From the President, December 2015
To Our Supporters
Dear Library Foundation Supporter,
I work in downtown Sacramento and consider the Central Library my branch. The Arena and Railyard projects are buzzing, and our beloved Tsakopoulos Galleria and Sacramento Room are being refreshed for future use. These improvements to downtown Sacramento show optimism in the air, and I share that optimism.
I invite you to show your optimism for Sacramento’s future by including the Sacramento Public Library Foundation in your end-of-year giving activities. We focus on three areas: the expansion of summer reading; increasing the Walk4Literacy’s impact; and continued growth of our endowments directed to the Sacramento Room, Books and Materials and Children’s Literacy.
We remain focused on helping children attain and maintain grade-level reading proficiency. Through our efforts this year, we increased the participation in the Library’s Summer Reading Program to 30,000 children. We are optimistic that with your continued support our impact will increase even more in 2016.
For the second year in a row, happy Walk4Literacy supporters reveled in rain showers that freshened the walk. Greeted by the great dancing jams of local band, unSupervised, walkers visited literacy booths and food trucks at Cesar Chavez Park. Hundreds of free books were distributed to kids and the event proceeds will benefit literacy efforts throughout our community in 2016.
We established the Children’s Literacy endowment alongside the Sacramento Room and Books and Materials Endowment. We are optimistic that our support through these endowments will be augmented by the passage of the June 2016 parcel tax ballot measure.
Your gifts to the Sacramento Public Library Foundation are investments in a community which is on the brink of unparalleled growth and prosperity. Opportunities for greater economic equality through education and literacy are right before us. Please support our positive impact with your own generous gift. We thank you for your contributions to our community and our Foundation.
Mary Ellen Shay