Thursday, July 7, 2011

July Insights


Community Liaison Contact: Carol Van Baalen


SRP Highlights:
At Woodmont’s “Yes to the World Concert,” presenters Lorraine Bayes and Angie Bolton had a group of 50 children and adults up and dancing around on June 28th!   The concert was funded by the Woodmont Friends.
At Kent, Linda Severt’s Very Silly Tourist Show was the kick-off event for the Summer Reading Program.  An audience of 70 children and adults enjoyed this program, funded by the Kent Friends.
And at Des Moines, Alex Zerbe kicked off the summer with his juggling, music, and comedy show for an audience of 100 plus!  Once again, it was the Des Moines Friends who funded this event.
We Love Our Friends!!
A complete list of programs at each of our libraries is attached to this email.  As of today, July 7, there are 1974 kids signed up for the summer reading program in our 3 libraries. 
Our Libraries Out in the Community
Des Moines Library will be at the waterfront Farmers Market on Saturday, July 16.  Staff members will be there with the DDZ (Digital Design) van to showcase the computer software on the van and to hand out information about other library resources and events.
Kent Library participated in the International Fest on June 18 in the park across from the library.  Staff members from Kent and Covington showed off the Library2Go van and handed out information about KCLS.  Kent Friends will also be participating in the Cornucopia Days parade on July 10 (rumors are that Clifford the Red Dog may make an appearance).
Fall Book Sale Dates
Friends of the Des Moines Library Annual Used Book Sale:  Friday, September 9, 10am-5pm; Saturday, September 10, 10am-5pm; Sunday, September 11, 1-3pm
Friends of the Kent Library Annual Used Book Sale:  Friday, September 16, 10am-5pm; Saturday, September 17, 10am-5pm; Sunday, September 18, 1-3pm.
Upcoming Meetings
Des Moines-Woodmont Library Advisory Board:  Thursday, July 14, 7pm at the Woodmont Library

The InfoToGo topic forJuly is eBooks, a KCLS service which offers downloadable books for your computer and portable device. Why buy when you can borrow? Digital downloads for your eReader, tablet, phone, and computers are free for King County Library System users. In most cases you will need to download and install free software to manage your downloads.For more informationon the current month’s InfoToGo card, click here.

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S REPORT (To view the complete June report, please look here.)


The Pomegranate Center in Issaquah announced that KCLS was one of four Gathering Places grant recipients. The grants, which are funded by Tully’s Coffee, facilitate thedevelopment of projects that will highlight “gathering places where people can linger,
chat, and celebrate.” KCLS will design a literacy garden on the grounds of the Mercer Island Library. It will take over 700 volunteer hours and $15,000 in supplies to complete the project, which is anticipated to be done by the end of August.

KCLS received a $500,000 donation of software from Microsoft as part of the grand opening of the new Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square last November. Since the opening, Microsoft Store staff has hosted a KCLS Foundation Board meeting and has also offered its meeting room as an alternative space for the Bellevue Library meeting rooms, which will be closed during construction of the parking garage. Towards that end, 21 KCLS programs for kids, teens and adults will be offered at the Microsoft Store throughout the summer, providing great visibility for KCLS in the busiest shopping center in the region.

KCLS’ Digital Signage program will promote KCLS programs, services and events through a series of short, 20 second video clips displayed on monitors in select libraries throughout the System and at the Service Center. Over the next nine months, monitors will be placed in 20 KCLS libraries. The monitors replace the plasma screens that were initially funded by local Friends of the Library groups.

Circulation was down 5% across the system for the month of May and down 4% from the previous year. Digital downloads continue to grow by more than double compared to last year and KCLS anticipates another sharp increase when Baker and Taylor introduces its new Blio platform at the American Library Association meeting this month. Holds filled have declined 11% for the year but that figure may change now that patrons are able to freeze their holds until they are ready to pick up, a feature that was
not available in the previous catalog. Despite the decline, holds represent 23% of all KCLS circulation.

KCLS is one of 65 libraries nationwide to be awarded a grant from the American Library Association with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a scholar-led book and discussion series: Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War. Five discussions will be led by Dr. Lorraine McConaghy of the Museum of History and Industry and will be hosted by the Mercer Island Library in 2012. The discussions will focus on the Civil War and its impact on the Washington Territory and western states.

Evaluation of the Future Services Staffing pilot clusters continues. In the Federal Way cluster, staff is developing closer and more frequent contact with schools. KCLS’ Children’s Librarians will visit students atWildwood Elementary School to talk about the “Ready. Set. Read.” program and participate inbuilding PTA Reading Nights throughout the year. KCLS will also staff a table or host DigitalDiscovery Zone sessions during select Parent/Teacher conference weeks. In the Bothell cluster,Librarians at the Kingsgate Library have developed a series of programs entitled “Walk to Your Library” ( to encourage patrons to get physically and mentally fit by exploring variouspoints of interest while walking to the libraries in their area. The program also provides recommendations for audio books that walkers can listen to along the way.


KCLS was named 2011 Library of the Year on June 7 by Library Journal and Gale and was recognized at a special reception at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans on June 26. This prestigious honor is awarded to a public library in the United States that most profoundly demonstrates creativity, leadership and innovation in developing programs and services for the community, especially ones that can be emulated by others library systems. Everyone connected to KCLS is proud of this acknowledgement, including KCLS’ patrons, whose use and support of KCLS inspired this award. A $10,000 prize that comes with the award will go to the KCLS Foundation. See the celebration photos at

Bruce Adams, Director of Collections Management Services has announced that he will retire from KCLS at the end of July. After a long career with public libraries in New York, North Carolina and New Mexico, Bruce is going to take time to tend to his numerous
interests, including gardening, antiques and horse racing. He will be relocating to Portland, Oregon.

The KCLS Foundation Board of Directors recently held its annual retreat. Topics for the day included KCLS History and Governance, Emerging Trends in Technology, a review of the OCLC report “Perceptions of Libraries 2010,” a discussion on the Tukwila Library project and a new idea for outfitting Library2Go vehicles with math and science materials.

Author J.A. Jance recently hosted a dinner at her home for 30 guests. Jance, a former school librarian, talked about doing research for her early titles at the Newport Way Library, where she often requested books through KCLS’ interlibrary loan service. A fan of KCLS, she noted that the Library System is a valuable resource in our community. The dinner was a popular auction item at the recent Literary Lions gala.


The Renton City Council approved an Inter-local Agreement with KCLS that allows work to begin on the development of the new downtown Renton and Renton HighlandsLibraries. The Council agrees to move the downtown Library from its current site over
the Cedar River to a new location near the Transit Center. The new Renton Highlands site is under the control of the Renton Housing Authority, which has issued a Request for Proposal to develop the entire area into a mixed-use development. The Library will be located on Sunset Boulevard in a visible and accessible location.

After KCLS selected Perkins+Will Architects to design a stand-alone library at Tukwila Village, the City of Tukwila decided to hire Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG) todevelop the entire project. KCLS must now negotiate with SHAG to determine if a
portion of the property will be sold to KCLS to build a new library or whether a new library will be located in leased space.

The City of Bellevue released its report on the Bellevue Library parking garage expansion project last month. No appeals were submitted prior to the June 9 deadline so the project can now be bid. The City has reviewed the arrangement and will
make its recommendation to the Council in June. Construction will start in August and will take approximately nine months. KCLS has developed a number of strategies to reduce the demand for parking as there will only be fifty public parking spaces available
during the construction, including reduced availability of meeting rooms, alternate locations for holds pick-ups and offsite staff parking.

As reported last month, KCLS has obtained the building permit for the Auburn Library renovation and expansion project but the City of Auburn added a last minute stipulationrequiring KCLS to underground the utilities on property fronting Auburn Way South. The cost was out of proportion to the rest of the project and KCLS worked withCity staff to explore possible mitigation. Fortunately, the City relented and allowed theundergrounding to be deferred until utilities along the entire street are buried, which ispart of the City’s long range capital improvement plan.

The new Kenmore Library will open to the public on Saturday, July 9 and KCLS anticipates a record turnout for the celebration, which starts at 9:30am. Groundbreaking for the Duvall Library will be held five days later on Thursday, July 14 at 2pm. Both events will be attended by the Mayor, City Council and City staff, Library Advisory Boards and Friends of the Library.


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Join us as the new Kenmore Library opens Saturday, July 9, 9:30am.
Groundbreaking for the Duvall Library is scheduled for Thursday, July 14.
Upcoming Dates
The next Planning Committee Meeting takes place on Thursday, July 14, 12 noon at the Burien Library.

The next Finance Committee Meeting takes place on Tuesday, July 26, 4pm at the Algona-Pacific Library.

The next KCLS Board of Trustees Meeting takes place on Tuesday, July 26, 5pm at the Algona-Pacific Library.