Wednesday, February 3, 2010

KCLS Insights

Insights  is an email newsletter designed to keep you informed with local and System wide news and information.  I will be sending them to you once per month. 

Community Liaison Contact: Carol Van Baalen

Don’t forget to VOTE!  The deadline for mailing your ballots is Tuesday, February 9.

Kent is Opening on March 6!
After a six-month closure for remodeling, the Kent Library will reopen on Saturday, March 6, at 10am.

The “new” Kent Library features a different look for the entrance and lobby; new meeting room space that opens up as public space when not in use for meetings; and an Automated Check-In system in the workroom that will help staff keep up with increased workload.

 Special programs planned for the day include:  Caspar Babypants, a children’s music program, at 10:30am; and Savani World Jazz, a Latin Jazz fusion quintet for all ages, at 12:30pm.  Refreshments will be served by the Kent Friends of the Library.

A Preview Party for community leaders, Friends, and KCLS administration will be held on February 24 from 5-7pm.  This event is sponsored by the KCLS Foundation.

Meet the Artist:  Mark Twain Stevenson at Des Moines, Sunday, March 14, 2pm
Sculptor Mark Twain Stevenson will present a program about his sculpture, “Turtle Island Puget Sound,” which was installed at the Des Moines Library last October.  With vivid photo documentation and hands-on examples, he and his wife Sarah will describe the modern application of the ancient arts of lost wax casting.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Thursday, February 9, 6pm – Woodmont Friends at Woodmont Library
Wednesday, March 3 – Library Legislative Day in Olympia.  Details below in this newsletter.
Wednesday, March 3, 7pm – Des Moines Friends at Des Moines Library
Wednesday, March 10, 12 noon – Kent Friends at Kent Library
Wednesday, March 10, 7pm – Des Moines/Woodmont Library Advisory Board at Stanton Hall, Wesley Retirement Home, across the street from the Des Moines Library


King County Elections removed ballot drop-off boxes at KCLS libraries as a result of budget cuts. The removal of the boxes was not a decision made by KCLS.  Patrons may direct their concerns to King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE. For more information, please look here.
Patrons may mail their ballots or use one of the following drop-off locations by 8pm on Feb. 9.
Ballot drop boxes are available at:

Or during business hours at Accessible Voting Centers:

Locations and hours of operation

·       Tukwila, King County Elections, 9010 East Marginal Way S, 98108 ( Directions )
Weekdays, January 20 – February 8: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
·       Bellevue City Hall 450 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, 98009
Monday, February 8: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
·       Seattle, Union Station 401 S. Jackson St, Seattle, 98104
Monday, February 8: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Invitations are in the mail for the Literary Lions Gala featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo.

The event will be held at the Bellevue Library on Saturday, March 6. Visit here for more information.

  (To view the complete Director's Report for January, please look here.)