West Sacramento Friends of the Library
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Collection Development - West Sacramento Friends of the Library (WSFOL) provides financial support to increase the general collections of the library (books, magazines, media, and audiobooks), as well as specialized collections based on the needs of the community. For example, the WSFOL funds a "Lucky Day Collection," which continues to be a success. This collection includes new bestsellers, mostly adult fiction, that are typically checked out in regular circulation, and/or are on a long waitlist in audio circulation. Customers can check the Lucky Day Collection shelf to see if it's their "lucky day" and they find that elusive title they want to read.
Program Successes
In 2019 nearly 200,000 items from our general collections were checked out (197,389). WSFOL funds helped the Arthur F. Turner Community Library purchase nearly 300 books, including 207 books for kids, adults and young adult, and 86 "Lucky Day" books, at approximately $20 per book.

In 2019 use of the OverDrive eBook service rose dramatically in the Yolo County Library system, which includes the Arthur F. Turner Community Library. Nearly 150,000 digital books were checked out, reflecting an increase of 29% over 2018. The number of patrons using the OverDrive service increased by 57%. WSFOL funds helped the library purchase 1,813 eBooks last year. While the demand for eBook titles has increased dramatically, keeping up with the demand has been a challenge due to the "metered" pricing model used by the publishing industry (our average cost for 24-month access is $41 per eBbook). Support for collection development would allow us to purchase additional titles and/or retain popular titles longer than 24 months.

The Arthur F. Turner Community Library serves a diverse population through programs and services aimed at promoting literacy, inspiring learning, and encouraging community building. In 2021, the West Sacramento Friends of the Library is raising funds to support programs provided throughout the year including story times, Yolo Reads, the Homework Center, Aguas Frescas, Family Movie Matinees, the Teen Writing Club, English Conversation Groups, speaker presentations, book clubs, and the Summer Reading Program.

In 2020 the West Sacramento Friends of the Library provided thousands of dollars to support these programs, both in-person programs at the beginning of the year and virtual programs online as we adapted to operating remotely. We hope to continue that level of support in 2021.

In a typical year when the library is physically open to the public without limitations, it hosts 45-75 programs a month, with an average of 55. Some examples include the following:

Summer Reading Program - Reading challenges engage people of all ages to read throughout the summer months, with an emphasis on preventing "summer slide" that occurs when K-12 children are on break from school. The library partners with local businesses to award gift certificates and other prizes when patrons read 10 books, read on 10 different days, or read 10 hours over summer. In 2019, the library also gave away a free book to every patron who signed up, allowing them to build their home libraries. The library's goal for its Summer Reading program is to increase "finisher" rates by 10% more patrons than last year (1,612 participants in 2019). We aim to do that by making the reading challenge instructions available in more languages, purchasing more books, improving outreach to the community, recruiting more volunteers, and providing easier ways for patrons to enroll and track their reading.

Homework Center - 25 kids in grades 3-8 participate in the twice weekly Homework Center, which includes homework help from library staff and volunteers, an educational activity or craft, and a healthy snack.

Yolo Reads - A program of the Yolo County Library to build a strong literate community, Yolo Reads provides free tutoring to adults who want to improve their reading, writing, spelling, and grammar skills. One in six Yolo County residents cannot read and write sufficiently well to carry out day-to-day activities at work and home.

Aguas Frescas - Brings community members together to complete an art or other creative project while enjoying delicious homemade aguas frescas.

Family Movie Night - 12 events with attendance of 237 people

Program Successes
Summer Reading Program - "Finisher" rates for the Summer Reading Program rose by 37% in 2019. There were 1,612 participants. (Countywide SRP participants read 52,290 books, for 12,564 hours, or on 14,226 days.) Surveys revealed the following outcomes: 82% of participants reported reading more often and 88% reported they learned something new.

Storytimes -
91% of parents and caregivers report that they are reading with their children a lot or somewhat more often after participating in storytime.
100% of parents/caregivers report that they are more connected with other families after participating in storytime.
100% of parents/caregivers report feeling more confident in themselves as a parent/caregiver after attending storytime.
88% of parents/caregivers report talking with their child a lot or somewhat more often after participating in storytime.