FOFL President’s Letter
December 4, 2014
On behalf of the Friends of the Fitchburg Library Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful new year.
Last year at this time, we asked all of you to assist us in funding the North American History Collection through donations to the FOFL first Annual Giving request. The response was terrific, and we were able to donate $8,000 to add history books to the Library’s collections as well as sponsoring American history-related programs. This year, we are going to focus our Annual Giving request on helping to increase the pre-literacy skills of the children in our community.
BookStart is designed to encourage children to read through two new programs that the Library plans to start in 2015 with our help. Have you heard of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten? It is a nationwide program where parents are encouraged to read to their very young children (birth to 5 years). Studies have shown that the more children are read to during these formative years, the better prepared they are for school. So, the goal is to have the parents read 1000 books ( it can even be the same one over and over!) and record those books in a special ledger. Annual Giving donations will help fund the printing costs, reading incentives, and recognition for the parents and children who complete the project. The second program is the outreach BookStart Storytime, where teams of volunteers will be paired with licensed day care centers. These volunteers, on a weekly basis, will read out loud to the children attending the day cares. The Annual Giving donation will assist in the recruitment and training of volunteers and will provide the books and educational materials that will accompany them.
What an opportunity this is to make a difference! If you would like to help, you can donate on-line through Pay Pal, or you can pick up a donation letter/form at the Library.
Many, many thanks for all of your help with this project and all of the Friends activities this past year. Look forward to 2015, with three used Book Sales (in February, June, and October), the exciting Books & Brews Gala (July 11), and numerous other programs to be announced.
Happy New Year!
Alice Jenson, President