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More Photos from the Book Giveaways! June 21, 2012

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B-Logistics gave away 9,000 books to the students of Sanislo, Thurgood Marshall, and Rainier View schools.  The events were facilitated by Joan Abrevaya of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.

“The kids knew they got to take home the books but asked me for how long,” said Abrevaya. “They were thrilled and shocked when I told them FOREVER.”

 

Reports from the Book Giveaway Events

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When Olga to Seattle from Guatamala two years ago she could speak no words of English.

She was placed in a school for non-English speakers and last year moved to Thurgood Marshall Elementary in south Seattle, where now, as a 5th grader, is reading at her grade level.

Next year she’ll move to middle school.  “Olga did not have a magic wand.  Olga did the work,” said Julie Breidenbach, principal of Thurgood Marshall.

She did have a magic wand of sorts, the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, which is partnering with B-Logistics/Thrift Recycling to donate thousands of books to local elementary schools to encourage students to read over the summer.

At Thurgood Marshall, 4,000 books were donated by B-Logistics, through the Friends.  Many came from donations to PCC markets throughout the city.

    “We’re so happy you can enjoy these books,” said Joan Abrevaya, with the Friends, at a special assembly at Thurgood Marshall. Students in the K-5th grade can choose five books each toward the goal of reading 10 books this summer-considered the magic number to prepare students for school next year.

The book donation began at Stanislo Elementary School  in Southwest Seattle, with 3,000 books for its students. Rainier View Elementary will receive 2,000 books.

“The conditions are beyond unbelievable,” said Abrevaya, of the 9,000 books donated by B-Logistics. “They’re gorgeous.”

 

Books for Summer Reading June 11, 2012

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On May 31, the students of Sanislo School in West Seattle kicked off their summer reading with a Family Literacy Night.  The Friends of the Seattle Public Library and B-Logistics teamed up to provide 10 free books for each student to take home for summer reading.  The event also featured poetry readings from the students of Sanislo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two more book giveaway events are coming up soon:

  • June 15 at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
  • June 18 at Rainier View Elementary School
 

Five Reasons We Love Our Libraries March 17, 2012

A common adage: “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone” comes to mind when thinking about The Seattle Public Library. This will be the third year in a row that all libraries have been compelled to close for at least one week during the year because of repeated dramatic cuts to their budget and consecutive years of insufficient funds to support the explosion of information and services needed by our community. We miss our libraries already because of the reduced hours at more than half our branch libraries. When we voted for Libraries For All over ten years ago we had such a different future in mind.

We can change this disturbing trend and  put our libraries back on the path of excellence by letting The Seattle City Council know that we support an August levy to restore and improve core services and to preserve what we have rather than accept yet another year of downgrading.  Consider attending the very important April 3rd City Council hearing on the Library’s request to place this levy before Seattle voters. 

Here are five reasons why we love our libraries and commit to supporting library services. We hope you’ll join us in active library support. Together we can return The Seattle Public Library to the standard of excellence we envisioned and provide it with needed funds to meet changing technological needs and the hopes of our neighborhoods.

1) The Seattle Public Library promotes academic success for all children and students and provides much needed afterschool computer access and homework help for kids in families with financial need. 

2)Libraries are our community gathering points and our city’s classroom.

3)The Seattle Public Library evens the playing field for poor and unemployed adults and helps them recover stability by providing computer access, free information, and job hunting resources.

4)The library is free!  High speed bandwidth and computers, famous authors, books, e-books, databases, podcasts, movies, resources in six languages, classes, tax help- it’s all free.

5) Libraries anchor our neighborhoods by contributing to economic health and promoting an atmosphere of community.

 

 

Time for Summer Reading! June 10, 2011

It is time again for Summer Reading at Seattle Public Library!  There are great programs for all ages this year, so take the time to stop by your local branch and sign up.  This year the goal is for patrons to read 150,000 books by the end of the summer!

Adult Program: For adults this year there is a chance to win a great prize:  a Nook e-reader!  Just read 3 books by the end of August and fill out a review sheet at your local branch to enter the drawing.  For more information visit the Adult Summer Reading Website.

Teen Program: It is Steampunk Summer!  Teens in Seattle are reading and hiding the books Leviathan and Boneshaker all over the city.  Get involved via the Teen Summer Reading Website and the Push to Talk blog.

Summer Reading For Children:  Come into a branch of the Seattle Public Library to sign up and get a reading log.  Read 10 books to recieve a prize book and get your name on the Wall of Fame.  To learn more check out the Children’s Summer Reading site.

For all ages there are fun and intersting programs and events in all the libraries this summer.  Visit the Seattle Public Library calendar of events to find something in your neighborhood.

 

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!

 

Summer Reading Finishers: Don’t Forget to Visit the Burke Museum! October 14, 2010

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Kids who read 10 books for the Summer Reading Program are entitled to take their family to the Burke Museum as a prize!  Just take your completed reading log to get in.  This offer expires December 31, 2010.

 

 
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