From the President, December 2014
To Our Supporters
Dear Library Foundation Supporter,
As we approach this traditional season of giving, I am filled with gratitude for the many blessings we have enjoyed this year. In addition to our usual activities, including supporting the Library’s summer reading program and hosting Sacramento’s premier literary event, Authors on the Move, the Library Foundation joined forces with other literacy advocates to create a community wide event – the First Annual Walk 4 Literacy.
On a welcome rainy Saturday in October, nearly 1,000 cheerful souls walked from Oak Park to the Convention Center to celebrate the joys of reading, of literacyt. Proceeds from this event will benefit literacy efforts throughout our community in 2015.
I am writing to you today to ask you to include the Sacramento Public Library Foundation in your end-of-year giving activities, so that we can continue the good work we completed in 2014 into future years. The children and families we serve with these funds will be most grateful for your support as well.
As in past years, 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. Although the Grade 3 Reading Level program is our main literacy focus, we support literacy programs for every age level from early childhood to adult.
Another reason our hearts are filled with gratitude this year was the passage of Measure B, which raises the parcel tax to support library activities in all parts of the City of Sacramento. The generosity and wisdom of the voters is much appreciated.
In addition to the passage of Measure B and the success of the Walk4Literacy and other ongoing programs, the Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to continue to support our beloved Sacramento Room, where Sacramento’s past is preserved and shared with current residents and friends. It is always humbling to look through this window into Sacramento’s precious history.
Your gifts to the Sacramento Public Library Foundation are investments in a more literate and equal society, and one which is mindful of its past. We thank you for your contributions to our community and our Foundation. Please give generously.
Mary Ellen Shay
Mary Ellen Shay