“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” , by Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond, will be the focal point of the Multnomah County Library’s 2017 Everybody Reads community reading program. Desmond follows eight Wisconsin families who struggle to pay their rent. The book has received much critical praise – The New York Times described it as an “unignorable book,” adding, “after ‘Evicted,’ it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing.” The New Yorker excerpted it over two issues.
The library’s director, Valley Oehlke, who chose the title, called it “a very timely selection for our community.”
“People in Portland are really good readers,” Street Books librarian Diana Rempe said during a shift behind St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. “They’re amazing readers, whether inside or outside.”
Brandon Motter, a homeless teen, built a new library to help needy mothers and children at the Roswell-based Drake House.
Over 5,000 books were seized when police cleared Occupy Wall Streeters from Zuccotti Park. To counter that move, protesters created OccupyEducated, an online reading list central to the movement.
Stephen Krashen’s recent article, Protecting Students Against the Effects of Poverty: Libraries, asserts that the most serious problem in American education is poverty.