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Seattle Public Library makes reading fun for young readers this summer

June 12th, 2012 by Support Staff

This post courtesy of our sister site Fremont Universe.

The Seattle Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program for children kicked off Friday and continues through August 26th. This year’s program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair with the theme “Read Your Way Into the Future.” Kids can sign up online or in person at any of the 27 Library locations. Participants can track and rate books read, collect stickers and online badges, and create an online avatar:

Children who participate in the Summer Reading Program will receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum after reading 10 books. Children who read 10 books by Wednesday, Aug. 1 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Space Needle in August. One winner from each Library location will be selected. Participating in the Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids to have fun and improve reading skills during the summer break from school. A 2004 study in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk found that having elementary school students read just four or five books during the summer can prevent the reading-achievement losses that normally occur over those months.

Click here for more information.

In addition to the summer-long program, the 2012 “Words of Wonder Tour” features the work of four new authors of fiction for young readers from2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E. Featured books and authors include:

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. This is free and open to the public-no registration is required. Free parking is available at the branch.

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The busy Northeast branch library and this summer's levy proposal

April 12th, 2012 by Support Staff

Voters will decide in August whether to tax themselves an extra $52 annually to bolster Seattle’s strained library system.

Locally, approval of the property tax levy would mean the Northeast branch library, which has the second-heaviest use of any branch in the Seattle Library system, would see less crowding. From the library:

Books, computers, staff, programs, meeting rooms – everything at this branch is in high demand. People who live outside the area also use this branch because hours at their home branches have been cut. The levy will relieve service pressures by expanding hours at other locations. Computers and printers essential to support students, job seekers and others will be upgraded and the collection ofbooks and materials and online services improved. Funding for regular buildingmaintenance is also included.

The levy would also increase the budget for books and materials, and add back resources and maintenance cut since the landmark Libraries For All push finished in 2008.

Details about the $123 million, seven-year property tax levy proposal are here. A story about the City Council voting earlier this week to place it on the Aug. 7 ballot is here.

From that Seattle Times story:

Budget cuts over the past four years have forced the library to close 15 of 26 branch libraries on Fridays and Sundays. The entire system is shut down the last week of August, when the staff, for the past three years, has taken unpaid furlough. The levy would end the weeklong furlough.

The levy would raise about $17 million a year to supplement the libraries’ annual general-fund budget of about $50 million. It would cost the owner of a median-priced $361,000 home $52 a year.

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Friends of Seattle Public Library book sale starts Friday through the weekend

March 1st, 2012 by Support Staff

Update Saturday March 3: “We’re busting with books, so we’re lowering our regular hardback book prices today to $1 at the Friends Booksale.”


Approximately 25,000 items will be up for sale  at bargain prices at the 2012 Friends of The Seattle Public Library Mini Book Sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From the library:

The book sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Building 30 Workshop. The Mini Book Sale will be held in a smaller workshop space adjacent to the hangar.

Items for sale will include a general selection of fiction and nonfiction books, CDs, DVDs and gift books. Hardbacks will sell for $2 and paperbacks for $1. All items are half price on Sunday, March 4. Proceeds from the sale help to support The Seattle Public Library.

For more information, call the Friends of The Seattle Public Library Book Sale at 206-523-4053, e-mail or visit

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Today is Seattle Library's annual Holiday Book Sale at Sand Point

November 19th, 2011 by Support Staff

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library hold their annual Holiday Book Sale today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 10,000 items will be available for sale, including holiday books, CDs, gift books and other items, and a general selection of fiction and non-fiction books. There will also be a large selection of quality children’s books. Hardbacks will sell for $2.00 and paperbacks for $1.00. A selection of Better Books, priced as marked, will also be offered.  The sale is a great opportunity to find gifts on your holiday list at a low cost.

The sale is in the workshop of Building 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E.

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Fall library sale is this weekend at Magnuson

September 20th, 2011 by Support Staff

More than a quarter-million books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audio books and art prints will be up for grabs – cheaply! – this Saturday and Sunday at the Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s Fall Book Sale.

Most hardbacks are $2. Paperbacks $1.

The book sale is at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Building #30. Hours are Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

There is a preview Friday evening for members of the Friends.

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The Seattle Public Library prepares for week-long closure

August 23rd, 2011 by Support Staff

This post is from our sister site Fremont Universe.

The Seattle Public Library system will be closed from Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 4 because of city budget cuts. All branches also will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

From the press release:

The week-long closure will help the Library achieve its $3.7 million budget reduction target for 2011. The closure will save approximately $650,000. The closure will mean salary reductions for nearly 640 employees who will not be paid during that week and who are taking cuts in their cost of living adjustments. In addition, the book budget has been reduced, positions have been eliminated and 2010 cuts to branch hours have continued this year. Fifteen branches are only open 35 hours a week.

No materials will be due and no fines will be charged during the one-week closure.

Most library services will be unavailable during the closure, including book drops (the Central Library’s book drop will close at 8 p.m. Aug. 28); Wi-Fi; regular programs and events in library meeting rooms; TeleCirc (the library’s telephone circulation service that provides patrons with information on their library account); and no texting, emailing or chatting with a librarian.

Access to the online catalog will be limited to searching and checking library records, but patrons won’t be able to place holds.

Some online services will remain available, including the calendar of events; the SPL Mobile page; online payment of fines and fees; library podcasts; access to premium online databases, including Britannica Online,, Mango Languages, Consumer Reports and Morningstar Investment Research Center; access to downloadable media, such as e-books and audiobooks, songs and movies; and digital collections, such as photos from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Collection, the Northwest Art Collection and The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection; the Seattle City Directory Collection; and the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection.

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All Seattle Public Libraries to close Aug. 29-Sept. 5

July 11th, 2011 by Support Staff

The Seattle Public Library system will be closing down for the week before Labor Day weekend, from Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 4 due to citywide budget cuts. All libraries will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 5. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, September 6.

Most Library services will be unavailable during the one-week closure and will have the following impacts:

No materials will be due and no fines will be charged.

The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, August 28. The Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open until 6 p.m. that day and another 11 branches will be open until 5 p.m. Visit or call 206-386-4636 for more information on Library locations and hours.

No book drops will be open. The Central Library book drops will close at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 28 and will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 6.

If you’re desperate for library access, the Lake City Neighborhood Service Center and parking garage will remain open. It is co-located with the Lake City Branch, but has a separate entrance. The Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, which is co-located with the Ballard Branch, will stay open as well.

August 29 through September 4 was the week selected for the closure because general Library use at that time is not as high as other times during the year, school is not in session and there are fewer Library programs scheduled.

For more info, visit the Seattle Library site.

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Seattle Public Library will create a personalized reading list for you

June 30th, 2011 by Support Staff

This post is from our sister site PhinneyWood.

The Seattle Public Library just launched a new service to provide personalized reading lists for patrons, called “Next 5 Books.”

From the press release:

To get your list, go to Fill out a brief form on what you like to read, including favorite genres, preferred format (book on CD, e-book, large print, etc.) and books that you haven’t liked.

In a day or two you will receive a list of five recommended books just for you.

This service is made possible in part by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation with help from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

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Pay your library fine online

March 1st, 2011 by hillaryu

No need to make a trip to the library to pay a fine, the Seattle Public Library is now accepting payments online.

In addition to paying fines and fees online, Library cardholders can also add funds to their account for computer printing. Credit and debit card payments are processed through PayPal, but a PayPal account is not necessary. There is no service charge to make a payment online, but a minimum payment of $1 is required.

Payments are also accepted in person by cash, check or money order at any Library location during regular operating hours. Payments can be mailed by check or money order to: Attention Borrower Services, The Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104. Mailed payments must include a Library card number; payees will receive a receipt by mail.

Credit card payments are not accepted in person or by phone.

You can make payments to your account here. For more information about making payments online, Ask a Librarian or call 206-386-4636.

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