Statement of Friends Activities
2012 Grant Results
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Statement of Friends Activities
2012 Grant Results
On Thursday, October 4, the Friends teamed with Discover Books and PCC Markets to give away 3,000 books to the children of Van Asselt School. The children showed their thanks with a song:
Beacon Hill is one of America’s top neighborhoods according to the American Planners Association (APA) . Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012 exemplify “exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and creating jobs,” the APA writes in their October 1 announcement of the award. Beacon Hill was chosen specifically because of its “ethnic and architectural diversity, scenic vistas, history and amenities.” Lyle Bicknell of the Seattle Department of Planning and Developement cited Beacon Hill Library and the Beacon Hill Light Rail station as important components driving the decision in his comments to KOMO radio news.
The Beacon Hill branch Library, situated half a block from the Light Rail station, offers Homework help 4-8 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday, Beginning ESL classes, Toddler, Family and Preschool Storytimes, and Bi-Lingual Play and Learn groups that strengthen and reflect the diverse community. In addition the Library hosts large groups in its spacious meeting room, presents one time programs such as Health Care Counseling for Mandarin, Cantonese and English speakers, and hosts the Beacon Hill Resource Center maintained by Beacon Hill Merchants.
The Beacon Hill Branch Library garnered two of its own national awards in 2005 and 2003. It was one of 100 most “noteworthy personalities, places and extraordinary objects in the world of innovative design,” according to Metropolitan Home in 2005 just one year after it opened. In 2003, Seattle Design Commission recognized it for Design Excellence citing “bold, modern design.”
In a Friends of The Seattle Public Library profile of Beacon Hill patron Tess Martin she notes, ” Beacon Hill is very diverse, and there are few places where all the different populations can mingle. The library is a great place for that.” Users on Yelp give consistently high ratings to Beacon Hill branch citing great staff, wide and diverse collections, ample parking, and user friendly modern design. Libraries contribute to the quality of our lives and they anchor our neighborhoods. Congratulations to the Beacon Hill branch library for its role in bringing national recognition to Beacon Hill Neighborhood.
B-Logistics gave away 9,000 books to the students of Sanislo, Thurgood Marshall, and Rainier View schools. The events were facilitated by Joan Abrevaya of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.
“The kids knew they got to take home the books but asked me for how long,” said Abrevaya. “They were thrilled and shocked when I told them FOREVER.”
When Olga to Seattle from Guatamala two years ago she could speak no words of English.
She was placed in a school for non-English speakers and last year moved to Thurgood Marshall Elementary in south Seattle, where now, as a 5th grader, is reading at her grade level.
Next year she’ll move to middle school. “Olga did not have a magic wand. Olga did the work,” said Julie Breidenbach, principal of Thurgood Marshall.
She did have a magic wand of sorts, the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, which is partnering with B-Logistics/Thrift Recycling to donate thousands of books to local elementary schools to encourage students to read over the summer.
At Thurgood Marshall, 4,000 books were donated by B-Logistics, through the Friends. Many came from donations to PCC markets throughout the city.
“We’re so happy you can enjoy these books,” said Joan Abrevaya, with the Friends, at a special assembly at Thurgood Marshall. Students in the K-5th grade can choose five books each toward the goal of reading 10 books this summer-considered the magic number to prepare students for school next year.
The book donation began at Stanislo Elementary School in Southwest Seattle, with 3,000 books for its students. Rainier View Elementary will receive 2,000 books.
“The conditions are beyond unbelievable,” said Abrevaya, of the 9,000 books donated by B-Logistics. “They’re gorgeous.”
On May 31, the students of Sanislo School in West Seattle kicked off their summer reading with a Family Literacy Night. The Friends of the Seattle Public Library and B-Logistics teamed up to provide 10 free books for each student to take home for summer reading. The event also featured poetry readings from the students of Sanislo.
Two more book giveaway events are coming up soon:
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:
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!