A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


3-year-old Phinney Ridge girl collecting children’s books for Aurora Commons

November 7th, 2012 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Jamie Clausen tells us her 3-year-old daughter is collecting children’s books to donate to Aurora Commons, an informal community center open to all at 8914 Aurora Ave. N.

Here’s her message:

Hi Everyone. This is Jesse Ballnik. My mom is letting me use her Facebook account to send out this note to all our friends about my book drive. I live in Phinney Ridge which means that some of my neighbors live along Aurora Avenue in temporary housing, motels or out on the streets. Many of them are families with kids. They are not all as lucky as I am to have lots of great books to read at home. Luckily our friend Lisa and her friends have a coffee shop & community center in our neighborhood called Aurora Commons that they can spend time in and they have a story time for kids on Tuesdays. I wanted to make sure that they had lots of good books at their story time and for kids who just come to hang out so my mom is helping me to do a book drive. I am looking through my own books to find used books for children that are in good shape and am asking my friends to do the same. If you have any books to donate, please drop them off at my house at 751 N 75th Street in Seattle. I am going to bring what I collect to the community dinner on November 21st and am hoping to collect at least 20 books by then!

Jamie has set out a bin on their covered porch for people to drop off books any time.

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Santoro’s Books collecting children’s books for literacy program

July 18th, 2011 by Doree

Santoro’s Books at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. is participating in the Books for Kids Book Drive, sponsored by Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program and Northwest Book Lovers.

More than two dozen independent bookstores across the state are collecting new children’s books that will be distributed to children in need through Head Start programs, elementary schools, libraries, and social service programs.

Besides Santoro’s, three other independent bookstores near our neighborhood are participating: Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. NE in Green Lake, University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, and Queen Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.

Santoro’s will give you 20 percent off if you purchase the donation book from them. The book drive runs through July 31.

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