Got Something to Say?

Can’t wait to tell everyone about the satisfying mystery you just read?  Want to warn the general public about that overrated new album?  Now’s your chance!

Share your thoughts and opinions with the SPL community as part of the Summer Reading Program.   Post your review online or join one of the Read a Book/Share a Book events at your local branch.  Check out what your fellow Seattleites are reading this summer!


Happy Birthday to a Friend for Life!

baba_99_stillThe Friends want to say “Happy Birthday!” to Mrs. Mildred Huehn Schwagerman Mandeville, who is turning 100 years young on June 21, 2009 (pictured here on her 99th birthday last year).  Mrs. Mandeville has been a member of the Friends for many years, and served on the Friends’ Board at one time.

She collected and enjoyed many older books about the Pacific Northwest, and flying.  One of her favorite books is “The Egg and I”  by Betty MacDonald, a humorous autobiography detailing the trials and tribulations of  life on a rustic chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in the 1940s.

Mrs. Mandeville was also the editor and publisher for a number of years of various editions of “The Used Book Price Guide:  an Aid in Ascertaining Current Prices:  Retail Prices of Rare, Scarce, Used and Out-of-Print Books.”  What a resource those guides must have been for book collectors and book sellers in the days before that information was readily available over the Internet!

 And, while we’re not going to say that becoming a Friend will mean that you’ll live to 100, we’d love to have you join the Friends today! 

Game On!

Looking for some good clean summer fun?  Try gaming at the Library!  The Seattle Public Library offers gaming programs at 12 branches throughout the city.  The fun for all ages starts at 2:30pm Friday June 19  at the Greenwood branch and continues throughout the summer.  For more information, check out the Summer Reading Program Guide online.

Mini Book Sale

Girl on books
Girl on books

The Friends will be having a mini book sale in conjunction with the Best of the Northwest event produced by the Northwest Arts Alliance on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Best of Northwest is one of the premier arts and crafts shows in the area. Admission is free. The Friends booth will have a varied and plentiful selection of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books, including some “Better Books.”


The event is 10 AM- 6 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.


Book Loving Dads – Tell Us About Yours!

51108BookSaleShopperThis Sunday, June 21st, is Father’s Day.  Having a father who loves books can sometimes make shopping for Father’s Day easier, but sometimes not.  Collector Dads might have a very specific title in mind or just know it when they see it.  Dads turning to books to enrich their everyday experiences might, depending on the topic, have an overwhelming number of titles to choose from or one or two.  How to find the right book for Dad?  Maybe you’ve got a great story for us?  Read on for tips and share a story in the comments.

If you are shopping for the Dad looking to learn more about any and all subject matter, try the old fashioned method of asking a librarian.  If you can’t get to a branch to ask in person, The Seattle Public Library has got options for you.  Email your questions to SPL librarians, phone the SPL Quick Information Center at 206-386-4636 or contact live chat help online in English and Spanish(24/7, 365 days a year).  What you get is personal service from a person whose job it is to know books, maybe even better than Dad.

Collector Dads will be happy to wait one more week for their gift if you promise to take them to the mini book sale the Friends are planning.  There will be a mini-book sale held in conjunction with the Best of the Northwest event at Magnuson Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28.  The Friends will have a booth at the event.  Admission is free.   And of course you could always renew Dad’s Friends membership, or buy him a new one, for the BIG Booksale coming up on September 25 – 27th.

And of course, for the Dad who has all the books he needs (is there such a Dad?) head on down to the FriendShop at Central where the Friends have all manner of book related merchandise. With all of these choices you can assure yourself and your Dad that it’s not just a gift for Father’s Day, it’s a gift to The Seattle Public Library itself.  Telling others about Library services helps The Library spread the word about its fantastic services.  The Friends use the proceeds from the BookSale and FriendShop to give grants to The Seattle Public Library and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Tell us about your book loving Dad, it’s a tribute he’ll appreciate.  Happy, happy Father’s Day!

Bree Loewen reads “Pickets and Dead Men” as Local Authors Series begins

The Seattle Public Library, in a partnership with Mountaineer Books, begins its local author series featuring local writers who have written about the Northwest, its unique landscape and the adventurous people who live here.  The first featured authoris Bree Loewen, who reads from her work “Pickets and Dead Men:  Seasons on Rainier” at the Broadview Branch on Saturday June 13 at 3:00 p.m. and at the Columbia Branch on August 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Ms. Loewen shares her experience as a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, where respect is hard won and on-the-job performance can be the difference between life and death.  Books will be available for purchase.  Ages 13 to Adult.

Other authors who will be featured in this series are Brenda Bryan (“Barking Buddha:  Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi“), Karen Jurgensen and Shannon Borg (“Chefs on the Farm“) and Jennifer Worick (“Backcountry Betty Crafting with Style:  50 Nature-Inspired Projects).