The La Conner Library Foundation was founded in the fall of 2012. Its mission is to encourage community support for the La Conner Regional Library, its staff and services. The Foundation solicits, manages and disburses individual and corporate gifts and grants for the enhancement of the library’s facilities, materials, programs and services. A major goal of the Foundation is to secure funds for the construction of a new library in La Conner.
Board of Trustees
Richard Wisniewski, President
B.J. Carol, Vice President
Diana Lee, Secretary
Serena Campbell, Treasurer
Joy Neal, Library Director
Susan Macek, Foundation Director
The La Conner Library Foundation is a 501 ( c )(3) organization. Tax ID # 80-0830829.
La Conner Library History
In 1927 the American Legion Post and Auxiliary, with help from every organization in town, established the La Conner Library. Furnished with salvage and donations from private citizens, and supplied with donated books until 1935, the library then began to receive financial support from the La Conner Town Council. Over the years the library grew to be a important community resource with the help of its active Friends of the Library group.
By 1990 it was clear that the library needed a stable source of income to continue to grow and serve community needs. Under state law it would have to become a countywide library to have taxing power of its own. That was not an option, so the mayor and other citizens of La Conner decided to ask for help to change the law.
In 1993 State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen successfully sponsored legislation to allow the creation of a rural partial-county library district, with its own taxing ability. The bill was signed into law, followed by a vote of La Conner citizens to form the first such library district in Washington state. On November 26, 1993, the La Conner Regional Library opened its doors in the old Hallmark store at 614 Morris Street.
The library serves residents within a 25-mile radius – the boundaries of the La Conner School District. That’s about 4,700 people from diverse communities such as La Conner, Shelter Bay, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and beyond.
Now, after more than 20 years as a well functioning library, a new and larger facility is envisioned that will provide much needed space and expanded programs to benefit everyone in the community.