Friends of the Granite Bay Library
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When people go to their local library they hope to find current and relevant materials, therefore new books are an ongoing need for libraries. The Placer County Library System would like us to help to meet the material purchasing goals that the county cannot fund. Our current goal is to give $10,000 a year toward purchasing new materials.
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In the past we have provided:
- New shelving
- New entry furniture, book carts
- BLIO e-reader software
- New signage
- $10,000 in reading materials
The best way to foster a lifelong habit of reading is to start young. We feel that providing programs for children is a great way to do this. We provide programs to promote excitement around reading. These events include a celebration for the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Young Authors Showcase, and Read for the Record, which are hugely popular with the children.
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Read For the Record - We Helped Break the World Record!

On Oct. 25th, Friends of the Granite Bay Library was a part of the world's largest shared reading experience, Read For the Record - bringing together over two million people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the U.S. This annual campaign was launched over a decade ago to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child. Readers in all 50 states and over 60 countries all read aloud the book, Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy. We celebrated this annual child literacy event in partnership with Moms Club of Granite Bay. A South Placer Firefighter read Maybe Something Beautiful aloud, to over 70 children and 40 parents. We honored last years book reading firefighter, David Volk, who passed away in 2018. Each child went home with a copy of the book, donated by MOMS Club of Granite Bay. The families also had the chance to meet Placer County Firefighters and tour their trucks and touch the gear they use to save lives. Volunteers provided fabulously fun face painting and kitten ear headbands for the children, as well as craft projects for the children that lent to the story's themes of art and creativity. We also provided free Jamba Juice Smoothies for the children attending.

The Young Authors Showcase - This was an annual event hosted by Friends of the Granite Bay Library over the past 20 years that has honored 35-50 K-3rd grade students and their families, as well as teachers and principals. Attendance each year was approximately 150 attendees. We have opted not to have the YAS this year, 2018, but hope to resume a similar event next year that will continue to celebrate young writers in our community.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss - In March the Friends of the Granite Bay Library was delighted to host the annual birthday party for Dr. Seuss. Dozens of local children and their parents attended the birthday celebration that featured cake, balloons, crafts, face paintings, dancing, live readings, and goodie bags given out by The Cat in the Hat. It was definitely a party to remember!