2010 Friends of SPL Wrap-up

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:

  • The year started out with tough city-wide budget cuts.  15 of our branch libraries were reduced in hours.
  • Seattle Public Library began working on a strategic plan.  Citizens and the Friends were asked for input.
  • The Friends’ Book Sales were a huge success.  We held Spring, Fall and Holiday Sales.  We are always impressed by the great turn out of donations, volunteers and of course, shoppers!
  • The Friends Blog partnered with the Seattle Public Library to get out the word about the Summer Reading Program.
  • The FriendShop had tons of great featured artist events all year long.
  • The Friends were seen at Farmer’s Markets all over the city to spread the word about what we do and to get people excited about the Seattle Public Library.
  • Once again, the Library closed for a week-long furlough leading up to Labor Day to help close the budget gap.
  • On October 1, the Friends held a reading flash mob in Westlake Center.  It was fun and attracted a lot of media attention!
  • The Friends created a Public Service Announcement.   Look for it on the Seattle Channel!
  • Building 30 at Magnuson Park where the Book Sales are held has been in danger of being closed.  The Friends have been trying to get the word out to save this great space for ourselves and other groups all over Seattle.
  • The Friends have partnered with the Fisher Foundation in Connecticut to get books into classrooms in need.
  • City Librarian Susan Hildreth was appointed Director of Museum and Library Services by the President!

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!

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Holiday Book Sale: Saturday, November 22nd

Friends of The Seattle Public Library is pleased to invite you to a special holiday mini book sale!

Avoid those last-minute holiday shopping woes. Come to the Friends holiday sale and find the ideal gift! More than 10,000 gently read items will be available for sale, including holiday-themed books, CDs, gift books and other items.  There will also be a general selection of fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and many children’s books.

Most items are only $1.

All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library.

When: Saturday, November 22, 2008, from 9 AM – 5 PM

Where: Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle) in the hangar in Building 30.

Support your library and find excellent holiday gifts at great deals!

If you would like more information about the holiday book sale, please email book.sale@spl.org.

See you there!