I had an opportunity to meet and greet readers at an event sponsored by Seattle7Writers at the Uppercase Bookshop in Snohomish Saturday. Seattle7 is on a mission to promote literacy. One way they do that is by starting Pocket Libraries in places like homeless shelters and YMCA’s. Here’s how they describe it:
Seattle7Writers collects and donates used and new books to a variety of sites in the Puget Sound region. These pocket libraries provide entertainment and education for women, men and children who are currently without homes or bookshelves of their own. In 2010 we donated over 1,500 books to Seattle Education Access, ROOTS, and the Pat Graney foundation for their women’s work release program. In 2011 we donated 3,683 books, and 2012 is off to an excellent start with 5,073 books.
Saturday’s event was a Buy-One-Give-One Event. for every book purchased, Uppercase Bookshop donated a book to a Pocket Library. It’s a great pay-it-forward idea which benefits all. The authors that attended got to promote their books, the bookstore built a buzz in the community, the shoppers got great books to read and a chance to support a great cause.
Here are some pictures I took that I hope you will enjoy.