FOCUS ON THE PEOPLE
- Active: 2008-2014
- Funder: PGAFF
- Program Area: Legacy Libraries
Recognition of the important role libraries play in our communities runs deep within our organization. Faye Allen, the mother of Paul G. Allen and sister, Jody Allen, was a teacher passionate about education. Their father Ken was a college librarian at University of Washington. Both parents believed deeply in the power of books and literature to transform minds, unlock knowledge, and spur creativity.
Given that, it’s not surprising that PGAFF supported two noteworthy projects in Washington and Oregon:
The first was Encouraging Children to Read in 2013. Faye Allen imparted her love of books to children by reading aloud whenever possible — both because of its entertainment and educational value. This initiative focused on motivating young children to become lifelong readers and encouraging libraries to use books to help children meet their personal and academic goals.
Similarly, in 2014, our Making Connections program strengthened the role libraries play in connecting people to books, information, and ideas. PGAFF funding enabled libraries to experiment with new models of service and unique ways to build relationships among members of their community. This included projects that balance technology and traditional services while also encouraging business strategies that position libraries in community leadership roles.
In total, the Foundation’s library program has contributed more than $6M in grants across 12 counties in the Pacific Northwest.
: Humanities Washington, King County Library System, Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, Seattle Public Library, University of Washington Foundation