The KCLS Foundation funds special programs in the libraries and through extended outreach activities with the goal of reaching all residents and encouraging use of libraries.
The area served by the Library System and the KCLS Foundation is growing in terms of population and diversity. This area includes 30 suburban cities and rural areas and 18 school districts. They are bringing Renton into the system in 2010. Seattle and Enumclaw are the only cities not part of the King County Library system.
The Library System is a strong partner with school districts, even more so as school districts cut funding for libraries and librarians. The KCLS supports Study Zones, pairing volunteer tutors with students in over 30 libraries, and they fund free SAT classes for students in South King County.
Accessibility and Cultural Competency
The Library System and the KCLS Foundation continually respond to meet the diverse needs of the range of cities, suburbs and rural areas, number of languages spoken and children, youth and adults in the region.
New funding is being raised for four new Library2Go vans. This new service will reach low-income populations, licensed family childcare homes, adult family homes, low-income housing sites and community centers. The vans are smaller and can easily go out to sites.
The King County Library System receives the majority of its funding from a property tax levy. The levy passed on February 9, 2010, and will help maintain basic services. The Foundation raises private funds to enhance programming.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$20,000.00||support general operating expenses. |
$25,000.00||support The Library Connection @ Southcenter Capital Campaign.|