Sacramento Public Library

Foundation makes our work possible

Thank you to the Sacramento Public Library Foundation for more than $300,000 for Summer Reading, historic archives and more.
Since it was founded in 1984, the Sacramento Public Library Foundation has given more than $9 million to support materials and programs at the Sacramento Public Library.
But the past few months have added a special new chapter to this relationship. This spring, the Foundation delivered checks totaling more than $300,000 to the Library. Many of the programs and facilities we provide to the public simply would not be possible without the generous support of the Foundation.
These donations include:
  • $110,000 to support the Library’s annual Summer Reading program. With help from the Foundation, the Library is on pace to break the participation records set last year. This represents a major literacy push in a county where fewer than 40 percent of third-graders read at grade level.
  • $108,000 to grow the Sacramento Room historical collection and to build an additional temperature-controlled archival space.
  • $50,000 to revitalize children’s areas at the Colonial Heights, Courtland, North Highlands and Sylvan Oaks libraries, and to fund materials and programs for children system-wide.
  • $18,000 to support the award-winning Read and Feed Demonstration Gardens at the Colonial Heights and Rancho Cordova libraries.
So please consider supporting the Foundation that supports your Library. The Foundation hosts an annual dinner and auction, Authors on the Move. This year’s event, which raised $60,000 for Summer Reading, featured Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist and writer Orville Schell as the keynote speaker, and was hosted by Beth Ruyak, host of Insight on Capitol Public Radio.

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