Six-Year-Old Sends Her Allowance to Keep Libraries Open

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library recently received a letter from one of our supporters, Ani J.  The letter reads:

” Dear Library,

I want to share my allowance money so you can stay open.  I am 6 years old.  Here is $11.  (as dictated to mom, aka scribe)”

Thank you Ani!  Your contribution means so much to us.  We are happy that you use and love The Library.

If you are reading this and also want to help support The Seattle Public Library, an anonymous donor has pledged $500,000 to support The Seattle Public Library if the citizens of Seattle can raise a matching amount.  To donate, go to the Seattle Public Library Foundation website.  Let’s make a million dollars for The Library!

Another way you can help is to attend City Council budget hearings and voice your support for The Library.  Seattle is facing huge budget cuts again this year.  Come and let the Council know how valuable libraries are to our community.  For a schedule of budget hearings go the City Council’s website.


Library Use Shows Dramatic Increase As Furlough Approaches

Dramatic increase in library use
Visits to libraries nearly doubles

Visits to Seattle’s libraries have nearly doubled in the past five years according to figures collected by the Seattle Public Library. Visits have jumped from under 7 million annually in 2004 to over 12 million in 2008.  Use continues to increase in 2009. Visits this year already exceed the number of visits in all of 2004. Year to date, as of July ’09, visits were up 8% over year to date figures in July 2008.

Community members notice the increase, “I see a lot of kids in there doing homework. It’s always busy,” said Broadview Community Council secretary, Janice Burnell.  Programs, like Homework Help, have also seen participation spike this year.  Circulation of library materials is also increasing at a dramatic rate – up 20% between 2007 and 2008 – the largest jump in materials requests in five years. In July of 2009 circulation was up another 12% over 2008.

On August 31, 2009, The Seattle Public Library will close for one week as a result of city budget shortages in  2oo9. The City of Seattle funds all operations, staffing, and materials costs for our libraries.  During that one week  staff will take an unpaid furlough and the entire City will be without Library service.


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A strong library needs a strong voice of support

How many books and ebooks can our library buy next year? The mayor unveiled his proposed library budget on Sept 29 and his answer is: about 1.75 million dollars less than the library was able to buy this year.  Wow. What do you think? Let’s hear from those of you that turn to the library for eco living, let’s get the input of everyone of you that loves your neighborhood library, let’s hear the voice of people turning to library resources because of hard times. There’ve probably been times that you’ve needed the library. Right now the library needs you.

There are two very important public hearings at City Hall this month: October 8th and October 27th. Friends of The Seattle Public Library needs someone from every branch library to stand up and say why collections and libraries are so important to their neighborhood and lifestyle.  Can you speak on behalf of your favorite library branch? For more information or to r.s.v. p: Can’t come down to City Hall? You can still enter “official testimony” by calling   (206) 684-0481   or emailing between 4:30 and 5:30 Oct. 8 or Oct. 27 A strong library needs a strong voice of support. Will elected officials hear yours?