Building on Support from Voters: 2004 Capital Bond Progress

Thirteen years ago, the King County Library System embarked on an ambitious, long-term Capital Improvement Plan that has made KCLS one of the busiest and most beautiful library systems in the country. When King County voters approved a $172 million Capital Bond in 2004, it was a resounding endorsement of libraries and their importance to […]

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King County Library System: Devoted to Lifelong Learning

Most of us who love libraries share a simple philosophy: Never stop learning. And why would we? The joy of learning, and the knowledge gained from it – through reading, experiences, or simply connecting with others – can span a lifetime. Learning nurtures the human spirit. Knowledge is transformative and empowering. It instills empathy by […]

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A Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Our Changing County

Anyone who has visited the 48 libraries in the King County Library System, as I have done since becoming KCLS' Interim Director, appreciates the breadth of this county we call home. Given traffic, it is no small feat to drive from Federal Way to Skykomish, Vashon to North Bend, or Muckleshoot to Duvall. King County […]

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Celebrating National Library Week

Note: Gary Wasdin, the former director of King County Library System, left KCLS in March of 2017. Libraries are transformational spaces that our communities depend on for the tools and resources needed to improve lives, regardless of income or circumstances. Libraries are not simply a place to be… they are a place to do. The […]

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2016 in Review

Note: Gary Wasdin, the former director of King County Library System, left KCLS in March of 2017. It’s hard to believe 2017 is already here. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering ”Where did the time go?” Apparently, it went to the library. Last year, our staff was very busy providing library services throughout the […]

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Best Books of 2016

Note: Gary Wasdin, the former director of King County Library System, left KCLS in March of 2017. Public libraries play an integral part in meeting the needs of communities today. Computers with internet access allow people to apply for jobs, or keep in touch with family and friends miles away. Students can drop in after school […]

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