Winters Friends of The Library


Winters Friends of the Library is a volunteer support group whose purpose is to promote literacy, foster a love of reading, enhance the cultural life of the community, and encourage involvement in the library and its programs.

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Programs

Description
WFoL raises funds annually to support the operations and programs of the Winters Community Library, which is a joint use library between Yolo County and the Winters Joint Unified School District. Each year WFoL provides support for books and materials; summer reading programs for children, youth and adult; and other cultural and literacy enrichment programs during the year. WFoL also makes one-time contributions to improve library services such as funding broadband expansion, computers, and other tangible items. Donations from WFoL to the library are made by motion based on available funds. Over the past three years of participating in the Big Day of Giving, WFoL has raised and donated approximately $70,000 to the library.
Budget
$25,000
Program Successes
In the last three years, WFoL has been able to continue financial support for the Winters Community Library. WFoL's support has enabled the library to remain open an extra six hours a week for the entire year plus an extra five hours a week during all school breaks. We purchased new books and materials for the Winters branch. WFoL supported literacy enrichment and cultural programs such as summer reading for youth and adults and the El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) program.
Description
WFoL sends any new baby in Winters a free gift box filled with everything a baby needs to start enjoying books! Each box contains two new baby-appropriate books, baby T-shirt that says Let's Read! / ¡Leamos!, reading tips and book suggestions, a one-year gift membership to Winters Friends of the Library for the whole family, and an application for a Winters Library card. There are also informational brochures discussing the importance of early eye exams and other services available in the county that families may want to utilize. The information and books are available in English or Spanish. New babies are found via local newspaper birth announcements, via collaboration with the Winters Healthcare Foundation, word of mouth, and asking new mothers if they would like a box when encountered out and about or at community events. Volunteers assemble and distribute gift boxes. The target age group is 2 years and under.
Budget
$2,500
Program Successes
We have distributed over 200 boxes in the last 3 years and over 400 gift boxes since the program's inception in 2007. Our goal is to help foster a love of reading in babies and toddlers. The information provided in our boxes highlights the importance of early reading to babies to help ensure reading success for children and ultimately as adults in literacy and ongoing education. This program has been replicated by other Friends groups, which is measure of the importance of the program's success.
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Each summer, high-school students work with a professional theater director to stage a Shakespeare play, complete with music, dancing, singing, costumes and sets, in an intensive five-week summer workshop. The play is performed on 2 consecutive nights at the open-air stage in City Park and is free to the community. WFoL underwrites one quarter of the annual budget. Half is covered by student tuitions, refreshment sales, and passing the hat at performances. The balance is a combination of grants and gifts from local organizations and individuals. Many production supplies and administrative time and materials are donated. Actors' scholarships are available upon request. No one who wants to participate is turned away. Our 2017 Big Day of Giving campaign will raise and dedicate funds to rebuilding the stage at Winters City Park. Our goal for this project is $30,000.
Budget
$2,500
Program Successes
Annually, more than thirty teens are involved in mounting a full production of a play by Shakespeare, supported by a live band. Their performance is attended by over 700 people from Winters and the surrounding communities. Teens participate as actors, musicians, dancers, singers, and stagehands. We never turn any teen away who wants to participate. Graduates of our program return for summer jobs to teach the next group of young artists. Some have gone on to careers in theatre, education, and music. Another benefit of our program is the fact that it fills our city park with positive, focused, youthful energy for five full weeks in the summer. Many children and families stop by the park on summer evenings to watch the dancers, hear the music, and see the play come together.
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Fun for the whole family on the first Saturday in December. Music, crafts to make and buy, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, wreaths, and children's books for sale. Most costs of the program are underwritten by individual donations. While not considered a fundraiser, WFoL usually nets between $1,000-3,000 from this event from craft, food, book sales,
and donations. The children's craft supplies for the last many years are donated by the individuals who organize each activity. Participating non-profit organizations sell handmade items and keep the proceeds for their own programs. Since 2014, the Holiday Family Festival changed its primary focus on younger children. In the past few years, WFoL dedicated an additional $1,000 to support the festival by hiring a wonderful music teacher to work with preschool children in the four weeks leading up to and including the festival. She then leads the sing-a-longs for the preschool children at the festival.
Budget
$2,000
Program Successes
Winters schools, WFoL, community organizations, the downtown business community, and families come together for a community celebration of the season - without electronics! Live children sing. Delicious homemade food is sold. Families have the rare opportunity to create beautiful original crafts (beeswax candles, tin pierced trivets and ornaments, clove oranges, felt stars, and more). Children who grew up with this event in Winters, now bring their children. Local groups can participate to raise money for their programs. High School Culinary Arts, Music Boosters, Scouts, Fortnightly, Soroptimists, etc.
Description
Each July, WFoL organizes a series of free concerts at the Rotary Park Gazebo in downtown Winters on Thursday evenings. Great local and visiting bands play a wide variety of musical styles to suit the tastes of all community members young and old. At these concerts, WFoL promotes upcoming programs at the library and in the community. WFoL brings and sells a selection of used books and promotes membership. A snack bar, manned by volunteers, raise funds by selling pizza, snacks, and root beer floats. The concerts have become a highlight of the typically hot summers in Winters. The bands are recruited by volunteer Keith Cary, a local musician and instrument craftsman. Each band is given an honorarium of $200 to play. Another $100 per concert is budgeted for assistance with the sound system. In 2016 the WFoL Summer Gazebo Concert series was underwritten by a generous donation by Waste Management. Starting with the 2017 season, the Board has voted to increase the honorarium for the bands to $400.
Budget
$2,400
Program Successes
Up to 300 people from Winters and surrounding community attend these concerts. Used book sales at low prices (50 cents for children's books) support literacy in the community. Youth bands, amateur and community bands enjoy the opportunity to perform. Keith and Diane Cary were recognized in 2006 for their contribution to the Winters community by being awarded the Theodore Winters Award by the Winters Chamber of Commerce.