Volunteer Photographers for May 2-3 Book Sale Needed


Are you a photography student looking to enhance your portfolio and/or nab some great photos at a community event? The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is looking for 2-3 burgeoning photographers to help us produce some original images for our blog, Facebook page, and outreach efforts.

Dates and times

Saturday, May 2 from 9a.m.-5p.m.
Sunday, May 3 from 9a.m.-4p.m.
North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle, WA 98103

Interested? Contact us or apply below!

Email alice@friendsofspl.org with the subject line “Interested volunteer photographer” and/or fill out our volunteer application (which should take about 2 minutes). For email, please include the dates for which you are available. We will get back to you as soon as possible, and we are seriously excited about working with you!


Celebrating Our 2013 Friends of the Year

One of the highlights of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library annual meeting is honoring a Friend of the Year — a volunteer or member who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Friends’ work in the past year. However, this year, we just couldn’t narrow it down to one, so two awards were presented: to Tyler Henry, of Discover Books, and long-time volunteer Taylor Trusdale.

Tyler Henry works for Discover Books, a company that resells, distributes, and recycles used books. So far, they have donated over 6.1 million books to non-profit organizations in North America and abroad.


In partnership with the Friends, Tyler works to provide privately donated books to schools for needy children; they’ve donated over 20,000 books so far, and each student gets to pick 5 to 10 books to take home. He says it’s a great feeling to see their eyes light up when they realize they can pick out their very own books and keep them forever. In addition, Discover has also provided almost 10,000 books to the FriendShop for sale. Congratulations, Tyler!

Taylor Trusdale is a hard-working and dedicated Friends volunteer. He has worked the semi-annual book sales for many years, often working multiple shifts, and is generous with his time year-round, volunteering twice a week at the Friends’ office. Thank you for your service, Taylor!


Would you like to help the Friends? We always need volunteers to help out at our book sales, work the FriendShop, sort book donations, and more. Learn more about our volunteering opportunities and contact us for more information — who knows, you might be a future Friend of the Year in the making!

2013 Annual Meeting

On Sunday, October 6th, 2013, The Friends of The Seattle Public Library will hold its 72nd Annual meeting from 2-4 p.m. at the Queen Anne Library, 400 W Garfield (there is free on street parking surrounding the library). In addition to presenting an update on the activities and accomplishments of the Friends during the past year, the membership will elect new officers and board members.
The Friends 2013 Annual Members Meeting will also include a panel discussion in which local booksellers talk about the future of bookstores and libraries and their evolving roles in our community. The conversation will be moderated by Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner. If you would like more information on the 2013 Annual Meeting or to learn more about the Friends of the Seattle Public Library, please visit our website at http://www.friendsofspl.org or contact Alice Springer, at alice@friendsofspl.org.

Statement of Friends Activities

From revenues raised in 2012 by the Book Sales, FriendShop and other sources, the Friends made grants to the Library and contributed to the Libraries Yes! levy campaign as well as GiveBig to Books. These revenues also funded the Friends’ advocacy and community education activities. Find more financial info

2012 Grant Results

In 2012, $60,000 in grants made by the Friends to the Library supported the Summer Reading Program, Youth Programming and Staff Training. In addition, $50,000 in 2010 grants supported the Library’s Digital Media Lab project.
Find more about how the Library used these grants

Candidates Read at the Central Library

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library will be hosting “Candidates Read (and Greet),” a Seattle mayoral candidate event, on Monday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the Central Library. The event will be moderated by Dan Dixon , president of the Library Board.

Each of the candidates has been invited to read a selection from a book of their choice — a book that shaped them as a person, meant a great deal to their lives, or simply their favorite book. After the readings, there will be a short question-and-answer session dedicated to literacy, library issues, and library funding. Attendees will learn more about important library issues that will affect Seattle’s political landscape for future generations.

Seven candidates are currently scheduled to participate:

  • Joey Gray
  • Bruce Harrell
  • Kay Martin
  • Mary Martin
  • Ed Murray
  • Charlie Staadecker
  • Peter Steinbrueck

Update:  Mayor McGinn is now confirmed to participate