The Allen family recognizes the unique role libraries play in communities, and supports their growth and success. The Faye G. Allen Library Program is named after Mrs. Faye Allen, who passed on her love of books to her family and community.
Faye Allen, Paul and Jody’s mother, was an avid reader and book lover, and she handed down that enthusiasm to her children. From her childhood job at a small town Oklahoma library to her book-filled home near Seattle, she surrounded herself with literature of every genre. The Foundation has always recognized the unique role libraries play in communities, and supports their growth and success. The Faye G. Allen Library Program supports projects in Washington State and Multnomah County, Oregon, alternating funding each year between two priority areas: Encouraging Children to Read and Making Connections.
Faye's love of literature led to a lifetime commitment to public libraries and public education, causes she championed through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has long recognized the importance of libraries in connecting people of all backgrounds, beliefs and socio-economic status with life-changing ideas.
Being told a story is one of the most enjoyable, engaging experiences we can have. Mrs. Allen recognized that reading aloud sets a foundation for a love of storytelling that will last an entire lifetime. By supporting age-relevant library projects, this program helps children meet their reading goals and prepare for literary success. We are interested in libraries' efforts to become more intentional in their children's programming and in initiatives that combine reading skills with knowledge of how to use other library resources.
Libraries are essential to connecting people to books, information, and ideas. But all fields need to innovate, and in a public system, it can be hard to get the funding needed to experiment. In 2014, we aim to catalyze the field by providing risk capital to libraries and enable them to experiment with new models of library services. We will give libraries the chance to experiment with programs that balance technology and traditional services, with effective business strategies that position them to be leaders in their communities. Outcomes will demonstrate that libraries are able to develop and implement successful new models of patron service.
The program will focus on teaching teens how to produce video projects.
While the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is funding tech initiatives such as a smartphone app for the Washington State Library, the focus on the human element is key, according to Sue Coliton, the foundation’s vice president.