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Foundation Focus for 2013: Literacy, Learning and Libraries

King County Library System is focused on providing services in libraries, online and out in the community. The KCLS Foundation’s support helps the library to engage the community and encourages use of vital library resources.

The KCLS Foundation funds programs that reach out and encourage residents of all ages to enjoy reading and learning. This year, more than 200,000 children, youth and adults will benefit from the Foundation-supported programs. Here is a snapshot of programs we support in 2013.  

Play & Learn – Facilitated play groups for young children and their family members or caregivers provide information and guidance on understanding and supporting children’s learning at home. 

FiestasFiestas (Early Literacy Parties) – This unique program reaches out to parents and caregivers in the Spanish-speaking community and involves families in Early Literacy activities featuring peer-to-peer training.

Early Literacy – The American Library Association recently revised the national guidelines for Early Literacy. This new handbook will be available for parents and child care providers. 

Library2GO!Stories2Go delivers multi-media kits to daycare centers to encourage Early Literacy skills.   

Literacy Towards Citizenship – Volunteers teach sessions and distribute free workbooks for the interview component of the Naturalization Test.

StudyZoneStudy Zone Now in its 13th year, this renowned homework help program recruits volunteer tutors who work with students on Math, History, English, Science, and other topics in libraries and through online sessions. This is the largest library-supported tutoring program in the United States.  

Summer Reading Program –This program encourages reading for pleasure and comprehension, and helps elementary school-age students maintain and enhance their skills during the school break. The Foundation brings summer school students from their classrooms to libraries for and supports the program incentives. There is a special component for preschoolers and for teens.

Global Reading ChallengeGlobal Reading Challenge – The Global Reading Challenge promotes reading and encourages teamwork by providing the structure for 250 teams of 4th and 5th grade students from 18 school districts to participate in local, regional and grand challenge events.

SAT Prep Classes – Classes and workbooks are offered free to teens in low-income areas.   

Now in its third year, Take Time to Read continues with Quick Reads Shelves at 30 community sites plus shelves, seating and promotional materials at the SeaTac Airport in the summer.

Coming Soon:The King County Library System Foundation is embarking on a capital campaign to fund a community gathering space - a Community Mosaic - in the new Tukwila Library. More information will be posted soon.

For more information about these programs or to learn how you can ‘adopt a library’ and/or sponsor a program, contact foundation@kcls.org or 425.369.3450.

Watch our video to learn more about the value of libraries.

Looking to the Future

Your investment in Early Literacy and in reading programs will reap substantial benefits for children and adults, employers and our entire community. Libraries provide resources for our families, friends and neighbors and information to launch new ideas and transform lives. Please help us to create a community of readers by supporting the KCLS Foundation.

Used Books for Sale from the KCLS Foundation

The KCLS Foundation sells used books on several web sites, and now you can check out a list of titles available through ThriftBooks. Visit www.thriftbooks.com/kclsf and enter the title, author, or subject and you will see available titles. Proceeds from the sale of used books help support the Foundation’s literacy and lifelong learning programs.

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Beth CastleberryBeth Castleberry
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Claire Wilkinson
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Cindy SharekCindy Sharek
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Issaquah, WA 98027


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