The Seattle Public Library Foundation is seeking two new teammates to fill important roles in communications and development!
Director of Communications – The Director of Communications will be the organization’s chief storyteller and help the Foundation share its impact with a wide range of supporters. The Director will establish content strategies and work closely with the board and staff to deliver our message to targeted audiences. Click here for the position posting.
Events & Development Coordinator – The Foundation builds meaningful relationships with its donors through appreciation events held throughout the year, including giving circle lunches, author receptions, exhibit openings, and program workshops. The Events & Development Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating these donor events and ensuring guests feel informed, welcomed and appreciated. Additionally, the position will serve as key support position for a wide variety of development projects, including campaigns, stewardship activities, major donor outreach, and communications. Click here for the position posting.
Struggling to find the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for friend or relative? Consider honoring that person with a gift to The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
You simply make a donation to the Library, in any amount, and designate your gift for a friend or loved one. We’ll send them a lovely card and include a special note from you! (You can also keep your name and/or gift amount a secret if you prefer.)
A tribute gift is a great way to share your love for the Library while providing a meaningful gift for someone important to you!
Click here to make your tribute gift.
Our thanks to Babyrific — an app for keeping track of places and activities for kids — for hosting Celebration of Giving with Caspar Babypants on Saturday! More than 150 children and parents attended. We checked out more than 40 library books, issued 12 new library cards, and collected wonderful financial gifts to support the Library. Kids also donated books for the Immigrant and Refugee Center and collected two bins of coats for children at Mary’s Place. What a great day…thank you Babyrific!
In 2018, The Seattle Public Library plans a major renovation on the Lake City Branch, expanding the amount of public space to meet the needs of the neighborhood.
Join The Seattle Public Library Foundation for a special briefing to learn about the project and how you can be part of the community campaign to renovate the library. Supporters will learn about a special gift matching opportunity and the chance to have your name featured on the in-branch donor wall.
Monday, December 11, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake City Branch
12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125
Please rsvp to Sharon Griggins at Sharon@supportspl.org or 206.386.4130.
A huge thanks to all of our amazing supporters who stepped up for #GivingTuesday. The numbers are in — we doubled the amount raised last year and increased the number of donors by 100! That doubles the impact we can have on children, teens, and families who rely on the Library’s services to help them learn, grow, and satisfy their intellectual curiosity. A special note of thanks to our anonymous match sponsor…you know who you are! Thanks to ALL for your generous spirit!
Thanks to a generous donor, your gift to The Seattle Public Library Foundation can be doubled on #GivingTuesday! This is a perfect opportunity to “pay it forward” and share your love for books and reading with your Seattle neighbors.
Make your gift on #GivingTuesday! Matching funds will double the impact of your gift, so give early, and help us reach our $50,000 challenge fund. Click here to give!
Thank you Google! Did you know that Google has contributed a total of $458,200 grants to the Library for technology and STEM programming?
Recently, a class of fourth- and fifth-graders from Concord Elementary received training on the basic concepts of computer coding with Juan Rubio, digital media and learning program manager for The Seattle Public Library. After their training the students raced the robots at a special event at The Seattle Public Library’s South Park Branch.
The Library’s finch program is made possible through a $58,200 grant from Google, The Library currently has 100 finches that it uses in a curriculum that introduces students to computer coding and develops skills in problem-solving and collaboration. This is one of several of the Library’s partnerships with Google to increase patron access to technology and digital literacy.
Google and the Library initially worked together to launch the highly successful Wi-Fi Hotspot program in 2015. Google has contributed more than $300,000 to the Library’s Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program. A Library survey revealed that 31 percent of Library patrons who check out the hotspots have no internet at home and 31 percent have incomes under $20,000 a year. The 835 hotspots have circulated over 18,000 times since the lending program began.
Google also has gifted $75,000 to the Library to put laptops and tablets in nine branches. Patrons can borrow them for use in the branch for 90 minutes a day. The eight laptops and two tablets will be loaded with the latest software, including Windows 10 and educational resources.
Thank you Google for your incredible support!
Congratulations to the finalists in the 2017 Washington State Book Awards!
Thirty-eight authors and illustrators who make their home in our state are being honored for books that were published in 2016. The 2017 Washington State Book Awards celebration is Saturday, October 14, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Seattle. The Foundation will host an after party for all who attend on Level 3 of the Central Library.
Come toast the winners and finalists!
This October, the Library visits your favorite bars and pubs for Booktoberfest, our annual celebration of books, beer and good cheer. Join us in venues across the city for bookish happy hours, librarian-hosted trivia nights, spooky stories in bars and libraries, Karaoke, Books a la Carte and Literary Fortune Telling! Your gifts to the Foundation help bring these Library programs out into the community!
Click here for more information.
“Rhythm in Colors” highlights our city’s storied past with jazz as a historic black art form that has influenced the world and animated our cultural landscape. Seattle jazz culture boasts a sweeping arc of talent including award-winning musicians and music education programs.
The exhibit features oral interviews of jazz musicians and advocates who have participated in the Library’s ongoing Seattle Jazz Archive project. The Library has interviewed 13 individuals and will continue to add more interviews during the year. Rhythm in Colors also includes digital videos produced by Madeline Crowley, fully indexed transcripts and still photography of each interviewee.
The exhibit also explores how jazz educators have helped bring jazz into schools with opportunities for students to learn and participate, making Seattle a leader in youth jazz programs.
Bring your smartphones to the exhibit and you’ll be able to listen to audio clips of the oral interviews in the Library’s collection, see performances and access additional materials about jazz in Seattle.
Programs are scheduled for July and will include performances, a film screening and presentations. Go to www.spl.org/audiences/all-ages/rhythm-in-colors for more information.
A very special thank you to Gary Kunis and you our donors for making this impactful exhibit possible.