The Friends of The Seattle Public Library often receive interesting and/or rare donations. Recently someone donated “My Fight for Birth Control” by Margaret Sanger – an autographed copy, complete with her secretary’s business card! Sanger was an early advocate for family planning.
In this 1931 autobiography she writes, “Early in the year 1912, I came to a realization that my work as a nurse and my activities in social service were useless to relieve the misery I saw all about me. Were it possible for me to depict the revolting conditions existing in the homes of some of the women I attended in that one year, one would find it hard to believe.”
“I resolved that American women should have knowledge of contraception. I would strike out — I would scream from the housetops. I would tell the world what was going on in the lives of these poor women. I would be heard. No matter what it should cost, I would be heard.” Her legacy certainly lives on today, albeit in uncertain times.
Keep an eye out on our website for sale information.
As we get ready for the Huge Book Sale, our friends at the book sorting facility have some gems to share. Did you know that Dr. Seuss had a bit of a racy side? Check out this book for sale through The Friends of The Seattle Public Library. It even has a matching Seuss bookmark!
Steve G is reading “Writing to Save a Life” by John Edgar Wideman. He characterizes it as a blend of memoir, history, and fiction about Emmitt Till’s father. Jill agrees it’s brilliant!
Joelle has almost finished “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. The novel ties characters together across multiple sides of World War II and reminds us of our own humanity. Doerr is keynote at the Search for Meaning Book Festival next weekend in Seattle.
Carmen finished The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, and describes it as “poignant, full of riveting family relationships, and having a strong sense of place.”
The book is also this year’s pick for Seattle Reads, and the author will be coming to Seattle! Join The Friends of the Seattle Public Library Board in reading this compelling novel.
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.