Director’s Blog January 2024

Hello and welcome to a New Year with the King County Library System!

We have many exciting programs and services planned for 2024, starting with some great book suggestions and events this month honoring diversity and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

But first, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Angie Miraflor, and I have been KCLS’ Interim Executive Director, following Lisa Rosenblum’s retirement last month. Prior to this appointment, I served as KCLS Deputy Director for Public Services. My career has taken me to library systems from Brooklyn and the West Bronx to San Jose and St. Louis.  

In mid-March, following a nationwide search, Heidi Daniel will take over the reins as KCLS’ new executive director, and I will return to my normal deputy director role. Daniel most recently has served as president and CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free library in Baltimore, Maryland. She has broad leadership experience, and an outstanding ability to build internal and external relationships. She will serve our patrons well. Our announcement offers more information.

KCLS has an annual tradition of kicking off the New Year with our Best Books list. Staff reveals its top picks in five categories–fiction, nonfiction, children’s, teens and audiobooks. There is something for everyone on this Best Books list, so be sure to check it out.

King County residents also have the opportunity to check out KCLS’ 2024 Budget Book, which was approved by our Board of Trustees last month and now is online. The 68-page document offers a wealth of information, and lets patrons know how tax and grant money will be put to best use this coming year.

This month the Library System will also mark several important heritage and awareness events with special displays, booklists and discussions.

Libraries will be closed January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The federal holiday commemorates the life and legacy of the civil rights leader, serving as a reminder of ongoing efforts to achieve racial equality and justice. Staff has compiled a booklist to inform residents about Dr. King’s life and nonviolent activism during the American civil rights movement.  

The National Day of Racial Healing will be held January 16. Established in 2017, this day aims to bring all people together with a sense of common humanity, and to inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be held January 27. It honors the memory of the millions of innocent lives taken in the Holocaust during World War II. KCLS staff has compiled an International Holocaust Remembrance Day booklist to help educate future generations about the consequences of hatred and discrimination.

As we move into 2024, it is a chance to start anew. We’d like to remind King County residents to visit your local libraries and take advantage of all the resources that KCLS offers. Our extensive collections and knowledgeable staff can help you not only navigate life, but thrive in the year ahead.