Thank you volunteers for an amazing 2016!

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 Friends support Sheet Music Binding Project with $30,000 grant!

Friends President Carmen Bendixen presents $30,000 grant to The Seattle Public Library’s Music Librarian Bob Tangney and Librarian Marcellus Turner for the Sheet Music Binding Project.

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

Presenting the ‘Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room’

Rainier Beach Check Handoff
The Friends are proud to present the ‘Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room’ at the Rainier Beach Branch!

Board President, Carmen Bendixen, celebrated with Library Associates, Beharzin Ahmed, Kevin Wong, and City Librarian Marcellus Turner.

Grants like this are how you’re supporting The Seattle Public Library each and every time you purchase an item from the Friends. Thank you!

(Photo taken by Michael McCullough, Assistant Manager, Rainier Beach Library.)

HUGE Book Sale a great success!

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, our sponsors and community partners that helped at our Huge Spring Book Sale this May!
Find out when our next Book Sale event will be here: Upcoming Sales

HUGE Book Sale 2016 - Kids in Wagon  HUGE Book Sale 2016 - Books  HUGE Book Sale 2016 - Volunteers  HUGE Book Sale 2016 - Girl Reading

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HUGE Book Sale 2016 - Picture Books  HUGE Book Sale 2016 - Teacher browsing  HUGE Book Sale 2016 - Full Room  HUGE Book Sale 2016 - Old Books

Every year, the Friends receive hundreds of thousands of donated books. We sell these books in the community and online. The funds raised from these sales go toward grants for The Seattle Public Library.

Friends of SPL Annual Meeting

The Friends presented City Librarian Marcellus Turner with a check for $52,500 (bottom left).  Speaker Lorraine Bruce from the UW’s Information school talked about the changing Library curriculum (top left).  Nominating committee chair Anne Hurt congratulates outgoing Friends Chair Rona Zevin and incoming Chair Carmen Bendixen (top right). Bendixen and Vice President Jessica Frederick (bottom right).

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Southwest Branch Library

SW raised $1600 for their branch’s programs. The Friends money will be used primarily to support workshops and a new audio/music feature for the Annual Southwest Artists’ Showcase in the fall, coordinated by Adult Services Librarian Jane Gibson, but some of the money will be used to support equipment to more fully develop the “play space” in the children’s area at Southwest.

Jane Appling and Kristina Darnell accepting the funds.