One of the most rewarding aspects of organizing the People’s Library is being on the receiving end of endless appreciation and support from our neighbors and the broader community. Expressions of gratitude are frequently followed with “How can I help? What do you need?” Well, here it is!
- Volunteer to help set-up and break down. We start setting up the library at 9am. Come help shape what the library will look like each day, enjoy donated coffee and donuts and get to know your fellow librarians. We begin breaking down the library between 7 and 7:30pm. A few extra arms makes this process much faster and easier!
- Be a librarian, even if only for a few minutes. When you come by the library, let a volunteer librarian know that you would like to help. We can always use help talking with neighbors and passersby, sorting books, and doing other tasks to keep the library running smoothly.
- Food! Food donations are always greatly appreciated as some librarians will have been hard at work since before 9am. We also set out donated food to share with families and other library patrons at lunch and dinnertime.
- Books! As reading materials fly off our selves, we must replenish it. We have the greatest need for books aimed at children and young adults. For adult materials, we have an overwhelming amount of thriller/suspense, romance, fantasy, and sci fi books already, and do not need anymore. We welcome donations of classical and general literature as well as relevant non-fiction. (General rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t read it, please don’t bring it!)
- Financial donations. We are collecting cash donations at the library, or you can contribute electronically by visiting our WePay page. Donated money will help defray the costs of renting a moving truck, printing flyers and bookmarks, providing wireless internet access, and gas.
Thank you for any and all contributions!
Lots more in store for Day 2! Arts, crafts, and games available for kids all day.
12:30 pm: Lunch, donated by Operation: Sack Lunch
2pm: Children’s Storytime, reading by Nell
5:30 pm- Dinner, donated by Cody and friends
6pm: Children’s Storytime
7pm: Live music from Gary Kanter
Everyone is welcome to read at storytime, lead activities, perform, or bring food to share. We also need folks to help set-up starting at 9am and break-down starting at 7:30 pm. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment here, or just show up!
We have a packed schedule for the People’s Library opening day!
1pm: Music by Seattle indie artist Thomas Starks
2pm: Children’s Storytime
3pm: Snacktime. Thanks to Eileen for bringing some Filipino noodles and eggrolls to share with everyone.
3pm- 5pm: Crafts for Kids (of all ages!). Make your own birdfeeder with pinecones and peanut butter. Materials provided.
6pm: Children’s Storytime
7pm: Acoustic set by Eric Richards of local band Podblaster
Everyone is welcome to read at storytime, lead activities, perform, or bring food to share. To volunteer, email email@example.com, leave a comment here, or just show up!
It’s a beautiful day for a People’s Library! We just started unloading books outside the Douglass- Truth Library and are hard at work preparing to welcome the community in less than 2 hours! Join us for our opening day!
The People’s Library will be setting up tomorrow morning outside of the Douglass-Truth branch, 2300 E Yesler Way, at the intersection of Yesler and 23rd Ave. King County Metro routes 4, 8, 27, and 48 stop at this intersection. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
The People’s Library is now accepting financial donations to help cover the cost of wireless hotspots, storage needs, transportation, and arts and crafts material. Of course, any donations are much appreciated!
UPDATE: We have a moving truck for the week!
Great news! We are getting LOTS of book donations! So many in fact that we are faced with the problem of storing them, especially during the week of the library. We would like to avoid having to carry them very far and in many separate car trips every night. If you have contacts in the construction, storage or trucking business who would be willing to help us store books and other library materials during next week’s library, please comment here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!