The Seattle Public Library Foundation Programs
Donations to the Foundation help the Library build its collection, raise a new generation of readers, improve Library facilities, and reach out to those that need access to information.
Here’s how donations to The Seattle Public Library Foundation in 2014 were used:
Purchase more Library resources. In 2014, the Foundation provided $1.3 million to purchase Library resources including books, e-books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, public computers and online databases. Last year 15% of the Library’s collection—about one of every six books on the shelf—was purchased with Foundation funding.
Sponsor programs for children, teens, adults and those with special needs. Last year, the Foundation supplied $1.5 million to support free public programs at the Central Library and in the branches. These programs include early literacy activities for pre-school children, the Summer Reading Program, homework help for students and public presentations by leading authors, scholars and artists. Last year, more than 307,200 people attended 9,800 free public programs offered at the Library.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Recently The Seattle Public Library and Foundation celebrated the 20th
Anniversary of the Global Reading Challenge. This popular program reaches 4th
grade Seattle Public School students and challenges them to read 10 books, form teams, and participate in a quiz-bowl-style competition. It encourages the in-depth, independent reading habits that are crucial to academic success.
Started in 1995 with three schools, the Global Reading Challenge has now grown to include 54 public elementary schools. Many schools now incorporate the Global Reading Challenge into their classroom reading activities and involve all of their fourth- and fifth-grade students.The Global Reading Challenge goals are to:
- Motivate children to read.
- Ensure the participation of children with lower reading scores throughout the city.
- Increase teamwork and cooperative thinking skills.
- Build strong relationships between The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools.
- Share quality children’s literature that represents a diversity of experiences at a variety of reading levels.
It is entirely supported by private funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Funds are needed to purchase sets of the 10 books for the school teams.