Earth Day Everyday with the Friends and The Seattle Public Library

Yesterday, April 22nd, was Earth Day. But what can you do the rest of the year to stay green? Did you know you’re helping the earth when you use The Seattle Public Library? How’s that? Sightline Daily’s “Save The Library, Save The Planet” article mentions the book Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet which gives good cause to feel good about being a library patron. According to the book’s author Eric Sorenson, “one typical library prevents 250 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year just from the paper it doesn’t use.”

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library are happy to add some vibrant green to your life. The Friends has been helping Library patrons carry their books for years, but last year the Friends decided it was time to switch from plastic bags to a low cost, reusable bag. All branches and the FriendShop are selling the lovely bag pictured above for $1.00. Made of recycled plastic bottles and imprinted with the Friends of The Seattle Public Library logo, this large yet lightweight tote can carry a load. Fill it up with books and go!

Other recycled items are a plenty at the FriendShop. Come and find recycled Golden Book purses, book journals, typewriter key charms and more. The bowls and vases pictured above are from Roost and are created by Vietnamese craftspeople who use traditional bamboo weaving techniques to create colorful pieces out of recycled, printed paper. Stop by the shop to rediscover the many new uses of past loves.

Of course, one of the biggest green things the Friends do is recycle about 250,000 books and others items at our twice yearly Book Sale back into the community.


The Friends just finished the big spring sale last weekend, but we will have a table at Magnuson Park Spring Celebration this Saturday, April 25th, from 10 am – 4 pm. Stop by and check out our $1.00 book selection. And don’t forget, donating books to the Friends Book Sale is a great way to recycle too!


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