Laura Moulton is a librarian and founder of Street Books, a mobile library that serves homeless and semi-homeless people in Portland, Oregon. Her project is finally getting some much-deserved attention after the release of a promotional video by “NationSwell” , which shows how much her community appreciates getting books to read along with a little human compassion from someone who isn’t a case worker.
According to Moulton, Street Books’ goal, is to both “empower people on the streets through access to literature” and to “create a community of support for people living outside, through a shared love of books.”
“We have narratives, I think, that we make about people who are living outside that helps us walk past them,” Moulton explained in the NationSwell documentary video. “And I really think that if we took pause and considered each person, that we would not be able to walk by so easily.”
Moulton and her Street Books crew, six librarians in total, make sure to keep to a regular schedule so their patrons know when to expect them.
This is such a productive initiative to allow individuals with no resources the right to read and culturize themselves.
Would you like to have a Street Book car in your city?
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