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April 27th, 2023 · Uncategorized

Foundation supports freedom to read with “Books Unbanned” e-card for young people

The Seattle Public Library is taking a stand against censorship with a new program to promote the freedom to read for young people – thanks in large part to strong support from our community. SPL has announced a partnership with Brooklyn Public Library’s Books Unbanned initiative to offer teens and young adults across the nation … Continued

  • Opening up the world of the library through Play and Learn

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    Research shows that being involved in early learning programs yields lifelong benefits. But what happens when there aren’t enough spots available at local learning centers? The State of Washington estimates that only about a quarter of children ages birth to five are served by licensed child care or preschool. Many working families require other options … Continued

    April 14th, 2023  ·  3 min read

  • Crowds go wild at the Central Library for the Global Reading Challenge

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    Seventy-two schools. Nine semi-final showdowns. And it all culminated with madness in March at the Central Library, for the return of the Global Reading Challenge City Finals! The longtime program, supported by Foundation donors, provides more than 8,000 books for fourth- and fifth-graders at Seattle Public Schools, who form trivia teams and compete using their … Continued

    March 20th, 2023  ·  2 min read

  • Genealogy collection expands resources for communities of color

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    The Genealogy Collection of The Seattle Public Library aims to provide patrons with access to resources that expand their knowledge of their family history. These resources are increasingly available at the Library for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities thanks to the dedicated efforts of genealogy librarians. In 2022, Foundation support helped add … Continued

    February 21st, 2023  ·  2 min read

  • Remembering Jonathan Raban (1942-2023)

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    The Seattle Public Library Foundation joins the literary community, locally and internationally, in mourning the loss of Jonathan Raban. Jonathan was an acclaimed travel writer and novelist, and an iconic Seattleite. He was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington, and The Stranger Genius Award … Continued

    January 20th, 2023  ·  1 min read

  • Homework Help brings students back to branches

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    The Lake City Branch was full of students of all ages on a rainy Tuesday evening. Homework Help, the donor-supported afterschool program, was back in-person. Tim, a longtime Homework Help volunteer tutor, said that demand has been high each evening since the program resumed in September. He recently increased his volunteer time from one to … Continued

    December 14th, 2022  ·  3 min read

  • New State Legislators Respond to Library Issues Survey

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    As part of our shared advocacy work, the Foundation and the Friends of the Seattle Public Library invited candidates running in Seattle’s Washington State Legislative Districts to take a short survey about library issues. Below are the responses from the newly elected members of the State House of Representatives for the 46th, 37th, and 36th … Continued

    November 11th, 2022  ·  7 min read

  • Donor support provides new Read-Along format for children’s books

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    Reading aloud is key for early literacy. Studies show that seeing and hearing words simultaneously improves vocabulary and reading rates. This is especially important for children with disabilities, English-language learners, and others with barriers to reading. “Read-Alongs” are MP3-enabled picture books that read aloud at the push of a button. And thanks to donor support, … Continued

    October 21st, 2022  ·  2 min read

  • South End Stories helps young readers find their inner superhero

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    South End Stories, an anti-racist arts education program founded by Donte Felder and his team, including his father, Dr. Donald Felder, celebrates the importance of storytelling and playful learning. This is especially important for public school students who don’t engage as well with traditional classroom instruction. This year, they partnered with the Library to plan … Continued

    September 15th, 2022  ·  3 min read

  • Meet the Chief Librarian: Tom Fay leads the Library into the future

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    The Seattle Public Library is in a period of transition—both in how it operates in the aftermath of COVID-19, and under the leadership of a new Executive Director and Chief Librarian, Tom Fay. Tom was unanimously selected by the SPL Board of Trustees in March, after serving as Interim Chief Librarian since April 2021. He … Continued

    September 8th, 2022  ·  4 min read