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County Free Libraries foundation awarded $100,000 literacy grant from Peninsula foundation
By Jim Johnson, Monterey Herald
(Monterey, CA, March 15, 2017)
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Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries receives grant from Monterey Peninsula Foundation for countywide youth literacy efforts
(Salinas, CA, March 13, 2017) – The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 from Monterey Peninsula Foundation to support countywide literacy efforts through the libraries over two years.
Funds will be used to support the Homework Centers and Summer Reading programs that are offered FREE to students at library branches operated by Monterey County Free Libraries throughout the county. The goal of the Homework Centers and Summer Reading programs is to improve overall literacy for youth in Monterey County by encouraging children to read and receive assistance with homework, both in-person and through the online tutoring service Brainfuse. “Thanks to the support from Monterey Peninsula Foundation, we will be able to increase our services and offer extended hours for those Homework Centers with high demand. This will make a big difference for the children seeking homework help.”, says Julia Foster, Executive Director for the Foundation of Monterey County Free Libraries.
Monterey Peninsula Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. “Monterey Peninsula Foundation is committed to funding organizations and programs that demonstrate the greatest positive effect in our community and we are pleased to be a partner of the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries.” marks Director of Philanthropy, Mary Gunn.
About the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries
Founded in 1989, the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries supports youth literacy programming of the Monterey County Free Libraries, providing year-round encouragement for youngsters to read, find success in school, and achieve their full potential. The Summer Reading Program, Homework Centers, and our online tutoring program are always free, always open to all. For more information about Monterey County Free Libraries, please go to: www.fmcfl.org
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries announces new Executive Director
Foundation hires Julia Foster to lead philanthropic efforts supporting the Monterey County Free Libraries
(Salinas, CA, February 1, 2017) – The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries (FMCFL) welcomed Julia Foster as the new Executive Director.
“Julia’s exceptional track record of successful fundraising, data analysis and effective marketing and communications makes her an ideal choice to lead the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries,” said Nancy Harray, Board President of FMCFL. “Her expertise and vision will allow FMCFL to enhance its support for youth literacy programs at the libraries and improve overall rates for youth literacy in Monterey County.”
As Executive Director, Foster will manage FMCFL’s fundraising and daily operations, as well as cultivate partnerships to expand and promote the Foundation’s positive social impact. She will oversee the Foundation’s scholarship and grant-seeking activities, which support exceptional programs including a countywide free online tutoring program, homework centers and summer reading programs for youth. In addition, she will spearhead Words and Wine, the Foundation’s annual author dinner supporting the library programs in Monterey County.
Foster joins the Foundation from Sun Street Centers where she served as Development Director. In this role, she was accountable for setting and achieving fundraising goals, managing donor operations, and overseeing the organization’s fundraising campaigns. Julia’s experience spans fundraising, grant-writing and multilingual communications. Previously, Foster was the Program Director at the YWCA Monterey County. There, she oversaw the programmatic aspects of the organization’s programs and managed all grant-seeking activities.
Foster has a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
About Monterey County Free Libraries
Monterey County Free Libraries brings ideas, inspiration, information and enjoyment to our community with services to the public dating back to 1913. To date, Monterey County Free Libraries operates 17 branch libraries, two bookmobiles, a library by mail program, deposit collections in local schools, and a number of special programs, including a literacy program which operates a literacy outreach vehicle focused on family literacy and kindergarten readiness. For more information, please visit http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/library/default.htm or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/eMCFL
About the Foundation
The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries supports youth literacy programming of the Monterey County Free Libraries, providing year-round encouragement for youngsters to read, find success in school, and achieve their full potential. The Summer Reading Program, Homework Centers, and our online tutoring program are always free, always open to all. For more information, please visit our website http://fmcfl.org/ or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FoundationMCFL
Library Director’s Corner
Summer Slide: It’s Not a Ride at the Water Park
Did you have fun watching the Olympics this year? The human body is amazing! It never ceases to amaze me how much we are able to achieve physically by applying ourselves regularly. Not surprisingly, other human skills also benefits from regular practice, reading being one such skill. And just like our muscles, reading ability can decline through lack of use.
Research has shown that summer vacations, though they are a great time for children to spend time with their families and have fun, can also pose a challenge for parents and educators. It is a time when children’s reading abilities can see a 3-month loss, and reading scores can slip almost 10 points before the return to school in fall. Children, who have not read at all during the summer, can find themselves suffering from the “summer slide” which leaves them reading behind grade level. Recovery from this summer slide can be difficult, and can have a lifelong impact on academic achievement.
One study showed that two thirds of the 9th grade reading gap could be traced back to lack of access to reading opportunities through the summer months during the elementary school years. The impacts are greatest on disadvantaged youth and providing access to books during the summer months can raise reading scores by as much as 15-24 points.
Thus, when 7-year old Tomas visits the Seaside Library to watch the “Bubblesmith”, or 12-year old Shane picks out a glider or a hibiscus bracelet at the Greenfield library as a reading incentive, they are not just having fun, they are helping fight the summer slide. In our county, where access to cultural and arts performances are limited in many areas, summer programs at the library open fascinating worlds and spark new interests and ideas.
Libraries have long known of the importance of summer programs that keep children reading. Researchers now tell us that summer reading programs should last at least 6-weeks to be effective in beating the summer slide. Again, the typical summer program at public libraries lasts 6-8 weeks.
Seaside and Greenfield are just two of MCFL’s 15 branches and 2 bookmobiles that offered exciting and fun summer performances and reading programs around the county this year. The theme, in honor of the Olympics, was “Read for the Win” The Summer Reading Program which is supported by the Foundation, brought over 6,000 attendees to the performances. Over 3,000 people, including 2,000+ children, signed up countywide to participate in the reading program which includes logging the amount read in order to claim a weekly prize.
So when Tomas and Shane participate in the Summer Reading Programs at MCFL, they are beating the summer slide and maintaining their reading skills at grade level. It really is as simple as A-B-C.
The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries
22nd Annual Words & Wine
Presents Bestselling Poet
The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries presents Billy Collins, dubbed “the most popular poet in America” by The New York Times, Saturday, October 8 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay Seaside. Dinner with wine, $135 per person. This event also features silent and live auctions, a $2500 raffle, and book signing by Mr. Collins. This year’s event promises to continue the long tradition of fun, excitement and inspiration as our featured guest shares his thoughts about his work, his process and reads from his poems.
Billy Collins is a bestselling poet, a former U.S. poet laureate who has given two TED talks and appeared on both the Colbert Report and the PBS NewsHour. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.”
“Billy Collins puts the ‘fun’ back in profundity.” Alice Fulton
“[Billy Collins] is able, with precious few words, to make me cry. Or laugh out loud. He is a remarkable artist. To have such power in such an abbreviated form is deeply inspiring.” J.J. Abrams, The New York Times Book Review
“Collins has earned almost rock-star status….He knows how to write layered, subtly witty poems that anyone can understand and appreciate—even those who don’t normally like poetry.” The Christian Science Monitor
If you’d like a preview of Billy Collins, go to our website (www.fmcfl.org) where you will find several YouTube videos linked.
Through financial success from the Annual Words & Wine events, the Foundation has been able to expand Summer Reading Programs, Free Homework Centers and Free Online Tutoring for thousands of children and adults.
For more information, call 831 424-3564 or online www.fmcfl.org.
The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries is a non-profit organization supported by individuals, community groups and other foundations that appreciate the wonder, the power and the joy of reading. 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.”
Winners of the Haiku Contest
Haiku Contest Winner:
Pages Plenitude, by Clark Coleman
On monolith shelves
Spines waiting to be broken
To liberate words
Haiku Contest Honorable Mentions:
Flutter of Pages, by Debbie West
Can you be my love,
A flutter of white pages
That ran through my heart
Clairvoyant Timber, by Heidi Kilkenny
Evoked to reveal wisdom
Transform into books
Paginated Relaxation, by Joel Robbins
Tolkien for travels,
Ishiguro for dream hours,
“I’ll take a book, thanks.”
Reading, by Natalya Livingston
Eyes glide on the page
As my heart is transported
Unknown worlds open
Lights, Camera, Auction!
King City raises funds for Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries
King City – Lights, Camera, Auction! the first King City fundraiser for the Foundation for Monterey Country Free Libraries, will probably become an annual event. Thank you to all the donors and attendees who made this a memorable evening!
On Monday, June 27, Doug Lumsden of Monterey Movie Tours entertained theatergoers in the King City Cinema with clips from old and new movies shot around Monterey County. Many theatergoers then attended the after-party at the Cork & Plough. Both venues were absolutely perfect for this event – attendees were delighted with seeing historical footage of Monterey County and movie stars both past and present. The Cork & Plough went all out with preparing appetizers that were as filling as any meal, paired with local wines and movie themed cocktails.
Many local library supporters, merchants and organizations donated goods and services for the silent auction. Words used to describe the evening were social, engaged, relaxing, fun! Needed funds were raised for south county library programs, such as the Summer Reading program that attracts children, teens and adults to read, learn and be entertained throughout the summer months.
The end result of this feel-good evening was requests that it continue. And so, the Board of Directors of the Foundation approved another event next year and planning is underway.
Cowboy Poetry 2016
The 2016 Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering at Sherwood Hall included this year’s Monterey County Free Libraries Youth Poetry Contest Winners – Broden Murray (13), Katie Mazerik (11) and June Harbaugh (5). They were guests of honor on the Cowboy Poetry wagon in the Colmo del Rodeo parade in downtown Salinas and recited their poems alongside professional poets, performers, and musicians. You can find pictures and the winner original poems that delighted the audience and made all of us proud here. You can also read a blog post done from Cowboypoetry.com here.
To read more about this event, see the Summer 2016 Newsletter.
Gail Delorey inducted into local Hall of Fame
Congratulations CFMC Board Member Gain Delorey who was inducted into the Monterey Bay Business Hall of Fame at a recent Junior Achievement of Northern California ceremony. Gail, a CPA with Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, is a Salinas Valley native with a strong commitment to her community having served on boards ranging from her local PTAs to us here at FMCFL.
Coloring Contest Winner Announced
The winner of our Calamitous Coloring Contest has been announced! We received more than 200 entries and the judges had a tough job deciding who should win. See the top entries at:www.MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org/LemonySnicket.html
Congratulations to Jayanti and Team!
Congratulations to County Librarian, Jayanti Addleman and her staff, for being selected as the recipient of the California Library Association “Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy” award. This award recognizes and honors a librarian who has demonstrated passion, excellence, and dedication in support of adult literacy.
In addition, this great staff has been selected as the winner of the innovative award “County Employees Summer Reading – Marketing to a captive audience”. It is with pride the Foundation supports the County Library system. Jayanti is shown here with some of her staff members, Chris Ricker and Jackie Bleisch.