Exciting programs offered at your local library

  • Written by Hannah Coffaro | UW News Lab Student Journalist

The first place I went when I got my driver’s license was the library. Although that might surprise you, The King County Library System has a wide range of programs and community events happening every day for people of all ages many of which I had no idea about.

Here are a few of the programs the library system offers at the Woodinville Library:

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It’s About Community at Acres of Diamonds

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

Long before founding Acres of Diamonds in 1995, Pearl Tadema has always had a big heart for homeless women and children.  She wanted to help, but wanted to go beyond just providing a roof over someone’s head.  She wanted to work with people to heal them and find a better life and future.  So she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in counseling, completed the paperwork to become a nonprofit, rented a house in Duvall, and worked with shelters, police, and community services to find mothers needing help.  “It had a very grassroots start,” said Kristin Jack, Senior Development Manager at Acres.

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No university, no problem: Alternative routes for high school graduates

  • Written by By Gena Wynkoop, UW News Lab Student Journalist

High school graduation is around the corner for local high schoolers, and there are many options other than attending a four-year university.             

Some families may not have the means to get their graduating students off to a four-year school, but programs like AmeriCorps and JobCorps can be excellent alternatives.

For example, AmeriCorps is a national service program created in 1994 that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in addressing community needs.

“Individuals selected to join AmeriCorps are service leaders through nonprofit groups, public agencies  and faith-based organizations across the country to help meet critical needs in the areas of education, health, the environment, disaster services, veterans and veteran families and economic opportunity,” said Amber Martin-Jahn, the executive director of Serve Washington at AmeriCorps.

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Making a Difference One Conversation at a Time

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton
There are people that you will meet in your lifetime that have an aura of positive energy.  When you spend any amount of time with them you somehow feel happier. Audrey Phillips, at just 24 years old, is one of those people.  I was grateful to meet her recently and to learn about her inspirational project 365 Meaningful Conversations.
Audrey is a 2012 graduate of Woodinville High School and has been on quite an amazing journey the past few years. Although she’s done a bit of traveling with attending college in Maine, working as a ski instructor in Park City, Utah for a winter season, and working as a wilderness guide in Durango, Colorado, her journey has been much more than just moving from one locale to the next.
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Reclaiming oak wine barrels

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

I met Peter Sandvig recently in his garage turned workshop at his Woodinville home.

As he says, “I’m semi-retired.” He was in the “fish business” all his life and has now found a new calling creating furniture that could easily pass as art in some circles. He also works at McClendon’s in the garden shop in case his photo accompanying this article looks familiar.

Sandvig has started Woodinville Barrel Works where he takes authentic reclaimed oak wine barrels and creates some beautiful hand-crafted pieces that most certainty will find their way into many Woodinville homes and businesses in the coming months.

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