Book First


Give for Sacramento kids on Big Day of Giving

First grader reading a new bookInspire the joy of reading in a child and give them a gift that will last a lifetime. It starts with one book.

A book can take you anywhere—transport you to faraway places, ignite your imagination, introduce you to new perspectives and challenge you.

What is Book First?
Each year, Sacramento Public Library and the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library team up to visit classrooms and put a book in the hand of first graders in our highest-need schools in Sacramento County. For many students, this book they take home is their very first book.

It sparks the joy of reading. One book is the first step to building a home library, providing children with access to books they love, helping them become confident and enthusiastic readers and fueling their potential.

Since 2016, we’ve provided books to almost 60,000 kids in our region. The pandemic did not stop us from continuing Book First. This school year we delivered 12,500 books for first graders to schools with the highest need. We also brought the library to hundreds of classrooms through virtual visits. The Book First philosophy continues beyond the school year through the library’s extensive collection of physical and virtual beginning reader books and the annual Summer Reading Challenge that helps to grow and strengthen reading skills.

What can one book do?
One book can inspire a lifelong love of reading, which is foundational to a child’s personal and academic development. It is a gift that tells them, “I am a reader.”

What students are saying:

“I get to keep this book forever? Really?"

"Wow! This is great! I don’t have many books at my house!"

"I can’t wait to read to my baby brother!"

What teachers are saying:

“Many of my students don’t have books at home and can’t get to the library.”

“Just them getting a book has a big impact. Many of my students have very few books at home to read.”

“The students still talk about, ‘Remember when we went to the library and they gave all of us a book?

What will my donation do?
Your gift will put books into the hands of kids in our highest need schools, inspire a love of reading, and help connect children to the library at a critical time in their development. Now more than ever, access is critical as students and their families navigate the challenges of the pandemic and distance learning. Expanding a child’s reading experience beyond the confines of school has a positive impact in their ability to grow and develop as a young reader.

This year, our goal is support at least 13,000 students in 500 classrooms during the 2021-2022 school year.

Make a difference for Sacramento kids on Big Day of Giving with a gift to Friends of the Sacramento Public Library. Even a small gift makes a big difference to a student.

$25 = Books for 8 students
$75 = Books for 1 classroom
$200 = Books for 1 school  

Friends of Sacramento Public LibraryFriends of Sacramento Public Library (Friends) is the only official non-profit fundraising partner of Sacramento Public Library.

Have Questions?
How can I support Book First?

You can make a donation to the Friends of Sacramento Public Library, designating the funds for Book First in the special instructions. 

Who are the Friends?

The Friends of the Sacramento Public Library is the library's official fundraising partner. They advocate, raise funds and provide crucial support to the library. Learn more at

When is the Big Day of Giving?

The Big Day of Giving takes place on May 6, 2021. Learn more by following the Sacramento Community Regional Foundation.

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