The Friends of the Seattle Public Library have paired with the Renee B. Fisher Foundation’s Books for Teachers program. The Fisher Foundation provides the Friends with a grant to provide qualifying teachers with vouchers for books that they can spend at our Book Sales. Each teacher can spend up to $100 on books for their classrooms! To qualify, teachers must work at a school where the majority of students are in need.
So far, the program has been a huge success. The Friends have provided more than 10,000 books free of charge to Seattle public school teachers at the 2010 Book Sales. We hope to be able to continue working with the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to fill many more local classrooms with books! Here is some feedback from happy teachers:
“I left with over 119 books!!! WOW!!!…I came back to school and added them to the classroom library.”
“My students LOVED the books! They cheered when Joan dropped off the vouchers, and cheered again when I showed them the pile of books on Monday morning. They have been enjoying browsing and reading in their reading classes, their silent reading times, or even in their spare time. I love that I was able to get all kinds of genres and all reading levels for my very diverse group of learners!”
“Thank you and thank you to the Friends of the Seattle Public Library. I went on Saturday and spent a bit over four hours searching for picture books for my Kindergarteners. Those four hours were the best hours of my weekend since I knew deep inside I was giving up my personal time to make a huge difference. It was fun to meet my colleagues there and talk to them across isles when a title of a book crossed my mind. What I’m tying to say is that we not only got a chance to increase our personal classroom library, but a school wide one.”
And here are some quotes for happy students:
“I love Books! Like you do! Reading is fun! I read a lot! So I can get smarter!”
“My favorite book is the itsy bitsy spider and the snarly hissopus…All of them are great…so nice, cool, Fabilicious.”
Thanks to the Renee B. Fisher Foundation and to Friends Board Members Joan and Omar for this wonderful program.