Are you a photography student looking to enhance your portfolio and/or nab some great photos at a community event? The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is looking for 2-3 burgeoning photographers to help us produce some original images for our blog, Facebook page, and outreach efforts.
Dates and times
Saturday, May 2 from 9a.m.-5p.m.
Sunday, May 3 from 9a.m.-4p.m.
North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle, WA 98103
Interested? Contact us or apply below!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Interested volunteer photographer” and/or fill out our volunteer application (which should take about 2 minutes). For email, please include the dates for which you are available. We will get back to you as soon as possible, and we are seriously excited about working with you!
One of the highlights of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library annual meeting is honoring a Friend of the Year — a volunteer or member who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Friends’ work in the past year. However, this year, we just couldn’t narrow it down to one, so two awards were presented: to Tyler Henry, of Discover Books, and long-time volunteer Taylor Trusdale.
Tyler Henry works for Discover Books, a company that resells, distributes, and recycles used books. So far, they have donated over 6.1 million books to non-profit organizations in North America and abroad.
In partnership with the Friends, Tyler works to provide privately donated books to schools for needy children; they’ve donated over 20,000 books so far, and each student gets to pick 5 to 10 books to take home. He says it’s a great feeling to see their eyes light up when they realize they can pick out their very own books and keep them forever. In addition, Discover has also provided almost 10,000 books to the FriendShop for sale. Congratulations, Tyler!
Taylor Trusdale is a hard-working and dedicated Friends volunteer. He has worked the semi-annual book sales for many years, often working multiple shifts, and is generous with his time year-round, volunteering twice a week at the Friends’ office. Thank you for your service, Taylor!
Would you like to help the Friends? We always need volunteers to help out at our book sales, work the FriendShop, sort book donations, and more. Learn more about our volunteering opportunities and contact us for more information — who knows, you might be a future Friend of the Year in the making!
The Friends of the Seattle Public Library had the pleasure of chatting with Sarah from Lazerwood Industries about the Northwest’s knack for technology and the spirit of craftsmanship and innovation that comes with the sector. Lazerwood emphasizes the natural treatment of wood with electronic forms and celebrates in the creative cross-sections.
What makes wood as an artistic material so special? How do you see this natural resource working in conjunction with technology?
We chose to work with wood because we wanted to add natural warmth to our digital life. Wood is amazingly durable, ages well and is sustainable; all factors that contributed to our choice.
Could you describe the process of lazer and hand treatment in creating your phone case designs?
We source all our wood from a mill in North Carolina and hand treat each sheet of veneer with stain. The veneer is then cut down to a size that will fit in our laser cutter, which looks like a large sawdust spewing printer. The laser cutter is networked to a computer which allows us to cut as much or as little as we want. All packaging and fulfillment is also done on site so our quality and attention to detail is something we keep very hands on. What qualities makes Lazerwood a “Seattle” born-and-bred company? Does Northwest culture inform your creative design at all?
We love being apart of the PacNW culture that encourages small and local businesses. Our entire region benefits from the supportive climate for creatives and in turn, Seattle is a city which drives culture for the entire coast and beyond. We wouldn’t want to run our business anywhere else.
What are some of Lazerwood’s dream collaborations or artist partnerships?
We are just coming back from our first convention in New York and are humbled by the number of people who wanted to work with us. We are planning on a collaboration with Rex Ray as well as some artist in New York who we are still negotiating with. Very exciting stuff! Stay tuned. We also have plans to expand our product line to include lamps and clocks, which we are super excited about.
Matthew Hestad, a 3rd grade teacher at Van Asselt Elementary, chats with us today about Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s teacher voucher program. Since 2009, the Friends have received generous funding from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to provide classroom books in high-need (Title I) Seattle public schools. Through these grants, teachers receive $100 in vouchers to purchase books for their students. Our Spring Book Sale on April 6th and 7th will see 49 vouchers redeemed by teachers from 21 different schools!
This program puts books into the hands of students by one of the most important figures in a child’s lifetime of learning: the teacher. Here is Matthew’s story.
On the Friends’ Book Sales and “Books for Teachers”:
What drew me to the Friends’ voucher program was the need to get more books into the hands of my students. Every classroom has a leveled library in their classrooms where students can choose from a small variety of books at their own independent reading level and one of our most important reading genre’s is that of informational text or nonfiction. The Friends’ sales have given my students so many more choices of books that match their interest levels and this allows for a much broader range of excitement when reading informational text.
I am a teacher who loops between grade levels and have taught my students for the past three years beginning in first grade. Because of “Books for Teachers”, as my students’ reading abilities have increased, the Friends’ books have enabled my students to explore nonfiction and learn about topics that haven’t been able to read about previously.
When I leave the sale I always have received the maximum number of books that my voucher allows. I get there as early as possible and bring a very large suitcase on wheels. As I walk out the door my suitcase is filled with mostly nonfiction books from topics dear to my students hearts to books that I know as their reading abilities grow they will discover new and more developmentally enticing topics.
It’s amazing to be able to choose books for my students. We know each other well and as I browse titles or topics my students’ faces are constantly jumping into my head. “Oh, a book on tornadoes… Ben will hold this book and need it close to him for days. A book about Egypt… Susan will need this for her project. Wow, book #3 from the 39 Clues series is what Ra’Janae was looking for but our library was out of. Tarik will need to read the Gail Gibbons book entitled “Bats”.
I leave the book sale with 100 books and once back in the classroom, in front of my students, and causing great anticipation and excitement, will open the suitcase and begin pulling the many books out for students to see. My student’s excitement is explosive and contagious as they peruse titles and genres. The books immediately get sorted and labeled into different categories like reptiles, fish, weather, insects and of course a favorite… the human body. They go by topic, author, genre etc and are always available.
Thank you, Matthew, for this personal insight into the program. Teachers throughout the Seattle area will be utilizing the Spring Book Sale on April 6th and 7th to restock the shelves of their library classrooms. Come join them in one of the city’s biggest used book sales of the year! All proceeds directly benefit the Seattle Public Library.