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Give the Gift of Reading

For the fourth year, Washoe County Library System is launching Give the Gift of Reading, an exciting campaign in support of children’s literacy. In conjunction with our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, we hope to raise $20,000 this year – enough to purchase 1,000 new children's books for our libraries' collections. Your commitment to sponsor at least one book will help prepare children in our community for an early start in reading and learning. We hope that you will be able to join us in supporting this initiative.

How Can I Help?

  1. Make a tax-deductible donation directly to the campaign via the Friends of Washoe County Library beginning November 15, 2019.
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  2. Donate at any Washoe County Library location. Please let staff know your donation is in support of the Give the Gift of Reading campaign. If you are writing a check, please include "GTGOR" on the memo line.

Why does this matter?

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills necessary for success. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. Library Director Jeff Scott recognizes the importance of books and reading in our children’s success: “Washoe County Library System is dedicated to helping children succeed by providing a variety of early literacy opportunities for parents and young children. We encourage parents to read to their children every day.”

Make a Donation

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Click the button above to make a donation securely to the Friends of Washoe County Library.

The Friends of Washoe County Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID 94-2747114. Backed by a belief that libraries are uniquely democratic, The Friends of Washoe County Library promotes, advocates, and seeks funding to support the services, programs, and collections of Washoe County Library System. Through their projects, they strive to give children an educational head start, encourage literacy, and foster lifelong learning and recreation for adults.

For more information regarding the Give the Gift of Reading campaign, please contact Andrea Tavener, Development Officer, at atavener@washoecounty.us or 775-327-8360. For more information on the Friends of Washoe County Library, please visit www.washoelibraryfriends.org. Photo credit: Flickr/ThomasLife.

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