Bugs at the Library

833147_10255345Summer Reading at the Seattle Public Library isn’t just about reading!  There are fun programs at all the branches for kids, teens and adults.  The Library hosts all kinds of events from concerts to crafts to author readings.  Check out the library’s Calendar of Events for events near you.

One great event is Bee-Boppin’ Bugs, a fun concert for ages 10 and under.  Join performer Nancy Stewart to learn all about creepy, crawly things.  Performance times and locations are on the Library’s Calendar of Events and on the Summer Reading Programs page.


Library computer access helps families find jobs

lisangeneva[1]This is the second in a series of posts about our neighbors and how they’re using the library.  In this profile the Herreras talk about a time when library computer access was their lifeline. Library computer access  is essential for many people looking for work or wanting to stay in touch with culture and family.  The Herreras live with their daughter in Lake City. Lisa Herrera writes:
Our family visits the Lake City Branch. We visit weekly. My daughter loves Storytimes. What she seems to like most about it is the lively manner in which the stories are read and being around other children.The animated style of storytelling captures her attention, so I use a similar style at home when reading to her.
Up until a few months ago, the library was the only way for us to access the Internet and we visited daily.  We used the library’s internet to communicate with friends & family regularly. We also searched for health information regarding my pregnancy and infant care guidance.  We found our housing and current  jobs on Craigslist while using the libraries computers!  We also listened to music from around the world and watched videos on you tube.  I  love the music and movie selection at the library, why waste time/money on video rental or record purchases when the same selections are available for FREE at the library?

Stop me before I volunteer again!

Feel like you are volunteering more now than ever?  That is because organizations like the Friends of The Seattle Public Library rely on great volunteers to spend countless hours and energy making non-profit groups a success.  Thank you!

Anne Taintor has designed several new line items including “Stop me before I volunteer again” notes and bags; stop by the FriendShop today for the latest styles and be sure to thank the volunteer who helps you with your purchase.

"Stop me before I volunteer again" Anne Taintor Pouch available at the FriendShop
"Stop me before I volunteer again" Anne Taintor Pouch available at the FriendShop

SPL Teams Up With the Burke Museum for Summer Reading

burkeDid you know that when children complete their Summer Reading Log they can use it to get a free pass to the Burke Museum? Just take your completed Summer Reading Log to the Burke between July 1 and December 31, 2009 to receive your pass for up to four children and two adults. For more information on the Summer Reading Program, visit the Library’s website.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is full of fun and interesting ways to learn more about nature, history and culture of the Northwest. In addition to their wonderful permanent collections, right now the Burke is featuring the following exhibits: Coffee: the World in your Cup and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exhibition: Indigenous Voices Reply. To learn more about the Burke Museum and these special exhibits, visit their website at www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/.

Make a Book!


Summer Reading time is not just for reading! The library offers fun events and activities for the whole family all summer! Ever want to know how books are made? Come to the Library for the “Make a Book!” program (for ages 12 and up) or “Bookmaking for Kids” (ages 6-12) and learn how to create your own book. This popular event, taught by the Washington Center for Book Arts, teaches you how to create your own book from start to finish. Many branches are hosting this event. Please visit the Library’s Calendar of Events for locations and times.

Liberate Your Books!

Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of books yearning to breathe free in the hands of a new reader! That’s right, folks, although the Fall Book Sale isn’t until September 25 – 27, the Friends accept book donations year-round (except for the 2-week period before and after each sale). We’re looking for the following:



 -Hardback and paperback books
-Audio books
-CDs and DVDs
-Computer software
-Sheet music
-Art prints and posters (framed or unframed)

Click here for more information about donating these materials.  You can get a charitable donation AND feel good about supporting the Library.

And if you are looking for something fun to read, consider the book recommendations below from the Friends’ Board meeting in July. You can click on the links below to get to the SPL site to reserve a copy of these books.

What Was Lost: A Novel, by Catherine O’Flynn. O’Flynn’s first novel opens with 10-year old Kate Meaney, who acts as a detective of possible criminal activities in her neighborhood. “Crime was out there. Undetected, unseen. She hoped she wouldn’t be too late.” Twenty years later, the novel traces the repercussions of Kate’s haunting disappearance on her friends and acquaintances. Received a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly.

Inside Inside, by James Lipton. James Lipton is the host of the TV-show Inside the Actor’s Studio, where he conducts in-depth (and often parodied) interviews with famous actors and directors. This autobiography includes excerpts from interviews with luminaries such as Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Steven Spielberg, but also traces Lipton’s career and insights.

Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way, by Ruth Reichl. “Irreverently immortalized as the klutzy cook who renounced edibility in favor of creativity, Reichl’s mother, and her quirky kitchen habits, provided frivolous fodder for Reichl’s previous culinary memoirs. But in this keenly felt retrospective, Reichl reveals another side of her mother, whose life seemed a shining example of what not to do.  .  .  .   Only upon discovering a hidden trove of diaries and letters after Miriam’s death was Reichl able to understand the full extent of her mother’s sacrifices. Candid and insightful, Reichl’s intensely personal and fiercely loving tribute acknowledges her mother as both the source and inspiration behind her success.” — Carol Haggas

Quoted book review excerpts are reprinted with permission from Booklist.

Meeting our neighbors in the library


We see people from all walks of life when we visit our libraries.  Library resources serve many purposes and help businesses, organizations, families and individuals. With this post we’re beginning a series of profiles about the people you see in your library and  how the library enhances and supports  lives and goals.  Liz White and her family visit Broadview branch. Her children are participating in Summer Reading. Since filling up their first reading lists both girls have read 80 books this summer. At this writing more than 4,000 children have signed up to participate in the the city wide Summer Reading program. Liz is currently reading craft books from the library to supplement her hobbies of beading and sewing. She writes:

I am extremely grateful for our community library.  My twin daughters, aged 7, go through about a dozen chapter books a week, and the Broadview Library is an important biweekly destination for us.  They get so absorbed in reading, and love to tell us all about the books when they are finished.  My husband takes the girls once a week to the library where he catches up on magazines we can’t afford to subscribe to.  I also take the girls once a week, browse the New Releases, and browse the Children’s books.  The girls make their own selections of books they will read on their own.  My husband and I choose a variety of children’s books to read to them, such as international folk tales; we really liked Nelson Mandela’s story collection.  I  also enjoy borrowing CDs.


Got a picture and a story? What does the library mean to you?