Where Your Support Went
This year the Foundation gave the library $301,084 toward programs, books and materials. Highlights of the Foundation’s support follows:
Measure X coupled with the previously passed Measure B delivers a $42 per parcel to our 12 City Library locations. Measure X passed with a resounding 79% of the vote, showing that Sacramento loves their Library. This combined parcel covers the basic costs of operating the locations but is still shy of being able to build up the reserve. The Foundation contributed $35,000 to make sure this important parcel tax was passed.
The Foundation supplied $137,500 to the Sacramento Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program. This follows investment of $125,000 in 2015, $110,000 in 2014, $100,000 in 2013 and $59,000 in 2012. In 2016 the library enrolled more than 28,000 children 0-17. While we did not see an increase this year, we are sticking to our goal of supporting 1 in 4 of Sacramento’s children to participate — i.e. 90,000 children.
Books and Materials Endowment
This year’s distribution of more than $50,388 boosted the Sacramento Public Library’s collection.
Due to generous support from the Diane Utsumi bequest and the general fund of the Foundation, both the North Highlands/Antelope and the Sylvan Oaks branches will be getting new and enhanced Children’s Areas designed to provide children with the early literacy and reading tools they need. The new spaces created will encourage pre-literacy skills by providing developmentally appropriate books, technology, and manipulatives. It will also provide appropriate resources for early literacy development and continued literacy development for school aged children.