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Washoe County Library System Seeks Community Support for Early Literacy

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For Immediate Release

Andrea Tavener

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

Washoe County Library System has launched the 4th annual Give the Gift of Reading campaign, in support of children's literacy. From today through December 31, 2019 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 the Washoe County Library System 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, stating 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."  Scott continued "Through the generosity of the community and the support of the Friends of Washoe County Library we have been able to strengthen our collection of early literacy materials helping to ensure that the children of our community begin their school careers ready to read and learn".

It's easy for you to help. A tax deductible 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.
  • Make checks payable to Washoe County Library System.  Please send to P.O. Box 2151, Reno, NV 89505.  Checks may also be taken to your favorite library branch.  Please write "Give the Gift of Reading" in the memo section. 

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

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