Enumclaw library hosts program creation contest

If you have an idea for a program or event you want to host, your local librarians want to hear it.

Many Enumclaw library programs are funded through KCLS, but others — like the tabletop games programs for teens and adults — had the games bought for the library through the Lafromboise endowment. The library’s next Tabletop Tuesday event is Tuesday, Jan. 15. Image courtesy Enumclaw Library

Many Enumclaw library programs are funded through KCLS, but others — like the tabletop games programs for teens and adults — had the games bought for the library through the Lafromboise endowment. The library’s next Tabletop Tuesday event is Tuesday, Jan. 15. Image courtesy Enumclaw Library

Want to do something for the Enumclaw community? The local library may just be willing to fund your project.

The King County Library System’s Enumclaw branch launched its first-ever Community Creators Idea Contest at the beginning of January, encouraging members of the community — be they individuals, groups, or even classrooms and businesses — to come up with a program they believe will help their local community.

“Our library receives funding from the Laframbroise Endowment, and every year, the librarians at our library get to submit requests for funding innovating projects or getting extra materials that we don’t have funding for through the library system,” said Tandra Solvey, a Teen Services librarian and the contest lead. “This was my ask for how to spend my endowment funding this upcoming year.”

The Lafromboise Endowment is officially known as the Richard P. Lafromboise Memorial Fund, established in 1987 when the Lafromboise estate created the fund by donating $100,000 to the city. In return, the net income from the fund is donated to the Enumclaw library every year — a little more than $1,000 or so.

For the Community Creator Ideas Contest, Solvey asked for $600 of this year’s allotment to the library.

“The goal is to be complete community focused,” she said. “The funding we have from the endowment will be directed toward whatever suggestions we can pull from people in the community until we hit our budget cap.”

Solvey said she’s hoping to get a variety of requests, which is why the library’s website has this event up in both English and Spanish (which has been repeated at the end of this article).

She’s looking for ideas ranging from “anything as small as an origami workshop or watercolor painting to anything as large as an author book signing or a community celebratory event — whatever it is people feel like they need for themselves or their neighbors.”

The contest ends Jan. 31, and the librarians will decide which project (or projects) to fund.

Solvey added that people who want to participate in this contest may not know exactly how much their proposition would cost, and that’s just fine.

“Each librarian will partner with people to help them bring the program to life, and we might be able to find instructors who will volunteer their time for free or at a discount,” she said.

Solvey hopes this contest will also help foster a community ownership of the library.

“I don’t want to limit anybody for what they can ask for,” she continued, adding that even if a project idea can’t be funded this year, the librarians then have a better idea for what the community wants in the future.

Contestants can fill out their proposal online at www.kcls.org/enumclaw-asks-an-idea-contest/ or by turning a physical proposal into the library by Jan. 31.

For more information, contact tlsolvey@kcls.org or call the Enumclaw Library at 360-825-2045.

CONCURSO DE IDEAS CREADORES DE COMUNIDAD

¡Nuestra comunidad está creada por ustedes! Celebremos sus increíbles ideas de programas y eventos que nos unen.

Invitamos a todos los individuos, grupos o empresas de Enumclaw a compartir sus ideas para tener la oportunidad de convertirse en un Creador de comunidades 2019. Los bibliotecarios locales seleccionarán las iniciativas ganadoras y luego se reunirán con usted para patrocinar y desarrollar su programa y para que podamos llevarlo a la comunidad gratis.

Para todas las edades.

COMO MANDAR SU PROPUESTA

Envíe su propuesta a la Biblioteca de Enumclaw o ingrese en línea antes del 31 de enero para tener la oportunidad de que su idea se haga realidad. Anunciaremos las ideas ganadoras el 15 de febrero.

Comuníquese con tlsolvey@kcls.org o llame a la Biblioteca Enumclaw al 360-825-2045 para obtener más información.

Patrocinado por LaFramboise Endowment.

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