Cha cha changes…

Meet our mascot-Neato Bandito!
Meet our mascot-Neato Bandito!

Hello from the Book Sale!

The past few months have been quite a whirlwind. We moved to a new home in October and immediately hit the ground running to prepare for our Holiday Sale. As soon as the sale was over, we jumped into training on a software system that will help us improve the process for our online sales. We’ve also been settling into the new space, meeting lots of fabulous volunteers and fine tuning our operations. Now that the New Year is well upon us, we’d like to catch our breath and check in.

This is a period of considerable change for the Friends Book Sale. We see this as a positive. As challenging as it can sometimes be, change is an evitable and crucial part of growth. It presents new possibilities for individuals and organizations alike. It allows us to come up for air and see things with a fresh perspective. As we adapt to change, it allows us to reacquaint ourselves with the resiliency, creativity and enthusiasm that is inherent in the human spirit. These qualities are ultimately reflected in the organizations that we serve.

Our new facility is located on the corner of 9th & Lenora, just above the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library.  Because we will be holding our sales off-site at various locations in Seattle, it gives the Friends an opportunity to connect with more communities and neighborhoods throughout the city. We believe this will help us extend our reach in a meaningful way and enhance our ability to carry out the mission of the organization. We look forward to the new relationships and partnerships that we will inevitably build along the way. We are presently scouting venues and finalizing plans for our 2013 sales. We’re also hard at work with our online sales, which we believe will increase significantly in the months ahead.

We are excited about the year ahead and we hope that you’re excited too. If you haven’t dropped in to see our new digs, we hope you will pay us a visit soon. We’d love to give you a tour and show you what we’re up to. We are also always on the hunt for volunteers­- new and returning- to help us out with book sorting and other activities. We’re upbeat and friendly. We’d love for you to hang out with us.  There is much work to be done but the days, weeks and months ahead are full of promise, fun and possibility.


Fall Book Sale Cancelled

The Friends are sad to announce the cancellation of its Fall Book Sale planned for September 2012.
The Parks Department plans a major year-long renovation and seismic retrofit of Hangar and Building 30 at Magnuson Park. We need to vacate these premises by the end of September.
We sincerely regret the disappointment that the cancellation of the September Sale will cause for our longtime members, volunteers and fellow book-lovers. We will extend all 2012 Friend Memberships through December 2013.
The Friends will use this time of transition to plan some new and exciting things, including special book sales; member-only programs; an author-driven “Save the Libraries” event; member specials at our FriendShop; and other innovative member benefits. Please keep an eye on your inbox and our website for the latest news!
Thank you for being a loyal member of the Friends and for supporting our mission to educate, advocate and raise funds for the Seattle Public Library.

First Spring Book Sale Starts Today!

Come out to Magnuson Park for the Friends of The Seattle Public Library’s first of 3 Mini Book Sales!

The Mini Sales will be held in a smaller workshop space adjacent to the hangar, which is not available to the Friends for their large book sale this spring. The Mini Sales will offer about 25,000 items – with continual restocking. Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library!

Mini Book Sale
March 2-4, 2012
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 2
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4 (1/2 price day)

Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.

The Friends Have a New Website!

For the past few months, members of the Friends Communications Committee have been hard at work designing and developing a new website. By replacing the old website, we hope to present a fresh new face for the Friends, make it easier to browse and find information, and to initiate an online membership option and volunteer forms. The new website will also have more photos, video, and charts, our events Calendar and Friends’ current news and events, as well as downloadable documents (like our publication, the Bookmark): all of which makes it easier for us to share the myriad ways the Friends are helping The Seattle Public Library.

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To build our site, the Friends partnered with consulting group Visualscope, a local web design company. They were instrumental in helping us create a website that was exactly everything that we wanted. Thank you to all the folks at Visualscope!

Check us out at, and be sure to tell us what you think!

The Book Sale Is Coming!

The Spring Book Sale is finally here.  Join us this weekend at Magnuson Park. Most books are $1.00 and there are over thousands of books (as well as CDs, DVDs and videos) to choose from.

Hours are:

Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Members Preview Sale:

Friday, April 16, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m

Memberships are $15 in advance or $30 at the door

Location: Magnuson Park, Hangar in Building #30, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 98115.

Memberships are $15 in advance or $30 at the door

2010 Friends of SPL Wrap-up

Now that 2010 is over and a new year is beginning it is time to reflect on what we did in the last year and look forward to 2011.  2010 was a busy year for the Friends and the Library, here are just some of the highlights (and lowlights) of last year:

  • The year started out with tough city-wide budget cuts.  15 of our branch libraries were reduced in hours.
  • Seattle Public Library began working on a strategic plan.  Citizens and the Friends were asked for input.
  • The Friends’ Book Sales were a huge success.  We held Spring, Fall and Holiday Sales.  We are always impressed by the great turn out of donations, volunteers and of course, shoppers!
  • The Friends Blog partnered with the Seattle Public Library to get out the word about the Summer Reading Program.
  • The FriendShop had tons of great featured artist events all year long.
  • The Friends were seen at Farmer’s Markets all over the city to spread the word about what we do and to get people excited about the Seattle Public Library.
  • Once again, the Library closed for a week-long furlough leading up to Labor Day to help close the budget gap.
  • On October 1, the Friends held a reading flash mob in Westlake Center.  It was fun and attracted a lot of media attention!
  • The Friends created a Public Service Announcement.   Look for it on the Seattle Channel!
  • Building 30 at Magnuson Park where the Book Sales are held has been in danger of being closed.  The Friends have been trying to get the word out to save this great space for ourselves and other groups all over Seattle.
  • The Friends have partnered with the Fisher Foundation in Connecticut to get books into classrooms in need.
  • City Librarian Susan Hildreth was appointed Director of Museum and Library Services by the President!

Now that was a busy year!  What does 2011 have in store?  Probably a tight city budget again.  A search for a new City Librarian.  Definitely some Book Sales and great finds at the FriendShop.  Happy New Year!