Creating Pocket Libraries

Seattle7Writers collects and donates used and new books to a variety of sites in the Puget Sound region. These pocket libraries provide entertainment and education for women, men and children who are currently without homes or bookshelves of their own. Since 2010, we have donated 18,710 books to local shelters, food banks (who wouldn’t want to pick up a book with their milk and peanut butter?), literacy organizations, recovery and counseling sites, and detention centers.

Recipients include:

Noel House’s Bakhita Gardens women’s facility on Bell Street
Seattle Education Access
South Sound Reading Foundation
The YWCA’s Seneca Street building’s children’s play room
St. Martin de Porres men’s facility on Alaskan Way South
Treehouse for Kids

Downtown Emergency Service Center

Community Lunch on Capital Hill

West Seattle Food Bank

King County Juvenile Court

Bailey Gazert Elementary

Rainier Valley Elementary

Literacy Council of Seattle

The Theodora – Low Income House for Seniors

Odie Middle School

Recovery Cafe

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

Washington State Correctional Facilities
Kitsap Detention Center
University District Food Bank
Transitional Resources

We’d love to have your help!  To donate books, please contact In particular we are looking for westerns, mysteries, histories, biographies, children’s books, books on parenting and self-esteem, and novels of all kinds, except stories with lots of graphic violence. Many of these folks have had enough of that in their real lives.

Many thanks to those who have already donated:

Eagle Harbor Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Company
Phyllis Potter and Isle Haven Books
Queen Anne Books
Third Place Books
Santoro’s Books
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
Secret Garden Books
The Stranger
Marilyn Dahl of Shelf Awareness
Sid Johnston
Consuelo Larrabee
Monya Noelke
Nancy Pearl
Jeannine Rogel
Tom Schabarum
Linda Watts
Craig Welch
Seattle Country Day School
John Hay Elementary School