Joelle left books in the surgery waiting area at Swedish Hospital for International Book Giving Day. How did you participate?
Did you get your book for International Book Giving Day from the FriendShop? Rona is ready for tomorrow!
Since 1941 The Friends of The Seattle Public Library has been instrumental in providing books to dozens of organizations throughout the city, providing more than 8,000 books last year. The Friends has partnered with the library to donate books to 36 underserved community groups in support of The Seattle Public Library.
Below are different community partners touched by The Friends last year, one book at a time.
Boys & Girls Club
Tent City 3
Denise Louie Head Start
Olympic Hills Kindergarten
Olympic Hills Jump Start Program
Olympic Hills Headstart
Olympic Hills Summer School
North Helpline Foodbank
Seattle Parks Department
YouthCare Youth Build Program
Family Works Service Center
Family Works Food Bank
Jackson Park Village
Youth Tutoring Program
West Seattle Food Bank
Urban Rest Stop Clinic
University District Food Bank
North Seattle Family Center/WIC
Seattle/King County Health Clinic
University Family YMCA
John Rogers Jump Start Program
Lake City WIC
Little Brook Park lunch program
Low Income Housing Institute
Yesler Community Center
Hunger Intervention Program
Reach Out and Read program at UW Pediatric Care
The Friends of the Seattle Public Library Board is all stocked up for #BookGivingDay! At our meeting this morning, each Board Member got to choose a book to give away or leave at a favorite location in honor of International Book Giving Day, February 14th. Will you join us?
The FriendShop also has 50 free books to give to patrons who want to participate starting tomorrow! Stop by the Central Library to participate.
Are you participating in International Book Giving Day? Join the Friends of the Seattle Public Library by picking a book to give to someone or to leave at a favorite location. Hurry!!! On February 9th, The FriendShop is giving away 50 free books for #BookGivingDay. Come pick one and share the love of books.
You may know that the Friends support early literacy in a few different ways. We recently heard from Mary Mak, a Library Associate at the Northeast Branch, who shared that youngsters getting their first library card are excited to see that that’s not all they receive! “I have seen many kids eyes light up when I hand them the owl library tote bag and they proudly put their library materials in it to carry home.”
Thanks for the feedback, Mary! Check out the totes here.
2016 is quickly coming to a close, and since the Friends started in 1941, the organization has endeavored to promote The Seattle Public Library as an essential institution of society by supporting its mission and vision. For the past 75 years, volunteers have advocated for, educated about, and raised funds for the Library.
75 years of work, from countless volunteers, is an amazing accomplishment, and we appreciate having so much support. Volunteers have done so many things over the years, it would be hard to list everything here. We give a huge THANK YOU to all past and current volunteers who have put in so many hours of work for the love of The Seattle Public Library. You’re an incredible group of people, and we’re grateful for everything you do.
This year alone, our amazing volunteers made the following grants to the Library possible:
- $18,000 iPad purchases for the Library’s Children’s Departments
- $20,000 Jobs skills classes
- $6,550 Youth & Early Learning/Raising A Reader Program
- $8,000 Re-imagined Spaces Project at the Rainier Beach Library
Coming in 2017, indefatigable volunteers have made these grants possible:
- $30,000 Sheet Music Binding Project
- $20,000 Jobs skills classes
- $12,000 to complete Re-imagined Spaces Project at the Rainier Beach Library
The perfect holiday gift for the Library lovers in your life is a Friends’ membership. For $20, membership supports important library programs and provides a host of benefits throughout the year.
The Central Library houses an extensive sheet music collection, but the contents have been minimally cataloged making much of the fragile collection difficult to locate and maintain. With a $30,000 grant The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is supporting the Library’s Sheet Music Binding Project, which aims to make this collection more durable and attractive to users with pamphlet binds, appropriate shelving and cataloging.
By enabling discovery through online search and onsite browse, and improving the access and user experiences, we believe this hidden collection will increase in use by the City’s musicians and music enthusiasts of many backgrounds. The longer term goal will ensure improved and sustained access to this unique collection by its repair, preservation, and organization.
The Friends of the Seattle Public Library is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting our Library as an essential institution of society and supporting its mission and vision. Our volunteer members advocate for, educate about, and raise funds on behalf of The Library. Learn more www.friendsofspl.org/about