KCLS Foundation helps launch Library Giving Day

ISSAQUAH, WA – APRIL 3, 2019 – The King County Library System Foundation (KCLSF) has partnered with the Seattle Public Library, Pierce County Library System and their Foundations to launch the first-ever Library Giving Day on April 10, 2019.

With what started as a regional partnership, this inaugural grass-roots giving campaign has grown into an international movement, with more than 100 participating library systems in the United States and Canada, and has been endorsed by the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Washington Library Association and Washington State Library.

“It’s exciting to see Library Foundations from across our region come together and collaborate on this important initiative,” said KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “We greatly appreciate their efforts and those who contribute on April 10. By supporting this one-day campaign, donors will have a direct impact on the individuals and communities KCLS serves.”

Library advocates can donate online or in person at their local KCLS library, and a generous group of loyal library supporters have created a challenge match to make donations go twice as far. All gifts made—either online or in person—on April 10 will be doubled. Supporters can also get involved by spreading awareness through social media. Anyone using the #Give2KCLS hashtag will be entered to win two tickets to theLiterary Lions Gala featuring keynote Colson Whitehead on March 7, 2020.

Proceeds raised from this one-day fundraising event will help the KCLS Foundation fund KCLS programs and services such as Summer Reading; the Global Reading Challenge; ideaX Makerspace and STEAM programming; diversity programs like Plaza Comunitaria and The Welcoming Center at Kent Library; and workforce development programs like Startup 425. All donations are tax deductible.

This campaign would not be possible without the assistance of the official Library Giving Day fundraising partner, Carl Bloom Associates (CBA).

About King County Library System Foundation:
The King County Library System Foundation (KCLSF) funds the future of King County Libraries. With support from individuals, corporations, and foundations, KCLSF grants funds to expand library programs such as adding meals to summer reading programs in underserved communities and launching innovative pilot programs like ideaX Makerspace.  Since its founding in 1991, KCLSF has granted more than $20 million dollars to the King County Library System.

About King County Library System:
Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest public library systems in the country. Serving the communities of King County (outside the City of Seattle), KCLS currently has 50 libraries and more than 700,000 card holders. In 2011, KCLS was named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal. In 2018, residents checked out more than 4.8 million digital eBooks and audiobooks through Rakuten OverDrive, making KCLS the #1 digital circulating library in the U.S. and #3 in the world.

King County Library System Media Contact: Sarah Thomas, 425.369.3277, sjthomas@kcls.org

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