The Seattle Children's Book Festival is in need of funding

Jan 17 2020, 8:37 pm

The Seattle Children’s Book Festival is fighting hard to return to Seattle for a second year.

The free festival aims to promote literacy in children within the greater Seattle area by hosting a physical book fair and fundraiser. During the book fair, guests can meet some of the country’s best children’s book authors and illustrators and donate money towards new books for local schools in need. The event will also feature child-friendly literacy activities as well as presentations by award-winning children’s authors and illustrators.

Last year, the Seattle Children’s Book Festival debuted for the first time, raising over $14,000 to buy books for children in need throughout the Seattle area.

Although organizers have chosen their dates and event location, the festival is currently at a standstill, facing issues with permitting. A festival representative told Daily Hive that they are not able to disclose any festival information until all four of their required permits are approved.

The festival is currently waiting on a construction permit, which was submitted in November. Festival organizers are hoping to have approval within the next few weeks but are understanding of the fact that they may have to wait another month.

When asked about funding, the festival spokesperson noted thatĀ they’ve had a lot of success with individual donations through online fundraisersĀ but are still hoping to receive grants and corporate sponsors.Ā “We are 100% volunteer-run and don’t have a full-time person on funding, which makes it ultra challenging to get money.Ā Because we’re scaling up this year, we will need around $12,000 to cover the cost of the festival and if we can get $15,000, we can bring in shuttles to help with parking issues.”

Festival organizers have confirmed that they have posters ready to go and are expecting the festival to be bigger and better than last year. If you’d like to keep up with the festival, follow theirĀ Facebook orĀ Twitter, and meet the organizers in-person at their Anko pop-up events.


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