King County Library System Foundation Programs
Our three main program areas are Literacy
, and Libraries
. Below is a brief description of some of the most impactful programs KCLS Foundation helps support at your local library:
Funding for story times, book talks, and educational programs at summer meal sites throughout King County. KCLS provided outreach to over 4,600 children through 147 visits to 40 sites in the summer of 2014. Thousands of free books were handed out.
Global Reading Challenge
The Foundation purchases the 2,500 books for kids in all of the 250 participating teams; the participants keep the books. The program culminates with a grand challenge event in March, a special visit from an author and refreshments.
Summer Learning Program
The Foundation provides funding in support of the mid-way and finisher prizes, funding for buses that bring summer school youth to the library for programs, and the grand prizes.
You Choose the Next Newbery
A literature-based program that encourages school-age children to read, evaluate, blog, discuss and debate their favorite books of the year, and then vote for a KCLS winner.
Creating a Community Mosaic at the New Tukwila Library
The Foundation is raising $1 million to add 2,000 square feet to the new Tukwila Library. This will create a ‘community living room’ and to accommodate group activities, cultural events, programs, etc. for this multicultural community.
A free online tutoring program that is incredible popular with students of all ages. Student quote: "I absolutely love Tutor.com. It’s the most amazing program ever made on the web in my opinion. I think that's one of the most important things when it comes to teaching, which is to actually care about the student's accuracy in their work instead of trying to just get things done. Thanks tutor.com and Mr. W.!"
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
One of our patrons' greatest needs is helping students succeed in school. With support from donors, we can expand programs and resources that match the demand and the need for library services in our libraries, in our schools, and in our neighborhoods. Current projects focus on reaching out to ethnically diverse and underserved parts of our service area.