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Overflowing Support for Literacy
The 13th annual Authors Luncheon played to a sold-out audience on Sunday in The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano as 350 guests began the morning with mimosas and concluded the day hearing from six well-known writers who shared their love of books.
"It was a fantastic display of community support for the literacy programs that Solano County Library Foundation champions," said event chair Constance Bouleware of Rio Vista. "And it was a fun day."
A poignant moment came as Yolanda Sixto, a recent graduate of the Adult Literacy program, shared her personal story of triumph over her own challenges with literacy.
KRCA Channel 3's news anchor Edie Lambert again served as mistress of ceremonies and was recognized as a "Champion for Literacy."
Organizers estimate nearly $75,000 was raised from sponsorships, ticket and book sales, a raffle, silent auction and live auction, This was a record-setting total for the 13-year-old celebration.
After spending the morning signing books and meeting luncheon guests, the six authors each explained their love of writing. They included: • Fairfield native and stay-at-home father Mike Adamick, whose Dad's Book of Awesome Projects, From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws is a guide to fun do-it-yourself family projects.• Davis resident Karen Joy Fowler, author of six novels, including Sarah Canary and The Sweetheart Season, and who in 2004 published The Jane Austen Book Club. • Jessel Miller of Napa, who paints vivid views of the wine country and continues to write and illustrate read aloud books for children and adults. • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, poet, adventurer, storyteller and author of Oleander Girl, Mistress of Spices and other works. • Carolyn Singer, author of The Seasoned Gardener, who has taught, designed, inspired, and written articles about gardening since 1977. • C.J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels including the Joe Pickett Series, Open Season and The Highway.
Auctioneer Joe Gates was at his best as he helped raise more than $12,000 in bids on an array of items on the block, including a Mexico getaway vacation, a three-day golf package, the Richard Rico "A Tuscan Toast" print and a super Sacramento Kings package.
Though no one won the $25,000 dice roll, one lucky raffle winner did take home a new Apple iPad.
Potrero Hills Landfill was this year's presenting sponsor and the authors' books were provided by Bounty Books of Vacaville. Other major sponsors were NorthBay Healthcare, First Northern Bank, Travis Credit Union, PG&E, Comcast, Sheldon Gas, Wetland Construction, Kaiser Permanente, Valero Benicia Refinery and Assemblymember Jim Frazier.
New leader for Library Foundation
Fairfield resident Michalle Shown-Rodriguez, a veteran of non-profit community service, is the new executive director of the Solano County Library Foundation.
Her hiring culminates a months-long search to replace Dilenna Harris, the former foundation leader who resigned in May to take a job with a local healthcare provider. Shown-Rodriguez began her tenure at the Library Foundation Board of Directors' meeting on Thursday, June 13.
"We are tremendously excited and privileged to have Michalle join us," said Board President Jim Dunbar. "Her 25 years of experience in fund development, grant writing, donor relations and executive leadership will take our organization to the next level."
Shown-Rodriguez's work with non-profits began with the birth of her son and subsequent involvement in co-founding and running a support organization in Idaho that served families with medically fragile children. She has been involved with the National Foster Parents Association, the Sierra Association of Foster Families and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
She leaves the Oakland-based Crisis Support Services of Alameda County where she was responsible for developing funding for a $1.9 million program comprising suicide prevention, crisis intervention and public education that included health-related presentations in public schools and counseling for the recently unemployed.
"Being the adoptive parent of four elementary school-aged children, I wanted the opportunity to serve in an education-focused environment where I can have a direct impact on children and their parents and be close to my home," Shwon-Rodriguez said. "I know I can grow the foundation."
Board president Dunbar added, "We have an impassioned, talented, high-energy professional who is connected to our community, who lives and who now will work here to raise the literacy level of our community. She is awesome."
Shown-Rodriguez has a degree in social psychology and earned the Non-Profit Certificate at Stanford Graduate School of Business' Center for Social Innovation among other professional credentials.
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LEARN Sponsorship boosts Children's Literacy in Solano
(Jan 11, 2013) Efforts to increase children's literacy in Solano County got a big boost with more than $8,500 in contributions from local businesses.
The Literacy in Education Access Resource Network (LEARN) received grants of $3,000 each from Comcast and Kaiser Permanente. Combined with a $2,500 sponsorship from Sutter Health's Sacramento Sierra Region; enhancing its efforts to stem the dropout rate in local schools.Read more...