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Help Save the Friends Book Sale November 4, 2010

The Friends have been holding their twice-yearly Book Sales for thirteen years in Building 30 at Magnuson Park. Recently, the Parks Department was notified by the Department of Planning and Development and the Fire Marshall’s office that, since holding events in Building 30 has been a non-conforming use, the building requires updates to meet current code to become an event facility. Therefore, DPD will now seriously curtail the number of events permitted.

Although the Book Sale will be able to hold its spring 2011 and fall 2011 sales, there is no guarantee that we will be able to continue to do so in the future. The Friends have not been able to find a comparable, affordable, alternative space to building 30 at Magnuson Park.

The Mayor has proposed allocating funds to help get Building 30 at Magnuson Park up to code for community use on his Web site, along with reasons why it would even help the Parks department. You can help buy going to the Mayor’s site and posting a comment in support of the funds going towards Building 30.

We also urge you to contact the Seattle City Council ask them to support the allocation of funds to renovate Building 30 so that the Book Sale and other events that provide important contributions to the greater Seattle community can continue.

The Friends are in jeopardy of losing access to Building 30 at Magnuson Park, here are a few good reasons to help us try to save it:

  • From Book Sale profits, the Friends have donated over $1 million in the last five years to The Seattle Public Library for programs and initiatives not covered by the city’s general fund for operating expenses.
  • The Book Sale recycles back into the community hundreds of thousands of books each year.
  • Local teachers are able to pick out books for free for their classrooms.
  • Without this funding, more than 40 events, many hosted by other non-profit groups, would be out of an affordable, efficient, space.
  • You, your family, friends, and neighbors can get rid of old books and buy scads of other books for $1 AND support the Library.
  • Without this funding, the Book Sale is in jeopardy. The Book Sales not only provide a community service, not only is nationally recognized as one of the largest sales of its kind in existence, but is a valued tradition for the Seattle community and brings attention to raising funds and awareness for The Seattle Public Library.

How to help:
The Friends have not been able to find a comparable, affordable, alternative space to building/hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Please contact the Seattle City Council and Mayor and urge them to find the funds to renovate Building 30 so that the Book Sale and other events that provide important contributions to the greater Seattle community can continue.

You can also post a comment on:
Mayor McGinn’s Web site…
The Stranger’s blog…

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One Response to “Help Save the Friends Book Sale”

  1. [...] Building 30 at Magnuson Park where the Book Sales are held has been in danger of being closed.  The Friends have been trying to get the word out to save this great space for ourselves and other groups all over Seattle. [...]


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