Your Support Matters


Where Your Support Went
This year the Foundation gave the library nearly than $312,000 toward programs, books and materials, a 40% increase over last year. Highlights of the Foundation’s support follows:

Summer Reading
In total, the Foundation supplied $110,000 to the Sacramento Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program.  This follows an investment of $100,000 in 2013 and $59,000 in 2012.  Here is how that support made a difference for Sacramento County Children 0-17. in 2013.
2013 saw 24,603 sign-ups – 30% increase from 2012
2013 saw 10,897 finishers  – 23% increase from 2012

Books and Materials Endowment
This year’s distribution of more than $58,226 boosted the Sacramento Public Library’s collection.

Read and Feed Demonstration Gardens
The Junior League of Sacramento is the lead funder for the Read and Seed Demonstration Garden. Over the next few years the Junior League, Library and Foundation hope to partner to create more gardens at more branches.

Children’s Area 
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. Additionally the Carmichael branch will be creating an early literacy Activity Center.


Sacramento Room Endowment
This year’s distribution of more than $50,000 is designated for digitization of the Sacramento Room archive.  This year’s support coupled with some of last year’s support and some of next years support will go toward creating an additional room temperature controlled area for the growing collection.

Sacramento Room General Collection
The Jack and Lillian Sioukas Endowment Fund to Benefit Sacramento Public Library Sacramento Room, held by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, gives the Sacramento Room’s general collection support every year.