Priorities for 2017-2018
The Every Child Initiative reaches the highest risk children and families with hands-on educational programs, books and materials that teach parents about early brain development and literacy. Partnerships with hospitals, Head Starts and WIC (Women, Infants & Children) connect librarians with families in need. More than 30,000 books go into at-risk homes every week.
Reach:65,000 children and adults
School Age Success
Books 2 U sends library “booktalkers” into 3rd-6th grade classrooms where poverty and language barriers put a high percentage of children at risk. Booktalkers connect with students and help them find the books that light their fire for reading.
Reach: 26,500 children
Summer Reading engages children and teens in reading when school is not in session and kids are at risk of reading skill loss. It reaches 3 out of every 4 children in the county—a reach unparalleled by other literacy programs.
Reach: 110,000 youth
Rockwood Library Makerspace. Working within one of the highest risk neighborhoods in our community, the library has opened a “makerspace”—a hands-on learning and creating environment with tools for designing and fabrication. It will create an unprecedented resource in this neighborhood, leveling the playing field for children who would not otherwise have this hands-on experience.
Reach: Thousands of children for years to come.
Learning for Life
Everybody Reads engages over 15,000 people in reading and discussing one inspiring and thought-provoking book. The Library Foundation makes it possible for at-risk teens in low-performing high schools to receive copies of the chosen book, and for many students to meet the author.
Reach: 15,000, including 2,500 teens
Family programming at library branches. This year, the foundation will support a wide range of educational, instructional and cultural programs at neighborhood libraries across our community.
Reach: Thousands of children, teens and adults.