About Us

We first met at a Friends of the Library volunteer get together.  We ended up working at the same bookstore.

We had so much in common we may well have been Siamese twins reading the same book.  Our shared love of books and libraries and Portland gave us the great idea of library hopping and we’ve been doing so for years now.

We can’t manage to get a good photo of the two of us.

Carly (a.k.a. Pearl)

Library and literacy work are my life purpose.  I recently graduated from the MLIS program at the University of Washington.  I have read to children through Oregon’s Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) program, taught a popular basic technology class at the Sellwood-Moreland Library, and interned with the Library Outreach Services department of the Multnomah County Library.  I currently work as a LEARN (Let Every Adult Read Now) tutor through the Multnomah County Library.

Earliest Library Memory:  My third place throughout childhood was a one-room library in a small town outside Rochester, NY.  I could be found reading my way through the collection– I especially enjoyed Anastasia Krupnik, Nancy Drew, and the Narnia books.  Concerned neighbors often telephoned my mother to tell her that they’d seen me- yet again– walking along the side of the road while reading a book.  They didn’t need to worry— I stayed far away from passing vehicles!

Favorite Branches:  Sellwood-Moreland Library (Multnomah County); Beaverton City Library (Washington County Cooperative Library Services); Gladstone Public Library (Libraries in Clackamas County)

Earl (a.k.a. Marley)

My love of libraries, of books, is pretty much an obsession.  And I can’t think of a more perfect place to library hop than in Portland.  I love books and hang out at coffee shops because I want to be a writer.  I’ve worked at libraries and currently work at an online bookstore.  I volunteer with different non-profits that promote literacy.

Earliest Library Memory:  I remember losing track of time just reading Agatha Christie novels at the North Beach library in San Francisco.  My family would have to remind me to go home.

Favorite Branches:  Central (Multnomah County Library); Tigard (Washington County Cooperative Library Services); West Linn (Clackamas County Library District)

  1. What a great idea! Wouldn’t it be great to have these sorts of tours from many cities and towns across the country and around the world? We’re about to launch a more comprehensive Little Free Library blog ourselves and would love to include a regular link to you. And we’re discussing strategies to put together a common research agenda with Reach Out and Read, ProLiteracy and other groups. It would be interesting to have a better sense of how Little Free Libraries relate to public libraries, affect social capital and influence reading habits.

    Got some more ideas about how we might all collaborate?

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