Colorful Book Spines

Compassion Through Literature 

A multipronged, communitywide project to increase understanding and inclusion among our neighbors by discussing and sharing literature. 

Walking in Our Shoes

hiking shoe prints trail_edited.jpg
A couple sitting near a beautiful sand art project
A couple sitting near a beautiful sand art project

press to zoom
a group of young co-workers from diverse backgrounds
a group of young co-workers from diverse backgrounds

press to zoom
A Hispanic couple embracing
A Hispanic couple embracing

press to zoom
A couple sitting near a beautiful sand art project
A couple sitting near a beautiful sand art project

press to zoom
1/19

We are in a golden age of literature, where everyone in our community can find "windows, mirrors, and sliding-glass doors" (Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop) into their lives and the lives of others. Reading about the experiences of others, or even seeing our own experiences reflecting back to us in the pages of a book, builds understanding and empathy. 

 

Positive Charge! PDX is very excited about Amplifying Kindness through literature.
 

 

 

 

Let's celebrate the fascinating lives of our families, friends, and members of our community,  a world of different ages, religions, sexual orientation, gender identities, family structures, cultures, nationalities, financial statuses, physical and mental challenges, etc.

high heel shoe prints trail.jpg

Compassion through Literacy

This is an all-age, family-friendly project, focused on a READ - SHARE - GIFT - BUILD approach to enriching our lives through the magnificent and diverse strengths that make us whole.  Please take a look at each of the project highlights below.

Children in Library
footprints trail_edited.jpg

READ

Family Reading Comic Book

Read or listen to books about people who are different from you, and experience life differently than you have.  Read them alone, with your family, or create a book group and read them together!  Take a look at the "Community Connections" section below for links and recommendations to help you get started.

shoe prints trail.jpg

SHARE

Share what you’ve learned from the books you've read with others by way of conversation, social media posts, or by creating a book group.  By discussing  the challenges, struggles, accomplishments, and contributions we read about, we further cultivate kindness and understanding.  

a book club with diverse individuals
footprints trail_edited.jpg

GIFT

Children putting books into a Little Library kiosk

Gift your favorite books to the Children’s Book Bank and to Little Free Libraries around town so others can have the experience of "windows, mirrors, and sliding-glass doors" through literature. 

hiking shoe prints trail.jpg

BUILD

high heel shoe prints trail.jpg

Build your own little library to install in your yard, someone else’s, or in a public place (permission required). 

 

Fill it with books celebrating all walks of life to increase understanding of, and empathy for, others. 

 

You can even include an envelope or shelf for providing handmade Kindness Bookmarks that people can take with the books. 

 

Post a picture of your little library and bookmarks on our Positive Charge! PDX Facebook and Instagram pages so we can all see what you've created!

A Little Library kiosk
A Little Library kiosk
A Little Library kiosk

Community Connections . . .

Mic
Sunday, 11/14, 7pm
PROJECT KICK-OFF EVENT
Mary-Catherine McElroy, Elementary School Librarian
​Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors*: the importance of seeing ourselves and others in literature (*phrase from Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop)  Bonus:  Book recommendations included!
 
Link to recorded event click              HERE

Announcements . . .

Great links . . .

Little Free Libraries "Read in Color" list
SocialJusticeBooks.Org list
Multnomah Co. Library K-12 Equity
& Social Justice Book list
Children's Book Bank Book list