Goldendale Library Branch Manager Erin Krake wants young people from 5 to 18 to become involved in the programs the library offers them free of charge. To that end, she came up with the idea of displaying the artwork of kindergarteners through high-school seniors in the Camplan Room Gallery on the first floor of the library. The Youth Art Show opened on Monday, May 20. “We hope this show will become an annual offering that will invite wide-range participation from the local schools and, in time, from all of Klickitat County,” Krake says.

Regarding submissions, “While there are other branches of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system, such as White Salmon, that do require the art be subject to jury before being displayed, the Goldendale branch has no formal vetting process,” Krake continued. “If we receive art that might raise some eyebrows, the library staff will review and decide if it’s appropriate for display.”

The Friends of the Library (FOL) plays a key role in supporting Krake’s initiatives throughout the year. FOL is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to support the library through volunteer help and funds for programs the library is not funded for in the regular library annual budget or doesn’t have the staff for. FOL President Sandy Crosland said that she does the work for love of the game. A kindergarten teacher for many years before retiring to Goldendale, she said, “Contributing to the library and the community at large through the FOL results in more high-quality programs being available to young people as well as adults.” For the youth art show, FOL helped fund the program by purchasing hanging materials and providing volunteers to help produce the event.

The Youth Art Show is slated to run through Friday, July 19, when a reception will be held to recognize the artists. FOL will provide refreshments and volunteer help in setting up for the event and cleaning up afterward.

The Goldendale Public Library is located at 131 W. Burgen Street.