Friends of The Seattle Public Library Searches for a New Home

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is searching for a 9,000 square foot facility to process material for its annual book sales. The current lease at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in South Lake Union ends in late 2018. For the past 46 years, the Friends book sales have provided inexpensive used books to raise money for The Seattle Public Library. The first sale in 1971 offered 20,000 books and netted $2,634. The 2017 sale offered over 150,000 items and netted just over $100,000 with over 8,000 in attendance. For the past three years, the Friends has also been selling online through Amazon, eBay, Discogs and ABE Books. Since 2003 the Friends has given more than $1.6 million in grants to the Library.

The Friends is a non-profit, 501©3 organization, established in 1941 to support the Library through advocacy, education and fundraising.

Please contact booksale@friendsofspl.org or call (206) 682-7567 with suggestions or ideas on available space within the city limits.

Find great summer reads at Freeway Park!

Friends of The Seattle Public Library is pleased to partner with the Freeway Park Association to provide gently used books for sale at the park throughout the summer!

Freeway Park Book CartYou’ll find a variety of fiction and nonfiction – something for everyone!

Paperbacks $2

Hardbacks $3

Noon – 2 p.m., Monday – Friday

Jim Ellis Freeway Park

700 Seneca St. 98101

Save the Date(s)!:

Cookbook Sale:

9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21
Tavolàta Capitol Hill
501 E. Pike St. 98122

One-Day Better Book Sale:

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11
Old Cafeteria, North Seattle College
9600 College Way N., 98103

HUGE Book Sale – 2018:

March 16 – 18, 2018
Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center

Contact: P) 206-682-7567; E) booksale@friendsofspl.org

Buy Online

Can’t wait for the next book sale? We sell books and music every day online! Check out our accounts at AmazonDiscogs (CDs), eBay and AbeBooks . We offer great service and a great selection – from classics to rare treasures.

You can also shop online for Library souvenirs and other items from the FriendShop.

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Volunteer Central: Book Sales and Sorting

Thanks for your interest in volunteering as a book sorter.  Currently, we have filled all of our volunteer slots at our sorting facility and have a large waiting list.  Please check back in the future to see if we need more volunteers at that time.  You might also consider applying as a volunteer at our Friendshop in the Central Library.  For information about that opportunity, please click here.

We appreciate your interest in serving the community of readers.

Thank you! We are a volunteer-based organization. Your support helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library.

Sorting Facility Directions

Books for Teachers

Since 2009, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library has been honored to receive annual grants from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to provide classroom books for teachers in high-need (Title 1) Seattle public schools.  Through these grants, each teacher receives a $100 voucher to purchase books from their students at the many Friends’ Book Sales.  So far, over 400 teachers from 35 schools have been given nearly 29,700 books new homes in their Seattle classrooms, ranging from K – 12.  In 2016, the Friends distributed over $9000 in teacher vouchers.  The total distribution through 2016 was over $22,000.

If you are currently teaching in a Title I, Seattle Public School, sign up for Books for Teachers program updates by clicking the button below and filling out the form.

Since 2009, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library has been honored to receive annual grants from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to provide classroom books for teachers in high-need (Title 1) Seattle public schools.  Through these grants, each teacher receives a $100 voucher to purchase books from their students at the many Friends’ Book Sales.  So far, over 400 teachers from 35 schools have been given nearly 29,700 books new homes in their Seattle classrooms, ranging from K – 12.  In 2016, the Friends distributed over $9000 in teacher vouchers.  The total distribution through 2016 was over $22,000.

If you are currently teaching in a Title I, Seattle Public School, sign up for Books for Teachers program updates by clicking the button below and filling out the form.

Please check back for more information about upcoming Books for Teachers sales. In the meantime, email booksforteachers@friendsofspl.org if you have any questions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library (FOSPL) seeks to engage broad community support for The Seattle Public Library through book sales, advocacy, and grants. By providing funding and support for library programs, we’re committed to bolstering the Library’s strategic initiatives.

Sponsorship opportunities include a host of marketing and outreach benefits that target a large audience of library patrons and community supporters.

Why does sponsorship makes sense for your company?

  • Highly visible exposure in a diverse community of library patrons, educators, arts lovers, and civic leaders
  • Public commitment to Seattle’s neighborhoods and cultural centers
  • Marketing alignment with a world-class library system
  • Front-and-center publicity in e-communications to 3k monthly subscribers and targeted blasts to 100k library patrons

Click here for Sponsorship Benefits and Levels

Questions? Ready to sponsor? Please email booksale@friendsofspl.org

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