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

Friends Recommend

Rebecca is reading “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann. This is a true story about the Osage Indian Tribe, who owned land in Oklahoma no one thought was worth anything. Then they found oil.

The book covers the exploitation of the tribe and a large number of murders and people who died under mysterious circumstances referred to as a “Reign of Terror.” She recommends this as a “really powerful book.”

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.

Familiar face at West Seattle Pop Up

Powerful Schools

At our Friendshop Pop Up Store yesterday at West Seattle, we talked with a faithful visitor from YMCA Powerful Schools. Beverly DeCook has been working with them over a decade, and utilizes The Friends of the Seattle Public Library to pick up goodies for the young participants.

Powerful Schools are located in South Seattle at Graham Hill, John Muir, Wing Luke, and Hawthorne. They offer reading programs, after school programs, and artist-in-residence programs. Beverly is part of the reading program which uses phonics to work with first and second graders. Every 10 lessons, students get a free book to take home with them!

Beverly has visited Pop Ups at Northeast, Magnolia, and Columbia City, in addition to West Seattle, and has been coming to the Big Book Sale for 3 or 4 years. Check out The Friends’ webpage to see when our upcoming Pop Up Shops may be near you!

Wedded bliss

Tomorrow is June, the most popular month for weddings. I have so many questions about this photo found in donated books. Why would someone have this loose photo without a frame? Was it one of the couple? Who are they? Were they told to look stoic? Are they still together? Were they trying to get in this book? Whoever and wherever they are, I wish them well.

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Memorial Day thinking at Christmas

In our box of “Found Things” (items that volunteers find in donated books), one seemed perfectly appropriate for the Memorial Day weekend. At least until it flipped over. Someone was thinking ahead when they got Wyatt a grill (ostensibly in December)!


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Friends Recommend

Quiet” by Susan Cain is a book Elaine and her book club recently explored. As an introvert herself, she found it very interesting. The subtitle is “The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” If you are also introverted, you may want to check it out! (Get it?)