Budget cuts to the library may mean limited magazines and periodicals in the 2021 budget. You can be part of the effort to save the periodical section of the Mount Vernon Library by “adopting” a magazine. We will very shortly have a donation page available where you can donate the subscription cost of a magazine or a whole genre if you like. Your name, or the name of someone you would like to honor, will appear on the shelf label below the magazine. And remember, you can check out your favorite magazines and catch up on back issues by using the curbside checkout and pickup option.
The Foundation has covered the cost of a graphics-capable computer to be used by a library employee who will be working remotely for a period of time. Acquisition of new computer equipment was put on hold by the City and it would have been difficult for this employee to continue her work. This employee assisted the Foundation with the advertising campaign we conducted in the Herald, and she also does a lot of the marketing materials that are on the web site and library Facebook page. We felt this was a win-win for everyone involved!
The Foundation, with the cooperation of the Skagit Valley Herald, ran a series of six advertisements in the Sunday edition of the newspaper in July and August. The ads were a reminder to the community that the library is still available even though operating under a different set of rules. Curbside pickup has been very popular and the library even has a concierge service where you can call in and ask them to help you find the resource you are looking for. Here's an example of one of those ads!
4% Friday, sponsored by the Skagit Valley Food Co-op on Friday August 23, raised $2132 for the Library Foundation. The success of the day is due to the generosity of community members and the spirit of community embodied by this Co-op program. The funds will be used to augment the Library's Spanish and dual language childrens and young adult book collection. The Foundation is working with Library staff to review the selection of titles proposed by staff member Andrea Alaniz, a former longtime librarian at Westview School (bilingual) in Burlington. On one Friday each month, the Co-op donates 4% of the day's proceeds to community organizations doing important work in the Skagit Valley. We are proud and grateful to have been chosen as a recipient.
Forward progress on the Library Commons project is awaiting finalization of an agreement between the City and the County regarding the site location at 208 Kincaid St. The County owns that plot of land and has agreed in earlier meetings to transfer the site to the City, however the final paperwork has not been executed. This needs to be complete before geotechnical work on the site can begin.
There have been some renderings of what the combined parking structure and library might look like and how it would be situated on the 208 Kincaid St. The geotechnical survey is important because it will determine the extent the foundation will have to go to assure the new facility meets all earthquake standards.