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Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne hit 30

June 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve passed two new Little Free Libraries (LFLs) on Queen Anne, bringing our grand total to 30! They seem to be popping up quickly around the neighborhood, faster than I can travel via foot, so let us know if you find one that’s not on the map.

These two new LFLs fill in little gaps on the map. The first one I found is tucked away on a dead end portion of 2nd Ave N, right near a public staircase that connects to Prospect. Nestled between the staircase and Ward St, this LFL will certainly serve readers who climb up and down the hill via staircases:

LFL 2nd Ave N & Ward

Then, just this week, I spotted a new LFL on the corner of W Smith St and 7th Ave W, on the Smith side, across from Coe Elementary:

LFL Smith & 7th Ave W

The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 30 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!

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Two new Little Free Libraries brings Queen Anne total to 28

June 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Not one, but two Little Free Libraries have popped up on Queen Anne since we spotted #25 back in March. A reader tipped us to one on 9th Ave W (thanks Katie!), and on the way to document (aka photograph) the LFL, I found another one on 5th Ave W. Both help fill the gap on the map near Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Plus, a group of businesses on McGraw St have put up a Little Free Library in front of their shared building – so that’s 28 LFLs total on Queen Anne! Could 30 be in our near future?

Here’s the rundown of the new LFLs:

9th Ave W & Raye St:

LFL 9th Ave W

5th Ave W & Smith St:

LFL 5th Ave W

11 W McGraw St – Sun Elemental Healing Arts:

LFL 11 W McGraw

The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 28 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!

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New Queen Anne Little Free Library is number 25

March 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

LFL 3rd Ave W and SmithIf you’re looking for a creative group walk or bike ride this Spring, consider a Queen Anne Little Free Library tour – we now have 25 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne, and pretty much whatever part of the neighborhood you find yourself in, you’re not too far from an LFL.

I spotted the newest Little Free Library on a sunny walk yesterday. It’s at the corner of Smith and 3rd Ave W, and as I was documenting it (aka photographing it while keeping my dog patiently waiting), a patron stopped by and took a book as she walked down the hill toward SPU. It has a pretty robust selection of contemporary fiction and sits along a high-traffic walking route for SPU students and residents alike.

The current map is below, and photos of all 25 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

Queen Anne LFL Map March 2015

If you have an organization or group that puts together a tour de LFLs, let us know. And, as always, if you if you spot a Little Free Library that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! Happy reading!

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Queen Anne Book Company celebrates 2 years today

March 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QABC SignStill catching up on a pretty big queue of emails post-travels, so this is breaking news, so to speak. Our local independent bookseller, Queen Anne Book Company, is marking its 2-year anniversary today.

Stop by the shop at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N today between 1pm and 5pm to help celebrate. Queen Anne Book Company will be serving bites and beverages, and giving away free books too. For every book purchased, customers will receive two free Advance Reader Copies.

Happy Anniversary, Queen Anne Book Company!

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New Little Free Library brings Queen Anne tally up to 23

November 2nd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Two weeks ago, we posted about a new kid-focused Little Free Library that was number 22 on our map. As always, we put out the call to readers to keep an eye out for LFLs we may have missed – and, a tip came in that day about another LFL (thanks, Justin!).

It took a while to get this LFL posted as the Fall weather just wasn’t cooperating for a trek to track it down. But, we’ve finally captured it on the map and uploaded it to our LFL gallery.

This LFL helps fill in a long-empty gap on the southwest side of the hill. Its paint matches the steward’s house, and per a reader on Facebook, the artwork is a Coast Salish Native American design. Plus, it sits next to a very-cool lamppost. You can find this LFL at the corner of 3rd Ave W and W Lee St:

LFL 3rd Ave W and Lee

And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a Little Free Library that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 23 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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Queen Anne’s newest Little Free Library is kid-friendly and number 22 on the map

October 20th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

It’s been a while since I spotted a new Little Free Library, but on a dismal Sunday after the Seahawks’ loss, a colorful LFL caught my eye. Unless I’ve missed an LFL – which is possible since much of September I was out-of-commission – this LFL is number 22 for Queen Anne.

Located on 1st Ave N at Lynn St, you can’t miss the cheery multi-colored LFL.

LFL 1st Ave N

This particular LFL is billed as a “Kids Edition” and is sponsored by Queen Anne Kids Preschool. In addition to being well-stocked with books, the newest LFL has children’s literary characters such as Curious George and Maisy Mouse adorning the sides and top of the box.

LFL 1st Ave N sign

And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a LFL that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 22 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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Also, I’ve noticed that several of our Queen Anne Little Free Libraries are running low on books. If you have books that need a home, consider dropping them off at a LFL. (If you have kids’ books, the Howe St LFL seems really low on supply.)

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Wine and books come together at Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday

July 17th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QABC SignIf you love wine and want a local guide to wine tours in our state, mark your calendars and RSVP for an event this weekend at Queen Anne Book Company.

On Saturday, July 19th, the shop will be hosting a wine event featuring Steve Roberts’ “Wine Trails of Washington: A Guide for Uncorking Your Memorable Wine Tour” – a guide to tasting tours in our state. Not only can you learn more about wine tours in our state, you can also taste Washington wines and small bites.

Robert Ramsay small logoLocal Queen Anne wine tasting room Robert Ramsay Cellars is joining Queen Anne Book Company for the event. They’ll be featuring tastes of their award-winning wines at the event.

The wine event starts at 3pm and is free – however, please RSVP with Queen Anne Book Company so they can plan ahead for refreshments. You can contact them via email or at 206.284.2427.

Here’s more on Roberts’ book to wet your whistle:

“Local author Steve Roberts guides you through the best wine tours our state has to offer, from Woodinville to Walla Walla. This book features 32 unique WineTrails, most of which can be experienced in a day or two. Profiles of each winery include a winery description, the winemaker ‘s philosophy, photos, contact information and tasting room hours. You’ll also find tips on tasting room etiquette and lessons from Wine Tasting 101. This book will inspire you to hop in the car and support our state wine trade! Take this guide along and read aloud as you uncork, swirl, and sip your way along the WineTrails!”

Mark your calendars and RSVP for a fun event at one of our local merchants!

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Planning a Little Free Library? Enter the Architecture for Humanity LFL competition

June 23rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

LFL Map 051814Queen Anne is home to 21 Little Free Libraries, but there’s always room for more! This summer, LFL creators can enter the Architecture for Humanity Seattle’s Libraries on the Loose design competition. The competition is open to individuals, teams, and businesses across Seattle. Wouldn’t it be great to see a Queen Anne LFL win?

If you’re interested in entering the competition, you need to first register with Architects Without Borders – Seattle. Then, design, build, install, and submit documentation for your LFL to compete against other Seattle LFLs. Additionally, you’ll need to submit digital and physical documentation of the LFL.

Some tips – the maximum budget cannot exceed $150, and additional criteria include adaptability, assembly, community, and creativity.

Details on submission requirements are available online, and you can send any questions to the organizers via email.

LFL GalerKey dates to keep in mind:

  • Registration Deadline – August 1st
  • Submissions Deadline – August 27th at 1pm
  • Judging – September 6th
  • Winners Announced: Grand Prize – September 6th; People’s Choice – September 14th
  • Exhibits: September 6th – 7th during the Seattle Design Festival’s Design Block and September 13th – 14th during the Seattle Design Festival Conference

If you’ve been on the fence about becoming a Little Free Library steward, here’s your opportunity to showcase your creativity and our neighborhood. If you enter the competition, be sure to let us know (and send photos!).

Edited for correction: contest is sponsored by Architecture for Humanity Seattle.

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Friends of SPL auctioning off rare books about the Pacific Northwest next week

June 12th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

SPLFriendsIf you’re a bibliophile or just interested in cool old books on the Pacific Northwest, then check out this special eBay auction. Starting next Thursday, June 19th, the Friends of The Seattle Public Library will hold a special 7-day auction on eBay of rare and collectible books about the Pacific Northwest.

Per the Friends of SPL, some of the titles featured in the auction include “The Story of Seattle” by Roberta Frye Watt, “The Early Pacific Coast Photographs of Carleton E. Watkins” by J.W. Johnson and “The Saga of a Mountain: A Legend of Mount Rainier” by El Comancho. Most auction items will start at $9.95.

You can also support SPL via books sold by The Friends online at Amazon and Abe Books, as all proceeds from both sales and auctions benefit The Seattle Public Library through grants made by the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.

Check out the auction next week, and see what Pacific Northwest treasures you can add to your collection!

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Queen Anne Little Free Libraries hit the roaring twenties

May 18th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

It’s been a little over a month since a new Little Free Library popped up on Queen Anne, and since the last one was #19, it seemed like 20 might be a tough milestone to hit.

But, thanks to Queen Anne Presbyterian Church, our LFLs are now firmly in the twenties! The church has not one, but two new LFLs, bringing our neighborhood total to 21.

Up first is the LFL on 5th Ave W, in front of the church. It’s stocked with adult books, both fiction and non-fiction:

LFL 5th Ave W QAPC

And, here’s #21, an LFL with a focus on children’s books. Not only is this LFL kid-specific, but the inaugural stocking of books was done by Queen Anne Presbyterian kids:

LFL QAPC Kids

And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a LFL that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 21 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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Indies First for kids kicks off this Saturday at Queen Anne Book Company

May 15th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QABC SignQueen Anne Book Company has been at the forefront of the Indies First movement, thanks to their relationship with Sherman Alexie and just the basic, bare-bones love of books.

Now, it’s time for kids to get psyched about reading with the Indies First Kids Storytime at Queen Anne Book Company. Because of the success of Indies First, children’s author Kate DeCamilla is launching a kids’ version this Saturday, May 17th.

Indies First Kids Storytime is a nationwide event with authors visiting bookstores around the country to read from their children’s books. QABC will have a range of books, from picture books to books for early and middle readers. Plus, book-related craft activities!

Here’s what’s on tap at Queen Anne Book Company:

  • 11:30-12:00pm – Kim Baker, author of Pickle: A novel for ages 8-12 full of hijinks, with a few pranks to share!
  • 1:00-1:30pm – Stephanie Barden, author Cinderella Smith: A series for early readers, ages 5-9.
  • 1:30- 2:00 Elizabeth Rose Stanton, author/illustrator, Henny and Toni Yuly, author /illustrator, Early Bird: Both books are great for the picture book crowd, ages 3-8, plus they can make their own Henny or Bird to take home.

Grab the kids and get them to Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday for Indies First fun!

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Queen Anne now home to 19 Little Free Libraries – who will help us hit 20?

April 6th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

We are so close to hitting 20 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne! A little over a week ago, we got a tip via Twitter about a Little Free Library (LFL) on Queen Anne. It wasn’t one that we’d cataloged already in our online gallery or map – so I headed out with the pup to check it out in person.

The newest LFL is nestled just a few houses away from Mount Pleasant Cemetery on W Armour St, filling in a gap on the map between the LFL south of Rodgers Park and the LFL on northwest Queen Anne on Etruria St.

LFL Armour

Speaking of gaps, what’s up with southwest Queen Anne – are there really no LFLs west of Queen Anne Ave N and south of Galer St? I have yet to see one, but since I travel by foot, it’s easy to miss a new one popping up. As always, if you have a LFL, spot one that’s not on our map, or add one of your own, let us know!

The map is below, and photos of all 19 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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