Year End Appeal

From the President, December 2013
To Our Supporters
Dear Library Foundation Supporter,

Giving thanks for our many blessings and sharing our good fortune with others are hallmarks of the upcoming holiday season, and I am writing today to ask you to include the Sacramento Public Library Foundation during this traditional time of giving. Our main focus is helping children at every economic level attain grade level reading proficiency by the age of eight. We know that children who fall behind in their reading skills at this early age reduce their chances of obtaining the education they need to succeed in later life.

The Foundation is and has been directing its fundraising efforts on the library’s Summer Reading Program, so that hard-won reading skills gained during the school year are not lost over the summer months. We sponsor contests, library programs in all of our branches, onsite reading programs at affordable housing properties, and a variety of themed and age-appropriate reading activities. We are raising funds toward ‘literacy vans’ that will go into higher need communities with library materials and access to the Summer Reading Program. Our support makes it possible for the library to give program participants their own free books to keep. These books are often the only books founds in low-income households which is not surprising since the average cost of a good quality children’s book is $18.75!

The resources that the library offers – from early childhood programs through adult literacy classes and everything in between – are enhanced by your generous donations. Think of your gift as an investments in a more equal and literate society. Your support will be a gift that can be enjoyed by all of us, all of the time. Please give generously.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Shay
Board President

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