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Cha cha changes… February 5, 2013

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Meet our mascot-Neato Bandito!

Meet our mascot-Neato Bandito!

Hello from the Book Sale!

The past few months have been quite a whirlwind. We moved to a new home in October and immediately hit the ground running to prepare for our Holiday Sale. As soon as the sale was over, we jumped into training on a software system that will help us improve the process for our online sales. We’ve also been settling into the new space, meeting lots of fabulous volunteers and fine tuning our operations. Now that the New Year is well upon us, we’d like to catch our breath and check in.

This is a period of considerable change for the Friends Book Sale. We see this as a positive. As challenging as it can sometimes be, change is an evitable and crucial part of growth. It presents new possibilities for individuals and organizations alike. It allows us to come up for air and see things with a fresh perspective. As we adapt to change, it allows us to reacquaint ourselves with the resiliency, creativity and enthusiasm that is inherent in the human spirit. These qualities are ultimately reflected in the organizations that we serve.

Our new facility is located on the corner of 9th & Lenora, just above the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library.  Because we will be holding our sales off-site at various locations in Seattle, it gives the Friends an opportunity to connect with more communities and neighborhoods throughout the city. We believe this will help us extend our reach in a meaningful way and enhance our ability to carry out the mission of the organization. We look forward to the new relationships and partnerships that we will inevitably build along the way. We are presently scouting venues and finalizing plans for our 2013 sales. We’re also hard at work with our online sales, which we believe will increase significantly in the months ahead.

We are excited about the year ahead and we hope that you’re excited too. If you haven’t dropped in to see our new digs, we hope you will pay us a visit soon. We’d love to give you a tour and show you what we’re up to. We are also always on the hunt for volunteers­- new and returning- to help us out with book sorting and other activities. We’re upbeat and friendly. We’d love for you to hang out with us.  There is much work to be done but the days, weeks and months ahead are full of promise, fun and possibility.


Fall Book Sale Cancelled August 9, 2012

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The Friends are sad to announce the cancellation of its Fall Book Sale planned for September 2012.
The Parks Department plans a major year-long renovation and seismic retrofit of Hangar and Building 30 at Magnuson Park. We need to vacate these premises by the end of September.
We sincerely regret the disappointment that the cancellation of the September Sale will cause for our longtime members, volunteers and fellow book-lovers. We will extend all 2012 Friend Memberships through December 2013.
The Friends will use this time of transition to plan some new and exciting things, including special book sales; member-only programs; an author-driven “Save the Libraries” event; member specials at our FriendShop; and other innovative member benefits. Please keep an eye on your inbox and our website for the latest news!
Thank you for being a loyal member of the Friends and for supporting our mission to educate, advocate and raise funds for the Seattle Public Library.

First Spring Book Sale Starts Today! March 2, 2012

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Come out to Magnuson Park for the Friends of The Seattle Public Library’s first of 3 Mini Book Sales!

The Mini Sales will be held in a smaller workshop space adjacent to the hangar, which is not available to the Friends for their large book sale this spring. The Mini Sales will offer about 25,000 items – with continual restocking. Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library!

Mini Book Sale
March 2-4, 2012
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 2
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4 (1/2 price day)

Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.


Reminder: Holiday Book Sale November 2, 2011

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the Friends will be having a holiday book sale on November 19th in the workshop at Building 30 at Magnuson Park (6310 NE 74th St).

Information about this event can be found  in this recent news release from SPL.


The Friends Have a New Website! June 15, 2011

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For the past few months, members of the Friends Communications Committee have been hard at work designing and developing a new website. By replacing the old website, we hope to present a fresh new face for the Friends, make it easier to browse and find information, and to initiate an online membership option and volunteer forms. The new website will also have more photos, video, and charts, our events Calendar and Friends’ current news and events, as well as downloadable documents (like our publication, the Bookmark): all of which makes it easier for us to share the myriad ways the Friends are helping The Seattle Public Library.

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To build our site, the Friends partnered with consulting group Visualscope, a local web design company. They were instrumental in helping us create a website that was exactly everything that we wanted. Thank you to all the folks at Visualscope!

Check us out at, and be sure to tell us what you think!


The Book Sale Is Coming! April 10, 2011

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The Spring Book Sale is finally here.  Join us this weekend at Magnuson Park. Most books are $1.00 and there are over thousands of books (as well as CDs, DVDs and videos) to choose from.

Hours are:

Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Members Preview Sale:

Friday, April 16, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m

Memberships are $15 in advance or $30 at the door

Location: Magnuson Park, Hangar in Building #30, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 98115.

Memberships are $15 in advance or $30 at the door

2010 Friends of SPL Wrap-up January 13, 2011

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:

  • The year started out with tough city-wide budget cuts.  15 of our branch libraries were reduced in hours.
  • Seattle Public Library began working on a strategic plan.  Citizens and the Friends were asked for input.
  • The Friends’ Book Sales were a huge success.  We held Spring, Fall and Holiday Sales.  We are always impressed by the great turn out of donations, volunteers and of course, shoppers!
  • The Friends Blog partnered with the Seattle Public Library to get out the word about the Summer Reading Program.
  • The FriendShop had tons of great featured artist events all year long.
  • The Friends were seen at Farmer’s Markets all over the city to spread the word about what we do and to get people excited about the Seattle Public Library.
  • Once again, the Library closed for a week-long furlough leading up to Labor Day to help close the budget gap.
  • On October 1, the Friends held a reading flash mob in Westlake Center.  It was fun and attracted a lot of media attention!
  • The Friends created a Public Service Announcement.   Look for it on the Seattle Channel!
  • 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.
  • The Friends have partnered with the Fisher Foundation in Connecticut to get books into classrooms in need.
  • City Librarian Susan Hildreth was appointed Director of Museum and Library Services by the President!

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!


Demonstrate for Building 30! November 19, 2010

This Saturday (November 20) is the Friends of the Library Sale at Magnuson from 9am – 5pm. There is now a planned demonstration for Noon – 1pm-ish. Petitions will also be available for people to sign. We have been successful in getting this on the city decision-makers radar but we need to keep up the pressure. We need to keep the hangar open for events and redevelop the west wing of the building so we can generate revenue and keep this historic and community asset available!

Fly your airplanes, wear funny hats, sing songs, come in costume, carry signs, skateboard, read books in a circle — whatever visual representation you find appealing — please join us!


Holiday Book Sale Saturday! November 17, 2010

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Friends of the Seattle Public Library

Holiday Sale!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Books, CDs, DVDs and Gift Items

Warren G. Magnuson Park

Workshop, Building 30

7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Proceeds go to benefit the Seattle Public Library

The Holiday Book Sale features many items that have been hand selected to make great gifts!  Come see us this Saturday!


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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