Annual Giving

Girl on Stack of BooksIn a multitude of ways, day in and day out, your Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library helps thousands of children learn to read. In fact, we’ve officially adopted the community goal: every child in our community will be ready for kindergarten. We are tirelessly pursuing that goal.

The Library Foundation is helping make that goal a reality. This year begins our focus on early childhood literacy and continues our ongoing commitment to get kids acquainted with reading in those crucial first years. Exciting things are coming for Shawnee County children, and you can help usher in this bright future.

A mobile early childhood learning center will travel throughout the community, bringing an interactive play-based environment to impressionable young minds right where they live. This colorful, hands-on learning center will cultivate essential skills necessary for kids to be ready for school with a strong emphasis on parent engagement education.

When children have a bounty of books, they fall in love with reading. The library is starting a new project, The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Topeka. Children enrolled in this program receive a new, age-appropriate book every month from birth to age five. The most significant factors influencing a child’s early educational success are an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. Access to books is the first step in growing children into lifelong readers and successful, self-sufficient adults.

We need your help! With your gift today, you will be helping us help the kids of Shawnee County build a strong foundation for a lifetime of success. Perhaps you will consider making a monthly gift to impact many of the programs of the library as we prepare for 2016. Big or small, your gift will make a difference in our ability to serve the kids and families of our community.

HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOUR GIFT CAN DO:
$35 Start ten of our youngest children on the path to be lifelong readers with their own special library card and t-shirt.
$100 Buy four children one book a month for a full year.
$250 Sponsor an entire school’s kindergarteners with their first library card and their own book as part of the I READ graduation program.
$1,000 Provide professional screenings (vision, hearing, language) in the mobile early childhood learning center for 150 children every six months.

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