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Washoe County Library Seeks Community Sponsors for Early Literacy

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Andrea Tavener

Give the Gift of Reading: Children’s Early Literacy Fundraising Campaign

Children Reading: Flickr/ThomasLifeWashoe County Library System has launched Give the Gift of Reading, an exciting new campaign in support of children’s literacy. From today through December 31, 2016 and in conjunction with their 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, the library hopes to raise $20,000, enough to purchase 1,000 new children's books for the 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 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, and states that “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 and are looking for the community’s help with this project.”

How to help

It’s easy for you to help. A donation of $20.00 will sponsor one new children’s book that will be enjoyed by 100 children in our community. Of course, any donation amount is welcome and greatly appreciated.

  • Make a donation online. Donate Now.
  • Join us for the Reno Bighorns' Library Family Night on December 1, 2016. Get Your Tickets Here.
  • Make checks payable to Washoe County Library System and can be sent to P.O. Box 2151, Reno, NV 89505, or may be taken to your favorite library branch.

For more information regarding the Give the Gift of Reading campaign, please visit www.washoecountylibrary.us/kidsbooks or contact Andrea Tavener, Development Officer, at atavener@washoecounty.us or 775-327-8360.

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