Friends & Partnership Contact: Carol Van Baalen
Comings & Goings
Carrie Litowitz is the new member of the Des Moines Library Advisory Board. She was approved by the Des Moines City Council in March, and will serve a 3-year term. She replaces Virg Staiger, who retired from the board at the end of December 2013. Other members of the board are Tony Wilson, President, Robin Lamoureux, Melissa Ponder, and Janet Sorby.
Jill Whealon is the new president of the Friends of the Kent Library. She replaces out-going president Marvin Clark.
Program Highlights at our Libraries
For Teens: Sequential Storytelling; The Graphic Novelist’s Perspective
Saturday, May 18, 2pm at the Kent Library
Presented by Elizabeth Guizzetti
Learn how graphic novels are written and produced from this independent comic book author and artist. Workshop is 2 hours long; all supplies are included.
For Adults: STARS Workshop; Learning Styles in Action
Saturday, May 18, 1pm at the Woodmont Library
Learn about three learning styles (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) and discover ways to make activities in your early childhood classroom supportive of these styles. Provides 2 STARS credit hours. Register online or by calling the Woodmont Library, beginning May 4.
For Adults: Book Group Extravaganza!
Saturday, May 18, 9am at the KCLS Service Center in Issaquah
Featuring Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life.
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Upcoming Meetings: The Des Moines Library Advisory Board will meet Thursday, May 23, at 7:00pm at the Des Moines Library.
FROM THE APRIL DIRECTOR”S REPORT
As the process continues, progress is being made on the Renton Library project. KCLS held a public meeting on March 26 to present the design for the new library over the Cedar River. Even though some of the 150 attendees objected to breakout stations, staff gathered good input from those who participated as well as from the audience comment period at the end of the meeting. Miller-Hull architects identified some of the main concerns raised by the public and addressed them in a follow-up presentation to the Renton City Council on April 15. Council members responded well to the design changes and the City has indicated it will consider increasing the budget to build a larger library that is closer to the size of the existing building. It is anticipated that the City Council will make a decision on the schematic design and project budget at its meeting on Monday, April 29.
KCLS and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission have reached agreement on a term sheet for the property at SW 107th Street and 14th Avenue SW in White Center and will soon begin reviewing drafts of the purchase and sale agreement. The property is anticipated to close this summer. In the meantime, KCLS has issued a Request for Qualifications and twelve architectural firms have responded. KCLS will invite a Board member to participate in the architect selection process and will also include staff and community members.
KCLS’ new adult programming series, A Place at the Table is off to a great start. More than 120 people turned out to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Moss discuss his book Salt, Sugar, Fat at the Redmond Library and attendees gave the event high marks. KCLS has also already collected close to 5,000 pounds of food that will be donated to local food banks. A Place at the Table is garnering a lot of attention throughout the community and KCLS is receiving numerous inquiries from organizations, restaurants and chefs who are interested in becoming program partners.
Board of Trustees – Public Forum – Tuesday, May 21st, 5 p.m. – Service Center