This spring I attended a networking event that featured a number of local non-profit organizations. Though I’ve lived in Portland for more than four years, I hadn’t heard of any of them! The first one really piqued my interest–The Children’s Book Bank. I love books, I love kids, I love literacy, and I love anything that connects all of those things. I chatted with Todd for awhile and we met a couple times over the summer to talk about ways to work together. The first collaboration was with another business that does all those things–Green Bean Books. It’s a small, adorable children’s bookstore on NE Alberta. They have a great selection of books and small toys for kids of all ages, and they have a sweet little patio for outside reading, and they host readings/authors/fun events every month too. If you’ve never been, definitely check it out! All the parents loved looking at the shelves just as much as the kids, if not more. 🙂

So we created reading mini-sessions: photographed by me at Green Bean Books, with a credit to buy a book there, with part of the session fee benefiting the Book Bank. Again, all the great things together, now in photos: kids and books, and helping more kids get books. That’s what I call a win-win. And a third win is how wonderful it was to meet these lovely families and work with Jennifer at Green Bean Books. I’m hoping we’ll do another round of these in 2017, so make sure you’re on the newsletter to get updates.

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