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Dear Friend of the Library,

As we approach this traditional season of giving, I am filled with appreciation for the many blessings we have enjoyed this year. Sacramento is above all a diverse, growing and optimistic community and both the Sacramento Public Library and Sacramento Public Library Foundation are fundamental to our community’s continued success.

Today, I am asking you to please include the Sacramento Public Library Foundation in your end-of-year giving activities, so that we can continue to help all of our children read.  The children and families served because of your support, the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Library are all deeply appreciative of your contributions.

As in past years, our main focus is to help children, at every economic level, attain grade-level reading proficiency. We know that children who fall behind in their reading skills reduce their chances of obtaining the education they need to succeed later in life. Through the annual Walk4Literacy, the Walk4Literacy Family Festival and the electronic Community Literacy Map, the Foundation continues to build relationships with local literacy organizations to bring attention and resources to the 2 out of 3 children not at grade-level.

The Foundation continues to give generously to the Library’s Summer Reading Program because not reading in the summer is one of the top three reasons why our children are falling behind.  We appreciate the hard work the Library does each Summer to reach over 28,000 children in the community and we want to secure their success for all time through a new endowment to ensure the impact of the Library’s Summer Reading Program.

In addition to children’s literacy, we support literacy programs for every age level. An integral part of our community – and its history – is our beloved Sacramento Room, located in the Central Branch of the Library, where Sacramento’s past is preserved and shared freely. It is always fascinating to trace the origins of a City and a Region that began as a small riverfront town and became a thriving, multifaceted community. We are pleased to continue to support the digitization of this history through the Sacramento Room Endowment and we continue to add to the Library’s annual collection through our Books and Materials Endowment.

Your contribution is an investment in a more literate and equal society. We thank you for your contributions to our community. Please give generously.

With appreciation,

Mary Ellen Shay, Board President