Give the Gift of Reading

Two toddlers laying on a couch or bed reading a book.

For the fifth year, the Washoe County Library System is launching Give the Gift of Reading, an exciting campaign supporting 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’ collections.  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 beginning December 1, 2023.
  2. Donate at any Washoe County Library location. Please let staff know your donation supports the Give the Gift of Reading campaign. Please include “GTGOR” on the memo line if you are writing a check.

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.”

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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 the 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 Jamie Hemingway, Development Officer, at [email protected] or  775-327-8360. For more information on the Friends of Washoe County Library, please visit www.washoelibraryfriends.orgPhoto credit: Flickr/ThomasLife.