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Friends of the Sacramento Public Library
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Organization Details
FUNDRAISE

Programs

Description
The Friends of the Sacramento Public Library supports each of the 28 branches by funding books, such as the Lucky Day collection specific to that library, and periodicals. In addition, the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library provide funding for author events, book groups, children's story times, and special children's programming through music, puppetry, games, and even dogs and 'big trucks.'

At each branch, the Friends partner with library staff to offer programs for returning veterans and a free lunch program for qualifying students during summer recess. At some locations, the Friends also support library gardens, offering underserved communities access to fresh produce. Programs reach across age and cultural groupings.
Budget
$240,000
Program Successes
- Each of the 28 locations of the Sacramento Public Library system has its own Friends affiliate to strengthen the role of the library as a hub for its neighborhood.
- Each day that the libraries are open, thousands of people stream through the doors, enhancing the quality of their lives.
Description
Book First provides a free book to each first-grader in schools in Sacramento County where 55% or more of the student population is eligible for free/reduced price lunch. The goal of this program is to support children in the first grade to become confident and successful readers and to connect them with even more free books at the library. We want all first-graders to become avid readers and library users.

The first grade was chosen as the target group because there is a lot of attention on third grade reading scores as an important marker for a student's future educational success. The goal of Book First is to support new readers even earlier so they are successfully reading by third grade. We have chosen to focus on first grade as it is the year that students grow their skills beyond learning letter sounds and sight words to being able to read sentences and understand what they are reading.
Budget
$45,000
Program Successes
The 2020-2021 school year will be the fifth year of Book First, with program expansion each year since inception.

The funds raised for Book First during the Big Day of Giving:
- Over 13,000 first graders in 171 schools received a free book during the 2019-2020 school year.
- 1,362 first-graders signed up to receive library cards through Book First and now have access to more books than they ever dreamed possible. For many of these children, this is their introduction to Sacramento Public Library.
- Teachers and principals, along with the students who participated, universally loved the program and want to see it continue.
Description
As volunteers, the Friends operate the Book Den bookstore year round. We offer a special discount at our monthly warehouse sales to K-12 teachers, who tell us we are a vital resource in filling the gaps that budget cuts have left in their school libraries. Yelp reviews rave, 'One of Sacramento's best surprises... an excellent source of quality books, DVDs, CDs, and books on tape at astonishingly low prices.'

The Friends also operate several smaller, but well-stocked, used bookstores at the Central Library and other branches, while at many library locations, larger, warehouse-style sales are held periodically during the year. Higher-value collectible books are also offered through Amazon and eBay.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
- The Book Den has proven to be an exceptionally low cost resource to teachers for supplementing their classroom materials.
- In addition, in 2017, The Book Den donated thousands of boxes of books to more than 40 charities and non-profits, offering an important resource to underserved communities.
- Along with these book donations, the Friends helped to set up the first library at the Sacramento County main jail.


Description
The Library's Summer Reading program is open to all Library patrons, but specifically addresses the 'summer slide,' a potential two-month loss in reading ability for school-age children due to school summer recess. Its popularity has been growing from year to year. During Summer Reading 2019 there were 32,581 participants of all ages collectively reading 600,417 books, making this our best summer reading program ever!
Budget
$50,000
Program Successes
- Registration for Summer Reading has been increasing year by year, as has the completion rate.
- Ultimate success would be full elimination of the 'summer slide' which is the two-month loss in reading ability that often takes place during summer vacation for school age children.
Description
Of primary importance is the continuing expansion of the number of city and county residents who hold library cards and use the system, at its physical locations and also through the many resources available online. Working with the Library, the Friends supports expansion of basic literacy, but also defines literacy more broadly to include cultural, civic, business and financial awareness, life skills, and 21st century media skills. A program of particular importance addressing basic literacy is Book First in which first-graders from underserved areas are visited receive a free book of their own, plus are helped to sign up for a library card that will trigger their growth as life-long readers.
Budget
$45,000
Program Successes
- Each year, the Book First program has introduced many first-graders to the wonders of Sacramento Public Library.
- Students and their families are encouraged to obtain their own library cards.
- In the first year, 1,162 first-graders received their own library cards which was over 45% of all first-graders.
- Each year the number of first-graders receiving their own library cards had increased to serving 67% of all first-graders by 2019-2020.
- We believe that success in improving literacy begins with a library card and access to the opportunities that Sacramento Public Library provides.