This year the Foundation gave the library nearly than $300,000 toward programs, books and materials. Highlights of the Foundation's support follows:
In total, the Foundation supplied $55,150 of the $84,580 contributed to the Sacramento Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program and here is how that support was spent and the results that came from this year’s summer reading program.
· $14,910 was spent on Summer Reading book prizes, bags, and grand prizes
· $40,240 was spent on library programs
· 1,639 programs from June to August
· 48,429 people attended
· Approximately 30 people per program
Summer Reading numbers
· 25,493 sign-ups
· 11,224 finishers
· 62,364 books reported read
Books and Materials Endowment
This year's distribution of more than $60,000 boosted the Sacramento Public Library's collection.
The Junior League of Sacramento is the lead funder for the Read and Seed Demonstration Garden. Over the next few years the Junior League, Library and Foundation hope to partner to create more gardens at more branches. An additional $90,000 was given to various branches per donor designations.
Sacramento Room Endowment
Over 3,000 photographs, postcards and menus along with 100 yearbooks from Sacramento-area schools have all been digitized because of the Sacramento Room Endowment. This year’s distribution paid for the final bills of what had already been digitized and now, as the library awaits the next distribution from the endowment, we are happy to hear that the project is getting a decent amount of digital use.
According to CONTENTdm reports, the website enjoys around 1,800 visits per day. Sacramento Room Digital Collections images can be accessed directly through the Digital Collections website, http://cdm16362.contentdm.oclc. org/cdm/, as well as through the library’s online catalog and through Google searches.
Sacramento Room General Collection
The Jack and Lillian Sioukas Endowment Fund to Benefit Sacramento Public Library Sacramento Room, held by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, gives the Sacramento Room’s general collection support every year. This last year, 47 titles (46 books and 30 microfilm reels) were purchased for Sacramento Room special collections.
The purchases were primarily added to the California and Sacramento history collections. Sacramento history purchases included the Sacramento City Directory on microfilm, rare early trade catalogs from local businesses, Arcadia Publishing books on subjects like Mather Field, Citrus Heights and Riverboats of Northern California, and a very rare 1955 plan for redevelopment of downtown Sacramento by famed architect Richard Neutra. Thirty reels of the Sacramento City Directory on microfilm covering 1893-1960 were purchased and a variety of titles were added to the Sacramento Area Authors collection. Purchases for the California collection covered a wide range of topics. They included significant early California county histories, including the complete 1881 History of Napa and Lake Counties, and Tom Gregory’s 1911 History of Sonoma County.