Statement of Friends Activities
2012 Grant Results
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Statement of Friends Activities
2012 Grant Results
As we move through the holiday season from the lighting of the first Chanukah candles though Christmas and the New Year, I wanted to take an opportunity to wish all of our members, volunteers, and other supporters a happy holiday season and a healthy and joyful 2013.
The Friends has much to be joyful for, and we look forward to an exciting year ahead. We are looking forward to a full schedule of three “mini” book sales and one “big” book sale, similar to those we held this past year. We are pleased to have many new and returning volunteers for our sorting operations and our sales, and we look forward to adding more throughout next year.
We will continue our exciting children’s book give-away program. The books are provided by our partner Discover Books, and are in wonderful condition. This year, to date, we’ve given over 12,000 books to children in K-5 Title I schools. We anticipate a far greater volume in the coming year.
The Friends received its Teacher Voucher grant for 2013 from the Fisher Foundation. We will be providing 120 vouchers to teachers from Title I schools. Each teacher will be able to “purchase” 100 books for his or her classroom library.
Our FriendShop continues to offer both fun and useful items to Library patrons, tourists, and other visitors to the Central Branch. This year, we were pleased to offer used books, provided by Discover Books, which have been a big hit with our public and library visitors.
The Friends looks forward to our second annual New Year’s Eve Party for Literacy. We are also planning a new and exciting fund-raising event to be held in the fall.
Our website is being updated more frequently, and we look forward to providing current information and year-end financial summaries in the near future. And postings of Friends activities can also be found on Facebook and Twitter!
We are extremely grateful to our members for their continued support, generosity, and time. We look forward to providing you with new member benefits, increasing our membership in the New Year.
Happy holidays and thanks to all.
President, Board of Trustees
Very truly yours,
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 PM at the Greenwood Library. This year’s speaker is Washington State Book Award winner Doug Merlino, author of The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White. We hope you can join us!
Now that 2010 is over and a new year is beginning it is time to reflect on what we did in the last year and look forward to 2011. 2010 was a busy year for the Friends and the Library, here are just some of the highlights (and lowlights) of last year:
Now that was a busy year! What does 2011 have in store? Probably a tight city budget again. A search for a new City Librarian. Definitely some Book Sales and great finds at the FriendShop. Happy New Year!
This Sunday is the Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held at Douglas-Truth Library at 2:00. Come enjoy refreshments and hear a talk from Washington State Book Award Winner, Carol Yoon. Ms. Yoon will be discussing her book, Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science. Hope to see you there!
Back by popular demand, Canadian duo Khac Chi performs traditional Vietnamese folk music with lively new arrangements, light-hearted humor and creative stage antics. We’re sure that this year’s shows will delight young and old from ages 4 – adult again. You can see them perform at 4 different locations this week:
The Science of Avatar: Scientists will discuss real research frontiers touched on by the hit movie Avatar, and will take questions from the audience. Ex-astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, president and chief executive of the Museum of Flight, will moderate the discussion. For ages 12 and up on Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library.
Sparring Scientists: Is Pluto a Planet?: Alan Boyle, author of The Case for Pluto and a nationally known science blogger at msnbc, will discuss fights in the scientific community as to how to define a planet. His book will be available for purchase at the program. For ages 12 and up on Sunday, August 29, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library.
Big congratulations for the Friends of the Seattle Library for winning the Baker and Taylor Award! The Baker and Taylor Award recognizes Friends groups that do an outstanding job supporting their library. The Friends of SPL had an outstanding year in 2009. Not only did we tirelessly raise funds to support Seattle Public Library but we also spearheaded a campaign to have funds restored to the Library’s budget! Over $800,000 were restored by the City Council! Thanks to all the Friends and supporters for making all our efforts successful. Also a big thanks to our admin Alice Springer for compiling and sending in our application. City Librarian Susan Hildreth will accept the award at the upcoming American Library Association Conference. To learn more about the Baker and Taylor Award click here.