Saturday, April 5, 2014

Farewell + Thank You!

I [Heart] Redmond LibraryAs of March 31, I have completed my two (consecutive) term limit for a volunteer on the City of Redmond Library Advisory Board. Interested in volunteering with the City?  Applications are now being accepted!

It’s been a wonderful 10 years serving the Redmond community and the Redmond branch of the King County Library System, won’t you take a walk down memory lane with me?

I would also like to extend an extra special thanks for the Librarians that served as our community liaisons during my tenure – Michelle, Christine, Debra, Marian, and Aaron!

Stay tuned for more blog posts as other Advisory Board Members step in to say hello and continue the conversation with you.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Start to Fitness

If you’ve resolved to begin the New Year with a more active, healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to get started at King County Library System Libraries! Throughout 2014, find ideas, inspiration and tips on simple ways to add more movement and healthy options to your life through the new adult series, Start to Fitness.

Here are a few upcoming programs that are close to my heart:

Introduction to Snowshoeing
Presented by Dan Nelson
Author of
Snowshoe Routes, Washington
Over the last 20 years, snowshoeing has been the fastest growing outdoor winter sport. The ease with which beginners can become accomplished snowshoers helps explain this growth, as does the relatively low cost of entering the sport. Author and snowshoe review specialist Dan Nelson will describe the techniques, safety concerns and destinations needed to help get you into the winter wilderness safely.
Dates & Locations

Best Hikes with Dogs
Presented by Dan Nelson
Author of
Best Hikes with Dogs, Western Washington.
Learn about great hikes you can take with your canine companion in Western Washington, and tips for sharing the trail. Dan is the author of numerous hiking guidebooks and a regular contributor to Men's Journal and
Dates & Locations
Seattle Stairway Walks
Presented by Cathy and Jake Jaramillo
Authors of
Seattle Stairway Walks
Meet the authors of the only guidebook to stairway walks in Seattle. Learn how to explore Seattle neighborhoods in a new way. Stairway walks are great for people of all ages who want to get outside, exercise and explore!
Dates & Locations

Similar to A Place At the Table programming, you can donate and share healthy food at the library that will be shared with food partners throughout King County.  For suggested donations, please visit the Start to Fitness site and click on the Food tab.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

January Meeting, The Library, and You

Please Note: The January 1st regular meeting of the City of Redmond’s Library Board of Trustees is moved to January 8th due to holiday observation.


And while we’re talking, if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to be more involved in the community, consider volunteering for the Library Advisory Board!  There will be an open position in March as I meet my term limit by serving two consecutive appointments.  10 years goes by so quickly…


Friday, November 29, 2013

Third Annual Nonprofits Front & Center Event

Perfecting Your Pitch for Maximum Impact:
Effective Marketing for Nonprofits

Thursday, December 5th at 7 pm
Redmond Library
15990 NE 85th Street

Erica Mills

Getting noticed. Standing out from the crowd. Building a community. Stewarding donors. These are imperatives for nonprofits who want to make the world a better place. The words you choose can dramatically advance your mission. Marketing expert Erica Mills will help you find the right words in this interactive workshop.


Reception to follow the program.
RSVP online or by telephone at 425-885-1861.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Now Available: Preview New KCLS Catalog

Before I get too far with this post, remember: the current KCLS catalog, databases, and all eBook services except OverDrive will be down for maintenance from 7pm on Saturday, November 23rd to 11am on Sunday, November 24th.

Having said that…the King County Library System (KCLS) catalog is about to undergo a transformation – to the Bibliocommons platform, popular with libraries large and small across the world. Featuring improved search results, integrated eBook checkouts, social features, and much more, you can try it now in BETA.

KCLS Bibliocommons Header Image

Already have a username for the Seattle Public Library (SPL) catalog? You can choose to link your shelves, lists and tags by registering with the same email address.  More information can be found on the Catalog Help FAQ.

I’m most excited about exploring the capabilities of the “My Collections” section.  My current method for remembering what I want to read is to send myself an email (I was never in the habit of using My Lists in the current catalog) but I’m looking forward to being more organized about it going forward and adding it to my online shelves!

My Shelves - For Later

So many books, so little time…


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

You’re Invited!

The public is always welcome at Library Board meetings and on occasion we present to the City Council about the state of the Redmond Library outside of our regular “1st Wednesday of the month” meeting times.

Join Us

On Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m., the Redmond Library Board of Trustees will be in attendance at the regular City Council meeting to give a short presentation about the last year of events at the Redmond Library.

We’d love to see you there!  But don’t worry, if you miss it, you’ll be able to catch the video when it’s posted on the City of Redmond’s website.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Free Museum Passes!

Did you know that your library card also helps you with free entrance to three popular area museums? The King County Library System has partnered with Bellevue Art Museum, Washington State History Museum and KidsQuest Children's Museum to offer free passes.




To learn more and register for your free passes, please visit: