WHAT WE DO

Friends of the Sammamish Library are a dedicated group of community members who volunteer their time to support and advocate for our library. We sponsor and supplement many of the programs the library offers for kids, teens, and adults with funds we raise through a year-round book sale, book auctions, and a large annual used book sale each fall. You’ll find our book sale and current auctions on the shelves right inside the library’s main doors.

In addition to money earned from book sales and membership fees, monetary donations also support our programs. In the past few years corporate matching funds, in particular, have allowed us to boost spending on library programs. Companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Google and others allow employee contributions to go even further in supporting the library. Thank you!

2018 library programs sponsored by Friends, updated monthly:

  • Intuitive Painting Workshop (September 22)
  • Admission to the Most Selective Colleges (September 25)
  • Storytelling with Alexa (September 8 and 29)
  • Ukulele Jam (September 1)
  • Kids-Hop Don’t Stop! (August 14)
  • STEM Rocks! Kids Discovery Lab (August 3 and 10)
  • Ukelele 101 (August 4)
  • Community Challenge: Game Edition (August 2)
  • STEM Rocks! Kids Discovery Lab (July 20)
  • Community Challenge: Game Edition (July 19)
  • Beat Surgery Music Workshop (July 19)
  • The Rock-n-Read Show (July 17)
  • Thursday Morning Adult Book Group (July 12)
  • The Battle of the Bands (July 10)
  • The Vain Little Mouse Puppet Show (July 7)
  • Musical (Book) Chairs (June 28)
  • Ukelele 101 (June 2)
  • Ukelele Jam (June 2)
  • Marvel Fandom Discussion (June 2)
  • Steven Universe Fandom Discussion (April 29)
  • Ready Player One Party (April 21)
  • Breakout Box: Time Pirates (April 7 and 14)
  • Russian Story Time (April 7)
  • Ukulele 101 (April 7)
  • Ukulele Jam (April 7)
  • Photographing Nature (March 24)
  • Candy Experiments Science Workshop (March 17)
  • International Candy Tasting (March 17)
  • Ukele 101 (March 3)
  • Ukele Jam (March 3)
  • Russian Story Time (March 3)
  • Intro to Kerbal Space Program (Feb. 24)
  • Create Valentine’s Cards with LED Lights (Feb. 8)
  • Ukelele Jam (Feb. 3)
  • Russian Story Time (Feb. 3)
  • Holistic Health Talk (Feb. 1)
  • Did You Know You May Live on an Old Poultry Farm? (Jan. 25)
  • Fandom Activism: Volunteer with Fandom Friends! (Jan. 23)
  • Creature Features (Jan. 20)
  • Are You a Narcissist Magnet? (Jan. 18)
  • Ukulele Jam (Jan. 6)

2017 library programs sponsored by Friends, updated monthly:

  • Create LED Holiday Cards (Dec. 23)
  • The Dickens Carolers (Dec. 16)
  • Youth Writing Club (Dec. 5)
  • Russian Story Time (Dec. 2)
  • Writing in America as a Chinese Language Writer (Dec. 2)
  • Tik Tik Tik Type-In: A Typewriter Event (Nov. 18)
  • How to Nail the Perfect Holiday Outfit (Nov. 16)
  • Art Class for Adults: Halloween Lotus Lantern (Oct 26)
  • Use E-Textiles to Make an LED Cuff (Oct 7)
  • Youth Writing Club (Oct 3)
  • Elephant & Piggie Party celebrating Mo Wille’s storybook (Sept 29)
  • Friends of Sammamish Library Annual Book Sale (Sept 17-18)
  • Russian Story Time (Sept 2)
  • Harry Potter Reading Club, Book 7 (July 29)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Interactive Movie Screening (July 25)
  • Fairy Tale STEM Challenge (July 7 and 28)
  • Harry Potter Book Club-Book 7 (June 24)
  • Fairy Tale STEM Challenge (June 10)
  • Everyone’s Talking About It – Humanity’s Future in Space (May 6)
  • Harry Potter Reading Club-Book 5 (May 27)
  • Hebrew Story Time (May 27)
  • Youth Writing Club (May 2, 9, 16 and 23)
  • Russian Story Time (May 6)
  • Russian Story Time (April 1)
  • Hebrew Story Time (April 22)
  • Youth Writing Club for teen writers to write, share and support each other. (April 4, 18, 25)
  • Parenting Matters! Monthly Topics for Healthy Families (April 20)
  • Full Moon Cup of Tea – A 90-minute program to learn about tea’s Chinese origins, history, culture, science and benefits. For adults and teens. (April 27)
  • Creative Cupcakes (March 26)
  • Hebrew Story Time (March 25)
  • Harry Potter Reading Club – Book 3 (March 18)
  • Parenting Matters! Monthly Topics for Healthy Families (March 16)
  • Russian Story Time (March 4)
  • Dr. Seuss Celebration (March 4)
  • Hebrew Story Time (Feb. 25)
  • Russian Story Time (Feb. 18)
  • Harry Potter reading Club: Book 2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Feb. 18)
  • Parenting Matters! Monthly Topics for Health Families (Feb. 16)
  • Make Your Own Body Care Products (Feb. 12)
  • Youth Writing Club (Feb. 7, 14 and 28)
  • Rockin’ Readers: Growing Readers through Music and Movement (Feb 1 and 8)
  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Sip of Tea (Jan. 26)
  • Harry Potter Reading Club – Book 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  (Jan. 21)
  • Youth Writing Club (Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31)

Some of past programs we have made possible:

  • Two to three special programs for adults, teens and children per month
  • Story times in multiple languages
  • Shakespeare Club for Kids
  • Concerts
  • ESL classes for adults
  • Mother/daughter book club
  • Sammamish Book Club
  • All Sammamish Reads, a 2012 initiative in which the whole city was invited to read Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. It culminated in a visit by Stein.