As a teacher, Faye G. Allen spent her professional life sparking the joy of reading among children. In her personal life, her love of books was demonstrated even in the design of her home, built around her own library and filled with favorite works chosen by her and her children, Jo Allen Patton and Paul G. Allen. Fully half of her large collection was composed of children’s books.
The Allen family created the Fay G. Allen Memorial Endowments to honor Faye’s love of children’s books and libraries. In addition, the Central Library has its children’s center dedicated to Faye G. Allen, reflecting her celebration of the written word, her support of youth literacy, and her emphasis on libraries as a treasured resource for future generations.