The Huske Brothers are Darn Good Readers

Micah and LoganWe here at The Friends of The Seattle Public Library LOVE young readers! Steph Huske was kind enough to fill out the info sheet that comes in the Friends totes given to little ones when they obtain their first library card. This picture of Micah (age 9) and his brother Logan (age 6) picking up their first holds at the Southwest Branch is priceless!

We were so captivated by the photo we wanted to know more, so Steph helped us “interview” the boys. They are pretty serious about their reading, as they have ALREADY completed the summer reading challenge! “Micah says his favorite part about the summer reading challenge was reading new books from the library. Logan’s favorite part was trying to finish before Micah.”

The first book Micah checked out was “The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors” by Drew Daywalt. Logan adds, “There are lots of different kinds of books, they even have Angry Birds and Transformers and Pokemon!”

The best thing about having your own library card? Logan is excited that he can check out books he chooses with his own library card. Micah says the best thing is holding books under his name. Both boys are also super psyched about their cool user names! (Trust us, they are very cool, but we won’t publish them for privacy reasons).

Micah’s advice for young readers: “Never give up! If you don’t know the words, you can ask a parent or a guardian to help you.” Logan’s advice: “Go slowly and sound the letters out.”

If you haven’t finished your summer reading challenge yet, take a look at Micah and Logan’s suggestions and follow their advice above!

 

Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity

LakshmiThis little kit was found in a donation to The Friends of The Seattle Public Library. The icon appears to be Lakshmi, Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Was someone going to make a necklace out of it, or sew pieces into a tapestry? We will never know what beautiful creation someone had in mind. (Please remember to double check your books, DVDs, albums, etc. before you drop them off, to make sure you are not leaving treasures behind!)

You can learn more about Lakshmi, Hinduism, and related topics through The Seattle Public Library.

Online shopping love

Did you know that The Friends of The Seattle Public Library sells one-of-a-kind gifts and collectibles? Some lucky person knows, because they just purchased this beautiful book from 1934 by Vernon Grant! vernon grant illustrationMr. Mixie Dough_Vernon Grant copy

Maybe Mr. Mixie Dough isn’t quite your style. There is much more to explore on our site!

Did you grow up with Babar? How cool would this be on your shelf?

Do you love jazz? You could remember Birdland for a long time with this!

There is so much more at our online store! To see what we offer from Dr. Seuss, Lewis Carroll, and everything under the sun, visit: https://www.abebooks.com/friends-of-the-seattle-public-library/52394292/sf

Jane Austen fans unite!

You may have seen or heard about the special event coming to the FriendShop this Sunday. As a way to honor the life of Jane Austen, we will be commemorating the 200th anniversary of her death. A long time Friend of The Seattle Public Library has a set of first edition novels of Jane Austen that will be on display! In addition to being able to purchase all manner of things Austen at the FriendShop, there will be bonnets and other period items to try on for your Austen-ified selfie. Many members of the Washington Regency Society make their own period costumes or have them commissioned. Rumor has it that tea and biscuits will also be served.

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We caught up with Agnes Gawne, who helped coordinate this one-of-a kind event. Agnes has ties to both the Jane Austen Society and the Washington Regency Society.

How were you first introduced to Jane Austen and her work?
“I first read Pride and Prejudice in 1984. I was a classically trained singer and happened to specialize in composers who lived at roughly the same time as Jane Austen. Perhaps 1989 or so I became involved with the Bay Area English Regency Society after being asked to sing for them; one thing led to another and I became involved with the Jane Austen Society in San Francisco.”

Do you have a favorite Austen quote?

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!” – Persuasion

What is the book you wish Austen had written/would be found somewhere perfectly preserved?
Actually, we know that Jane Austen’s sister Cassandra destroyed many pages of correspondence stating that it was too personal and that it should not be read by others. I just wish that those letters could be read today.”

What is the reason for this event?

“We would like to honor Jane Austen on the 200th Anniversary of her death by gathering and sharing our love of her work with the people in the library on that date.”

Who should attend the event on Sunday?
“Everyone! I am sure that there is something about Jane Austen, the time she lived, the things she wrote, the clothes she wore, the tea and biscuits she ate that will interest everyone.”

Volunteer Profile

DaynaI caught up with Dayna Roberson at the West Seattle Pop Up FriendShop a few weeks ago. She has been volunteering for The Friends since 2009. The Central location of The Seattle Public Library is her favorite, although her usual branch is Montlake.

 
She started volunteering because she likes helping. Alex, who was sitting next to her at the makeshift register, said, “She’s kindhearted.” Dayna believes it’s important to volunteer and give back. She may not have money, but she has time. “If more people volunteered the world would be less broken.”

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Screen Shot 2017-06-18 at 3.55.50 PMHere’s another treat from our box of things that are found in the donations to The Friends of the Seattle Public Library. This photo actually reminds me of one of my little brother’s friends from growing up, but that was another time and another place. Did someone put it in a book to keep it flat? Was it used as a favorite bookmark? I just love his little smile, and the complete Pacific-Northwest-ness of the photo.

Library cards and Friends totes = happiness

IMG_7739Nathalie Gelms, Children’s Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library High Point Branch, had a great week. She got to spend time with first graders from West Seattle Elementary School. For the last 3 years, the first grade classes all visit The Library. They send applications for library cards home in advance so parents can approve.

IMG_7743This year four classes (about 75 children) participated. Students who returned their library card applications or showed they already had a card got Friends of The Seattle Public Library tote bags! But that’s not what really excited the students.

IMG_7744“The coolest part of any of these visits is the kid’s wonder at the book drop and the book bins. We have a staff member “return” books from outside the book drop while the kids are inside watching and they always think it is so cool to see the books come shooting out of the slot,” said Nathalie. The students also learn that you can return library books to any branch.

IMG_7740It seems like there are some thoughtful students (and teachers) at West Seattle Elementary. Nathalie mentioned, “This is the first year I have received a thank you poster from any class. For me, that was very special.” IMG_7742 IMG_2363

Political souvenirs

House frontn sideHouse back side Someone politically-minded (or dragged along by someone else politically minded) left this gem in a donation. The 98th United States Congress lasted from 1983 to 1985. Do you remember who was President during those years? Check out these items at your Seattle Public Library!

Do you have your library passport stamped?

PatriciaPatricia Ann got her stamp at the West Seattle branch a couple weeks ago while volunteering for the pop-up Friendshop. She has been volunteering for three years.

We talked a bit about her favorite Seattle Public Libraries. First she mentioned Central, because it’s beautiful and she loves the Red Hall. The University branch also has a special place in her heart because it’s the first library she ever went into in Seattle.

In reality, she is fond of all Carnegie libraries because she is also into architecture. “Not all cities saved their Carnegie libraries…ours are renovated and beautiful!”

Lovely letter

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Here’s a letter our volunteers found in donated books. Personally, I think this note is just sweet. First of all, Gene bothered to type it. And for those of us who remember typewriters, he didn’t have too many mistakes! Good job, Gene! Secondly, he does a wonderful job of inviting the reader in (once upon a time it was Julie, now it’s us). Lastly, that ending! Don’t you want to know more about Grandma’s grandfather? What a fascinating window into other lives.