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Gresham Reads

  • This new City program offers free books to children in select local restaurants.

    Families with children visiting may read the books during their meal and also take a book home.

    Bookshelf locations

    Donate books

    Donations of new or gently used children’s books are welcome to expand the program and offer new reading choices. 

    Drop book donations off at City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

    About the program

    Mayor Shane Bemis launched Gresham Reads in 2017 to encourage local children to discover the joy of reading.

    “Studies routinely show the critical importance of childhood literacy, " said Mayor Bemis. "Gresham has a laser focus on our children and families right now, and the Gresham Reads program will give us a new and exciting way to make age-appropriate books accessible for our youngest residents." 

    Community partners

    • Book Warehouse in Troutdale 
    • The Children's Book Bank
    • Friends of Multnomah County Library
    • SMART (Start Making a Reader Today)
    • Title Wave Books  


    For more information about this program, contact the Office of Governance and Management at 503-618-2584.