Help Students Succeed in School!

The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to assist students in grades 1–12 with homework assignments in English, history, mathematics, science, social studies and other subjects on a drop-in basis. Volunteers are especially needed at the Beacon Hill, Delridge, ColumbiaHigh Point, NewHolly and Rainier Beach branches. Volunteers must have completed at least one year of college and have experience assisting children and teens as a tutor, teacher or family member. Make a difference today by calling the Library’s volunteer services coordinator at 206-386-4664 or visiting for more information!


Friends Receive Large Book Donation

When Joan Milner’s husband John died in 2009 he left a house full of books, everything from  novels to books on improving brain power.

Milner has donated 133 boxes of her husband’s books, about 4,000 books, to the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, where it will be part of the library’s next book sale.

“Everyone in the family loves books,” said Milner. “They give us so much joy and it’s an honor for me to rehome John’s books. It’s amazing how many there are, you don’t know how many are tucked all over the place”

She said the 133 boxes are about half of what she eventually hopes to donate to the Friends.  John Milner was a physician and his medical books are being donated to the University of Washington.

Milner, who is moving out of her house in the Bryant neighborhood, said her husband had an eclectic selection of books, everything from philosopy, literature, motivational texts and books on how to improve memory.   She said she’s donating the books to help the Friends raise money for Seattle libraries.

She and her husband were such avid readers they wanted to visit every library in Washington and Oregon, and she said they visited about 150.

For now she is trying to pack the rest of the books for donation. “I’m incredibly blessed to have so many of John’s books rehomed.”

Books for Teachers

Since 2009 the Friends of The Seattle Public Library have been honored to receive annual grants from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to provide classroom books for teachers in high-need (Title I) Seattle public schools.  Through these grants, teachers receive $100 in vouchers to purchase books for their students at the many Friends’ Book Sales. On September 8, teachers who had vouchers were given an opportunity to come and pick up at least 100 books each for their classrooms.  For the day, teachers picked up a total of $5,029 in books for their classrooms.

Friends Annual Meeting with Special Guest Nancy Pearl

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library’s Annual Meeting will be held at 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Beacon Hill Branch.  Join us and hear Seattle’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl do what she does best – talk about books!

Nancy Pearl is a librarian, best-selling author, literary critic, and former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library. She became locally famous in Seattle through her regular appearances on public radio recommending books.  Her book reviews now appear in the Seattle Times, Booklist, Library Journal, and the National Public Radio website, and on the radio on KUOW-FM Seattle and KWGS Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is the author of the beloved Book Lust reading guide series. This year, she partnered with in a venture called Book Lust Rediscoveries, to recommend and publish approximately six out-of-print novels each year in various print and electronic formats; for each title, she will provide an introduction, book discussion points, and suggestions for further reading.
Join us to celebrate the contributions of Friends of The Seattle Public Library. In addition to hearing from Nancy Pearl, the Friends will elect new board members and officers, present the “Friend of the Year” award and vote on a bylaw revision. R.S.V.P. to (206) 386-4098 or

Get Help with Your Homework

Did you know that K–12 students can get free help with their homework at the library? During the 2011–12 school year, The Seattle Public Library offered 1,128 sessions of Homework Help at 11 branches and served 8,554 students. Here’s how you can get started!

Online Homework Help
Get free online help from tutors in math, science, English, and social studies (you need a free Library card and PIN). Available in English seven days a week from 1 p.m.–10 p.m. Tutors aren’t available on holidays, but you still have access to online resources and tests.

Online Homework Help disponible en español a partir de las 1 p.m.–10 p.m. siete días a la semana.

Homework Help Centers
Volunteers are available to help students on a drop-in basis each week at the following locations during the school year, except on holidays. See the Homework Help page for a full schedule.

Ask a Librarian
Need some help with your homework? Having trouble finding information? Or are you just looking for a good book? Use chat, email, or phone to get answers fast. Ask Your Librarian by email or chat, 24/7.