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Reading is So Delicious! this summer!


Sacramento Public Library is gearing up for the annual Summer Reading Program, with events for all ages.  Sign up beginning June 1, and read all summer long for fun and for prizes through August 31.  


Thanks to generous support from the Sacramento Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library, this year will be bigger and better than ever.  Look for exciting activities and programs at all 28 library locations.  This year's theme lends itself to food fun - there will be cooking programs, nutrition events, book discussions and more.  Hope to see you there!


Have a delicious summer at SPL - The more you read, the more chances you have to win!

In This Issue
How Outlandish!
Reading is So Delicious!
Special Gift for Rancho Cordova
Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer Appreciation Tea Party
JobNow Live Job Assistance
Virtual Branch Coordinator
From the Foundation
Become a Friend
Friends' book sales
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Library News 
June/July 2013
From the Director



Rivkah K. Sass

Library Director

The Sacramento Public Library begins its annual Summer Reading Program on June 1. We are just as excited now as we have been over the past 70+ years about keeping kids and adults reading.  


Staying engaged with reading is essential to school success. Kids who do not read during the summer lose, on average, two months of reading skills. Known as the "Summer Slide," it's like taking two steps forward, one step back. The Sacramento Public Library is dedicated to bringing the slide to a screeching halt.


Why is summer reading so critical to student success? Here are some numbers you should know:


2 On average, students lose up to two months of reading achievement over the summer. Summer learning loss shows up later in life, and can help predict whether or not a child finishes high school or continues on to college. 


Reading just five books over the course of the summer can prevent learning loss. It's also the minimum number of books summer reading program participants need to read to receive that free book to keep.


61 Percent of families living in poverty have NO books in their homes. Can you imagine life without a book at your fingertips? I can't! The good news is that every child and teen who participates in our summer reading program receives a book to keep.


30,000 We want at least 30,000 library users to sign up for this year's summer reading program. Will you be one of them?


100,000 The number of books we want kids to read this summer.


Signing up for Summer Reading is easier than ever. Please join us!


Rivkah K. Sass,

Library Director
How Outlandish!

Outlander is Diana Gabaldon's award-winning, New York Times Bestselling book series, with a devoted following of passionate fans.


The books follow the romantic journey of Claire, whose travel through time led her to marry Scottish Highlander Jamie Fraser. Those who can't get enough of the Frasers have a penchant for re-reading the original books and its various spin-offs while they wait for the next published novel. 


To quell the needs of Gabaldon's ardent devotees while they await the fall release of the eighth novel in the series, the Sacramento Public Library has created a special series of programs at the Central Library tailored just for them.


"How Outlandish!" was designed by Stephenee Borelli, the librarian who organized "How Austentatious!," the wildly successful series of events that attracted hundreds of Jane Austen fans to the Central Library in 2010. "How Outlandish!" is sure to delight and inform with a dozen free programs from June to November. 


Guests will learn about the possibility of time travel from an astrophysicist, take a tour of a replica tall ship to learn about seafaring in the 18th century, and taste the complexities of whisky with the help of a Master of Whisky (think whisky sommelier--21 and older event). There are a variety of programs for everyone, even those who haven't yet enjoyed Gabaldon's works.


Programs are at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, please visit the Library's website. 

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

The Sacramento Public Library invites you to our Summer Reading Kickoff Party at the Central Library on Sunday, June 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 828 I St., Sacramento.


This year's theme is Reading is so Delicious! We'll have lots of activities for families and kids, including face-painting, jugglers, balloons, crafts, henna tattoos and more. The event also features Musical Robot, a drum and ukulele duo who combine songs, storytelling, puppetry, dancing, audience participation, and lots of "really bad robot jokes."


The kickoff will also benefit the Sacramento Food Bank. This excellent organization provides food, clothing, educational opportunities and senior services to thousands of local residents in need. We're asking visitors to help fight hunger in our community by bringing a non-perishable food item.


The Kickoff Party is one of over 1,500 events happening across all of our 28 branches. We'll be having food-themed programs all summer, from June 1 to August 31. This includes cooking and nutrition classes for adults and kids, instruction on everything from raw foods to desserts, seminars on locally-sourced food and kitchen chemistry, and of course lots of lots of crafts, music and theater all summer long. Just a few of our highlights for kids include:

Summer Reading is the Library's annual program to promote reading and fight the "summer slide." Studies show that kids who don't read

Musical Robot

during the summer months can lose up to two months of reading skills they learned during the previous school year. Kids who do read during the summer are more likely to finish high school and go on to college.


Last year, over 25,000 people signed up for Summer Reading, and 48,000 came to our library summer programs. Our goal this year to get 30,000 people to sign up-and to have our participants read over 100,000 books! We're encouraging kids to read at least five books this summer.


All kids who finish at least one activity sheet will get to choose a free book to take home. Adults will receive a Sacramento Public Library book bag. Participants will also be entered into the prize drawing. Each branch will give out one $100 Target gift card to a lucky winner. We'll also be giving away four iPad Minis, one each to age group: adult, teen, school-age children, and pre-readers.


The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of our generous sponsors, The Sacramento Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Sacramento Public Library, and Target. 

A Special Gift for Rancho Cordova                          


Staff at the Rancho Cordova Library were happily surprised when George Washington Carver High School senior Gregg Fong walked in on a recent May afternoon. Gregg presented staff with $60 in cash to help us pay for programs in the library. We didn't even know he'd chosen fundraising for the library as his school senior project! He held a bake sale and car wash to raise this money. We appreciate his work and for receiving this hard-earned donation. 

Volunteer of the Month: A Real Disney Princess

Like the Rascal Flatts song from Cars goes, "Life is a highway ...". Our June Volunteer of the month is driving it. We'll call her Ellen, and she has autism.


Twenty-year-old Ellen started volunteering at a branch library six weeks ago.  Accompanied by her mother, she cleans bookshelves and shelves picture books. Because Ellen was reluctant to clean shelves at first, library staff began to play Disney songs for the one hour a week she volunteers (Ellen is an expert on Disney's Pixar animated movies).


Now, library staff and Ellen take turns singing along with the likes of Hakuna Matata, The Bare Necessities, and other classic Disney songs. Ellen takes it a step further, prancing and dancing up and down the aisles like a Disney princess. It's a heartwarming sight. 


Editor's Note:  Each month we will be highlighting one of our wonderful library volunteers.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Volunteer Appreciation

I can no other answer make, than thanks, and thanks.

~William Shakespeare


Sacramento Public Library and the Friends of the Sacramento Public

Volunteer Coordinator Cathy Crosthwaite

Library said a big thank you to our Volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation event on Thursday, April 25. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party featured great food, volunteer musicians from the Sacramento Symphonic Winds (Jeanne Brown and Irene Warschauer), original art by local artist Julie Okahara, and decorations created by Library staffer Christina Edmondson.


Thirty volunteers, most wearing costumes for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party or sporting a hat for the "Mad Hat" hat contest, attended the Authority Board meeting to be thanked for their service. Nine-year-old volunteer Linden Tarr read the Board's proclamation, which noted the more than 60,000 hours of service (or close to $2 million worth of labor) used to enhance the current services and programs.


More than 200 volunteers came together to receive their Presidential Service Awards handed out by Director Rivkah Sass (the Red Queen) and Volunteer Services Coordinator Cathy Crosthwaite (the Mad Hatter) and to have their pictures taken in the "photo op" area featuring the Library's storybook chair and "Alice in Wonderland" figures. 


We're starting work now to make the magic happen again next year. Next year's theme is locked away for safekeeping and should prove to be just as much fun for everyone involved.


We can't say it enough: the Sacramento Public Library loves our volunteers and thanks them all for their hard work to support the Library.


Interested in volunteering at the library?  Contact Cathy Crosthwaite at

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How to get there:

Meet Amy Calhoun, Virtual Branch Coordinator 

Q. What is the Virtual Library? 


A. The Virtual Library is the online face of Sacramento Public Library. My goal is to make the online experience just as easy and friendly as the experience you'd have in one of our library buildings. Not only can you get eBooks from the Virtual Library 24/7, we also offer free online language learning, investment information, live homework help from tutors, and animated storybooks.


Q. What do you like best about your work?


A. No late fees on eBooks! I l also love how large font and high contrast options for eBooks make reading easier for many people.


Q. What book can you read over and over again?


A. George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. It's amazing how many details there are to reward those who reread.

From the Foundation


  1. Important and lasting beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or bad and desirable or undesirable.
  2. Monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade.

Over the past year the Foundation has detailed some of our values as a guide to creating a cohesive newsletter that you would find informative and interesting. The Foundation believes that our values are an important part of our organization's culture--and we believe you share these values! A library promotes community, it is extremely valuable to our democratic society, it is a place for all of us to unite. Some in our community use the library. Some make donations. Libraries, institutions that have persevered for more than 2,500 years, are still critically important resources in our society.


The Foundation is especially grateful to you, our donors. Your contributions have provided extended opportunities to serve children with summer reading programming that pushes back against the "summer slide" in reading skills. You have helped us develop healthy eating knowledge through the Read and Feed Demonstration Gardens at Colonial Heights and soon, Rancho Cordova branch libraries. You have helped us build the value of our endowments that in turn provide additional materials for the Library collection and the Sacramento Room archive. And you have helped us to create a sustainable fundraising organization.


We want to thank you for putting your trust in our value system. We feel it is important to maintain financial transparency in every way by being accountable and professional. We strive to always be effective with your donations, and to treat you and the recipients of your much appreciated donations with integrity. We are grateful for your partnership and are pleased to be in solidarity with you in helping today's children become tomorrow's strong and healthy readers.


April L. Butcher

Executive Director

Sacramento Public Library Foundation

Become a Friend of the Sacramento Public Library

Consider joining the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library, a

nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit the Sacramento Public Library.  Friends' membership dues help fund library programs such as the Summer Reading program and provide special purchases for the Lucky Day book collections.


Friends members enjoy these special benefits:


Members-Only Preview Sales:  Many members find that the most exciting benefit of membership is attending book sale previews during the Warehouse book sales. The previews are the best time to get great books for the lowest prices in town. Want to attend a preview, but you're not a member? You can sign up for membership at the door.


Book Sale Discounts: Once you are at the Warehouse book sale, or if you've simply stopped by the Book Den during regular hours, you'll receive the members-only 10 percent discount on purchases.


Special Events: In October, members are invited to the annual All Friends Dinner--an entertaining night of fun, food and fellowship built around the One Book Sacramento Program. In December, members enjoy free admission to the annual Jane Austen Tea. Attendees enjoy tea, conversation, book sales, a silent auction, and entertainment. Costumes are welcome at this delightful event.


News and Alerts:  Members receive the Among Friends newsletter, the All Friends Monthly Calendar, and Insider News and Advocacy Alerts.  These comprehensive resources provide members with news and opportunities to participate in library events and advocacy at a deeper level.


Apply online.

Friends' Bargain Book Sales

Find great bargains at the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library and branch Friends' book sales.

Book Den and Warehouse Book Sales
The Friends of the Sacramento Public Library hosts book sales at the Book Den's warehouse six times per Book Den year at 8250 Belvedere Ave., Suite E, Sacramento (off Power Inn Road, one block south of 14th Avenue). There is a wonderful selection of books and other materials, sorted by category. Prices range from 50 cents for pocket books to $2 for hardbacks. Become a Friends member and enjoy the benefit of early-bird shopping at all book sales.
The Book Den store will be open during the Warehouse Sale and Preview. At the Book Den, shoppers can select from individually priced books, including collectibles and other materials, with most books priced at $3 and up. The Book Den is also open for regular hours from Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (916) 731-8493. Click here to learn of upcoming Book Den sales.Book Sale
Branch Friends Book Sales 

Many Sacramento Public Library locations host bargain sales that feature discounted books, magazines, audio tapes, CDs and more. These sales are hosted by local Friends members, with proceeds benefitting each library branch.
Please click here to find upcoming library branch book sales near you. 

Sacramento Public Library
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA  95814