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The Seattle Public Library Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has committed approximately $4,500,000 in grant commitments to The Seattle Public Library for 2018.

The grants will fund a wide variety of programs that support the community above-and-beyond what public funding provides. Highlights of the 2018 grants include:

  • $1,600,000 – Support for collections, including materials for children, teens, youth, adults, and special collections.
  • $914,000 – Funding for children and youth programs, such as Summer of Learning, Storytime, Homework Help, Learning Buddies, and more.
  • $798,000 – Support for community engagement programming, including activities to promote literacy and writing like Seattle Writes, humanities programs such as Seattle Reads and the Authors Series, and mobile services including the Bookmobile and Library visits to senior centers.
  • $550,000 – Funding for capital improvements, including support for the renovation of the Lake City Library Branch.
  • $342,000 – Support for access to Library services, including the Library to Business program, digital media learning programs, job and life skills trainings, and ESL and citizenship classes.
  • $59,000 – Support for Seattle Culture & History projects, including programs to conserve and protect and historical works.

“The board and staff of the Library Foundation express our heartfelt appreciation to the 6,000 donors who make these programs possible for our neighbors,” said Grace Nordhoff, board president for 2018 and 2019.

The Foundation relies on private contributions from individuals, corporations, and organizations to support these innovative programs.

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Since inception, The Seattle Public Library Foundation has raised more than $150 million to ensure the long-term vitality of The Seattle Public Library. It is one of the leading public library foundations in the country, with more than $70 million in assets under management.