March is definitely roaring in like a lion for Sacramento Public Library. Or should I say like Slamson the Lion, the official mascot of the Sacramento Kings?
On Feb. 12, Mayor Kevin Johnson announced in his 2014 State of the City address that the Sacramento Kings would dedicate up to $100,000 of season ticket deposits to four local organizations dedicated to supporting children’s literacy. Sacramento Public Library is thrilled to be one of these recipients, along with three other great organizations: United Way's STAR Readers
project; The Sacramento County Office of Education
(SCOE)’s Preschool Bridging Model Plus
; and Sacramento READS!
, a 10-year initiative that seeks to improve literacy among 8- to 10-year-olds.
The Kings’ support is critical to the Sacramento Public Library, which provides more than 1,300 programs annually that help children ages 0 to 5 get ready to read. The funding from the Kings will be used to support this important work, reaching more than 65,000 area children and their parents and caregivers.
Every child deserves the opportunity to love learning, and reading is the most critical skill they need for that to happen. Just imagine what our community would look like if every 5-year-old started school ready to roar into reading?
We are grateful to the Sacramento Kings for their support and for giving us the opportunity to show exactly why the library is so important in helping children learn to read.