Programming Support - The Arthur F. Turner Community Library serves a diverse population through programs and services aimed at promoting literacy, inspiring learning, and encouraging community building. Programs include the Summer Reading Program that engages people of all ages through fun presentations and reading challenges. In 2018, the library gave a free book to everyone that signed up for the Summer Reading Program. For many participants, these books were the building blocks for their first home libraries. In 2019, the West Sacramento Friends of the Library is raising funds to support this program, as well as others provided throughout the year including story times, the Homework Center, English Conversation Groups, Author Readings, and Book Clubs.
Our top needs:
1. Funding: Unrestricted - Programming & Collections - Funds to support activities and year-round programming that promotes literacy for all ages, with an emphasis on preventing declining reading ability among school-age children over the summer months ("summer slide"), and support for the materials collections at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library.
2. Funding: Program - Summer Reading Program - 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. To keep patrons of all ages engaged with the library throughout the summer and prevent "summer slide" of children, losing reading ability gained in the school year, the library has a Summer Reading Program that allows both children and adults to win prizes and track their reading goals from May through August.
The Arthur F. Turner Community Library partners with local businesses and gives away gift certificates, mugs, virtual reality goggles, and other prizes when patrons read 5 books and again when they read 10 books. In 2018, the library also gave away a free book to every patron who signed up, allowing them to build their home libraries. Finisher rates for the Summer Reading Program rose by an unprecedented 40%. This was a fantastic and welcome development, but the budget was for a 10% increase. The library's goal is to increase finisher rates to 10% more patrons than last year and aims to do that through better instruction sheets, translating the instruction into more languages, purchasing more books, better marketing, using more volunteers, and providing easier ways for patrons to enroll.
3. Funding: Other - The West Sacramento Friends of the Library is also seeking funds to enhance the collection of materials at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, including new print books, digital books, magazines and audiobooks, and additional titles for the Read Around Yolo book club in a bag.
4. Board Members - Active board members to further outreach and successful fundraising.
5. Volunteers - Volunteers to assist with outreach and services.