Yolo County includes the suburban communities of Davis, West Sacramento and Winters, the University of California, Davis, and agricultural regions with a population that is widespread and diverse. Segments of the population have limited access to branch libraries and are underserved.
The goal of YCLF is to support Yolo County Library so it can effectively provide essential literacy, reading and educational resources, services and programs to residents throughout the county.
YCLF receives grants, donations, and contributions to provide funding for Yolo County Library to promote and advance educational, informational, and recreational literary activities and lifelong learning opportunities through free access to library services for the benefit of the general public.
Yolo County Library has provided library services to local residents for more than one hundred years.
The mission of the YCLF is to enhance the ability of the Yolo County Library to provide library services through the addition of funds and resources. The Yolo County Library Foundation (YCLF) supports the Library's mission to "provide access for all to ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire."
Priority #1: Creating Home Libraries and Literacy-Rich Environments to Promote Reading
YCLF provides funding for Yolo County Library to distribute free, high quality, age appropriate children's books to families and caregivers in underserved communities. Library staff also provide early literacy tips and training to promote and celebrate reading at home.
Priority #2: Yolo County Library's Early Literacy Toolkit
YCLF provides financial support for Yolo County Library's Early Literacy Toolkit. These resources include print and digital materials to prepare children for success in school. Starting "upstream" by providing early literacy resources, Yolo County Library is using the Every Child Ready to Read framework to teach parents and caregivers the skills they need to help children read at grade level. Numerous studies show that children who enter Kindergarten with early literacy skills are more likely to read at grade level by 3rd grade and graduate from high school.
Priority #3: Yolo County Library's English Language Learning programs
YCLF supports the expansion of Yolo County Library's English Language Learning conversation clubs, classes, and the Yolo Reads Adult and Family Literacy Program to all eight branch libraries.