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Give the Gift of Reading

For the second 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' 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.

How Can I Help?

  1. Make a tax-deductible donation directly to the campaign via the Friends of Washoe County Library using the form below.
  2. Visit our Barnes & Noble book fair November 26-28. Mention the Friends of Washoe County Library and a portion of your purchase price (including gift cards!) will benefit the library. Free gift wrapping will be available Sunday 11-4 and Monday 1-6 (donations accepted), and we'll have Story Time and Paws2Read dogs on hand beginning at 11:30 am on Sunday.
  3. Can't make to the book fair? Shop online November 27 through December 1. Just shop barnesandnoble.com and enter Bookfair ID 12253597 at the bottom of the payment page before finalizing your purchase (note: if you have an account at bn.com with saved payment information, you may need to edit your payment information to add the Bookfair ID).

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

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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