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
• Books lovers and avid readers who use our libraries ever day
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 Tutor.com, which provides free, live, online homework assistance to local school children who need help in math, science, reading and writing.
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.
Frances McCullough, Ed.D., President
Billie Cohen Vice President
Corporate Manager, Retired
Lynn Recknagel, Treasurer
Bonnie Hamilton M.D., Secretary
Beth Shedden, Immediate Past President
Verneal Brumfield, Member-at-Large
Correctional Administrator, Retired
Manuel R. Lawrence
Pati Navalta Poblete
Robby Poblete Foundation
Catherine Ritch, MPA
Fund Development Specialist
Ravi C. Shankar, BSEE, MBA
Vallejo Business Services
Vera K. Smith
Community Relations Advocate
Solano County Library Branch Mgr., Retired
Kelly Towey, M.Ed.
Content Strategist and Education Consultant
Ash Varma, M.D.,
Bonnie A. Katz, Director of Library Services, Solano County Library
Colleen Porter, Office Administrator