2018-19 Library Grants

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, the Friends of the Livermore Public Library made grants totaling $78,875 to the Livermore Public Library. These grants provided funds for a range of continuing programs and innovative pilot projects. Total grants since the founding of FOLL in 1978 now total $917,063. Specific grants included:

Youth Services Fall Programming: $4,500

Grant to fund the events and supplies for Children’s and Teens’ fall (September to December) programming. This grant provides funding for performers, authors and crafts for children in preschool to grade twelve including special events such as the STEM Gingerbread Houses event, four fall performances, an annual movie license, teen programming, and two new video game animation classes.

Livermore Reads Together 2019: $7,000

Grant to fund Livermore Reads Together 2019, a program embracing the one community concept of people coming together through the reading and discussion of a common book, specifically Spare Parts: four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis. Funds are used for programs, supplies, copies of the book, and publicity materials.

Social Emotional Game Pilot with Peek-a-Pak: $2,000

Grant to fund a pilot program with Peek-a-Pak, a content developer of social emotional learning materials for pre-K to 5th graders, to provide myPeekaville to children both in the library and from home. MyPeekaville is gamified learning in which students solve problems through quests, activities, and games that incorporate social-emotional learning skills while improving students’ reading and writing skills.

2019 Children’s and Teens’ Spring Programming: $4,000

Grant to fund the events and supplies for Children’s and Teens’ spring (January to May) programming. This grant provides funding for performers, authors and crafts for children in preschool to grade twelve including teen programs, three performer programs, Snapology Lego camp, Star Wars Day crafts, and other programming at the Civic Center, Rincon and Springtown libraries.

Summer Reading Children’s Performer Programs: $4,500

Grant to fund presentation at least nine high-quality youth programs for the 2019 Summer Reading Program. These programs generally feature puppet shows, animals, storytellers, jugglers, magicians, artists, and other programs of an educational and/or cultural nature.

Books and Materials for the Adult Literacy Program: $1,000

Grant to fund the purchase of books and support materials for the Adult Literacy Program, particularly resources for English Language Learners. This grant is made from funds from an anonymous donation stipulated for Livermore Public Library literacy programs.

 “Lucky Day” Collection: $8,000

Grant to purchase extra copies of the most popular books and DVDs. The Lucky Day Collection offers additional copies of the hottest new books and DVDs for checkout, even though the library’s regular copies are checked out with holds lists. These items are non-holdable, so patrons experience a ‘lucky day’ when they walk in and find their favorite high-demand book or DVD available on the Lucky Day Collection shelf.

Parent Outreach Materials: $1,300

Grant to fund the purchase of 100 copies of The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. The book discusses the benefits of reading to children, and strategies for helping children improve and discover the pleasure of reading. These books will be given out at outreach events to target parents who are not already using the library or reading to their children regularly.

Video Streaming Service: $10,000

Grant to sponsor a library video streaming service that will be part of the Digital Library. With this streaming service, library patrons will be able to access a collection of streaming files by using their library card from home.

Summer Reading Prizes and Supplies for All Ages: $12,350

Grant to sponsor the prizes and supplies for summer reading programs for all ages. This funds prizes for pre-readers, children, teens, and adults; supplies for youth and teen games; the design of this year’s program game boards; and a “thank you” celebration for the many young adult volunteers who make the children’s reading program possible.

Portable Sound System for Programs: $1,225

Grant to fund the purchase of a portable sound system to be housed at the Rincon Branch Library for use by performers, film showings and other community events.

Book Packs with Pre-Selected Stories for Checkout: $2,800

Grant to sponsor the creation of Book Packs, tote bags with a selection of diverse children’s books, to be made available for check out by the public. Each tote will contain approximately eight books with a common theme (animals, families, counting, etc.). These book packs would support the library’s early literacy initiative by encouraging reading aloud to children at home.

Continuation of the Friends Authors & Arts Program Series: $10,000

Grant to sponsor 10 or more programs in the coming year, providing funding to hire authors, musicians or other cultural presentations.

Tutor.com Subscription Pilot: $10,200

Grant to sponsor a pilot with Tutor.com, an online tutoring database and service developed by Princeton Review. This service will be available to all library card holders, and will be promoted to Livermore middle and high school students.

Matthew Berry