The Seattle Public Library Foundation Programs
Donations to the Foundation help the Library build its collection, raise a new generation of readers, build and maintain Library facilities, and reach out to those that need access to information.
Here’s how donations to the Foundation in 2012 were used:
Purchase more Library resources. In 2012, the Foundation provided $1.5 million to purchase Library resources including books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, public computers and online databases. Over the past ten years, 20% of the Library’s collection—about one of every five books on the shelf—has been purchased with Foundation funding.
Sponsor programs for children, teens, adults and those with special needs. Last year, the Foundation supplied $1 million to support free public programs at the Central Library and in the branches. These programs include early literacy activities for pre-school children, the Summer Reading Program, homework help for students and public presentations by leading authors, scholars and artists. Last year, more than 2,000 people attended 7,000 free public programs offered at the Library.
Support capital improvements. In 2012 the Foundation contributed $552,000 to the Library for deep cleaning, furniture repair and replacement, and other building improvements throughout the system.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The Seattle Public Library Foundation works hard to protect and enhance the Library's collections and resources. During the 2012 GiveBIG campaign, the Library Foundation asked the community to "GiveBIG for Books" to help increase the Library's collection budget. That day more than 1,000 people gave to the Library Foundation, which made us the nonprofit that finished the day with the second most donors of any organization in King County.