Community Creators contest starts second year at library

The Enumclaw has $1,000 to fund community events and projects. Will yours be one that is funded this year? También en español.

If you have an idea for what programs your local library should be providing, now’s the time to make it known.

The Enumclaw library is once again hosting its Community Creators Idea Contest, where individuals, groups, and businesses have a chance to get their program and event ideas funded by the library.

“This contest truly is for everyone of all ages and our goal is to celebrate the many ways we create community here in Enumclaw,” said Tandra Solvey, a teen services librarian who started the contest last year.

The Community Creators Idea Contest is made possible through the city of Enumclaw’s Lafromboise Endowment, otherwise known as the Richard P. Lafromboise Memorial Fund. The fund has helped support the local library since 1987, when the Lafromboise estate donated $100,000 to the city. In return, the city invested the money, allowing the net income — roughly $1,000 a year — to be given to the library for programs and events.

In 2019, Solvey requested $600 to support the contest and the ideas that spring from it. This year, she hopes to utilize the full $1,000.

A grand may not seem like a lot of money, but the Enumclaw library — with its various community connections — can really stretch the budget. The two programs funded last year were the Escuela de la Vida and the Community Connections project, both of which held events throughout the year.

The Escuela de la Vida focused on Enumclaw’s Spanish-speaking residents by hosting Mexican folkloric dance classes, a “Know Your Rights” workshop, and a community resource fair. It was successful enough that the library requested an extra $600 from the Lafromboise Endowment to continue the program in 2020, separate from the new contest.

The Community Connections project set about finding out what various programs other residents wanted to bring to the library and funded the most popular ideas, like a Holiday Recorder Concert and hand-on craft events.

To submit your idea for a program or event, you can go to the library to fill out a form, or complete a form online at kcls.org/ideacontest.

The contest began at the beginning of January, and ends on the 31st; local librarians will then vote on the submitted ideas and announce the winner or winners Feb. 14.

For more information, contact Solvey at 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.

Cómo 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 14 de febrero.

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

Patrocinado por Lafromboise Endowment.

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