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Community Raises Over $20,000 for Early Literacy

The Inaugural Give the Gift of Reading Campaign is a Huge Success, raising needed funds for children's books.

Hundreds of community sponsors donated to the inaugural Give the Gift of Reading Campaign that ran from November 15, 2016 through December 31, 2016. 

Washoe County Library System launched the Give the Gift of Reading campaign in support of children’s literacy. The campaign ran in conjunction with the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative. 

Library Director Jeff Scott stated, “Our initial goal was to raise $20,000, but with the community’s help we exceeded that amount and could not be happier with the outpouring of support.  Because of the generosity of the community, the Washoe County Library System will be able to buy over 1,700 new children’s books in support of early literacy.”

Scott continued, “Sponsoring at least one book helps prepare children in our community for an early start in reading and learning.  One new children’s book will be enjoyed by 100 children in our community.”

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.   

The Washoe County Library System recognizes the importance of books and reading in our children’s success, and is dedicated to helping children succeed by providing a variety of early literacy opportunities for parents and young children.

For more information regarding future Give the Gift of Reading campaigns, early literacy programs, or to make a donation to the Washoe County Library System, please visit www.washoecountylibrary.us or contact Andrea Tavener, Development Officer, at atavener@washoecounty.us or 775-327-8360.

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