December 31, 2013 marked the end of the online component of two community conversations that were a part of Convey, an initiative of the King County Library System.

Why Convey? King County communities are dynamic places filled with busy people, burgeoning ideas, opportunities for activities of all kinds, and, on occasion, civic issues that stir considerable interest and potentially conflicting views.

How do community libraries play a role in creating the best possible decision making? Libraries believe in the open exchange of ideas. They intentionally provide free and neutral access to a broad range of the best possible information. Because of this they naturally act as catalysts to discovery and to conversation. Free, open and informed dialog inevitably uncovers common ground, which naturally invites collaboration. Collaboration results in better communities.

The first Convey project in 2012 was the support of a wide-ranging conversation about the possible future uses of the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Staff in the Kirkland/Redmond cluster worked in tandem with the City of Kirkland and the Kirkland Arts Center to create a series of opportunities in person and online for individuals to learn and to make suggestions about the potential uses of the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway. All of the public input was given without any alteration to the City of Kirkland.