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Lenore Costello and Jennifer Collins-Friedrichs want your books.

At Large in Ballard: Bring Out Your Books

By Peggy Sturdivant

For days after emerging from the Literacy Council of Seattle office in the basement of the church on NW 85th I’d think, imagine doing something that makes you feel good every single day. Promoting literacy has always struck me as vital because otherwise so many doors are locked against you.

I discovered the Literacy Council of Seattle because I’d seen a call for book donations, in advance of their June 6th book sale. I realized we have another vital, citywide organization that’s based right here in Ballard. Two part-time paid staff, with the support of Board members and volunteers, run a program that provides free literacy support to nearly 400 clients per year. Their adult clients range in age from late teens to near centenarians, and are from 53 different countries.

But getting back to the annual book sale, as with any reader and book lover I am always simultaneously trying to clear space on my shelves, and fill them.

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