In library-related news, SPL will be launching an online book group next month called Book Chat.

So, if you enjoy reading, like to share your ideas about books and want to try a new kind of book group, you can find more information about Book Chat on the SPL website.

In other news, the Friends will be having a holiday book sale on November 19th in Building 30 at Magnuson Park.

Check out the updated Book Sale section for more information.


Libraries and Kindle users celebrate!

If your e-reader happens to be a Kindle, you can now enjoy The Seattle Public Library’s digital collection like never before! The Library’s digital collection – one of the best among public libraries in the nation –is now compatible with the Kindle e-reader. This is great news for Library patrons who use this device. Library patrons had long requested this option. Your voice was instrumental in motivating this important partnership. The Library is committed to working to ensure its collection of books and materials are available in the formats you need. As the Library strives to provide critical services in a rapidly changing world, it’s important you let the City Council know that Library resources are important to you – particularly in these challenging economic times. Enjoy those digital books and thank you for supporting The Seattle Public Library!

National “Friends of Libraries” Week

In the next few weeks, many library systems and staff across the country will celebrate the valuable contributions that their local library friends’ organization make to their library.

Beginning the week of October 17th, there will be a number of national, regional and local events planned in celebration of library friend organizations and as a kickoff for the American Library Associations “Friends’ of Libraries” week.

The American Library Association released an announcement about the week-long celebration in the September edition of American Libraries.

Support Seattle Public Libraries This Budget Season

The City Council is in the process of reviewing Mayor Mike McGinn’s proposed 2012 city budget. Despite financial challenges to the city, the Mayor has avoided directing additional funding cuts at libraries. Under the mayor’s proposed budget, The Seattle Public Library would be able to continue offering current levels of services and hours at all branch locations.

As the City Council reviews the Mayor’s budget, please show your support for funding libraries. You can do so in the following ways:

1) Email the City Council. You can contact the Council via this online form intended for 2012 budget feedback. Create your own message or use the sample letter at the bottom of this page.

2) Contact councilmembers individually. Make your support for libraries known to individual members of the City Councity. A list of phone numbers and email addresses for councilmembers can be found here.

3) Join the Friends at a public hearing. Show your support for libraries in person at a City Council Budget Committee Public Hearing. Hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 26th at 5:30 p.m. Meetings take place on the second floor of City Hall, located at 600 Fourth Avenue. If you would like to stand up with the Friends, email