Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryOlympia’s Carnegie Library, as seen in this historic postcard, was the pride of the community when it opened in 1914. Courtesy Private Collection.Celebrating and supporting creative talent in Southwest WashingtonThe selected book for next October’s Timberland Reads Together (TRT) program doesn’t yet exist. It will be written and designed locally, between January 1 and March 31, 2015 by talented residents in the five county region served by the Timberland Regional Library (TRL). It will become the Timberland Writes Together Anthology.In the old days, public libraries had one simple mission: to collect, care for (curate) and make freely available to all citizens as many printed books and documents as possible. Hundreds of years later, libraries still collect and curate, but in addition, they have become powerful creative forces, inspiring and supporting new artistic, intellectual and cultural expression.In this spirit, the selected writers and cover artist will not only be guaranteed an audience during the month-long community reading program, they will be paid at fair market rate for their work.Local writers and artists may submit short fiction and cover art beginning January 1, 2015. Details are available at www.TRL.org under the “Program” headingStories should be between 2,000-8,000 words in length and should reflect a sense of optimism. They may be of any genre, set in the past, present, or future, and may contain dark elements, but in the main, should inspire a sense of hope.All programs at Timberland libraries are free and open to the public.