

Step 2: Create your poster and/or write your story based on your grade level theme

Step 3: Print and complete 2018 Poster and Story Entry Slip and glue or tape to the back of your entry (no paperclips, please). Note to Teachers, please include a class list along with your posters and/or stories.

Step 4: Mail or drop off to:

Oregon Humane Society
Attn: Poster and Story Contest
1067 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97211

For 9th-12th Grade Digital Art Entries: Click here to upload your digital art. Please be sure to read the poster theme prompt for Grades 9-12 before entering your digital art poster.


Contest begins September 1, 2018! Deadline to post mark or drop off posters and/or stories is December 14, 2018. All winners will be notified by January 11, 2019 and will be invited to the A’Cat’Emy Awards. The A’Cat’Emy Awards will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2018 at the Oregon Humane Society.

Poster & Story Contest Prizes

  • Grand Prize: Laptop
  • Runner Up: $150 Gift Card
  • First Place: $100 Gift Card
  • Second Place: $75 Gift Card
  • Third Place: $50 Gift Card
  • Honorable Mention: $25 Gift Card

All winners also receive a special award certificate, ribbon of honor and an invitation to the A’Cat’Emy Awards celebration.

For Teachers!

Enter your students’ posters and/or stories by November 1st to receive a $25 Amazon gift card as a thank you for including the Oregon Humane Society in your classroom curriculum.

For More Information

Contact the OHS Education Office at (503) 416-5034 to learn more.

See all 2018 winning posters and read the top stories here »

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

Title Wave Used Bookstore: Back to School Sale

Did you know that the Multnomah County Library has a bookstore of its own? It’s Title Wave Used Bookstore, on 216 NE Knott St. They sell books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks. Some of the materials are donations and some are items that have been pulled from the library shelves (oh sure, they need 12

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copies of any given best-seller because everyone wants to read it when it first comes out, but after that first year or so? probably more like 3 copies will do from there out).

Educators get 25% off at the bookstore, every day, with valid ID. (Also, if you’re a teacher, after school care provider, homeschooler, or working with a GED/Adult Literacy program, check out the library’s Educator Cards!)

Wednesdays are Midweek Markdowns – something is on sale every week.

Title Wave has other sales through the year as well. You can find out about upcoming sales on their Facebook page. Their Back-to-School sale is coming right up!  Saturday, August 11, 9am-4pm. All materials will be 55% off their regular prices.

JetBlue’s Soar with Reading Initiative

(from JetBlue’s press release – I receive no compensation from JetBlue for sharing this, I just think it’s a cool idea)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU) today launched its eighth annual Soar with Reading initiative, which provides free books to children who need them most. This summer, Soar with Reading lands in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. This award-winning literacy initiative tackles the issue of “book deserts,” areas with limited access to age-appropriate books. Since 2011, JetBlue has donated nearly $3 million worth of books to children in areas of need.Image result for jetblue soar with reading

JetBlue’s Soar With Reading Initiative to Provide 100,000 Free Books to Children in San Francisco and Oakland Area Book Deserts

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JetBlue and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing are bringing books to children in the Bay Area through five custom vending machines which will distribute 100,000 books starting today through August 31, 2018, free of charge. To commemorate this year’s initiative, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and Supervisor Jane Kim recognized June 27, 2018 as “Soar with Reading Day.”

The vending machines, powered by Innovative Vending Solutions, will be restocked every two weeks with new titles. Children and families are welcome to visit the book vending machines as often as they would like and can take as many books as they’d like. Local partner organizations include B Magic, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, San Francisco Public Library, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Oakland Public Library and City of Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development, with vending machines located at:

  • San Francisco Public Library Main Branch| 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library| 5075 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94124
  • Columbia Park Clubhouse| 450 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94110
  • East Oakland Sports Center| 9161 Edes Ave., Oakland, CA 94603
  • Willie Keyes Recreation Center| 3131 Union St., Oakland, CA 94608

“I am pleased that JetBlue is bringing their innovative Soar with Reading program to San Francisco this summer to foster our children’s love of reading and help their imaginations take flight,” said San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell. “Our residents spoke, as San Francisco beat out three other metropolises in a national online voting competition to receive this honor. Access to books is key to learning, and that is what Soar with Reading is helping to provide. The vending machines will provide free books all summer-long, and I encourage all San Francisco families to take advantage of this exciting program.”

“Oakland is proud to partner with JetBlue’s Soar with Reading Initiative to bring free books to all our residents and young readers. Children who once had limited access to age-appropriate books now have a free program designed to give them equitable access to books to read, learn, and expand their intellectual horizon,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

This is the fourth year JetBlue has funded this innovative book vending machine program as part of its Soar with Reading initiative. The vending machines will include books in English, Spanish and Chinese (at select locations, upon request) to provide parents from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to read aloud and along with their children. Research shows that greater adult support for reading enhances children’s opportunities to learn.

“Soar with Reading encourages a life-long love of reading in children and allows families to build new traditions around reading,” said Icema Gibbs, director of corporate social responsibility, JetBlue. “Children can start their personal libraries by visiting the vending machines and collecting new books throughout the summer. Providing access to books opens children’s imaginations and empowers them to envision new places.”

“We are excited to partner with JetBlue to bring 100,000 free books to children in the Bay Area this summer through the Soar with Reading program,” said Jon Anderson, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. “The vending machines are filled with award-winning and bestselling titles by authors such as Jason Reynolds, Hena Khan, Stu Gibbs and Elena Delle Donne, and we hope these books will appeal to a diverse group of readers and serve as a foundation for building personal libraries in homes across San Francisco.”


This summer, JetBlue invites customers, crewmembers and the community to #BookWithUs and take their city’s reading adventures to new heights by voting for their favorite JetBlue city to win $25,000 in children’s books. This winning city will also receive a “reading room makeover” for a local community organization decorated by celebrity interior designer Tyler Wisler. Additionally, three runner-up cities will receive $5,000 worth of books. Voting is open at SoarwithReading.com.Image result for jetblue soar with reading

Soar with Reading Ambassadors

To celebrate the this year’s Soar with Reading initiative, TV personalities and dancers/choreographers Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker, along with author of the “Fun Jungle” series – Stu Gibbs, joined JetBlue, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and officials from San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. on June 27, 2018 at an event at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch to reveal the book vending machines. Onsite young residents were able to select their first free books. tWitch, Allison Holker, Stu Gibbs and other Simon & Schuster authors will support the program throughout the summer by encouraging customers and community members to #BookWithUs for another JetBlue city to win $25,000 in children’s books.

JetBlue For Good – Soar with Reading is a signature program of JetBlue For Good®, the airline’s platform for social impact and corporate responsibility. As the program continues to grow, JetBlue is working to ensure that the books in the vending machines represent the communities where the machines will be placed. The selection of books in the machines will be changed out every two weeks so kids can come back and grab new books all summer long.

The SoarwithReading.com experience includes an experiential website which offers free downloadable resources for families, interactive reading lists, games, advice for keeping kids engaged in reading all summer long and more. Passport booklets filled with activities will also be distributed at JetBlue terminals across the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean and Latin America in July and August to encourage summer reading.

Giving back is part of JetBlue’s DNA and is core to its mission of inspiring humanity. Centered around volunteerism and service, JetBlue For Good focuses on the areas that are most important to the airline’s customers and crewmembers – community, youth/education and the environment. Combining JetBlue’s corporate efforts with its customers’ and crewmembers’ passions, the common theme is Good – JetBlue For Good. Join the #JetBlueForGood conversation on TwitterInstagram and Facebook, check for regular updates and get involved.

About JetBlue

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 102 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit www.jetblue.com.

About Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world, comprises the following imprints: Aladdin, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Beach Lane Books, Libros para niños, Little Simon®, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight®. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages. Simon & Schuster publishes numerous Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners. For more information about Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.


JetBlue Corporate Communications
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Lisa Moraleda, 212-698-7087
Director of Publicity


Even more info about the Soar With Reading Initiative!

Soar on the Making a Difference Blog

Soar on Upworthy

Soar’s website

Fun things to do on Soar’s website