The organization was formed as the East Yolo Friends of the Library over 50 years ago in the small community of East Yolo. After the community was incorporated as the City of West Sacramento in 1987, the organization became the West Sacramento Friends of the Library (WSFOL). WSFOL provides funding to increase the library's collections and support library programs. When a new library building was constructed in 2009, WSFOL was able to increase its fundraising to provide $50,000 for the building fund. WSFOL's major sources of funds are income from book sales, annual membership fees, and other donations.
The West Sacramento Friends of the Library (WSFOL) supports the Arthur F. Turner Community Library by raising funds to develop diverse collections, encourage reading and literacy programs for all ages, and promote the library as an educational and cultural center for the entire West Sacramento community.
Support to Increase the Library's Collections Materials
The Arthur F. Turner Community Library has a large collection of materials for library patrons to enjoy in person and online. This includes books, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, and more.
In 2020, the West Sacramento Friends of the Library provided over $9,000 to the library to purchase new materials for its collection. We hope to continue that level of support in 2021, with a special emphasis on materials like audiobooks and eBooks that can be enjoyed safely at home while physical access to the library remains limited.
Support for Library Enrichment Programming and Activities
The Arthur F. Turner Community Library offers many enrichment programs throughout the year, include the Summer Reading Program, story times, the Homework Center, English Conversation Groups, Author Readings, and Book Clubs.
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.
Support to expand access and diversity of library reading collection.
The Arthur F. Turner Community Library serves a population diverse in age, ethnicity, and preferred reading language, with substantial collections in English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. The West Sacramento Friends of the Library is seeking funds to enhance the collection of these materials, including new print books, digital books, magazines and audiobooks, and additional titles for the Read Around Yolo book club in a bag.