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Books have the power to have us feel empathy and have us experience the thrill of a journey of someone else. --Laura Moulton

Street Books: Library on Wheels for People Outside

--by Sybile Penhirin, syndicated from nationswell.com, Aug 10, 2016

For the past five years, Laura Moulton has spent her days in underserved areas of Portland, Ore., lending books to people living on the fringes of society.

Those living outside or in temporary shelters are usually barred from borrowing books from regular libraries because they lack the required documentation (such as identification or a home address) to get a library card. Additionally, their everyday lives often make it hard for them to return books in good conditions and on time, triggering hefty fines and dissuading them from the practice, Moulton, an artist and writing professor, explains.

In 2011, she launched Street Books, a bike-powered, mobile library to ensure the homeless communities has access to literature.  

“Being recognized and spoken to on the street and offered a book for someone who has really been struggling can be a really powerful thing,” Moulton says. “Books have the power to have us feel empathy and have us experience the thrill of a journey of someone else”.

So far, Street Books have served more than 5,000 patrons, many of which have become regulars.

Discover more about Street Books and its patrons by watching the video above.  


Read more: http://nationswell.com/street-books-mobile-lending-library-homeless/#ixzz4GuN9X13O 


Syndicated from NationSwell, a new digital media company focused on high-quality stories about American renewal — about the new innovators, pioneers, and builders who are doing the most creative and impactful things to move America forward. 



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