Thank you, Solano County! Give Local Solano brought the SCLF just more than $2,600 to help with our literacy efforts. There were some technical glitches but this first effort was still a success.
Buck Foundation Assists Library Foundation's Literacy Efforts
As the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation prepares to cease operations, it has made a donation of $50,000 to support the reading and literacy programs of the Solano County Library Foundation.
Offering terminal grants to organizations it has supported in the past, the Buck Foundation announced its grant to library supporters this week.
"The generous grant from the Buck Foundation will help us continue our mission of providing literacy programs and supporting the lifelong learning needs of the community from cradle to adulthood," said Beth Shedden, chair of the Board of Directors of the non-profit, all-volunteer Solano County Library Foundation.
"The Buck family's support of us means we can continue to pursue our goal to stamp out illiteracy in Solano County through funding programs provided by our county library system," Shedden explained.
The Buck Foundation, founded in 1990 to support education, will close this spring.
"Our two foundations share a commitment to education and an understanding that education should start at a very young age," Shedden added. "That makes us excellent partners. Together we can make a difference."
Funding will be used to sustain four keynote programs:
Reach Out & Read - A pediatric reading program that provides free books to children age 5 and under during well-baby visits to their family doctors.
Solano Kids Read - Books chosen by library staff are distributed to students in grades 4-8 in all local schools. Talks by the books' authors are part of this motivational reading program.
Adult Literacy - Local residents learn how to look for jobs, format a resume, succeed in interviews and research scholarships and careers. Also available are entrance examinations for many job disciplines.
Tutor.com - Live website's online help with homework. Tutors include Ph.Ds. Ivy Leaguers, teachers, doctors, professors, pilots and scores of other professionals. Genentech and the Buck Foundation are partners in this free service for any child with a library card.