Solano County Library Foundation: Enriching Lives Through Literacy
Annual Report 2020
The Year in Review
Prepared by Beth Shedden
Immediate Past President
The mission of the Solano County Library Foundation (SCLF) is to support the programs of the Solano County Library and the literacy and lifelong learning needs of the community it serves. Since its establishment in December 1994, the Foundation has raised more than $5 million dollars.
2020 Board of Directors
President, Beth Shedden
Vice President, Jan Stevens
Past President, Frances McCullough, Ed.D
Treasurer, Manuel R. Lawrence
Secretary, Verneal Brumfield
Member-at-Large, Bonnie Hamilton M.D.
Director of Library Services, Bonnie A. Katz (Ex-Officio Member)
Shantelle “Ladybug” Brumfield
Ravi C. Shankar, BSEE, MBA
Honorary Members: Jennifer Barton and James Moehrke
Office Administrator, Colleen Porter
Since its inception in 1994, the Solano County Library Foundation has raised more than $5 million dollars for Library literacy programs. We raise funds for library programs not supported by tax dollars.
Wi-Fi Hotspot Program
During the pandemic, many students without internet access could not attend their online classes and were falling behind. The Solano County Library, aware of the need for internet access, purchased Wi-Fi Hotspots that could be checked out from the library making internet access possible. Due to the support of many generous donors the Solano County Library Foundation was able to help underwrite the cost of these much-needed Wi-Fi Hotspots.
See “Programs We Supported” below for more information.
Solano County Library Literacy Programs We Supported in 2020
· Reach Out and Read Pediatric Clinics Gave Out 12,489 Books in 2020, Despite the Pandemic!
Pediatricians at 14 partnering clinics joined us in fostering a love of reading by including stories in all well child visits for kids 5 and under. Medical providers talk with parents about the benefits of reading aloud and sharing stories with their young children beginning at birth. This makes for unmatched access to families during the years from birth to age five—a period of critical brain development. Parents are shown how to best engage their children with the text and images and make the stories come alive. Families gain a deeper understanding of why they should make reading a daily habit and leave inspired to cuddle up with their young one and a book.
We provide sibling books and maintain a bookstand with free books for parents and children to access while they are waiting to be seen by the Pediatrician.
· Students had 12,581 Sessions with Tutor.com
While we are aware that much of the increase was in response to the pandemic, the number of sessions held on Tutor.com in 2020 is more than DOUBLE the number of sessions for 2019. It is heartening to see that so many students took advantage of this program, at a time when learning live became learning digitally.
Tutor.com is a Learning Suite that combines live online tutoring, homework help, and test preparation with highly qualified tutors in a variety of subjects from Algebra, Calculus and Statistics to English, Chemistry, and Physics. Every session is one-to-one and personalized to the student’s subject and questions. Students access this free site using their Solano County Library card via the Solano County Library website. SCLF and other major donors fund these sessions.
· Solano Kids Read Suspended For 2020
Solano Kids Read is a free, countywide reading project that encourages reading for entertainment, inspiration, and delight. Working closely with the schools, the Solano Kids Read (SKR) program brings authors and kids together to discuss writing and reading and to encourage a free-ranging conversation. Authors sign books for the kids. Meeting an author is a significant piece of the program, which is funded by the Solano County Library Foundation. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the Library to suspend this program in 2020, with high hopes of bringing it back in 2021.
· Adult Literacy
This literacy program served 312 adult students in 2020 including one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring and independent learning opportunities while waiting for a tutor. Total number of instructional hours received by students: 11,427, Literacy Tutor/Volunteers: 196 - Total Volunteer Hours provided: 23,295
Our Year in Events and Activities
Thirteenth Annual National Women’s History Month Celebration Cancelled
The Solano County League of Women Voters was selected as our award recipient for 2020, in honor of their centennial. As the pandemic began to take hold, we first postponed our annual award luncheon to August, and then, sadly, were forced to cancel it altogether. The preponderance of paid attendees and sponsors allowed the Foundation to retain their funds as donations, and while we did not have a live event, we did see the League honored by the Board of Supervisors on July 23, 2020.
· Twentieth Annual Authors Luncheon Goes Virtual!
2020 was the 20th anniversary of the Solano County Library Foundation's major fundraiser, the annual Authors Luncheon. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent cancellation of in-person events, we were unable to hold our event live. We met the challenge and learned how to hold our first Virtual Authors Luncheon. Our online guests were entertained by authors: Catherine Coulter, Lisa See, Ryan McCulloch, Suzanne Cotsakos, Sheldon Siegel, and Pamela Samuels Young. As a tribute to our 20th anniversary, we invited our favorite authors who had participated in previous years. Suzanne Bruce, our MC interviewed the authors and viewers reported how much they enjoyed getting to know the authors with our new virtual format. Verona Boucher, Chair of the event and her committee thank our sponsors and donors for their generous support during these difficult times.
Giving Tuesday – Give Local Solano
This December 1st fundraiser netted $425 in just one day! Thank you to our partners at the Solano Community Foundation for hosting this event!
Distinctive 2020 Literacy Gifts
A special thank you to Steve Huddleston, Dr. Judy Yang, and all at NorthBay Healthcare for their enduring, early literacy support through Reach Out and Read (ROAR) for many years.
Thank you to Kaiser Permanente for generously underwriting our Women’s History Luncheon and allowing us to retain the funds as a donation. We are grateful for your continued support.
Thank you to Genentech for your deeply appreciated $10,000 contribution to help fund Tutor.com. We are so grateful for your support over the years, but this last year, especially so. Tutor.com has more than doubled its sessions during the pandemic and Genentech helped to make that possible.
Thanks for Exceptional Literacy Support!
Our Financial Well-Being (Year-End for 2020)
Prepared from the books and records of Solano County Library Foundation
$ 118,283 in restricted funds securely held for Solano County Library programs
$ 201,365 unrestricted (bank accounts, deposits, and investments)
$ 51,094 for Grants and Memorials
$110,138 for Fundraising, Events, Membership
Disbursements and Expenses
$ 41,000 to Solano County Programs and Memorial Funds
$ 12,318 to Event Expenses
$ 31,537 to Operating Expenses
Total Net Revenue
Thank you for your generosity and belief in our work. Every donation made to the Solano County Library Foundation makes a difference. Following is a list of supporters who contributed $500 or more in 2019.
Jennifer Barton Douglas Neuhauser and Louise Kellogg
Monica Brown NorthBay Healthcare
Dar & Bob Bruley Craig and Carole Paterson
Verneal Brumfield PayPal Giving Fund
Steven and Georgia Chun Martha Pierce
Birgitta Corsello Charlene Ping
Ann Cousineau Recology
Justin Cullum Desiree Ramos
George and Bernadette Curry Lynn Recknagel
Lisette Estrella-Henderson Republic Services, Inc.
Genentech Gerald and Beth Shedden
Gail Grimm Solano Community Foundation
Bonnie Hamilton, MD Solano County Chapter of Links, Inc.
Barbara Jordan Solano County League of Women Voters
Kaiser Permanente Jan Stevens
Makenzi Knoll Jeanne Strong
Teresa Lavell Travis Credit Union
Frances and Leo McCullough Travis Spouses Club
Niles M. Medders Verona Boucher
Jim and Deb Moehrke Isabelle J. Voit
Anna Morgan Ash B. Varma, MD
Network for Good The Wiseman Company
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Solano County Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax ID # 68-0342423.
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