Solano County Library Foundation

Solano County Library Foundation Annual Report 2018

About Us

Our Mission


The mission of the Solano County Library Foundation 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 $3 million.

Those who have benefited, just to name a few, include:

• Children 5 years old and younger who receive their first book from the Foundation during a visit to the family doctor
• School-age children who attend Solano Kids Read Program events
• Elementary and middle-school students who receive live, online homework help
• Adults whose literacy skills are improved so that they can  compete in the workforce and expand their opportunities
• Book lovers and avid readers who use our libraries ever day

Our Projects


The Foundation has funded many literacy programs. The primary focus of its efforts is Reach Out and Read, which promotes early literacy by giving new books to young children and offering advice to parents about the importance of reading. Through this program volunteers and community physicians reach out to families during visits to the family doctor.

Another is Solano County Library's Solano Kids Read Program. It has distributed books to kids and brought authors to speak at local schools since 2007.

Our third major initiative is, which provides free, live, online homework assistance to local school children who need help in math, science, reading and writing.

Find out more about the programs we support

Our History of Supporting the Solano County Library


In 1994, the economic situation for public libraries all over California looked bleak. Changes in state funding formulas stripped millions of dollars from local libraries. Solano County Library revenues were down 25%, operating hours were reduced 27%,

 book purchases slashed by 39%, and library staff resources were cut by 28%. 

The community was missing the most basic services – such as reasonable library hours and access to materials. Something had to be done. Members of the community took action and formed the Solano County Library Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, to raise funds to offset some of these losses. 

Board of Directors



Frances McCullough, Ed.D., President

Billie Cohen Vice President
Corporate Manager, Retired

Manuel R. Lawrence, Treasurer

Verneal Brumfield, Assistant Treasurer

 Correctional Administrator, Retired

Darlene Bruley, Secretary

 Literacy Advocate

Ravi C. Shankar, BSEE, MBA, Member-at-Large

 Vallejo Business Services

Beth Shedden, Immediate Past President
Business Owner

Bonnie Hamilton, MD

Pediatrician, Retired

Stephen N. Murphy


Manveer Sandhu

Airman, United States Air Force Reserve

Vera K. Smith

Community Relations Advocate

Jan Stevens

Solano County Library Branch Mgr., Retired

Kelly Towey, M.Ed. 

Content Strategist and Education Consultant

Ash Varma, M.D., 

Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist

Ex Officio Member

Bonnie A. Katz, Director of Library Services, Solano County Library


Colleen Porter, Office Administrator

Contact Us

601 Kentucky St.
Fairfield, CA 94533


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