On November 8, 2018, the Parker (AZ) Public Library, along with “Kids Need to Read,” sponsored a “Grow Your Library” event. Parker is in LaPaz County, with a population of approximately 22,000, and a79% poverty rate.
Libraries, Ltd. provided $700 to purchase 192 middle grade books, chapter books, and early reader titles for the library. “Kids Need to Read” also donated 300 books for this event, with a total value of $4,536.
In addition to the book donations, “Kids Need to Read” Executive Director Denise Gary, along with Tina & Gary Mlodzik, visited the Parker Public Library for a story time with the children. Approximately 30 children were active participants at this event. Each child received a book to keep, and a “Highlights” magazine. The library estimates that fewer than 25% of the children who visit actually own a book.
The attached photos show the shelf of new books donated to the Parker Public Library, story time with Tina and Denise, and the line of children selecting their free books and “Highlights” magazines.
Tohono O’odham Santa Rosa Day School
Since fall of 2017, Libraries, Ltd. has provided over 340 new books to their newly renovated school library. Santa Rosa is a public school, serving children from Kindergarten – Grade 8.
Tohono O’odham Love of Reading Celebration, April 2018
Schools of the Tohono O’odham Nation celebrated Love of Reading Month in April 2018, with events at eleven different sites, including Sells. Guest readers included tribal elders, an attendant to “Miss Tohono O’odham,” and other area residents. Four representatives from Libraries, Ltd. also enjoyed the festivities.
Please scroll down for eight photos of this event.
In the past twelve months we have promoted many children’s literacy projects, reaching a variety of communities in the state. Among them are:
Worlds of Words Library, U. of A. College of Education – WOW. We donated money to help establish a Teen Leadership program with a group of teens who will participate in a book discussion group. Once a month they come to the U. of A. to discuss an adolescent book. Several Arizona authors were chosen to come to the class and discuss their work with the teens. WOW houses the largest collection of global children’s and adolescent literature in the United States.
Manzo Elementary PACE Program – Four PACE classrooms, with 60 children, received books for their “read at home” program. Students are given a book to keep when they turn in a reading calendar at the end of each month.
Make Way for Books – Libraries, Ltd. provided the funding for 365 high quality cloth and board books for infants and toddlers at eight childcare centers to insure that young children have regular access to literacy throughout the day.
Nogales Boys and Girls Club –This after school program serves children in elementary through high school. It has a small lending library. We provided ten copies of the Black Stallion for their Black Stallion Project. Children read and discuss the book and then visit a ranch with horses which they groom and curry, and then get the opportunity to ride.
Los Niños del Valle Preschool in Green Valley – Libraries, Ltd. donated money for book baskets for their library shelves in the toddler room. We also purchased a felt board and five stories.
Magazine Subscriptions – We continue to sponsor subscriptions to twelve organizations serving children, including The Parent Connection, Las Familias, and Nogales Boys and Girls Club.
Imago Dei – a middle school for low income students. Libraries, Ltd. provided a classroom set of 30 copies of Journey of Dreams, by Marge Pellegrino. This book was out of print so it took quite a while to collect the copies. It was used for a classroom unit on refugees.
Interfaith Community Services – Libraries, Ltd. provided books to pass out with food boxes.
Aviva – is dedicated to helping children in the care of the Department of Child Safety. We provided books and stuffed animals purchased at Kohl’s for parents and children when they participate in family visits.
Reading Seed – A program in which coaches tutor children in several Pima County school districts to help them learn to read. Books are given to each child to take home.
Bisbee Boys and Girls Club – We provided books for their lending library.
Tohono O’odham Santa Rosa Day School – We provided indigenous related books for their newly renovated and stocked library.
Bisbee Boys and Girls Club – provided books for the lending library.
Tohono O’odham Santa Rosa Day School – provided indigenous related books for the newly renovated and stocked library.
Phoenix Annual Report
January 2018 for year 2017
It was an active year once again for our members. Pat Heck led the way with her Club RIF projects. Over two hundred students at St. Peter’s Indian Mission School were able to choose their own books at a special event that included Clifford the Big Red Dog. A lot of planning went into this annual event with Pat and her Club RIF Alumni group. Additional book distributions are happening at Mesa Homeless Shelter and the Mesa Child Crisis Center.
Cindy Trego and her family made a personal visit to distribute carefully chosen books for the children in foster care living at Avi’s group home. Cindy also worked with New Pathways for Youth, a mentoring program for youngsters and young adults, located in the Garfield area of Phoenix. The books are part of the library at the afterschool recreational center. Two hundred children use this center on an ongoing basis. Books were also donated to Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa.
We increased the impact of our funding through matching funds to Southwest Human Development, providing books for children ages birth – five years. This distribution was part of the literacy festival held in conjunction with Paradise Valley Community College. Southwest Human Development distributes 5000 books at this twice-yearly event.
A Stepping Stone Foundation used our funds for their LEAF Program at Alhambra School District and Isaac School District in Phoenix. The program focuses on promoting family literacy at their preschool programs. Many of the families are English learners.
Kids Need to Read was our partner in providing books to the Globe Public Library. We were approached by one of their volunteers about helping this rural library with their need for nonfiction titles. We received a nice credit in the local paper for our donation.
Using the Donors Choice site, we located several schools in need of books, having used the site last year as well. It’s been a good way to find undeserved students and schools.
Monica Goddard continued to use LL funds to support the free “little library” in her neighborhood with good used books ranging from adult to teen fiction to board books.
We have started projects for 2018 which include books for “Read Better Be Better,” an after-school tutoring program for 3rd graders in Maricopa County Title 1 schools. This program uses 6th – 8th graders as assistant tutors, and we have helped to purchase books for the youngsters and their tutors.
We are also supporting the Barbara Park Foundation. Schools with a school library who have students qualifying for free lunch can apply for this annual grant. Winners are chosen by lottery. The Foundation awards 50 grants of $500 each. Gardner’s Books administers the grants. Of course, there are more deserving schools than available funds. We contacted the Foundation and Gardner’s and are committed to funding two additional schools for this years’ grants.