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Give the Gift of Reading

Fundraising Update:

Our inaugural Give the Gift of Reading fundraiser ended on December 31, 2016. The campaign raised over $30,000 — well above our target of $20,000! At this time, we estimate that we will be able to purchase 1,700 new children's books to support early literacy in Washoe County. If you would like to support the library, we welcome donations at all locations and encourage you to consider membership in the Friends of Washoe County Library.


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Washoe County Library System has launched Give the Gift of Reading, an exciting new campaign in support of children’s literacy. In conjunction with our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, we hope to raise $20,000 – enough to purchase 1,000 new children's books for our libraries' collection. 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.

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.”

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.

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