Volunteers Needed for Friends’ Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library are in need of volunteers for the upcoming Book Sale, which will be held on April 17-18. All shifts are open, but the Monday, Sunday, and Saturday afternoon shifts are the most in need of help (in descending order of priority).

Volunteers receive a coupon for two free books from the regular book sections. Lunch will be provided on Monday.

Volunteer shifts:

Thursday, 4/15: 2- 5 p.m. and 5- 9 p.m. (set-up)

Friday, 4/16: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and 6:30- 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/17 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 1- 5 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Monday, 4/19: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. and noon – 4 p.m.(clean-up)

Tuesday, 4/20: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. (clean-up)

For more information and an online volunteer form:


For questions please call the Book Sale office (206) 523-4053

Thank you for your support of the Friends and The Seattle Public Library.


A Friend is Someone Who Likes You (and Who Volunteers at the Friends’ Book Sale!)

One of my best-loved books from childhood is A Friend is Someone Who Likes You, by Joan Walsh Anglund.  What child could resist a book (a hardback book of my very own!) that had been inscribed “I bought this in London for a sweet little girl on her fifth birthday.  With love, Auntie Mae.”   That book has accompanied me back and forth across the country through many moves, and still sits on my bookshelf today.  It is a sweet reminder of how much I enjoyed reading books as a child, and of course of my Auntie Mae.

Fast forward more years than I’d like to think, and I’m now a Friend of the Seattle Public Library.  With the help of numerous volunteers, the Friends sponsor their famous twice-yearly Book Sales.  The next Book Sale is on April 16 – 18, 2010, and will be held at Magnuson Park, at the Hangar in Building #30, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 98115.  Free parking is available, and Metro bus routes 30, 74, and 75 will also get you there.

Over 200,000 items will be offered for sale, so there’s bound to be something for everyone!  Hardbacks, paperbacks and audio books in the regular section are $1.00, and videos, CDs, and DVDs are $1.00 per piece.  There is also a special room for better books and for rare/collectible books and sets, where prices are as marked.

Once again we need about 350 volunteers to help with all aspects of the sale, from set-up to clean-up.  Won’t you be a Friend, and sign up via the volunteer form on the Friends’ web site or by emailing book.sale@spl.org?  You can volunteer for one (or more!) of the shifts that run from Thursday, April 15 through Monday, April 19.  Volunteers receive a coupon for two regularly priced books of their choice, and can also receive Community Service credit.

Any questions?  See the Booksale FAQ on the Friends’ website, and feel free to contact the Book Sale office at 206.523.4053 or book.sale@spl.org.