By Rivkah K. Sass
2018 has been a terrific year for Sacramento Public Library. We fed the bodies and minds of our youngest constituents through Lunch @ the Library and Summer Reading, and provided books and swim passes to keep them engaged and active. Thanks to the help and support of the Friends of Sacramento Public Library
, our BookFirst
program distributed 13,000 books to first-graders in high-need areas to start their own personal libraries. We also published a beautiful graphic interpretation of Frankenstein
, illustrated by renowned local artist Stephanie Taylor
. Most importantly, we renewed our commitment to the entire community by adding Sunday and Monday hours
at 10 libraries.
We end the year with so much gratitude that you love us. How do I know this? Because people who love us put Library resources to good use and put their faith in the Library by donating generously to provide additional support.
In 2015, Sacramento Public Library received the gift of a lifetime
— a bequest of $1.8 million from the estate of Heidi and Erin Hurst to buy books. Rather than go on a spending spree, we made the choice to take an annual distribution to purchase books for high-need areas of our collection. This year we bought early readers that help children make the transition into being confident and skilled readers. What causes us to feel so much gratitude is that the Hursts put their trust in the Library, rather than in another organization. We will do all we can to live up to that trust.
The Library also received a generous gift from the estate of Christina Schulz. To date, we have received more than $400,000 to benefit the Elk Grove Library. The funds are safely invested and steadily growing so that one day they can be used to enhance the programs and services we offer.
Is it any wonder that I am filled with gratitude? Over the past 9.5 years, the sweetest words I’ve heard from our community are: “The Library? You do such a wonderful job.”
Thank you for having faith in us and believing that libraries matter in our community. Have a happy and healthy 2019.