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I love lists.

I love bookstores and libraries.

This is where I’ll be listing the bookstores and libraries I’ve visited since I moved to Portland in 2008.

This is a work in progress since I hope to write individual posts about each of the places I’ve visited- or, at least, for a good number of them.

What are some of your favorite bookstores and libraries you’ve visited?

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16th Ever Library Hop: Bookish Coast Vacation Edition

I recently went to the Oregon Coast again since I had a three-day weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July. This time, I visited bookstores and libraries and beaches.

Day One- Seaside

Since it was Independence Day, I didn’t think anything would be open but the two bookstores in Seaside were.

First up was Book Warehouse in the outlet mall. I was excited to go there even though I’d already been to two other ones (in Troutdale and in Lincoln City) because I have a completist mindset and I thought I’d have visited all of their West Coast locations. Unfortunately, as I was typing this post, I realized I missed going to Woodburn’s Book Warehouse when I was in that neck of the woods. The obsessive part of me is trying not to plan a trip to go all the way down there just to get it out of my mind.

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Beach Books was next. I know some of the people who work there and it was nice to see them (a few days later) and talk about the book world.

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I even found a Little Free Library as I walked along the Historic Seaside Promenade also known as the Prom.

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Day Two- Warrenton, Astoria, Cannon Beach

Day Two was technically when the library hop took place.

My first stop was the Warrenton Community Library. I ended up talking to the staff and sharing how much I love library hopping and that I particularly enjoy a smaller library like theirs when I see patrons taking advantage of their services.

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Astoria had two independent bookstores- Godfather’s Books and Espresso and Lucy’s Books– each one unique in its own way.

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My favorite thing I saw was Astoria Public Library‘s bikemobile Spokes. It’s such a cool way to bring the library to the public.

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Since the day before was a holiday, I didn’t get to go to the Seaside Public Library until now. I believe the Friends of the Seaside Public Library’s Elbert B. Groot Bookstore was named after a very generous patron which you can read about here.

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What I didn’t expect was everyone leaving the beach and causing traffic and delays. So after hours waiting for the next bus and cutting it close, I finally got to Cannon Beach.

I’ve been surprised that all the beach towns I’ve been to on this coast trip so far have had two bookstores and a library. Cannon Beach was no exception with Jupiter’s Rare & Used Books, Cannon Beach Book Company, and the Cannon Beach Public Library, respectively.

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Day Three- Manzanita

My final day, I visited some of my favorite spots. And, since I’m hardly ever on the coast, despite my having gone there twice so far this year, I decided to make a last minute trek to Mazanita.

Its library is actually called the North Tillamook Library.

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I almost missed out going to Cloud & Leaf Bookstore. It was an absolutely charming place!

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I had a great time during my Coast Vacation. And I love getting to explore Oregon. As crazy as I think that I go to such far away places to visit bookstores and libraries, I also know I probably wouldn’t go anywhere if not for them!

Bookstores in Hood River

After a rather busy week that resulted in meeting some goals I had set for myself, I decided to treat myself by going to Hood River!

Hood River is about 60 miles away from Portland. The commute on public transportation was about 90 minutes.

You can read about my visit of the Hood River Library here.

The first bookstore I visited was Artifacts. Its tagline is Good Books and Bad Art. It was a great mix of new and mostly used books and gag gifts with an extensive collection on cycling.

The one I had been meaning to visit, which I finally did, was Waucoma Bookstore. I’ve seen the owners around at book conventions and whenever they’re in Portland. They’re friendly and wonderful. And, I was able to tell how they’ve created an integral institution in their community!

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I bought A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers for my book drive which is still ongoing until I read the books I got and find someone who can help me bring them to the Children’s Book Bank! So, if you want to donate, you still can!

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I also explore a bit of Hood River, mostly its waterfront and downtown.

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They had a cute Children’s Park with a Little Free Library!

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After a rather busy week that resulted in meeting some goals I had set for myself, I decided to treat myself by going to a new library I hadn’t visited before. So, off I went to Hood River!

Originally, I had wanted to visit all 3 locations in the Hood River County Library District but that wasn’t really feasible with not having a car. I decided to change it to a more fun goal- to visit all the Oregon Carnegie Libraries. I figured this way I wouldn’t be too obsessive about having to visit all the libraries although I was a bit annoyed at not being able to go to other libraries which seemed so near but were quite far.

Hood River is about 60 miles away from Portland. The commute on public transportation was about 90 minutes.

My first view of the library was its sweeping green lot of the Georgiana Smith Memorial Gardens.

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I love seeing how the old Carnegie buildings are included in renovations- a great way to see the old and the new.

Three more to go until I complete my challenge!

My Bookish Coast to Coast Vacation, Part 3

For a detailed account of my Rochester trip, click here.
For my previous posts in this series, click here and here.

Day 1

On my morning walk in Rochester, I ended up in the ABC Streets Neighborhood. And, as I had hoped w there was a name like that, there was a Little Free Library!

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My friend took me to her alma mater, Nazareth College, and we explored Lorette Wilmot Library.

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It’s always interesting to see a Barnes & Noble that’s a university bookstore.

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One of my favorite places we visited was Writers & Books, a literary center located in Rochester’s arts district. It was truly a book lover’s and writer’s paradise. I could see myself spending a lot of time there.

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I loved visiting the Out Alliance Library. There was such a huge collection of books and other media.

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Our final bookish stop for the day was the Fairport Public Library. There were so many cool things to see there including the well curated Teen area, the time capsule in the Children’s, and the Book Bin store run by the Friends of the Fairport Public Library. You can even take a virtual tour!

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Day 2

Our first stop for my last day was the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. The fact that it was actually two buildings- the Rundel Memorial Library and the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building- made it doubly exciting for me. And they were connected via an underground tunnel as well.

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We entered through the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building. There was a beautiful Reading Garden and The Library Store run by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. My favorite part was the Secret Room in the Children’s area!

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We took the underground tunnel to the Rundel Library Building.

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I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled that there was the Stonewall: 50 Years Out exhibit going on at the Anthony Mascioli Gallery.

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I was surprised to discover there were two children’s bookstores in Rochester. The first was Element of Fun in Village Gate. It sold books and toys.

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The next was Hipocampo Children’s Books, which just had their grand opening in April! Talk about where books are magic!

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My friend and I ended up chatting to Henry, one of the co-owners, about community, Portland, culture, and, of course, books. We could have talked until the end of the day but sadly I had a plane to catch. I’m definitely following them to see them grow.

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We managed to squeeze in one more bookstore. The Barnes and Noble in Pittsford Plaza was the nicest of its kind I’d seen featuring a Used Books section (Sale Annex) and a Community Room!

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Thanks to everyone who joined me in reminiscing about all the bookstores and libraries I visited during my Coast to Coast vacation!

The Ultimate Library Adventure of Marley and Pearl: Exploring NYPL

To celebrate a milestone in her life, Carly (aka Pearl thereby making me Marley) wanted to go to the Big Apple and one of the things she wanted to do there was visit the New York Public Library. It’s been something we’ve talked about doing maybe even before our library hopping days and I decided I should join her. So I did! And so we went!

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I don’t think any one could have been more excited than we were to go the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Even seeing the building from a distance and then reaching the main entrance getting to meet Patience and Fortitude, the Library Lions, was thrilling!

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We followed the large crowd of people in- after taking some pictures with Patience and Fortitude and in front of the library. We wanted to make sure we got tickets for the free guided tour. Then we had an hour to kill beforehand. But there was lots to see!

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The tour was helpful in focusing on certain aspects of the library because it can get overwhelming.

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I was confused that I hadn’t seen the circulating part of the library yet, I didn’t realize the building was mostly research- or for tourists. But the ground floor was a whole other story! And, unless I’m mistaken, this is the interim location called Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street.

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Naturally, I wanted to explore the Children’s Center at 42nd Street, particularly seeing the Adventures of the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh.

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There were also two current exhibitions going on.

The one I was excited about was Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50.

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The second was Walt Whitman: America’s Poet.

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I still can’t believe that I was at the New York Public Library. It was more than I thought it would be. Bigger. Better. I’m glad we were able to experience this together!

Update July 11, 2019: I found some more pictures from this adventure!

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My Bookish Coast to Coast Vacation, Part 2

Continuing my Coast to Coast Vacation, which you can read about here– or, if you want the bookish version so far, here-, I arrived in Brooklyn, New York Friday night. And where else would I meet my friends but at a bookstore?

Books Are Magic is one of those author-owned bookstores (in this case, Emma Straub) that’s on my Must Visit list. Books are magic because they can bring people together and create friendships! We took the obligatory picture along their wall! Even though I didn’t really stay long enough to browse, I can see why it’s so popular. They even had an author reading going on.

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You can check out more of my New York adventures here since I’ll be focusing on the bookstores and libraries I’ve visited in this post.

While visiting the Stonewall Inn, a couple of people suggested we check out Jekyll & Hyde Club in Greenwich Village for the literary theme and for its hidden bathrooms! I wish I had more time- and energy!- to see everything about this place inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s story but it was late and we had a big day ahead of us!

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My friend and fellow library hopper had been wanting to visit the New York Public Library– as have I- so it was super special that we got to experience it together! You can read about that here.

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What I originally thought to be part of NYPL’s many programs, the Bryant Park Reading Room is its own entity. I love the idea of this “Open Air Library.”

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After that we went to the Strand Book Store. 18 miles of books! It reminded me of Powell’s Books here in Portland. It’s definitely a book lover’s paradise!

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We could have stayed there the rest of the day but we had lots of New York still left to see and not a whole lot of time. We parted ways as they did some more sightseeing and I, of course, went to more bookstores and libraries.

Books of Wonder, the famed children’s bookstore that inspired the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie You’ve Got Mail, was my first stop by myself. Old books. New books. Collectibles. Lots of Oz merchandise. There’s so much to love about this place!

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My plan of attack was basically to zig-zag my way up the streets of Manhattan. I did have a destination in mind. I stopped by…

the Kips Bay Branch of NYPL…

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Barnes and Noble on 5th Avenue…

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the 53rd Street Library of NYPL…

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on my way to Sesame Street!

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I was hoping for more to celebrate the recent renaming of W 63rd St on Broadway as part of the show’s 50th anniversary.

Some people would have called it a day by now but I took the subway to Brooklyn to try and visit some more before they closed in about an hour.

One of the other places I really wanted to make sure I visited was Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab. I loved how much personality it had for such a small space. The person working there was super nice and she even gave me an extra copy of A Field Guide to Bookstores of Brooklyn that they gave out during Independent Bookstore Day the week before!

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Unnameable Books wasn’t on my radar until I saw it on the list but it was nearby so I went.

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Greenlight Bookstore is a great example of a bookstore doing it right.

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My last bookstore visit was probably my favorite- The Center for Fiction. I’m still not quite sure what exactly it is even after checking out their website but I love it! I would definitely come back.

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I think I did quite well during my time in New York City. But while we said goodbye, my trip wasn’t over yet!

In fact, leaving the Big Apple via Amtrak, I found Hudson Booksellerss at Pennsylvania Station! (I’m only counting this and not its Hudson News locations.)

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My Bookish Coast to Coast Vacation, Part 1

My Coast to Coast Vacation was very spur of the moment and probably one of the most spontaneous thing I ever did. It’s truly something that I will always look back on with a smile on my face.

A detailed account of my adventures is detailed on my other blog here.

I’ll be focusing mainly on the West Coast part of my trip in this post.

Day 1- San Francisco

As I waited for one bookstore to open, I found a Little Free Library a block or two down from it at the Noe Valley Town Square.

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My first bookstore was Charlie’s Corner a relatively new children’s bookstore that opened up in 2015. They were at their temporary location since the original venue was going through some seismic retrofitting. They have multiple story times everyday, a membership club and other fun stuff. They also have Maggie Rudy’s beautiful Mouse City on display!

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While walking to The Castro, I ran into Folio Books. I loved they had a tent in the middle of their children’s area.

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In The Castro, I didn’t realize they had another Dog Eared Books location. They had lots of LGBTQ face outs.

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One of the bookstores I’d been wanting to go to but they always managed to be closed the other times I’ve gone to San Francisco was Arkipelago Books– a Filipino bookstore in San Francisco’s South of Market(SOMA). This tiny store got rather busy and there seemed to be lots of literary things going on. I’m glad I finally went!

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Even though I lived in San Francisco when I was younger and in Chinatown for awhile- not to mention my other visits since then-, I’d never actually gone to the Chinatown Branch Library (renamed Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library in 2010.) With my recent obsessions in visiting Carnegie locations, I decided to finally go.

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I went to Grace Cathedral to walk its labyrinths when, sitting in the courtyard, I noticed a room with shelves of books. Lo and behold, it was a library! The Marialice King Hale Library is located in Chapter House.

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Some other literary sights I saw that day…

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Day 2- South San Francisco & Berkeley

After all that walking, I was seriously considering staying in the next day and resting but I went off to see a Carnegie library in South San Francisco and a children’s bookstore in Berkeley.

I had lived in South San Francisco also and I don’t remember going to any libraries there. And who’d have guessed the Grand Avenue Library was a Carnegie?

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I hadn’t been to Berkeley before so it was nice to go there. I loved the Berkeley Central Library. My favorite part of was the listening station. They also had a Friends’ Store. I enjoyed talking to the children’s librarians there.

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I visited Pegasus Books, their downtown Berkeley location, and loved their mix of new and old books, CD’s and DVD’s. They’ll be celebrating 50 years in June!

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On my way to another bookstore, I saw Half Price Books so of course I had to check it out. I didn’t realize they were a Texas-based chain that has now over 100 locations nationwide.

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Books, Inc. also had a location in Berkeley.

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What I really wanted to visit was Mr. Mopp’s Children’s Books & Toys. A specialty toy shop since the 1960’s, they opened up their book annex in 2013. I had a fun time talking to the employee there about kids books we love!

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Later that day, I explored Museum of Modern Art and was delighted to find a poop up library. The Public Knowledge Library is a collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library focusing on the culture (history and perseverance) of the city.

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Day 3- Airports

In the San Francisco International Airport, Books, Inc. has two locations of their Compass Books. Since I was flying domestic, I saw the one in terminal 3.

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A layover in Denver International Airport meant I was able to visit the Tattered Cover Book Store there. But because I’m obsessive and it was easy to get around, I went to all three.

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I can’t believe I’d gone to so many bookstores and libraries on my trip already. But there was more to come!

15th Ever Library Hop: New Old Libraries Edition

What an unexpectedly fun day today turned out to be!

I knew I had wanted to hit up at least 2 libraries today but it turned out to be more than that. And I thought with one of them that it wasn’t going to be exciting because I was just going there since I hadn’t been back since they had renovated.

The first stop was the Oregon City Public Library. Funnily enough, the first location I visited of this library was when it was temporarily in a strip mall. Fortunately, they moved back to their old Carnegie building where they expanded a few years ago.

The renovations were gorgeous. It was so fun looking around and taking in everything new.

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The Friends of the Oregon City Public Library Bookstore moved to a new location closer to the library so, of course, I had to check it out.

On my way to the other library, the bus decided to have a 10-minute break so I was able to check out the renovated Canby Public Library.

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As it turned out, the design firm who did the renovations for both Oregon City and Canby also did Driftwood and Happy Valley!

The main library I wanted to visit was Woodburn Public Library which is part of my Oregon Carnegie Libraries Challenge.

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With Woodburn off my list, I only have 4 more Carnegie libraries to visit!

14th Ever Library Hop: Bookish Birthday Vacation Edition

I recently went on a bookish vacation at the Sylvia Beach Hotel (staying at the Dr. Seuss room) as an early birthday present for myself. I wanted to use it as a writer’s retreat of sorts. But I knew I also wanted to visit libraries and bookstores along the coast since I wasn’t in that part of Oregon often.

Like all my travels, particularly my library hopping adventures, it relied on public transportation and if I missed one of the many connecting rides, it was game over. But everything went smoothly!

Days One & Two- Getting to Sylvia Beach Hotel; From Portland to Newport

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My first stop was the Tillamook County Library. And, if this was any indicator of how my trip was going to be, I was definitely in for a treat! I loved the murals especially the one leading to the Children’s Room. But the one in the staircase was beautiful, too.

The Tillamook Library Foundation Bookstore was open and I talked to a very nice volunteer there. They’re currently raising funds to build a Library Park!

Literacy Park behind the Newport Public Library

On my way to Sylvia Beach Hotel, I walked past the Newport Public Library which I had already been to on a previous library hop. But I didn’t see Literacy Park behind it until now. It’s very tiny and has a small amphitheater.

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Aside from the authors’ books in each of its literary themed room, Sylvia Beach Hotel has a pretty impressive library including plenty of comfortable seats even by a fireplace!

Just a few doors down is Nye Beach Book House which I had already been to during my first visit to Sylvia Beach Hotel. But I couldn’t resist stopping by.

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I also went to Fireside Books, another used bookstore in Newport.

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Day Three- Waldport and Yachats

After realizing how long the bus rides were, I was ready to readjust my expectations of how many libraries and bookstores I was going to visit especially when I knew I wanted to dedicate some time for writing. Fortunately, I was able to do just that. And the following day, I was off again.

Waldport Public Library

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This little library was hosting an Easter Egg Hunt when I was there so that was nice to see.

After Waldport, I went to Yachats. And just walking around I ran across this charming used bookstore- Mari’s Books! It’s great this coastal town would have both a bookstore and a library.

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Yachats Public Library

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After Googling what other bookstores there were in Newport, I was super curious to see Canyon Way Restaurant and Bookstore because it was a restaurant AND a bookstore! It was super cool.

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Day Four- Going Home; From Newport to Portland

My trip home was full of unexpected side detours but all for the good.

Despite being in a time crunch, I was able to stop by the Book Warehouse in Lincoln City’s outlet mall.

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Driftwood Public Library (Lincoln City)

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This looked very unassuming from the outside but it was surprisingly nice and spacious inside. There was also a Friends of Driftwood Public Library Book Store which was sadly closed when I was there.

Apparently the firm in charge of the renovation was also responsible for Oregon City’s, Happy Valley’s, and Canby’s.

Bob’s Beach Books was one that people said I should visit. Fortunately, I was able to walk there instead of just idling about waiting for a bus!

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Grand Ronde Tribal Library

I really thought that would be my last library even though I had purposely took a different route home to see one other library. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find information about where it was and if it was even still open. I was happy at least to see a Little Free Library was by the bus stop when I got to Grand Ronde.

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But 10 minutes before the next bus arrived, I found out where the library was so I had to rush to visit it!

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At this point, I was content to call it a day- and I had three buses left. But I had ended up passing by another library so I decided to check it out. There was a super friendly librarian at the Sheridan Public Library.

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I even found a used bookstore- Main Street Books Revisited!

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Having visited 7 bookstores and 7 libraries made this a very fun trip for me!

You can read more about my vacation here.

Oregon Carnegie Libraries Challenge

With all the library hopping I’ve been doing over the years, I realized I’ve visited quite a number of Carnegie libraries in Oregon. Originally, there were thirty-two but only eleven are still being used as libraries. While others have been demolished, some have been repurposed. I like it when it becomes that town or city’s historical museum.

I decided recently it might be a fun goal to try and visit the eleven Carnegie libraries in Oregon. It’s definitely a challenge since I don’t drive and most of them are far away. Hopefully, I’ll get to them all by the end of the year.

Here are the ones I’ve visited so far.

North Portland (Portland, Multnomah County Library)

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St. Johns (Portland, Multnomah County Library)

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Oregon City

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Albany

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McMinnville

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(Updated April 27, 2019)

Woodburn

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(Updated June 6, 2019)

Hood River

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(Updated July 12, 2019)

It may seem like a cop out but I’m going to call this challenge complete. Newberg had this passport to celebrate its library’s centennial a few years ago. Even they considered eight was enough since the other locations were extremely out of the way. (I still wouldn’t mind checking out the Ashland, Enterprise, and Union public libraries in the future, though!) Instead of getting stamps, I printed out pictures of the libraries and stuck them on.

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I loved getting to visit each of them. And for the most part I had fun trying to see how many I could go to!

13th Ever Library Hop: Last Minute First Library Hop of 2019

Somehow after my bookstore and library visits yesterday, I couldn’t sleep. So what did I do? I decided to go to a last minute library hop which required scrambling to buy tickets, plan out which places I wanted to see, and to get ready all within a short time frame.

Fortunately, I had free tickets for Bolt Bus to redeem and I saw they went to Eugene where I’d been wanting to go to. So, after being up for 24 hours straight, off I went.

The first thing I did once I got to Eugene was to actually head to Springfield (just across the river from it) and I came across the official Simpsons mural!

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The Springfield Public Library was located inside City Hall. I was really impressed by what they did with the space. There were people getting library cards, buying books from the Friends Book Sale, and checking out materials. There was even a school group there. Springfield Public Library is hoping to expand to better serve the community and I hope they’re successful at it.

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My next library visit was University of Oregon’s Knight Library. It was a beautiful building. A bookstore customer had told me they had an amazing collection of items related to children’s literature. While I didn’t see any in person, they do have a great resource available online of Twentieth Century Children’s Literature as part of their Special Collections and University Archives including manuscripts from Virginia Lee Burton!

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Finally, I went to the Eugene Public Library. My original plan was just to visit the Downtown Library but, since it was a day of last minute decisions, I ended up visiting all three locations which was sort of a time crunch.

The Downtown Library reminded me of Seattle’s Central Library which I’m honestly not a fan of. It had a cafe on the ground floor called Novella Cafe. The Second Hand Prose Book Store (operated by the Friends of Eugene Public Library) was unfortunately closed during my visit.

The Bethel and Sheldon branches were quite a distance away in either direction from the Downtown Library which was good in the sense that they were able to serve more people but bad for me since they took awhile to get to and from. They were in strip malls and took me less than five minutes each to look around but they were being used which was a nice thing to see.

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And, of course, any time I’m in a new city, I also like to visit bookstores. First up was Tsunami Books. I really liked the book mural.

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Then, I went to Smith Family Bookstore’s Campus location. I was surprised by how big it was.

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After that, I ended up at J. Michaels Books, apparently named as one of Huffington Post’s 50 Best Indie Bookstores in the country.

Finally, I went to Smith Family Bookstore’s Downtown location. It was incredible how many books they buy based on the number of boxes they had stacked all over the place. And, yet, both stores were well organized.

Enjoy some random pics I took while I was in Eugene.

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After visiting 5 libraries and 4 bookstores as a last minute trip to Eugene, I think I’m pretty set on library hopping for the time being! Then again, I can never say no!

Previous Library Hops:
The First Ever Library Hop Adventures of Marley and Pearl
The 2nd Annual Library Hop Adventures of Marley and Pearl
Library Hopping 2011 2.5: The Continuing Adventures of Marley and Pearl
The 3rd Annual Library Hop Adventures of Marley and Pearl: LFL Edition, Part I
The 3rd Annual Library Hop Adventures of Marley and Pearl: LFL Edition, Part II
The Road Trippin’ Adventures of Ericat and Muffin: In which She takes Him Library Hopping and wonders what She got Herself into
5th Annual Library Hop a.k.a. “More Adventures of Ericat and Muffin: In which They reunite and go Library Hopping Again.”
6th Annual Library Hop: Out of State Edition a.k.a. “Las Vegas Edition (Actually Henderson but who even knows where that is?) with Christine Claiborne”
7th Annual Library Hop: International Edition a.k.a. “An Eight-Hour Layover at the Taiwan Airport Edition”
8th Ever Library Hop: The Reinstated Edition a.k.a. “North Las Vegas Edition”
9th Ever Library Hop: Tacoma Edition a.k.a. “I’m sure I’ve done more before I started this list but who’s counting? Edition”
10th Ever Library Hop: Salem Edition a.k.a. “My Library Hopping is Back with a Vengeance This Year! Edition”
12th Ever Library Hop: Last Library Hop of 2018 a.k.a. “The Most Bus Rides I’ve Ever Taken”

First Bookstore and Library Visits of 2019!

Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate than to visit bookstores and libraries!

All winter long I’d been itching to go on more library hops and bookstore crawls to no avail since the weather was bleak and I’d pretty much hit up all the places I could relying on cheap public transportation. And I admit I was spoiled by how many I did last year. I shouldn’t expect that to be the norm.

But I was thrilled to hear a new bookstore- and a children’s bookstore at that!- had just opened up in Vancouver, Washington. So, naturally, I had to visit! And, after doing some research, there were some libraries near it that I could go as well.

First up, I ended up at Clark College’s Lewis D. Cannell Library. I had decided not to want to visit university libraries anymore unless they were convenient to go to which this was. I immediately found their picture books selection which is part of their oddly named Renaissance Kids collection.

While Googling libraries in the area, I stumbled upon an interesting one- The Brautigan Library– consisting of unpublished manuscripts in categories like Adventure, Family, Future, Meaning of Life, Street Life, and All the Rest using the Mayonnaise System. It sounded so quirky that I needed to visit it.

Because I’m horrible with directions, on my way there, I ran across the Clark County Historical Museum and noticed it used to be a Carnegie library. I really didn’t want to have to pay the admission fee but I realized the Brautigan Library was inside the museum so I bit the bullet.

I was expecting something more after everything I read but it was just a few shelves of books. It was in the same room as the museum Research Library but at least I was able to add two more libraries to my list! It was cool that I got to visit another Carnegie library building even though I wasn’t seeking it out. Unfortunately I couldn’t take any pics.

Finally, I went to the main reason of my visit- Dicken’s Children’s Books and Publishing Lab. What a delightful place. I loved the mural of beloved kidlit characters. They had a stage with a puppet theater and a reading tent. The publishing lab had typewriters and writing utensils for when the creative juices start flowing. I really enjoyed it. I like to tell people we’re in a golden age for children’s books so I’m always happy when a dedicated kids bookstore opens up.

After returning to Portland and after my library volunteer shift, I decided to hit up a new bookstore I’d been meaning to visit ever since I met the own in a bookseller’s conference. Two Rivers Bookstore is located in the St. Johns neighborhood sharing its space with a coffee shop. I love when independent bookstores reflect their communities’ needs.

I’m so happy that I got to enjoy a bookish day!