Holiday sales benefit Gladstone Food Pantry, Clackamas Bookshelf
Spoke & Word Books, a pop-up indie bookshop in Gladstone, is teaming up with the Tiger Fruit smoothie and juice bar to bring a new holiday experience to the community.
Spoke & Word will be appearing for special sales in downtown Gladstone's juice bar on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas to offer new and used books and gifts to the community, as well as raise funds for the Gladstone Food Pantry and the Clackamas Bookshelf.
When the event co-founders started planning, they felt it was important to find a way to support the greater Gladstone community. Customers can choose which of the two nonprofits receive 10% of proceeds from each purchase.
"We chose to support the Gladstone Food Pantry because of the importance of the work that they're doing nourishing our neighbors with healthy food," said Cierra Cook. "Everyone deserves access to nutritious food, and the Gladstone Food Pantry is doing the boots-on-the-ground work to make sure all of our neighbors have enough wholesome food to eat, especially during this challenging economic time."
Clackamas Bookshelf, which provides free books to kids in Clackamas County who might not otherwise have access to their own books, has given away over 150,000 books to local children, helping kids build their own at-home libraries.
"As a bookseller, I understand the power of reading to transform lives," Cook said. "When I was growing up, books changed my world. Reading helped shape my understanding of the world, and expanded my awareness in a way that nothing else ever could. I'm so impressed by the work that The Clackamas Bookshelf is doing to ensure that all children have access to the same life changing magic you can only find through reading."
When Tiger Fruit co-owner Olive Guajardo learned that Cook was looking for a space to sell books during the holidays, they decided to collaborate on a Holiday Booktique in the Tiger Fruit space. Every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, customers will be able to shop new and used books, cards, and gifts, while enjoying hot chocolate, eggnog, and more holiday drinks.
Unlike traditional bookstores, the Holiday Booktique is organized by theme, not genre. Instead of seeing book sections labeled "Fiction," "Poetry" or "Science Fiction," you'll instead see books organized into categories like "Books People Keep Recommending to You but You Haven't Gotten Around to Reading Yet", "Fantastic Books with Terrible Covers" or "Dad Books."
"This unique organizational system encourages exploration and curiosity and leads customers to discover new titles they might not otherwise be exposed to," Cook said.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from Nov. 26-Dec. 17
Where: Tiger Fruit Smoothies, 125 E. Dartmouth St., Gladstone.
Food assistance: If you are in need of food assistance and live in the Gladstone/Jennings Lodge/Oak Grove area, visit the Gladstone School District's food pantry from 3-5:30 p.m. every Thursday (except Thanksgiving week they're open the day before, same hours) at 6460 Glen Echo in Gladstone, behind Hillside Fellowship.
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