Yolo County Library Foundation

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. Yolo County Library has served local residents for more than one hundred years and has facilities in Clarksburg, Davis, Esparto, Knights Landing, West Sacramento, Winters and Yolo.

Since 2016, the Yolo County Library Foundation (YCLF) has provided financial support to Yolo County Library so it can effectively provide essential literacy, reading and educational resources, services and programs throughout the county.

As a volunteer-run organization, 100% of donations YCLF receives go to support its top funding priority – early literacy.

The National Commission on Reading states, “the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.” 

Despite the significance of this finding, the California Department of Education (2020) reports that only 48% of children in Yolo County read at grade level by 3rd grade.

YCLF's financial support enables Yolo County Library to provide parents, caregivers and children with:

1) free reading materials in both print and digital formats,

2) books to create home libraries, and 

3) early literacy tips and training so families can celebrate reading. 

In 2022, YCLF:

*Funded $3,500 toward the new Yolo Branch Library opening day collection, which paid for approximately 188 collection items.

*Funded $1,000 toward giveaway books for Dia de los Ninos, which paid for 378 books.

*Funded $10,000 toward Summer Reading Program (SRP) giveaway books, which paid for 3,509 books.

*Approved funding for 2 years of Beanstack software subscription; $3,385.55 for Year 1 to be invoiced in October 2023.

*Approved funding for 3 years of Tumblebooks beginning in 2020; invoiced in Jan. 2023 the amount of $4,900 for Year 3 for the subscription year starting November 2022.

From the Violet Hansen Memorial Funds:

     *Funded $3,000 toward Lunch at the Library (LATL) giveaway books, which paid for 1,187 books.

     *Funded $3,000 to update board books for Violet’s Corner, which paid for a portion of 341 books.

     *Funded $5,000 toward the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which paid for approximately 107 enrollments and 2,228 months of registration.


The Yolo County Library Foundation (YCLF) supports Yolo County Library's mission to "provide access for all to ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire."


Your generous donation of any amount allows the YCLF to fund these priorities:

*Priority #1: Early Literacy so Children Read for Life

In an effort to improve early literacy rates, our top funding priority is to provide parents, caregivers and children with access to free reading materials (in both print and digital formats) and literacy training to celebrate and model reading. 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.

Our grants strengthen Yolo County Library’s ability to purchase and distribute high quality, age-appropriate books to parents and caregivers to create literacy-rich environments at home. In addition, we provide funding for the Library to purchase age-appropriate digital resources, like the Tumblebook Library, that children and their caregivers can access together 24/7.

To maximize the efficacy of these early literacy resources, Yolo County Library staff use the Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) framework to provide early literacy tips, tools and strategies to educate parents and caregivers on how to share and model early literacy skills with their children so they can read at grade level.

*Priority #2: Early Literacy Toolkit

We provide financial support for Yolo County Library to develop an Early Literacy Toolkit that includes print and digital resources for families to prepare their children for success in school.

*Priority #3: Summer and Winter Reading Programs

We provide financial support for Yolo County Library’s online registration service that is used for its Summer and Winter Reading Programs. This tool makes it easy for readers of all ages to track the number of books read to qualify for incentives and prizes.

Equity Statement

The Yolo County Library Foundation strives to bring diverse and dynamic programs and services to its many communities and residents through innovation, communication, engagement, collaboration and diversity, providing opportunities for everyone to read, grow, discover and interact with one another and the world at large.

Organization Data


Organization name

Yolo County Library Foundation

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Mission Category

Community Improvement, Capacity Building

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Organization Need

Funding: Program

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

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226 Buckeye Street
Woodland, CA 95695-0000

Service areas

Yolo, CA, US



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