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?)

Young Readers


We got some love this week from Samuel (age 3) and his mom.

As you may have guessed from the picture, Samuel loves books about planes. He also likes reading about dinosaurs, farm animals, and trains. His favorite book is “Blue Hat, Green Hat” by Sandra Boynton.  Rainier Beach, Columbia, and Seattle downtown are his favorite library branches.

Samuel’s mom, Aileen, says, “Thank you so much for this program and for helping children’s love for reading continue.”

Young Readers

We love hearing from fellow Library lovers. Here’s Samantha McIntosh, just 6 years old, reading at the Northgate branch of The Seattle Public Library (although sometimes they visit the Broadview branch, too). She loves the Fancy Nancy books (come on, who doesn’t?!)