“The Foundation believes in the power of libraries to enrich and change the lives of Monterey County residents, each of whom deserves equal access to information that will open windows to a larger world. The Foundation will educate the community about the County Libraries’ Mission and create commitment and financial support to supplement public funding.”
We are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides funding for the 17 Monterey County Libraries, including those located in the most rural sections of our county to operate child literacy programs year-round. Our financial support is critical to the full implementation of these programs.
We raise funds through an annual author’s dinner and by asking foundations for grants, corporations, and individuals to join with us as partners in the quest for literacy for all children.
The Foundation has contributed over $3.2 million dollars to the literacy programs since 1990.
• Demographics show the need for FREE after-school programs in Monterey County.
(1) Approximately 28% of the children live in poverty.
(2) 72% of students are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals at school.
(3) In a recent survey of Homework Center participants, nearly 28% of the students reported that they never get help with their homework at home.
Monterey County Free Libraries serves 3,321 square miles in Monterey County, California. The county has a population of more than 415,000, including nearly 121,000 children under the age of 18. More than 39% of students in local public schools are English learners. (Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2010 & kidsdata.org)