This week I’m celebrating literary events and volunteerism.
On Labor Day, we had two classic kidlit creators do a reading at the store! What a treat and pleasure to meet Don and Audrey Wood! I love it when authors and illustrators are friendly and approachable. If you haven’t read any of their books, start with The Napping House!
I volunteered twice this week with one of my favorite non-profits- The Children’s Book Bank. On Tuesday was a regular session cleaning and sprucing up donated books to make them like new to the kids receiving them. On Thursday, I helped them table at a cool annual event here in Portland- a Volunteer Expo, a great way for people to get to know the different opportunities for them to donate their time, money, or skills! I love getting to talk about books, volunteering and my job to others.
I even met one of the authors of one of my 53 favorite books there- Kristin Anderson who co-wrote State of Giving: Oregon Volunteers, Donors, and Nonprofits!
Thursday evening, I saw Ursula K. Le Guin speak about her new book Steering the Craft. She was frank and feisty and gave refreshing answers.
My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is her speech when she accepted the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
What are you celebrating this week?